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Elementary School

I Feel Like a Kid Again

Zachary Stevens | Posted 02.17.2013 | Education
Zachary Stevens

I guess the countless years of adults saying, "Don't wish to be older, be your age" finally clicks once you hit your twenties and bills start showing up in your name.

Lessons From the Teacher Heroes

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 02.16.2013 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Pop was a teacher when I was a kid. My brothers and I watched him work late into the night grading papers and writing college recommendations. He visi...

Lessons from the Teacher Heroes

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 02.16.2013 | Education
Kevin M. Ryan

On Friday, the heroism and generosity of teachers and school staff in Newtown became apparent to us all.

Dear God! When Will It Stop?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

How young do the victims have to be and how many children need to die before we stop the proliferation of guns in our nation and the killing of innocents?

Moral Nation: Why Our Constitution Demands Gun Control

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

We are a highly moral country. We decry torture, we decry discrimination, we decry exploitation, and we decry political suppression wherever in the world it occurs. Then why should we not decry the terror of gun violence?

School Demolition In Tiny Ohio Town Brings Out A Piece Of History

Posted 02.05.2013 | Education

Wayne School in the tiny town of Jacksonburg, Ohio, is being torn down following an extensive history. Its demolition has turned into a reunion of...

An Elementary Campaign

Howard A. Zucker, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Howard A. Zucker, MD

It was autumn 1968. The election cycle was in full swing and I was running for president. My opponents were formidable: Shirley Smart, the most apt to do the job and Edgar Eager, with a better campaign strategy.

Mobile Meth Lab Found On School Playground

Posted 12.25.2012 | Education

A group of first-graders at Mitchell-Neilson Primary School in Murfreesboro, Tenn. had their recess cut short this week when their teacher found remna...

NYC Parents Angry After School Cuts Gym Class

Posted 10.15.2012 | Education

Parents of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students at Brooklyn’s PS 224 are angry that their children have gone without gym class since the begin...

College Prep for Preschoolers?

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2012 | Parents
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

I received an email about a college prep lecture for parents and children. It had a bold title like "College Prep From K thru 12: It's Never To (sic) Early To Start". Besides the fear factor, I was also struck by the typo, but that's another story.

Interesting (and Conflicting) Opinions: The 2012 PDK/Gallup Poll

Craig A. Mertler | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education
Craig A. Mertler

The results of the 2012 poll were released a couple of weeks ago, and this year's review was no different for me -- our schools need innovation, but what path do we choose when our own opinions seem to contradict each other.

The Real Reason Schools Are Failing: They're Boring and Lack 'Edutainment'

Stephen Estes | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education
Stephen Estes

A little less talk, a little more action, and a bit of edutainment, and I think I see how the world's children will come to realize their true potential and build the skill-sets they will someday need.

Bully or Best Friend?

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 11.29.2012 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

In real life, your child's tormentor might be a 6-year-old girl sporting dimples and a laugh that peals like a church bell. And your child might not flee from her, but instead run into her arms for a hug, ready to play, hoping every time that it won't devolve into intimidation and hurt feelings.

Tale Of The Tape: Mother Says This Is No Way To Treat A Child

Posted 09.20.2012 | Education

The mother of a Louisiana fourth grader whose mouth was taped shut by a substitute teacher who wanted to stop him from talking in class is seeking to ...

SLIDESHOW: How Fourth Graders See The World

Babble.com | Posted 11.17.2012 | Parents
Babble.com

It is both a blessing and a curse that children are brutally honest. They dream without boundaries.

Head of the Class

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education
Shira Hirschman Weiss

As educational philosphies go, it is far better to be at the head of the class than to be the one who is behind. But is it far better to be ahead of the ones who are behind?

Back to Work and Back to School: What Kids Are Thinking About Employment

Julie Kantor | Posted 11.11.2012 | Business
Julie Kantor

The members of this small sample of young people are looking forward to the school year ahead, and focused on what they get to do in their world, just as we focus on many of the same questions, all year round, in ours.

Elementary Schools, Transgender Kids And Educator Freak-Outs

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 10.31.2012 | Gay Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

For the past few years we have had an increasing number of elementary schools contact us with reports that their teachers and school staff were "freaking out." The cause for alarm? The new enrollment of a transgender child or the gender transition of an already-enrolled student.

5 Non-Material Things Every Student Should Have

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 10.29.2012 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

For all the functional objects schools might request, the most crucial tools for your child are not physically tangible all, but rather values that will influence every moment of the school day -- and not only for them.

Her First Day

Rhiana Maidenberg | Posted 10.29.2012 | Parents
Rhiana Maidenberg

Last night, I packed her Hello Kitty lunchbox carefully -- cucumbers, cherries, yogurt, and a peanut butter sandwich, cut into bite-sized hearts and flowers, hoping the hearts would remind her that she is loved. Somehow, it didn't seem enough.

Back to School Stress

Darryl Sollerh | Posted 10.27.2012 | Parents
Darryl Sollerh

Funny how when we need sleep most, we can often find ourselves sleep-deprived.

Target Makes Education Fundraising A Click Away

Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 08.09.2012 | Black Voices

There is definitely more to love about Target beyond their amazing designer collaborations. Case in point, the mega store has announced a new initiati...

Start Early: Addressing Gender-Based Bullying in Elementary School

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 09.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

Helping children understand in the early years of schooling that there is not just one "right" way to be a boy or a girl will open up opportunities for each child to explore their education more fully.

Fifth Graders Correct Mistake In WaPo Titanic Story With 'Adorable' Letter

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 07.13.2012 | Education

After publishing an April roundup post of Titanic books, Washington Post contributing editor Dennis Drabelle received the most adorable correction eve...

School Turns Pledge To Teachers Into 'School Song'

The Huffington Post | Gregory Kristof | Posted 06.21.2012 | Education

For the last decade, students at Asher Holmes Elementary school in New Jersey pledged allegiance in the morning not only to the United States flag, bu...