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My Solution to the American Education Debate: Joining Teach For America

Colby Woodis | Posted 04.02.2014 | College
Colby Woodis

The question that everyone is trying to answer is how we make our schools better for our kids. It seems like everyone has an opinion as to what the best solution is. Personally, I don't quite know what the right answer is. So I decided to join Teach for America to find out.

What My Students Think About Mike Sam

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 04.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Ferroni

I decided to not only empower my students, but give them a forum where they can freely, and without judgment, share their thoughts, views and opinions on the topics that are current and being discussed in the mainstream media.

Asphyxiating Education

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.15.2014 | Education
Robert Koehler

Just like the disastrous No Child Left Behind Act of the Bush era, in whose wake it follows, it's all about testing and uniform standards and the "rigorous" evaluation of schools and teachers; and it's clueless about the nature of childhood development, not to mention reality.

Transforming Education Requires Talent at Every Level

Scott Morgan | Posted 05.30.2014 | Impact
Scott Morgan

We will never build high-performing school systems if we drive away our top teachers at such alarming rates. The education sector must become a talent magnet that draws great people to the teaching profession and retains top performers.

There Are Still Some Lights On in Camden

Carlos R. Moreno | Posted 04.14.2014 | Education
Carlos R. Moreno

I wonder how Dr. King would have dealt with Camden and its troubles.

North Carolina is No Fairy Tale -- But Will There Be a Happy Ending?

Katie Mgongolwa | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Katie Mgongolwa

In this faraway land, McCrory was very happy to become the ruler over this vast land. He sat down in his new, bright and shiny office and thought about the things he had promised people over his campaign.

To Test or Not to Test?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 04.14.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

I recently received an e-mail from a reader who raised a question that haunts a lot of teachers and parents: Does testing harm kids?

The Child, Not the File

Preston Smith | Posted 04.14.2014 | Education
Preston Smith

As educators, we should have the courage to revisit our approaches to serving all kids, including students with special needs, and be willing to boldly innovate so that we can offer students the support they need to succeed while being challenged.

Father of Transgender Teen Celebrates Historic Victory

Wayne Maines | Posted 04.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

Transgender children across the nation have taught me that real change requires more than courage. It also requires action. Without action their courage often goes unnoticed.

Why Trust in Teachers Is Central to a Child's Academic Success

David DeSteno | Posted 04.12.2014 | Education
David DeSteno

There are three ways to learn: You can research and systematically analyze information, you can conduct your own experiments, or you can believe what people tell you. For adults, learning new things usually involves a mix of all three strategies. But for young children, the story is decidedly different.

Why Pay for SkyPagers or Old Phones?

Jamal Simmons | Posted 04.09.2014 | Technology
Jamal Simmons

With ConnectED, the President has said that only high-speed broadband can bring our students fully into the digital age. It's a great start, but the rest of the country needs to move forward aggressively as well.

Mentors Play Key Role in Getting Students to School

Robert Balfanz | Posted 04.09.2014 | Education
Robert Balfanz

When school started two years ago, DeVanya a high-performing student from the Bronx, was there with her bright purple sneakers and shiny new binders e...

Who's Cheating Whom?

Vicki Abeles | Posted 04.08.2014 | Education
Vicki Abeles

All too often, I think we're actively teaching our children that external, material, quantifiable indicators of accomplishment are the most important.

Poverty, Politics, Racism and School Reform

Cami Anderson | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
Cami Anderson

Newark's inconvenient truth: Our poorest neighborhoods, disproportionately African American, contain some of the lowest-performing public schools in the country and have for a long time.

Monitor and Adjust: The Way to Improve Education

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

It is important to start with what research has demonstrated to be best practice, but it isn't enough. Continual monitoring to see what is working and what needs adjusting has to happen if schools are going to improve.

Five Myths About Families That Homeschool

Monica Swanson | Posted 04.06.2014 | Education
Monica Swanson

While I have seen families who let their kids run wild under the guise of "homeschooling," I think this is the exception. Most families that choose to homeschool do so committed to giving their kids the best education possible.

5 New Approaches to Teaching and Learning: The Next Frontier

Christopher Emdin | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Christopher Emdin

This cycle of dysfunction is a reality for educators across the country, and is part of the reason why achievement gaps exist, dropout rates remain high, and teacher retention is a perpetual issue. I describe five approaches that have a proven record of being successful in the many schools.

The Days of Ozzie and Harriet are Over! School Boards Must Pass New Sex Education Curriculums

Steve Siebold | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Steve Siebold

Giving students access to condoms doesn't increase their odds of having sex, it just increases the odds that they'll have safe sex.

6 Ways for Parents to Teach Kids About Grit

Jessica Smock | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Jessica Smock

Can "grit" be taught? Can tenacity and self-discipline be part of the curriculum? How can parents instill these "character"-based qualities in their children?

What Is it About Disaster That Brings Out the Best in People?

Tracy Hoover | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Like many in Atlanta, I'm snowbound today. This week’s rare snowfall – a disabling two inches – hit our city and triggered a mas...

The President's State of the Union Message to Parents: Invest When the Children Are Young

Avidan Milevsky | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Avidan Milevsky

If parents would be concerned with the parenting of their child from the beginning as much as they are concerned with the parenting of adolescents, the state of our "teen problem" would look very different.

Learning from Unexpected Schools

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 03.31.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Most schools that educate large percentages of children who live in poverty are low-performing. In fact, "high-poverty" has almost become a synonym for "low-performing." To some people, this demonstrates the inextricable link between poverty and low achievement.

4 Organizing Trends You'll See in 2014

Laura Barrett | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

Community organizing is changing. It's more social media driven and younger. Immigration advocacy alone has brought a new sector of young leaders int...

Poverty and the Education Opportunity Gap: Will the SOTU Step Up?

Kevin Welner | Posted 03.29.2014 | Education
Kevin Welner

Education researchers like me have been hoping policymakers will understand that poverty is the biggest impediment to children's academic success. Yet I worry that the President will slip from an accurate diagnosis to unproven and ineffectual treatments.

Here Are The Public Schools That Are Teaching Creationism With Taxpayer Money

Slate | Chris Kirk | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

Thousands of schools in states across the country take taxpayer money to cast doubt on basic science. ...