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Why I’m a Public-School Teacher but a Private-School Parent

It’s not selling out; it’s buying in.<p>Last week, I observed a high-school English class on a campus without bells. The school didn’t need them: Every student showed up for class promptly, and they remained attentive until the last minute—without packing their books early or lining up at the door. …

Education

How to Solve the Diversity Problem at NYC’s Elite Public Schools

Hint: Their test-only admissions policy isn’t the real issue.<p>March is a nerve-racking time for New York City’s public-school eighth graders. These 80,000 or so youngsters will soon receive high-school acceptance letters, and for many this time marks the culmination of months—sometimes years—spent …

Education

School Breakfast Is Just the Beginning

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." Those words of Francis of Assisi came to mind as schools around the country celebrated National School Breakfast Week this past week.<p>School breakfast is a great starting point for many schools …

AltSchool is heading to a neighborhood near you. Can it fix education?

The San Francisco-based education startup plans to open five new schools this fall, including one in Brooklyn.<p>AltSchool burst onto the education scene last year, promising to solve problems that have been frustrating school leaders for years. Personalized learning, parent-teacher collaboration, …

San Francisco

Is Ending Segregation the Key to Ending Poverty?

Chicago's experiment in relocating poor African American families to rich white suburbs seems to be a success. So why are so few other cities doing the same?<p>Like many mothers raising children in Chicago’s housing projects in the 1990s and 2000s, Seitia Harris was afraid of the drugs and violence …

Social Issues

Six Black Politicians You Probably Didn't Learn About In School

African-Americans have been monumental -- and often controversial -- forces in the political realm since Reconstruction.<p>Americans are hip to Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks and Shirley Chisholm. But these weren't the only people calling for sociopolitical change and advocating for …

Microaggressions: Everyday Racism in the 21st Century

The film <i>Selma</i> takes us on a three-month journey of Dr. Martin Luther King, his associates, his wife, and the events leading up to the march for …

Women of Color

Students Around The World Discuss Racism And Learn The World Isn't As Small As They Think

"The World Is As Big Or As Small As You Make It" | Sundance Institute from Sundance Institute on Vimeo.<p>What makes you happy? What are some stereotypes that people have about you? Have you experienced racism and, if so, how?<p>These are the questions kids from around the world are asking to learn about …

Teachers in Kansas May Soon Face Jail Time for Doing Their Job

Would an English teacher dare open up Toni Morrison’s <i>Song of Solomon,</i> Mark Twain’s <i>Huckleberry Finn</i> or J.D Salinger’s <i>A Catcher in the Rye</i> if there was …