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A Challenge for Do-Gooders: Do Not Read This

John J. Wood | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
John J. Wood

Today, on International Literacy Day I would like to issue a more provocative challenge that I anticipate -- and sincerely hope -- you will fail. Try giving up something truly vital to our existence.

Back-to-School Message: Stop Helicoptering, Start Teaching Self Control

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 09.03.2014 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

It is back to school time, but rather than waxing nostalgic about our memories (those smells of chalk, mixed with industrial strength cleaning fluid, ...

Let's Face It

Tamzin Merchant | Posted 09.03.2014 | Impact
Tamzin Merchant

The challenge of providing health care and education to 1.8 billion youth, of teaching 175 million people to read a sentence, might seem daunting or even impossible. But look how far we've come.

A Very Different Back-to-School

Jim Joseph | Posted 09.03.2014 | Parents
Jim Joseph

I do miss the years when my kids were young, but I'm still enjoying the text message updates they send me from between classes and I'm still enjoying the advice they are seeking from me.

The Wal-Mart-ization of Education: Wal-Mart Wants Classrooms to Run More Like a Business, Teachers Are Fighting Back

Randi Weingarten | Posted 09.03.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

If the Walton family is truly interested in helping every child achieve a high-quality education, they could begin by committing to pay their own workers a decent wage instead of spending their billions to wipe out our nation's public school system.

Shit My (Non-Biological) Kids Say About Race And Gender

Sarah Gladstone | Posted 09.03.2014 | San Francisco
Sarah Gladstone

I am what I like to call a "Professional Child." I work with kids, and I take the business of play pretty seriously. I'm in the business of fun, but that doesn't mean all I do is giggle and supervise. When working with such raw flows of imagination, shit can get real.

Emerging Economies Are Exporting Education

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 09.03.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

With increasing economic growth, and the subsequent expansion of the middle class in regions like Latin America, there is a new market being created for quality post-secondary education.

Public Education's Deeper Purpose

Eric Cooper | Posted 09.03.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Alexis de Tocqueville's powerful observation in "Democracy in America," was that the foundation for American democracy and our common community is ".....

Living Peace Everyday

Paul Singer | Posted 09.03.2014 | Hawaii
Paul Singer

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the "Wisdom of the Elders Pillars of Peace" conference focusing on peace, compassion and ethical leadership.

Kids and Media: Screen or Window?

David Kleeman | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
David Kleeman

Digital photography and video are essentially free, so why not let kids capture their own perspective on family trips or events?

Why I Taught My Class About Ferguson

Franchesca Warren | Posted 09.03.2014 | Education
Franchesca Warren

Each time I gathered materials to teach these 'controversial' units, there was always a fleeting voice in my head that questioned if these were topics my sophomores and juniors could handle, but within minutes I pushed those thoughts to the side and decided that for the benefit of my students.

Education and Philanthropy

William G. Tierney | Posted 09.02.2014 | Education
William G. Tierney

Given that not much got accomplished in Newark I'm a touch puzzled that Mark Zuckerberg is now doubling down and giving $120 million to Bay Area schools.

For Natives in 2014, the Struggle Continues

Gyasi Ross | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Gyasi Ross

The principle that a young Native kid could be denied his right to education -- in 2014 -- because of his hair... well, it seems anachronistic. A throwback. But in a bad way. We gotta do better than that.

Learning Los Angeles: David Flores, Educator, on Rethinking Education

Julia Wasson | Posted 09.02.2014 | Education
Julia Wasson

Here David talks with Learning Los Angeles about how his own life has informed his beliefs about how we need to support educators and students.

Why Continuing Education Means a Partnership for Economic Growth

Jayson Boyers | Posted 09.02.2014 | Business
Jayson Boyers

Businesses should consider the ROI of academic programs related to their growth areas and what it could mean to the success of their model. Schools will have to move boldly toward hybrid classes -- whatever may drive the best outcomes towards preparing students for the modern economy.

With a Conscience: "Teaching"

Claudia King | Posted 09.02.2014 | Education
Claudia King

All I know is that excellent teachers know their students so well, that they can monitor instantaneously what they need and when they need it. Great teachers feed our spirit and our soul. Like a delicious meal, they make us want to savor every bite and come back for seconds.

So You Want to Be An Opera Singer?

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 09.02.2014 | Arts
J Nelson Aviance

You must have something outside of music that you can enjoy and do in your downtime. Most people do, but if you don't, you needs to find a hobby that takes your mind off the insanity that singing and the classical music career can foster.

Understand and Protect Your Kids' Privacy at School

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

If the whole issue of privacy is new and the phrase "personally identifiable information" doesn't mean anything to you, it is time to get started and educate yourself!

Why an 'ISIL War Tax' and a 'Russia Containment Tax' Are Necessary -- Now

Paul Abrams | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

It is a given that actions against ISIL and Russia will be undertaken, and each has that ring of "prolonged" to it that indicates it will require both patience and financing.

Why Today's Parents Have No Business Giving Their Kids Advice

Michael Price | Posted 09.02.2014 | Fifty
Michael Price

The days of sitting your sons and daughters on your lap and giving them a stern lesson about the complexities of life no longer matter, because that was your life, not theirs. The days of going to college, getting a good job and doing just enough to get by for 40 years is also over. If you love your kids and want the best for them, stop giving them advice and stop guiding them.

Joy Resmovits

Is This The Secret To Improving America's Schools? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics

As the debate rages about the best way to fix America's public schools -- from heated rhetoric on the role of standardized testing to wonkier discussi...

Nonprofit Work A Non-Option For Some Young People, As 57% Of Industry Internships Are Unpaid

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact

Cortney Harding knows how it feels to be at the bottom of the office food chain. The Wellesley College alumnus had completed seven unpaid internsh...

The Global Search for Education: How to Lead Well

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.01.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

How do you they lead their people well and subsequently bring about change on a global scale? Andy Hargreaves, Alan Boyle and Alma Harris conducted an extensive seven-year global research study that focused on fifteen high-performing organizations in business, sports and education to find out the answers to these questions.

Why Are Democrats Tone Deaf on Military Issues?

Paul Alexander | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Paul Alexander

Democrats have established a track record of being tone deaf when addressing military and veteran issues. Though not a matter of life and death, consider the way some Democrats have dealt with a subject that is important to many active and retired servicemen -- college.

The Emotional Toll of Growing Up Black in America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The cumulative and convergent toll of subtle, but discouraging, adult actions in schools and other child-serving systems they come into contact with too often impedes the success of children of color, especially those who are poor, and burdens them with an emotional toll they don't deserve.