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13-Year-Old Kyle Bradford Had a Choice: Share His School Lunch or Throw It Away — His Decision Led to Detention

Kyle Bradford went through the lunch line at Weaverville Elementary School in Weaverville, California, on Tuesday. He got a Chicken burrito. The only problem was he wasn’t particularly hungry. When he got to his table, he saw a friend who had received a cheese sandwich.<p>13-year-old Kyle Bradford. …

Postcards From The Common Core Classroom

The Common Core State Standards have become a political hot potato. In some cases, a punching bag. (Pick your cliche.) But the fact remains that, in 43 states and the District of Columbia, the standards are being used — and big changes in what we expect of young students mean many teachers are also …

How to Motivate Students to Work Harder

In an era of rising academic standards, more kids than ever will struggle and fail. But research suggests new ways to help them thrive in the face of adversity.<p>Over the past five years, more than $200 million has gone toward launching the new Common Core standards, with the goal of closing …

Yes, Skipping School Correlates With Low Test Scores—Now What?

A new report shows that kids who are chronically absent tend to have poor exam performance. But cracking down on truancy may not solve the problem.<p>In a new report, researchers say they found a link between higher rates of student absenteeism and lower scores in reading and mathematics on a …

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Get to Know Your Teachers, Kids

A new study suggests that a simple acquaintance exercise might improve classroom relationships and even close the achievement gap.<p>The teacher-student relationship impacts every aspect of the educational experience. When students don’t feel safe, respected, or truly known by their teacher, they are …

A Creative Way to Educate Low-Income Students

In Columbus, Ohio, an innovative school has patched together state funds, work study, and grants to give at-risk kids a high-quality education.<p>I bumped into James Ragland, almost literally, in the entry space of the elegant Columbus public library. The library can be a meeting place of sorts, …

Tennessee Set to 'Review' the Common Core

The state has appointed a review panel and is inviting the public to make recommendations. But how much are the standards really likely to change?<p>Tennessee governor Bill Haslam, who has been a staunch defender of the Common Core, this week announced that the Volunteer State will launch a review of …

What Happens When Students Control Their Own Education?

When a New Hampshire district found itself struggling with low test scores and high turnover, it made a radical decision: Flip the traditional model and let kids take over the classrooms.<p>In an 11th-grade English class at Pittsfield Middle High School in rural New Hampshire, Jenny Wellington’s …

International Airlines Make a Push for the U.S. with New Nonstop Routes

Another week, another nonstop international flight. Over the last year—and into 2015—many overseas airlines, including Etihad, Emirates, Korean Air, …

Air Travel

Three Keys to Creative Breakthroughs

From their earliest years students are tested on concrete, logical, evidence-based material in multiple-choice format. They assume that creative work …

Why developers are open to Fabric even after having been burned once by Twitter

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Twitter<p>When reports first surfaced of Twitter’s new, ambitious plan to win over app developers with a set of tools …

Travelocity apparently saves the best deals for iOS shoppers

Like with most everything, online shopping has its pros and cons. One of the best elements of going the digital route, though, is that you usually end up saving more money than at a brick-and-mortar store. Having said that, according to a recent study by Northeastern University, a number of …

Soon You Could Send A Text Or Call A Car With A Click Of Your Heels

Because, really, there's no place like home.<p>In the future, getting out of a sticky situation might be as easy as clicking your heels together. Design firm iStrategyLabs just unveiled a prototype system called Dorothy (yeah, <i>that</i> Dorothy) that will fasten to people’s shoes, allowing them to click …

Big Sur benefits from ex-Facebook president’s flub

In a novel punishment for a Silicon Valley bad boy, former Facebook president Sean Parker will not only have to fork out $2.5 million to make amends for his environmental blunder at his Big Sur wedding last year, authorities said Thursday.<p>He must also create a beach-mapping app for the state agency …

How to Beat Online Price Discrimination

A new study found that major e-commerce retailers show some users different prices or a different set of results.<p>Do you think you can find the lowest …

eCommerce