EDUCATION TODAY AND TOMORROW

By WEAC | Wisconsin Education Association Council

Schools are watching students’ social media, raising questions about free speech

Watch Video | Listen to the Audio<b>JUDY WOODRUFF:</b> But first: Schools are paying a lot more attention to what students post online, and that can have …

Education

Come for the computers, stay for the books

Traci Chun, a teacher-librarian at Skyview High School in Vancouver, Washington, is all done with shushing. “When my library is quiet, that’s a red …

Libraries

Republicans and the lost promise of local control in education

When the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was enacted in 2015 to replace the hated No Child Left Behind law, the new legislation’s supporters …

He’s One of the Finest Educators I’ve Ever Seen in the Classroom and He’s Leaving

A few weeks ago, I received some of the hardest professional news I have ever received in my 12-year teaching career. I have been away from my school …

Education

The great American fallout: how small towns came to resent cities

It’s no secret Donald Trump benefited from rural voters. But Democrat or Republican, they usually tell Katherine Cramer – who has spent a decade visiting residents of small-town Wisconsin – the same thing: it’s the cities that get all the breaks, and then have the gall to look down on them, …

Cities

How To Apply The Brain Science Of Resilience To The Classroom

Neuroscience isn't on many elementary school lesson plans. But this spring, a second grade class at Fairmont Neighborhood School in the South Bronx is plunging in.<p>Sarah Wechsler, an instructional coach with wide eyes and a marathoner's energy, asks the students to think about the development and …

Education

Lawmakers across the US are finding ways to turn protesting into a crime

While there were many moments during the president’s first official trip abroad that were disconcerting to First Amendment advocates — including the failure to hold open press conferences — perhaps none was more chilling than the comments made by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross as he took note of …

Rights & Freedoms

Super-Brainy Translation Tools Mean Language Barriers Are Falling Fast

Thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, the dream of speaking to anyone regardless of language is closer to reality than ever.<p>Scientists say there are more than 6,900 languages in the world, and anyone who’s traveled abroad knows how hard it can be to get even simple points across in a …

Artificial Intelligence

The Silicon Valley Billionaires Remaking America’s Schools

In San Francisco’s public schools, Marc Benioff, the chief executive of Salesforce, is giving middle school principals $100,000 “innovation grants” and encouraging them to behave more like start-up founders and less like bureaucrats.<p>In Maryland, Texas, Virginia and other states, Netflix’s chief, …

Education

Increasing Salaries So Teachers Don't Have To Become Principals

Spencer Campbell spends much of his days walking the halls of Elk Ridge Middle School, checking breezeways for kids playing hooky, redirecting foot traffic between classes and checking on substitute teachers.<p>Campbell is one of two assistant principals at Elk Ridge, a school just south of Salt Lake …

Education

A New Report Shows That School Segregation Is Alive And Well

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visits a school in Miami, Florida.<p>More than 60 years after <i>Brown v. Board of Education</i>, the progress made …

Education

The Assault on Colleges — and the American Dream

The country’s most powerful engine of upward mobility is under assault.<p>Public colleges have an unmatched record of lofting their students into the middle class and beyond. For decades, they have enrolled teenagers and adults from modest backgrounds, people who are often the first member of their …

Higher Education

Online Education Doesn’t Have to Be Isolating

<i>This article is part of the Big Shortcut, an eight-part series exploring the exponential rise in online learning for high school students who have</i> …

Education

Supporting Kids Through Times of Change

Students routinely experience unexpected changes, like learning that a favorite teacher will leave their school, or that a classmate will move away, …

Parenting

Is mindfulness meditation good for kids? Here’s what the science actually says.

Meditation is meant to help students deal with stress. But the hype may be outpacing the evidence.<p>Welcome to <i>Show Me the Evidence</i><i>,</i> where we go beyond the frenzy of daily headlines to take a deeper look at the state of science around the most pressing health questions of the day.<p>First period, 8:45 …

Mindfulness

Why It's So Hard To Know Whether School Choice Is Working

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been a passionate proponent of expanding school choice, including private school vouchers and charter schools, and she has the clear backing of President Trump. But does the research justify her enthusiasm?<p>Experts say one single, overarching issue bedevils their …

Education

The reign of the $100 graphing calculator required by every US math class is finally ending

If you took a math class at some point in the US, there is likely a bulky $100 calculator gathering dust somewhere in your closet.<p>That would be the Texas Instruments 84—or the TI 84-Plus, or the TI-89, or any of the other even more expensive variants—a shoe-sized graphing calculator released in …

Mathematics

For Families With Special Needs, Vouchers Bring Choices, Not Guarantees

The day Ayden came home from school with bruises, his mother started looking for a new school.<p>Ayden's a bright 9-year-old with a blond crew cut, glasses and an eager smile showing new teeth coming in. He also has autism, ADHD and a seizure disorder. (We're not using his last name to protect his …

Education

Entering the Quiet Zone

Students are learning more advanced academic skills earlier than in years past and are completing work all day long, and sometimes they need a break …

Introverts

Lessons On Race And Vouchers From Milwaukee

The Trump administration has made school choice, vouchers in particular, a cornerstone of its education agenda. This has generated lots of interest in how school voucher programs across the country work and whom they benefit.<p>The oldest school voucher program was created in Milwaukee in 1990 with a …

Education

Revamped "Anti-Science" Education Bills in U.S. Find Success

State and local legislatures in the United States are experimenting with new ways to target the topics taught in science classes, and it seems to be …

Education

Stressed-Out High Schoolers Advised To Try A Nap Pod

When 18-year-old Hannah Vanderkooy feels extremely tired or anxious, she heads to a spacelike capsule for a nap — during school. Like many teens struggling to get good grades and maybe even a college scholarship, Vanderkooy doesn't get enough sleep.<p>And she's not alone. Various studies indicate that …

Wellness

AP Test-Takers' Tweets May Not Give Away Answers, But They Raise Questions

No one likes to take tests. Sitting down to take a standardized test on a beautiful Saturday morning would not, almost certainly, be categorized as a fun weekend activity. Yet, it's a requirement many of us face at one point in life. So we sharpen our No. 2 pencils and get to work.<p>When the test is …

Education

Should We Abolish Timed Math Tests?

Recently we posted a brief research finding from Stanford math professor Jo Boaler: “Timed math tests can discourage students, leading to math …

How Google Took Over the Classroom

CHICAGO — The sixth graders at Newton Bateman, a public elementary school here with a classic red brick facade, know the Google drill.<p>In a social-science class last year, the students each grabbed a Google-powered laptop. They opened Google Classroom, an app where teachers make assignments. Then …

Education

Why getting rid of grades would help rich students — and hurt poor ones

Think grade inflation has made grades less meaningful?<p>A consortium of 100 elite prep schools agrees. But rather than impose stricter grading curves, these schools plan to eliminate grades altogether.<p>“People are nonstandard,” says D. Scott Looney, head of Cleveland’s Hawken School and founder and …

Education

'13 Reasons Why' is affecting America's classrooms. Teachers tell us their stories

On Sunday, Netflix announced plans to make a second season of “13 Reasons Why,” the new and popular television series about a 17-year-old girl who commits suicide and leaves behind 13 audio tapes explaining what — and who — led her to do it.<p>For fans, many of whom read the Jay Asher novel on which …

Mass Incarceration and the Achievement Gap

AP Photo/Amy Sancetta<b>No Sunday Picnic:</b> Members of Applewood Creek Girl Scout troop leaving the Allen Correctional Institution in Lima, Ohio, after …

Prison

OPINION: We won’t break the status quo until we admit our own biases

As a teacher in an urban high school, I used to tell myself a lie every day. I told it as I led lessons on <i>Catcher in the Rye</i>, <i>Night</i>, and <i>Sula</i>. I told …