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Women Get Deeply Honest About Why They Had Abortions As Moms

One in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime. And of the 926,200 women who got abortions in 2015, 59% were mothers, according to research published in 2016 by the Guttmacher Institute. Forty-four years ago, the Supreme Court upheld women's legal right to abortion in <i>Roe v. Wade</i>. But …

Difficulty Vs. Complexity: What's the Difference?

Along with rigor, education is calling for us educators to increase the complexity in the questions we pose, the problems we present, and the tasks …

Teaching

Age 5 Is Too Late: Public Schools Must Focus on Early Learning

Imagine a car sitting in your driveway—without tires. You love this car and continue to improve upon the exterior with new head lights, tinted glass, …

Introducing the 21 Must-Read Books for Fall

New Zadie Smith and Tana French, incandescent debuts, and personal stories of love and hate.<p>Fall is a blockbuster season for books, which fits nicely with our plans to curl up inside while the leaves are falling. Literary mainstays like <b>Zadie Smith</b> and <b>Ann Patchett</b> are back with brand-new offerings, …

What Is Cognitive Rigor?

Rigor has become the educational "buzzword" of the 21st Century. Cognitive rigor is marked and measured by the depth and extent students are …

How augmented reality enhances the classroom — even without technology

Several years ago, I made one of those foolish Dad choices. Despite my wife’s better judgment, I let my six- and seven-year-old sons watch <i>Men in …

Divorce continues to take a psychological toll on kids

Divorce rates are down, with marriages becoming more enduring in the last decade. But are we getting any better at managing the effect on children?<p>In the early 1920s, a list of exceptionally bright children was assembled for a study about growing up as a genius. These individuals became known to …

Divorce

Where Clinton and Trump Stand on Education

The convention dust has settled, and it’s back to the chalkboard.<p>When compared to Donald Trump’s single education policy-related sentence in his acceptance speech at the Republican convention, Hillary Clinton’s remarks on the subject Thursday night were certainly more extensive, as she sought to …

Education

A Conversation With a Teacher Who Decided to Go on Strike

Noam Gundle, who teaches high-school biology in Seattle, talks about how he’s seen the public-education system change in the last 15 years.<p>Last September, the public-school teachers in Seattle, Washington, voted to go on strike on the first day of school. The most high-profile reason for striking …

Education

The Common Core Costs Billions and Hurts Students

FOR 15 years, since the passage of George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind act, education reformers have promoted standardized testing, school choice, competition and accountability (meaning punishment of teachers and schools) as the primary means of improving education. For many years, I agreed with …

Education

Trump's 'Be Very Afraid' Versus The Bible's 'Be Not Afraid'

<i>This piece will be appearing in newspapers in my conservative congressional district in Virginia.</i><p>The most striking thing about the excellent article I was reading was that it appeared on a site that calls itself "Virginia's Conservative Voice."<p>The point of the article was to challenge the idea, …

Faith

Stop Trying to Make the Bible Relevant to Teenagers

It’s easy to feel pressure to make the Bible seem cool and relevant to teenagers. What Christian doesn’t want young people to see the importance of …

Cultivating Mindfulness in the Classroom

Shares 220<p>When I was in Junior High, I had a teacher who led us through a “blue goo” exercise before we had a big test. Sitting in our desks, we’d …

Math: The Pros & Cons of Productive Struggle

Department chair Michelle Russell has spent time this summer thinking about what "productive struggle" should mean for the students in her math …

Research

The Math Wars Wage On

In yet another installment of "nothing new under the sun," the Fordham Institute has put out a survey-analysis assessing the controversial Common …

Education

When white parents have a choice, they choose segregated schools.

A key question in the raging debate over school segregation is how much the personal choices of white and wealthy parents contribute to the isolation …

Subpar

Maximize Your Learning in Short-Term Assignments

The number of short-term assignments in companies has been increasing, and the trend is expected to continue. Within large corporations, secondments, short-term transfers, and functional or geographic management rotation programs often thrust full-time employees into short-term jobs. Many companies …

Management

After Being Ordered To Consolidate, District Argues It Would Create White Flight

A five-decade fight to desegregate the schools in a small Mississippi town continues, as the school district is appealing a federal court order for …

9 Things That Successful Schools Have in Common

Do you want to have a successful school? Are you looking to work for a successful school system? Check out this blog to learn the nine …

Pedagogy

Can Christianity save China?

The growth of Christianity in China has been astonishing. At this point, it's no longer a question of if China will become a Christian nation, but …

Knock-Out Teacher Burn-Out

Henry James said the two sweetest words in the English language were "summer afternoon." For educators, perhaps the sweetest words are "summer break." This is the time of year many of us recharge our batteries as we vacation and take time with family and friends.<p>But what about those of us who are …

Teaching

Clinton, Trump and the Coming Contest of Faith

Religion has been at rest of late in the 2016 presidential race. This is likely to change.<p>Not long ago there were a dozen outspoken faith-based Republican candidates keeping the religious fires burning in American politics. None of them remain. Only Donald Trump is left standing on the political …

Religion

Thousands fast after Putin signs law banning evangelism outside of churches

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law last week a measure punishing any kind of religious evangelization outside of churches, which some observers have called one of the most restrictive move in "post-Soviet history."<p>"This new situation resembles the Soviet Union in 1929. At that time …

Stop Teaching, So Students Can Start Learning

I have an issue with the use of the word 'teaching.' We often use 'teaching' and 'learning' synonymously. In reality, learning is distinctly different from teaching: teaching is about <i>teachers,</i> and learning is about <i>students.</i> In traditional education, teaching is like a teacher giving a student a cup …

Pedagogy

Should happiness be part of the school curriculum?

Every morning after the register, the 260 pupils of Westfield Primary School in Hertfordshire settle in their classrooms into “mountain pose” (standing up, shoulders relaxed) or a sitting position. They close their eyes, imagine they are in their own private “bubble” and spend the next few minutes …

Will Trump’s Nomination Be the End of the Religious Right?

Conservative Christians have long aligned with the Republican Party. But never before has a GOP nominee so flouted evangelical beliefs.<p>Michael Farris was one of the early leaders of the Moral Majority, the conservative Christian political group formed in 1979 with a mandate to elect Ronald Reagan. …

Religion

What Every Teacher Needs to Succeed

<i>By T.D. Flenaugh</i><p>Even good teachers fail sometimes. I have been an educator for sixteen years, and each year, my job has required that I continue learning by teaching new standards, integrating improved technology, or implementing research-proven techniques. I am learning anew, and sometimes failing …

Teaching

Rise in trans children puts British schools to the test

Uniforms, toilets and attitudes being changed as heads work to support pupils who identify as a different sex<p>There were lessons in non-gendered biology, a class on creating unisex spaces and a PE lesson that mixed boys and girls together.<p>“Welcome to the school of the future,” said a notice about a …

Education

Hillbilly America: Do White Lives Matter?

Yesterday I read J.D. Vance’s new book <i>Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture In Crisis.</i> Well, “read” is not quite the word. I devoured …

Stop Assuming Your Neighbors Are Hostile to Your Faith

Some of the headlines are ominous. The value of religious liberty is on the decline. Many Americans consider normal Christian beliefs to be …

Faith