Political motives help explain why states take over schools.
While state takeovers of schools are nothing new, the ones taking place as of late suggest a political agenda is at play under the guise of school reform, a political science scholar argues.
Millions of dollars have been spent on ‘growth mindset’ initiatives. Do they work?
While schools have adopted 'growth mindset' interventions and millions of dollars have been spent to see if they work, an analysis of the available research shows they have only a small impact.
Growth mindset interventions are becoming increasingly popular in schools.
Growth mindset interventions work as well as many educational programs, at a fraction of the cost. And they are just in their infancy, says the Stanford researcher who developed mindset theory.
Mission specialist Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space.
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35 years ago Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. But rather than focus on her own extraordinary achievements, her passion became boosting the number of girls pursuing STEM. Another pioneering astronaut remembers her friend and colleague.
Can lab coats lead kids to feel more like a scientist?
In order to get more young people to see themselves as future scientists, researchers argue that it helps to outfit the students with a simple article of clothing: a lab coat.
In the Final Four of College Chess, most of the players come from abroad.
The Final Four of College Chess may not generate as much buzz as college basketball's Final Four, but proponents says its competitors represent top talent with highly coveted critical thinking skills.
Despite claims that the Common Core is a thing of the past, a closer look shows the controversial education standards are still very much in play. A political scientist explains why that's a problem.
Students rally outside the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, on March 14, 2018 to protest gun violence.
In order to prevent school shootings, schools must use threat assessments like the ones that law enforcement uses to protect public figures, a leading expert on school safety argues on Capitol Hill.
After years of claiming they want to fix what’s wrong with public schools, education reformers are still hunting for solutions.
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The cycle of overpromising and disappointment has left donors, politicians and policymakers looking to improve K-12 public schooling with an underwhelming track record.
Education should amount to much more than churning out a workforce.
Education in the United States is becoming increasingly tied to job preparation. But 20th-century philosopher John Dewey knew that such a focus would mean sacrificing the true goal of education.
Far fewer Americans speak a second language than in most other developed countries – and the problem starts in the classroom.
Whether it's due to native language loss or unsupported high school curricula, the lack of bilingualism in the US is notable. Why can't more Americans speak another language? How should that change?
Ella Russell, a second grade student at Jamestown Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, works on an e-book during class.
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Textbooks were once a major piece of educational infrastructure. But as digital content expands, a new kind of 'textbook' is improving the quality of K-12 instruction.
How can we change math instruction to meet the needs of today’s kids?
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Math instruction is stuck in the last century. How can we change teaching methods to move past rote memorization and help students develop a more meaningful understanding – and be better at math?
A student learns to operate a mill in an advanced precision machining class.
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The Trump administration's cuts to social programs like career and technical education would deal a blow to its efforts to boost economic growth.
How can students think critically about information in today’s age?
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Since the 19th century academic librarians have helped students navigate the complex world of information. In today's unpredictable information environment, how might they rethink their role?
Are single-sex schools better?
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Separating girls and boys takes away opportunities to learn from one another. It also encourages stereotyping and sexism.
A campaign for Los Angeles Unified School District school board candidates.
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The involvement of large wealthy donors in local schools is influencing who gets elected to govern on school boards. Why does it matter?
A high school talks over a civics assignment in an advanced placement class.
Only about 40-45 percent of 18-to-29-year-olds turned out to vote in the 2012 election. Civic education can improve youth turnout. But civic education itself remains neglected in US schools.
Does technology help with learning?
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Researchers found students' test scores in science, writing, math and English language arts improved significantly when they were provided with laptops. The benefits were not limited to test scores.
Transgender individuals could be harassed when they have to use gendered bathrooms.
North Carolina recently passed a law that prohibits individuals from using a bathroom based on the gender with which they identify. Why does this pose a risk for transgendered individuals?