Is boarding school the fix-all to cramped urban schools and evening conflicts between homework-laden children and nagging parents? In this feature from the U.K-based Telegraph, Candide Crewe vividly recalls the nauseating homesickness she endured at boarding school. But now, with children of her own, she wonders if the initial pain of separation may be well worth the benefits modern boarding schools have to offer....


In this article from Slate, Author Ann Hulbert writes that the latest educational crisis is not the alleged learning gap between the sexes (see entry from Newsweek below). The real issue, she writes, is that "the rudimentary habits of working" are too often overlooked—or worse, ignored—when it comes to measuring effective child learning. Adopting such habits would be of benefit to both sexes in making further progress in math and verbal skills in our competitive global world, Hulbert writes....


There's a new achievement gap on the rise in the United States. And it's not defined by socio-economic or racial divides. The growing disparity between boys' and girls' relative academic progress over the past several decades is troubling—with boys now lagging behind girls regardless of location, grade level or demographic group. In this Newsweek feature, Peg Tyre explores possible reasons for boys' faltering achievement—and how some groups are trying to reverse the trend....


Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt talks about his latest book, Teacher Man, a memoir in which he recounts a teaching career in New York City that spanned three decades. Mr. McCourt recalls creative lessons he assigned his students, and relates how they influenced him as an educator. Listen to the interview from the National Public Radio show "All Things Considered."...


A group of women from the U.S. return to Sudan, a nation ravaged by 21 years of civil war, to make good on a promise they made six years before the fighting ended: to build a school for girls in a poor, remote village in the southern part of the country. But the women will have to face down economic challenges and cultural differences in order to fulfill their vow. Part of a two-part series from National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."...


Problems can occur when teachers—most of whom are white and English speakers—expect minority and limited English-language students to act and learn in a way that does not mesh with their cultures. Education research consultant Susan Black addresses this issue of culturally responsive classrooms in an American School Board Journal article....


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