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Some countries seem to provide more equitable opportunities in schools and society in general. Others have work to do if they want to advance the adage that hard work and education afford success regardless of one’s existing social status. www.shutterstock.com

Education does not always equal social mobility

Conventional wisdom across much of the Western world says there's a strong link between education and upward social mobility. Really?
A poster on the wall of the International Centre for Sexual Reproductive Rights, an NGO based in Minna, Nigeria.

Sex education lessons from Mississippi and Nigeria

The story of how Nigeria and Mississippi implemented comprehensive sexual education programs despite local opposition offers important lessons about how to boost adolescent sexual health.
Schools are seeing declines in refugee children under the Trump administration. Jan Andersen/www.shutterstock.com

How refugee children make American education stronger

The steep decline in refugee children in US schools will lessen the nation's ability to produce students who possess the skills of global citizenship, a researcher argues.
Teachers and students wave to motorists in Peoria, Ariz. AP Photo/Matt York

3 reasons why teachers are striking right now

Yes, money is one big reason. But teachers also just want to be heard like everyone else and are using methods that have been shown to be effective.
Hundreds of students protesting gun violence marched to the Minnesota State Capitol on March 7, 2018. Jim Mone/AP

Teaching students how to dissent is part of democracy

As part of preparing students to live in a democracy, schools should teach students how to engage in political dissent, a philosophy of education scholar argues.
Research shows that carrying a gun for self-defense comes with a host of risks. Shutterstock.com

Why Trump’s idea to arm teachers may miss the mark

While President Donald Trump suggests arming teachers would be a good way to stop school shootings, research shows that carrying firearms comes with a host of troublesome risks.
Ella Russell, a second grade student at Jamestown Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, works on an e-book during class. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Textbooks in the digital world

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.
In 2013, pro-science supporters rallied before a Texas Board of Education public hearing on proposed new science textbooks. AP Photo/Eric Gay

30 years after Edwards v. Aguillard: Why creationism lingers in public schools

Thirty years after the Supreme Court ruled that creationism cannot be required in schools, 'creation science' is still taught in some schools. What are the implications for climate education?
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and President Donald Trump participate in a round-table discussion during a visit to Saint Andrew Catholic School in Miami. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Trump budget would abandon public education for private choice

The Trump administration's new education budget cuts money from traditional schools and funnels it toward school choice. Is it a nail in the coffin for public education?
Too sick to attend school in person, but perfectly able to participate with a robot’s help. AP Photo/David Duprey

How robots could help chronically ill kids attend school

Students with chronic illness often get only a few hours of education a week. Telepresence robots could let them participate fully in classroom and school activities.

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