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American Education System

What Do Kids Learn From Doing Homework?

Laurie Levy | Posted 05.13.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

The nature of homework -- at what age it should start and what it should ask of children -- will continue to evolve. For now, perhaps we should want something better for our children than subjecting them to the same pressures that make our lives so hectic and stressful.

Seven Ideas to Build Perseverance in Students (Part One)

Tim Elmore | Posted 06.21.2014 | Education
Tim Elmore

As the researchers were in Singapore, they were looking for an amazing new solution they could bring back to U.S. schools. But instead of grand key, they found that as Singapore students did their work, they were consistently reinforced with two ideas: attitude and perseverance.

America's Kids Start Learning Way Before Kindergarten

Jim Steyer | Posted 12.03.2013 | Impact
Jim Steyer

Much of my work during the past decade has involved helping parents better understand the problems of unfettered media and technology access to their kids.

It's Common Sense to Come Together for Our Kids

Chris Dodd | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Chris Dodd

When we served together in the Senate, we found ourselves on different sides of a variety of issues. But when it came to common-sense measures that benefitted our country and our citizens, we pulled together.

Grappling With the Question: Why Isn't America Number 1?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 10.22.2013 | Impact
Karin Chenoweth

Some bad news makes you question whether we, as a nation, have the smarts, the wherewithal, the old-fashioned grit to solve our problems. For example: while the rest of the world's kids seem to be getting smarter, our kids don't. But why?

Shaking Up America's Education System

Simone Bernstein | Posted 02.27.2013 | Teen
Simone Bernstein

At 17 years old, Nikhil Goyal is shaking up America's education system. While most high school students focus on athletics, academics and socializing, Goyal aims to transform education.

Escape: How to Avoid Being a Product of the System

Imtiaz Majeed | Posted 01.30.2013 | Teen
Imtiaz Majeed

Homework. Testing. Memorization. I just summed up today's education system in three words. If it isn't on the test, it doesn't matter.

My Stance on Education Reform

Tara Subramaniam | Posted 01.21.2013 | Teen
Tara Subramaniam

If I were Arne Duncan, the first thing I'd attempt to change is the mindset that grades are the end-all, be-all. I would try to encourage people to try and not worry about if they fail, that it's OK to mess up.

The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics

William H. Schmidt | Posted 01.05.2013 | Education
William H. Schmidt

The good news is that teachers and parents are open to the idea of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. The bad news is that parents and teachers don't have a lot of information about what the Common Core really is

Honesty

Kevin McCrea | Posted 12.12.2012 | Education
Kevin McCrea

America is no longer an honest country. The left is not honest. The right is not honest. The top is not honest. The bottom is not honest. I am not honest. You are not honest.

The Real Crisis in American Education: The Hardest One to Talk About

Mark Schulman | Posted 11.18.2012 | College
Mark Schulman

This is the essence of American education's existential crisis: if we want education to be a jobs program, we have to treat it as one. If we want it to be and do more, we have to stop treating it as just a jobs program.

Educating Kids: Americans Have Spoken, Now It's the Candidates' Turn

Matt James | Posted 09.11.2012 | Education
Matt James

There's a big subject the candidates may want to pay more attention to if they want to capture the support of American voters -- the future of our children.

Majority Of Americans Dissatisfied With Public Education, But Like Their Own Schools

Posted 08.31.2012 | Education

More than half of Americans are dissatisfied with American public education, but are more inclined to rate their own children’s schools highly, acco...

In Defense of Algebra and Other Difficult Subjects

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 10.07.2012 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

Isn't the point of being a student to challenge oneself?

Inequality in the American Education System

William H. Schmidt | Posted 09.16.2012 | College
William H. Schmidt

The reality is that, for most students, the education they receive is largely based on chance, making academic opportunities into a kind of lottery -- one with profound consequences.

Step Up to Our Teachable Moments

Marc Joseph | Posted 09.05.2012 | Education
Marc Joseph

Every teacher I know is hard working and passionate about their job. They seem to have a higher calling than the average American.

Students for Education Reform

Forrest Richardson | Posted 08.29.2012 | College
Forrest Richardson

Our education system needs to adapt if America is to remain strong, but steps required to keep America globally competitive are not being taken.

The Case For Abolishing Homework In American Schools

| Lauren Miller | Posted 01.02.2012 | Home

This is a teen-written article from our friends at Teenink.com. A young girl sits at her desk, reviewing her homework assignments for the evening. ...

What France Can Learn From the US Education System

Alexandra Chevalier | Posted 12.24.2011 | Education
Alexandra Chevalier

The word "educate" derives from the Latin educare, understood as "to bring forth, to draw out, to support". As the French government is rethinking their secondary education, they should look across the Atlantic to learn a thing or two about the meaning of education.

Amy Chua: Why Is American Parenting So Close-Minded?

usatoday.com | Posted 07.11.2011 | Books

The secret to America's global success has always been its ability to attract the best human capital from around the world....

Religious Schools: 'Snow Days' and the Dual Curriculum

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

Despite questions that linger about academic performance and how canceled days and fewer hours impact it, teachers, parents, students, analysts and I agree on one key point: Safety is paramount.

What is Right with Education Reform

William D. Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William D. Green

The U.S. business community must play an important role in ensuring that the American education system prepares our youth to meet the challenges of higher education and the workplace.

WATCH: FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT: Vicki Abeles Reveals Our Education System In 'Race To Nowhere'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

WHO: Filmmaker Vicki Abeles WHAT: 'Race To Nowhere' WHEN: September 10th at the IFC CENTER, New York and LAEMMLE'S SUNSET 5, Los Angeles. National ...

Why Are Children Rejecting Science?

Dr. Larry Dossey | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Larry Dossey

Scientific organizations for years have raised the alarm over the appallingly low level of scientific literacy in the United States, but efforts to correct the situation have achieved only minimal success.

A Higher Education Model for the 21st Century

Elisa Stephens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elisa Stephens

In recent days, President Barack Obama has rightfully focused our nation's attention on a significant threat to America's economic strength and prosperity: the state of our education system.