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Where Our Nation Has Failed

Leon Friedman | Posted 03.18.2012 | Politics
Leon Friedman

In the face of our enormous economic success, why are we so deficient in dealing with the health of our infants and the population as a whole or in educating our children, in comparison with other countries in the world?

How to Cut the Budget and Improve Schools

Andrew Coulson | Posted 02.12.2012 | Education
Andrew Coulson

Given that spending thousands of millions of additional dollars hasn't noticeably improved outcomes... why keep spending it? If we really care about children's education, the way to show it is by ensuring that every dollar we spend actually accomplishes something.

Are Americans Still Eager to Learn?

Patricia Martin | Posted 02.12.2012 | Chicago
Patricia Martin

Just 8 percent of the graduates of the Chicago public schools are college-ready. That's 8 percent of a population already narrowed down by attrition -- only 57 percent of students in Chicago finish school.

Chris Kirkham

Congress Investigates 'Lavish' Executive Pay At For-Profit Colleges | Chris Kirkham | Posted 12.13.2011 | Business

Over the past three years, lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform committee have investigated bonuses and executive pay at companies t...

Online Schools Score Better On Wall Street Than In Classrooms

The New York Times | Stephanie Saul | Posted 02.12.2012 | Education

By almost every educational measure, the Agora Cyber Charter School is failing. Nearly 60 percent of its students are behind grade level in math. N...

Where do teachers come from?

John Merrow | Posted 02.12.2012 | Education
John Merrow

Our teachers come from an elite group -- college graduates -- to begin with. Where they rank within this elite is the issue, and it's simply unfair to suggest that a large group of people in the top third is somehow fundamentally flawed.

My 'brilliant' idea

John Merrow | Posted 02.12.2012 | Education
John Merrow

Some years ago, when I still believed that I was a pretty clever fellow, I dreamed up a campaign to persuade young people to stay in school. What ins...

Dearborn, MI: Local Schools Step Up To Help Students in Need | Posted 02.12.2012 | Home

"As educators, the well-being of children has to some first, and we do everything in our power to help them out."...

Will More Latino Teachers Solve The Latino Achievement Gap In U.S.?

Turnstyle | Posted 02.11.2012 | Education

By: Robyn Gee Could bolstering the Latino teacher workforce have an impact on the widening achievement gap between Latino students and their white ...

From Geometry To Gym Classes, Writing Infiltrates Every High School Course

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 12.12.2011 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Writing ... again? groaned Fred Redeaux's honors geometry class. "Let me give you a ne...

Private School Children Learn Skills to Manage in a Complex World

Ramaa Reddy Raghavan | Posted 02.11.2012 | Education
Ramaa Reddy Raghavan

Founded in 1893, Brown School is one of the few private schools to integrate mindfulness -- the practice of cultivating awareness, attention, acceptance and non-judgement -- into its entire school curriculum.

What Does Parental Involvement In A Big City School District Really Look Like?

Steven Wasko | Posted 02.11.2012 | Detroit
Steven Wasko

Have you convinced yourself that it's the lack of parental engagement that will inhibit even the most courageous educational reform platforms? Think again.

Santorum Concerned Gay Marriage Will Be Taught In Schools | By Alison Gowans | Posted 12.09.2011 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said he is concerned about legalized gay marriage spilling over into lessons in the classroom, during ...

High School Cop Under Fire For Gynecologist "Dr. Harry Beaver" Costume

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 12.09.2011 | Education

Donnie Riggins, the resource cop for Lake Brantley High School in Florida, was let go on Friday after he came to school dressed as a gynecologist by t...

Biden Stops Secret Service And Traffic To Greet Kids

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 12.09.2011 | Education

According to a CNN producer note, iReporter cnsteinman4 sent in this video from Neptune Beach, Fla., depicting Vice President Joe Biden stopping his c...

Joy Resmovits

Biden: College Cost 'Crushing Hundreds Of Parents' | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.09.2012 | College

NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. -- Vice President Joe Biden raised alarms about the rising cost of college to a sympathetic audience of high school students, pare...

90-Year-Old WWII Vet Earns High School Diploma

Posted 12.09.2011 | Impact

The motto for Desert Rose Adult High School and Career Center in North Las Vegas insists "it's never too late to graduate." At 90, Michael Zone certai...

Lessons From Educators on the Big Screen Part II

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 02.08.2012 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

These fictional and real-life educators got through to their students by leveling with them, by understanding where they come from, and by empathizing with their struggles.

What If Education Reformers Focused on Just One School District?

Melanie Lundquist | Posted 02.07.2012 | Impact
Melanie Lundquist

Education reformers today can point to pockets of success and hopeful trends, but they have yet to produce a dramatic district turnaround -- that singular, watershed moment when the public sees and finally believes it can be done.

If the Marching 100 Can't Be Banned, then FAMU President James Ammons Should Resign

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 02.07.2012 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

There are only two paths for Dr. James Ammons to handle the scandal that surrounds his beloved alma mater, Florida A&M University. He can ban the band for a minimum of four years, bringing a quick and reasonable start to the effort to end hazing within the band's ranks. Or he can resign.

The (Keynesian) Economics of School Choice

Sam Chaltain | Posted 02.07.2012 | Education
Sam Chaltain

A debate is raging over which set of economic proposals to pursue in order to rebuild the national economy. At the same time, K-12 education reformers are engaged in their own frantic search for the right recipe(s) that can unlock the full power of teaching and learning.

How Much Does it Cost to Educate All Those Currently Priced Out of Education?

Shai Reshef | Posted 02.05.2012 | Impact
Shai Reshef

$6 million is a tiny price in the world of higher education but a number that has the capacity to educate the world over.

Don't Let Bullies Steal Christmas

Dylan Kendall | Posted 02.06.2012 | Impact
Dylan Kendall

Let's remind ourselves this holiday season that we don't need one month a year to express our humanity. We need to encourage the expression of our humanity as a way of life.

Is Unequal Opportunity Created By Students Themselves?

Posted 02.06.2012 | Education

Disparities in success among students from varying socioeconomic backgrounds and communities have long been attributed to the resources available to t...

Has Teacher Quality Really Declined Over Time?

Matthew Di Carlo | Posted 02.06.2012 | Education
Matthew Di Carlo

Although the argument that "teacher quality" has declined substantially is sometimes taken for granted, its empirical backing is actually quite thin, and not as clear-cut as some might believe.