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Why I Won't Be Sending My Child to Preschool... Yet

Anjali Joshi | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

I look down and my eyes well up. Immediately, I hug him tightly as if trying to shield him from the scary world he will eventually be a part of. He is startled with my response, but welcomes my embrace with a giggle.

Don't Squander Teachers' Support for Common Core

Linda Rosen | Posted 04.11.2014 | Education
Linda Rosen

Until now, teachers have helped protect Common Core State Standards against those who want to bury them. Yet if teachers don't get more support for te...

How a Mother's Mission Ignites Self-Worth in Houston Girls

Ahrif Sarumi | Posted 04.11.2014 | Impact
Ahrif Sarumi

On a cloudy morning in Houston, TX, I peered out at the bright eyes and pearly smiles among the fourth and fifth grades girls at Codwell Elementary Sc...

A Different Four Questions

Stuart Dow | Posted 04.11.2014 | Religion
Stuart Dow

Leaving aside the curiosity that none of what the children ask about has actually occurred at that point in the evening, I'd like to suggest four different questions for adults to ponder (if not sing) this year during Passover.

Educator George E. Leonard's Phenomenal Results in New York City: Could The National Stage Be Next?

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 04.11.2014 | Education
Akoshia Yoba

There is a bright spot on the horizon--a leader in education who through his innovative and effective approach to teaching students in the inner cities, has proven himself to be astonishingly disruptive to the status quo in the best of ways. His name is George E. Leonard.

20 Students Stabbed: It's Time to Wake Up

Shefali Tsabary | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents
Shefali Tsabary

Yet another act of mass violence in one of America's schools hit the headlines this morning. This time it's not a shooting, but some 20 high school st...

If You Could Help End Extreme Poverty, Would You? We Can. Let's Take it On.

Ravi Kumar | Posted 04.11.2014 | Impact
Ravi Kumar

Talent is everywhere, but opportunities are not. That's the conventional belief. Today, after listening to some amazing young people speak about t...

USDA Kicks Off Drive for School Meals Worldwide

William Lambers | Posted 04.11.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

Throughout their careers, McGovern and Dole have fought for school lunches for all children, both here in the U.S. and abroad. That is the goal we have to keep seeking.

Southern Fried Sex Ed

Lester & Charlie | Posted 04.11.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

There's been oodles of talk lately about women in America! Aren't they better off (as some conservatives suggest) seeking a rich husband than a good job? Do they deserve equal pay?

Autism and Anxiety: Common Companions

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

Living on the spectrum comes with daily challenges for the child, his parent, and his teachers. Here are some tips that can help a child on the spectrum experience less anxiety in their day and feel calmer inside.

Ask the Art Professor: Should I Drop Out of Art School?

Clara Lieu | Posted 04.11.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

"If I transfer somewhere else, can I expect that teachers will actually have something to teach? That I won't just be shown YouTube videos? Should I just drop out and educate myself through the Internet?"

Schools for Sustainability Wins Philly doGooder Awards

Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso | Posted 04.11.2014 | Impact
Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso

This post is co-authored by Andrea Landis Philly DoGooder II launched its second annual awards ceremony on March 12th in Hamilton Hall at the Univer...

Climate Change, Media, Psychology & the Denial of Death

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 04.10.2014 | Green
Mitchell J. Rabin

On the standard, commercial television channels we hear about extreme weather virtually every single day. Droughts in the southwest hardly seen since...

Comprehending Comprehensive Sexual Education

Hannah Berkman | Posted 04.10.2014 | Education
Hannah Berkman

The message is clear: the United States public demands the amelioration and perhaps an overhaul of the sexual education system. More importantly, students deserve to receive accurate and objective information.

Can You Educate to Freedom?

Yaacov Cohen | Posted 04.10.2014 | Religion
Yaacov Cohen

'Education' and 'freedom' may seem like somewhat contradictory concepts. In some modern societies, education is looked as an integral component -- giving people liberty, autonomy and independence through the power and informed choices that come with knowledge.

The American Curiosity Crisis

Gary R. Gruber, Ph.D. | Posted 04.10.2014 | Education
Gary R. Gruber, Ph.D.

Everybody is scrambling for the quick answer, or wanting to know how to beat a test, which incidentally doesn't work.

The Danger of Role Models: A New Perspective

Shefali Tsabary | Posted 04.10.2014 | Parents
Shefali Tsabary

It isn't aspiring for success in terms of being a doctor or lawyer that's the barometer of a successful upbringing; It's aspiring to be all you can be, on your individual schedule and in your own unique way.

Good Writing Honors the Reader

Vicki Cobb | Posted 04.09.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

No matter how high the bar is set, simply stating the standards does not mean that students will perform at a higher level. The absurd weight now accorded to standardized testing is destroying public education and, I fear, a generation of learner.

Students Need Push Time and Pull Time

Tim Elmore | Posted 04.09.2014 | Education
Tim Elmore

Students need stimulating challenges. We all do better when teachers or leaders call out the best in us. I am not suggesting overwhelming students, but rather challenging them to think and try hard.

The Importance of Being Kind in an Unkind World

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis | Posted 04.09.2014 | Good News
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

Perspective and how you choose to view the world around you are, in fact, a choice. I encourage you to always choose to focus on the abundant good that is all around you.

If It's Good Enough for the Swiss, It's Good Enough for US

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

Written by Kyle Coward, Writer, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning It's hard not to admire Switzerland for quite a few things - everything f...

Accepted? Now, How to Pick Your Perfect College

Chuck Cohn | Posted 04.09.2014 | College
Chuck Cohn

Students who are lucky enough to have received multiple college acceptances have quite a challenging decision-making process ahead of them. When evaluating their final criteria about which school to attend, they are burdened with multiple factors to consider.

The Recent Supreme Court Decision Gives Even More Power to the Wealthy

David Lyell | Posted 04.09.2014 | Education
David Lyell

Teaching is a thankless job. And though the voices of the working class are often already ignored by management, astonishingly, it could get worse with the recent ruling that caps on political contributions are unconstitutional.

Taxation Without Representation 2014

Courtney McKinney | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Courtney McKinney

I know it does not bode well that at 24 I am this jaded about the political process. I have had enough of politicians not listening to me and the rest of us while they continue to act as they please.

College Learning and the Digital Age

Seamus Carey, Ph.D. | Posted 04.09.2014 | College
Seamus Carey, Ph.D.

Given the need for this shift in college students, digital learning presents both a danger and an opportunity. The danger of the digital world is that it closes students off from the shift that is required if students are to become serious learners.