EDUCATION TODAY AND TOMORROW

By WEAC | Wisconsin Education Association Council

How Bullying Looks to Teens

We asked teenagers from around the country to share their thoughts on why bullying happens, what it takes to be an ally, and how schools can promote …

Teens

Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction

Maybe the smart phone's hegemony makes perfect evolutionary sense: Humans are tapping a deep urge to seek out information. Our ancient food-foraging survival instinct has evolved into an info-foraging obsession; one that prompts many of us today to constantly check our phones and multitask.<p>Monkey …

The Brain

“Adulting school” can’t short-cut the hard, self-taught work of growing up

Rachel Weinstein, a psychotherapist in Maine, thinks millennials are misunderstood.<p>While many have made them out to be lazy, narcissistic and entitled, what she sees in her practice are young people feeling isolated, overwhelmed, and paralyzed by their dearth of skills and abundance of choices. “I …

Parenting

How millions of kids are being shaped by know-it-all voice assistants

Kids adore their new robot siblings.<p>As millions of American families buy robotic voice assistants to turn off lights, order pizzas and fetch movie times, children are eagerly co-opting the gadgets to settle dinner table disputes, answer homework questions and entertain friends at sleepover …

Parenting

Parent Alert! Your Child Just Skipped Class

My bank sends me a text alert when my account balance is low. My wireless company sends me a text alert when I'm about to use up my monthly data. Somebody — I guess the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration? —sends me a text alert when it's going to rain a whole lot.<p>A few clever …

Education
Nutrition

Why Millions of Americans Never Finish College

Across the country, the same hurdles keep students from obtaining degrees, often putting middle-class jobs with good wages out of reach.<p>How can millions of Americans be out of work or stuck in low-wage jobs, while employers leave millions of jobs unfilled each year? A big reason is the nation’s …

College & University

English Language Learners: How Your State Is Doing

About 1 out of every 10 public school students in the United States right now is learning to speak English. They're called ELLs, for "English Language Learners."<p>There are nearly 5 million of them, and educating them — in English and all the other subjects and skills they'll need — is one of the …

Education

Hidden dropouts: How schools game the system by dumping underachievers into alternative programs

Tucked among posh gated communities and meticulously landscaped shopping centers, Olympia High School in Orlando offers more than two dozen Advanced …

Harnessing the Incredible Learning Potential of the Adolescent Brain

It has become a cultural cliché that raising adolescents is the most difficult part of parenting. It’s common to joke that when kids are in their …

Education

Preschool can provide a boost, but the gains can fade surprisingly fast

<i>Drew Bailey is an assistant professor and Greg Duncan is a professor in the School of Education at the University of California at Irvine. Candice Odgers is a professor of public policy, psychology and neuroscience at Duke University and a Jacobs Foundation research fellow.</i><p>States and the federal …

Education

The Japanese education system may solve the problems of US public education

The uproar over the new Secretary of Education’s first days in the cabinet and the state of American public education K through 12 ignores the …

Stop Humiliating Teachers

A necessary commonplace: Almost everyone we know has been turned around, or at least seriously shaken, by a teacher—in college, maybe, but often in high school, often by a man or a woman who drove home a point or two about physics, literature, or ethics, and looked at us sternly and said, in …

Education

The invisible hazard afflicting thousands of schools

CULVER CITY, California — Interstate 405 is one of the nation’s busiest highways, with more than 300,000 vehicles speeding, crawling or outright …

Education

5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News

As the national attention to fake news and the debate over what to do about it continue, one place many are looking for solutions is in the classroom.<p>Since a recent Stanford study showed that students at practically all grade levels can't determine fake news from the real stuff, the push to teach …

Education

Can Virtual Reality “teach” empathy?

In November 2015, middle-school students from Westchester County, New York, found themselves on a windswept field in Southern Sudan mingling with a …

Virtual Reality

Depression Strikes Today's Teen Girls Especially Hard

It's tough to be a teenager. Hormones kick in, peer pressures escalate and academic expectations loom large. Kids become more aware of their environment in the teen years — down the block and online. The whole mix of changes can increase stress, anxiety and the risk of depression among all teens, …

Depression

Will Crumbling School Buildings Get a Piece of the Infrastructure Pie?

(Photo: AP/Kathy Willens)<p>A photo of Charles E. Gorton High School in Yonkers, New York, in July 2012, when the school district was seeking $1.7 …

What’s a Gamer Brain and How Can We Harness It in Class?

In the past, I’ve written on ideas for gamification—using games in the classroom—but lately I’ve been reflecting on some of the bigger ideas that …

Pedagogy

NYC’s bold gamble: Spend big on impoverished students’ social and emotional needs to get academic gains

NEW YORK — The zone for Public School 67 was drawn exclusively around the sprawling Ingersoll public housing complex, but as children trudge into the …

Want to Raise Successful Boys? Science Says Do This (but Their Schools Probably Won't)

Students--and especially boys--need hours of physical activity every day. They don't get enough because their schools won't let them.<p>This is a story about successful kids (especially boys), common sense, and research.<p>Most of us spend hours each day sitting at work. Science says it's killing us, and …

Education

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

GREELEY, Colo. — Inside a high-ceilinged library at Northridge High School here, seniors are typing on 16-year-old laptops donated by a local Rotary …

Living in a poor neighborhood changes everything about your life - Vox

In 1940, a white developer wanted to build a neighborhood in Detroit.<p>Table of contents<p>1. What racist policies caused <br>2. Nothing has changed <br>3. Is it that bad? <br>4. Brain, health, and happiness <br>5. Experiment: Let them move <br>6. Solutions<p>So he asked the US Federal Housing Administration to back a loan. …

Poverty

3 Big Problems in How Schools Hire Teachers — and What Research Says About How to Solve Them

Every year, 15 percent of teachers quit, either switching schools or leaving the profession entirely, often to retire. That, in turn, means each …

Struggling schools benefit from adding arts to learning

Watch Video | Listen to the Audio<b>JUDY WOODRUFF:</b> Now: using the power and appeal of the arts to boost low-performing schools.Arts frequently get cut …

Education

Why keeping minority teachers in the classroom matters

Minority teachers leave the profession at higher rates, and recruitment efforts have not bridged the gap. But a number of district-level programs are …

How Teachers Learn to Discuss Racism

Urban-education programs prepare them for imperative contemporary conversations with students.<p>After a rash of police killings last summer, H. Richard Milner, a professor of urban education at the University of Pittsburgh, set out to answer a question that had been gnawing at him for some time. As a …

Education

Want to teach kids well? Feed them well

What can we expect our kids to learn if they're hungry or eating diets full of sugar and empty of nutrients? Former White House Chef and food …

TED Talks

Don't Call It 'Guidance' Anymore: A Talk With The Nation's Top School Counselor

Counselors play a big role in helping students succeed: They help with scheduling, college applications and with issues like mental health.<p>Since 2015, first lady Michelle Obama has honored a school counselor of the year in a ceremony at the White House. Friday, the honor goes to Terri Tchorzynski …

Education