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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.
Some say coddled kids need to be taught how to persevere through setbacks and disappointments. 'Flower' via www.shutterstock.com

What’s behind America’s insistence on instilling grit in kids?

One of the newest trends in education is teaching students how to develop grit. But what's even meant by 'grit'? And what if grit means something different for everyone?
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How universities boost economic growth

The second half of the 20th century saw explosive economic growth and also a huge increase in universities – new research shows the two are related.
Summer camps are popular in the States, so why don’t Aussie kids adopt the practice? Flickr/Camp Pinewood

Should Aussie kids go on US-style summer camps?

Summer camps popular in the US are said to stop the summer "learning slide", which is particularly important for low socio-economic children. But camps can also be quite expensive. So should we adopt the practice here?

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