EDUCATION TODAY AND TOMORROW

By WEAC | Wisconsin Education Association Council

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 …

Scott Walker

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. …

University of California

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 …

Education

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 …

School Districts

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

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 DeVos, who is admittedly …

Education

I work at one of America's underfunded schools. It's falling apart

An Oklahoma teacher’s account of her school district, from the classrooms without desks and supplies to the professors who hold office hours in their cars<p>In my Oklahoma high school classroom, it is not easy to tell where federal funding ends and state funding begins – in fact, most teachers don’t …

High School

For Troubled Kids, Some Schools Take Time Out For Group Therapy

Sometimes 11-year-old B. comes home from school in tears. Maybe she was taunted about her weight that day, called "ugly." Or her so-called friends blocked her on their phones. Some nights she is too anxious to sleep alone and climbs into her mother's bed. It's just the two of them at home, ever …

Education

Two studies point to the power of teacher-student relationships to boost learning

Two studies on elementary schools published in June 2018 point to the importance giving teachers and students plenty of time to form relationships. …

Education

Teachers deserve more than appreciation

Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week, and I intended to write on the subject, but a more newsy topic intervened. That’s an apt metaphor for the plight of teachers in America today. We live in a media environment in which the urgent often crowds out the important. But this week, I will stick to …

Education

Lower Income Could Affect Memory and the Brain for the Worse - The Atlantic

A new study links lower socioeconomic status to detrimental brain changes.<p>We often attribute financial problems to bad life decisions: Why didn’t that person stay in college? Why didn’t they pick a more lucrative career? Why did they have so many kids? But several recent studies suggest that having …

Project-based learning and standardized tests don’t mix

Ninth-graders at the Science Leadership Academy work on a group project in science class. Photo: Amadou Diallo for The Hechinger ReportPHILADELPHIA — …

Less cramming. More Frisbee. At Yale, students learn how to live the good life.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Laurie Santos greeted her Yale University students with slips of paper that explained: No class today.<p>It was mid-semester, with exams and papers looming, everyone exhausted and stressed. There was one rule: They couldn’t use the hour and a quarter of unexpected free time to …

Why kids and teens may face far more anxiety these days

When it comes to treating anxiety in children and teens, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are the bane of therapists' work.<p>“With (social media), it's all about the self-image — who's 'liking' them, who's watching them, who clicked on their picture,” said Marco Grados, associate professor of …

Mental Health

Teachers Are Leading the Revolt Against Austerity

Jane McAleveyThe strikes aren’t just about pay. They’re a rejection of tax cuts for the wealthy and a rallying cry for public goods and services.The …

Here’s What We Can Do to Empower America’s Teachers

For over 30 years, parents, community leaders, advocacy organizations, and policymakers have come together for one week in May to honor educators’ …

Will Online Education Replace Classroom Education Anytime Soon?

<i>Is online education going to replace classroom education soon? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by Deepak Reddy, Vice Chairman at Aditya Educational Institutions, on Quora:</b><p>E-learning …

Education Technology

Why Utah now has first 'free-range' parenting law

<b>On Tuesday, Utah will become the first state in the US to have a "free-range" parenting law. Victoria Oldridge takes a look at how the law came to be and the debate over what's an appropriate amount of freedom for children.</b><p>When Alexander Meitiv dropped his two children - 10 and six - off at a local …

Pew Research Center

One Ohio School’s Quest to Rethink Bad Behavior

Rather than enforcing a top-down mandate, the school trains teachers in the science behind trauma and leaves the rest up to them.<p>In education, initiatives tend to roll down from above. A district buys a new curriculum, or gets funding for a new program, and principals receive their marching orders, …

20 judgments a teacher makes in 1 minute and 28 seconds

Credit: JakeOlimb via Getty ImagesDeborah Loewenberg Ball, an expert in elementary school math instruction and professor of education at the …

America's teachers on strike: 'We are done being the frog that is being boiled'

America’s education system has reached a breaking point. After years of cuts to teachers’ wages and education budgets, teachers across the US have taken action – walking out on the job in states including West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona. More strikes are planned and the teachers have become …

Education

Can Weak Unions Get Teachers More Money?

On Thursday, a weeklong walkout by teachers in Arizona resulted in a major victory, as the state’s governor approved a 10 to 20 percent wage increase and a significant investment in public schools.<p>That followed a roughly $6,000 salary increase that Oklahoma teachers won by threatening a walkout …