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Reading to children and talking to them about the story helps them love stories and become better readers. Slavic/www.shutterstock.com

The most important ways parents can prepare children for school

Parents want to do everything they can to get their kids' school year off to a good start. Here's why talking with them is one of the best ways to do that.
Their hormones mean they still need zzz’s even when they’re already supposed to be in homeroom. Antonio Guillem/Shutterstock.com

Sleepy teenage brains need school to start later in the morning

Teenagers aren't just lazy. Their sleep hormones aren't calibrated to let them get up and go until later in the morning – which has academic and health consequences when school starts too early.
Specialized training is becoming more and more important to financial success in today’s labor market. U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Michael Ellis

Want a job? It’s still about education.

As technology and the labor market rapidly evolve, so too does the value of a high school diploma. Despite the changes, one thing remains true: Education is still the cornerstone of career success.
Education should amount to much more than churning out a workforce. Andrew Tan

Education isn’t a commodity for labor

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.
In the movie ‘Goat,’ a fraternity puts pledges through gruesome and dangerous rituals. Killer Films

The wrongs of passage in fraternity hazing

With the fall term underway and an ongoing case over the death of a Penn State pledge in February, colleges are trying once again to figure out why hazing happens and what should be done to stop it.
How can we help the tens of thousands of college students who have been defrauded? SpeedKingz/Shutterstock.com

Why students need better protection from loan fraud

Students across the country have been defrauded by for-profit schools. Fine print in their enrollment contracts has stopped them from bringing their cases to court, but new rules could help.
All students deserve a healthy lunch when they go to school. Africa Studio / Shutterstock.com

We should serve kids food in school, not shame

Students with unpaid meal debts have been experiencing some shaming policies at school. New rules are aimed at protecting these children, but the real solution may lie in free meals for all.
Race-neutral affirmative action can help identify first-generation students like Blanca Diaz and LaQuintah Garrett. AP Photo/Amy Anthony

Colleges need affirmative action – but it can be expanded

Race-conscious admissions policies are still the best way to achieve diversity on campus. Yet, some race-neutral methods could help colleges improve diversity – and stand up to legal scrutiny.
Eleven states now have some sort of law permitting guns on college campuses. Lucio Eastman (Free State Project)

More states are allowing guns on college campuses

More and more states are passing legislation requiring that students and faculty be permitted to carry concealed weapons on campus. But shouldn't universities have a choice when it comes to campus safety?
Starting a new school can be stressful. But as a parent, you can help. Kamira/Shutterstock.com

How parents can help their freshman teens cope with stress

School can always be stressful, but starting high school for the first time comes with its own fears and anxieties. Here's some simple advice for parents to help their freshmen navigate the new year.
Could legal intimidation threaten race-conscious admissions in the U.S.? AP Photo/Susan Walsh

The legal threat to diversity on campus

For colleges and universities that lack the multi-billion-dollar endowments of schools like Harvard, the mere threat of legal action may be enough to put an end to race-conscious admissions policies.
Betsy Devos has been busy advancing a conservative education agenda since her confirmation earlier this year. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Betsy DeVos’ 6-month report card: More undoing than doing

From student loans to Title IX, Betsy DeVos has had a busy six months in office. But despite numerous reversals of Obama-era guidelines, little has come in the way of tangible policy.
Child suicide, such as the 2013 death of 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick, has often been blamed on bullying. AP Photo/Brian Blanco

Bullying and suicide: What’s the connection?

From '13 Reasons Why' to real-life events, there's been increased scrutiny on the link between bullying and suicide. However, research shows that we may not be getting the full picture.
Three influential college presidents: Charles Eliot of Harvard (in office 1869-1909), Robert Maynard Hutchins of the University of Chicago (1929-45) and Drew Faust of Harvard (2007-18). AP Photo/Edward Kitch/Charles Krupa

Do college presidents still matter?

A former president of Northeastern and scholar of higher education shares his perspectives on what has – and hasn't – changed in the role of the college president.
Educafro, a Brazilian black activist movement, protested in 2012 to demand more affirmative action programs for higher education. AP Photo/Eraldo Peres

Affirmative action around the world

'Positive discrimination' policies around the world are on the rise. What might other countries teach the U.S. about attaining racial, economic and gender equality in higher education?
Far fewer Americans speak a second language than in most other developed countries – and the problem starts in the classroom. Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock.com

The true failure of foreign language instruction

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?
Has D.A.R.E. moved beyond the “just say no” days of the ‘80’s and '90’s? AP Photo/Nick Ut

The D.A.R.E. Sessions wants is better than D.A.R.E.

Jeff Sessions was met with considerable skepticism when he announced his desire to revive D.A.R.E. But it turns out that the current program is nothing like the ineffective D.A.R.E. of the '80's and '90's.
Planning is important for any teen on their way to college – but for those with disabilities, it’s absolutely imperative. NCVO London

Helping your student with disabilities prepare for the future

Numerous measures are in place to help young disabled children thrive, but the transition beyond school can be a difficult one. Here are some tips for families to help their children prepare for life beyond.
Though challenges like dyslexia can make learning difficult, these disabilities shouldn’t define who you are – or what you can do. Tim Kwee

Learning disabilities do not define us

The story of a six-year-old boy with dyslexia who, with support from friends and teachers, became a successful professor. Now he teaches teachers how to help children like him.
Whether you have a physical disability, mental illness or learning challenge, there are strategies to help you earn your degree. Stocksnap

How to succeed in college with a disability

For many disabled students, college is the first time that they're put to the test of making their own way. The experience can be challenging, but there are strategies to help ease the way.