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Elektra at ACT: Ancient Yet Timely, but Marred by Dubious Choices

Leo Stutzin | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

How little the human race has changed in the 2,500 years since Sophocles' Elektra emerged on the Athenian stage. Her drive, her obsession, her fury had a single focus, expressed in one word: justice.

Olympia Dukakis: Role in A.C.T.'s Elektra Is Downright Riveting

Greg Archer | Posted 10.31.2012 | San Francisco
Greg Archer

Olympia Dukakis returns to San Francisco in ACT's ambitious production of Sophocles' Elektra. The show chronicles the seemingly inescapable depths into which its lead character plunges as she grapples with love and revenge.

A Shining Light for America's Returning Veterans: "Get Skills to Work"

Martin Scaglione | Posted 12.31.2012 | Impact
Martin Scaglione

The Get Skills to Work coalition is an ideal adaptation of Right Skills Now geared for veterans -- a segment of our workforce we absolutely must support.

Agreement In Place To Settle Mine Pollution Case

AP | Posted 12.08.2012 | Green

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Government regulators, environmental groups and International Coal Group have reached a proposed agreement to resolve a disput...

Are You Ready?

Jon Whitmore | Posted 12.01.2012 | Education
Jon Whitmore

Are you ready to move on to the next course in school? To advance to the next level of piano, karate, dance or swimming lessons? To succeed in college? To begin your career? To earn a professional license or certification? To pass the bar exam?

Normal Heart Opens ACT Season With Rage, Compassion and Love

Leo Stutzin | Posted 11.25.2012 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Rage. Frustration. Terror. Helplessness. Determination. Persistence. Larry Kramer embodied all those emotions and more when he wrote The Normal Heart, which runs through October 7 at the American Conservator Theater.

5-Year-Olds Put To The Test As Kindergarten Exams Gain Steam

Reuters | Posted 11.26.2012 | Education

(Repeats with text unchanged) * At least 25 states mandate kindergarten assessment * Critics worry testing 5-year-olds i...

SAT Scores Edge Down, ACT Now More Popular Exam

AP | JUSTIN POPE | Posted 11.24.2012 | Education

-- Average national scores on two of the three sections of the SAT college entrance exam edged down for the high school class of 2012, which was the ...

Infographic: The Costs Of Senior Year

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 11.10.2012 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

It's back to school season. That usually means ice-breakers, homework, and navigating a new class schedule. But for seniors, it also means breaking op...

Will A New Conversation About Funding Pre-K Take Hold In Mississippi?

| Liz Willen | Posted 08.27.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. A new conversation about pre-k is emerging in Mississippi as citizens e...

Can Reading Comprehension Be Taught for Standardized Tests?

Alex Mallory | Posted 10.24.2012 | Education
Alex Mallory

When it comes to standardized test preparation, reading comprehension seems to be the most confounding subject for parents and students.

The Stopwatch Doesn't Lie

Jon Whitmore | Posted 10.22.2012 | Education
Jon Whitmore

In academics, Americans are once again being trounced by their peers. As sports fans, we wouldn't put up with three of five basketball players not knowing their plays, but as citizens, we seem to have little outrage over similar performance in our nation's classrooms.

Eating Disorder Therapist Emily Sandoz on Accepting the Reality of Bad Body Image

Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W. | Posted 10.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W.

When I heard word of a self-help workbook in the works about a promising new kind of CBT for body dissatisfaction called acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), I made a mental note.

The Rules Of The Game

Jon Whitmore | Posted 09.25.2012 | Education
Jon Whitmore

Studying still matters. Hard work still matters. Passion still matters. But unless we help our young people develop the world-class skills required by our global economy, there's a good chance it won't work out. And that's a tragedy for everyone involved.

ACT Developing Career Test For Kindergarteners

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 07.02.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- A new digital tool to test academic and behavioral skills will target students starting in kindergarten. ACT, the organization that dev...

ACT's Exuberant 'Scottsboro Boys' Flaunts Vitality, Humor in a Grim Tale

Leo Stutzin | Posted 09.01.2012 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

2012-07-02-pullquote1.jpgWith The Scottsboro Boys, John Kander and Fred Ebb turned their eyes closer to home, at a horrendous travesty of American justice.

Can a Standardized Test Trump the High School Diploma at Predicting Job Readiness?

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.19.2012 | Business
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

17 year-old Ana Diaz got her first ever job after taking the WorkKeys Assessment. Photo:Brett Myers/Youth Radio By: Sayre Quevedo According the US ...

Unprepared College Freshmen Faced With Remedial Classes

Posted 06.18.2012 | Education

High school graduates may be attending college in record numbers, but that doesn’t mean they are necessarily ready for higher education. Accordin...

China's College Entrance Exam Is Serious Business

Gregory Kristof | Posted 06.11.2012 | Education

Just as students around the country buckle down for final exams at school, their counterparts in China are sitting for a test of their own. But unlike...

Calculator Shopping, the Night Before the SAT

J.D. Rothman | Posted 07.05.2012 | Parents
J.D. Rothman

What time does Staples close, in case your child can't locate his TI-183 calculator the night before the SAT exam? What is the ACT?

'Maple and Vine' Offers Breezy Journey to a Less-than-idyllic Time

Leo Stutzin | Posted 06.10.2012 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

If you're sick and tired of today's rat race, just step right back into 1955. In Maple and Vine, the breezy fantasy that's earning loads of laughs, that's more than a dream. It's a possibility.

Tighter Security For SAT, ACT In Wake Of Cheating

AP | FRANK ELTMAN | Posted 05.27.2012 | Education

MINEOLA, N.Y. — The millions of students who take the SAT or ACT each year will have to submit photos of themselves when they sign up for the co...

Civil War and Personal Tragedy Add Up to a Huge Theatrical Challenge

Leo Stutzin | Posted 04.29.2012 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

How do you capture the chaos, anguish and tragedy of civil war, within the limited canvas of the stage? That's the task the playwright Wajdi Mouawad set for himself in writing the epic drama Scorched.

PHOTOS: Leading Ladies Return To Their SF Roots

Robin Wilkey | Posted 02.01.2012 | San Francisco

On Tuesday, San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater honored alumni Oscar-nominated Annette Bening and Emmy-nominated Elizabeth Banks at its inau...

5 College-Bound Tips for Justin Bieber's Mom

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 03.07.2012 | Parents
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

Rumor has it that 17-year-old Justin Bieber might not have college on his radar, BUT he hasn't ruled it out yet. So while it's not at the top of his p...