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Three Great Books to Read Aloud to Your Tweens & Teens (Yes, you heard right)

Interesting that two of these three recommendations have to do with a teacher . . . Read more
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Ten To-Do's for Young People to Consider

#1 - Build a "Personal Board of Directors" Read more
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Mind Overload! from Technology & "Societal Exhaustion"

Mindfulness: "I've seen it transform classrooms . . . " Read more
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21st Century Skills: A "thorny problem" in the classroom

. . . .most high schools' science "experiments" are really "demonstrations," because they are "rigged" for the right answer, thereby disqualifying them as true experiments where outcomes are unknown. Read more
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Touche' on Testing

"But 'broadening assessment' should be part of a larger teaching perspective that enables students . . . " -Ellliot Seif, former professor, Temple University Read more
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Failure: It's the Badge of Honor in Silicon Valley & the OPPOSITE in School

Would this EVER Happen in a School Setting?" . . . .up to 500 tech start-up newbies have gathered with industry veterans who dish on their "biggest fail" and lead round-table discussions with titles like "How to Conduct Yourself When It All Goes Off the Rails." Read more
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Weekend Funnies: How to inspire kids to be "Not a scientist"

Man-Made Climate Change?The Colbert Report  - VideoThe "I'm not a scientist" riff starts at the 2:50 mark.  The entire video (under 5 minutes)  is well worth the watch: The Colbert ReportGet More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video... Read more
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MIT Prof argues that Higher Ed Online Learning is Misguided

Bring in the Hollywood budgets and special effects Read more
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Ask a student, how does your teacher learn?

"They (educators) need to be able to model their own learning process for their students. Ask just about any student how much her teacher knows, and you'll get a quick answer. Ask a student how her teacher learns, and you'll likely get a confused look. This must change . . ." -Will Richardson Read more
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TEENS -- A LOST GENERATION?

Now almost 16 million views - "brilliant" video - under two minutes Read more
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The problem with tests that are not standardized

Alfie Kohn delivers a blow to teacher-created tests (the wrong kind for the wrong reasons) Read more
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Being Pegged, Late Bloomers and Effort

How 2012 Nobel Prize Winner Dissed by His High School Biology Teacher Read more
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Hacking School Ratings & Test Scores

"Recognizing that their students learn best when actively engaged, Consortium Schools typically use inquiry-based methods of learning . . ." Read more
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21 Things That Will Become Obsolete in Education by 2020

Desks, Language Labs, Computers, Homework, Standardized Tests in College Admissions . . . . Read more
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Ideal Elite College Students: "Excellent Sheep"

"Everybody - administrators, admissions officers, faculty and students - knows that the pressures of the resume race are out of control." Read more
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11 Back-to-School Parenting Scenes of the 70s (Humor)

Get up in the morning and make yourself a cup of Sanka with Sweet 'n' Low. Line up all the lunchboxes on the formica counter top in your kitchen. Open up a bag of Wonder Bread and do this assembly line style. Read more
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What should you learn after graduation?

. . . and what exactly are students learning in school now? Read more
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Big Thinking & the College Promise

" . . . these kids, like any others, are hungry for big ideas." Read more
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Visions of Mathematics: What Content Should We Teach?

Ben Daley of High Tech High Outlines a Revolutionary Approach to Math Read more
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There is No Education Without the Arts

"We're not talking about making sure that everybody has private music lessons," Read more
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Parenting Cats and Dogs

Adolescents, on the other hand, respond more like cats - aloof, unpredictable, hard to locate, not always coming when they are called, rubbing up against you or jumping into your lap on their terms. Read more
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Ivory Tower: The Movie

A documentary about higher education that "questions its cost and value" . . . Read more
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Author John Green: Teenagers Think the Big Questions in Life Matter

Why Do We Give Them Short-Shrift? The Teen Whisperer: How the author of "The Fault in Our Stars" built an ardent army of fans Read more
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How Chicago's BAM (Becoming a Man) program works

Teaching students to identify thought patterns that contribute to depression & anxiety so they can work to replace them with healthier patterns. . . Read more
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Can Messy Be A Sign Of Brilliance?

Einstein's Desk In Photo: What He & Agatha Christie May Have In Common Read more
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The Parent Trapped

September 4, 2014 - Author Cathy Buyrn sends us an update. "While educators beat the drum about the importance of parental involvement in their child's education, many really mean parental compliance." Read more
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Sleepy Teens in School: Does a later "start time" for the school day work better?

Liz Bowen, The Baltimore Sun, reports that a group of Arundel mothers deliver petition for national legislation. Caption showing high schoolers for the STEM magnet school catching a school bus at 6:15 A.M. Read more
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How to Create Nonreaders

Why Johnnie and Jane don't like to read . . . and what to do about it
Alfie Kohn Delivers a Powerful Essay About MOTIVATION & Learning Read more
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Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions

Now, here were college grads looking for jobs, and not recognizing that showing curiosity and asking engaging questions could show MORE about WHO they were than reciting some resume paragraph to interviewers in a random interview. -C.J. Westerberg Read more
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Wanted: Teacher, Coach or both?

"The coach is the boss of you, but they're not the boss." Read more
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The Satori Generation

Enlightened or Generation Resignation? Read more
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Stigliz on Education

VIDEO: "We have an education system that is very dependent on where you live, where you live is very dependent on what you can afford . . . " Read more
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A Response to: Is Your Child a "Warrior" or "Worrier"?

Why Some Kids Handle Test Pressure and Others . . . Not. Read more
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Am I Preparing Students for My Age or Theirs?

I can never understand how and why we expect students with far more energy, ideas, natural creativity and far more everything, to be more "contained" in their behavior than adults. Read more
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How Much Do Early Years Lead to Student Success?

"The idea being that wasn't necessarily to create little engineers everywhere, though that would be great for us. The idea was to take advantage of the natural learning process and curiosity that children have at that age . . ." Tamika Lang, Boeing Read more
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The New Resume

A picture is worth a thousand words. A video game-like format is worth . . . Read more
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Noam Chomsky: In the news again, this time about Twitter and High Schoolers

Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus at MIT, "father of linguistics", political commentator.  From bio: "Besides his work in linguistics, Chomsky is internationally recognized as one of the most critically engaged public intellectuals alive today":               ... Read more
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Does your school have a beehive?

"If we want children to be inventors, we have to give them opportunities to invent." - 5:00 mark, Mission Hill video Read more
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7 Things I Learned in 7 Years

"The cult of productivity has its place, but worshipping at its altar daily robs us of the very capacity for joy and wonder that makes life worth living . . ." - Maria Popova Read more
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Steve Jobs: Liberal Arts Essential for Innovation

"We need to revolutionize education to encourage creativity and need to teach our kids to play, take a chance and create. By not teaching our children liberal arts we will hinder their capacity to innovate." Read more
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CEO: Drawing Can Help One Think and Reflect

Great video from pandodaily, my new favorite tech site, about how the CEO of Deviant Art uses his artistic expression and journaling to help him think, reflect, organize or clear his head to work better. Read more
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I Forgot My Phone: Viral Video

If you missed this one, do check it out below.26 million views and counting . . . two minute run-time.... Read more
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Seven Questions: Is your child a recipe-follower or a real learner?

"It may help to have in our minds a picture of what we mean by understanding . . . "-John Holt, Why Children Fail, p. 177by C.J. WesterbergI recently had a loooong conversation with a parent about whether his child... Read more
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Advice to Graduates: Accomplishment is Unreliable

The Best Commencement of 2013 - George Saunders: "But still. It bothers me. So here's something I know to be true, although it's a little corny, and I don't quite know what to do with it: What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness. Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded . . . sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly." Read more
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How I Teach Math and Dance at the Same Time

In this video below, dance moves are equated with having "pattern attributes". This connection is very reminiscent of what mathematician Paul Lockhart was referring to in "A Mathematician's Lament" about math being about pattern-making . . . and art.Isn't also... Read more
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Disrupt or be disrupted: the original article + the response

"His job appears to be to convince a generation of people who want to do good and do well to learn, instead, remorselessness. Forget rules, obligations, your conscience, loyalty, a sense of the commonweal. " - Jill Lepore Read more
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Financial Literacy: Making Math Relevant

Guest Post By Joe Ganem Ph. D.: Schools Fail Teaching Students "Quantitative Literacy" Read more
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Why Other Countries Do Better in Math

Should Parents "Race to the Tutor"? It's not what you think. Guest post. Read more
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10 Things I Learned at (Bard) College Which I Couldn't Possibly Have Picked Up Elsewhere

I've often switched careers - from the arts world to human rights to international relations. "From law to writing and development to events management, Bard has taught me that with the right mindset, flexibility is possible, and versatility allows you to remain calm under pressure . . ." Read more
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Homeless Man Developing App for Climate Change - Video

A Mentor-Mentee Story:  $100 or Learn How to CodeCheck out this story:  after being given a choice and after four weeks of learning how to code by someone who took the time, has developed an app that is almost ready... Read more
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Eleven Barbies

Girls: We Are the Champions, Inventors, Doers & Makers Read more
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Two Schools: Which one builds a better bully?

"Education-as-we-know-it is about building hierarchies - among athletes . . . " Read more
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Too Young to Research. Yeah, Right.

Two-Minute BEST Video
Are Adults Contributing to the "Endless Adolescence" syndrome? Read more
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Obama: Higher Education Shouldn't Be a Luxury

Proposes three initiatives including Pay-as-You-Earn Read more
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Nervy Minerva: Taking on Harvard

"I didn't have habits of mind that a liberal arts education was supposed to have given me." Read more
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Someone Saved My Life: A Shout-Out to Hana Hank

PONO def: Doing the right thing; goodness - "Let's have a conversation about Pono." -CJ Westerberg Read more
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Personalized Learning: Inflated Expectations?

"Clearly there are some advantages at having certain things personalized for you. As long as it's some options, choices and suggestions, then it's okay. But I wouldn't want to be limited only to what a machine suggests for me. If it's central to my experience, if I'm categorized in a certain way and pushed down a certain path, it could make a much worse experience for me." - Mitchel Resnick, MIT Media Lab, SCRATCH Read more
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Famous Failures who didn't "make the grade"

What Michael Jordan and Thomas Edison had in common - One Minute Video Read more
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MIT Media Lab's Joi Ito: Trad Classes are so yesterday

Doing, Making and Researching: The Future of Education - Video Read more
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If I were trying to select a school system for my children . . ."

"If I were trying to select a school system for my children or grandchildren, I'd beware of . . . ." - Howard Gardner, Harvard School of Education Read more
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3 Things Needed for Authentic Learning

Allowed to Be Curious, Messy and Reflective Read more
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Welcome, Professional Students . . . to the Hunger Games, er, we mean School

"First, students have to jump through ever-more demanding, preassigned academic hoops. Instead of developing a passion for one subject, they're rewarded for becoming professional students, getting great grades across all subjects, regardless of their intrinsic interests." - David Brooks, The Creative Monopoly Read more
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NEW POST: The MFA (Master of Fine Arts) as the new MBA?

Sir Ken Robinson: STEM, STEAM and the Humanities Read more
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The Education Horse Story

15 Ways to Ride a Dead Horse Read more
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Do students and teachers get feedback or measurement?

What do we measure and why? Questions About The Uses of Measurement by Margaret Wheatley and Myron Kellner-Rogers Read more
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The "Anti-Creativity Checklist"

14 Ways To Say NO to Innovation: Harvard's Youngme Moon Read more
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High School: Are the Kids Alright?

"Long ago my son determined exactly how not to let the institution of school get in the way of his learning, and had explicit plans for choosing courses carefully so that he had ample time to attend local university lectures and participate in arts events." Read more
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"Figure-It-The-Hell-Out Gene" Is Most Important When Hiring

WIT & WISDOM: CEO Looks for Grads Who Come Up with the Unexpected Read more
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What Adults Can Learn From Kids: "Don't Underestimate Our Ability"

12 Year Old Literacy Advocate Sets Us Straight
Are Teachers & Parents Actually Making Kids "Shrink To Fit?"
TED Video - Eight Minutes of Adora Svitak Read more
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A Thinking Moment: Sendak and True Courage

What does it take for a child to have courage? Read more
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Forget Calculus. Learn Statistics. It's about data, stupid.

UPDATE TODAY The 3 Billion Dollar Brain - Obama's Brain Activity Map Read more
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The Only Child. Spoiled? Lonely? Nope.

Chelsea Clinton, Cary Grant, Rudy Giuliani, Robin Williams, Mahatma Ghandi & Frank Sinatra: You're Not Alone Read more
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10 Questions for "Guiding Knight" Sir Ken Robinson

"At the heart of my argument about what should happen in education . . " Read more
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Want students to learn Math? Try Rock-Paper-Scissors (& not the game)

"Other researchers at the University of Virginia center have found executive function, fine-motor skills, and general knowledge in kindergarten are better predictors of 8th grade reading and math achievement than early-literacy skills." Read more
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The Limits of Education

New guest post. Financial Literacy: Yes. Does it equal "doing the right thing?" Not necessarily. Read more
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The Inner Net

Connected and Disconnected Read more
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What I'm reading now: Laptop U - Has the future of college moved online?

The New Yorker has a big sprawling piece on MOOCs - a Must-Read. Read more
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Advice for Teens Going to College

Weekend Funnies: "Amid skyrocketing tuition costs and dismal job prospects, Aasif Mandvi imparts a healthy fear of higher education in a group of at risk young people." (04:57) Read more
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Whoa. Student Rants at Teacher in this Jaw-drop Video

"you want a kid to change and start doing better?" "you gotta touch his frickin' heart." PLUS NEW Interview - 4 million views of Jeff Bliss AFTER his rant Read more
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Ouch! Millennials: The Me Me Me Generation?

and/or The Next Greatest? The 80 million Americans born between 1980 and 2000 Video Read more
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Why Perry Hall is not in the National Lexicon

Afterwards he stated in a recorded call from the jail with a cousin: "You know what school I wish I went to? Sandy Hook Elementary." Read more
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Engaging Students through Problem-Solving, not looking for "one right answer"

A Good News Story: Middle-schoolers building an energy-saving device to improve lives. Read more
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Students Need Different Things: "We Are All Part Of The Puzzle"

Guest Post By California English High School Teacher & Author Jim Burke Read more
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Boston: A Gollum Moment for Media? And nostalgic for Tom Friedman?

Pro-innovation-disruption-MOOC-advocate and NYTimes columnist Thomas Friedman gets nostalgic: "That's why, when the Internet first emerged and you had to connect via a modem, I used to urge that modems sold in America come with a warning label from the surgeon general, like cigarettes. It would read: "Attention: Judgment not included." Read more
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Battle Of The Minds: Why Don't Kids Like School?

Sparks Fly In This Book Review By Guest Jonathan E. Martin about Daniel Willingham's Book & His Conclusions About Learning, Imagination & Knowledge Read more
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The Bad Habits You Learn in School

And it's not about smoking. John Coleman via Harvard Business Review Read more
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Here a MOOC, there a MOOC, everywhere a MOOC, MOOC . . .

16 Possible Effects of MOOCs
The good, the bad and the ugly Read more
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Yong Zhao: Standardized test scores do not reflect teacher ability, school quality or a student's future

The Asian-American Model Minority Myth, the U.S. obsession with test scores, and why Asian education is running away from that model. VIDEO - great watch. Read more
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Weekend Funnies: My Teenage Son is "Going Through a Phase" Video

Gabriel Iglesias' smart teenage son doesn't talk to him anymore. 2 Minute Video via Comedy Central Read more
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High Schoolers: "What You'll Wish You'd Known"

It's dangerous to design your life around getting into college Read more
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The Practical University?

Musings on college: Visiting with high schoolers, David Brooks and Stanford University's new video series on MOOCs: " . . ."It's the beginning of a wholesale reorganization of teaching and learning in higher education." Read more
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"The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination"

JK Rowling, Harry Potter Author, Captivates Crowd With Harvard Commencement Speech Read more
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To be Daringly Vulnerable

Transforming Education, Parenting and Work, PLUS the Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto Read more
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What Would Yoda Do? Teachers Tweet About Their World

Want a glimpse behind-the-scenes of what teachers think about their own development? Read more
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The Arts: Seeing & Thinking Differently

Artless & Senseless? "Once it is recognized that productive thinking in any area of cognition is perceptual thinking, the central function of art in general education will become evident." -Rudolf Arnheim, Visual Thinking Read more
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Time to Re-think School Award Ceremonies?

Should school leaders take another look at how award ceremonies affect learning and motivation? Read more
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Music Education . . . do you recall . . . the day the music died?

"One of the things that musicians and artists tend to do is explore other people's art and other people's way of doing things" Read more
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From the Culture of Aloha, a Path Out of Gun Violence

In an OLA school environment, we would find group and individual achievements and excellence praised, rather than superiority or domination. -Poka Laenui Read more
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"Revolution Hits the Universities": MOOCs

"Nothing has more potential . . . " -NYTimes Columnist and Author (The World is Flat) Thomas L. Friedman Read more
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New Steve Jobs movie: Where Fun and Money Collide

Woz vocal about inaccuracies in new biopic: Jobs didn't get social value of tech until later Read more
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Conversations that happen in the middle

"We (parents and teachers) really don't get into a conversation . . ." Read more
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This is your child's brain on homework. Or, is it?

Homework: Too much, too little, or the wrong kind? Read more
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Schools and Parents: A Kabuki Dance?

We asked then, why do some schools still play a kabuki dance when it comes to parental/family engagement? Read more
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Kids React to Valentine's Day (Humor)

Video Below Favorite moment: Video: "Where do you parents go on a date?" Answer: Costco Read more
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Viral Video - What do you remember from high school? (Humor)

Week-end Funnies 2-Minute Video Below Viral video parody (nudity alert!) Some Study That I Used to Know is already at 1.5 million views. It's another play on Goyte's hugely viral video Read more
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"An Amazing Time For Math In This Country"

High School Math Teacher Dan Meyer, gig At Google, riffs about Math - photo NOT Meyer(!) TED talk Read more
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What world am living in . . . what should I learn?

Tom Friedman asks "How Do We Adapt to Thrive?" Lessons from Singapore Read more
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Math Heaven and Hell

"My different studies have shown that students who engage actively in their mathematics learning, rather than simply practicing procedures, achieve at higher levels." - Stanford professor Dr. Jo Boaler Read more
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A "rising global army of freelancers." Are students equipped for this world?

The problem lies with the system that punishes artists and rewards bureaucrats instead. Read more
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7 Ways to Spark Engagement

Moving from on-task to learning: "Have you noticed that 'on-task' does not always mean engaged?" Read more
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"Let's Raise Our Kids To Be Entrepreneurs"

"We're Giving Them Ritalin & Saying To Them: Don't Be An Entrepreneur Type, Fit Into This Other System And Become A Student". Video Read more
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Zuckerberg Doesn't Have a Tiger Daddy

FACEBOOK Zuckerberg father: "Rather than impose upon your kids or try and steer their lives in a certain direction, to recognize what their strengths are and support their strengths and support the development of the things they're passionate about." Read more
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Are our kids sitting too much? (Are we?)

"What's particularly interesting about recent research is the revelation that sitting for extended periods of time does significant damage to human health that cannot be undone by exercising." Read more
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Learning Math: The Symbol Barrier

Street Math, School Math, and Video Games Read more
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Rethinking Education via The Economist

Pattern Matching & the Human Brain Read more
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A 14-year-old and her Love-Hate Relationship with Twitter

I hate Twitter because it makes me feel bad about myself. I hate Twitter because it makes me feel good about myself. Read more
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Deborah Kenny on Morning Joe: "these types of things cannot be measured by a standardized test."

"You have to empower teachers and the only was is to have real authentic accountability." "First of all, the most important things cannot be measured objectively." (referring to how a student speaks or writes) ". . . these types of things cannot be measured by a standardized test." - both quotes by Deborah Kenny, CEO, Harlem Village Academies Read more
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Phyllis Diller on Children

"We spend the first twelve months of our children's lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up." - Phyllis Diller RIP Read more
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8th Graders "Design" Their Way to Learn Math, Science & Writing

STEM to STEAM. Make it real. Make it matter. Let me see how it's done, and I will show you next. Science, Technology, Engineering, Math + the ARTS (Design) = STEAM Read more
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College M.I.A.'s #7

College Missing In Action: J.D. Salinger, Harry S. Truman, Steve Jobs, Ted Turner -- Didn't Attend College Or Dropped Out -- "Some of the people coming out of those apprenticeships are in more demand than college graduates because they've actually managed things in the workplace." Read more
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Technology: The Parent Connection

Parent Involvement & School Technology - What Can it Look Like? Read more
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Autistic Awesome Innovator - Meet Temple Grandin PH.D.

"Different Not Less" - Temple Grandin - "Think Of It As A Door" Read more
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The Day I Abolished Grading

"There was no love for learning. It was a game that I was perpetuating - and I was done perpetuating it." Joe Bower Read more
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A Definitive Guide for Developing a Technology Vision Statement for your School

. . ."students will be inquisitive, open-minded learners who use technology in a balanced & responsible manner along the way to becoming discerning, self-directed life-long learners . . ." Read more
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Learning. Outside the box.

When you are taught inside a box, you lose parts of yourself. Must-Watch Quick Video. Read more
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What American Teachers Can Learn From Japan

Bill Jackson Shares His Travel Journal To Japan & What He Found Out About Improving Teacher Quality, Cooking Shows & Asking Questions First Read more
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Note to Aaron Sorkin

Dig Deeper into Education Read more
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NEW GUEST POST . . . "teachers are seen as the driving force behind educational innovation in Singapore"

Surprise. Surprise. Now showing in Singaporean schools: Not the parents' education Read more
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Teenage Whisperer: Hear Me Roar

"So please stop shuffling the paper me around And stop, talk and listen and then I might just be found . . ." Read more
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Ten Lessons For My Daughters - From a Dad

"Take Trips, Girls. Take Chances. Take Off." - Bruce Feiler - The Council Of Dads Read more
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Technology in Education: Lessons from Singapore - New Series

Educator Bill Jackson goes to Singapore and shares his Spring 2012 findings Read more
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The Top Ten: School Leadership

What Jim Collins, Best-Selling Author of "Good To Great" and A School Principal Have To Say About What Leaders Students & Teachers Need Now Read more
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The Flipped Class: Students Talk

"There is no one-size fits all in education, but as teachers, we always can benefit from observing and listening to our students." Results from Student Satisfaction Survey on the flipped class shared in The Daily Riff Read more
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Does our educational system put the brakes on the entrepreneurial spirit in America?

"Parents could turn the system on its head if they weren't so caught up in outmoded mentalities about education forged in the stable economy of the 1950s (but profoundly misguided in today's chaotic, entrepreneurial economy)." Read more
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Reflecting on the flipped class through student feedback

A private high school teacher shares her findings about her AP Calculus students - NEW guest post Read more
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Teachers Share Their "Aha Moments"

"There was a time when I was a young teacher where I really thought my worth as a teacher was judged by how much I could cover and how much I could transmit to kids . . ." Read more
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A Conversation with Maurice Sendak

"There's something in this country that is so opposed to understanding the complexity of children." -Maurice Sendak, author, Where the Wild Things Are Read more
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Q&A with The Daily Riff: Lessons from Singapore

Even though all schools in Singapore are essentially public schools (even the relatively few private schools must adhere to ministry guidelines), Singapore schools have a lot of autonomy. Read more
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Technology in Education: Who's in charge? What's it supposed to do?

Lessons from Singapore: To develop self-directed learners, teachers are encouraged to give students opportunities to think about and choose what they want to learn, conduct research, and share what they have learned with their classmates. Read more
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How Design Impacted a Rural School System

A "Small Story" with Big Implications: "We need to be better citizens in our own backyard" Read more
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"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than a year of conversation." - Plato

There is a Play Deficit in our country and it is harming our children. Our children are playing less than any previous generation, and research clearly shows this lack of play is producing profound physical, intellectual, social and emotional problems for today's kids. Read more
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I Used to Think . . . that traditional public education was the institution with the most promise . . .

"I saw that teachers unions, administrators, parents, and school boards were locked in a bureaucratic stasis of self-interest. . ." Read more
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Rebuilding our Schools

Maggie Murphy, editor of Parade, on MSNBC's Morning Joe, talks about how . . . video. Read more
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Three Great Reads on High-Stakes Standardized Tests

Three Great Resources for Parents, Teachers & Administrators Read more
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The Flipped Class = flipped homework

flipping a class is also flipping homework. I know, "no kidding, Sherlock" you may be thinking, but the flipped class will have impact on disrupting the concept of homework. Read more
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The Minerva Project: Shaking up the Ivies?

A Start-Up "E-lite" University with Urban Classrooms backed by Silicon Valley and Larry Summers Read more
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Hard Sciences. A "Boy" Thing?

What schools and parents can do to guide girls' interests in Science, Technology, Math & Science - PBS Video + Series - Judy Woodruff reports Read more
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Japanese schooling: "whole child" education, not just academics

"Japanese Schooling Attempts To Develop Students' Creative Talents,
Not Just Academic Skills." Read more
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The best way to reach each student? Private school Math teacher flips learning

Stacey Roshan , private school teacher at Bullis School in Maryland, is asking and answering questions about the "backwards or flipped classroom" & how if affects the way students learn, in new guest post. Check out parent & student reactions, too. Read more
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Bill & Melinda's Field Trips

What Parents Can Do to Promote Learning. We know that children who are exposed to more real-life outside- the-class-wall activities guided by parents and schools, usually having to do with level of income in their household, tend to do better in school and in life. Read more
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Are STEM subjects "Just So Darn Hard?" Or, do we make them so?

Why so many college students are dropping STEM & what to do about it Read more
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Great minds don't "do desk" alike. Surprise.

The series is called "Desktop Diaries" - with three videos that are such an indulgent insight into their working minds, as expressed by their organization - pack rat version, the streamlined version Read more
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"No one tests you on empathy"

Lots of very smart people lack empathy. They're able to test their way through life and get A's. How about empathy, adaptability, initiative and responsibility? Read more
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Are you "That" Parent?

How many good questions aren't asked about schools and education because of the apprehension of being "that" parent? Read more
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TED-Ed Launches

TED-Ed's mission is to capture and amplify the voices of great educators around the world. We do this by pairing extraordinary educators with talented animators to produce a new library of curiosity-igniting videos. Read more
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Stories Matter: The Danger of a Single Story

Melinda Gates' Twitter Poll: A Top "Crowd Fav" TED Talk Read more
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How would students rethink education? The list may surprise.

While a few of those might seem large at first glance, the reality is that most students wanted more authenticity and more autonomy. Read more
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What is the "right" kind of parent?

"It is sad to me when I hear parents feeling bad that they aren't doing "x", or feeling bad or embarrassed that they are doing "y"or doing too much of "x", or reluctant to ask questions and convey their concerns." Read more
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Passion-Based High School vs. High School Boredom: Choose

"We cannot afford to tweak around the edges" ----Dennis Littky, co-founder Big Picture Learning, New TedxNY Talk Read more
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The Case for Distraction . . . or Ritalin?

"It is the attempted standardization of a human being and of a notion of achievement that is limiting, prescriptive and bullying." Read more
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Have The Jetsons Arrived?

From "Connect A Million Minds" Initiative - 3 Minute Video. Read more
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The Dark Side of Our Achievement Culture

New "Race To Nowhere" Trailer Video Read more
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Is This The Best High School in America?

WATCH: How These Six Minutes May Change Your Idea of Innovative Education (dramatically). Phillips Exeter, Harvard Westlake & Lawrenceville may be taking notes from this charter school leading the next wave. Does your High School look anything like it? Read more
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Three Young Women Wow Crowd at TEDx

" . . .making my own opportunities when I didn't even know what I was doing." Read more
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A Complex Web: Teacher-Student Relationships

"Like most of us, they (teachers) had complex personalities that meshed with some people and conflicted with others." Read more
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What Is "Hacking Education"?

Featuring Sir Ken Robinson: "These technologies are transformative, not just economically, but culturally" Read more
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Homeschoolers Bite Back

"I homeschool to give him the world as his classroom, with all the wonderful diversity it offers." Read more
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Apple and Education Publishing: The Disruptor

". . . we'd like you to come along for the ride. But if you choose not to, we won't hesitate to leave you behind . . ." -John Gruber, Daring Fireball, referring to his "guess" about Apple's strategy for the education textbook marketplace Read more
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The Best Book about Education for Everyone?

The Global Achievement Gap: Why even our best schools don't teach the survival skills our children need - and what we can do about it Read more
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The Kindergarten Marshmallow Test

Will Your Child Be Successful? Read more
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A Glaring Fundamental Flaw In Education

Guest Post. What Is Effective Teaching? Is "learning to cope with failure" a parenting flaw or "the way we educate" outcome? Standardized Testing and Stuff We Really Don't Want to Talk About . . . Read more
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Understanding Dyslexia: Watch Documentary Video Trailer

"By conservative estimates, one in five people are dyslexic.' James Redford, director, of "D for Dyslexia" premiering at the Sundance Film Festival this month. Read more
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Technology: Enabling a "Golden Age" for Introverts?

"Rather than riding the texture of a live conversation to figure out how to give and receive information, people are now used to simply pushing their thoughts out into the world, to be responded to at some undetermined future point." Read more
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How U.S. Education is Failing our Kids: Eric Ries

. . . how our educational system teaches students that incremental effort always brings incremental benefits. Not so . . ." Read more
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What does it mean to be a tech-savvy and connected principal?

I wasn't there. In fact, I was almost literally half-way around the world. It happened in Philadelphia and I'm in China. Read more
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Cheating: Ace test-taker takes SAT for other students for $$

"I totally give him this like, a new lease on life. He's gonna go to a totally new college, he's gonna be bound for a totally new career and a totally new path in life." -Sam Eshaghoff on 60 Minutes Read more
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Crossing the Math Chasm

Asking the Right Questions: So at one end we've got falling interest in education in math, and at the other end we've got a more mathematical world . . . teachers are also frustrated. Read more
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Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher

Holiday Movie Time! If you missed last night's 60 Minutes on CBS, check out Streep in this fabulous interview with Morley Safer. We also included a fun second video which was not featured on the show, Meryl's Men: How She Feels about her Co-Stars like Dustin, Jack, Kevin and Alec. Read more
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Holiday Reading: Thinking fast and slow

Because it is much easier, as well as far more enjoyable, to identify and label the mistakes of others than to recognize our own. Read more
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Bravo, Gustavo Dudamel!

The 29 year-old Conductor Who Is Redefining Music Education Read more
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Parents: Do our kids know what "it takes" to be good at something?

Youth Motivation & Mastery: Create the environment conducive to having kids discover what it takes to become good at something on their own, rather than having "us" - the authority figures - telling them how. Read more
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Are Girls Really Alright?

"The Morale of this Story? Embarrass Your Daughters"- Rachel Simmons Read more
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Smart Holiday Gift-Giving? Hands meet tech

Literacy, language and math. . . . Read more
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The Door to "a New Generation of Leaders"

Seth Godin offers 3 ways to help people get things done Read more
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The 10,000 Hour Rule At Play: Federer Video

What Does It Take To Get Really Good At Something? (Humor) Read more
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Math Education: Arguing Over False Choices

"I tell my students that expertise in any subject, math or otherwise, has three components - facts, skills, and understanding. Each of these components is learned in a different way." Read more
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Teachers: Don't Leave Out the Parents

"I think we should start assuming that parents are truly on our side and not someone who is out to get us." Read more
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"Why Can't Playgrounds Look More Like This?"

"Because a playground doesn't have to cost a million bucks and come in a box. In fact, it's better if it doesn't." Read more
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Thugs In The Locker Room: Listen To The "Culture Of Silence"

" . . . sports columnist Sally Jenkins wrote about the swagger of young male athletes and the culture of silence that protects their thuggish locker-room behavior." Read more
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The Flipped Class: Shedding light on the confusion, critique, and hype

The Flip is in flux . . . as is an educator's evaluation of any instructional practice. Plus "Is Khan Academy an example of the flipped class?" Read more
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Are students "respectful" of adult "values?" Why should they . . . if adults in authority don't walk the talk?

"We do not tolerate intellectual dishonesty from our children in our schools. But it is apparently tolerated and promoted everywhere else. Educational standards cannot be improved until adults begin to model the education values that they loudly espouse." Read more
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Dr. Jane (Ph.D.) Can't Network, Either

Guest Post: "Dr. Jane Knows How To Narrowly Present Herself To A Unique Audience Of Like-Minded Individuals. Is It Any Surprise That Students Aren't Well-Equipped For Our Present Economy?" Read more
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The Flipped Class: Show Me the Data!

Ultimately, in teaching, there is no one size fits all. You, as a teacher, must do what is best for YOUR set of students. Read more
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Saying No to Standardized Testing for College?

Colleges & Universities Jump On Board the "Test Optional" Movement: No SAT or ACT
VIDEO: One Student's Journey + Lawrence University Shares Views Read more
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Why Our Kids Don't Get Math

Three surprising reasons why and how it may change our idea of "rigor". Guest Post. Read more
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Charlie Rose: The Creative Brain

"Inspiration is for amateurs. Painter Chuck Close: "The rest of us just show up and get to work. Because everything grows out of work. You do something and it kicks open a door . . . " Read more
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A More Complex Steve Jobs Revealed

Reporter Steve Kroft of CBS' "60 Minutes" reporter Steve Kroft interviews biographer Walter Isaacson in 2 prime time videos PLUS Jobs' relationship and views on Bill Gates, Larry Page of Google, and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook. Read more
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"I'm her mom, not the nanny!"

" 'I don't think we know anybody Hispanic who isn't a baby sitter,' he said." Read more
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"My screwed, coddled, self-absorbed, mocked, surprisingly resilient generation."

" . . we had a PC education - people tried to hide from us as long as possible that not everyone is equal we were told we all have a fair chance of making it that's just not so and we're starting to realize that . . ." Read more
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12 Angry Teachers

The Video By Teachers Depicting a Clever Debate About Teaching and Learning Read more
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Entrepreneurs: Pirates in the Arena

In honor of Steve Jobs - the quintessential role model for entrepreneurs everywhere. Read more
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A.D.H.D.: An American "Dream" or Reality?

What are the currents in our time that might be causing an upwelling of psychopathology? Read more
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Occupy Wall Street explained in a NY minute on Bill Maher's "Real Time"

Bongo drums, disorganization, and incoherence? Maybe not so fast . . . Read more
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John Sculley on Genius

Former CEO of Apple riffs about Steve Jobs, what makes the best innovators & the nature of genius in this essay tribute to mentor - his "Oxford Don" - Alan Kay Read more
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College Drop-Out Steve Jobs' Commencement Speech: "Three Stories From My Life"

Followed His Curiosity & Intuition Which "Turned Out To Be Priceless Later On" VIDEO Read more
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Steve Jobs: Why don't schools get rid of the crappy stuff?

People think focus means saying yes to the thing you've got to focus on. But that's not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. . . ." Read more
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Modern Manhood: Bill Bennett on Morning Joe

William Bennett promoting his new book, "The Book of Man," below, which prompted an interesting discussion on MSNBC's Morning Joe today. Read more
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"Mr. Cellophane" Invisible Kids: In the middle of the achievement gap

Because you can look right through me, walk right by me, and never even know I'm there Read more
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Taking a homework break and "feeding my brain"

13-year old daughter is doing homework on-line. Mom walks in. Sees her watching a video when "supposed" to be doing homework . . . Read more
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Lipgloss: "The Gateway Drug" for Girls

3 Quick Videos from the "Women of the World" 2011 Conference Read more
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Think for yourself, your teacher might be wrong

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking. Read more
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Teaching For Students. Sounds Obvious. Not.

"Seeing" Learning From The Student Perspective: Guest Post By Bill Jackson, Scarsdale Math Teacher, From Day 6 Travel Journal To Japan Read more
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Education at the Crossroads

By Seth Godin. Should this be about school or about learning? For a while, smart people thought that school was organized to encourage learning. Read more
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Phillips Academy Andover Students Rap About Learning

It's all there - auto-tunes and rap juxtaposed with professors and football fields. Read more
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Random good reads: "Face it. Don't Facebook it."

"I felt they wasted a lot of time at Lulu's school" - Amy Chua, "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" Read more
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How I Spent My Summer: Being Edgy

"Colleges have moved people from thinking they should be exceptionally well rounded to using the vocabulary that 'well rounded' means 'no edge,' " Read more
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"Why It's Smart to be Bi-Lingual" - the brain's new super-food?

Watch actor Bradley Cooper, of The Hangover impress in this interview done in French. Read more
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Welcome Back to School, Parents!

A Back-To-School Newsletter - Does it sound anything like your school? Read more
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Above and Beyond

Video "tells the story" of how the 4Cs in school -- communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity - can spark learning Read more
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A New Type-face to Help Dyslexics Read Better?

Christian Boer's "Dyslexie" doesn't exactly make the letterforms look conventionally beautiful, but since when is that a prerequisite for well-designed? If it works, it works. Read more
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Going Beyond Singapore Math: Resisting Quick Fixes

But if we keep throwing out promising ideas just because they don't immediately improve scores on tests whose quality is questionable at best we're doomed to repeating the haphazard and fragmented reform efforts that got us here in the first place. Read more
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Facebook and education? Social media? Ask kids what they think.

The Southpark Episode A group of teens set me straight this week-end when I asked them about Facebook. Read more
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Digital Natives: Another Myth?

Are adults relinquishing responsibility for technology to kids? Tom Whitby weighs in. Read more
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And the beat goes on . . . from Atlanta test score cheating to Wall Street to oil spills

" . . . the cheating occurred at 44 schools and involved at least 178 teachers and principals, almost half of whom have confessed, the governor said." Read more
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Harry Potter: It's been a great ride

"My childhood is over . . ." Read more
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What Should Kids Know?

What about reading and writing, civics, life skills, mastery skills, pleasure of knowledge? What kind of Math should high schoolers learn? Read more
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Got Jobs? Yup. Got Tech?

A Help Wanted Listing via Fred Wilson post Read more
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The Social Network Grows Up with Google Plus

What goes round must . . . What circle of "Friends" are you in? Sound familiar? Read more
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Supreme Court Justice Touts Video Game Site To Teach Civics & Government

Sandra Day O'Connor Slams No Child Left Behind: Good Morning America Video Read more
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Ten Ways to be an Entrepreneur

Lessons From Matt Drudge, Twitter and Foursquare: Fred Wilson of USV Read more
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Are You Ready to Flip?

Part 2 of 3 of "The Flipped Class" Series - Guest Posts Read more
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Burma Through Skateboarding

Video - was hooked after the first minute. Global, Culture, Education. Read more
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Compare Singapore vs. U.S. Teacher Development. Hmm.

How the U.S. Can Build A Better Teacher Read more
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John McEnroe & Bjorn Borg - One of the Greatest Sport Rivalries

One of the best short HBO profiles featuring the relationship between two tennis greats - American John McEnroe and Swede, Bjorn Borg - in a short documentary, aptly named, "Fire & Ice." Read more
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Great Movie Moments - The Declaration Of Independence

I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace; that two, are a called a law firm; and that three or more, Become a Congress!" -- John Adams Read more
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Commencement Speeches 2011: Amy Poehler at Harvard and Tom Hanks at Yale

Very different speeches, laden with humor, but both circle round to our shared humanity, lest we forget. Read more
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Lady Gaga bullied in high school: "it sticks with you for life"

Lady Gaga visits Barbara Walters and the gang on ABC's "The View." Video. Read more
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Robotics in High School: the "Football Culture" Alternative?

CNN Documentary follows 3 Students through a National Robotics Competition Read more
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HBO's "Journey into Dyslexia"

"Are these people more visionary, can they see things differently?" Read more
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How about a Family Awards Ceremony?

The key here is that by encouraging our children to strive for these awards, and defeat the other, they will achieve more and be pushed toward a more successful career in the real world. Read more
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The Unintended Parent-Child Disconnect

"The real value of college isn't in teaching what is known; it is in preparing students for the unknown." Read more
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And we promote parent involvement while pulling stunts like this?

NCLB: Obama's "SuperSecret" Special Education Diversion Program Read more
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25 Techy Tips for Non-Techies

Great Finds for Teaching, Learning & Creating Read more
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Can your Middle Schoolers create their own video games?

Watch: 3-minute video - 5th-8th Graders across the country "create," not "consume" . . . Read more
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Teachers "Doing The Flip" To Help Students Become Learners

"The way we were taught is not necessarily the way we should be teaching students." - Stacey Roshan, High School Algebra Teacher, Bullis School, Montgomery County, Md. Read more
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Shocking Study: One in 38 Kids Found w/ Autism Spectrum Disorder

"Two-thirds of the children with autism that we ended up identifying were in mainstream schools, unrecognized, untreated . . ." Need socialization and peer engagement skill building. Read more
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What if . . . College Had No Clothes?

How would high school be different? Read more
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7 Lessons From My Father

Chris Wejr is school principal at Kent Elementary School in British Columbia.  He has spent his career working with students as a high school physical education, math, and science teacher, an intermediate teacher, an elementary vice-principal, as well as a... Read more
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Commie Core Standards?

State Governors have convened again to bring in a system of Common Core Standards across the country so that all children will be taught exactly the same thing in English and Math from kindergarten through high school... Dr. D. Rigour Is Baack! (Humor) Read more
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Teachers: Impossible Expectations

Guest post: "Teachers cannot be essential and irrelevant at the same time." Read more
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Parents & the homework blues. Forget the flash cards . . .

"Be There. . . .Let's not forget the emotional connection between teacher and student." David Brooks and "The Social Animal." Read more
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If you have to spy on students, your new digital school program isn't working

The principal illustrated how she could monitor every student's screen during class. In fact, she "caught" one student playing a video game, and sent a note directly to him digitally. Read more
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What Do They Know? They're Just Students . . .

Dr. Alec Couros Says He's An Educator, But Has His "Open Doctrine" Gone Too Far? Video - Humor Read more
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CLASS!!!

by Velorazzo  Flickr... Read more
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Colbert takes on Renaissance man, James Franco

"Is his brain like a shark, and will die if he stops learning?" Read more
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College: another institution to be wary of?

"Since when have colleges become so controversial? They used to embody humankind at its most elevated; now, they're just another institution to be wary of." Read more
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Some Big Questions for Educators & Parents

"Are we intentionally, purposefully, and explicitly modeling these new technology literacies for our students?" Read more
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The Shift is About to Hit the Fan?

"I Am" documentary by Tom Shadyak, director of Bruce Almighty, The Nutty Professor, and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Read more
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Watch: 60 Minutes w/Katie Couric - $125,000 Teachers w/o Tenure

"The difference between a great teacher and a mediocre teacher is several grade levels of achievement in a given year." Read more
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When was the last time you invited a student to a faculty meeting?

Kirstin Olson Hits a Bull's-Eye Front and Center: How to Make Schools More Welcoming for Everyone? Read more
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Don't Take Away My Extra-curricular Activities or Charge Me Extra

Over the past few decades, we have tended to define human capital in the narrow way, emphasizing I.Q., degrees, and professional skills. - NY Times David Brooks Read more
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Apple: "When technology gets out of the way"

Such smart branding from Apple with this new commercial. Read more
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Sir Ken Robinson: The Purpose of Education

It's Personal. Cultural. Economic. Read more
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Stephen Colbert To Mr. Math: "Lies, Damned Lies"

Find out which numbers are lonely, lucky, liberal or conservative! Read more
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Ten Points to Consider When Transforming Towards a Digital Curriculum

"A digital curriculum allows the creation of a society of creators, innovators, and learners." Read more
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Jon Stewart Offers Solution to Education Crisis in DairyLand

Two Videos: Crisis in Wisconsin and Teachers vs. Wall Street Read more
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A More Global Perspective On Teacher Development

High Stakes Standardized Tests As Measurement? Teacher Development & "What Works" With Students Read more
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Waiting for SuperMath

The Unintended Consequences of Investigations "New" Math - Video Read more
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3 Who Lead, Learn, and Think

3 Quick Videos. #1 Heidi Hayes Jacobs shares a leadership story when she goes head-to-head against a school principal and allows her ego to take precedence (we've all been there). Read more
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" . . . when you teach kids, you have a moral obligation to work to see the best in them . . ."

Leader Chris Lehmann Slams Teacher Blog Denigrating Students in "Bloggate" Read more
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10 ways to build resilience . . .

Does your child's school and class culture sound like this? Read more
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Science Education: The Hidden Benefits

" . . . .scientific thinking has valuable uses outside of science. In science class we learn to interrogate nature, but the interrogation methods can be used to scrutinize many other ideas and beliefs." Guest post. Read more
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School Pie Charts LOL

Final Exams, What Teachers Hate Most, What I Like About Being a Father, What to do About Homework, What I Got From My College Degree, and more . . . . funny charts Read more
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Starbucks Announces Education Collaboration on MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

"It's about all of us." -Howard Schultz, CEO, Starbucks Read more
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Stephen Colbert Interviews Tiger Mom

Well, we asked when the story broke, and Stephen did get around to interview Amy Chua - aka the Superior Chinese Mom" - last night on The Colbert Report. Read more
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Is a new "Thank You" culture coming?

Gary Vaynerchuk on "Morning Joe" with a message that social media will drive a more humanized and "small town" world. Read more
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Why does this viral video about child-driven education make so many uncomfortable?

A Child Driven Education: Two Videos that may change the way you think about the ability for a child to learn and the role of technology in education. Two viral videos: Sugata Mitra Read more
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The Most Important Higher Education Study in Years - "Trust Us" won't cut it anymore

"Trust Us" Won't Cut It Anymore: American higher education,' the researchers found, 'is characterized by limited or no learning for a large proportion of students.' Read more
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How To Create Jobs For At-Risk Youth

Guest Blogger Edward DeJesus Gets Real: " . . . More Youth Will Find More Successful, Productive Work In The Human Service System Than In The Green Industry . . ." Read more
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David Brooks Says "Superior" Chinese Mom is "Coddling" her Children

"Practicing a piece of music for four hours requires focused attention, but it is nowhere near as cognitively demanding as a sleepover with 14-year-old girls." Read more
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Are Chinese Moms Better than American Moms?

The parents reading this article in the Wall Street Journal are more likely to be the ones having their their children tutored, equally-scheduled, and possibly kinda cheating, and/or privately schooled, and legacy-guaranteed to some marquee-name university, so they can agree with Chua's so called superior- parenting techniques . . . ." C.J. Westerberg Read more
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Does Your School Know Scratch, Squeak or Alice?

Does Your School Know Alice, Scratch and Squeak? Read more
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EDUCATION MASH-UP (Humor)

"So much cranky clamoring lately: Three major movies. Joe Scarborough, Seth Godin, even Carl Bernstein getting into the act. Who gave these intruders the stage? Don't "turn over the tables in the temple" in education!" I like the status quo. Cheers!" Dr. D. Read more
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The Teacher Model in Singapore: What Matters Most

"Numerous research studies point to why developing good teachers should be our priority, how effective teachers improve student learning, and the devastating effect that ineffective teachers have on students (many a parent can relate to this)." Read more
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Learn Chinese & Become A Communist ?!

Socialism Studies With Jon Stewart on The Daily Show- PLUS CNN UPDATE 1/19/2011 Read more
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High School Stinks

Science Leadership Academy Breaking the Mold - What High School Should Look Like Read more
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Bill Gates Riffs about Math Education

Video: The Future of On-Line Lectures plus what Bill is reading and watching these days - Read more
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How NJ Gov. Chris Christie "Did His Homework"

Plus Two Videos: MSNBC 's "Morning Joe" and viral heckler Read more
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School of One: Is This What "Blended Learning" Looks Like?

When Technology & Education Collide - Every "One" Has a Story Read more
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Kindergarten Test-Prep Nightmare

Are You Tipping Off Your Child's Test Monitor? A Jaw-Drop View of How To Prepare Your Kindergartner To "Win" Private School Entry Read more
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6 Creative Ways Our Students Can be "Contributors" - - - In & Out of School

By Alan November: "If our children are to grow up to make important contributions to our society, it is essential that we provide them with powerful tools and experiences across the curriculum. This will require a new culture of teaching and learning that engages students as contributors." Read more
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We're All Frogs Boiling In Water

The Hidden Impact of Technology on our Everyday Lives . . . Read more
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A School Leader Chooses Student Potential Over Test Scores

"Ensuring that every young person learns means constant reassessment of the curriculum, multiple measures of student achievement, and support systems throughout the school." Read more
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Bestselling Author Seth Godin Slams The Education System

Declares "School Is A Complete Failure" and "The Application Process Of Getting Into College Is A Joke" - Watch Jaw-Dropping 4 min.Video Read more
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Forgive Me, Father, For I Have Linked

Laura Bush's Middle School Initiative, Teacher Colleges Being Graded, and Maureen Dowd on the Catholic Church "app" (yes, you heard right) Read more
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Dealing with Parents of a Cyber-bully

Parents who present the other parents with a printout of their child's most repugnant moments should be prepared for minimization, even denial. Why schools must be involved. Read more
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Disney's Schools In China

" Disney's focus groups find that for Chinese parents, 'education means everything'. English, in particular, is viewed as a ticket to the wider world ..." Read more
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Michelle Rhee to Stephen Colbert: Students Ask for Great Teachers

" . . .the problem is you have no organized special interest group that represents children." Read more
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Anderson Cooper Gives Rep. Michele Bachmann a History Lesson

Another "group" not treated equally, upon arrival to this country, that was not mentioned by Cooper . . . Video Read more
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Jeb Bush on "Morning Joe": Digital Learning Takes Center Stage

"We hope we can get to a point, Governor Wise and myself, where digital learning becomes . . . as nonpolitical issue . . . becomes kind of the core way that we educate children." Read more
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The Battle for the Mind of the High School Student

UPDATE: Technology & the Teenage Brain Mash-up Read more
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Cornell Professor Roars at Yawning Student

Having a Bad Day - Video plus Seth Godin link Read more
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Cool, Cheap & Clever: 7 Designs for School

Check out the "Lily Pad", a very cool mat for developing countries (why not living rooms?) and the SoapShish - too cool for words so why not Math? Read more
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James Paul Gee: How Kids Learn Through Video Games

So the next time you fret that your child is on a mindless video game (of course, depending which one), take a chill pill. It may not be as bad as you think. Recommended videos. Read more
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Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking in Symphony of Science

Hope schools and parents take advantage of the surreal Symphony of Science website which has the most amazing videos. . . Read more
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"the Jersey Shore-ization of American Society"

"School Shock": TIME's Joe Klein riffs about parental involvement and our "crap culture" Read more
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So you want to get a Ph.D. in Humanities?

Humor: Video Series Plus "So You Want to Go to Law School" Read more
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Bullying & the Brain: Tips for Parents

As parents, "our emotional brain wants to fix" the situation and often times we are counter-productive by not being calm in this very chaotic situation. The three steps to remember Read more
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Pushing back on mediocre professors

Seth Godin: "The vast majority of email I get from college students is filled with disgust, disdain and frustration at how backwards the system is." Read more
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"Pretty" Blown Away

Not just for parents of girls: Poetry Slam video Read more
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Washington Post: Top High School Prevents Curiosity in Learning

"Is that the best way to encourage learning? Are we so stuck on managing classroom competition that we can't let students explore libraries, or the Internet, and make connections between the textbook and the real world?" --Jay Mathews, The Washington Post Read more
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Can The iPhone Be The Magic "Cure" For Dyslexia & Reading?

Orig. published The Daily Riff April 2010Can The iPhone Be The Magic "Cure" For Dyslexia & Reading?Howard Hill writes from the guardian.co.uk  sharing an incredible discovery at the age of 57:"I was hopeless at school, messy and terrible at spelling.... Read more
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Education of a President

"Change is hard," Obama says. "If people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren't serious in the first place."- "Obama in Command: The Rolling Stone Interview" by Jann Wenner"'Given how much stuff was... Read more
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A Very Modern President: Music Spoof

Hilarious. . . H/t PBS tweet.  Video below:... Read more
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The Education Crisis: "The Daily Show" Version

Wish-We-Thought-of-ThatThe Daily Show Version of "Education Nation" and "Waiting for Superman"Video Below (Humor)An education news round-up that only Lewis Black on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show can do . . . Black takes no prisoners with NBC's special "Education Nation"... Read more
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Doodling in Math Class: Snakes & Graphs

Math as Art: "math relies too much on memorization and not enough on immersion" Read more
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Using Ed-Tech To Individualize Education: Three Videos

From Education Week's Technology in Education Conference: Leadership Forum Read more
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Race To Nowhere: Must-Watch Documentary Clip

Are We Creating A Culture Of Unprepared High Achievers? Read more
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Colbert to Parents: Keep Fear Alive

"The More You No" Video: Banning Books & the March on Washington DC in October Read more
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"The Many Teachers In Our Lives"

"Five Writers Share Their Memories" Of Fellow Soldiers, Parents, Spouses & Friends
Opinion From The Los Angeles Times Read more
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Today's Interview w/President Obama & Matt Lauer: Longer School Year?

 President Barack Obama was interviewed this morning by Matt Lauer on NBC's "Today" program as a part of NBC's "Education Nation" special programming event.  Full 30 minute interview is featured below.Beginning with several sobering statistics, the President and Lauer discussed... Read more
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Arne Duncan, Michele Rhee, Randi Weingarten, Robert Bobb Kick-Off NBC's "Education Nation"

If you missed yesterday's "Meet The Press", do check out the clips below from this kick-off program for NBC's intensive three day "Education Nation"with panelists Sec'y of Education Arne Duncan, AFT head Randi Weingarten, DC school chancellor Michelle Rhee and... Read more
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Is This Book Exposing Cracks In Schools Of Education (Teacher Colleges)?

Is "Teach Like A Champion" Hitting An Unexpected Nerve?? 2 min.VID. Read more
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Waiting for Superman: A "Signal Moment" In Education?

"It's a moment ripe with ferment and possibility, but also rife with conflict, in which the kind of change that fills many hearts with hope fills others with mortal dread- and which gives a movie like 'Superman' a rare chance to move the needle." Read more
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Jeff Bridges takes on childhood hunger

MSNBC's "Morning Joe" clip with Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough: "Obesity is just the flip side of this hunger issue" Read more
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Destination: Education

Imagine If Every Student Spent A Year Abroad Before College. . . Read more
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New First Impression: Your Child's Digital Tattoo

A "New Cache Society"?On-Line Messages Live Permanently On the WebFuture College & Job Seekers:  Listen UpVideo Below With so much press dedicated to cyberbullying and the ill effects of too much time spent on-line, let us not forget how important... Read more
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ADHD? Or, Too Young for School?

Rampant Misdiagnosis of ADHD - Grow Up! Read more
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Recording Artist & Philanthropist John Legend To Bill Maher: "You're Wrong On Education"

Retaliates Against Maher's "Rule" To "Fire The Parents, Not The Teachers" Read more
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The Professional Lives of Teachers in Singapore

An American Math Teacher Travel Journal Read more
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"What Makes A School Great": Time Magazine Special Report

Teachers, Charter Schools, Business, Testing, Unions In The Hot Seat on "Morning Joe"Richard Stengel, Time magazine's editor-in-chief, announced next week's cover story, "What Makes A School Great" which, if judged by the teacher-obsessed conversation on today's MSNBC's "Morning Joe", should... Read more
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The Illustrated Guide To A Ph.D.

Very cool representation of the process and end result of obtaining a Ph.D. - all in 10 quick slides.  Very clever conclusion - check it out with link below:"Imagine a circle that contains all of human knowledge . .... Read more
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India's "I Can" Mind Shift: What America Can Learn

By Empowering Kids To "Lead The Change", India Raised Math, English and Science Outcomes Read more
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Transforming School for Real Learning: The Video to Watch

Best education video of 2010? Brilliant TED talk by Chris Lehmann, principal of Science Leadership Academy -- a featured school in "Apple in Education" series takes on technology to meta-cognition to empowering students to the role of education. Check it out. Read more
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The Cheerleader Culture Riff

The Worst Kind of Role-Modeling? Read more
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Stephen Colbert University

Kaplan University and University of Phoenix: Not Having a Great Day Read more
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Teachers Can't Do It Alone

A powerful and well-done video presentation about the teaching profession - the churn, the upcoming demand, and most glaringly, the lack of collaboration . . . Read more
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"Further Proof That Teachers Matter"

PBS's John Merrow gets caught in education fire-storm about the L.A. Times teacher "Outing" story Read more
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"The Cartel" Movie Follows The Money Trail In Education PLUS Charter School Clash on "Morning Joe"

Education Is Big Business: Videos - "Corruption Is Rampant, Pervasive & Institutionalized" Read more
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Our Razzle Dazzle Culture

"A society that is concerned about the strength and wisdom of its culture pays careful attention to its adolescents." --Ted Sizer Read more
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Are We Wrong About Motivation? Daniel Pink thinks so.

"Watch" Book: DRIVE. See how the way we do business & the way we learn may be on the wrong track and how to get it right. Read more
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Oh, Joy. Now We Have Gambling For Grades.

Not exactly the kind of "tech advances in education" one wants to brag about. Read more
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Education Arms Race

Outnumbered? Sure. Yet are we dumping valuable assets? Dr. Yong Zhao and "2 Million Minutes" Compton Duke It Out In One Of The Most Important Debates In Education Today Read more
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Bill Gates On "The Learning Ethic" & Charter Schools

"Thank God for charters . . .there's no room for innovation in the
standard (public school education) system." Read more
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Ouch! "Deceptive Practices" Found At Kaplan, Inc., A Washington Post Company

Reports The New York Times from GAO investigators ". . . an admissions officer told investigators posing as applicants that the college had the same accreditation as Harvard. . . " Read more
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Teachers As "Underground Freedom Fighters"

" . . .I asked him how he selects the one student he will observe.
He told me that he listens carefully to what students are saying to themselves and
chooses a student who is 'thinking out loud.' . . " - Bill Jackson Read more
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College Grads: Diploma First. Passport Next.

"I don't care where you went to business school. I don't care whether your grades were good or bad. You have to leave the country." Read more
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A Leader Reveals Key Job Candidate Questions

" . . .In abundance, it's very easy to lose focus. But in adversity, one must have extreme focus. . . " Read more
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A Must-See "Morning Joe" Debate:

All Roads Lead To Education: Afghanistan, National Security And, Yes, Even Obesity Read more
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Can O'Reilly and Olbermann Stop Our Brains From Aging?

Can O'Reilly and Olbermann Keep Our Neuro-minds Young? Read more
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"Always Learning": The Next Work-Out For Boomers & Gen-X?

" . . .This is the largest study ever to confirm that hitting the books could help you fight the symptoms of dementia in later life. . ." Read more
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"How Creative Are You?"

. . . .this test is that measures (and values) exactly the opposite qualities that are generally most valued in schools, especially in middle and high schools, where compliance, conformity and rigid adherency to instruction, rules and "what is taught" are rewarded and highly valued . . . Read more
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Teaching A Pig To Dance

Former Republican Presidential Candidate and Actor Fred Thompson and The Daily Show's Jon Stewart Know Better Read more
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THE LAST 18 YEARS IN RAP

Custom Made For "All The High School Grads": 4 Min. Vid - Great Site For Students Read more
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Eyes Wide Open: Parental Advice About Teens

How To Distinguish Between Typical Teen Behavior & Serious Problems Read more
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"Get Off Facebook": Middle School Principal Takes On Cyberbullying

Sends Message To Parents & Tweens: "There Is Absolutely No Reason For Any Middle School Student To Be A Part Of A Social Networking Site!" GMA Video-Stephanopoulos Read more
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Small Schools. Big Results?

Joel Klein On "Morning Joe" Bringing An Important Conversation Back To Front Burner Read more
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Google CEO Heads Obama's Innovation Team

"The Entrepreneurial Eco-System Is Broken . . ." : Judy Estrin, CEO, JLabs Read more
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Differentiated Learning: Coming To Schools

One Of The Greatest Challenges Teachers Face Is How To Differentiate Learning Tailored To Each Student's Pace & Needs - Watch How It Is Done With Tech : Video Read more
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Have We Created A Generation Of Followers?

From Over-Praising & Over-Structuring, Have We Created A Young Adult World Fraught With Paralysis and Fear Of Failure? 2 Min. Videos. Read more
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Death By PowerPoint

"The simpler I keep things, the better I play." -- Nancy Lopez, champion golfer. Since we are teaching, learning, and presenting in classrooms using PowerPoint, we think the presentation . . . Read more
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THE "SMARTEST" CITIES IN AMERICA

NC's Raleigh/Durham to New York City: We're Smarter Read more
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A New Way To Look At Teacher Credentials

"Always Learning" We are really impressed with the teachers who are actively initiating and engaged in their own development -- and who are not solely relying on the school for this area of professionalism, or the next formal degree or a development course every five years to "do the job" for them. Read more
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"Secretly Bilking College Students 101"

Elite Universities Selling Student Names & Addresses To Banks & Credit Card Companies Read more
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Can't You See It? Teachers For Technology. Now, Not Tomorrow.

What's Your School Doing About It? Lip Service or The Real Deal? One Of Our Favorite Videos Read more
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Star Trek Has Arrived: Telepresence Coming To Schools?

Cool Technology: The Next Wave In Videoconferencing - "Beam Me Up, Scotty". Read more
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"I Am What I Learn" : The Myron Rolle Story

Football Star puts NFL "on hold" to attend Oxford with a Rhodes Scholarship. Video. Read more
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The Oil Spill And Our Educated Citizenry

 "To educate a man in mind and not in morals is  to educate a menace to society."                                              ... Read more
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Now Big Gov/Biz Wants To Test Kids On Collaboration Skills?

"Show us the tests and results on 8th grader problem-solving skills. Quid pro quo, baby - let's check your standards and performance to see how you measure up . . ." Read more
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Bright Spots For Jobs: College Grads

"Companies in second-tier tech locations such as Austin, Texas, and Raleigh, N.C., had an easier time recruiting talented employees during the slump. But now that Silicon Valley firms have started aggressively hiring, and the general economy is improving, competition is stiffening. . . " Read more
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Graduation Mash-Up: Reality-Check Time

Three To Read: Sharp Observations On Our Graduating Class Read more
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SEED: Public Boarding School!

Byron Pitts Reports - If Rich Kids Can Attend Boarding Schools, Why Not The Poor?
Watch Plus Pitts' Own Story: Videos Read more
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Marijuana For A.D.D. Instead Of Adderall?

". . . .Andrew, Weed Is Nothing Short Of A Miracle For Me . . ." Read more
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Newt Gingrich Interview With Politico's Allen

"Solving Our Education Crisis": Wants Open-ended Charter Schools & Pay To Learn Plan Read more
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Dear Millennials: Your Parents Lied To You

"You're wonderful, sweetie. Just keep working hard and you can be anything you want to be. Great job!" (soccer mom, 1992) Read more
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"Ritalin Or Recess?" Are Schools Promoting The Use Of Drugs?

"Study high, take the test high, get high scores" - NYU Student Read more
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"The Facebook Privacy War: What Is Personal Data?"

Regarding technology and social network sites in particular, when you have privacy policies that are changed mid-stream and where the customer has to actively monitor (!) the site's privacy settings . . . Read more
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THE MOST IN-DEMAND DEGREES FOR FUTURE TOP JOBS. Part 2.

One caveat: Dual Skill Set Required. Will a degree be enough to land a job? Think again. Read more
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War On Cancer & Chemicals Affecting Our Kids

"Some 41 percent of Americans Will Be Diagnosed With Cancer": Six Things We Can Do Read more
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The Grown-Up Brain: Better Than The Younger Version?

Woo-Hoo. Barbara Stauch Shares Some Very Good News From Her New Book Read more
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Chatroulette: Is Your Teen/Tween On This On-Line "Porn" Chat Room?

What Every Parent MUST Know: New Free Video Chat Site With No Real Age Restriction Making It Big With The Younger Set Read more
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Fired! Entire High School Staff & Faculty

Update May 17, 2010 - ReHired! CNN Reports: "Rhode Island School Reaches Deal To Rehire Teachers, Union Says" Read more
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NYT: "We Have Met The Enemy And He Is PowerPoint"

"When We Understand That Slide, We'll Have Won The War:" General Scott McChrystal Read more
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National Geographic Bee FINALS

Hosted By Alex Trebek - Spread The Word - 5 Million Kids Entered! Read more
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What If We Trained Teachers Like We Trained Doctors?

NPR's "Morning Edition" Questions Teacher Colleges With Lack Of Apprenticeship Read more
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"I Want To Live In A World"

Students Shared Vision In CNN 2 Min.Video For Earth Day Anniversary
With The Gulf Oil Spill, It Takes On Even More Importance Read more
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"Is The New Facebook A Deal With The Devil?"

Updates Today From Wired Magazine, NY Times, Mashable & Even Al Franken Read more
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"Watching" Books or "Reading" TV? Alice In Wonderland & iPad

What Do YOU Think? Is iPad A Good Thing Or Bad For Kids' Reading? See 45 sec. Video Read more
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Jeb Bush On MSNBC's "Morning Joe" : Controversy in Florida

NEW UPDATE: GOV. CRIST VETOES SB-6 BILL !!!! Parents & Schools: Understand More About Your Kids' Test Scores & Teacher Merit Pay Read more
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Sir Ken Robinson: So Many "Are Prevented From Finding Their True Talents"

Education Processes At Fault. We Must "Radically Transform" Schools. See New CNN 3-Minute Video. Read more
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"Morning Joe" PowWOW: "Great Expectations" In Education

Joe & Mika Brought Out The Big Guns: Mayor Bloomberg, Jeb Bush, John Legend, Al Sharpton, Blair Taylor, Mayor Cory Booker . . . see videos! Read more
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Congress Passes New Student Loan Bill: Education Dept. "Flying Solo" Eliminating Banks

Fierce Bank Lobbying Defeated! "Can DOE Handle It Solo?", asks NPR. Goal To Make It Easier For More Kids To Get Loans. Read more
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Careers In Math And The Sciences? Juggle Deadly Chemicals and Electricity? Rubbish!

My interest was piqued as I presumed I was about to enter the fray debating whether sociopathic, liberal high schools should be allowed to breed their own stem cells, only to find that STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. (Humor) Read more
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Controversial Documentary "Waiting for Superman" Expected To Shake Up Education World

Directed and produced by Oscar-winning director Davis Guggenheim of An Inconvenient Truth, Superman "reminds us that education 'statistics' have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily." Read more
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A Tipping Point In Education

JOE & AL READY "TO TURN THE TABLES OVER IN THE TEMPLE" Joe Scarborough and the Rev. Al Sharpton shook up the education world during a recent segment of "Morning Joe", where they had a very direct exchange and agreed on key points in education reform. Read more
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Why We Need Mentors In School & Work More Than Ever

"The young entrepreneurs who are starting companies for the first time are best served by seeking out and getting experienced serial entrepreneurs as angel investors, board members, and mentors.We encourage all of the first time entrepreneurs we work with to do... Read more
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Joe Scarborough: "Is The President Strong Enough" To Take On Teacher Unions?

"Morning Joe" Presses Arne Duncan Hard On Teacher Unions & Charters - Video Read more
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Duncan On "Morning Joe": A New No Child Left Behind?

The chess pieces are starting to line up for the passing of a new education law which is morphing from the old No Child Left Behind into what is now called ESEA.  Link here to overview from The New York... Read more
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History Maker Tom Hanks & Colbert Talk HBO's "The Pacific" & Video Visit To The White House

HBO's "The Pacific" - See new videos below w/Stephen Spielberg & Tom Hanks at The White House PLUS Hanks has some fun with Stephen Colbert defending his "History Maker" moniker, as coined by Time magazine. Read more
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Bill Maher: Fire The Parents, Not The Teachers

VIDEO - Did Newsweek Cover Put Maher, A Teacher Union Critic, Over The Edge? Read more
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Singapore Math - Or How I Learned To Love Numbers

Guest Post By Kathleen Jalalpour, Middle School Math Teacher & Teacher Trainer Read more
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Michelle Obama: "We're In Charge" - Obesity Not Kids' Fault - Global Issue

Newsweek breaks this week with terrific multi-article coverage of First Lady Michelle Obama's take-no-prisoners campaign to help bring our child obesity epidemic and our super-size-it mentality to a tipping point.  Link to articles here.   An excerpt of her much-needed "tough... Read more
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Top Chef Jamie Oliver Joins FLOTUS Michelle Obama Vs. Our Overweight Kid Epidemic

Join the "Food Revolution": Can Your High Schooler Cook 10 Healthy Meals? Videos. Read more
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Scarborough and Bernstein In Heated Exchange With Teacher Union Head On "Morning Joe"

By C.J. WesterbergThe scene was Randi Weingarten, head of the AFT (teachers union), with Joe Scarborough, host of Morning Joe, journalist Carl Bernstein, and Willie Geist, host of Way Too Early.You could sense the restraint used by everyone at the... Read more
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BUILDING A BETTER TEACHER

The New York Times Magazine Cover Story Plus Extensive Reader Comments To "Can Teachers Be Taught To Teach Better?" Our Recommended Read. Read more
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PBS: Next "Golden Age" Of Arts In America

Spearheaded By The Surge In New Media, PBS Prez Announces "Major Online Initiative" Bringing Arts To Wider Audience In An Impassioned Speech In Los Angeles. Read more
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Obama Speech Rattles Teacher Union Head

"Showed Real Courage": Uses Firing Of Entire Faculty At Rhode Island's Central Falls High School As Example Of Strategy For A School That "Continues To Fail" Read more
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Invention Investor & Climate Freakonomist

Nathan Myhrvold: Scientist, Inventor, Billionaire, Investor. Video. Read more
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FOX News' John Stossel in Six-Part Video "Imprisoning Kids"

John Stossel Hosts Six-Part Video Series: "Imprisoning Kids"
Pro-Voucher & School Choice. Slams Union Practices. Read more
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School Spying Students At-Home Via Computer?

A family is suing school who allegedly spied on their son at home without cause by using a school-provided laptop webcam as a "peeping Tom technology". FBI is on case. Read more
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Google Buzz Gets Whacked: Why Care?

We Should Know On-Line Privacy Issues To Be Able To Educate Our Kids About Them Read more
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16 Olympic Sports Linked To Science

Video Collaboration by National Science Foundation & NBC Read more
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"The Flat World and Education": A Wake-Up Call For Teachers & Parents

Video Comparing The U.S. Vs. Other Countries: What They Do Right & What We Can Learn From Them. Is This The Book Of The Year By Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond? Read more
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The Creepiest Children's Books Ever

From The "What Were They Thinking?" Department - Over The Top Weirdness Read more
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The Lottery: Watch 2 Min. Movie Trailer

With The Third Major Movie We've Announced This Week (!) In Education, Are We Seeing A Revolution Afoot? This Must-See Flick Hits "The System" Hard. Coming in Spring. Read more
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Tom Friedman: "Getting American Kids Excited About Innovation & Entrepreneurship Again"

Tom Friedman: "We Need To Get Millions Of American Kids, Not Just The Geniuses, Excited About Innovation And Entrepreneurship Again. We Need To Make 2010 The Year Of 'Start-Up America'." Read more
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THE NEXT WAVE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE

What Every Parent, Teacher & Administrator Needs To Know. The stereotypical image of the geeky nerd - the lonely male in a dark basement punching out computer code - may soon be a picture of the past. Instead, imagine. . . Read more
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Are Standardized Test Scores Arne Duncan's One Note Song?

The Federal Stimulus and "Race to the Top" Grants - How Will It Affect Education?According to The Christian Science Monitor this month:"The federal stimulus money for education is prompting states, much more than before, to embrace reforms promoted by the... Read more
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"WHAT'S THIS MEDIA WORLD COMING TO?"

"Cable & bloggers talking about education? That's supposed to be reserved for me and the "chosen few"! Don't you think? Cheers." Dr. D. Read more
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SECOND GRADERS IN THE EDUCATION MEAT FACTORY

High-Stake Standardized Test Scores for 7-Year-Olds - Winner or Loser? Read more
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ARE THESE THREE THE FACE OF EDUCATION? REALLY?

NEWT, AL AND "THE DUNK" ARE A CURIOUS TRIO STUMPING FOR EDU-REFORM. CHECK OUT THEIR "MEET THE PRESS" VISIT. Read more
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Teen-Produced Reality Series: StudentSpeak!

"My generation needs to do a better job of taking hold of its (tech's) reins and really using it as a tool to DO something" Read more
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Textbook Publisher Pays for Bogus Amazon Reviews

Elsevier paying people to give their textbooks five stars at Amazon Read more