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Planets Can Be Positively Perplexing

Greg Schwem | Posted 04.02.2014 | Science
Greg Schwem

I still remember the mnemonic as if it were 1972 and I was sitting in fourth grade science class. My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas.

New York's Dumb State Budget

Diane Ravitch | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

In writing the state budget, New York legislators totally capitulated to the billionaire-funded charter industry. The bottom line is that when billionaires talk, the New York legislature and Governor Cuomo listen. Actually, they sit up, bark, and roll over.

What No One Will Say About Pre-K

Evan Mandery | Posted 04.02.2014 | New York
Evan Mandery

The final budget deal includes $300 million for pre-K in New York City. It's all great unless you happen to live outside the city. The budget reserves a mere $40 million for pre-K in the rest of the state, a drop in a very large bucket.

Ban the 'Ban Wagon'

Gail Federici | Posted 04.01.2014 | Women
Gail Federici

There are so many serious issues that face women today. There is a worldwide epidemic of abuse, trafficking, oppression on a grand scale. Being called "bossy," in my opinion, is not one of them.

Gifted and Talented

Regina Porter | Posted 04.01.2014 | Education
Regina Porter

It is our habit and our pleasure to read books every day, but sometimes, cultural capital comes outside a binder or a box. It ripples over the bubbles on standardized tests. Tests are a given--they will always exist. But higher learning takes on myriad forms and often reveals itself in people, places and situations we least expect.

Autism in April, Is Awareness Enough?

Sara Gershfeld | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Sara Gershfeld

It's important to remember that families need support long after April has come and gone. Here are some ideas that I hope everyone affected by autism keeps in mind as these 30 days fly by:

Great teachers have a great impact

Dale Hansen | Posted 04.01.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

Since the start of the Great Recession, public employees have been the target of much disdain and many cuts. One of the sectors hardest hit from these...

The President and the Pope: What's Missing From Their Inequality Talk

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

We knew before the meeting that economic inequality would be a topic of discussion, and afterwards we were told it was part of the conversation. Yet, I'm pretty certain that the elephant in the room was not discussed.

Watch: Public Schools for Sale?

Bill Moyers | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Public education is becoming big business as bankers, hedge fund managers and private equity investors are entering what they consider to be an "emerging market."

Why Do We Write About Cities?

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 03.31.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

In 2011, amid a visit to San Francisco and just back from Africa, I offered some thoughts about why we write about cities. Three years later, I'm not sure much has changed.

Embracing Boredom

Vicki Cobb | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Vicki Cobb

Time and boredom appear to be integral parts of the creative process that has limits on the speed of turn-around, which is highly individual.

What I Learned From Teaching

Danny Chan | Posted 03.31.2014 | Technology
Danny Chan

Teaching was an amazing experience that both excited and scared the hell out of me. It was my first time teaching a course to a room full of strangers...

O'Reilly and Ryan and 'Inner-City' Exceptionalism

Mark Olmsted | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

Ryan and Reilly can cry crocodile tears as they pretend to be having an "adult conversation" about "what's really going on," but the truth is nothing pleases them more than the continuation of the status quo.

Higher Education: Warm Heart

Julia Cashen | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Julia Cashen

Fueled by their stories, coupled with the international misperceptions of the sex trade, he established Warm Heart with the vision to provide opportunities for the very poor, so that one day, brothels will no longer be an option.

Opt Your Child Out of State Testing: Don't Feed the Machine

Diane Ravitch | Posted 03.31.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

This week begins the make-or-break, do-or-die standardized testing that will label your child a success or a failure. I urge you not to let your child take the state test. Opt out.

Making Time for Children

Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn | Posted 03.31.2014 | Hawaii
Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn

On our trip to the Big Island, I couldn't have been more proud of our teachers who planned this special event. They truly understood what it meant to create child-centered, developmentally appropriate, experiential learning opportunities.

When Stakes are High and Outcomes Questionable, Parents Should Resist

Arnold Dodge | Posted 03.31.2014 | Education
Arnold Dodge

The stress that is put on the whole system is troubling. The stress put on individual students is unconscionable.

The Test From an Adolescent Perspective

Teach Plus | Posted 03.31.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

In February 2014, Teach Plus published a report "The Student and the Stopwatch: How Much Time is Spent on Testing in American Schools." One of the re...

Athletic Boosters Beware: Government Orders Michigan School to Tear Down Fund-Raised Improvements

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 03.31.2014 | Sports
Wendy N. Powell

If you think you fund-raise for the benefit of your child's athletic team, think again. The rules of Title IX compliance, concerning gender equity, ma...

Finding a Safe Haven and an Opportunity to Succeed

Global Kids | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Global Kids had an after-school program there. Then I started going to the Global Kids offices. It was always a blessing. Being someone who spoke with a heavy accent was not an issue. Being someone who had different ideas was not an issue.

Rebuilding the Great Equalizer

Seth M.M. Stodder | Posted 03.31.2014 | Education
Seth M.M. Stodder

America's balance wheel is malfunctioning. Instead of operating as the "great equalizer," our education system is making our society ever more separate and unequal.

Glimpses of Political Sea Change

Billy Shore | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Billy Shore

Think about what we could achieve as a nation by combining the courage of Montana voters with the wisdom behind North Carolina's research and the dogged persistence that led to the record-setting meal increases achieved in Arkansas.

Racially Segregated Schools in America: The Bloomberg, Gates, Bush and Obama Legacies

Alan Singer | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

The impact of Bloomberg, Gates, Bush, and Obama policies on school segregation can be seen in the New York City neighborhoods of Harlem and Central Brooklyn. Since 2000, demographics in central Harlem have shifted dramatically.

Writing Our Future

Michele Kotler | Posted 03.28.2014 | New York
Michele Kotler

In the ongoing dialogue regarding education reform and the quality of New York City's public schools, one voice is almost completely silent: the voice of the students.

Community: A Focal Point to Inspire Passion for STEM Education in Girls

Njideka U. Harry | Posted 03.28.2014 | Impact
Njideka U. Harry

Increased STEM education for girls will help produce the capable, flexible workforce needed to compete in today's marketplace. It will strengthen democracy by preparing all citizens to make informed choices in an increasingly technological world.