iOS app Android app

School

Hazard for Whom?

Claire Wapole | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Claire Wapole

My second grader brought a test home from school, some sort of comprehension test, reading and vocabulary. I noticed she got a couple of questions wrong, so I wanted to look them over to see what exactly she was not comprehending, not understanding. What follows is the actual conversation I had with my 8-year-old regarding a question she got "wrong."

7 of the Best Overall Top Colleges in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.23.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

When students are looking for their best fit in a university, there are dozens of metrics to consider, such as specific academic programs, sports teams, location. But it's good to have an overall picture of the best schools too--the whole experience

The Good News About Being 'In Transition'

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

We do, however, have the power to determine how we respond to what befalls us. Each rupture in our life is fraught with opportunity for growth. Transformation involves a shift in our attitude or perspective that allows for the experience of new possibilities. Each transition provides a chance to come back to a truer version of who we are.

The Dreaded Christmas Concert

Sue Robins | Posted 12.19.2014 | Parents
Sue Robins

Planning for success is all about perspective: it is a kids' Christmas concert, not a Broadway show. I need to take my own advice: most of all, relax and enjoy -- your kid is awesome just the way they are.

Reflecting on the Loss of Life in Pakistan

Frank Fredericks | Posted 12.18.2014 | Religion
Frank Fredericks

While we can't grasp the motivations of all these murderous mad men, we can deduce from their actions. These heinous criminals fear the pen more than the sword. Education, from basic literacy to professional training, gives young people a real chance to live a better life than their parents.

America's Oldest Black College Could Face Financial Collapse

Reuters | David DeKok | Posted 12.18.2014 | Black Voices

HARRISBURG, Penn., Dec 17 (Reuters) - The nation's oldest black college, Cheyney University, one of Pennsylvania's 14 state-run universities, is on th...

Crime Of The Century: Chatting with Roger Hodgson, Simon & Garfunkel and Joni Mitchell Box Reviews and a KMC Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.19.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Regardless, Simon & Garfunkel's The Complete Albums Collection is an absolute essential. Each of these albums -- even the folk-drenched Wednesday Morning, 3am -- paint a picture of their era and suggest what we've lost spiritually and intellectually since then.

Where Illinois School Districts Get Their Funding: Local, State and National Money

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.11.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

When Illinois lawmakers get back to work in January, they'll have a lot of decisions to make on the state budget and minimum wage laws. They'll also be faced with the question of whether or not and how to restructure school funding in Illinois.

Leaders -- Too Cool for School?

Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells) | Posted 12.10.2014 | Business
Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells)

Opening up to a new, curious mindset is not an easy thing. For most of us, true change takes time and commitment. It is far easier doing the same things that we already know, that we've always done.

8 Ways to Raise Kids With Grit

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

When I was in graduate school we were taught that individuals are either born with the magical quality of resiliency or not. These days we have learned that resiliency or the ability to bounce back from difficult situations and even how to handle tricky situations can be taught. Here's how...

Thought the 'Rolling Stone' Article Was Bad?

Francesca Bessey | Posted 12.10.2014 | College
Francesca Bessey

In light of these facts, in light of my own rape and the rapes of too many of my friends at the hands of their peers, I do wonder: Whose credibility is really to be doubted here? Jackie's, or the public peanut gallery that has diluted sexual assault down to a number and a date?

No Lovin' Feeling... for Science Fair

Claire Wapole | Posted 12.09.2014 | Chicago
Claire Wapole

Hard to believe, but at one point in my life I was actually eager for my kids to participate in the Science Fair. So help me, it's true. I loved being in the Chicago Public School Science Fair when I was a kid.

MakeSchool Co-Founder Ashu Desai Talks about, "The Computer Science Degree of the Future"

David Ongchoco | Posted 12.09.2014 | Education
David Ongchoco

MakeSchool, which was originally named MakeGamesWithUs, was born after Ashu Desai and Jeremy Rossmann decided that they needed to fix the educational gap in CS education.

To Overcome Poor Schools, Students Need to Be Engaged

Karen Pittman | Posted 12.08.2014 | Education
Karen Pittman

Engagement is one of the most powerful determinants of success for people of any age. It has been an ingredient that has helped the academically weaker students in strong high schools graduate on time; yet its absence allowed the stronger students to fall behind.

Parenting Pre-K Entrepreneurs: What You Need To Know!

Laura Wellington | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Laura Wellington

What we term "Entrepreneurship" in our more adult, sophisticated lives is actually children's imagination still at play but all grown up.

Is There An Upside to Bullying or Exclusion?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 12.01.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I learned to be empathic and to think about the impact of my behavior on others because of some of my less-than-positive experiences. I learned to look into the eyes of others when I was speaking to them to see what kind of reaction I was causing.

I Did It Their Way!

Catherine Nagle | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

I've come to learn even more these days that our greatest successes, achievements, and desires flow smoothly when we put the comfort and happiness of those around us ahead of our own wants and desires.

Living Life Now, Even If It Is Temporary

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 11.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

All we really have is the present moment -- where you are right now and with whom you are with. Give yourself time to think and reflect. Live purposefully. Be in the now and take it all in. Be brave. Have gratitude for what you have. Accept reality. It is all we have.

Why We Must Honor the Teaching Profession

Laura Wellington | Posted 11.19.2014 | Education
Laura Wellington

To begin righting the U.S. education system, our nation needs to reclaim the belief that the teaching profession is a highly regarded, extraordinarily valuable position in society.

Witches Were Sometimes Year-Round

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 11.19.2014 | Comedy
Bil Hitchcock

I remember Miss Marshall very well. She was my third grade teacher at Cloverdale Elementary School in Dothan, Alabama in about 1964. I remember the first time that I saw The Wizard of Oz that I thought she looked just like Almira Gulch.

Menstruation Matters: How Periods Are Keeping Girls Out of School in Nepal

Loren Hyatt | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Loren Hyatt

For millions of women and girls around the world, menstruation can lead not only to cramps, bloating, and mood swings, but it also can lead to days of missed school and lower future economic earnings.

When Disposable Cameras Develop Far More Than Photography

Joe Paradise | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Joe Paradise

In the world of education, teachers are familiar with the rare, unplanned moment where a learning opportunity presents itself to their students.

Teaching the Teacher

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 11.12.2014 | Comedy
Bil Hitchcock

I loved my first grade teacher. Her first name was Dorothy, the same as my grandmother's. She was interesting and seemed to devote a lot of time to me... and I loved her... until she sent home the note.

Kids Make an Elephant-Sized Impact on Conservation

John F. Calvelli | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green
John F. Calvelli

If you ask almost anyone involved in the conservation movement for the main reason why they fight to save endangered wildlife, they will often mention their children or the need to save threatened species for future generations.

Is Recess Still on the SATs?

Galanty Miller | Posted 11.07.2014 | Education
Galanty Miller

As a society, I wish we would do more to celebrate the boring stuff. The boring stuff is important. Math is important. History is important. English is important.