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Hidden in Plain Sight: The Obsession Over Muslim Women

Atif Rashid | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion
Atif Rashid

Considering how our society strongly stands for freedom of expression, justice and plurality, it's ironic that the very thing which Muslim women use to express their identity and liberty -- the hijab -- is the exact reason they are highlighted so much more.

10 Reasons I Homeschool My Children

Lisa Burns | Posted 02.08.2016 | Parents
Lisa Burns

I am an accidental homeschooler. I didn't plan on educating my children at home. I didn't plan on joining the ranks of parents who are sometimes viewed as insular and anti-social. Like many others, I thought that all homeschoolers purposely sheltered their kids from the real world. Seven years after my kids have dragged me into this lifestyle, I can wholeheartedly declare that I am more connected to the world than ever before.

This Is a Story About a Girl Who Saved a Play

Christopher Lamb | Posted 02.06.2016 | Parents
Christopher Lamb

I sat on a folding chair a week ago waiting for the play, "The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood," to begin at the Indianapolis school where my wife te...

Inspiring Connections and Conversations: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.03.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Connecting people through conversations and resources serves as the catalyst to social change. The Pollination Project gives $1000 seed grants to grantees making a difference in the way that we talk about and address social matters, as well as how we allocate resources to the communities that need them most.

Free Spaces in Schools and Colleges

Harry Boyte | Posted 02.02.2016 | Education
Harry Boyte

The concept of free spaces now has enormous relevance in higher education, where issues of free speech have exploded in the wake of student protests about racial discrimination and other issues.

Against Political Saviors -- Government as Empowering Partner

Harry Boyte | Posted 01.28.2016 | Education
Harry Boyte

Expanding government benefits of health and education is one thing. But we need to develop ideas that illustrate government "by" the people, not only "for" the people. How can we recover the idea that everyday citizens are supposed to be in charge, producers not only consumers, and government can be an empowering partner?

Academic Planning for ADHD Starts Now

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 01.26.2016 | Education
Mark Bertin, M.D.

Winter may just be starting, but fall academic planning is only a few months away. Remember that grades are not the bottom line for academic planning. Some students get reasonable marks even while struggling significantly with ADHD, which can affect anything related to planning and organization.

Watching Recess Go to Pieces

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 01.21.2016 | Education
Shira Hirschman Weiss

As kids turn to couch potatoes in this Golden age of TV, and with the popularity of Netflix, iPods and iPads, we should be encouraging fresh air and exercise as much as we can. I really hate watching recess go to pieces.

The Dangerous Myth of the Bad Kid

Dani Bostick | Posted 01.20.2016 | Education
Dani Bostick

There are other ways of encouraging good behavior while building a child's sense of self-worth and preserving their dignity. A fundamental starting point is the belief that all children are innately good, deserving of unconditional positive regard, compassion, and respect.

New Year, New Investments in Your Child's Learning

Byron Garrett | Posted 01.19.2016 | Education
Byron Garrett

The days of "do as I say, not as I do" should be behind you if you want your child to be an excellent student. Kids love to model everything they see adults doing- --whether it's movement, phrases, eating or habits. It's important for your child to see you on a quest for learning as well if you want them to journey to greatness academically.

Academic... Success: What's Your Definition?

Susie Wolbe | Posted 01.18.2016 | Education
Susie Wolbe

The "next big academic move" for any member of the family often becomes an endeavor for the entire family these days.

A Successful Personalized Learning Initiative: Lessons Learned

Hippo Reads | Posted 01.13.2016 | Education
Hippo Reads

We're living proof that though money alone can't solve a school superintendent's problems, a well-crafted personalized learning program does.

Hip Hop in the Schools?

Shanita Hubbard | Posted 01.13.2016 | Black Voices
Shanita Hubbard

It is often argued that the study of hip-hop provides lyrical examples of systematic challenges that plague society. This assertion served as the catalyst for research designed to measure the value Americans place on hip-hop as a significant cultural movement, and whether it holds enough value to be added to school curriculum.

Let's Not Shelter in Place Anymore

Susan B. Katz | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Susan B. Katz

Students everywhere across this country -- even in the wealthiest of communities -- have regular shelter in place drills to prepare for a potential gunman on campus or as a result of bomb threats. What is our country coming to?

South Africa's Universities May Not Be Ready for the Latest Crop of School Leavers

The Conversation Africa | Posted 01.07.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

When South Africa's annual matric results are announced, it is important to listen to what is said -- and, more importantly, to what is not.

Education Reform

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 01.06.2016 | Education
Jerry Jasinowski

They have enacted a new law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, which is a frank admission of defeat. There will still be testing, but it will not be taken so seriously. Uncle Sam will butt out and the states and local school boards will resume responsibility for education. And, of course, every student will succeed.

Asbestos at School: Is THAT What Your Child Is Breathing?

Claire L. Barnett | Posted 12.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Claire L. Barnett

According to their report, many of the reporting states could not answer the simplest question: that despite the old bans on asbestos, how many public schools continue to struggle with asbestos-containing materials?

How these teachers are turning around an outdated school system

HuffPost Originals | Ishita Singh | Posted 12.17.2015 | Impact

For students attending troubled high schools in depressed cities, there’s a huge disconnect between what schools teach and what they really need...

Looks Like School Forgot To Teach Us How To Remember

Steven Shehori | Posted 12.17.2015 | Education
Steven Shehori

In the 21st century, there must be some compelling new learning and retention methods at our disposal. Ones that can be slowly introduced at the state and federal level. Honestly, how exciting -- and beneficial -- would this be for our upcoming generations of students? Short answer: very.

Educating Generation Z: Let Them Color Outside the Lines

A.S. Chung | Posted 12.16.2015 | Parents
A.S. Chung

All of a sudden, the ingrained mantra of "study hard, get a good job, save money" is no longer acceptable. And yet, I have to be progressive enough to recognize that the current education system is unable to prepare my daughter for a life we can only predict. With literacy and numeracy remaining as the fundamental basis of their schooling years, I am by no means convinced it is adequate.

Making the Safest Ride to School Even Safer

Kate Carr | Posted 12.10.2015 | Parents
Kate Carr

What's the safest way for kids to get to school? I'll give you one guess: it's big, bright yellow, structurally sound, has eight lights and a STOP arm...

Full-Service Community Schools: A Bipartisan Victory to Help America's Students Succeed

Rep. Steny Hoyer | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
Rep. Steny Hoyer

I was proud to be on hand today as President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law, which includes a provision I authored to encourage the wider adoption of the full-service community schools model.

Democracy Schools as 'Making Democracy'

Harry Boyte | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Harry Boyte

Citizen politics grows from the sense that we have to "live together afterwards," for all the differences and conflict. Politics in this elemental sense is the alternative to war and violence.

Let's Join Forces to Give Teachers the Preparation They Deserve

Chris Minnich | Posted 12.07.2015 | Education
Chris Minnich

I get the opportunity to visit schools across the country, and without fail, one of the things that teachers share is how unprepared they felt on their first day in the classroom.

One Man's Trash Is Another Man's Treasure

Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso | Posted 12.06.2015 | Green
Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso

Here at Schools for Sustainability Inc., we dream of a waste free world. In this world, all food scraps are transformed into nutrient rich compost yielding healthy crops, all aluminum cans are converted into new cans, building facades or bicycles, all plastic bottles are transformed into furniture, clothing, or home décor.