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Boycotting Chick-Fil-A While Conservative Christians Play "Victim" Card

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.04.2012 | Business
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While private companies like Chick-Fil-A have the right to support organizations and causes of their choice, should public tax-supported institutions such as universities maintain connections with those companies that expressly violate campus non-discrimination policies?

Don't Let Student Loan Rates Double

Rep. Joe Courtney | Posted 04.04.2012 | College
Rep. Joe Courtney

On 7/1/12, interest rates on subsidized Stafford student loans will double if Congress does nothing. Borrowers taking out $23,000 in loans will see their interest balloon by an estimated $5,000 over a 10-year repayment period.

Moving Beyond the Value-Added Debate: A Teacher's Take

Teach Plus | Posted 04.04.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

Unlike in the business world, where trade secrets, patents, and original ideas can mean the difference between profitable enterprises and those that fail, teachers around the country need to share our best practices.

Auction 2012: Greedy Bastards and Student Debt

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics
Dylan Ratigan

Like banks and oil companies, those who run our universities push the hidden risk they incur to taxpayers. It's not as obvious as what we saw with subprime home loans, but it is potentially as destructive.

A Pretty Little Idea With Huge Potential: Open Up DonorsChoose.org to Students!

Troian Bellisario | Posted 04.04.2012 | Impact
Troian Bellisario

These high school students have great ideas -- they just need the funding and the tools to make them happen! Donorschoose.org is designed to make a little go a really long way, so give what you can.

It's Deeper Than You Think

Elliot Washor | Posted 04.03.2012 | Education
Elliot Washor

Many students drop out because of academic failure, behavioral problems, and life issues, but many more students stay in school but drop out in their heads, gradually disengaging from what the schools have to offer.

Her Ability to Connect: Lacey Tompkins Inspires

John Robinson | Posted 04.03.2012 | Impact
John Robinson

Lacey Tompkins came to us from an impromptu meeting with Dave Kerpen at Likeable Media in New York. I read Dave's book this past summer as I was buil...

Jesmyn Ward: What Black History Month Means To Me

Jesmyn Ward | Posted 04.03.2012 | Books
Jesmyn Ward

What I learned of Black History when I was younger was personal, built on a family history of resistance

Funny Video Reveals American Teens Lack Basic Knowledge

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 02.05.2012 | Education

If there was ever a movie to make you laugh to keep from crying, it's this one. Austin, an intrepid young student-reporter, embarks on the noble m...

College Admissions Craze: Are We Making Our Kids Sick?

Debra Ollivier | Posted 04.03.2012 | Fifty
Debra Ollivier

Do we do a disservice to our children's sense of self-reliance and authenticity by being too vigorously involved in the college application process?

The Next Economy and the 'Next Politics'

Thomas Fisher | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics
Thomas Fisher

The Obama administration's efforts to enhance manufacturing jobs, while very much needed, seem focused on a 20th century model of large-scale, "heavy" industry.

GOP Lawkmaker: Keeping Teacher Pay Low 'A Biblical Principle'

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education

Someone alert the unions: raising teacher pay will actually make for worse teachers--according to one GOP lawmaker. Alabama state Sen. Shadrack McG...

Meet 2012's Sexually Healthy Seminaries

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 04.02.2012 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

When I went to seminary, I was surprised to discover how little information there was about sexuality in my courses. Today, the landscape at U.S. seminaries, divinity and rabbinical schools is shifting toward increased sexuality education.

What Do Teachers Do?

John Merrow | Posted 04.02.2012 | Education
John Merrow

I am still searching for the one right word to describe teachers today. Reviewing the candidates: competitors, policemen, social workers, surrogate parents, counselors, health care providers, nutritionists and ringmasters.

It's Time to Ditch the Dumbing Down and Start the Wising Up

Christina Patterson | Posted 04.02.2012 | Home
Christina Patterson

What the BBC needs to do, says Chris Patten, is "to explain, to interrogate, and to find artistic expression for the big ideas". It's time, in other words, and not just for the country's main broadcaster, to ditch the dumbing down and start the wising up.

Digital Learning Day Is Happening Today

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 04.02.2012 | Education
Esther Wojcicki

Want to know how we can improve our schools using technology? Want to know how your son/daughter's education can be more effective?

What Schools Are Really Blocking When They Block Social Media

Craig Watkins | Posted 04.01.2012 | Education
Craig Watkins

Can social media be a distraction? Absolutely. Will some students access questionable content? Yes. But many students use social media to enhance their learning, expand the reach of the classroom and fashion their own personal learning networks.

Maybe Private School Is Cheaper Than Ritalin

Holly Robinson | Posted 04.01.2012 | Education
Holly Robinson

Your child needs to be learning in a place that will support his strengths rather than view him as a problem. For children who are bright or anxious, active or inattentive, simply changing how and where they learn can make all the difference.

An Election About Nothing?

Al Checchi | Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics
Al Checchi

Both parties have billed the 2012 election as the most important in a generation, a real page turner. Both say that we face a clear choice. Both have done everything possible to obscure exactly what that choice is.

What the Monster Wrote: How Will the College Board Grade a Well-Written Endorsement of Evil?

Eliot Schrefer | Posted 04.01.2012 | Education
Eliot Schrefer

What would the College Board do with an essay that gave it exactly what it asked for as far as structure and writing quality, but took as its topic something truly monstrous?

National Parks Help Tame the Environmental Crisis

Susan Smartt | Posted 04.01.2012 | Education
Susan Smartt

Only five percent of our school children have a meaningful experience in national parks. What happens in the environmental education cloud can increase that number.

Cookies With Christianity

Bill Berkowitz | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Bill Berkowitz

Bible study programs (a.k.a. sectarian training sessions) are alive and well in thousands of afterschool programs in public school facilities across the country.

Shooting the Messenger: Arizona and the Ban On Ethnic Studies

John Riofrio | Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics
John Riofrio

The misguided decision to ban ethnic studies turns truth into criminal behavior. It recasts Latinos and communities of color as outsiders, blaming them for their struggles in our flawed educational system.

Fostering Our Future: Foster Youth Advocate for Better Lives

Ryann Blackshere | Posted 03.31.2012 | Impact
Ryann Blackshere

Current and former foster youth will converge on the Capitol building in Sacramento, CA, to advocate for their rights, an example of a broadening foster youth-led political movement laying roots across the nation.

Amid 'Turnaround Agenda,' Teachers, Communities Overshadowed by Corporate Reforms

Michelle Chen | Posted 09.14.2012 | Education
Michelle Chen

The conversation about school reform in Washington is replete with big ideas -- glossy proposals for "accountability," putting the "students first," fixing "broken" schools, all in hopes of making America "competitive" again. Yet our schools are poorer than ever.