Niecha Samuels

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Why Are Boys Falling Behind the Girls in K-12 and College Achievement?

Nationally, over 57 percent of college attendees are female when public and private school stats are combined. Females have been consistently edging ahead of their male classmates since the late 1970s when the percentages flip-flopped. Aside from all-female schools, there are others that have …

Michael Jackson: Black Superhero

When Michael Jackson was a boy, you didn't have to say "black is beautiful," you just had to look at him and you knew. In 1969, as black people were …

Michael Jackson: The Essential Moments

<b>"I Want You Back," 1970</b><p>Those superfly dance moves! Those drums! Michael's purple pimp hat! At a turning point for the Motown empire, Berry Gordy puts …

Segregation Now ...

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, the schools in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, show how separate and unequal education is coming back.<p>Though James Dent could watch Central High School’s homecoming parade from the porch of his faded-white bungalow, it had been years since he’d bothered. But last …

Parents are buying their kids all the wrong toys

The highlight of my son’s speech therapy was always the bag of toys. Years ago, when he was a toddler and the therapist came to our house, he’d wait patiently as she took out one toy at a time and used each to help build language skills. Anxious to boost his progress, I watched her work and wrote …

2013 in Review Part Two: The Year the Common Core Began to Unravel

<b>It was supposed to be easy.</b> The campaign was one of shock and awe, intended to overpower and silence anyone with the nerve to criticize. Most of us …

Kids need structure

How can you help kids get a good start? In this heartfelt and personal talk, Colin Powell, the former U.S. Secretary of State, asks parents, friends …

Secretary Of State

Hey science teachers -- make it fun

High school science teacher Tyler DeWitt was ecstatic about his new lesson plan on bacteria (how cool!) -- and devastated when his students hated it. …

High School

Txtng is killing language. JK!!!

Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? John McWhorter posits that there’s much more to texting -- linguistically, culturally -- than it …

Every kid needs a champion

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people …

My story, from gangland daughter to star teacher

Pearl Arredondo grew up in East Los Angeles, the daughter of a high-ranking gang member who was in and out of jail. Many teachers wrote her off as …

Students Can Learn by Explaining, Studies Say

| Includes updates and/or revisions.<p>Children are quick to ask “why?” and “how?” when it comes to new things, but research suggests elementary and …

Five Decorating Mistakes to Avoid

It’s not always easy to design your own home. In fact, sometimes you might wind up with an idea in your head that does not translate well in reality. …

The Testing Obsession Widens the Gap

<i>Deborah Meier responds to Fordham Institute's Michael J. Petrilli today.</i><p>Dear Mike,<p>The data you present re. the "achievement gap" is consistent with …

New Approach to College Prep for Low-Income Students Called For

Students are more than twice as likely to attend and complete college if they come from a wealthy family compared with a low-income …