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Five years after Sandy Hook, what is Washington doing about guns?

People embrace at a firehouse staging area for family near the scene of a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Friday, …

Gun Control

France Moves To Ban Students From Using Cellphones In Schools

France's education chief says that when students go back to school next fall, all mobile phone use will be banned in schools for students roughly ages 15 and under.<p>"These days the children don't play at break time anymore, they are just all in front of their smartphones and from an educational …

Education

5 Ways to Make Your Meetings Mean More

Until fairly recently, a meeting was thought to be successful if it met its financial and learner outcome goals. And while those are still important, …

Productivity

Schools grapple with more students cutting class

A push to address chronic absenteeism among Michigan students comes as the problem is getting worse

Detroit

When union protections disappear, poor schools lose teachers, new research finds

Is a “war on teachers” driving them out of the classroom?<p>In many states, teachers and their unions have made that case, noting that it’s become …

Education

Why Confidence Is More Important Than Craft

I edit a magazine (<i>Author</i>) for writers of all genres in which I have published hundreds of articles on what we call the craft of writing. I have edited and published articles on creating believable characters, on description, on beginning and middles and endings, on the use of nouns and verbs …

Authors

Science: Listening to This Type of Music Makes You a Better Person

Want to be more generous, empathic, and cooperative? Put on these particular tunes.<p>We tend to think of ethics as a matter of character. You do or do not do bad things because of the type of person you are. But science actually shows that circumstances and surroundings (even quite trivial details of …

Aretha Franklin

How America Is Breaking Public Education

The ultimate dream of public education is incredibly simple. Students, ideally, would go to a classroom, receive top-notch instruction from a passionate, well-informed teacher, would work hard in their class, and would come away with a new set of skills, talents, interests, and capabilities. Over …

Education

The GOP’s war on graduate students: How the House tax bill will make graduate school unaffordable - Salon.com

Anti-intellectualism has a long and inglorious history in the United States. It can be traced all the way back to the 1820s, when Andrew Jackson wrested the presidency away from John Q. Adams by saying that Adams "can write" and Jackson "can fight." By the 1960s, historian Richard Hofstadter penned …

Education

New Orleans: Researchers Find That Charter Schools Dropped Pre-K Because of Cost

The Education Research Alliance for New Orleans issued a report about Pre-Kindergarten in the nearly all-charter district. It found that the growth …

Education

Did U.S. Performance on PISA Decline Because of Common Core?

Every time that international test scores are released, there is a predictable clamor to “do something.”<p>President Obama said that our ranking on an …

Education

Kansas City: The Stealth Plan by Walton to Turn Kansas City into a Portfolio District

As this article by Matt Barnum in Chalkbeat shows, Kansas City did not want to hand its public schools over to the corporate reform movement, and it …

Education

Do Teacher Expectations of Student Performance Impact Student Outcomes? Is There a “Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations?”

At first look it was a nice school, the kids wore uniforms, the hallways were orderly, kids work displayed on bulletin boards, the classrooms were …

Education

23 Signs You're Secretly An Introvert

You might be a "quiet type" after all.<p>Think you can spot an introvert in a crowd? Think again. Although the stereotypical introvert may be the one at the party who’s hanging out alone by the food table fiddling with an iPhone, the “social butterfly” can just as easily have an introverted …

Introverts

Paul Krugman: The Republican War on Children

Nobel-Prize winning economist Paul Krugman asks a simple question:<p>“Would you be willing to take health care away from a thousand children with the …

Republicans

"Wake Up Brains" with Skip Counting Songs

Lesson ObjectivePractice skip counting with songs and movementsLength4 minQuestions to ConsiderHow could these songs be connected to multiplication …

Palo Alto

40 Success Quotes to Inspire and Motivate You

1. “Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” via Chris Grosser<p>2. “Don’t complain; just work harder.” via Chris Grosser<p>3. “Deeds not Words” via …

Motivation

Not Everyone Is Thrilled by the Push to Teach Kids to Code. Here's Why

Who really benefits from initiatives to get more computers in classrooms? Not always kids.<p>It's CS Education Week and a host of tech leaders are using the occasion to highlight and advance efforts to ensure more kids get a chance to learn to code. It's feel good work that paints tech companies and …

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Why girls lose interest in STEM — and how to get them back - Salon.com

Suz Somersall has always been a maker and a self-described nerd who defied what others thought a girl was capable of. As a kid, she would repurpose the tops of her dollhouses into starship control panels. So it’s no surprise that she wanted to go to college for engineering.<p>But that’s when she made …

Feminism

Voucher Schools Championed By Betsy DeVos Can Teach Whatever They Want. Turns Out They Teach Lies.

These schools teach creationism, racism and sexism. They’re also taking your tax dollars.<p>PORTLAND, Ore. ― It was late morning in an artsy cafe, the smell of coffee and baked goods sweetening the air, and Ashley Bishop sat at a table, recalling a time when she was taught that most of secular …

Religion

Every Senior At This Struggling High School Was Accepted To College

<b>Editor's note, Nov. 30, 2017</b><b>:</b> <i>Since this story was originally published, we've done additional reporting. We spoke with 11 current and recent Ballou teachers and four recent Ballou graduates, and we reviewed hundreds of attendance documents, class rosters and emails. They show that many students</i> …

Education

Response: 'The Divide Between Policymakers Educators Can Be Narrowed by Dialogue'

Response: 'The Divide Between Policymakers & Educators Can Be Narrowed by Dialogue'<p><b>(This the second post in a four-part series. You can see Part One</b> …

Education

New York’s free-college program comes with a big catch: Students who fall off track risk losing their scholarships

With thousands of college students about to finish their first semester under New York State’s Excelsior Scholarship Program, advocates, critics and …

Education

Baby PISA is Just Around the Corner. So Why is No One Talking about It?

As the standardization of early education proceeds apace, assessment of young children is a hot topic among those who nurture and educate them. …

Education

Success Academies: Can No-Excuses Charter Schools Be Called Progressive?

An important piece by Rebecca Mead in this week’s <i>New Yorker</i> takes us into Eva Moskowitz’s very controversial Success Academy charter schools in New …

Education

Millions at stake in Longview isolation booth lawsuit

TACOMA — Lawyers presented opening arguments Monday in a federal civil rights lawsuit in which five families are suing the Longview School District …

Viral

How Students Get Banished to Alternative Schools — ProPublica

In October 2014, less than two months after entering North Augusta High School in Aiken County, South Carolina, Logan Rewis paused to drink from a …

Education