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November 25, 2016

Is Literacy a Fundamental Right? Michigan's Governor Says No

A lawsuit had claimed that policy decisions in Michigan have led to Detroit's schoolchildren being deprived of their right to literacy.

November 23, 2016

Poet Laureate Partners With Chicago Public School Teachers

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, in partnership with the Poetry Foundation and the Library of Congress, will meet with 9th grade English teachers in Chicago Public Schools to revamp poetry instruction.

November 10, 2016

Video: What Does Teaching 'Macbeth' Look Like in the Digital Age?

Two teachers in Mineola, N.Y., discuss the pros and cons of teaching Shakespeare with 21st century technology in a video produced as part of a special report on digital literacy.

October 20, 2016

National Day of Writing Takes to the Air

The National Council of Teachers of English asks writers why they write to mark the 8th National Day on Writing.

October 14, 2016

E.D. Hirsch on Why Text Complexity Is a 'Myth' (Audio Interview)

In these audio clips, the author and retired professor discusses how background knowledge affects reading comprehension, why he thinks the common core's focus on reading complex texts is useless, and what education policymakers can learn from France.

October 10, 2016

Why Don't the Common-Core Standards Include Cursive Writing?

In a recent interview, one of the lead writers of the reading standards explained that the decision was about priorities—and that learning to use technology took precedence. But what does the research say?

October 06, 2016

Teachers Review 'Promising' Digital Tools for English/Language Arts Instruction

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute is publishing reviews, written by teachers, of free and low-cost digital tools that can supplement classroom curricula.

September 23, 2016

Graphic Novelist and Computer Science Teacher Wins MacArthur Genius Grant

Gene Luen Yang, a graphic novelist who writes about identity and cultural differences for young adults and spent nearly two decades as a high school computer science teacher, was among 23 winners of the prestigious award.

August 30, 2016

Common-Core Reading Materials Get Mixed Results in First Major Review

After analyzing dozens of K-12 math textbooks—and determining that most of the major publishers were selling subpar common-core products—the curriculum review group EdReports.org has moved on to English/language arts materials.

August 10, 2016

Social Media Use Linked to Low Math, Reading, Science Performance

Fifteen-year-olds who play online video games score above average in math, reading, and science, while those who engage in social networking tend to score below average, according to an analysis of international assessment data.

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