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'School Reform': They Wouldn't Do This to White Kids

John Owens | Posted 02.08.2014 | Education
John Owens

That this middle/high school consisted of nothing more than a bunch of classrooms on the third floor of an old elementary school, set between a hospital and a jail, only underscored its single-minded, academic focus.

What You Should Know About Some of the Most Vulnerable Children in America

Robert Piper | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Robert Piper

America is a country home to some of the most successful people in the world. This is a country that put a man on the moon... why can't we solve the hunger epidemic in America? America has the resources to solve this problem.

Teaching Children How to Navigate Failure

Sarah Walton | Posted 02.02.2014 | Parents
Sarah Walton

My job is to work myself out of a job. To teach my kids not to need me. And as much as that doesn't sound fun, I know it's the best thing I can do for them.

The Illiteracy rate: A serious problem for many, political hackery for others

Dale Hansen | Posted 01.27.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

My colleague Gary Wolfram asked an important question recently - "Why are 47 percent of the adult population of Detroit functionally illiterate?" Whil...

Being Good for Goodness' Sake: Why Operation Christmas Child Is Wrong

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Rather than giving because it's the right thing to do, these charities give aid in exchange for religious conversion.

3 Ways Community Activists Could Make Education Better

Chris Crouch | Posted 01.26.2014 | Education
Chris Crouch

Teachers that are maximizing the time spent with students to bridge learning gaps and scaffold instruction for skill acquisition would greatly benefit from these partnerships and so would our students.

360 Degree, 24/7 Professional Development... Done With Curation and Social Media

Rob Furman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Rob Furman

So what can we do to bridge the summer gap? How do you create an environment that has continual professional learning for teachers? How do you get the best research to them year-round? How do you find the best research?

Don't Give Up on MOOCs

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

Sebastian Thrun's mid-course correction of Udacity, as chronicled at length in last week's Fast Company profile by Max Chafkin, has stirred consternat...

Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc

Lisa Longo | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Some insurance companies are canceling policies, so therefore our president must have lied. Nope. Not true. It is a handy talking point for the opposition, but it is in fact, just another logical fallacy. Once you start listening for them, you'll find them everywhere.

I Have The Freedom I Longed For -- Now What Do I Do?

Jon Reiner | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Jon Reiner

I have the independence parents jones for, the freedom I fleetingly imagined while crossing against speeding traffic on that 18-minute sprint. I've been liberated. It's boundless, new and strange, and I'm completely adrift.

Pat McCrory's Ironic Fight Against Bullying

Alex Hayden DiLalla | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Alex Hayden DiLalla

The nomination of A.L. Collins, an openly anti-LGBT politician, is disappointing in and of itself, but to select him for a task force concerned with ensuring the safety of all students is unconscionable.

NIMBYists or Patriots? Muncie Citizens Refuse to Fund School Buses

Kimann Schultz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Kimann Schultz

When does fiscal frugality cross the line and enter into the realm of outright NIMBYism -- NIMBYism that will in time come at far greater cost to us a...

Turning a Negative Into a Positive: How Schools Elevate Culture by Emphasizing the Positive

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 01.25.2014 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

Last week, California educators and families received some exciting news. The state's eighth-grade reading scores showed substantial improvement over the last two years, representing some of the largest gains in the nation. But unfortunately, media coverage focused primarily on overall flat student scores nationwide.

Education Losers Now Recovering

Richard Whitmire | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Richard Whitmire

ow often does Tennessee get cited nationally for producing great academic gains for its children? Almost never, about the same number of times Washington, D.C., gets touted for its superior academic results.

The Top Three Things Male and Female Homebuyers Under 35 Disagree On

Ellen Haberle | Posted 01.23.2014 | HuffPost Home
Ellen Haberle

At Redfin, we looked into preferences among our own young homebuyers, and found that, what a shocker, men and women disagree on some major stuff. Namely, how long they plan to stay in one home, where they want to live and who they plan to live with.

"Committed to Mediocrity Would Have Been So Much Easier"

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Pass Christian demonstrates what can be done when schools take seriously a commitment to excellence.

WHiP It! 'The Real Deal' Education

Amy Elias, MS | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Amy Elias, MS

As a woman who has dedicated her life to connection, to health, to the natural laws of the universe, to whole education, to integrity, to authenticity...

Essential Elements of Effective Leadership

Eric Sheninger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Eric Sheninger

Leadership is a combination of art, science and human nature. For some, it is an innate process; for others, it evolves and is refined over time. We all have the ability to lead, although many choose not to lead.

Political Extremism Has No Place in Our Classrooms

Matt Brady | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Matt Brady

A further drop in revenue for public education, therefore, could be catastrophic, resulting in staffing cuts, increased class size, less individual attention for children, and the elimination of extracurricular programs.

Computer Analysis Overturns the Common Core: Educational Research Strikes Again!

E. D. Hirsch, Jr. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

In the midst of this raging Common Core battle now appears this new article on "complexity," calling into question the linguistic research behind the Common Core standards. It aims to be used as another weapon as the two armies struggle by night.

Should We Begin the Criminalization of Online Harassment in the Classroom?

Christina Gagnier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

Should we be throwing the book at these teenagers when they are supposed to be hitting the books? The failures of our legal system to properly address online harassment begin with our schools and with children.

The Power to Change Lives

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Karin Chenoweth

Walking into a school is always an adventure. You're never sure exactly what you'll find. Will you find bored kids, angry teachers, neglected hallways, and overwhelmingly cluttered or barren classrooms? Schools, in other words, that make you despair that schools can help kids prepare for their adult lives.

Parents Should Be Charged Along With Kids in Bullying Cases

Steve Siebold | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Steve Siebold

While we may always have bullies, we don't always have to have bullying. We owe it to our children to protect them and provide a school and community environment where they can successfully and fearlessly learn and grow.

Homework Excuses

Tom Falco | Posted 12.18.2013 | Comedy
Tom Falco

Subscribe to Tom Falco's daily comic strip Tomversation at Tomversation.com or make it part of your comics page at GoComics at www.GoComics.com/To...

Countering Flim-flam With Science

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 12.17.2013 | Impact
Karin Chenoweth

I was talking with a big-city school superintendent the other day who cynically -- but accurately -- observed that vultures are swirling around schools and education. His city is beset by flim-flam men and women promising to educate impoverished children.