EDUCATION TODAY AND TOMORROW

By WEAC | Wisconsin Education Association Council

Why School Spending Is So Unequal

The Hopatcong School District, serving a solidly middle-class borough of Sussex County, N.J., has a lot of money to work with. It spent approximately …

Education

Ten reasons teachers can struggle to use technology in the classroom

Somewhere in a school near you, a teacher is struggling to handle a query from a student whose laptop has a flat battery or another who’s watching a …

Education Technology

Student Journalism in the Age of Media Distrust

President Trump’s attacks on the press seem to be fueling young people’s interest in the profession—a phenomenon also seen at other turbulent times in U.S. history.<p>There was a president with an energizing message, then a sharp, seemingly instant, political shift. The new president kept an enemies …

Journalism

Reclaiming a Sense of Joy

8 Ways to Reclaim Joy<p>Since my conversation with the principal, I’ve been practicing and modeling the reclamation of joy. Here are eight ways you can …

The Brain

It’s a Big Deal That LeBron James Decided to Fund a Public School

Why the message LeBron is sending is so important.

Education

Most European students are learning a foreign language in school while Americans lag

A median of 92% of European students are learning a language in school. Far fewer K-12 students in the U.S. participate in foreign language education.

Language Learning

Many poor kids who get into college don’t enroll. Here’s why. - Vox

When the bread crumbs end, they get lost in the American education system.<p>Every spring, millions of students graduate high school with every intention of attending college.<p>By the fall, an astounding portion of them never show up to college.<p>This phenomenon is so common it has a name: “summer melt.” …

Education

The Gaping Divide Over Student Debt

“Students should not be asked to pay more on their loans than they can afford. And the debt should not be an albatross around their necks for the …

Higher Education

A new study from Yale scientists shows how uncertainty helps us learn

We may crave stability in life, but the brain benefits from volatility, according to a Yale University study on cognition that shows how uncertainty boosts learning.<p>The paper, to be published in Neuron (paywall) on Aug. 8, demonstrates that there’s more activity in the brain’s prefrontal cortex …

Monkeys

Hunger on College Campus Has Some Students Relying on Food Pantries and Donated Meals

University of California Los Angeles is one of several campuses where students can donate unused meal credits through the nonprofit Swipe Out Hunger. …

College & University

A Teaching Hospital for Teachers

A new program at the University of Michigan wants to completely change teacher training—by looking to med school.

Teaching

Schools are banning dropping kids off in cars–to save kids’ lives

As research links cars with pollution and traffic injuries, kids and educators call for walking, biking, and busing to school in the U.K.<p>I vividly remember the morning scene at my elementary school in Oakland, California. Every day, a parade of cars would snake in a circle around our concrete …

England

Raising Brilliant Kids — With Research To Back You Up

<i>An earlier version of this piece ran in 2016.</i><p>"Why are traffic lights red, yellow and green?"<p>When a child asks you a question like this, you have a few options. You can shut her down with a "Just because." You can explain: "Red is for stop and green is for go." Or, you can turn the question back to …

Pedagogy

What Your State Is Doing To Beef Up Civics Education

Fake news. Record-low voting turnout. Frequent and false claims from elected officials. Vitriol in many corners of political debate.<p>These are symptoms we hear of all the time that our democracy is not so healthy.<p>And those factors might be why many states are turning to the traditional — and obvious …

Education

The American middle class can no longer afford private schools

For decades in the aftermath of World War II, Catholic schools offered a way for American children to access a quality education regardless of their socioeconomic background or religion. As the archbishop of Washington, DC, cardinal James Hickey, reportedly said: “We don’t educate children because …

Education

OPINION: Teachers at work in summer learning programs report these 5 benefits

It is no secret.Study after study confirms that summer learning loss is a yearly phenomenon in our nation and that it keeps millions of children from …

Why Trump is trying to reduce the status of the Department of Education

By Mona VakilifathiLast month, the Trump administration released a proposal to reform the federal government. One of President Trump’s proposals is …

Education

What Does the ‘Janus’ Decision Mean for Working Women?

By stripping unions of the "fair share" fees that allow all workers to be covered by unions' powerful legal power, SCOTUS has once again left the …

Will new standards improve elementary science education?

Malachi Ballinger, 6, laughs at how far he has made his “pinball” travel during a science lesson in his kindergarten classroom in Redmond, Oregon. …

The Problem With School Takeovers

Since February, the school board in Newark, N.J., has been meeting to set policy. That may sound like the most mundane occurrence imaginable, but …

How Entitled Parents Hurt Schools

There is a widespread view in education that poor parents are trouble: They don’t spend enough time reading to children, monitoring their homework, attending school events or helping teachers. Educators, at times, complain bitterly about them, and many policies have been designed to address these …

After High School, Young Women's Exercise Rates Plunge

Young women, especially young women of color, tend to get less exercise than their male counterparts, and the disparities worsen after high school ends.<p>This is the finding of a study published Monday in the journal <i>JAMA Pediatrics</i>.<p>As teens, 88 percent of boys report being physically active, compared …

High School

Century-Old Decisions That Impact Children Every Day

Alexandra Lange's interest in school design started in her childhood, when she read <i>Little House on the Prairie,</i> with its indelible depiction of Laura's one-room schoolhouse in Wisconsin.<p>Today, she's an architecture and design critic. Her new book, <i>The Design of Childhood,</i> considers the physical …

Education

Here’s How Higher Education Dies

A futurist says the industry may have nowhere to go but down. What does the slide look like?<p>Maybe higher education has reached its peak. Not the Harvards and Yales of the world, but the institutions that make up the rest of the industry—the regional public schools who saw decades of growth and are …

Higher Education

Why Children Aren't Behaving, And What You Can Do About It

Childhood — and parenting — have radically changed in the past few decades, to the point where far more children today struggle to manage their behavior.<p>That's the argument Katherine Reynolds Lewis makes in her new parenting book, <i>The Good News About Bad Behavior.</i><p><i>"</i>We face a crisis of …

Parenting

It's Time for the School Bus to Grow Up

The diesel-sucking dinosaurs from your childhood are due for an update.<p>Updated: June 01, 2018<p>When John Wargo’s daughter was 12 years old, he started sending her off to school as any loving father would: He strapped her up to an air quality monitor, walked her to the school bus, and told her to …

School counselors keep kids on track. Why are they first to be cut?

“Since my parents didn’t get much education, it’s hard to talk to them about my schoolwork and applying to college, or how to plan my time and get …

The massive experiment in New Orleans schools that few have noticed

Five-year-old Mykell Robinson practices his reading on the Lexia software while a small group of classmates work with a teacher. Photo: Sharon …

What and who are fueling the movement to privatize public education — and why you should care

By Valerie Strauss<p>Reporter<p>This is an important article by author Joanne Barkan about the history of the movement to privatize U.S. public schools, which is now at the heart of the national debate about the future of publicly funded education in this country.<p>We now have an education secretary, Betsy …

Education