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The Kinder Chronicles, Part Two

Shaun Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Shaun Johnson

My title is kindergarten teacher. It may be the most difficult work I've ever done.

What To Do When Politics and Schools Mix

Joel Gagne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Joel Gagne

Schools don't want to be political but sometimes find themselves in that area. The fact is, at last count, more than 20 states now require some form of public action -- ie: ballot issue approval by voters -- to fund schools.

Note to New NYC Mayor: Continue Bloomberg's Focus on Our Schools

Michael Haberman | Posted 12.14.2013 | New York
Michael Haberman

By continuing to make schools a citywide priority -- and by tying them to the future of this City -- Bloomberg inspired everyone from private citizens to small business owners to Fortune 500 CEO's to realize that they can and must do something to help.

Educate All Girls, Especially in Our Own Cities

Ann Tisch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ann Tisch

Our girls stand as examples of what can be achieved when programs exist to get girls into the right academic environment.

Caveat Emptor--Charter School Poster Kids and Private/Public Education

Michele Somerville | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Michele Somerville

If charter schools really do so well with educating children with special needs, does it not make sense for many more children with autism and other developmental disabilities to attend these schools? Why aren't the charter schools clamoring for more?

It's Called Dyslexia

Jamie Anne Richardson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jamie Anne Richardson

A diagnosis of dyslexia is not the end of the world. In fact it can be the beginning of a beautiful journey because as you learn to deal with the obstacles, you also discover the gifts that a dyslexic brain has that open doors to an amazing future.

The Impending Teacher Shortage

Marc F. Bernstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Marc F. Bernstein

There is time to take the necessary steps to turn this shortage into a meaningful education reform that will improve the quality of and broaden the racial demographics of those individuals who enter the teaching profession.

Chicago School Closings a Blow to Parental Involvement?

Lorraine Forte | Posted 12.09.2013 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

Journalists are often criticized for supposedly focusing on "bad news" and ignoring the positive. Yet in reality, we're happy to report good news -- if the evidence backs it up.

Bad Reporting Bamboozles the Public on Food Policy

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Huehnergarth

Our nation got itself into this mess of poor nutritional habits, rampant obesity and declining health over many decades. Let's make sure that the facts about food reform policies don't get left in the dust of sensationalism.

Joy Resmovits

Inside The Boot Camp For Cops Charged With Keeping Our Schools Safe

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The same week protests erupted around the nation over the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon...

Dream School, Dream World

David Arquette | Posted 01.23.2014 | TV
David Arquette

In a world full of self-appointed and uncertified judges who wildly swing gavels while pointing their proverbial fingers at anyone that doesn't fit in, sentencing them to humiliation and ridicule regardless of the fact that their only crime is that of individuality.

Education: Making the Connections

Frank Islam | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Frank Islam

A visual of a triangle came to mind. At the center of that triangle is the student, at the top is the family and at either tip are the schools and the community. Those are the pivotal points at which we need to make the educational connection.

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...