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Meet the Groups Fighting Against Limits on Restraining School Kids

Republicans say it is a matter of states’ rights.

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School Nurses

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Michelle Obama Takes on Republicans Over School Lunches

First lady Michelle Obama made a rare but strident foray into political debate Tuesday, slamming a Republican bid to change U.S. school nutrition standards as “unacceptable.”

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The Internet Is Great and It’s Awful

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A new documentary shows the genius and tragedy of Aaron Swartz, Hobby Lobby v. Women, the race to replace Rep. Henry Waxman is on, and we look at the surprising locale of the most segregated schools in America.

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Aaron Swartz: The Internet’s Own Boy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A new documentary shows the genius and tragedy of Aaron Swartz, Hobby Lobby v. Women, the race to replace Rep. Henry Waxman is on, and we look at the surprising locale of the most segregated schools in America.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE



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Universal Pre-K? Ask These Red State Republicans—and Then Ask Grover Norquist

Among the biggest policy mistakes of the past 50 years is our continuing failure to provide quality early childhood education to all of America’s kids.

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The Connection Between Poverty and Education

Google the phrase “education crisis” and you’ll be hit with a glut of articles, blog posts and think tank reports claiming the entire American school system is facing an emergency.

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Breaking Away: Top Public Universities Push for ‘Autonomy’ From States

Public universities say they want more flexibility, but such plans threaten the college dreams of low-income students.

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L.A.’s Billion Dollar Plan to Replace Textbooks With iPads Struggles With Reality

Apple marketed its iPad as an educational device “that just works,” but the City of Angels is learning the hard way that there’s nothing simple about $700 textbooks.

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What Is the Goal of School Reform?

As we consider what reform initiatives might achieve, we should also ask the old, defining question: What is the purpose of education in a democracy?

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Is College Worth It?

These four books are written in the shadow of the suspicion that the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves—concerning hard work, opportunity, meritocracy, achievement and social mobility—somehow no longer pertain.

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The New High School Diploma

Whether or not President Obama’s recent education-themed speeches are in direct response to Matt Taibbi’s must-read Rolling Stone magazine article on the college loan crisis, it is great news that the White House is now taking the crisis more seriously.

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How Kafkaesque Bureaucrats Are Ruining Education

Last week the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest in the nation, opened its doors for the new school year. The following story is a sobering tale of bureaucracy run amok, to the detriment of its schoolchildren.

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Reza Aslan Finally Gets to Talk About His Book (Transcript Added)

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: He survived Fox News. Now the religions scholar discusses his new book, at last. Also: More revelations about the NSA, Bradley Manning’s sentencing and Oregon’s alternative to student loans.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Reza Aslan Finally Gets to Talk About His Book

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: He survived Fox News. Now the religions scholar discusses his new book, at last. Also: More revelations about the NSA, Bradley Manning’s sentencing, and Oregon’s alternative to student loans.

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School Funding

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Willful Defiance Against Suspensions

My 13-year-old son was recently suspended from his private school twice in less than a month.

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Do the Charter School Hustle

Since I’m a public school teacher, everybody always asks me what I think about charter schools. You got an hour?

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Beverly Hall

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Education: Poverty Is the Crux of the Problem

If income divide is at the root of current public education deficits, that chasm must be narrowed by reducing the factors that perpetuate poverty.

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Revenge of the ‘Dirty Girls’

Back when I was a freshman in high school, a senior made a short documentary about a group of extremely young feminists in my class who were dismissed as “dirty girls.”

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Schools

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NRA School Plans

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School’s Supposed Advice for 13-Year-Old Bully Victim: Get a Breast Reduction

“The lady on the phone said they could transfer my daughter and said her boobs were so large she will always get teased,” the teen’s mother said. “And the only suggestion she had for me is to have my daughter get a breast reduction.”

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Teachers and Guns

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NRA School

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Who Should Go to College?

The college-for-all versus occupational training debate is typically focused on structural features of the K-12 curriculum and on economic outcomes with little attention paid to the intellectual and emotional lives of the young people involved—their interests, what has meaning for them, what they want to do with their lives.

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Standing Up for Teachers

Teachers are heroes, not villains, and it’s time to stop demonizing them.

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Bullied Bus Monitor Starts Anti-Bullying Foundation

Karen Klein, the bus monitor who was at the center of a heartbreaking video that showed her being mercilessly bullied by a group of New York schoolchildren, is starting an organization to help others.

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The Perversion of Scholarship

Fraternities, sororities and football, along with other outsized athletic programs, have decimated most major American universities.

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Fatter and Dumber

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How to Think

If universities think a Milton Friedman or a Friedrich Hayek is more important than a Virginia Woolf or an Anton Chekhov, then we become barbarians.

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Bright Immigrants Promise Bright Future for America

For the second straight year, Granada Hills Charter High School in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles has won the National Academic Decathlon.

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From the Classroom to the Courtroom

In Texas, some students who show up late for class too many times, or just plain don’t show up, are being sent to courtrooms instead of principals’ offices, while other youngsters face heftier charges and fines for offenses that used to be handled by schools’ internal disciplinary officers and structures.

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School Shooting

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Dangerous Minds

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Charter Schools Are Not the Silver Bullet

In recent years, major studies suggest that, on the whole, charter schools are producing worse educational achievement results than traditional public schools.

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Income Inequality Goes to School

Countering the efforts of educational reformers—including President Obama and his Race to the Top crew—to blame teachers for student failures, researchers are finding that the growing gap between the affluent and the poor is the real villain.

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Los Angeles Removes Entire Staff From Troubled School

In the wake of two independent molestation scandals at one of L.A.’s poorest elementary schools, school district Superintendent John Deasy announced that he is temporarily replacing the entire staff—teachers, administrators, janitors—while he tries to make sense of the situation. (more)

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE



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When It Comes to Education Technology, Trust—but Verify

A school’s wager on computer technology as a pedagogic panacea is often just that: a blind gamble, and one that evidence shows is hardly safe.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Education Reformers Send Their Kids to Private School

There really are “Two Americas,” as the saying goes—and that’s no accident. Nowhere is this more obvious than in education—a realm in which this elite physically separates itself from us mere serfs.

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Like, Get Over It

According to journalism prof Ted Gup, the prevalence of the word “like” in youth-speak is evidence that teachers have “condemned children to a common cluster of mediocrity.” But as linguist Geoffrey Nunberg pointed out a decade ago, “like” isn’t a tic or filler, it’s “a word with a point of view.” (more)

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Recess: Not What It Used to Be

It seems the schoolyard is more boring than ever. Researchers found that lackluster playground designs brought to us by strict equipment safety rules and low budgets have made outdoor playtime unappealing to toddlers at child care centers around the nation. The need to meet stringent academic requirements is leading schools to underemphasize physical play too.

Posted on Jan 7, 2012 READ MORE


Baby New Year

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What Real Education Reform Looks Like

As 2011 draws to a close, we can confidently declare that one of the biggest debates over education is—mercifully—resolved.

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 READ MORE



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Gingrich Still Supports Child Labor as Long as the Kids Are Really Poor

In order to combat what he views as a “culture of poverty,” the newly minted Republican front-runner believes poor kids ought to be employed as janitors in their schools.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE



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Teenager Refuses Orders to Apologize to Conservative Governor

Emma Sullivan, 18, says she will not write an apology to Sam Brownback after telling her roughly 65 followers on Twitter that the Kansas governor sucks. Sullivan has gained thousands of additional followers since her high school principal ordered her to apologize to Brownback.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 READ MORE



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American Decline Is Crushing the Middle Class

Only 21 percent of all respondents in a new poll think the lives of their children will be better than their own.

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Back to School

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