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Florida Vouchers: This Is Choice?

Rita M. Solnet | Posted 03.18.2014 | Education
Rita M. Solnet

Legislators always hype "parent choice" as their mantra whenever they support bills that privatize public education.

Even Cafeterias Are Part of School Culture

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 05.18.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Not long ago I was in DeLisle Elementary School in Pass Christian, Miss., and met the person in charge of the cafeteria as she was setting out food fo...

The Dream of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Hope of President Barack Obama

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 05.15.2014 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

For Black History Month, we honor the lives of African Americans that worked diligently to create a better America in the name of equality. Though the...

Every Child Matters

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.16.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

It's hard work to try to help all kids, not just some. This is the underlying fight in New York and elsewhere right now. Mayor de Blasio has crafted a thoughtful, comprehensive plan to strengthen education for all children.

The Cult of Achievement: Why I Wouldn't Do High School Over Again

Samantha Shokin | Posted 03.14.2014 | New York
Samantha Shokin

"Wow, you must be smart." Every Stuyvesant High School alum has had to deflect this cheeky accusation at least once. Likely more, but at least once d...

In New York's Fight Over Charter Schools, a Tale of Two Cities (and Two Selves)

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.14.2014 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Indeed, the center of the fight in NYC seems to be about what will happen when the considerable wealth and influence of a capitalist economy begins to remake the institution that was founded to be the ultimate safeguard of our democratic society.

Richard M. Daley, Director of the Day

Dean Baker | Posted 05.12.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

During his tenure as mayor, Daley consistently failed to make the required contribution to the city's pension funds. As a result, according to his successor Rahm Emanuel, the city is on the brink of bankruptcy.

Quality Education Is the Civil Rights Issue of Our Time

Tess Raser | Posted 05.11.2014 | Education
Tess Raser

I was not there chanting, "Save our schools!," at the top of my lungs because I care about my own job security. I was there, because to me, access to quality education is the civil rights issue of our time and something I take incredibly personally.

FCC Action to Expand Broadband in Schools and Libraries Can Improve Educational Outcomes for All Students

Bob Wise | Posted 05.05.2014 | Education
Bob Wise

Education in the United States took a large step into the digital age February 5 when Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler ann...

Coming Together to Become Our Brothers' Keepers

John Thompson | Posted 05.05.2014 | Education
John Thompson

I believe the real Barack Obama is the one who sat cross-legged with students at Washington DC's Powell Elementary School. As the Washington Post's Em...

One Topic Often Left Out of Discussions About Education: Fun

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 05.04.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

School improvement is a really complex process. This week, I want to talk about something that is often left out of school reform discussions, and that is fun.

Free Speech, RIP: A Relic of the American Past

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Living in a representative republic means that each person has the right to take a stand for what they think is right, whether that means marching out...

Every American Parent Should Teach Their Children about Patents: Here's Why

Richie Etwaru | Posted 05.04.2014 | Parents
Richie Etwaru

I did not learn about patents until about the age of 25, and I was insanely lucky to find co-founders who explained to me why it was important that our start-up business filed a patent. How many Americans learn this by 25, and how do Americans become more intellectual property aware even younger?

My Brother's Keeper: Better With Secret Sauce

Laura Barrett | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

Many applauded when President Obama announced his new initiative, My Brother's Keeper. According to the White House: "By the time they hit fourth gr...

The Ripple Effect

TNTP | Posted 04.28.2014 | Education
TNTP

Debates about education often start with -- and stick to -- abstract notions of opportunity and equity. So when economists take a hard look and crunch the numbers on reform, we take notice.

Let's Not Forget About Recess!

Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff, | Posted 04.27.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff,

Recess is one of the few active, unstructured times in your child's academic day. It is imperative that children are given this time to run around, blow off steam and get regular exercise.

You've Heard About Schools That Haven't Improved -- Here's One That Did, and It Has Lessons for Us All

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 04.27.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

She arrived in October, after the school year had already begun, which is a difficult beginning for any principal. One of Montiel's first orders of business was to address the fact that very few students could meet state reading and math standards.

We Need a Course Correction on Common Core

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 04.22.2014 | Education
Dennis Van Roekel

NEA members have a right to feel frustrated, upset, and angry about the poor commitment to implementing the standards correctly. So, where do we go from here?

Been There, Did That, Doing It Again: True Grit

Marty Keltz | Posted 04.22.2014 | Fifty
Marty Keltz

Most kids are forced to cope with a system that measures their success based on how they perform on batteries of standardized tests. In classes devoted to test prep they are told to "get used to it," work harder and show some "grit." Clearly, little has changed from when I was a child.

Replace the Race

Vicki Abeles | Posted 04.20.2014 | Impact
Vicki Abeles

Since the release of Race to Nowhere, I've traveled across the country, hearing stories from parents, educators and students who struggle with the pressures of our achievement-obsessed education system and culture.

What My Students Worry About the Most

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 04.16.2014 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

In my nine years as an educator, I have spent the majority of my time with teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18, and I have come to one certainty: Teenagers say some of the most profound, and most entertaining, things you could ever imagine.

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.