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How the Education System Fails Underprivileged Students

Brandy Williams | Posted 10.29.2011 | Black Voices
Brandy Williams

Well-meaning educators are often the source for underprivileged student failures. In giving underprivileged students excuses and passes, educators teach them that the world owes them something.

Parenting: What Praise Helps and What Praise Harms?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 10.29.2011 | Parents
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Astounding research shows that praising children for their abilities actually lowers their level of achievement, while praising them for their effort ...

The Classroom Of An 'Unschooler,' Who Learns By Not Going To School

AP | By LEANNE ITALIE | Posted 10.29.2011 | Education

-- School's never out for 14-year-old Zoe Bentley. Nor is it ever in. The perky teen from Tucson, Ariz., explores what she likes, when she likes as ...

HBCU Blues: America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the 21st Century

Della Britton | Posted 10.29.2011 | Black Voices
Della Britton

In more recent years, budget cuts, aging buildings and failing infrastructures have undercut the once vital role many HBCUs played in educating and uplifting the Black community.

Joy Resmovits

Who Should Run Indianapolis Schools? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.29.2011 | Education

Today, Indiana’s Board of Education is expected to rubber-stamp a contentious plan for the state to take over three high schools and one middle scho...

Third World America: One Year Later

Arianna Huffington | Posted 10.28.2011 | Books
Arianna Huffington

I wanted the book to serve as "a warning, a way of saying that if we don't change course -- and quickly -- that could very well be our future." Well, 12 months on, the paperback version of the book is coming out and, sad to say, almost none of those troubling trends have been reversed.

Schools Chief Takes $800,000 Pay Cut

AP | TRACIE CONE | Posted 10.28.2011 | Education

FRESNO, Calif. -- Some people give back to their community. Then there's Fresno County School Superintendent Larry Powell, who's really giving back. A...

An Unusual Gift That Let's This 13-Year-Old Find Belonging At Med School

AP | By MARTHA IRVINE | Posted 10.28.2011 | Education

GARY, Ind. -- He is about half the age of other students in the room. Yet 13-year-old Noah Egler is completely in his element, wearing powder blue med...

New York Scraps $27 Million Contract With Murdoch Education Affiliate

Posted 10.27.2011 | Education

The state of New York has scrapped a controversial $27 million contract between Rupert Murdoch's Wireless Generation and the state's Education Departm...

One Size Fits Most

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 10.26.2011 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

Two worldviews on education reform emerge. One obsesses about curricular "coherence" in our nation's schools. The other seeks to unleash dynamism inside our K-12 education system. Thankfully, the two visions can be combined.

Drug Test Proposal Inspires 8-Day Teacher Strike In Central Ill.

Posted 10.26.2011 | Chicago

Angered by a newly proposed random drug testing policy, the teachers union in the Illini Bluffs School District in the central Illinois town of Glasfo...

Zach Carter

Another Rick Perry Staffer Ensnared In Teacher Death Bond Scheme | Zach Carter | Posted 10.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Texas Governor Rick Perry's ties to Swiss banking giant UBS go beyond his relationship with former Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas). Perry's cu...

The Second Year Of College: A Parent's Guide

Adele Scheele | Posted 10.26.2011 | Parents
Adele Scheele

As a parent, your job is to help your child use college as a laboratory to discover his or her interests and develop a full set of academic and life skills.

DC Public Schools Prepares for Hurricane Irene | Posted 10.26.2011 | Education

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) is working to prepare our buildings and school community this weekend for Hurricane Irene, which is expecte...

Facebook Law Blocked, Has 'Chilling Effect' On Free Speech, Judge Says

AP | DAVID A. LIEB | Posted 10.26.2011 | Education

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A new Missouri law prohibiting teachers from having private online conversations with students suffered a double setback F...

How This Hurt Latino Students, And Regulators Let It Happen

AP | By GOSIA WOZNIACKA | Posted 10.26.2011 | Education

FRESNO, Calif. -- California pesticide regulators discriminated against Latino schoolchildren when they annually approved a powerful pesticide used ne...

The American Dream, In Black and White

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Nelson

Obscured by incessant chatter about the credit rating and national debt is the sad reality of poverty and hunger in America. At the root of these issues is the ugly legacy of racism and the failure to recognize white privilege.

Joy Resmovits

Investigator Uncovers Even More Teacher Cheating In Georgia | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.25.2011 | Education

Richard Hyde, the investigator behind the July bombshell report of extensive teacher cheating in Atlanta's schools, expects to have the next installme...

Chicago App Developers Rise to the Head of the Class

Brad Spirrison | Posted 10.25.2011 | Chicago
Brad Spirrison

When it comes to developing educational apps for elementary, high school and college students alike, there are a few local developers who are schooling the competition.

Valuing Both Breadth and Depth in Language Education

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana | Posted 10.25.2011 | Education
Marjorie Faulstich Orellana

An Assistant Professor at the University of Texas, Austin, Ramón Martinez studied the ways sixth grade students combined English and Spanish in everyday conversation. Then he asked them why they did so.

Building Early Road Scholars: Giving Your Kids the Drive to Succeed

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 10.25.2011 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

Students can make the most of their commute to school with one simple tool: a smartphone or mobile device such as an iPad. These devices allow students to be more effective learners than any generation before.

The Ultimate School Disaster Plan

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 10.25.2011 | Comedy
Jeffrey Shaffer

Take a moment to answer a few questions that will help us carry on in your absence, and raise your student in a manner that honors family traditions and values.

Saving Endangered Languages

Fox News Latino | Posted 10.25.2011 | Latino Voices

Conducting field research in southern Bolivia, linguist Susan Kalt hikes roughly two hours to reach the communities where she studies Quechua. ...

State's Superintendent Turnover Rate Rises To Almost 30%

Statehouse Bureau, | Michael Symons | Posted 10.25.2011 | Education

TRENTON -- Nearly 30 percent of New Jersey school districts hired new superintendents in the last year, a larger-than-usual turnover that may have res...

Before Including Test Scores, Reform the Structure of Teacher Evaluation Itself

Andrew K. Miller | Posted 10.25.2011 | Education
Andrew K. Miller

If you really want teachers to come to table and even consider using student data as part of their evaluation, then the processes and structures of evaluation must be reformed first.