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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.

Five Signs We're Not A 'Post-Racial' Society

Sean McElwee | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

It's impossible to delineate every way race affects us every day, but a cursory examination of major structural racial problems can give us a feeling for how far we still have to go.

Virtual Resources for Art History and Appreciation Courses

John Seed | Posted 08.29.2014 | Arts
John Seed

In November of 2012 I posted a blog with a title that posed a question: "Is Smarthistory the Art History Textbook of the Future?." At the time, it s...

Let the Children Play! Especially During Recess

Katie Hurley | Posted 08.29.2014 | Education
Katie Hurley

A current trend in classroom management is to hold kids in from recess as a means of disciplinary action. The problem with this strategy, of course, is that kids need recess. They need to decompress, burn off energy and socialize.

Celebrating Our Largest Summer Institute to Date

Nourish International | Posted 08.29.2014 | Impact
Nourish International

Through workshops, mentoring and hands-on training, students learned how to earn money, partner with international communities, and run a successful Nourish Chapter on their campuses.

Everyone Admires China's Great Education System -- Except the Chinese

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.29.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

China may be a fearsome economic competitor, but it is not because their education is superb. If you don't believe me, take it from a group of Chinese college students.

Will a Florida County's Bold Decision to Opt Out of State Testing Catch Fire?

Diane Ravitch | Posted 08.29.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Imagine schools where children were tested every three or four years, at transition points, as in the world's top-performing nations. Imagine schools where teachers wrote their own tests and used their professional judgment.

Want To Be Invited Into You? A Pre-Labor Day Meditation

Amy Elias, MS | Posted 08.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Amy Elias, MS

Mostly, this time of the year is a liminal space between here and there, then and now and you and me. Want to rewire, recalibrate and reinvent the next unfolding moment of the Truth of You and your own breath, your way? This is your invitation to entrain to new weather, time, space and commitments.

Economic Forces Are Mightier Than the Sword

Jack Nadel | Posted 08.29.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

We should do more to help potential entrepreneurs in places where domestic economies are too weak to assist. If we give this effort a higher priority in our country's foreign policy, we can create a healthier balance of world commerce.

Teachers' Salaries in Illinois' 10 Biggest School Districts

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.29.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois teachers' salaries aren't the highest in the country, but our teachers do the important work of educating our children and setting up the next generation for success.

What's Next? 5-Year-Olds with RPGs?

David Fagin | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics
David Fagin

Like many kids in the late '70s/early '80s, I attended summer camp in the Catskills. One of the activities for our group -- a group of about 20 rambunctious boys of 11-12 year-olds -- was Riflery.

Top 10 Guide to Professional Dress for Student Teachers

Sue Gober | Posted 08.28.2014 | Education
Sue Gober

Are you student teaching this semester? A quick look in the mirror might be the most important thing you do all day.

How a Change in Schools Transformed My ADHD Son's Educational Path

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 08.28.2014 | Education
Dean Dauphinais

If you have a child who struggles in public school because of a learning difference, please don't give up. Explore other options. Find an alternative school that will recognize your child's potential, maximize it, and allow them to achieve great things.

A School's Moral Vision

Frank Breslin | Posted 08.28.2014 | Education
Frank Breslin

Doing well on tests is not an education, but simply a skill in taking tests. School offers an education that is too precious to be surrendered to those with no understanding of learning's ultimate meaning and value.

'Tuition... Freeze!'

Jordan Waxman | Posted 08.28.2014 | College
Jordan Waxman

Could it be that the cost of operating a university -- technology, wages and infrastructure -- is rising at triple the rate of other technology, wages and infrastructure simply by being inside an institution of higher learning?

The New Student Life: Talking With College Students With Jobs

Megan Lent | Posted 08.28.2014 | College
Megan Lent

This is a quandary that around 14 million college students face in their actual, non-joke-from-Tumblr lives. It isn't news that more and more college students are working. But why are they working?

More Jobs That Pay Decent Wages: How to Fight Poverty in the United States

Deniz Igan | Posted 08.28.2014 | Business
Deniz Igan

There are 10.6 million poor people who have a job, and often head households with children. Modest policy efforts can help change the negative dynamics that poverty creates. Luckily, there are tools that can help and which have a proven track record.

The Right Questions to Ask to Help Kids Take Charge of Back-to-School Fears

Tamar Chansky | Posted 08.28.2014 | Parents
Tamar Chansky

A better way. Instead of trying to talk your child out of their fears by rushing in with reassurances that aren't helping anyway, help your child come to these very good and reasonable conclusions you are offering, on their own steam, by flipping them around and asking the right questions.

New (School) Year Resolutions Part 3

Teach Plus | Posted 08.28.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

As students and teachers return to the classroom for the 2014-15 academic year, Teach Plus teachers across the nation reflect on their goals and aspir...

Beyond the Bell

G. David Wilson | Posted 08.28.2014 | Education
G. David Wilson

Every year, thousands of people across America embark on an incredible journey. They are a variety of people -- from young to old, recent college graduates to retirees, lawyers to medical professionals from all backgrounds and from states across the country.

School Reform Is Empty Without Love and Support

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 08.28.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

In a recent article in The New York Times, David Kirp wrote in opposition to "business models" being applied to education: Assessments, accountabil...

Why I'm Going To Let My Daughter Fail Math

Kristen Kennedy | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Kristen Kennedy

This year, I've decided I'm not going to stand over her with a timer and a cupcake to coax her to the finish line.

Tirelessly Reporting the Human Side of the War

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

Fire-starters, willing to risk their lives to witness the almost unbelievable reality of injustice, violence, undemocratic actions and hatred towards human lives, photojournalists are the public enemies of the most extremists groups.

3 Commitments Innovative Educators Will Make This Year

Courtney O'Connell | Posted 08.27.2014 | Education
Courtney O'Connell

The commitments we make to ourselves and our students say a lot about the type of educator we hope to be. Here is an inside look into three of the (many) commitments that our innovative educators will be making for the upcoming year.

Seeing the Humanity of "The Other"

Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M. | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M.

We see and hear stories about the first days of school, school shopping, the buying of books, and the concern, hope, and joy, for those in preschool, kindergarten, middle school, high school, and college