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Them's That Got Shall Have: Criminalizing Parents Who Steal Free Education

Tressie McMillan Cottom | Posted 12.16.2012 | Education
Tressie McMillan Cottom

To charge a parent with "stealing" public education is to admit that not all schools are created equal. Do we really believe that school districts would hire private investigators if the parent were enrolling her student in a school poorer than the one in her home district?

So You're Becoming a College Student: A Study in Socialization

Karen Sternheimer | Posted 12.12.2012 | College
Karen Sternheimer

Socialization entails learning to be a member of a group. True, we are all individuals who bring our unique selves into any social interaction, but part of entering a new group involves learning its norms, rituals, routines, and rules.

We Can Not Fairly Evaluate Teachers Without First Evaluating Parents

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 12.11.2012 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

You would think I would embrace an evaluation system that would ultimately lead to a merit-pay system that would reward me, and other successful teachers, for my success in the classroom... but I don't.

You'll Make Decisions, And Copies: First-Job Tips For Change-Makers

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 12.08.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Just landed your first job with a cool nonprofit or social enterprise? Fresh from school and a few internships? Brimming with ideas to change the worl...

Hey, Colleges: Stop Censoring Political Speech!

Will Creeley | Posted 12.05.2012 | College
Will Creeley

Unfortunately, every election year, too many colleges and universities make the incomprehensible and illiberal decision to censor their students' and professors' political speech.

Why We Should Care What Students Think

Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2012 | Education
Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D.

Not asking students for their opinions is a missed opportunity, because no one knows better about how school is going than its target audience -- the students themselves.

Students, Universities Must Engage With the World, Then Change It

Dr. William J. Carroll | Posted 12.05.2012 | College
Dr. William J. Carroll

Our young people are called to change the world. How can you change the world without engaging the world? To engage the world, we must prepare students for what they will encounter outside the safety net of the university.

Teacher Says Student Spiked Her Coffee With Butt-Enhancing Drug

Posted 10.06.2012 | Education

A North Carolina teacher says her student "spiked her coffee with butt-enhancing pills." According to WBTV, 61-year-old Ellen Vick, a teacher at I...

Help Your Teen Beat the Midterm Blues

Dan Mulhern | Posted 12.04.2012 | Parents
Dan Mulhern

Autumn can be beautiful but it its natural challenges approach: Shorter days, falling leaves, hints of cold. Now's a good time to (a) see the energy drop; (b) interpret it for those who need to keep moving; and (c) shape a clear, well-marked path for the work ahead.

The Real Reason Schools Are Failing: They're Boring and Lack 'Edutainment'

Stephen Estes | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education
Stephen Estes

A little less talk, a little more action, and a bit of edutainment, and I think I see how the world's children will come to realize their true potential and build the skill-sets they will someday need.

How Much Sleep Do Students Actually Need?

Dr. David White, M.D. | Posted 12.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. David White, M.D.

Nobody wants to be set up for poor performance before the first bell even rings. However, poor sleep habits of elementary, middle and high school students may make them sluggish during the day, hinder their success at school and contribute to long-term health problems.

Disappointed With Government? Pump Up the Pipeline

Steve Ressler | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Steve Ressler

Though we may not agree on the ideal size or role of government, we can all agree that we want better, more effective government -- government that works. One way to create more effective government is to expand the pipeline of prospective public sector professionals through programs that attract promising graduate students.

A Teacher's Challenge: Empowering Today's Digital Natives for Tomorrow

Bill Nye | Posted 11.27.2012 | Education
Bill Nye

When a student is excited about learning, amazing things happen. I've had the joy of witnessing this firsthand with students of all ages -- seeing what happens when we, as adults and educators, give a student a nudge in a new direction.

Civic Ed And Voting: How The Two Connect

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 11.27.2012 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Robyn Gee Photo Credit: Youth Radio American Government classroom at Skyline High School in Oakland, Calif. A recent study shows that only 39 ...

"My Vote Doesn't Matter": Helping Students Surmount Political Cynicism

Paul Loeb | Posted 11.25.2012 | College
Paul Loeb

You've heard it again and again. "My vote doesn't matter," students too often say. Others complain that politicians are "all the same and all corrupt." How do we overcome this cynical resignation and encourage students to register and vote despite their conviction that the game is fundamentally rigged?

On Your First Job, Outsmart the Experts

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 11.23.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

The stakes are so high (for ourselves, for humanity, for planetary survival) and yet most of us are struggling with when, what, how to make a difference. We are wondering if we have what it takes.

Millennial Recycling

Attiyya Anthony | Posted 11.20.2012 | Green
Attiyya Anthony

Why can't recycling be like FarmVille? This is one of the many questions Greenbean Recycling founder, Shanker Sahai asked himself before he began laying the framework for his innovative recycling-centered software technology.

Chicago Teachers and Students Return to School: What Happened to Caring?

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 11.19.2012 | Education
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Having sat in on numerous school contract negotiations, I can tell you that the best contract agreement is when both sides walk away not feeling totally satisfied. That appears to be the case in Chicago.

Running Schools Like a Business Is a Crazy Idea

Glen Lineberry | Posted 11.14.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

We teach the kids of people we know, and those kids then work in the local businesses and, if you stay in the game long enough, you teach their kids down the road.

Boar's Head Revisited

The Cavalier Daily | Posted 11.13.2012 | College
The Cavalier Daily

Rector Helen Dragas should still resign, of course, or the General Assembly should deny her reappointment when able to do so in January. But even without her the issues would still remain.

Kritstof: Put Students Before Unions | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

The most important civil rights battleground today is education, and, likewise, the most crucial struggle against poverty is the one fought in schools...

College Visits Can Make a Real Difference; "Do It" if You Can!

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 11.12.2012 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Few experiences can give you a better feel for whether or not a college is a good fit for you than actually visiting a school. Here are some ways to get the most out of your college visits.

Why "We're All in This Together" Makes More Sense Than "You're on Your Own"

Theresa Berenato | Posted 11.12.2012 | Impact
Theresa Berenato

My favorite part of President Bill Clinton's Democratic National Convention speech was his mandate for America to continue to advance equal opportunity and economic empowerment.

9/11: The Last to Remember

Zak Malamed | Posted 11.10.2012 | Impact
Zak Malamed

One year after that ten-year anniversary, I now wonder if these anniversaries will evolve into nothing but anniversaries in the years to come.

More Mistakes to Avoid When Completing College Apps

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 11.06.2012 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

For seniors, the college application process has begun (or is beginning now). In my last blog, I identified four common, but avoidable mistakes college applicants make in completing applications, and promised to follow with more.