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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.

Community Comes From Difference, Not Just Commonality

Bob Deutsch | Posted 03.28.2014 | Technology
Bob Deutsch

Sameness can elicit the beginning of an approach to other people. Difference gets you to something more authentic and intimate and wider.

Changemakers in Every Village: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.28.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

Builders of the Jewish People

Richard Joel | Posted 03.28.2014 | Education
Richard Joel

These young men -- with the professional training they have acquired, the intellectual rigor they possess, and the skills of leadership, counseling and community building they have gleaned -- stand to work with all Jews in shaping the community of tomorrow.

Teach For America Launches Special Education and Ability Initiative

Matt Kramer | Posted 03.28.2014 | Impact
Matt Kramer

My ADHD hasn't held me back from a fulfilling personal and professional life. Students who learn differently from the way most schools teach today often aren't so lucky, and the moral and economic costs to our country are staggering. It doesn't have to be that way.

Why Didn't Your Child Pass the State Math Test? States Better Have a Clear Answer

Linda Rosen | Posted 03.28.2014 | Education
Linda Rosen

Is your child a good student? You might be in for a shock. Come next year, he might fail your state's math test, and that could be just the wake-up call you need. Yet if you're like most parents, you won't just accept the state test result on faith.

Where Is Shana?

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 03.28.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

So often I find myself wondering about children who were once regulars with us at Pajama Program. Last night while chatting with my husband about the...

No One Man Should Have All That Power - Our Diversity Responsibility

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 03.27.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of speaking with a group of high school kids about power. During the conversation, I asked them how many of them t...

Water and Education Equals Freedom for Young Girls

Vivian Onano | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Vivian Onano

Time is running out for dialogue, and it is time for non-profits, governments and the private sector to chime in and take practical steps towards girls' education.

A Teacher's Perspective: Preparing our students through Tennessee's Common Core State Standards

Teach Plus | Posted 03.27.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Casie Jones Tennessee's Common Core State Standards make sense to me. Yet there has been some confusion about these higher expectations from t...