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Top-Performing Schools in Some of Illinois' Biggest School Districts

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.19.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The Illinois State Board of Education released its annual Report Card with ratings and summaries of stats about schools across Illinois for the 2013-2014 school year.

Removing the Interference

Lee Kronert | Posted 12.17.2014 | Education
Lee Kronert

A healthy public school system is like a healthy human body. Think about it: The brain is the head honcho. It makes all the decisions about which organ, tissue or cell is going to do what, when and how. Our education department does the same.

The Reason I Loved English Class Is the Reason My Students Hate It

Karen Zainal | Posted 12.11.2014 | Education
Karen Zainal

I currently teach Math. But I don't have a single student who likes their English class, and it makes me wonder why. I loved it because I happened to be an obnoxious little linguaphile. The way English classes are (often) run would surely turn off any kid who isn't one.

NY Man, VT Baby: "Can't Breath," Killed

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
T. Elijah Hawkes

When the bodies of family and state that are supposed to care for us instead crush us in their arms, something is very wrong, very broken. And our institutions are even more broken when there is no punishment for such crimes.

Mindfulness Meditation in Public Schools: Side-Stepping Supreme Court Religion Rulings

Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Education
Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D.

Why is mindfulness sweeping American public schools? There is a perceived crisis in U.S. public education.

Hope, Peace, Joy and Love

John R. Burbank | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
John R. Burbank

Thanksgiving is in our wake, and Christmas is upon us, with a vengeance of catalogs, push e-mails, to-do lists and gifts to buy. It is American consumerism at its apex.

Beware of Vague Common Core Hype

Jason Endacott | Posted 12.09.2014 | Education
Jason Endacott

As voters we must be careful about believing the rhetoric of anybody who stands to gain or profit on the backs of our children. Each of us is responsible for developing a better understanding of why we support or oppose major reform initiatives such as the Common Core State Standards.

Paul Blumenthal

Hedge Fund Execs Spent Big In New York Elections, Now Likely To Reap Their Reward

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A handful of hedge fund executives aiming to direct more taxpayer money to charter schools pooled their own vast resources to help elect...

What Communities Are More Likely to Embrace Corporal Punishment? Let's Look at the Data

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 11.24.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

On September 21, 2014, we sent a public records request to the Louisiana Department of Education, requesting the number of school corporal punishment incidents for the 2011-2014 school years. On October 29, 2014, we received the data. It was revealing.

Teachers Receive Failing Grade on Social Media

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 11.21.2014 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

Educators who use social media should take the following steps to protect their online reputations and keep from making the kinds of mistakes that could end their teaching careers.

Are You a 'Real Teacher'?

David Lyell | Posted 11.20.2014 | Education
David Lyell

Some would say if you don't like it, get another job. While true, if teacher quality is as important as everyone says it is -- one way to improve teacher quality is to make the job more attractive -- not less competitive.

The Three Most Important Questions You Can Ask Your Teenager

Michael Mulligan | Posted 11.24.2014 | Education
Michael Mulligan

he millennials are accomplishing great things. But too many of them look inside only to peer into a void that we, at least in part, have helped to create. In our efforts to push our kids ahead, we have forgotten to ask why pushing ahead is important in the first place.

The Promise of Career and Technical Education

Randi Weingarten | Posted 11.15.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Policymakers, business, labor and community can come together to make CTE a thriving component of our 21st-century education system -- and with it, an engine that helps more young people have access to good jobs and the American dream.

California Voters Have Clear Education Priorities

Jonathan Voss | Posted 11.13.2014 | Education
Jonathan Voss

Seventy percent of voters say that "Stopping Wall Street and corporations from taking over schools for profits" was important in deciding who to vote for, including 56 percent who said it was very important.

Thinking About the Future From the Edge of Darkness

Paul Stoller | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Paul Stoller

Elections often highlight shifts in society. In America, the upcoming midterm election is no exception. The half-truths that today constitute our political discourse are likely to produce a set of results that will bring us to the edge of darkness. Fear has trumped science and ignorance has obliterated reason.

Time After Time: Why Teachers Are So Frustrated With Time's 'Rotten Apples' Cover Story

Alyssa Hadley Dunn | Posted 10.27.2014 | Education
Alyssa Hadley Dunn

The trope of the "bad teacher" continues to dominate the media and effectively obscures the systemic realities that teachers and students struggle with every day.

10 Reasons Why a Teacher's Right to Tenure Should Be Protected (Pt. 1)

Lee Kronert | Posted 10.21.2014 | Education
Lee Kronert

We are attacked by the news media as incompetent, over-paid whiners who refuse to work more than 10 months a year. Parents have license to yell at us, create rumors about us, and berate us in front of family, friends, and work associates. We need to be protected. We deserve tenure.

Financing Public Education

Michael Beyer | Posted 10.21.2014 | Chicago
Michael Beyer

Three simple solutions anyone can understand: cut costs by reducing redundant administration, increase our tax base, and re-amortize our debt. You might wonder why our political leaders don't even mention these solutions.

America's Distrust Of Foreign Languages

Frank Breslin | Posted 12.20.2014 | Education
Frank Breslin

Foreign languages help free us from ethnocentrism, the delusion that we alone are the measure of all things human, and they connect us to a larger, saner, more humane world.

To Help Our Most Challenged Students, Listen to Them -- And Embrace Who They Are

Harriet Sanford | Posted 12.20.2014 | Education
Harriet Sanford

When teachers embrace students as individuals and recognize their personal strengths and needs, young people in poverty can develop the kind of confidence needed to propel them beyond their circumstances.

Why Performance Incentives And Public Schools Don't Mix

Peter Greene | Posted 12.17.2014 | 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.

The Five Percent Rule

Peter Greene | Posted 12.14.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Ninety-five percent of everything is unimportant baloney, crap that we humans use to torture ourselves and each other. Neckties. Eye shadow. Funny hats. Hair length. Only five percent of what we deal with is true and important and lasting.

America's Crusade Against Its Public School Children

Frank Breslin | Posted 12.12.2014 | Education
Frank Breslin

A specter is haunting America - the privatization of its public schools, and Big Money has entered into an unholy alliance to aid and abet it. Multi-billionaire philanthropists and others are making common cause to hasten the destruction of public schools.

Our Teachers Need to Be Protected

Lee Kronert | Posted 12.09.2014 | Education
Lee Kronert

A quarterback throws a perfect spiral pass to his receiver. The timing is good and he leads his teammate so they can catch the ball in stride. The only problem is what if the receiver doesn't put up their hands to catch the ball?

'I Teach Students, Not Subjects'

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 12.09.2014 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

Teachers, parents, and administrators are raising their voices louder, and in solidarity, as unrealistic demands for students are being handed down from education policy makers and corporate reformers.