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Public School Teacher Has Some Harsh Words for Common Core and the ‘Toxic Culture of Education’

Joshua Katz has been a public school teacher in Florida for seven years now.<p>He started off like many a new high school teacher: He lined the desks up in neat rows, taught bell to bell, made sure students stayed awake — the usual.<p>Joshua Katz gave a TED talk earlier this year on the “toxic culture of …

Quality Public Education + Dialogue = Democracy

"Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely," President Roosevelt told Americans in 1938. "The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education."<p>What if we can figure out this thing called public education? What if we can ensure that <i>every</i> child …

Puberty Is Coming Earlier, But That Doesn't Mean Sex Ed Is

For kids growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, there's a standard introduction to puberty at many schools: an educational play called <i>Nightmare on Puberty Street.</i><p>It's a fictional play, and in it, character Natalie raps about how quickly her body is growing — and how her classmates call her names.<p>…

Go Ahead and Freak Out About the School with No Books

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>An all-digital school means no more books, no more heavy backpacks full of textbooks, and no more …

Maybe U.S. public schools don't stink

The drumbeat is hard to miss: Our schools are failing. Public education is in crisis. Our students are falling further and further behind.<p>The rhetoric comes from the left and right, from educators and politicians and lobbyists and CEOs and even Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The deep dysfunction …

Breakfast is served: Free meal programs aim to fight child hunger

<i>Editor's note: This story is one in a series on education issues featured at the 2013 Education Nation summit in New York City on Oct. 6-8. To learn more, please visit EducationNation.com.</i><p><i>By Christina Caron, NBC News</i><p>Before the day’s assignments begin, kindergarteners at Enrico Fermi School No. 17 …

Diane Ravitch: Testing and vouchers hurt our schools. Here’s what works

<b>Diane Ravitch (Paul Wolfe)</b><p>Education reformers have it all wrong, Diane Ravitch tells Salon, and keep pushing policies that make schools worse<p>Sara Scribner<p>September 18, 2013 11:45am (UTC)<p>Diane Ravitch has become one of the fiercest -- and most lucid -- critics of many commonly accepted ideas about …

Business urging action on pre-K plan

One of the biggest backers of President Barack Obama’s ambitious pre-K plan? The business community.<p>Entire companies and high- and mid-level executives are pouring money, time and philanthropic energy into supporting early childhood education for one fundamental reason: It’s just good …

12 dead at Navy Yard, plus gunman

Twelve people were killed Monday in a shooting attack at the Washington Navy Yard that also left a heavily armed gunman dead.<p>Authorities said the shooter has been identified as Aaron Alexis, 34, of Fort Worth, Texas.<p>“We have no known motive at this stage,” D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said at an …

Thirteen people dead after gun rampage at Washington naval yard

Thirteen people died after a gunman opened fire at a naval complex in the heart of Washington DC on Monday, in what became the worst attack on a military base in the US since the Fort Hood killings in 2009.<p>As authorities struggled to piece together the details of what happened at the Washington …