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The Silicon Valley Billionaires Remaking America’s Schools

In San Francisco’s public schools, Marc Benioff, the chief executive of Salesforce, is giving middle school principals $100,000 “innovation grants” and encouraging them to behave more like start-up founders and less like bureaucrats.<p>In Maryland, Texas, Virginia and other states, Netflix’s chief, …

Silicon Valley

Mesmerizing maps show where the most educated Americans live

Kyle Walker, an assistant professor of geography at Texas Christian University, has created an interactive dot map visualizing US neighborhoods by educational attainment.<p>Each dot represents between 25-500 people over the age of 25, and each is color-coded based on how far those people have gone in …

Urban Design

What ‘white folks who teach in the hood’ get wrong about education

“There’s a teacher right now in urban America who’s going to teach for exactly two years and he’s going to leave believing that these young people …

Teachers Quit Principals, Not Schools

Mapping the Achievement Gap

A colorful dot map reveals the stark differences in educational levels across urban and rural areas—as well as the effects of racial segregation within cities.<p>Neighborhoods in which a person grows up affect his or her future earnings, longevity, and educational outcomes—all of which are, of course, …

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success

The Scandinavian country is an education superpower because it values equality more than excellence.<p><i>The Scandinavian country is an education superpower because it values equality more than excellence.</i><p>Sergey Ivanov/Flickr<p>Everyone agrees the United States needs to improve its education system …

More diversity in student population as new school begins

As over 50 million students nationwide head back for the new academic year, it's clear America is a-changing — and you only need to look in public …

Inside Training Document Reveals How Test-Supporters Want to Talk About Testing

By Anthony Cody.<p>I have received a training document from a recent conclave of corporate reformers that reveals in great detail how they would like to …

Joy: A Subject Schools Lack

Becoming educated should not require giving up pleasure.<p>When Jonathan Swift proposed, in 1729, that the people of Ireland eat their children, he insisted it would solve three problems at once: feed the hungry masses, reduce the population during a severe depression, and stimulate restaurant …

UNSUNG HEROES: Whittier teacher shows Pioneer High students the meaning of community

Editor’s note: In the spirit of the holidays, we have singled out groups and individuals that work to make the community a little stronger by their …

Here are Disgusting Pics of LAUSD Schools Taken by Teachers

LAUSD School Repairs<p>When voters gave $20 billion in bond money to the LA Unified School District, it was designated for repairs and the building of new schools, which they really, really need. A Facebook page called "Repairs Not IPads" (in reference to the controversial program aiming to eventually …

Highly Educated, Highly Indebted: The Lives of Today's 27-Year-Olds, In Charts

A new study by the Department of Education offers up a statistical picture of young-adult life in the wake of the Great Recession.<p>What are today's young adults really like? For those who've spent too much time gazing into the dark recesses of <i>Thought Catalog</i> or obsessing over "Girls," the Department …

New Census data on non-college credentials and the work force

WASHINGTON -- The federal government for the first time has data on the 50 million U.S. adults who hold some form of educational credential that …

The Professors: A Reality Show Concept

The hullabaloo about the Duck Dynasty reality show got me to thinking. It turns out that the Duck Dynasty controversy may all be just part of the …

Study: USC Has The Most International Students In The Country

The University of Southern California is the most popular destination for international students studying at U.S. colleges and universities, a new …

How Getting Into College Became Such a Long, Frenzied, Competitive Process

A history of the college application, from 1856 to today<p>College admissions officers in the mid-19th century had it pretty easy. Since higher education was only a possibility for a small fraction of American teenagers, admissions decisions were more about who could foot the bill than who could do …

Student Loan Defaults Surge To Highest Level In Nearly 2 Decades

Recent college students are defaulting on federal loans at the highest rate in nearly two decades, reflecting "crisis" levels of student debt and a lackluster economy that leaves graduates with bleak employment prospects.<p>One in 10 recent borrowers defaulted on their federal student loans within the …

Five Tips That Will Guarantee a Spectacular Common Application Essay

Everyone and your brother will offer you advice about how to write a great college essay -- me included. Below are five common-sense/no-nonsense/you-can't-go-wrong tips to make sure your essay is the best reflection of who you are. Follow this advice and you may just find yourself with lots of …

Turning the city of L.A. into a classroom

Under the Los Angeles city charter, the mayor has no formal power over the<p>Los Angeles Unified School District. But this has not stopped mayors — includingRichard RiordanandAntonio Villaraigosa— from using the bully pulpit and the power of office. With his recent appointment of veteran …

#ProjectCitizen: 8 facts you didn't know about the Pledge of Allegiance

<b>The pledge was first written in 1892</b>. It was unveiled in October at the Chicago World Fair Columbian Exposition to celebrate the 400th anniversary of …

Back-to-School: Teachers Speak Out

As a seventh grade teacher, a trick I often used with my students to break their burgeoning teenage negativity was to ask them to greet me with a simple sentence-starter: "Today I'm excited to..." The responses I got ranged from, "Finish reading our book!" to, "Eat tacos at lunch!"<p>Regardless of the …