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The Lessons My Daughter Taught Me

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 02.23.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

One of the hardest things about single parenting is accepting my children's choices without apology, shame or judgment.

If We're Abandoning Handwriting, Let Schools Revive the Ancient Art of Blogging in Schools

Jimmy Leach | Posted 02.19.2015 | Education
Jimmy Leach

When the Finns decide that cursive handwriting will be scrapped from the Finnish education curriculum and replaced by lessons in keyboard typing, we ought to pay attention.

The Case for 'American' American History

Louise Mirrer | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
Louise Mirrer

We must make sure that Americans honor their differences, but also know that they have a shared history -- a history that is the indispensable basis for an inclusive, tolerant society.

Lessons From Our Lives: We Share the Same Story

Catherine Nagle | Posted 02.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

It is said that some of the simplest cultures on Earth are also the happiest. Does this mean that by not being so involved in formal study and str...

A Commitment to Children in Romania

John Feffer | Posted 02.14.2015 | World
John Feffer

They are called the decret generation. During the Communist era in Romania, Nicolae Ceausescu issued Decree 770 in 1967 making abortion and contraception illegal except under certain circumstances. The Communist leader wanted to radically increase the population of the country.

This Valentine's Day, It's Time for Real Sex Ed for NYC

Joan Malin | Posted 02.12.2015 | New York
Joan Malin

As a leading sexual health care provider in New York City, Planned Parenthood of New York City knows all too well that the gaps that remain in New York City's sexual health education have a significant impact on young people's wellbeing.

Common Core Testing Teaches Tots to Type

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 02.09.2015 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

Common Core is a Trojan horse full of unintended consequences. While the efforts are noble, and the intent is good, the current program is neither fair nor practical.

Connecting With Children Through the Arts

Melanie Hope Greenberg | Posted 02.03.2015 | Education
Melanie Hope Greenberg

I can say with certainty the best part of having a publishing background is meeting the people who read my books and like my art. I will confess, my most favorite part is connecting with young audiences.

A Crayon for Iqra

Celia Buckman | Posted 01.30.2015 | Teen
Celia Buckman

Homework is a challenge for the tutors and kids. It's hard to teach a 12-year-old algebra in forty minutes when they don't know how to count yet. But something has to go down on the worksheet.

Women, Fitness, and Body Image: Reshaping the Stories We Tell Ourselves

Jennifer McGaha | Posted 01.28.2015 | Women
Jennifer McGaha

I would never have attempted this race if I had still been caught up in the language of my childhood, the narrow labels by which children learn to define themselves and by which those children, once grown, often continue to define themselves -- the slow reader, the inept athlete.

An Apology and Clarification

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 01.28.2015 | Education
Esther Wojcicki

Suicide is a tragic situation, especially when it involves a young person. There are many causes and it is impossible to know exactly what caused it. ...

Here Are 10 of Illinois' Top 50 School Districts

Reboot Illinois | Posted 01.27.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

SchoolDigger.com ranked 747 of Illinois' 863 public school districts based on schools' test scores.

Your Story, Our Stories: A New Program at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Annie Polland | Posted 01.23.2015 | New York
Annie Polland

"Your Story, Our Stories," a new program at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, invites New York City students and teachers to explore their own family's origins as part of their immigration units.

Giving Every American Kid a Real Opportunity and Rising Above Achievement Gaps, Cheating, Bullying and School Shootings

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 01.26.2015 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

For a nation that is increasingly becoming a majority of minorities, this system will not unite it or allow it to become one nation experiencing the power of its founding principles.

Anti-Gay Tennessee School Denies Admission to Child of Gay Parents

Jamie McGonnigal | Posted 01.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Jamie McGonnigal

Married couple Brian Copeland and Greg Bullard have been searching for the perfect school to send their young son. Much to the couple's surprise, following a telephone call to the school, they received a letter stating unequivocally that they were not welcome to even meet with the headmaster.

The 15 Stages of Holiday Break Re-Entry

Mary Beth Holcomb | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents
Mary Beth Holcomb

1. Set alarm clock for first time in two weeks. 2. Lie awake all night, panicking about everything you swore you'd accomplish over last two weeks.

Triage for the Bullied Child -- Guidelines for Parents

Jodee Blanco | Posted 01.16.2015 | Parents
Jodee Blanco

If you're a parent, here are some guidelines on the two types of bullied students, the danger signs of a child in crisis, and how to avoid the most common mistake parents make and perform effective triage.

Young People Must Know Their Own History

Martin J. Blank | Posted 01.16.2015 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Do our young people know about our own nation's history, particularly how our society has responded to marginalized groups? This question has been coming up consistently for me in recent months.

From Student to Teacher: The Rise of Singapore Education

David Scott Clegg | Posted 01.14.2015 | Education
David Scott Clegg

How did they do it? How did an island nation of five million people become one of the elite education systems on the planet? What is their secret, their special formula? What is the Singapore story?

Two Strikes and You're Out (But Only If You're Black)

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.14.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

According to the U.S. Office for Civil Rights, black students are more than three times as likely as white students to be suspended or expelled from school. Surprisingly, there has been little scientific study of the psychological processes underlying this discipline gap.

Opinions Versus Opinionated

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

I have opinions, and if you read my weekly blogs regularly you know that I do not hesitate to voice those opinions. But I am not opinionated. I like to think that I base my opinions on "evidence and good reason."

10 of the Most Diverse High Schools in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 01.09.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Having a diverse student body is increasingly becoming another point of pride among high schools in Illinois as another way for students to learn about the world around them.

How I Taught a 6-Year-Old Algebra in Four Months

Ravé Mehta | Posted 01.09.2015 | Education
Ravé Mehta

The U.S. educational culture is more focused on doing well in sports or being popular. In many cases, these priorities lead kids to being rebellious or defiant, and sometimes not doing well in school, just so they're not perceived as a nerd.

We Need More Great Teachers

Matt Kramer | Posted 01.06.2015 | Education
Matt Kramer

We believe there is a tremendous amount that we can all do to ensure more individuals see this as the most critical and rewarding path they can take.

Math: The Next Revolution in Black Achievement

Eric Cooper | Posted 01.06.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

If our nation's success depends on more graduates with STEM degrees, math must be the next revolution in black student achievement.