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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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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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High School Students’ Health Suffers From Too Much Stress

High School Students’ Health Suffers From Too Much Stress

| December 2, 2013

Teenagers say their parents often don’t realize how overwhelmed they feel about school. Psychologists say parents can help children manage their expectations and live a more balanced life, even if it means not racking up as high a GPA as their friends.

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What Compels Teachers to Quit – Or to Stay?

What Compels Teachers to Quit – Or to Stay?

| October 24, 2013 | 3 Comments

In addition to the many reasons listed as to why teachers quit their profession in this article, the author also identifies why they stay: “Those schools that do a far better job of managing and coping with and responding to student behavioral issues have far better teacher retention,” says [educator and researcher Richard Ingersoll]. And, […]

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Despite Benefits, Recess for Many Students Is Restricted

Despite Benefits, Recess for Many Students Is Restricted

| July 26, 2013 | 11 Comments

Aside from keeping obesity at bay and providing a way to blow off steam, daily physical exercise has benefits that go beyond getting out the wiggles. But despite this, and many other benefits, finding time for recess has been a big hurdle for many schools.

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