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Students Who Talk About The Election In Class Are More Likely To Vote

The Conversation US | Posted 10.31.2016 | Education
The Conversation US

Students may be learning about the mechanics of government, but they are not always required to learn the skills needed for civic participation.

Election 2016: What Teachers Can and Cannot Do

Alan Singer | Posted 09.26.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

A little enforced New York City regulation requires that teachers remain politically neutral when performing official duties. In 2008, Mayor Michael B...

Teaching Election 2016 Part 1: What Should I Do In My Classroom?

Alan Singer | Posted 08.15.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

How do you teach about the Presidential election in a responsible way when you know that one of the major party candidates makes statements that are biased, incendiary, insulting, and so out-and-out false that many members of his own party refuse to support his candidacy?

What Did You Learn About Teaching, Your Students, and Yourself?

Alan Singer | Posted 05.12.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

This Sunday is graduation day at Hofstra University. Graduation days are times to celebrate and think about the things you have learned. In this post ...

An Open Letter to Donald Trump From an American Government Teacher

Nick Gregory | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics
Nick Gregory

Mr. Trump, you have put me in a precarious position as a professional educator. My ability to remain neutral, as you brazenly assault the American values I have spent my career promoting, became more difficult every time you found a microphone.

Trump: Can It Happen Here?

Alan Singer | Posted 03.21.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Teachers are grappling with how to teach about the current Presidential election campaign, especially as the Republican campaign has become increasing...

The Big Classroom That Is the News

Blair Forlaw | Posted 02.25.2016 | Education
Blair Forlaw

I've lost track of the other students in Miss Rankin's social studies class, but I would be interested to hear their reflections on our shared experience. Perhaps a few would agree with me: while we were busy memorizing all those counties, we missed some of the most important lessons of our day.

U.S. Health, Wealth, and Education Gaps Grow

Alan Singer | Posted 02.25.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Most of the candidates in the Republican and Democratic Presidential primaries look for scapegoats to blame, claim they can govern better or smarter, promise to make America great again, or play ostrich with its head in the sand ignoring real problems altogether.

Transform the New York State Board of Regents From the Inside

Alan Singer | Posted 01.07.2017 | Education
Alan Singer

As a member of the New York State Board of Regents I will fight for social justice and what I believe are the educational needs of children. I promise to listen to everyone and seek out diverse viewpoints, but ultimately as an educator and as an educational activist I have to work for the things that I believe in.

Diversity In Picture Books

Melanie Hope Greenberg | Posted 10.29.2016 | Books
Melanie Hope Greenberg

Picture book crafting challenges me to depict life in its simplest forms. At the same time the craft is multi-dimensional. I've always enjoyed paintings which tell several stories captured in a single frame.

UnErasing LGBTQ History in Schools

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.16.2016 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

No matter what your score, I wanted to make the point that for the most part, students are not given the opportunity to discuss important issues, concepts, and personalities related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) issues in the required curriculum in the K-12 classrooms of the United States.

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

Inverse | Posted 10.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Inverse

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 08.19.2016 | 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 08.19.2016 | 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 08.02.2016 | 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.