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DC-CAS Gains: Grounds for Caution, not Champagne

Elaine Weiss | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Elaine Weiss

In June, DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced that, according to the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS), more students are proficient in math and reading than ever before.

Exploring the Arts

Susan Benedetto | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Susan Benedetto

The arts teach empathy. The arts express and evoke emotion, enabling us to feel how others feel and find common ground. The arts help eliminate prejudice by encouraging multiple perspectives. And of course, the arts can be fun!

Hey, Teachers, Leave Those Kids Alone

Mark Rice | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Mark Rice

Middle-school kids are at an age when they need to start learning how to negotiate a complicated world. Every day they experience a whole host of emotions that they can barely comprehend. Recess is a perfect time to sort some of this stuff out.

Our Future Depends On Putting Tech Education At The Core

Cullen White | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Cullen White

If we don't make technology education a priority, we will face a crisis of epic proportions. It is estimated that by 2020 there will be 4.2 million jobs in IT and computing. There is no way we can fill those jobs with American students and an education system that doesn't adequately prepare them.

When Homework Does More Harm than Good

Vicki Abeles | Posted 12.01.2013 | Parents
Vicki Abeles

At screenings of Race to Nowhere in communities across the country, few issues have stirred audience discussion as much as the debate over students' increasingly heavy homework loads.

A Dad's Reaction to a Violent Threat Against His Daughter's School

Jeff Bogle | Posted 11.30.2013 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

"There's a fine line between brave and stupid," said someone, somewhere. At first, I wasn't entirely certain on which side of said line we were standing on Monday, September 30th.

What Does an 'as-Good-as-It-Gets' Public School Look Like?

Vicki Cobb | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

Why is a school's success often achieved by subversive practices that used to be hailed as great teaching? Why can't we just go back to letting teachers do what they dreamed of doing when they entered into this profession?

Lessons From Pea Ridge: 5 Ways Parents Can Help Update HIV Education in the United States

Jodie Howerton | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Jodie Howerton

As the mother of an HIV positive school-age son who is working on updating HIV/AIDS educational resources in public school classrooms, I was very disheartened to learn that the devastating stigma still associated with HIV reared its ugly head in a public school in Arkansas last week.

Teacher Warriors Encouraged to Apply

Sally Lee | Posted 11.27.2013 | Black Voices
Sally Lee

When New York City's mass transit workers went on strike in 2005, they fought for the benefits of TWU members who hadn't joined the workforce yet. They would not "give up the unborn."

Eli Broad, Houston Schools Supe Grier on Urban Education

Jane Williams | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Jane Williams

This week on Bloomberg EDU, Eli Broad, philanthropist and founder of two Fortune 500 companies, discusses his native Detroit public schools, blended learning, school leadership and a national system for education.

The Most Important Back-to-School Issue in Detroit

Dr. Vickie Markavitch | Posted 11.26.2013 | Detroit
Dr. Vickie Markavitch

The primary problem facing public education is the legislated diversion of time, talent and resources to things that do not improve student learning -- a reliance on silver bullet, bumper sticker market driven reform ideas instead of focused, research-based hard work and effort.

Why the Beav Wouldn't Be Surprised By Our Schools today

Dan Varner | Posted 11.25.2013 | Detroit
Dan Varner

I'm not arguing for innovation for its own sake. But where it can improve outcomes for our children, why haven't we pursued it with more vigor? What conditions need to exist to encourage faster and better innovation in public education?

Common Core: A Lesson Plan for Raising up Compliant, Non-thinking Citizens

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.24.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

As I point out in my new book, A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, there are several methods for controlling a population. You...

Bored-o-Ed: An Educator's Plan for Making the NYC Public Schools Work

Michele Somerville | Posted 11.23.2013 | New York
Michele Somerville

If I could change one thing alone, I would change this: Currently New York City Public School students have physical education twice a week.

Redefine Positive: Updating HIV/AIDS Educational Resources in Public Schools

Jodie Howerton | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Jodie Howerton

My 8-year-old son, Duzi, is HIV positive. He is not scary and he is not contagious. He takes a regimen of anti-retroviral medication every day and has an undetectable viral load. He is not a threat to anyone.

Governor Brown: No Short Cuts -- No Shortchanging Teachers and Students

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 11.20.2013 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

Imagine that the DMV -- in an effort to adopt a better test -- suspended all driving exams, but still continued to issue new licenses. That same kind of backwards thinking has produced an equally dangerous education bill in California, one that the governor is considering signing into law.

Empower DC Is 21st Century Civil Rights in Washington, D.C.

Head-Roc | Posted 11.17.2013 | DC
Head-Roc

Empower DC utilizes much of the same honored tried and true methods of empowering low and moderate income DC residents, on the issues of affordable housing, education, childcare and public property use, via the same grassroots community organizing that is the root effectiveness of our American Civil Rights Movement.

Are We Building a School in the Cloud? Think Rationally Please

Mark W. Guay | Posted 11.16.2013 | TED Weekends
Mark W. Guay

Think Copernicus and the heliocentric theory. Think democracy. And think back to when school was first mandated. The masses all said, "No way. Ain't gonna happen." What do you think? What would a school in the cloud look like?

A Math Teacher Walks Out

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
T. Elijah Hawkes

How directly connected are they to life outside the school? Is the instruction in our math classrooms -- in every classroom -- useful and meaningful to students? Is our school curriculum relevant to society?

What Ever Happened to Mark Zuckerberg's $100 Million Gift to Newark?

Rahim Kanani | Posted 11.13.2013 | Impact
Rahim Kanani

"The Foundation for Newark's Future was designed to be a short-term philanthropic 'shot in the arm,' paving the way for long-term change in Newark's s...

Mexico City Erupts Over Neoliberal Education Bill

Michelle Chen | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

In Mexico City, school teachers are meting out some serious discipline to a government gone awry. For the past several weeks, the metropolis has pul...

Our Severely-Obese Daughters and Sons: Of Pennies, Pounds and Sense

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.13.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Obesity is a cultural problem and requires a cultural solution we have the knowledge and means to administer. That we fail to apply those means bespeaks our ambivalence at best, our profit-driven hypocrisies at worst.

Building a Culture by Tending to the Details

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Karin Chenoweth

Creating an environment where teachers can teach and students can learn is a complex task that takes a single-minded dedication both to the larger culture of a school and its nuts-and-bolts logistics.

Can We All Change Urban Public Schools?

Heidi Legg | Posted 11.09.2013 | Impact
Heidi Legg

Michelle Boyers claims to now have a blueprint that will change the education game and she wants legislation behind it. In it they address to basic problems, such as: What do we do with 1:30 dismissals?

The Day I Had My First Proper Fist Fight

Tom Cramer | Posted 11.07.2013 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

In the fourth grade, I had the toughest teacher of my life: Ms. Daly. She wasn't physically imposing, or necessarily mean; she was smart, tough and didn't take any crap. She was going to teach us, and we were going to learn, come hell or high water. It's like she combined the roles of parent and teacher into one authority-figure superhero. That year, I had my first proper fist fight.