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Budgets and Children: A Total Disconnect

Elaine Weiss | Posted 09.10.2012 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Two recent reports highlight the disturbing chasm between the irrefutable evidence of the need for more investment in children -- particularly low-income and minority children and young children -- and Congress' insistence on ignoring it.

D.C. Public Schools Grossly Under-Reports Spending

Michael McShane | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education
Michael McShane

The DC public school system has made several significant positive strides in recent years. But until it gets its spending under control, all of these positive developments are going to get lost in its perception as a bloated, ineffective bureaucracy.

A School Version of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" With a Lady Gaga Twist

Wayne Maines | Posted 08.28.2012 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

I owe Lady Gaga a great deal for teaching an old conservative dad to not be afraid to try new things and to embrace an entire community that needed help.

Trauma-Sensitive Schools Are Better Schools, Part Two

Jane Ellen Stevens | Posted 08.27.2012 | Education
Jane Ellen Stevens

It's all well and good to advise schools to do everything through a trauma-informed lens, but when you get down to classrooms and students, what exactly does that mean?

Love or Fear: Our Choice

Michele Hunt | Posted 08.27.2012 | Impact
Michele Hunt

How do you want to spend the rest of your life? In what kind of world do you want your children and grand children to live -- a world built on fear or a world built on love?

Trauma-Sensitive Schools Are Better Schools

Jane Ellen Stevens | Posted 08.26.2012 | Education
Jane Ellen Stevens

The first time that principal Jim Sporleder tried the New Approach to Student Discipline at Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, he was blown away. Because it worked. In fact, it worked so well that he never went back to the Old Approach to Student Discipline. This is how it went down.

How Title IX Made Us All A Little Fiercer

Christine Horansky | Posted 08.25.2012 | Women
Christine Horansky

Sports were my first love affair. It was through them that I learned to set goals, chart progress and witness the rewards of ambition and perseverance. Title IX made this possible.

Time Travel: Richmond Little Red School

Fern Siegel | Posted 08.19.2012 | Travel
Fern Siegel

For children born in the iPhone age, a one-room school is inconceivable. For those who attended the Richmond Little Red School, it was a way of life i...

Your Teens are Sexting: What You Need to Know

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 08.16.2012 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Sending photos may seem like fun in the moment, but the consequences could be ghastly.

The Trouble With Texas

James Moore | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics
James Moore

There has been a political meme making the rounds for decades that Texas also has undue influence over the policies and economy of the rest of the nation, which begs the question: How can we be such bumpkins and also control America's destiny?

The Power of Accompaniment: In Education, in Health, in Life Journeys

Pam Allyn | Posted 08.05.2012 | Impact
Pam Allyn

With respect for the power of intergenerational sharing, we can all share a love of reading and the power of words to give power to people's own stories.

The Gay Selma

River Front Times | Posted 08.02.2012 | Gay Voices

Gay kids have long been a target of bullying. Until recently incidents could be laughed off as "pranks," and no one suffered any consequences -- excep...

School's Out! (But Recycling Is Forever)

Mattias Wallander | Posted 07.31.2012 | Green
Mattias Wallander

Schools are the ideal environments to teach life-long recycling habits to kids at a crucial moment of their development. These are habits that kids will bring home to their families, encourage their friends, and eventually stay with them for a lifetime.

Oh, Hey ... Do You Want to Buy Some Candy From Me?

LaughSpin | Posted 07.23.2012 | Comedy
LaughSpin

Oh, hey. How's it going? You look sooooooo nice today! What's that you're wearing -- pants?! Verrrrry cutting edge. They say pants are the new black. ANYHOO, i have a box of Hershey chocolate items on my desk.

Who's the Pervert? Is Hitting a Child More Acceptable Than Holding Her?

Erika Christakis | Posted 07.22.2012 | Home
Erika Christakis

Single fathers -- gay fathers, no less -- seem to be under special scrutiny lest their loving attention veer into unsavory territory. Are we so uncomfortable with male nurturing that we assume something perverse about it?

Bullying Starts at Home

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 07.21.2012 | Education
Rev. Romal J. Tune

Often, our public discourse regarding the need to end bullying centers around the assumption that children are only bullied at school. That assumption couldn't be further from the truth.

It's Time to Succeed

Chris Gabrieli | Posted 05.17.2012 | Education
Chris Gabrieli

Here's a very simple, common sense idea -- if you practice something more, you get better at it; if you can't complete everything you need to do, take more time.

The Power of Corn Starch

Jamie Anne Richardson | Posted 07.14.2012 | Parents
Jamie Anne Richardson

hen I was growing up, my parents worried about me getting in a fistfight after school. Now parents have to worry about guns and knives in the school cafeteria.

How to Learn in the 21st Century (Video)

Luis Ubiñas | Posted 07.10.2012 | Education
Luis Ubiñas

If we want American kids to compete and thrive in today's world, then re-imagining the school day needs to be something we each take up as a cause -- in our own schools, in our own towns, and all across the country.

Teachers' Lounge: The Bluff City Philosopher

Teach Plus | Posted 07.09.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

Teachers need to wake up and realize every decision is a political decision. If teachers are not engaged, decisions will continue to be done to them rather than with them.

Feds Open Civil Rights Cases on Tucson Schools Under Pedicone's Latino Crackdown: "Sheriff Arpaio of American Schools?"

Jeff Biggers | Posted 07.08.2012 | Education
Jeff Biggers

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights has opened investigations into possible violations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act in Tucson. Not that TUSD has bothered to inform the district's taxpayers of the investigation.

America's Obesity Battle Begins In Schools, Report Says

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 07.08.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- Schools should be a cornerstone of the nation's obesity battle, but to trim Americans' waistlines, changes are needed everywhere people ...

One Hundred Percent

Dean P. Simmer | Posted 07.02.2012 | Detroit
Dean P. Simmer

The Class of 2012 at Detroit Cristo Rey High School took a risk by signing up for a Catholic, college-preparatory school that had not even opened, they worked harder than they had before, and 100 percent have been accepted into college.

What I Plan to Tell the For-Profit Colleges and Universities

Michelle Rhee | Posted 06.30.2012 | Education
Michelle Rhee

This is the basic truth I want to tell these schools: it doesn't matter if a school is a for-profit or a non-profit, it needs to be doing a good job educating students. And if it's failing to do that, it should be shut down.

Five Ways NOT to Raise Bullies and Mean Girls

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 06.19.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

It's possible -- very possible -- to raise exceptional, morally-grounded children no matter what your family looks like. The development of your child's moral character depends less on whether there is a male or female figure or two parents. These values come from one place: you.