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A Confederate veteran on what the monuments honor: White power and the Southern cause

A Civil War veteran left a nine-point list telling us what the Confederate monuments really mean. Item seven: White people shall rule the South forever.<p>“The South will rise again!” chanted white supremacists marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, a year ago this month. But since then the monuments, …

Confederate Monuments

21st Century Skills

The term, "21st Century Skills" denotes an expanded range of skills and competencies that go beyond what has traditionally been taught in the …

Education Technology

High-Performing Leaders Never Underestimate the Importance of This, But Average Performers Almost Always Do

Figure you're good enough to wing it? Here's why you might want to reevaluate.<p>Decades of research into the habits of world-class performers across virtually every field reveals one belief they all espouse with borderline fanaticism: the importance of practice.<p>Simply put: High performers practice …

10 Characteristics of Learner Centered Experiences

Education Reimagined defines the paradigm shift from teacher-centered to learner-centered as shifting how we see learners and their critical role in …

These Harvard kids got the lesson of their lives in the Heartland

On a blustery afternoon in April, I filed into a van along with 10 students from Harvard. We had just spent the last two days in Chicopee, Mass., …

The Surprising Finds At King Arthur's Legendary Castle

Recent research at Tintagel Castle (in Cornwall, England) has uncovered some fascinating finds. In addition to ceramics from what’s now Turkey (and maybe Cyprus) and glassware from the Iberian peninsula, archeologists from English Heritage working at the site have just uncovered a stone from the …

Archaeology

Instruments of Empowerment

How can design provoke agency, accountability, and collaboration within educational systems?<p>Instruments of Empowerment & Dialogue is a systems-level …

The Whiteboard Jungle: Project inspires local students to give selflessly

With so much ugly human nature saturating our senses these days, I wanted to give my students a different life experience.<p>At the start of spring semester in January, I created an assignment allowing them to explore the goodness that is within themselves.<p>Called the Decency Project, the months-long …

7 Real-World Math Strategies

Math used to be all rote memorization and pencil-to-paper equations disconnected from the real world, but more and more teachers are realizing the …

8 phrases a great boss will constantly tell their employees

The characteristics that make a good boss differ greatly from those that make an average or subpar one. And communication can play a large role in …

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According to Harvard, This 1 Leadership Trait Separates Exceptional Leaders From the Rest

Better team collaboration, stronger employee commitment, and lower staff turnover are possible, if you can lead with compassion.<p>When researchers Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter looked at the factors that separated exceptional leaders from the pack, one trait stood out above the rest: …

This One Quote From LeBron James Could Change Your Life (Seriously)

After a game-winning shot, LeBron James explained how to find success. Will you follow his advice?<p>It's known as an <i>unguardable shot</i> in the NBA.<p>Over the weekend, basketball superstar LeBron James shed a little light on why it might also reveal a life lesson for those who are struggling to succeed or …

Researchers have isolated what may be the single most important trait that makes kids successful in school

Paul Hackett/Reuters<p><b>Researchers who've studied more than 6,000 kindergartners found that the kids rated by their parents as more curious and willing</b> …

MBA Math Skills Every Business Student Needs

While some math requirements will vary by program, there are several MBA math skills that every business student needs to succeed. These skills can …

The Memorial to the Victims of Lynching Has a Message for Today

Today, the Equal Justice Initiative opened both a memorial and museum in Montgomery, Alabama dedicated to victims of lynching in America: the …

Black History

Open Badges in Elementary School

Amy Cooper on episode 292 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Some …

A Tasmanian Requiem is a musical reckoning, and a pathway to reconciliation

On December 26, 1847, a small group of Aboriginal people sat in the Lieutenant-Governor’s box at Hobart’s Theatre Royal watching a new pantomime. A …

Australia

What Adult Learners Really Need (Hint: It's Not Just Job Skills)

More than 2 out of 3 college students today are not coming straight out of high school. Half are financially independent from their parents, and 1 in 4 are parents themselves.<p>David Scobey says that, as an American studies and history professor at the University of Michigan for decades, he was …

Education

Why It's Important to Teach Your Students Financial Literacy—and Three Ways to Do It

In Oakland, CA, more than 60 students at James Madison Middle School gather to talk about money. The conversation is robust. One student shares his …

Education

The process of building trust works in the opposite way that you think it does

<i>Wharton psychologist and author Adam Grant recently sat down with Daniel Coyle, author of the new book</i> The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups<i>, to talk about the surprising truth about how trust works, and how we can build it in groups large and small. This article is a condensed</i> …

Self-improvement

The Party of Hubert Humphrey

The Democratic presidential candidate believed that the ordinary American was open to a message of collective responsibility and common purpose.<p>Seventy years ago, on the night of July 14, 1948, Hubert Humphrey, speaking at the Democratic convention in the Philadelphia Convention Hall, changed the …

Civil Rights

Teenage Vandals Were Sentenced to Read Books. Here’s What One Learned.

A Virginia judge handed down an unusual sentence last year after five teenagers defaced a historic black schoolhouse with swastikas and the words “white power” and “black power.”<p>Instead of spending time in community service, Judge Avelina Jacob decided, the youths should read a book.<p>But not just …

Books

Turning Kids Into Readers, One Barbershop At A Time

<i>Our series Take A Number is exploring problems around the world — and the people who are trying to solve them — through the lens of a single number.</i><p>The solution first: 15. More precisely, <i>15 books</i>.<p>That's Alvin Irby's answer to a problem he knows all too well as a former kindergarten teacher: How to …

Civil rights road trip – music playlist

<b>Can You Feel It – Martin Luther King Mix | Fingers Inc</b><p>Mixing one of the greatest speeches in history with a Chicago house track might sound like a bad idea but the result is spectacular, heightening the power of both the music and – as if it were needed – the great man’s message.<p>How I Got Over | …

Here’s an approach to math phobia that could add up: Tackle the fear head on

By Kyle Spencer<p>NEW YORK — Michael Gallin, a 34-year-old math teacher at KAPPA International High School in the Bronx, was winding his way through the cluttered aisles of his algebra classroom listening for sighs of frustration.<p>One girl was sitting glumly by the window, eyeballing a function she was …

Education

The Third Education Revolution

Schools are moving toward a model of continuous, lifelong learning in order to meet the needs of today’s economy.<p>When the giant Indian technology-services firm Infosys announced last November that it would open a design and innovation hub in Providence, the company’s president said one of the key …

Higher Education

Student's Ideal - Learning Without Being Taught

Psychology as a discipline has, throughout the years, struggled to emancipate from philosophy and then restructured itself to create its own …