Nearly 2,500 U.S. schools have committed to participating in this year's "Mix It Up at Lunch Day," an initiative created 10 years ago by the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance program to help reduce students' biases and misperceptions. On Oct. 30, students at these schools will break social norms and sit with someone new at lunch. According to the Teaching Tolerance website, "students have identified the cafeteria as the place where divisions are most clearly drawn, and Mix It Up day "encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries." The site points to research indicating that "interactions...
Jonathan Kozol, at age 76, has new book out entitled Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America. In it, he looks yet againreportedly in career-summation modeat the devastating consequences of America's failure to provide equitable educational opportunities in disadvantaged neighborhoods.
A recent feature on CNN.com explores student favoritism in the classroom from the perspectives of a student, teacher, and child expert.
Middle and high school science teachers might want to take note of a free virtual journey being offered to classrooms this week and next.
There are many theories on why Finland's students perform so well on international academic comparisonsone of the most compelling being that it's because teaching is a well-respected and coveted profession there. In a recent blog post, Esther Quintero, a research associate at the Shanker Institute, adds a new wrinkle to this hypothesis. She argues that Finnish respect for teachers might be explained by gender equity in the country. She says that, by contrast, teachers in the United Statestraditionally and predominantly femaleare treated as inferiors. "Compliance is rewarded; independence and autonomy are not teacher-like," she notes. Quintero...
Students in North Carolina will now have to think twice before posting disparaging comments about their teachers on social media sites.
The U.S. needs many more public high schools that "focus exclusively on high-ability, highly motivated students," posits Chester E. Finn Jr., the president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, in a recent New York Times op-ed.
Diane Ravitch argues that, regardless of the exact details of the contract, the teachers came out victorious in the Chicago strike simply by displaying their strength.
An interesting NPR story excavates some psychological research from the 1960s showing that teachers' expectations for students can have a profound effect on their intellectual development. Why? In a nutshell, because teachers interact differently with the kids they expect to do better: As [Harvard Professor Robert] Rosenthal did more research, he found that expectations affect teachers' moment-to-moment interactions with the children they teach in a thousand almost invisible ways. Teachers give the students that they expect to succeed more time to answer questions, more specific feedback, and more approval: They consistently touch, nod and smile at those kids more. The ...
The showdown in the nation's third-largest school system holds implications for the national school reform agenda and carries political reverberations as well.
Commentators flesh out issues and take sides in the Chicago teachers' strike.
The Newseum in Washington has just launched Decision 2012: Exploring Elections and the Media, an online resource for teaching about the presidential campaign and election.
Responding to a cheating scandal at Harvard, renowned developmental psychologist Howard Gardner worries that elite students' relentless drive for success, fueled by what he refers to as "market ways of thinking," has crippled their moral sense
A new research study out of the University of California, Los Angeles, reports the "somewhat surprising" finding that spending extra time studying tends to negatively affect high school students' academic performance in school the next day. But there's also a perfectly logical explanation for this: When students study more, the researchers found, they tend to sleep less.
In a thought-provoking blog post, middle school teacher and writer Heather Wolpert-Gawron describes her approach to answering a weighty and potentially offensive student question.
While kids today have a seemingly innate facility with technology, they are quick to become impatient and discouraged when faced with complex tasks involving digital tools, according to the authors of an article in Scientific American.
By guest blogger Stephen Sawchuk This item originally appeared on Education Week's Teacher Beat blog. Unable to reach a contract with the school district, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union today filed a notice of intent to strike with the state's labor relations board, a move that allows the union to form the picket line as soon as 10 days from now. While no strike date is set as yet—the union's governing body will meet next Thursday to decide those steps—the 10-day authorization would make Sept. 10 the first workday in which a walkout could occur. To...
A recent nationwide survey conducted by AdoptAClassroom.org points to the types of out-of-pocket expenses that teachers spend on their students and classrooms, which include school supplies, clothing, food, and personal items that their students' parents cannot afford.
In a heartfelt post about dropping his son off for his first day of school, education writer and activist Sam Chaltain explains that, despite his instinctive parental desire for his son to have a perfect classroom experience, he recognizes that teachers, "like the rest of us ... are works in progress." It's easy to lose sight of the fact that classroom teachers face "monumental, sometimes insurmountable challenges"and that they are not in teaching for the money. He goes on: We know this. Yet we also tolerate or participate in conversations about school reform that paint teachers into a two-dimensional corneryou're...