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Why Education?

Sean Slade | Posted 10.03.2011 | Education
Sean Slade

Why do we have education? What is the rationale behind schooling? Is it just to transfer content knowledge or is that just a part of a larger picture?

The 'Alien Structure' of Education, and Other Thoughts

John Merrow | Posted 10.03.2011 | Education
John Merrow

In this age of accountability, testing is punitive. That's the bottom line, and that's what must be addressed, but we can't abandon testing or accountability.

School Culture Shakeup: New Report Has Some Interesting Findings

Posted 10.02.2011 | Education

A new study conducted by the National Center for Education Information has uncovered both startling similarities and arresting differences between tea...

Find Out How To Use Our Education Data For Your Reporting

ProPublica | Posted 10.01.2011 | Education
ProPublica

By Sharona Coutts, and Al Shaw, ProPublica The U.S. Department of Education recently released the largest and most comprehensive snapshot of the edu...

Pennsylvania Joins States Facing Widespread School Cheating

The New York Times | MICHAEL WINERIP | Posted 10.01.2011 | Education

PHILADELPHIA -- In April, Dale Mezzacappa attended a panel discussion on cheating sponsored by the Education Writers Association. At the time, she was...

Tea Party Candidate Admits Comparing Public Schools To Nazi Germany

Posted 10.01.2011 | Education

Wisconsin tea party organizer and children's book author Kim Simac has admitted to comparing American public schools to the Nazi regime. Simac, als...

Matt Damon's Powerful Education Speech at the Save Our Schools Rally in DC

Dan Brown | Posted 09.30.2011 | Education
Dan Brown

On Saturday, thousands of educators and parents rallied at the grassroots Save Our Schools March on Washington, D.C. Education heavyweights all took the microphone, but it was Matt Damon whose closing speech brought down the house.

Jordan Howard

Grassroots Teachers Organization Calls For Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Jordan Howard | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama was swept into office amid calls for change in the country on issues ranging from the economy to education. Almos...

Why This Teacher Is Marching in Washington

Martha Infante | Posted 09.29.2011 | Education
Martha Infante

As a teacher, I know what good education looks like. Unfortunately, good education has not resulted from the federal education policy of today and teachers can stay silent no longer.

No Child... Gonna Make You Cry

Susan Sawyers | Posted 09.28.2011 | Home
Susan Sawyers

Sun's 75-minute one-woman performance made me laugh and it made me cry. No Child... is a heart-wrenching portrayal of today's New York City public school system and the people who make up the school communities.

Americans Have Near-Record Low Confidence In U.S. Public Schools, Gallup Study Shows

Posted 09.28.2011 | Education

Americans are becoming increasingly skeptical of the U.S. public school system, revealing near-record low confidence in schools. According results ...

Lucas Kavner

Missouri School District Bans 'Slaughterhouse-Five'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 09.28.2011 | Home

The school board in Republic, Mo., voted 4-0 to eliminate Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five" and Sarah Ockler's "Twenty Boy Summer" from the high s...

School Voucher Students' Scores Show No Significant Change, Study Reports

Posted 09.27.2011 | Education

The school voucher debate is shifting, in part, a new study released today concludes, because participating students' test scores are not. School v...

Off-Campus Cyberbullying and the First Amendment

Daniel J. Solove | Posted 07.28.2011 | Education
Daniel J. Solove

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently upheld a school's discipline of a student for engaging in off-campus cyberbullying of another student.

To Save Our Schools, Wear Sunblock and Bring Ideas

John Merrow | Posted 09.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

The acronym SOS is catchy and convenient for Saturday's march and rally. But what are protestors hoping to save our schools FROM? And, just as important, what are they FOR?

Joy Resmovits

Sen. Michael Bennet Expects Senate NCLB Draft Ready By Fall

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.24.2011 | Education

WASHINGTON -- As Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) sees it, the holdup on overhauling the nation's sweeping education law, No Child Left Behind, has littl...

Lights, Camera, Action: Time to Change the Script and Bring in New Directors in Public Education Reform

John H. Jackson | Posted 09.19.2011 | Education
John H. Jackson

To produce transformative educational reform, we must roll the closing credits for self-invested "reformers" and have parents, students and grassroots advocates take their rightful positions on the stage.

Feds Investigating School District For Alleged Civil Rights Violation

Posted 09.19.2011 | Education

Federal officials are investigating allegations of harassment and bullying in Anoka-Hennepin Schools, Minnesota's largest school district, CNN reports...

Has Illinois' New Education Initiatives Hit A Brick Wall With Its Budget?

Posted 09.18.2011 | Education

Popular Illinois education reform intended to improve teacher performance has hit a major snag: there isn't enough money to put it in place. Senate...

Why One District Has No Instances Of Bullying, But Another Has 4,000

Posted 09.18.2011 | Education

New anti-bullying legislation popping up around the country may need retooling, new reports show. The nationwide crackdown on bullying in the wake ...

The Right To Read

Martin J. Blank | Posted 09.18.2011 | Education
Martin J. Blank

While we may hesitate about declaring that children have the "right" to read, what we cannot dispute is that it is our shared responsibility to create the conditions that enable them to read.

Strong Neighborhoods Are Safe Neighborhoods

Jean Quan | Posted 09.17.2011 | San Francisco
Jean Quan

In Oakland, California, neighbors are organizing block by block to improve schools and make our communities safer. We're taking the fight for better communities to some of the most difficult neighborhoods -- and we are making progress.

The Real Cheating Scandal of Our Public Schools

Larry Strauss | Posted 09.17.2011 | Education
Larry Strauss

More serious than the unfolding cheating scandal in Atlanta public schools are wasted instructional hours -- millions of them if we add them up for each student -- including all the squandered time associated with the testing itself.

Student Arrested And Expelled For Writing Name On Desk, Peers Seek Change

Posted 09.14.2011 | Education

A Chicago student advocacy group is fed up with its school system's zero-tolerance disciplinary policies. Voices of Youth in Chicago Education rall...

Ex-North Chicago School Officials Indicted In Kickback Scheme, $9.67 Million Sought

Posted 09.14.2011 | Home

Two former North Chicago Unit School District officials were indicted by a grand jury Thursday for allegedly receiving kickbacks totaling over $800,00...