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True Lessons of East Asian Education

Jung-kyu Kim | Posted 03.11.2014 | Education
Jung-kyu Kim

Having studied in both Korea and the U.S., we do not find much to admire about the Korean education system. For all its faults, the "liberal" American system cultivates initiative and ingenuity like no other, a fact which might explain why the U.S. still leads the world in technological and cultural innovation.

Educational Opportunities, or Lack Thereof, Across the Globe

Jared Bernstein | Posted 03.10.2014 | Education
Jared Bernstein

Access to decent education, starting with preschool, remains a significant challenge even here in wealthy America, and of course far more so in less developed countries. Many of the world's kids will apparently tell you so.

Quantum Education Comes From Three 'R's + Four 'C's

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 03.02.2014 | Education
Molly Alexander Darden

Not fully understanding the link between education and its effect on their future success, our youth are often distracted with social media along with athletics -- tweeting constantly, both in class and out.

First Christmases in Bethlehem and America

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Terry Kelhawk

Perhaps each of our births is a type of first Christmas. We arrive as strangers on this planet. On this hostile planet we all will have crosses to bear. We are not the Savior, but we can be a savior.

Seeing Harvard Students Be Wrong Is Satisfying

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 11.22.2013 | College

What is the capital of Canada? Don't know the answer? That's fine, because basically no one at Harvard University knows either. When a reporter...

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.

No More Status Quo -- Why We Must Improve the Social Standing of Teachers

Vikas Pota | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Vikas Pota

Teachers often suffer from low-esteem, low regard and are derided by "the system." How can we expect change in the classroom if the person responsible for molding the minds of tomorrow's leaders has no standing in their local community?

When Children are Born Learning

Susan A. Buffett | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Susan A. Buffett

As a country we have looked to education as a road to equal opportunity - as a path to gaining knowledge, developing skills and learning behaviors that prepare children to do well as students, workers and citizens throughout their life.

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?

My Last Baccalaureate Address: Lately It Occurs to Me...

Richard C. Levin | Posted 07.19.2013 | College
Richard C. Levin

We leave together. You leave Yale College after four years; I leave the Yale Presidency after twenty. I find myself thinking about a Grateful Dead song written in 1970, the year I came to Yale as a graduate student. You know the words: "Lately it occurs to me, what a long, strange trip it's been." It's been a long trip, but, for us, more wonderful than strange.

Public Schools and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 05.19.2013 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Students from disenfranchised social groups in the United States continue to receive substandard K-12 education and have significantly less access to higher education and other valued social opportunities and resources.

The Case for Economic Education

Jack Noland | Posted 05.14.2013 | Teen
Jack Noland

The best way to fight is through knowledge, and the simplest place to cultivate that understanding is in schools. Money is simply too important to be passed over by education.

Truths About Education That Parents Need to Know

Dr. Rhonda Joy Edwards Vansant | Posted 04.08.2013 | Parents
Dr. Rhonda Joy Edwards Vansant

Education is overwhelmed with an allegiance to mandated curriculums and standardized testing. Students are tired and weary. Teachers must not think and create on their own -- they must follow the mandated path.

Global Connections, Common Core Standards Can Boost U.S. Student Competitiveness, Education Ranking

Miles Gilburne | Posted 01.30.2013 | Education
Miles Gilburne

How do American students fare on the latest round of respected international assessments? Not so well, according to recent results on the exam known as the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA.

America the Multilingual

Lance A. Twitchell | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics
Lance A. Twitchell

Every Native American language is in extreme danger. Some of them are looking at language death in the next decade, and some are trying to just stabilize the number of children who are learning and speaking their ancestral languages.

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

How Do We Overcome Racial Stereotypes To Create A Fair, Effective Education System?

Posted 12.24.2012 | Education

Idaho last week became the 34th state to receive a waiver from No Child Left Behind, the sweeping Bush-era education law that sought to make all stude...

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.

Are You Smarter Than A 10th Grader? Take The Test

Posted 11.11.2012 | Education

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's 2012 Education at a Glance report released today is a trove of education indicators. B...

Giving Our Children an Equal Opportunity to Succeed

Martin J. Blank | Posted 10.31.2012 | Education
Martin J. Blank

This is a challenging time to be young and poor in the United States. How do we return fairness and equal opportunity to the lives of poor children? How can we improve their chances in life?

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...

How To Fix Our 'Mediocre To Awful' Science Standards

| Posted 08.09.2012 | Science

Americans have grown accustomed to bad news about student performance in math and science. On a 2009 study administered by the Organization for Econo...

Should Students Be Memorizing Poetry?

John Lundberg | Posted 08.17.2012 | Home
John Lundberg

Do you agree? Or do you think forcing a kid to memorize a Shakespeare sonnet is no more useful than forcing him to eat a brussels sprout?

A New Dawn for STEM Education

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 05.14.2012 | Education
Rep. Barbara Lee

The STEM gap is a real and complex issue. We cannot overcome the challenges we face without the collaboration of educators, parents, industry partners and mentors and policymakers with the courage to fight for bold investment in STEM education.