You might already know it’s important for students to eat breakfast in the morning before school. For decades, studies have shown that breakfast improves a student’s academic performance. But guess what? The type of breakfast a kid eats also plays an important role, according to this report by NPR. Lay off the Frosted Flakes and dig into whole grain toast slathered with peanut butter instead. The report even provides some sample breakfasts for enhanced brainpower—and no, Krispy Kremes are not on the menu. (Audio requires media player.)...


This year’s social studies teachers are facing class discussions that may take their students into controversial territory. From debate over the war in Iraq, national security, and personal freedoms, social studies teachers have to be more vigilant than ever to structure these discussions in a way that helps foster debate, not yelling, according to an article in the September issue of NEA Today. The story takes a look at how a couple of teachers have been able to tackle these debates without the heckling or fistfights....


National School Backpack Awareness Day is September 20. Sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association, the event is intended to disseminate information about proper usage of backpacks, including how to wear them and how much they should weigh. This article from MSNBC offers back-to-school bookbag tips for parents....


Adults in New York are conspiring against the city's schoolchildren, writes Eva Moskowitz in this article from Education Next. New York City's public school system, a microcosm of public schools nationwide, is locked into a series of self-serving collective bargaining agreements that foster mediocrity and stagnancy, according to Moskowitz. After wading through thousands of pages of union contracts, she offers her view of what's wrong and what can be changed....


How do AYP's success-story schools do it? While many schools struggle to meet the No Child Left Behind Act's mandated yearly progress levels, some schools excel at spotting trouble areas and catching lagging classes before they slip behind. In this article from T.H.E. Journal, Michelle Gamble-Risley describes some of the techniques used by these star schools. Working with accumulated student data, writes Gamble-Risley, is the secret to their success....


Does higher education in the United States really live up to its reputation? What is the basis for the clout that accompanies names like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and other top-tier universities? In this article from the Washington Monthly, Kevin Carey writes about what really makes a quality college earn its ranking, and what parents and students should be looking for when selecting a place to invest their tuition dollars. What's at fault in the numerous sets of college rankings is the "absence...[of] the equivalent of a bottom line. There are no widely available measures of how much learning occurs ...


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