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How One Teacher Changed for the Good of Her Students

How One Teacher Changed for the Good of Her Students

| November 6, 2014 | 6 Comments

Author and educator Pernille Ripp shares the steps she took to help her students regain a love of learning.

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Why Trust Is A Crucial Ingredient in Shaping Independent Learners

Why Trust Is A Crucial Ingredient in Shaping Independent Learners

| November 4, 2014 | 13 Comments

Without trust, students don’t have the space to build the skills they’ll need to learn on their own.

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A Look Inside New Orleans Schools, Run Almost Entirely By Charter Companies

A Look Inside New Orleans Schools, Run Almost Entirely By Charter Companies

| September 3, 2014 | 2 Comments

What would a school district run entirely by charter companies look like? Keep an eye on New Orleans for the answer.

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Does Reliance on Specific Textbooks Stack the Deck Against Poor Districts?

Does Reliance on Specific Textbooks Stack the Deck Against Poor Districts?

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Philadelphia mother and journalist digs into why improving state test scores in poor districts can be so challenging.

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Sending Mixed Message: Do Parents Value Kids’ Achievement Over Empathy?

Sending Mixed Message: Do Parents Value Kids’ Achievement Over Empathy?

| June 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Parents and educators tell kids to care for one another, but their actions often send the message that high achievement and personal happiness are actually more important.

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Why the School-As-Factory Metaphor Still Pervades

Why the School-As-Factory Metaphor Still Pervades

| May 14, 2014 | 6 Comments

Why has the factory system remained such a strong metaphor for education for so long?

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For One African American Student, Coding Is the Path to Success

For One African American Student, Coding Is the Path to Success

| March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Students are “hacking” problems important to their everyday experience, like developing a simple app for women who feel harassed on the street.

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Should Handheld Devices for Kids Under 12 Be Banned?

Should Handheld Devices for Kids Under 12 Be Banned?

| March 12, 2014 | 3 Comments

A Huffington Post article, 10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned, from a couple of days ago has clearly hit a nerve. The link has spread far and wide, with hundreds of thousands of social media shares. The author links to studies from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Canadian Society of Pediatrics, Kaiser […]

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A Look Into Teenagers’ Complicated Online Lives

A Look Into Teenagers’ Complicated Online Lives

| February 26, 2014

In the world of social media research, danah boyd is a star. She says most adults misread and overreact to the online lives of teenagers. But as the title of her new book suggests, It’s Complicated.

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Despite Steep Cost, College Degrees Still Show Value

Despite Steep Cost, College Degrees Still Show Value

| February 12, 2014

The gap in earnings between young people who have a college degree and those who don’t has continued to widen over the past several decades. And while total student loan debt in the U.S. continues to rise, millennials say a college degree is still worth it.

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