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A People's History of Muslims in the United States

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

Students need these stories of Muslims throughout U.S. history in order to talk back to the dominant media stereotypes of Muslims as lying, violent, brown foreigners. If we gave students some historical examples, they would realize that the history of Muslims in the United States is not limited to 9/11.

To Fight Inequality, Let's Focus on Education

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 04.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

By many indications, the world has finally left the worst of the 2008 economic crisis behind. But there is at least one major policy area whose potentially transformative impact on inequality is being overlooked: education.

Big Profits in Not-for-Profit Charter Schools

Alan Singer | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

Many charters, including those not-for-profits operated by leading de Blasio critics, are about making money for top executives. Educating children, when it actually happens, is at best a by-product.

Sawubona: We See You

Lauren Book | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Lauren Book

True surviving doesn't really begin until the abuse is over, when you're left to pick up the pieces. To heal. To look at what has happened and to decide for yourself: What's next?

Arizona Prefers Prison Over Education

Christina M. Martínez | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
Christina M. Martínez

$1 million to private prison would hurt AZ kids. Budget cuts. Not enough money. Spending cutbacks. If you live in Arizona, you've probably heard ...

How My Third-Grade Daughter Feels About Standardized Tests

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

As long as my daughter is in school in a town and state and nation where this is the law, I suppose she'll have to comply. But we're never going to pretend that we think this is a valuable tool.

From Hopeless Youth to Hopeful Leader -- Aaron's Inspiring Story

Anfernee Chansamooth | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Anfernee Chansamooth

As Alex, 32, recounts the story, there's a glimmer of pride in his eyes, much like a father sharing for the hundredth time the tale of that one time when his amazing boy hit a home run.

Qualitative Analysis: Technology in the Classroom

Stuart Gunter | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
Stuart Gunter

Are we gaining something important while losing something equally important? What are the pros? What are the cons? Again, I have more passion than answers.

Vindication for Lazy Parents (Like Me)

Maria Rodale | Posted 04.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

Kids need to learn how to fail, take responsibility for themselves, and love learning.

What Do We Call Opponents of Corporate Education Reform?

Diane Ravitch | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

For the past decade or more, a bevy of very powerful people have savaged our nation's public schools while calling themselves "reformers." It is perfectly clear that they have no desire to "reform" our public schools but to privatize and monetize them.

What's Wrong With STEM Education?

Vinay Trivedi | Posted 04.06.2014 | Education
Vinay Trivedi

The U.S. government funnels $4.3 billion every year into STEM education-related initiatives, and while the Administration's efforts are laudable, we must keep in mind some of the shortcomings and challenges we have witnessed to date.

Where Federal Education Funds Should Really Be Going

Avi Yashchin | Posted 04.04.2014 | Education
Avi Yashchin

Despite its affordability, its relevance to today's workforce needs, and its potential to curtail student debt and unemployment, vocational training continues to take a back seat to other educational avenues.

5 Causes That MLK Fought For Beyond Civil Rights

Posted 04.04.2014 | Black Voices

One doesn’t have their very own national holiday and 900 streets named after them unless they are truly deserving. Nor does Gallup name you the seco...

Let's Focus on Improving Education for 'At Risk' Students

James M. Gentile | Posted 04.04.2014 | Education
James M. Gentile

If education was an Olympic sport, you can bet there would be national outrage about such a relatively "poor showing," and no effort would be spared to find and train "better representatives" in the next international competition to carry our flag.

Creating Personalized Practice for Students

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.04.2014 | Education
Art Markman, Ph.D.

For a few decades now, educators have suggested that computers would vastly improve our ability to teach students. The assumption has been that with ...

Backgrounding Apollo and Beyond: The GRAIL Mission at 2+ Years

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 04.07.2014 | Science
Zoe P. Strassfield

Events of March 31, 2014 One of the exciting things about living in the Boston area is that the high number of colleges and universities means I'm al...

A Culture of Innovative Ideas: My Conversation with the Winners of the $75,000 Social Innovation Challenge

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.03.2014 | Impact
Tavis Smiley

The inaugural challenge attracted submissions from 23 states across the nation, as well as the District of Columbia. Three winners were chosen based upon the following criteria: originality and innovation, business model approach, experience of team, potential scalability of business, potential for return on investment, and social impact.

Teaching Our Boys to Face the Competitive Landscape of Today's World

Gabriella Rowe | Posted 04.03.2014 | Education
Gabriella Rowe

We need students who are okay knowing that there may not be a right answer and there may not be a winner. And this is the opposite of what we traditionally taught our boys as young children.

Poetry and Basketball Defeat a Scar

Write for the Future | Posted 04.03.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Zenobya Clarke When I was three, I fell off a couch and hit my head on the edge of a coffee table. My face was busted open; I needed twenty-si...

The Future Looks Bleak

Richard Brand | Posted 04.03.2014 | Religion
Richard Brand

What is the common center? What are the shared and agreed upon building blocks for our common life together. They used to be a common education. They used to be an agreement with the findings of science. They used to be an agreement that hard, honest, consistent work would bring a respectable standard of living.

Schools and Disasters: Prepare First, Then Remediate Fully

Claire L. Barnett | Posted 04.03.2014 | Green
Claire L. Barnett

Children's health should be a priority in planning for and responding to disasters, including planned time to assess and remediate hazards. But until federal, state, and city health agencies finally stand up for kids, it's up to parents, communities, and individual schools to be prepared before disasters, and to be ready to cope afterward.

'Heroes and Generals': Finding a New Narrative for War Games

Greg Perreault | Posted 04.03.2014 | Entertainment
Greg Perreault

If we think of education as satisfying curiosity, which in the best cases, it should, then its easy to see how games can serve to educate as well as entertain.

High Stakes

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.03.2014 | Education
Robert Koehler

A mind is a terrible thing to test, especially a child's mind -- if, in so doing, you reduce it to a number and proceed to worship that number, ignoring the extraordinary complexity and near-infinite potential of what you have just tested.

Wink Wink Nudge Nudge: Use Proven Programs

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.03.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Discussions about evidence-based reform in education often founder on the question of financing. Who is going to provide the funding necessary to he...

Be Prepared for Fun With Your Children on a Bad Day

Barbara Levy | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Barbara Levy

Create a book about your family or make books of all kinds using the hole punch, thread, string or yarn. Staple the pages together. Improvise your own art exhibit by making art explosions of different mediums.