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Instagram Is Ruining Vacation

Eating, praying and loving may be a stated goal of travel. In reality, we seem more obsessed with nabbing the perfect photo.<p>The scalloped outline of …

Teaching kids philosophy makes them smarter in math and English

Schools face relentless pressure to up their offerings in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and math. Few are making the case for philosophy.<p>Maybe they should.<p>Nine- and 10-year-old children in England who participated in a philosophy class once a week over the course of a year …

Education

Detroit's Public Schools Are in Crisis: Students and Teachers Deal Daily with Rats, Mold and No Heat

Rats and cockroaches scurry through the hallways, water leaks through the roof, toilets are broken, windows are littered with bullet holes and a …

Ready, steady ... stay at home? The benefits of a delayed school start

Improved concentration and reduced hyperactivity – the author of a new study argues the case for starting school later<p>The first day of school is an exciting milestone, often marked by students in oversized uniforms with nervous parents in tow. But when is the right time to take those steps?<p>We know …

Autism

The joy of Finnish kindergartens will make you question how kids learn in the US

“The changes to kindergarten make me sick,” a veteran teacher in Arkansas recently admitted to me. “Think about what you did in first grade — that’s …

It's true, grammar schools are not about equality - that's why we should build more of them

Our weird compulsion to expect a uniform national educational system fails our children<p>Once a week or so, I travel home from London to East Sussex in the late afternoon. The train is fairly empty until we reach Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells. There the platforms are pullulating with mostly teenage …

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Class DoJo App Is Already Past Its Expiration Date

The use of behavior charts, such as sticker and color charts, is widespread across American schools and preschools. A digital extension of these- the Class DoJo app - has gained popularity because it allows teachers to log students' behaviors electronically and alert parents.<p>As innovative as this …

Teaching

Where Have All the Teachers Gone?

Every year, as August slouches toward September, public schools around the country resume classes--and bemoan the difficulty of finding enough teachers:<p><i>The New York Times</i> proclaimed "Teacher Shortages Spur a Nationwide Hiring Scramble," reporting that one North Carolina district was unable to fill …

Education

More than 50% of teachers in England 'plan to quit in next two years'

<b>More than half of teachers in England (53%) are thinking of quitting in the next two years, a survey has suggested.</b><p>The survey, conducted by the National Union of Teachers, found 61% of those wanting to leave blamed workload and 57% desired a better work/life balance.<p>Two thirds of the 1,020 primary …

Education

It's Not Your Imagination, Single Women: There Literally Aren't Enough Men Out There

We talked to author Jon Birger about the shortage of educated men, where women should go if they really want to land a husband, and why boys aren't going to college in the first place.<p>We all have that friend: the beautiful, intelligent, driven woman who—like Katherine Heigl in every rom-com—can't …

Relationships

Preschool And Privilege: When Early Education Hinges On Parental Flexibility

My daughter starts full-time preschool next week, and we are all prepared. Her California grandma sent her a new backpack festooned with flowers and embroidered with her name. We bought sunflower-seed butter for her school lunches, because peanut butter is now banned so that no allergic child has …

Parenting
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Why More Urban Parents Are Choosing Homeschooling

Angela Wade’s children hadn’t reached school age yet, so she had given little thought to where, or how, they’d be educated. But from the moment she …

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What It Really Takes To Become an Elementary School Teacher

Often, people think that becoming an elementary school teacher can’t be that difficult. Many assume that primary school teachers don’t need to know …

Education

Bedtime phenomenon: scientist develops book to send children to sleep in minutes

For most authors the prospect of their books sending readers to sleep would be horrifying.<p>But the latest publishing phenomenon which is topping the Amazon charts is a book which promises to do just that, at least for children.<p>The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep, has been created by Swedish …

John Oliver points out the deeply troubling inadequacies of sex education in America

Many American children are introduced to this topic at school. But in a startlingly high fraction of the US, sex education is not being taught well, or even at all, as comedy host John Oliver pointed out in his show Last Week Tonight on August 10.<p>Here are some of the mind-blowing things Oliver …

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