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Education: Opinion, analysis & policy

The future of education should literally be child’s play

It was just supposed to be a quick trip to Beijing, a touristy group thing to take in the sights. It wasn’t supposed to go down like this. There wasn’t supposed to be a lost manuscript; the travelers weren’t supposed to turn on each other. The only good, if any, to be found in this godforsaken …

Students

Better-educated public school kids -- for a price

Children in the United States get unequal educations; that's unfair but unlikely to change in the near future. Some school districts have more money to spend than others. Wealthy parents can sign up their children for private tutoring. In some districts, not-for-profit private foundations …

Want To Improve Science Education? Let Kids Build Rockets and Robots Instead of Taking Standardized Tests.

<i>Read more from Slate's special issue on science education and give us your best ideas for raising the next generation of scientists and engineers.</i><p>On …

National Education Association's Lily Eskelsen Garcia on teaching, testing, and fighting back

<b>How you fight on the state level when teachers even, and maybe especially, in the states with the best education records, are under attack:</b><p>No one can …

Innovative Educator

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All Policy is Local: Education in the midterm congressional races

<i>With help from Caitlin Emma, Allie Grasgreen, Nirvi Shah and Stephanie Simon.</i><p>As a Morning Score subscriber, you're receiving this monthly newsletter as part of POLITICO's in-depth series All Policy is Local: Education, which examines how education policy issues are affecting the 2014 midterm …

The Benefits of Character Education

What I learned from teaching at a "core virtues" school<p>Jessica Lahey<p>When I signed on to teach English at a core virtues school, I had no idea what I was in for. I nodded and smiled in my interview when the Headmaster explained the virtues curriculum, and I parried back with everything I thought she …

Report: American Education Isn't Mediocre—It's Deeply Unequal

Students in Massachusetts are doing great compared to their international peers, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. Students in Alabama, Mississippi, and D.C., however, are languishing.<p>It’s so common to see studies about the United States’s lackluster academic performance …

Finnish Education Chief: 'We Created a School System Based on Equality'

An interview with the country's minister of education, Krista Kiuru<p>Finnish education often seems paradoxical to outside observers because it appears to break a lot of the rules we take for granted. Finnish children don’t begin school until age 7. They have more recess, shorter school hours than …

Obama’s New Education Proposal: Change, or Changed Subject?

It’s been a strange week in the history of Barack Obama’s presidency. On Sunday, the NSA scandal exploded in one of the clumsiest political gaffes in …

An Education Revolution in One Word

We live in a one-size-fits-all system of educating our children. It's similar to a manufacturing plant where we place our children on the conveyer belt of school, move them along from grade to grade while the teachers shape them at each turn, remove or ignore the kids that aren't the right shape, …

This Will Make Some Special Education Advocates Really Happy

NEW YORK -- New York students with disabilities will be held to the same academic standards and take the same standardized tests as other kids their age next school year, the U.S. Education Department said Thursday, spurning the state's efforts to change the policy.<p>Some special education advocates …

Educators Are Slamming The New Common Core Tests

The new test, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, "is hurting children. It's too stressful," says Cynthia Curcio, an interior designer whose grandson took part in the PARCC field test this year. In Massachusetts, districts have the ability to go with the new test or …

Education

Education Data Use Has Come a Long Way and Needs to Go Further

Education data are in the spotlight like never before. More people than ever are talking about data's power to transform systems and help students achieve. Some people, including parents, are also expressing legitimate concerns about how states and districts are safeguarding data and ensuring …

A New Approach to Education

<i>The following is an excerpt from Daniel Goleman's new book with Peter Senge,</i> The Triple Focus: A New Approach to Education.<p>Empathy and Academic Success<p>The key to compassion is being predisposed to help -- and that can be learned.<p>There is an active school movement in character education and teaching …

Mindfulness

How Brown v. Board of Education Changed—and Didn't Change—American Education

50 years after the Supreme Court decision struck down "separate but equal," scholastic opportunities for African-Americans have expanded. But inequality remains a major problem.<p>Two milestones in the history of American education are converging this spring. The second is reshaping the legacy of the …

Addressing the Workforce Education Gap

You may have heard the term "skills gap" used to describe the disparity between those who are unemployed looking for a job and companies with jobs looking for employees, but you may not be as familiar with the term "education gap" as it relates to the workforce.<p>According to a 2014 skills gap study …

Easy Steps to Help Improve Your Child's Bad Grades

Every parent wants their child to be successful at school and to thrive academically. Sometimes children come home with bad grades and report cards …

Disruptive Innovations in Education

Since 1960 and throughout the 90's education has witnessed incremental changes in public policy that has ranged from improved practices to big government presidential initiatives starting with Johnston, Regan, Clinton, Bush, and Obama. What may be missing in these incremental changes to improve …

Maker Education: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

The presentation includes theoretical ideas and research, some suggestions for implementation, the role of the educator as a maker educator, example units, and some informal research-observations.

'Kids Are Different: There Are Lots of Different Ways to Educate Them'

An interview with Glenn Harlan Reynolds about his new book, The New School.<p>There are a dizzying number of theories out there about American education. Smaller classrooms are the solution one day, the next, iPads. Glenn Harlan Reynolds of Instapundit takes on these ideas and makes his own …

16 great educational apps to get kids ready to go back to school — handpicked by the experts

The Counting Kingdom<p>Who it’s for: Ages 6-8 <br>Pricing: $9.99 on PC/Mac — iOS price not yet announced <br>Available from: Steam <br>In a nutshell: Magic, math, and tower defense<p>So, The Counting Kingdom wasn’t actually recommended to us, but this math and magic game was just too darn irresistible not to include …

High Energy Learning: Six Educational Days Out For Boisterous Kids

If you have particularly excitable or boisterous kids with short attention spans, there are plenty of educational attractions that will keep even the …

Mobile Learning and the Long Tail of Education

It is an acknowledged fact today that every student learns at his or her own pace. Traditionally, teachers and schools have focused on identifying the common denominator that would sufficiently engage students at all levels. However, differentiated instructions, where a student's education is …

Will Free Online Courses Ever Replace a College Education?

Two years into their existence, MOOCs haven't stolen students away from brick-and-mortar universities. Instead, they've become a genre of their own.<p>It’s 10:44 am on a Tuesday, and I’m lounging at home in my pajamas, sipping chamomile tea. I am, at the same time, taking a class at Harvard. Professor …

Black Men Need More Education Than White Men to Get Jobs

A new report shows yet another way African Americans face systematic disadvantage on the job market.<p>Meet Steve and Kwame, two fictional guys who just graduated from the University of Maryland. Almost everything about them is weirdly identical—they majored in the same subject, they got the same …

Students offered a second chance by education initiative at elite Paris school

This group of kids are the sort who appear to take nothing away from school – except perhaps a hatred of education. Growing up in a troubled neighbourhood in Paris’s 15th arrondissement, they had left school without diplomas or qualifications. They felt they were good for nothing and were highly …

Education Reform Is Becoming A Celebrity Cause

Celebrities are becoming a prominent fixture in the debate over K-12 education.<p>This week Whoopi Goldberg used her platform on ABC's <i>The View</i> to speak out against teacher tenure.<p>"To me, bad teachers don't do anybody any good. So the union needs to recognize that parents are not going to stand for it …