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How the Cub Scouts' Exclusion Impacts Our Fourth Grader

Fred Swanson | Posted 09.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Fred Swanson

For all of the good that scouting did for me, I don't want to have either of my sons participate in a club that actively excludes people. I hope to teach my kids love and integrity and not to judge others, which is something they cannot learn from scouting as it stands.

Working-Class Kids Ask Fewer Questions In Class, And Here's Why

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents

Whether or not children ask for help in class may have a lot to do with their parents' social class, according to a new study from Indiana University....

A Second Take at Parenting After Years on Our Own

Jerry Lanson | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
Jerry Lanson

LEXINGTON, Mass. -- Mornings have gotten a lot livelier in the Lanson household this fall. My day starts with exercises and free-dancing with 7-year-...

Your Child's School Success? It's All in Your Head

Hilary Wilce | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

Schools and teachers work hard to offer a good education to their students, and a cheerful, willing child who is able to meet them halfway and absorb what they have to offer will do well in their care.

To Marie, On Your First Day Of Kindergarten

Erin Janda Rawlings | Posted 09.04.2014 | Parents
Erin Janda Rawlings

Hold tight to your tenacity when people might not see your strengths. You know what you are capable of and do not need permission to sparkle. Just do your best, yet know that your best looks different every day.

25 Ways To Ask Your Kids 'So How Was School Today?' Without Asking Them 'So How Was School Today?'

liZ Evans | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
liZ Evans

As my kids get older, I know I am going to have to work harder and harder to stay engaged with them -- but I know it's going to be worth the work.

10 Ways for Parents to Fight Racism

Elizabeth Broadbent | Posted 08.28.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Broadbent

Hogwarts is run by white people, and let's not touch racism and Tolkien. Where are the South Asian superheroes? The Black people in Dr. Seuss? Make sure your kids know the world they see has missing pieces, missing people and missing stories.

Got Kids In Grade School? Start Their Financial Education Now!

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 08.27.2014 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

The new school year is just around the corner, and as I think about the importance of financial education, I want to remind all parents -- and grandparents -- that it's never too early to help kids learn about money.

Back to School and Winning the Future

Gov. Martin O'Malley | Posted 08.25.2014 | Education
Gov. Martin O'Malley

It's back-to-school season, and here in Maryland our schools have already begun welcoming students back for the new academic year. Initial estimates show there's a good chance we'll reach a new record enrollment this year with more than 860,000 students filling our classrooms -- and we're ready for them.

The Real Secret of School Success

Hilary Wilce | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

The journey through school is a long and winding road, and the only consistent thing along the way is you -- their loving, attentive, often long-suffering parent.

Included, Everyone

Rachel Adams | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Rachel Adams

My son Henry, who has Down syndrome, goes to a school dedicated to inclusion, where students of many levels of ability learn together, and learning how to get along is considered an essential part of their education.

A Third to Prison, a Third to War, a Third to College: The Game of Chance with Ambassador Young

Maya Horgan | Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices
Maya Horgan

I see a common theme in the African American community -- a tolerance of the current state. "This system wasn't made for us, that's just how it is," I hear. This mentality permeates through world famous academics, and is widely read in higher education.

To Our Kindergarten Teacher on the Last Day of School

Jenn Horton | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Jenn Horton

You encourage. You strengthen. You guide. Reading? Check. Writing? Check. Math and Marine Biology too? Check and check. But what happens beyond the books is where the real magic happens and allows for those checks to find their balance.

What I Learned In My Daughter's First Year of School

Sarah Dille | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Sarah Dille

I stood off to the side, my heart beaming with pride, my eyes filling with tears, and wished that I could have known last year, as I lost sleep and grew more grey hairs, that kindergarten isn't about the end of childhood at all. It is so much more about beginnings.

9 Reasons Parents Are Thankful For Teachers

The Huffington Post | Cayla Rasi | Posted 05.09.2014 | Parents

There are about 3.3 million full-time public school teachers in the U.S. And while the percentage of kids graduating from high school is the highest i...

The Positives of Uniformity: One Student's Opinion On School Dress Codes

Angelina Massoia | Posted 07.05.2014 | Education
Angelina Massoia

Even I, who did not suffer first hand from bullying, can remember being comforted by the fact that all of my peers would be wearing the same thing, regardless of how popular, fashionable, beautiful, or wealthy they may be.

It's Teacher Appreciation Week: Here's a Girl Who Appreciates Them Every Day

Laurie Levy | Posted 07.05.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

When she received her class photo this fall, there were pictures of every teacher in the school on the back. You would think she had won the lottery. She excitedly pointed out every one of them, first name and last. She has memorized their first names from reading the name tags they wear.

9 Common Parent-Teacher Conference Phrases, Decoded

Jeff Bogle | Posted 06.01.2014 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

I have, just today, finally and once and for all, decoded the common phrases spoken by teachers at all elementary school parent-teacher conferences from coast to coast.

Bemused by a Math Muse

Len Filppu | Posted 05.25.2014 | Parents
Len Filppu

I do not hate math. I respect math. I did well in math. But because I've not used many math skills beyond the basics in my adult life, I've often questioned our education system's obsession with math and its dominance in our classrooms.

Teach It by Living It

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis | Posted 05.13.2014 | Education
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

We know that our students learn by doing. With that knowledge, we give them tangible experiences to learn actively and become engaged. Our students look up to us, literally and figuratively.

This Brilliant Math Teacher Has A Formula To Save Kids' Lives

Glennon Melton | Posted 05.05.2014 | Parents
Glennon Melton

What Chase's teacher is doing when she sits in her empty classroom studying those lists written with shaky 11-year-old hands -- is SAVING LIVES. I am convinced of it. She is saving lives.

School Ready or Not?

Lesli Rotenberg | Posted 04.29.2014 | Impact
Lesli Rotenberg

There's a perception that apps and computer games dominate the educational media world, but in fact, that's not the case.

A Letter to My Second Graders

Becca Wertheim | Posted 04.15.2014 | Good News
Becca Wertheim

I have some very important things to tell you. I mean, super important. You ready? Turn on your best listening ears. Open up those learning eyes nice and wide. Get that brain warmed up. Because what I'm about to tell you is something that I hope you'll always remember.

Finding the "Universal" in Pre K

Gabriella Rowe | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
Gabriella Rowe

A strong Pre K program enables young learners to WANT to be engaged in the learning process for years to come - no matter where they come from and what odds are against them.

More Than a Lemonade Stand

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 03.23.2014 | Education
Christine Nasserghodsi

Mention entrepreneurship at the elementary school level and you are likely to hear someone say, "You can learn everything you need to know from running a lemonade stand." While one can learn a lot from lemonade stands, entrepreneurship itself is often much more complex.