Today is just like any other Monday for students in Los Angeles, Miami, and Dallas—but in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Chicago, schools are closed for what's become a contentious holiday, reports Columbus Day has been a federal holiday since 1934, but more and more places are choosing not to commemorate it because of the historical figure's multifarious past. According to, "Teachers have discovered the complexity of teaching about [Christopher Columbus]. They tell students about his groundbreaking visit to the Americas, but have to balance it by telling about his treatment of Native...

Students at a New Jersey high school used Facebook to organize a protest of what they call a filthy, unsafe school environment.

Jose Vilson takes serious issue with the notion—expressed indelibly by a young teacher in this video clip from NBC's Education Nation event—that union contracts prevent teachers from doing all that they can to help struggling students: Can we just agree that teachers just do what they got to do to make things happen for their kids? When kids needed me to stay until 5-6 pm to tutor them in math, I never went to my union rep and complained. I just did it. When I wanted to work with my colleagues or call a series of parents ...

A science and math coach in Brooklyn, N.Y., won $25,000 for teaching excellence--but the awarding foundation's connection to the Tea Party has since stirred up some controversy.

With the new school year in full swing, a number of school systems are experimenting with creative new methods to curb negative student behavior.

Ms. Cornelius objects strongly to the idea that dedicated teachers need to provide their cell phone numbers to parents: I will work my butt off for you during the school day and for an hour thereafter. I am available every day after school and I have a class website. But when I do leave school, I am now on family and personal time. You have no right to my cell phone number or to my personal email. You can already reach me during the work day. And that doesn't mean that I don't care deeply about my students. But I ...

A new survey making news in England has found that fully 70 percent of British teachers have contemplated quitting because of student-behavior problems. Conducted by a coalition of organizations that includes the National Union of Teachers, the survey also shows more than 90 percent of the 350 teachers questioned believe that student behavior has worsened during the course of their careers. More than 80 percent said they have experienced stress, anxiety, or depression. "We know from the marked increase in the use of our behavior-related services over the past year that poor behavior is at the heart of many teachers' ...

Walt Gardner, a retired Los Angeles teacher, comments on the reported link between a fifth teacher's recent suicide and the L.A. Times publication of teacher rankings based on student test scores.

In an effort to offset budget cuts, a Massachusetts district is planning to put ads in school notices and letters sent home to parents

If teachers dislike standardized test so much, why haven't they come with a better means of gauging student learning?

A Texas middle school has modeled their classrooms after colleges, replacing a traditional one-teacher class with large, 75-student lecture courses being taught by between five and nine teachers.

Can the controversial new education documentary elevate the arguments around teaching?

Miss Eyre fesses up to a subversive act: teaching a lesson on the mechanics of writing

NBC held a press conference at the National Press Conference on Wednesday and tried clear up confusion about teachers' inclusion in the upcoming Education Nation special.

David Cohen, a National Board-certified teacher, points out eight real-life scenarios that call into question just how value-added teacher evaluation models measure teacher effectiveness.

The network plans to hold a press conference on Wednesday to address teachers' concerns about lack of representation on the upcoming "Education Nation" special.

The writers of the L.A. Times found themselves in a strange journalistic setting last week: reporting on a protest outside of their own building.

H/T to Bill Turque of the Washington Post for noticing some questionable last-minute campaigning from D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, who lost the Democratic primary for mayor to Vincent Gray on Tuesday. (Considering the District's heavy Democratic lean, Gray is now a virtual lock to become the next mayor.) According to Turque, the Fenty campaign began calling Washington Post reporters on Monday (as in, the day before the election), asking if anyone had written about D.C.'s $75 million Race to the Top grant potentially being jeopardized by the election of Gray. (They had already written about it.) ...

Educator Brian Crosby is wondering aloud about the inclusion—or lack thereof—of teachers in NBC's upcoming Education Nation special.

In Time magazine's most recent annual National Service Issue, which came out this week, John Cloud's article, "How to Recruit Better Teachers," questions whether the teaching profession has become "paid volunteer work," luring many recent elite university graduates or middle-aged professionals dissatisfied with their current careers to perform national public service rather than commit to teaching as a profession. Programs like Teach for America and the New Teacher Project, among others, have provided many people the means to teach without going through a traditional teacher certification training process or education school, Cloud reports. "Because it has been so difficult for ...

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