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Life is more normal now than it has been in years, as people do away with masks and social distancing. Stefan Tomic/E+ via Getty Images

Is the pandemic over? We asked an economist, an education expert and a public health scholar their views

President Joe Biden’s suggestion that the COVID-19 pandemic is over has led to a backlash among some experts who suggest the comment is premature – and counterproductive.
High school students have studied many of the same books for generations. Is it time for a change? Andrew_Howe via Getty Images

These high school ‘classics’ have been taught for generations – could they be on their way out?

An English professor takes a critical look at why today’s students are assigned the same books that were assigned decades ago – and why American school curricula are so difficult to change.
Race, class and gender can not only impact the education that students receive, but also the punishments they receive. Courtney Hale/iStock / Getty Images Plus via Getty Images

Black girls are 4.19 times more likely to get suspended than white girls – and hiring more teachers of color is only part of the solution

A social work scholar researches why school suspensions disproportionately affect students from certain groups and what can be done to change that.
Simple steps can make the transition back to school run smoother. Courtney Hale / Getty Images

4 ways to get the new school year off to a good start

A veteran school administrator offers insights on how children’s caretakers can better prepare them for a new school year.
Family outings and journal-writing can help keep kids’ academic skills sharp during the summer. franckreporter / Getty Images

6 ways to keep kids’ school skills sharp over the summer

Research has shown for more than a century that students fall behind during the summer break. An expert offers six tips on ways to help children keep up their academic skills during the summer.
The core of education is to enable young learners to be kind, giving members of society. David Brewster/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Why do kids have to go to school?

The core principle of education is to enable students to become kind, giving and contributing members of their community and the world.

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