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A Nobel Laureate's Education Plea: Revolutionize Teaching

Bloodletting to keep the "humors" in balance was a leading medical treatment from ancient Greece to the late 19th century. That's hard to believe now, in the age of robot-assisted surgery, but "doctors" trusted lancets and leeches for centuries.<p>To Nobel laureate Carl Wieman, the college lecture is …

Education

5 Education Stories To Watch In 2017

Every year for the past few years, I've dusted off my crystal ball and offered a few predictions for the new year. Back on Nov. 9 though, I threw out the ones I had been working on and started over. The election of Donald Trump altered the landscape for K-12 and higher education and created greater …

Education

Teachers Are Stressed, And That Should Stress Us All

We all experience stress at work, no matter the job. But for teachers, the work seems to be getting harder and the stress harder to shake.<p>A new report out this month pulls together some stark numbers on this:<p>Forty-six percent of teachers say they feel high daily stress. That's on par with nurses …

Mindfulness

7 Reasons 'Classroom Leadership' Is Better Than 'Classroom Management' {Infographic}

There are a number of visuals like the one above that illustrate some distinctions between a boss and a leader. I bet you can think of a specific …

The disturbingly accurate brain science that identifies potential criminals while they’re still toddlers

Scientists are able to use brain tests on three-year-olds to determine which children are more likely to grow up to become criminals. It sounds like <i>Minority Report</i> come to life: An uncomfortable idea presenting myriad ethical concerns. But, though unnerving, the research is nuanced and could …

The Brain

The Six-Figure Kindergarten Teacher

Image credit: PhotoDune<p>The conventional wisdom is we significantly underpay our teachers in the US. Unfortunately, this makes teaching one of the least sexy professions in our society even though it is one of the more important. One study out of Harvard University estimated that one talented …

Education

It's the Economic Inequality, Stupid! The Gaping Wound that led to Trump's Win

The people didn't ask for Donald Trump, they asked for change and settled for Trump. It was the change Obama had promised eight years ago. While Trump fired up some pre-existing xenophobic elements of the Republican base, what delivered him the victory that eluded his Republican predecessors was an …

Income Inequality

Post-its on New York subway provide post-election therapy – in pictures

An art installation has been set up on the walls of a 14th Street subway stop, encouraging people to put their thoughts on Post-it notes to protest Trump’s election win. The idea was created by the artist Levee, and hundreds of people have participated

Art

3 TVs and No Food: Growing Up Poor in America

PINE BLUFF, Ark. — Here’s the kind of person whom America’s presidential candidates just don’t talk about: a sweet, grinning, endangered 13-year-old boy named Emanuel Laster.<p>Emanuel has three televisions in his room, two of them gargantuan large-screen models. But there is no food in the house. As …

Presidential Debate

The Problem With How Higher Education Treats Diversity

What is lost when disadvantaged students are forced to commodify their backgrounds for the sake of college admissions?<p>Shortly after moving to New York two years ago, I began volunteering as a writing mentor at Minds Matter, a large, multi-city nonprofit that helps prepare underserved high-school …

High School

14 habits of exceptionally likeable people

Napoleon Hill is the grandfather of self-help authors, inspiring the likes of Oracle founder Larry Ellison, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, and …

The Disproportionate Stress Plaguing American Teachers

Unrealistic standards put educators on an anxiety-ridden trajectory.<p>Forty-six percent of U.S. teachers say they experience a lot of daily stress—that’s more than what the nation’s doctors report, and the topmost among other professional categories, level with nurses.<p>“High levels of stress,” said a …

Education

Study Finds Students Of All Races Prefer Teachers Of Color

"Do you speak English?"<p>When Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng walked into his summer school classroom for the first time as a brand-new teacher, a student greeted him with this question. Nothing in his training had prepared him to address race and identity. But he was game, answering the student lightly, …

Teaching

The College of Teaching: a Claim Your Own Adventure story

As an English teacher, I love second-hand bookshops and I can often be found nosing around the children’s books sections for long lost classics from …

What Communication Apps Got Wrong About Parent Engagement

<b>The following guest post was written by Vlada Lotkina</b><p>Educators know that family support is vital to a student's success. Studies show a strong and …

Teaching

How Silicon Valley’s Talent Wars Are Killing Its Nonprofits

Bay Area nonprofits are being priced out of the Valley as salaries and overhead costs continue to skyrocket<p>When you imagine a typical nonprofit, you may picture a soup kitchen, a community center, or a homeless shelter. While such services still exist, many nonprofits now design apps, build …

Silicon Valley

Here Are Presentation Instructions I’m Giving To My TOK Students

As regular readers know, one of my projects over the summer was completely revamping my curriculum for the three periods of International …

New teacher training favored by charters comes to Denver as critics sound off

The aspiring Denver teacher stood in front a cluster of four gray school desks where three of his peers were seated in blue plastic chairs, …

Education

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn About Brainstorming from TV Writers

These days TV writing is a team sport, and one with lots to teach those brainstorming for business.<p>Wendy Calhoun is a veteran TV writer, who has worked on hit shows including <i>Empire</i>, <i>Justified</i>, and <i>Nashville</i>. Which sounds like a fun gig, but why did she recently spend time talking to Google employees …

Creativity

Here's how education and military spending compare

We spend a lot of time talking about the value of an education in America.<p>But if education is such a valuable investment, why do we spend more than eight times as much of our federal budget on the military than schooling?<p>One indicator of a nation's priorities lies in its federal budget. And by that …

Education

What works better than changing tenure laws? Treating teachers like professionals.

<b>To the editor:</b> Sadly, nobody wins in the state Supreme Court's decision not to revisit a lower court ruling allowing teacher tenure rules to stand. Students and parents don't get protection from having weak teachers, and educators in the classroom do not shed the burden of protecting their own, …

How to Attract Bug-Eating Birds, Backyard Birds, Attracting Birds: Gardener's Supply

Rose-breasted grosbeaks eat caterpillars and beetles.<p>Bluebirds eat grasshoppers, crickets, beetles, larvae and moths.<p>There are lots of great reasons …

Man-made “wind trees” will finally make it possible to power homes using turbines

Picture a steady breeze blowing through the leaves of a tree. Now imagine these leaves could do more than simply churn in the current of air—what if they could capture the wind and transform it into renewable energy?<p>Energy from wind is the fastest-growing source of electricity in the world, …

Renewable Energy

17 Psychological Tricks To Make People Like You Immediately

Most friendships develop so naturally that you don't even realize how or when they started.<p>Sometimes, though, you want to make an effort to befriend …

Pedagogy

5 Tips for Learning Coding (With No Prior Experience)

The only way to develop a comprehensive understanding of coding is by first building a foundational knowledge of how and why programming does certain things.<p>At a time when certain job professions are withering away at the hands of technology and automation, there's one skill set that continues to …

Tutorials

Charismatic People Do These 7 Things, According to Science

Recent scientific studies reveal the 'secret sauce' that helps great leaders influence and inspire us all.<p>Charisma is the ability to influence and inspire others merely by your presence. According to a recent article in <i>The Atlantic</i>, several new scientific studies reveal that charismatic people …

Body Language

Why science and engineering need to remind students of forgotten lessons from history

Lately, there has been a lot of discussion highlighting the need for incorporating social sciences in STEM (science, technology, engineering and …

Fun-Da-Mental

Teaching Young Children About Bias, Diversity, and Social Justice

Who's Different and What's Fair<p>As a society and within our educational institutions, discussions about bias, diversity, discrimination, and social …