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June 25, 2009

National PTA Endorses Common Standards

Another voice, representing parents, calls for national standards in reading and math.

June 03, 2009

Introducing Students to World Hunger

Over at Digital Education, Kathleen Kennedy Manzo features online lessons about world hunger created by the United Nations World Food Program. She suggests that the lesson plans, blogs, videos, interactive games and other resources hold more promise of helping children understand world hunger issues...

June 02, 2009

A Well-Rounded Curriculum, a More Competitive Nation?

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.

May 14, 2009

Graduating Early—Make That, Very Early

A pair of students will graduate from Arizona State University at the age when most people are still fretting over SAT scores and filling out college applications.

May 14, 2009

Lament for College Board's Cancellation of Latin Lit Exam

A private school teacher laments the cancellation by the College Board of one of its Advanced Placement Latin exams.

May 08, 2009

The Future of Detroit Schools, and Dave Bing

After completing a legendary pro basketball career for the Detroit Pistons, Dave Bing left to see out the twilight of his career with professional teams in other cities. Then he did something unusual, given the socioeconomic forces that have been battering the Motor City for decades: He came back. ...

May 06, 2009

English-Language Learners Closed Out of a College-Prep Curriculum

See my other blog, Learning the Language, for news about a study of California schools released by the National High School Center that indicates English-language learners don't have the same access as other students to a college-preparatory curriculum.

April 30, 2009

Advanced Placement for All? For Some?

Advocacy organizations and policymakers have sought to encourage more students to enroll in Advanced Placement classes, a popular college-prep track, in recent years. Yet teachers are torn about whether all interested students should be allowed into those classes, or only those who meet certain acad...

April 28, 2009

Green School Fosters Students' Environmental Awareness

Certainly attending a school that emphasizes green or environmentally friendly habits and processes is going to have an impact on students' awareness of such issues. But preteens at Merrill Middle School in Des Moines, Iowa, who participated in a recent survey about their commitment to conservation ...

April 27, 2009

Does Forgiveness Have a Place in the Curriculum?

Martin Doblmeier is the director of a documentary film, "The Power of Forgiveness," and has given talks at about 50 screenings of his film around the country. About half the screenings were sponsored by faith groups and the other half by high schools or universities, he says. More universities than ...

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