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After Newtown: Taking Time to Connect

Vicki Abeles | Posted 02.25.2013 | Parents
Vicki Abeles

This holiday season, we can all take the personal and immediate action of truly connecting with our children and other loved ones this season and in the new year.

Arm Teachers! A Response to the NRA

Dan Butin | Posted 02.20.2013 | Education
Dan Butin

I want to arm teachers. I want to arm them with the realization that schooling is different than education, and that it takes passion and purpose to move from the former to the latter.

Smart Gun Technology Could Have Blocked Adam Lanza

David Shuster | Posted 02.18.2013 | Crime
David Shuster

The weapons Adam Lanza relied on were not his. They belonged to his mother, the only person entitled to use them. If smart technology had been in place, the weapons would have likely been useless.

Gun-Free Homes and Communities

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

We should not wait for our elected officials, in President Obama's good words, "to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics." We should do our share.

Helping Grieving Parents

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 02.16.2013 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

During the first week or so following the death of someone's child, we are pretty clear about how to help that parent. I am concerned, though, that in our culture, we are at a loss for how to help these parents once the first week or so has passed.

An Educational Resoulution in Honor of Connecticut

Amy Elias, MS | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Amy Elias, MS

We are the desired future now. What do we have to do today so that tomorrow is better for all of us? The feeling of peace, serenity, and safety ought to pervade our educational systems without fear.

Starting a Global Conversation About School Lunch

Neil Seeman | Posted 02.16.2013 | World
Neil Seeman

2012-12-17-usalunch2.png How do public high school lunches compare in the six countries where HuffPost has sites -- U.S., UK, Canada, France, Spain and Italy? More important, what do students think of their cafeteria food: taste-wise and health-wise?

A Parental Dilemma: Should Children Miss School For Extended Holidays And Vacations?

Jonathan T. Hoffman | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Jonathan T. Hoffman

Non-traditional travel calls into question whether it is appropriate or acceptable for children to miss school to accommodate travel that can otherwise be undertaken at a time when children are on a break from school.

Schools That Foster Creativity

Dr. R. Keith Sawyer | Posted 02.07.2013 | TED Weekends
Dr. R. Keith Sawyer

Many of us imagine that creativity involves a sudden flash of insight; that it comes as a gift, without much effort; and we believe that expertise and learning blocks creativity. But these beliefs are just myths.

Society Is Killing Schools' Ability To Encourage Creativity

Brian Rosenberg | Posted 02.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Brian Rosenberg

It's easy and tempting to blame teachers or unions or professors for the problems in education, but the reality is that here -- as in the political institutions about which we so passionately complain -- we get what we deserve, or rather, we get the natural result of the choices we make.

Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson | Posted 02.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Sir Ken Robinson

2012-12-06-kenrobinsonpullWe're all born with deep natural capacities for creativity, and systems of mass education tend to suppress them. It is increasingly urgent to cultivate these capacities and to rethink the dominant approaches to education to make sure that we do.

Schools Matter

John Merrow | Posted 02.01.2013 | Education
John Merrow

Some teachers can't cut it and don't belong in classrooms, but the vast majority of them I have observed in 38 years as a reporter are hardworking and dedicated. They want to succeed.

John Celock

Lawmakers Seek To Drop Unconstitutional Sex Ban

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.29.2012 | Politics

The battle over the fate of Montana's so-called sodomy ban, which was deemed unconstitutional in 1997, will come back up in the 2013 legislative sessi...

Tales From The Autism Spectrum: My Friend AmberDawn...

David Trumble | Posted 01.23.2013 | Arts
David Trumble

The power of art and creativity to illuminate the world for others is not simply a cultural benefit, but also a deeply important tool to help the authors themselves navigate their way through their own emotions, experiences and journeys.

The Generosity of Gratitude

Nancy Rappaport | Posted 01.20.2013 | Education
Nancy Rappaport

It's been shown that acknowledging what you're grateful for makes you more motivated to be generous. So, this Thanksgiving, I'm proud to acknowledge the work that my colleagues and I get to do, the struggles of my students, and the incredibly hard work of all the educators and administrators out there.

It's Broken (Not Broke); Fix It

Larry Strauss | Posted 01.16.2013 | Education
Larry Strauss

The people who run failing schools act as if they have a data problem -- not an education problem -- and it is the data problem they set out to repair. The system has disregarded -- or forgotten -- its purpose.

Dear President Obama...Green Building Can Lead America's Economic Comeback!!

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 01.12.2013 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

This week, 40,000 people will gather at Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco to celebrate the green building movement. And we've got a lot to cheer about.

Affirmative Action for School Discipline?

Michaela Pommells | Posted 01.07.2013 | Black Voices
Michaela Pommells

The outcome of the 2012 presidential election will determine the federal education mandate but the true measure will be whether America can successfully close the racial disparities facing U.S. schools.

Parents Can't Do It Alone: Everyone Is Responsible for Children's Health

Marlene Schwartz, Ph.D. | Posted 01.06.2013 | Parents
Marlene Schwartz, Ph.D.

Policy makers, the public health community and food and media companies have a responsibility to take action to help parents raise healthy children.

Will Malala's Heroism Turn The Tide For Women And Girls?

Christine Horansky | Posted 12.26.2012 | Impact
Christine Horansky

Malala's bravery has put a human face to the struggles and aspirations of young women who live in difficult, dangerous parts of the world where they must face down overwhelming odds every day.

Technology in the Classroom: Friend or Foe?

James Rosenberg | Posted 12.26.2012 | Education
James Rosenberg

Does technology provide our students with experience they need to succeed in the 21st century, or does it hinder them from developing valuable skills that are only attainable through human interaction?

Can Tucson's Disgraced School Board Be Saved? Interview With Betts Putnam Hildalgo

Jeff Biggers | Posted 12.25.2012 | Education
Jeff Biggers

Few school districts in the country have received the level of national attention like Tucson's Unified School District over the past two years. Not the kind of national attention, though, sought by educators and school boards.

This Thing Called Social Change: Building Support for California’s Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act

Johana Gordon | Posted 12.25.2012 | Religion
Johana Gordon

For the first time in my life, I feel empowered as a change-maker in my state, the greater Bay Area community, and right outside my own front door.

How Quickly Things Fall Off the Cliff

Will Richardson | Posted 12.24.2012 | Education
Will Richardson

What if five years from now, we've moved (or are quickly moving) to a structure of schools that basically offloads almost all rote learning to personalized technology solutions aimed at creating enough mastery in kids to pass some type of examination or quest?

Schools Ban Flamin' Hot Cheetos, But Why Stop There?

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 10.19.2012 | Home
Bettina Elias Siegel

Various schools around the country are banning Flamin' Hot Cheetos. But what makes Flamin' Hot Cheetos so different from other junk food that it deserves its own special ban in schools? And why are schools in the business of selling this stuff?