Teaching Today

By Fred Haas | A Miscellany of Issues and Challenges Related to Teaching in Today's World

The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic]

Critical thinking skills truly matter in learning. Why? Because they are life skills we use every day of our lives. Everything from our work to our …

Critical Thinking

Education as Poetry & Explanation Versus Understanding

A recent reading prompted me to consider the possibility of thinking about educational organizations as poetry or poetic expressions. The more I …

Education

Ed-Tech in a Time of Trump

This is the part of the talk, I reckon, when someone who speaks about the dangers and drawbacks of “big data” turns the focus to information security …

DeVosian Threat Inventory

So now Betsy DeVos has her very first big girl job, and we live in a Trump-DeVos education era. Time to take an inventory of what education issues to …

KQED

Michelle Manes has taught math in almost every setting. She taught public high school students, deaf elementary school students, and middle school …

The Essential Selfishness of School Choice

Say your friend Sheila invites you over to her house.<p>Sheila has just made a fresh pumpkin pie.<p>She offers you a slice.<p>You politely refuse, but she …

Mississippi Attorney General Sues Google Over Student-Data Privacy

« For Ed-Tech Company Newsela, 'Fake News' a Big Challenge - and Opportunity | Main<p>Google's commitment to student data privacy is again under …

Why paper is the real 'killer app'

With apps taking over our lives, there’s a movement afoot as people yearn for simpler, technology-free times.<p>Every January, Angela Ceberano sets goals for the 12 months ahead. And on Sunday nights, she plans and organises the coming week.<p>Sometimes, I just want to get rid of all the technology and …

UCLA

Once a fearsome murderer invaded a Zen master’s home

Once a fearsome murderer invaded a Zen master’s home.<p>“Give me everything you own, or I’ll kill you,” he said, brandishing his sword. The Zen master …

Community-Focused Versus Market-Driven Education - Hybrid Pedagogy

Public education is now transitioning from a system of educating citizens to a market for profit. “Venture capitalists and for-profit firms are …

Can Democrats Save Public Schools from Trump and DeVos?

Anyone who cares about public education in America should be horrified by President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of Betsy DeVos to be education …

Education

Why we teach our students to read between the lies

As an unabashed lover of print texts and an avid lifelong reader of fiction, I have learned that storytelling can be terribly unreliable. Wise …

How Comedy Became Education's Best Critic

Late-night hosts including John Oliver and Samantha Bee devoted air time to school-related issues this year, pushing the topics into mainstream conversation.<p><i>This is the second installment in our series examining the intersections of education and entertainment in 2016. Read a previous entry on</i> …

Comedy

This may be the best way to train teachers – and yes, we can afford it

A recent story featured in <i>The Hechinger Report</i> said the residency model may be the best way to train new teachers – and that it may be too expensive. …

Education

No Test Left Behind:How Pearson Made a Killing on the US Testing Craze

As accountability policies grew more stringent in Texas, assessments took on a larger role in government and business alike. For the private sphere, …

Education

How Massachusetts Built a World-Class School System

« Rust Belt Workers Don't Want to Hear About Education and Retraining | Main | Education in 2016 Through the 'Top Performers' Lens »<p>Many people know …

Education

It Turns Out Spending More Probably Does Improve Education

If you spend more on education, will students do better?<p>Educators, politicians and unions have battled in court over that crucial question for decades, most recently in a sweeping decision this fall in Connecticut, where a judge ordered the state to revamp nearly every facet of its education …

Education

This Is Not An Essay

<i>A fair amount of the writing that high school students do is framed as “preparing them for college”: reviews, essays, research papers. But college</i> …

Why Identity and Emotion are Central To Motivating the Teen Brain

<b>By Emmeline Zhao</b>For years, common experience and studies have prescribed that humans learn best in their earliest years of life – when the brain is …

Psychology

When Finnish Teachers Work in America’s Public Schools

There are more restrictions to professional freedom in the United States, and the educators find the school day overly rigid.<p>“I have been very tired—more tired and confused than I have ever been in my life,” Kristiina Chartouni, a veteran Finnish educator who began teaching American high-school …

Education

Heavy Screen Time Rewires Young Brains, For Better And Worse

There's new evidence that excessive screen time early in life can change the circuits in a growing brain.<p>Scientists disagree, though, about whether those changes are helpful, or just cause problems. Both views emerged during the Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego this week.<p>The debate …

The Brain

Meet the congresswoman poised to tear up Obama's education legacy

'I’m going to push to diminish the role of the federal government in everything ... that isn’t in the Constitution,' says the expected House Education chair.<p>Updated 12/02/16 12:08 AM EST<p>BANNER ELK, N.C. — Virginia Foxx pulled herself up by her own bootstraps and wants every American child to be …

Education

What’s the worst that could happen under New Ed Secretary Betsy DeVos? Some scenarios

New York—Thanksgiving is, of course, about giving thanks, while being mindful of an America that has not always treated people fairly. This year, …

Education

Betsy DeVos and the twilight of public education

Betsy DeVos named Trump's education secretary<p>Posted!<p>A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.<p>Buy Photo<p>Buy Photo<p>Buy Photo<p>Buy Photo<p>Buy Photo<p>Buy …

A Public-School Paradox

Why do so many presidents send their kids to private school?<p>When President Jimmy Carter assumed office in 1977, he did something remarkable: He enrolled his 9-year-old daughter, Amy, in a predominantly black Washington, D.C., public school. The move was symbolic, a commitment the Democrat from …

Education

What Makes People Feel Upbeat at Work

Creating a positive work environment sounds like a noble aspiration for both businesses and the people who work for them. No one ever says that they want to work in a negative environment, after all, or even in a blasé one. And yet, in late April, the National Labor Relations Board issued a ruling …

Psychology
Education

How teaching taught professor Lopez to appreciate teachers — and students

I can't begin to recall how many classrooms I've visited in more than 40 years as a journalist. Dozens for sure. More than a hundred, perhaps. Everything from grade school to graduate school.<p>But my knees wobbled when I was offered a chance to teach an evening class at Cal State L.A.<p>Why?<p>Because …

Education