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Talk, Read and Sing to Kids to Close the Word Gap

Jim Steyer | Posted 10.21.2014 | Education
Jim Steyer

With a boost from Hillary Clinton last weekend in San Diego, the American Academy of Pediatricians launched the next phase of its campaign to help close the "word gap" between children in high- and low-income families.

Cities That Work for Everyone

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 10.21.2014 | Business
Tom Vander Ark

Cities, some would argue, are the world's greatest inventions, bringing productivity and opportunity to billions. But for many, cities are a hellhole of poverty and violence offering no visible way out.

The Girl Effect and My Grandmother

Greg Woodburn | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Greg Woodburn

The agony of these missing parts applies not only to our deceased loved ones - it applies to when we allow fear to dampen courage; ignorance to imprison knowledge; and hatred to overwhelm love.

Samantha Lachman

Colorado School Board Controversy Turning Frustrated Republicans Into Democrats | Samantha Lachman | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

DENVER -- "For the first time in my life, I will probably vote a straight Democratic ticket." That realization came as something of a surprise to n...

Why You Should Be a Traveler in a New Land, Not a Tourist

THINK Global School | Posted 10.20.2014 | Travel
THINK Global School

Travel is now one of the only sure and solid aspects of my life. I've committed to spending three years of my life bouncing around the globe, leaving a country almost as soon as I become acclimated.

Is It "Quid Pro Cuomo" Time? Charter Dollars Pour into Governor's Re-Election Campaign

Alan Singer | Posted 10.20.2014 | New York
Alan Singer

Could charter school dollars pouring into the Governor's reelection campaign at the same time that new charter agreements are approved by the New York State really be "Quid Pro Cuomo"? It is probably just a coincidence, but readers and voters have to decide for themselves.

Sorting Out the 911s

Bill Couzens | Posted 10.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

These two smokers in the parking lot understandably are concerned about Ebola impacting their lives yet comforting themselves with the very thing that very likely will kill them.

A Gamechanger: Nobel Prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi

Laura N. Henderson | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Laura N. Henderson

The two activists were born nearly a half century apart with different religions and to different countries, yet their work goes hand in hand since child laborers need to have someone also championing their right to equitable, quality education.

The Case for Mandatory J-101

Cari Lynn | Posted 10.22.2014 | Education
Cari Lynn

The tragedy is that people no longer know how to distinguish solid reporting from speculation, from regurgitation or, frankly, from just plain drivel.

The Tragedy of Permanence -- Depression Myths Can Be Fatal

Patrick Corvington | Posted 10.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Patrick Corvington

Over the past 400 years, we've gone back and forth -- and still, we haven't settled on what is true -- depression is a treatable illness. And, in the absence of this more informed view, we're left asking ourselves, again and again, why kids slip into this tragic permanence.

Philadelphia School Reform Commission Member Tells Students, "You Belong in Jail"

Michaela Pommells | Posted 10.20.2014 | Latino Voices
Michaela Pommells

Chanting, "SOS, save our schools," and, "Philly is a union town," dozens of students made their voices heard. What happened next has left many in shock and dismay.

With College So Expensive, How Do You Choose Where to Visit and Apply?

Eric Greenberg | Posted 10.20.2014 | College
Eric Greenberg

How do you know which colleges to visit? When? What to do? Here's how to choose the right college amidst fierce competition and rising costs and how to determine the ROI (return on investment) of a college education.

Higher Education and the Public Good

Muriel Howard | Posted 10.20.2014 | College
Muriel Howard

In short, the societal benefits of higher education far outweigh the benefit to any individual, and investment in higher education is easily repaid to the nation many times over.

Romania: A Sad Country Full of Humor

John Feffer | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

In front of Ovid's statue in Constanta, I met up with Mircea Tuglea, a writer, translator, literary critic, and teacher who lives with his family in Constanta. We spent a good part of the day together, as he discoursed on various sad topics but always with a joke or ironic aside thrown in to lighten things up.

The Virtualization of Childhood

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 10.17.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

Internet, the global system of interconnected computer networks that was created to defend geographic boundaries, has now morphed into a system that transcends the very same boundaries

Are You More Homicidal Than This Alabama 5-Year-Old?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 10.17.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

This week, school officials in Alabama put a 5-year-old girl on a suicide and homicide watch after she pointed a crayon at a kindergarten classmate and said "pew! pew!" Yes, this is real.

Why Performance Incentives And Public Schools Don't Mix

Peter Greene | Posted 10.17.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Performance incentives for public service always -- always -- involve substituting the values of the few for the values of everybody. Imagine if, for instance, we paid fire fighters on sliding scale, based on how many of which type fires they put out at a certain speed.

How Over-Hyping a College Education Destroyed the Millennials

Michael Price | Posted 10.17.2014 | Business
Michael Price

For parents of middle school and high school students who may be reading, it's important that you recognize the unique challenges your child will face when they enter the real world. Do not over-hype a college education and make sure your child is making a savvy investment.

The SPECTRUM Alert: 8 Steps Schools Can Take to Prevent Autism-Elopement Tragedy

Leigh Merryday | Posted 10.16.2014 | Education
Leigh Merryday

If a school district's plan to address autistic elopement is merely to wait for it to happen and call police, they are planning for tragedy. After consulting with both local law enforcement and Jerry Turning of Police and Autism: Bridging the Gap, here's a protocol I'm suggesting to my child's school district.

Pooling Resources for the Common Good: An Important Lesson to Build on

Sue Hildick | Posted 10.16.2014 | Impact
Sue Hildick

In colonial times, America was known as a young country that depended on people working together, separate from government, to make a difference, whet...

Thank You, Jim Shelton

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 10.16.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Everyone who works to advance evidence-based reform in education was saddened to learn that Jim Shelton will be leaving the U.S. Department of Educ...

Taking a Lesson From Malala

Fernando Reimers | Posted 10.16.2014 | Impact
Fernando Reimers

For most of the world, advances in providing real educational opportunities are more recent, the work of visionaries who understood that Peace rested in guaranteeing every person some basic rights contingent only in their humanity.

Community as Coauthor: Writing a New Narrative for Education in Jacksonville

Willa Seldon | Posted 10.16.2014 | Education
Willa Seldon

What will it take to turn around a city's underperforming public schools in just five years? It's a bold question a group of Jacksonville philanthropic funders set out to tackle in 2012.

One College's Quest to Deconstruct the Man Box

Cameron Conaway | Posted 10.16.2014 | Education
Cameron Conaway

The space inside the Man Box burns bright when the light from the Leg Lamp from A Christmas Story bounces off the wallpaper of glossy Maxim magazine...

On Having an Accent in America

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Andrew Lam

It's as if I am back in my seventh grade English class and forced to read a passage from some book out loud. I can still hear the snickering from my classmates as I stumbled over difficult passages, not understanding a word.