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Education Reform: My Complex Relationship with Simplicity

Bob Bowdon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Bob Bowdon

Education status quo defenders routinely call school choice "simplistic," and they mean it in the bad way.

The New Nonprofit: Pencils of Promise

Rebecca Serle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Rebecca Serle

Braun's story begins with a single child and a single pencil. During a backpacking trip around the world he had taken up a simple ritual: asking children if they could have one thing, what would it be?

If We Were Really Serious About Educational Technology

Scott McLeod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Scott McLeod

If we were really serious about educational technology, we would. Here are 10 ways to get you started.

3 Tips to Green Your Child's School

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

Do you see a lot of waste going on at your children's schools? Use these three tips to help green your local educational institutions.

An Uneasy Thanksgiving: Klein, Tenure & The Nation's Report Card

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

On Sunday, the New York Times' Tom Friedman wrote a column telling the world that, if he were starting out in journalism today, he would be an education reporter. He's right. It's a happening beat.

Rethinking How We Learn and Work

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

We need to focus on managing our attention and energy, not just our time. Some schools are experimenting with providing longer time periods for learning and finding that it can be very effective.

Learning from Success: Love Meets Best Practices at a New Orleans Elementary School

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Bethune is one of the schools around the country that demonstrate that if schools do everything right, they can get extraordinary results. Getting everything right isn't easy, but it's what we need schools to do.

Con Games: Aspen High Dis Cursive

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

The news that Aspen High School students are no longer required to write in longhand is an unmistakable sign that the Apocalypse is breathing down our necks.

Open Classrooms v. Charter Schools (VIDEO)

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

What exactly is a regular public school, as opposed to a charter school? Is there such a thing? For that matter, is there a typical charter school?

Joel Klein Resigns: What's Next for NYC Schools?

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

It's fascinating that Bloomberg's new schools chancellor, Catherine Black, is from the publishing world. I'll bet dollars to doughnuts that he never even considered handing the reins to a traditional educator.

Why Cathie Black?

Dan Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Collins

Granted, Mayor Bloomberg didn't want anyone from the education establishment, but couldn't he find someone from education to run the city school system? Or from New York?

Who Is Cathie Black?

| Jon Schuppe | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

MANHATTAN -- Cathie Black steps into the tumultuous world of public education after a long, successful career as a media executive. The head of Hearst...

Help, Homework

Juliet Linley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Juliet Linley

Being around at homework time is also a way of bonding with your youngsters, isn't it? It gives you a chance to see how they cope and to follow their progress. No?

The Lottery: Looking Past Distractions to Solutions (VIDEO)

Madeleine Sackler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Madeleine Sackler

2010-11-03-nn.jpg Regardless of what a school is called or whether or not it is unionized, I hope that we can begin focusing on solutions.

The Lottery: Charter Schools in Harlem (VIDEO)

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

The Lottery is not a poor cousin of Waiting for 'Superman'. In some respects it's a purer and more honest film, ferocious in its anger.

Deinstitutionalizing Education

Stephen Downes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Stephen Downes

While a great deal of virtual ink has been spilled over the need to reform our schools and universities, I think we need to question how we manage education altogether.

Students Know What Makes a Good School (VIDEO)

Jenifer Fox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jenifer Fox

Students at Urban love their school, take pride in their education and want to succeed. The model at Urban can be replicated without pouring millions and millions of dollars into a fancy new environment.

Lessons of Justice for College Students: Grandpa versus Big Coal

Perry Binder | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Perry Binder

"This is not an environmental issue. This is about a little human being." -- Ed Wiley (Grandpa) speaking to West Virginia Governor Manchin While the ...

Strengthening Our Schools: A Legislative Framework to Remove Poverty-Related Barriers to Learning

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Michael Laracy

We all know that a quality education is our best tool in the fight against poverty. But it's up to all of us to ensure that tool is as effective it can be.

Where's the Superman to Tackle Drug and Alcohol Abuse in our Schools and Colleges?

Joseph A. Califano Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Joseph A. Califano Jr.

If we are serious about educating our children at every level from elementary school through college, we'd better recognize that money alone will not solve the problem.

The American Baccalaureate, Creating Inquiring Minds

Teri Szucs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Teri Szucs

It is time for an American International Baccalaureate equivalent, not just to raise expectations, but to demand them.

Teachers Unions and Shifting Winds

Bob Bowdon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Bob Bowdon

Teachers unions have actually acknowledged the need for a big national conference on education reform. Have they finally understood the shifting winds? Have they finally gotten a clue? Or is it a publicity stunt?

Parents: You're Not Off the Hook!

Christopher Reeve | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Christopher Reeve

In the life of a child, there is someone else who is of greater importance than the teacher. That person is, of course, the parent. I ask parents to be cognizant of the ways in which they interact with their children.

What are our Excuses, Again, for not Putting Computers in the Hands of our Children? (VIDEO)

Scott McLeod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Scott McLeod

I've watched this TED talk by Sugata Mitra several times now. And every time I watch it, my brain keeps asking the same question.

How Democratic Are Our Schools?

Deborah Meier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Deborah Meier

The habits of schooling make best sense if we were a dictatorship. So I shouldn't be surprised that folks are bewildered by teachers demanding, through their union, they have the same due process we offer other public employees.