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What it actually takes for schools to ‘go digital’

“This is the first time in my 12 years of teaching that students said writing the research paper was their favorite assignment, and I know it was due to the laptops.”


How Duncan’s teacher reprieve aids students, Common Core, tests

Sydney Morris and Evan Stone
By Sydney Morris and Evan Stone

Test: It’s just a four-letter word for measuring skill, knowledge, intelligence, capacities, or aptitude. In public education lately, test has become another kind of four-letter word: one associated with stressed out students, angry parents and teachers fearful of losing their jobs. Testing has such a negative connotation that in New York City alone this year, […]


Has this new online college program solved the MOOC problem?

Photo: Peter Taylor
By Timothy Pratt

ATLANTA – Dary Merckens was in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, several weeks before moving to Las Vegas. He was also entering his second month in a master’s degree program at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Merckens, who is 30, can take his education with him. That’s because he’s enrolled in Georgia […]


Will ‘creative’ and ‘hands on’ summer school foster a love of learning?

Ronald Bracamontes, 8, Christian Zaragosa, 9, and Jocelyn Buenrostro, 9, teamed up to experiment with paper airplane designs during a summer school program at Romero-Cruz Elementary in Santa Ana Unified. The team conducted nine tests on three designs to see which one generated the smoothest landings.
By William Diepenbrock

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Nine-year-old Sarahy Lopez’s silvery singing voice washed over the audience as her Goldilocks declared “so sorry” and “please give me a break.” But her pleas were slow to sway Baby Bear (Noe Lopez, 7) who growled, “I’d rather stay angry and eat her instead.” A few streets over, Lupita Martinez, 6, […]


Programs seek to lower cost of college textbooks

File photo. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
By Laura M. Colarusso

If you were to ask Sandra Kerley how important it is that she’s able to get textbooks for free, she would tell you that this seemingly minor benefit is “life changing.” “It helps us pay the electricity bill,”said the 35-year-old Kerley, a third-year business administration student at Tidewater Community College in Virginia. “It helps us […]


Community colleges should be free

By Joanne Jacobs

Following Tennessee’s lead, several states are considering free tuition for community and technical college students. Community Colleges Should Be Free, editorializes Scientific American. Community colleges train technicians for jobs in leading-edge industries and serve as gateways to higher education for first-generation, minority and working-class students. The Tennessee Promise is showing the way. Starting next year, […]


Teaching computer science — without touching a computer

File photo. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
By Annie Murphy Paul

A group of children on a playground, each kid clutching a slip of paper with a number on it, moves along a line drawn in chalk, comparing numbers as they go and sorting themselves into ascending order from one to ten. Another group of children, sitting in a circle, passes pieces of fruit — an […]


Are the lazy days of summer killing our nation’s academic progress?

The banks of the Mississippi River, as seen from Great River Road State Park in the Mississippi Delta, where there is a dearth of structured activities for children in the summer. (Photo: Nick Chiles)
By Nick Chiles

DREW, Miss. ––Drive down a dusty road in the Mississippi Delta in July and you will quickly come across a familiar scene: Kids, walking. Out of the house, no particular destination in mind. Ambling along. But the walking may be better than the alternative: Stopping. It’s the stopping that gets you in trouble. “In the […]


Can higher education reinvent our ‘paralyzed and dysfunctional’ democratic process?

Kevin Kruger president of NASPA, left, and David Maxwell, president of Drake University, right.
By David Maxwell and Kevin Kruger

Student participation in the political process is on the decline in the U.S. as skepticism for political candidates and processes rises. In the 2012 U.S. presidential election, voter turnout among 18 to 24 year-olds fell to 41 percent, a six percentage-point drop from the 2008 election, The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning […]


I’d rather black, superhuman student-athletes just be human

Members of the Jackie Robinson West Little League team from Chicago, Ill., ride in the Little League Grand Slam Parade as it makes its way through downtown Williamsport, Pa., Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. The Little League World Series tournament begins Thursday, August 14, in South Williamsport, Pa.. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
By Andre Perry

What happens when prep athletes take off their uniforms? The same black males who are beloved heroes on schools’ playing fields can be treated as violent trespassers off of them. Between being a celebrated superhero and a profligate thug, black students just need to be seen – as human. Last week, Jackie Robinson West became […]


How to educate Americans for jobs? Ask the Germans, employers urge

Students at Ivy Tech Community College. (Photo: Ivy Tech Community College)
By Jon Marcus

INDIANAPOLIS — Two years. That’s how long it takes William Lamkin’s fast-growing electrical contracting company to teach new hires with four-year university degrees the tricks of the trade. These college grads “have learned the book stuff, but they don’t have real-world experience,” said Lamkin, vice president of Industrial Electric. “They don’t know how to work […]

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