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September 08, 2014

Global Education Prominent at the National Book Festival

BookMarks listens to The Smartest Kids in the World author Amanda Ripley speak at the National Book Festival.

May 30, 2014

Can Critical Thinking Be Too Critical?

When students are too critical of the texts they read in school, they perpetuate a culture of cynicism, according to one university president.

May 14, 2014

NAEP Results: Classroom Practices Matter

A deeper look at the findings from the assessment shows the relationship between instruction and student performance.

March 14, 2014

What Do the Walls Say?

Displaying student work can start a conversation about what quality work looks like and how to get there.

December 30, 2013

2013: The Year in BookMarks

BookMarks' most popular posts of 2013 include book reviews, interviews, and longer pieces on graphic novels, common standards, creativity, summer reading, e-books, and libraries.

September 17, 2013

Expeditionary Learning Schools Boosted Reading, Math, Study Finds

Expeditionary Learning middle schools in Washington and New York City boosted students' reading and mathematics learning, finds a new study by Mathematica Policy Research.

April 22, 2013

The Media and Critical Thinking

Quality newspapers and magazines can develop critical thinking in students.

March 06, 2013

Are the Poor Too Free? On the Perils of Paternalism

Paul Thomas asks a provocative question this week. Are the poor too free? Are our schools providing students with tools and skills to foster their independence? Or teaching them to be compliant cogs in a machine whose levers of control they will never touch? Thomas describes the paternalism that has become central to modern education, as well as efforts to "reform" it even further.

March 04, 2013

New Book Releases: Creativity and Critical Thinking

New titles offer frameworks for teaching creativity and critical thinking, the building blocks of "innovation." These books—and two more children's books on creativity—suggest a shift toward emphasizing hard work and problem-solving when conceptualizing innovation.

November 23, 2012

Tools to Boost Creativity, Critical Thinking, Community, Communication & Character

Good schools have a common intellectual mission. They prioritize, encourage, measure, and discuss important outcomes. This week we had the privilege of spending time with educators at Valley Christian Schools in Cerritos, California. At VCS, the 5Cs translate their mission into practice.

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