EDUCATION TODAY AND TOMORROW

By WEAC | Wisconsin Education Association Council

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 …

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 …

Education

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 …

Education

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 …

6 Traits of Life-Changing Teachers

Michael Foley, my high school Shakespeare teacher, was a known tyrant. As underclassmen, my friends and I would walk past his closed door, peer in …

Teaching

The Quiet Wave of School District Secessions

When a judge ruled last week that the predominantly white Alabama city of Gardendale can secede from the majority black Jefferson County to form its …

Education

Poll: Schools With Mostly White Teachers 'Not Really Trying' to Educate Students of Color

Andrew Soergel, Jay Tolson | Dec. 31, 2014<p>Not all U.S. presidents are missed once they leave the White House.<p>Jan. 31, 2017, at 5:16 p.m.<p>Sept. 10, 2014<p>…

Against Little Free Libraries

Does that birdhouse filled with paperbacks on your block represent an adorable neighborhood amenity or the “corporatization of literary philanthropy”?<p>The take-a-book, leave-a-book movement has gone global. As of last year, Little Free Libraries—those birdhouse-looking book-stops that pop up in …

Libraries

It's Teacher Appreciation Week. Who inspired you to teach?

Social studies teacher Tim Smyth of Wissahickon High School in Ambler, Pennsylvania, gearing up for Teacher Appreciation Week. Photo by Donovan …

Teaching

4 Things We Don't Know About AP Tests

This week and next is a national rite of passage for stressed-out overachievers everywhere. Nearly 3 million high school students at 22,000 high schools will be sitting down to take their Advanced Placement exams.<p>Created by the nonprofit College Board in the 1950s, AP is to other high school …

Education

Nation's Report Card Finds Mixed Grades For U.S. Students In Visual Arts, Music

For only the third time ever, the government released today a national report card examining the knowledge, understanding and abilities of U.S. eighth-graders in visual arts and music.<p>And in many ways, the numbers aren't great, with little progress shown in most categories since the last time the …

Education

School Improvement: Don't wait until third grade

Fordham’s recent report, <i>Leveraging ESSA to Support Quality-School Growth</i>, lays out some school improvement strategies that states should strongly …

Where Good Ideas Come From & How Your Classroom Can Respond

<b>Where Good Ideas Come From & How Your Classroom Can Respond</b><p>by <b>TeachThought Staff</b><p>The source for innovative or creative thinking is as much as mystery …

His Teacher Told Him He Wouldn't Go To College, Then He Did

One day Ronnie Sidney, from Tappahannock, Va., was goofing off with his classmates in math when one of them threw a paper football at the board — and it landed a little too close to the teacher. Sidney says the eighth-grade teacher, visibly frustrated, turned around and said, "None of you are going …

Education

OPINION: The four ways we can train teachers to use technology that hasn’t been invented yet

Education critics often see technology as unnecessary bells and whistles to a curriculum that has sufficed for decades. But the reality is that …

Education

How School Choice Turns Education Into a Commodity

Schools are a public good that extreme market proliferation would eventually destroy.<p>Buoyed by Donald Trump’s championing of a voucher system—and cheered on by his education secretary Betsy DeVos—Arizona just passed one of the country's most thoroughgoing policies in favor of so-called “school of …