The key to U.S. students competing with Asian and European peers? Ground them in the arts and humanities, not just reading and math, a new report by Common Core argues.

Actor Richard Dreyfuss is in the media limelight today for his interest in creating a curriculum to teach civics to students in grades K-12. Former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, a Democrat from Florida, has a similar interest in seeing civics stressed more in schools and in colleges and recently wrote a book, America, The Owner's Manual, on how this can happen. He wants to see youths get engaged in politics. Dreyfuss characterizes civics as "political power." He fears that the nation's young don't understand well the origins of the United States and would like his new curriculum to help ...

Students from the Silver Spring International Middle School got a chance to see films they'd made in an elective class at school on the big screen this morning at a film festival at a local movie theater. The movies were made as part of the class, "Lights, Camera, Literacy!," that is taught in 15 schools in the Montgomery County, Md., district as part of a middle school reform effort. That reform effort aims to make academics more engaging for students. George Mayo, an English teacher who taught the elective class at Silver Spring International to 84 students this school year (and...

Several Texas lawmakers have already made their dissatisfaction known with the performance of the state board of education and the recent saga over evolution's place in the state standards. Now members of the state Senate have succeeded in blocking the reappointment of the board's controversial chairman, Don McLeroy. McLeroy, a dentist from College Station who joined the board in 2007, pushed for standards that encouraged more criticism of evolution and many core components of the biological theory. As self-described creationist, according to media reports (see this story from the Austin American-Statesman) he played a major role in the 15-member state ...

Private and public funders of adolescent literacy convene in the nation's capital to talk about their priorities for the future.

Obama pledges to use the resources of the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy to boost students' knowledge of and interest in renewable energy. Can it work?

One of the carrots meant to lure college graduates, and career changers, into math and science teaching is loan forgiveness, a form of assistance offered by states, nonprofits, and the federal government. Whether these programs actually have an impact on creating a sustained pool of talented teachers is a matter of dispute. But it's probably a safe bet that for some aspiring teachers, particularly those thinking of forgoing higher-paying gigs for the classroom, the promise of paying off their college debts—especially if the debts rise as high as $50,000 or $70,000—means something. A story in yesterday's...

Alaska is creating a new director of rural education, who will also focus on serving the state's native population. Several other states have administrators who work specifically with American Indian students.

The future is now. A "Cyber Summit," to be held entirely online, will examine "21st Century Skills."

A report by the National Research Council examines the many challenges facing high school chemistry teachers—and offers ideas on how to overcome them.

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