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Are Parents a Privileged Class in Education?

Shaun Johnson | Posted 11.07.2011 | Education
Shaun Johnson

An astounding number of Monday-morning quarterbacks and backseat drivers persist in bloviating about how to solve real problems in education, claiming their expertise as a former student or being a parent of a student.

Joy Resmovits

U.S. Education Secretary Rides 'The Magic School Bus' | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.07.2011 | Education

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan kicked off his three-day Great Lakes bus tour here, in a city he calls a national model for...

A Decade Later, Students With Bush On 9/11 Remember The Day

AP | MITCH STACY | Posted 11.07.2011 | Education

SARASOTA, Fla. — The 16 children who shared modern America's darkest moment with President George W. Bush are high school seniors now – fo...

A Teachable Moment for Parents

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 11.07.2011 | Education
Jeffrey Shaffer

The education system is not just for the students. Learning doesn't stop because you're a grownup. You should be talking to your teachers, and other parents, and keeping yourself informed all the time.

Sam Stein

Michelle Rhee's Key Hire Finds Difficulty In Diffusing Union Distrust | Sam Stein | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Attempts to bridge the divide between self-styled education reform groups and teachers unions, backed by progressive organizations, hit ...

Seeking a More Cosmopolitan America

Paul Stoller | Posted 11.07.2011 | Education
Paul Stoller

The lack of volition to travel overseas corresponds to a shocking ignorance about other parts of the world. Contemporary students are notoriously ignorant of world geography. Many of them think that Africa, for example, is one country rather than a continent of 53 sovereign nations.

Meet the Poster Child for Charter School Burnout

Alexander Russo | Posted 11.07.2011 | Education
Alexander Russo

A young charter school administrator named Jessica Reid played a small but important role in Steve Brill's book, Class Warfare. What's it been like for her to be part of the book?You might be surprised.

Low-Hanging Pants and Other Phenomena

Danielle Moss Lee | Posted 11.07.2011 | Black Voices
Danielle Moss Lee

I've got to be honest. I am not a huge fan of "sagging." I hate to think that I'm an unenlightened, fuddy-duddy in my own frustration with this particular style. But, my objections may be more nuanced than most.

Introducing The Biz and Livia Stone Foundation

Biz Stone | Posted 11.07.2011 | Impact
Biz Stone

Our future greatly depends on the minds of young people and our shared attitude toward the natural world. Together, we must understand that life is supported by the ecosystem surrounding us and our environment is profoundly impacted by the choices we make.

Many Americans Born Into Middle Class End Up Falling Out Of It

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.07.2011 | Business

The promise of the American dream has given many hope that they themselves could one day rise up the economic ladder. But according to a study release...

New Yorkers Say Schools Aren't Better Under Bloomberg

The New York Times | Sharon Otterman and Allison Kopicki | Posted 11.07.2011 | Education

New Yorkers are broadly dissatisfied with the quality of their public schools, and most say the city's school system has stagnated or declined since M...

Duncan On Bus Tour To Talk Education

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 11.07.2011 | Education

PITTSBURGH — Education Secretary Arne Duncan set out Wednesday on a three-day bus tour across the Rust Belt manufacturing region. His message is...

The Pendulum Swings, and Choices Await

John Merrow | Posted 11.07.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Time was, this country had about 130,000 school districts; today we have somewhere around 14,000. The pendulum has swung toward centralization.

Intelligence In The Age Of Google

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 11.06.2011 | Education
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

As we nudge, herd and prod our kids toward the limestone facades or semi-permanent trailers and across the academic threshold for another school year, perhaps it is worth taking the time to consider how we evaluate our students.

Richtel's Rearview Mirror Misses The Mark

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 11.06.2011 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

Matt Richtel's Sunday feature in The New York Times did a disservice to the field of personal digital learning. Richtel knows well the case for digital learning; he just chose to leave it out.

Back To School At Hong Kong's New Learning Hotel

Winnie So | Posted 11.06.2011 | Travel
Winnie So

This week, the nearly 2,000 faculty and students starting classes at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University's School of Hotel & Tourism Management (SHTM...

More Schools Afflicted By Alleged Teacher Cheating

Posted 11.06.2011 | Education

Student test scores from two Los Angeles-area schools have been thrown out based on evidence of cheating by teachers. Three teachers at Short Avenu...

A Crawling Issue: Head Lice Treatments Worse Than The Pest Itself?

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.06.2011 | Parents
The Center for Public Integrity

By Jeremy Borden, iWatch NewsAs children flock back to school, the annual plague of head lice lurks beyond the classroom doors. The vile creatures d...

America Must Create The Right Kind Of Jobs

New York Times | Paul Osterman | Posted 11.06.2011 | Business

ON Thursday, President Obama will deliver a major speech on America’s employment crisis. But too often, what is lost in the call for job creation is...

Minot Schools Open A Week Behind After City's Worst Flood

AP | By JAMES MacPHERSON | Posted 11.05.2011 | Education

MINOT, N.D. -- In his first year as superintendent of Minot's public schools, Mark Vollmer is stepping into a mess: Record flooding wrecked six of his...

Teachers And Other Labor Unions Adjust To New Reality Under Obama

AP | By SAM HANANEL | Posted 11.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the early days of the Obama administration, organized labor had grand visions of pushing through a sweeping agenda that would help bo...

Properly Addressing the Crisis Facing Black and Latino Men

Niobe Way, Ed.D. | Posted 11.05.2011 | Education
Niobe Way, Ed.D.

Research has revealed a concrete set of factors preventing young black and Latino men from thriving in and out of school, and ultimately as adults. Addressing these factors should be at the core of any initiative that aims to help them succeed.

Back to School Doesn't Have to Mean Back to Tests

Lisa Nielsen | Posted 11.04.2011 | Education
Lisa Nielsen

Social media has become a mobilizing force in bringing together students, educators, and parents who are frustrated with the data-driven, standardized, one-size-fits all learning taking place in publicly-funded schools today.

What Does "Student-Centered" Learning Really Mean?

William Astore | Posted 11.04.2011 | Education
William Astore

As a society, we talk about the importance of leaders in all walks of life, but when it comes to our classrooms, many of us seem to want to empower the followers while executing the sages when the former do poorly on standardized tests.

Three CPS Schools Break From Union, OK Longer School Day

Posted 11.03.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard received an early Labor Day present when teachers at three sm...