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Making Adult Friends Is Easier Than We Think, Harder Than It Should Be

Inverse | Posted 10.08.2015 | Healthy Living

The internet isn't turning us into lonely hermits, but unlike say in elementary school, you're not necessarily going to be friends with people just because you may see them everyday.

Teaching About the Horrific - ISIS, Slavery and Rape

Alan Singer | Posted 08.19.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Dear Teachers, How do we explain the horrific and how do we engage secondary students in meaningful discussions of very disturbing events? Should we focus narrowly on the issues presented in media or do we encourage students to place them in a broader historical context?

National Anthem Coast to Coast Sing-a-Long: Celebrating Citizenship on September 11, 2015

Mia Toschi | Posted 08.19.2015 | Education
Mia Toschi

Each year, schools struggle with what to do on September 11. Some teachers choose to do nothing. Other educators address 9/11 as part of United States history. While many teachers hold a moment of silence in honor of the heroes and victims.

What's in Store With Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 08.02.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

My advice to teachers and school administrators this fall is to ignore the unit sequence in the Common Core aligned ELA curriculum. If someone complains, explain that you think it is more important that the ELA and social studies curriculum be coordinated so they make sense and support student learning.

Teaching History the Pearson Way

Alan Singer | Posted 05.16.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson promotes Common Core and Common Core creates markets for Pearson. Teaching history the Pearson way means teaching it the Common Core way, without any meaningful content. The text, no matter how inaccurate or misleading, rules. Myth replaces history.

Seven Manners Through Which Schools Are Killing Creativity

Rajat Bhageria | Posted 04.09.2015 | Education
Rajat Bhageria

Schools are killing creativity. But rather than just sharing articles and liking pages, let's actually do something about it; educators, implement some of these ideas, and comment on how they go. Let's bring on the education revolution, together!

Politics Shouldn't Stand in the Way of Accurate and Inclusive Social Studies

Murali Balaji | Posted 01.20.2015 | Education
Murali Balaji

With ideological groups turning up the heat on elected officials to change social studies curriculum, particularly in American and world history, social studies specialists are often the last line of defense in preserving a neutral and balanced approach to content.

The Koch Brothers Sneak Into School

Bill Bigelow | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

This month in Boston, thousands of teachers will gather for the annual National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference. Two non-teachers will be there, too: Charles and David Koch, the notorious right-wing billionaires.

From Educator to Venture-Backed Edtech Entrepreneur

Brad Spirrison | Posted 01.04.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

Although Eileen Murphy never planned to become an edtech entrepreneur before starting her company ThinkCERCA in 2012, she already had tremendous success building elite educational organizations.

Preparing Students for 21st Century Jobs at McDonald's

Alan Singer | Posted 12.30.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

On the NOCTI exam 13% of the questions on the test are on the identification of Hand Tools, Herbs, Spices, and Flavorings; 13% are on Knife Skills; and 74% are on Cooking Skills.

Common Core and the End of History

Alan Singer | Posted 12.27.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

As part of their effort to promote new national Common Core standards and mystically prepare students for non-existing 21st century technological careers, the New York State Board of Regents voted unanimously that students did not have to pass history exams to graduate from high school.

Japanese Educators Learn From American Teachers and Schools

Alan Singer | Posted 11.15.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Who would have thought that educators from Japan, whose school system is always paraded before the American public as one that the United States should emulate, would actually visit New York City to learn how to improve education in Japanese schools?

Why California Has to Enter the 21st Century With Its Standards

Murali Balaji | Posted 11.11.2014 | Education
Murali Balaji

California has long been a leader in education. It's time for its standards to catch up to its reputation.

Are Math Teachers Really Better Than Social Studies Teachers? Everything Depends on the "Cut" Score

Alan Singer | Posted 09.06.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

New York State's latest test results tell us very little about student and teacher performance and have nothing to do with rigor. We also do not know what they say about college and career readiness.

Rethinking the Fourth of July

Bill Bigelow | Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

The Fourth of July's yahoo of fireworks turns an immensely complicated time in U.S. history into a cartoon of miseducation. There is a lot that complicates the events surrounding the Fourth of July and the Revolutionary War.

"Don't Look Away": Help to Stop Sexual Exploitation of Children During Major Sports Events

Jair Meneguelli | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Jair Meneguelli

Brazil will receive millions of sports fans in the next two years for the World Cup and Olympics. This influx of tourists also means a higher risk factor to thousands of children that are living invulnerable situations in Brazil.

Congressman Kingston's It's Not Just Lunch Program

Ashley Underwood | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Ashley Underwood

Georgia Congressman Jack Kingston is introducing a new program for Georgia schools, It's Not Just Lunch. If you want that peanut butter and jelly sandwich all you have to do is mop the floor of your Social Studies class. It's like detention, only with rewards.

Campaign to Add Citizenship to the Common Core Standards

Alan Singer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

It may be that the prospect of an active, informed, educated citizenry is so frightening because it would begin to question how the United States ended up with so many elected officials who are not only ignorant about science and history, but are willfully ignorant and want to impose their ignorance on the rest of us.

Elementary School Children Need More Time to Learn

Arthur Camins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Arthur Camins

In too many urban schools science, social studies and the arts have become expendable electives.

Revolutionary Days

William E. White | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
William E. White

"We the People" create the institutions that serve us. It's easy to forget that we -- individual citizens -- are the ones responsible for our children's education.

What Do We Know About Civic Education? Not Enough

Maria Voles Ferguson | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
Maria Voles Ferguson

In an era when U.S. students are often compared with or competing against their international counterparts, it is crucial that they understand their own nation's history and system of government and how that has and will continue to impact the world around them.

Band Bites: Social Studies

Jill Donenfeld | Posted 12.31.2012 | Home
Jill Donenfeld

With a Frenchman in the crew who insists that a meal must include everyone sitting down together, this band rates high on the bite chart. Their second album, Developer, is dreamy.

Subjects or Citizens?

William E. White | Posted 12.30.2012 | Education
William E. White

United States history is the story of a compelling idea that continues to revolutionize the world. Unfortunately, American schools today disregard that history.

Teacher Under Fire For Politically-Charged Sign In Classroom

Posted 10.31.2012 | Education

South Carolina teacher Laurie Humphrey has been removed from the classroom for a politically charged sign placed in her classroom, WLTX reports. Th...

Civics Education Testing Only Required In 9 States For High School Graduation

Posted 10.12.2012 | Education

A study by the Center for Information and Research on Civil Learning & Engagement at Tufts University has found that most states do not emphasize civi...