Why Screening For Intelligence Is Still So Controversial

Why Screening For Intelligence Is Still So ControversialTests that purport to measure your intelligence can be verbal, meaning written, or non-verbal, focusing on abstract reasoning independent of reading and writing skills. 

Students' Test Scores Tell Us More About The Community They Live In Than What They Know

Students' Test Scores Tell Us More About The Community They Live In Than What They KnowEvery year, policymakers across the U.S. make life-changing decisions based on the results of standardized tests. These high-stakes decisions include, but are not limited to, student promotion to the next grade level, student eligibility to participate in advanced coursework, eligibility to graduate high school and teacher tenure.

Is Charter School Fraud The Next Enron?

charter schools 5 1In 2001, Texas-based energy giant Enron shocked the world by declaring bankruptcy. Thousands of employees lost their jobs, and investors lost billions. The Conversation

Why Do Teachers Quit?

Why Do Teachers Quit?Teachers don’t just leave their jobs because of low pay and retirement, new research shows. Their perceptions of a broken education system also contribute.

The Role Of Education In Building Jobs In The Rust Belt

The Role Of Education In Building Jobs In The Rust Belt

When my father-in-law struggled in school in a mill town along the Ohio River, his parents suggested that he head across the bridge and work in the steel mill. It was a path that once created stable lives for many Pittsburghers. The Conversation

Do We Need To Rethink How We Assess Learning In Schools?

Do We Need To Rethink How We Assess Learning In Schools?There is a major flaw in the way we currently assess school students. By labelling them as either “good” or “poor” learners based on their overall grades at the end of each year, students have no clear idea whether they are making progress over extended periods of time.

Who is Betsy DeVos and Why You Should Care?

Who is Betsy DeVos and Why You Should Care?After President-elect Donald Trump tapped Betsy DeVos to become the head of the United States Department of Education, her name has spurred a great deal of conversation within the K-12 education community.

Free College Explained In A Global Context

Free College Explained In A Global ContextNew York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently pledged to make undergraduate education at the the City University of New York (CUNY) and the State University of New York (SUNY) system free for families making less than US$120,000 annually.

There's No One-size-fits-all Solution For Great Teachers

There's No One-size-fits-all Solution For Great TeachersMost of us know the difference a good teacher makes in the life of a child. Many global institutions working to improve access to education, such as the United Nations, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and Education International agree that “teacher quality” is the critical element in whether or not an educational system succeeds.

How Homeschooling Is Changing In America

Homeschooling graduation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jim, the Photographer, CC BYAs children head back to school, an increasing number of their homeschooled peers will be starting their academic year as well. Homeschooling in the United States is growing at a strong pace.

Why Standing Desks In Schools Are A Win Win

Why Standing Desks In Schools Are A Win WinThere’s new evidence that standing desks in classrooms can slow the increase in elementary school children’s body mass index (BMI)—a key indicator of obesity—by an average of 5.24 percentile points.

How Adult Students Are Not Getting 21st-century Skills

 Community colleges bring a diverse group of students. Maryland GovPics, CC BYMore and more adults are going back to school to learn new skills. The National Center for Education Statistics data show a 7 percent growth in college enrollment for adults over the age of 24 between 2005 and 2015. This is projected to increase to 12 percent by 2019.

The Truth About For Profit Colleges

The Truth About For Profit CollegesDocuments released in a federal lawsuit against Trump University have put presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on the defensive. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is now highlighting the fraud that is at the center of the case.

What Summertime Means For Black Children

What Summertime Means For Black ChildrenThe arrival of summer generates excitement. But it could also bring challenges for both parents and educators. Many students experience a loss in math learning during the summer months known commonly as “summer slide.”

What Is Wrong With America's Civic Education

What Is Wrong With America's Civic EducationAny election demands knowledge, attention and wisdom from the whole electorate. When a campaign season does not seem to be going well, there’s often angst about whether the public has been sufficiently educated.

What’s Behind Huge Academic Gap At U.S. Public Schools?

"The socioeconomic profile of a district is a powerful predictor of the average test score performance of students in that district," says Sean Reardon. "Nonetheless, poverty is not destiny: There are districts with similarly low-income student populations where academic performance is higher than others." (Credit: Ian Koski/Flickr)"The socioeconomic profile of a district is a powerful predictor of the average test score performance of students in that district," says Sean Reardon. "Nonetheless, poverty is not destiny: There are districts with similarly low-income student populations where academic performance is higher than others."

Why Is Mark Zuckerberg Ploughing Billions Into Personalised Learning?

Why Is Mark Zuckerberg Ploughing Billions Into Personalised LearningFacebook founder Mark Zuckerberg believes personalised learning is the answer to many of education’s current woes, and is one of the four key areas that he and his wife Prescilla Chan’s US$45 billion Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will fund.

Does Wearing A School Uniform Improve Student Behavior?

Does Wearing A School Uniform Improve Student Behavior?

In a growing number of school districts across the nation, students must wear a uniform. This is not the stereotypical school uniform associated with Catholic schools – pleated plaid skirt with a blouse for girls; a button-down shirt, a necktie and dark pants for boys. Instead, these are mostly khaki and blue or khaki and red shirt/blouse and skirt/pants uniforms.

Just What Does Motivate Students To Work Harder?

Just What Does Motivate Students To Work Harder?Rewarding teachers financially for student achievement is an increasingly common practice, despite mixed evidence as to whether it improves results. Some scholars have instead suggested paying students.

Students Are Opting Out Of Testing. How Did We Get Here?

Students Are Opting Out Of Testing. How Did We Get Here?“Opt Out,” a civil disobedience movement against state-mandated testing in elementary and secondary education, is growing rapidly across the United States. Last year, Opt Out protests occurred in about half the states. This year, the movement has found support across all 50 states.

Billions of Dollars Left Unused, As Students Fail To Ask For Financial Aid

Billions of Dollars Left Unused, As Students Fail To Ask For Financial AidAt a time when mounting student debt is dominating news, students across America are leaving nearly $3 billion in federal financial aid on the table each year. That this happens is often simply because a potential student doesn’t fill out the FAFSA, (free application for federal student aid) form, that funds aren’t dispensed.

What Is The Hybrid Classroom and Is It The Future Of Education?

What Is The Hybrid Classroom And Is It The Future Of Education?Often seen in art and business, hybrid solutions are gaining increased attention in education. In the classroom, the blend of traditional and new teaching methods, and the mix of online and face-to-face learning – known as the “hybrid classroom” – is posing profound questions about the lessons of the future.

Inside The Wild and Wacky World of Charter School Regulation

Inside the Wild And Wacky World of Charter School RegulationNestled in the woods of central Minnesota, near a large lake, is a nature sanctuary called the Audubon Center of the North Woods. The nonprofit rehabilitates birds. It hosts retreats and conferences. It's home to a North American porcupine named Spike as well as several birds of prey, frogs, and snakes used to educate the center's visitors.

How China Teaches Her Children Math So Well

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There has been much publicity in recent years about China and its teachers. After the most recent results from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) were published in 2013, considerable discussion has focused on the reasons why Chinese students’ test results are more than 100 points above the PISA average.

Is The Dream Of Free Quality Education For The Masses Now In Danger?

Is The Dream Of  Free Quality Education For The Masses Now In Danger?

Want to see a public school system in its death throes? Look no further than Philadelphia. There, the school district is facing end times, with teachers, parents and students staring into the abyss created by a state intent on destroying public education. On Thursday the city of Philadelphia announced that it would be borrowing $50 million to give the district, just so it can open schools as planned on Sept. 9

To Repair the World is to Repair Education

To Repair the World is to Repair Education

Today is the anniversary of the birth of Janusz Korczak (1878-1942). Korczak was a writer, a medical doctor, a thinker and a radio broadcaster, but he was mainly known as a unique and innovative educator, who founded an orphanage for Jewish children in Warsaw.

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