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In a world of screens, handwriting is more important than ever

The writing of school-age children is a matter of considerable concern. Educators and researchers from around the world have highlighted the …

‘Homework expectations are fast becoming unreasonable and unrealistic’

Students hate doing it.<p>Teachers hate chasing it.<p>Parents hate harassing their children to do it.<p>So why do we, as schools, insist that children begin …

New Florida Law Lets Residents Challenge School Textbooks

Keith Flaugh is a retired IBM executive living in Naples, Fla., and a man with a mission. He describes it as "getting the school boards to recognize ... the garbage that's in our textbooks."<p>Flaugh helped found Florida Citizens' Alliance, a conservative group that fought unsuccessfully to stop …

Textbooks

CSU takes algebra out of the equation for non-math and science majors

<i>Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA on April 20, 2010. John Sawka, math professor, teaching a calculus class.; Credit: Barbara …

Why all parents should care about arts education

When we think about “the arts,” often we go huge: the Louvre, Broadway, Swan Lake, Picasso. Perhaps without even realizing it, though, many parents instinctively know the value of the arts and incorporate them into our children’s lives in much smaller ways. Otherwise, why would we give our toddlers …

Film Festivals

Big Publishing Wants To Co-Opt The Open Textbook Revolution

As schools turn to open digital resources to cut student costs, reeling college book makers are looking for ways to monetize the free content.<p>The digital revolution has been rocking the academic publishing applecart for years. Students bristling at the price of books—an intro biology text can cost …

Is My Teen Academically Prepared for College? How to Know

There are a variety of ways in which teens can be college-ready; and many ways they might not be.<p>They may have perfect grades, but can't do their own laundry. They may have all the confidence in the world, but struggle to write an essay. Certain life skills are extremely important for your teen to …

College & University

Science teachers are struggling to convince students the earth is round thanks to Kyrie Irving

Students are siding with an NBA player over science.<p>Science teachers are facing an uphill battle against bad science and conspiracy theory as they try to instruct the youngest generation of Americans. One struggle they’re facing is convincing students of the most elementary truths about the world, …

Teaching

The Collateral Damage of Testing Pressure

A new study shows that rigorous accountability systems may be pushing schools to place the lowest-performing teachers in the youngest grades.<p>Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade are often free of the high-stakes testing common in later grades—but those years are still high-stakes for …

Jeb Bush

Tech firms are forgetting about STEM and focusing on STEAM

It was recently thought that four subjects alone could spur innovation by bringing order and logic to creative thinking: Science, technology, engineering, and math—fields known to much of the modern world by their acronym STEM. But STEM is already passé.<p>A new acronym has come to the fore, pioneered …

Leonardo Da Vinci