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June 07, 2011

The Lessons of 'Unschooling'

Sam Fuller, a 16-year-old in Albany, Calif., described his life as an "unschooled" student.

May 26, 2011

Stress: Not Just for Teachers

The Wall Street Journal reports on a new study finding that negative classroom environments--often the result of school budget cuts--cause students to feel stress.

May 19, 2011

When Should a Teacher Confront a Troubled Student?

What do you do when a good and kind student—a teacher's "favorite"—suddenly begins to show signs of disengagement and defiance? The drama teacher who writes at the Apple a Day Project finds herself in this situation. In a thoughful post, she's ponders whether she should swoop in and try to...

May 13, 2011

The Politics of School Choir Selections

When the Wasilla (Alaska) High School symphonic jazz choir's plan to sing Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" at this year's graduation ceremony was suddenly cancelled due to parental complaints about the Freddy Mercury's sexual orientation, an angry—and resourceful—choir member took the matter to...

February 25, 2011

Survey: Hungry Students Common

The majority of teachers throughout the U.S. have students who consistently come to school hungry, according to a recent survey, and most say the problem is getting worse, reports USA Today. Sixty five percent of the 638 public elementary and middle school teachers polled say that for many of their...

January 20, 2011

Is the Chinese Style of Parenting Really Superior?

A Chinese mother's explanation of how she raised such "stereotypically successful" children has made more than a small stir. An excerpt from her book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother in the Wall Street Journal has prompted more than 7,000 comments and a sharp rebuttal from New York Times columnist Da...

January 11, 2011

Texting: The Solution to Truancy

A high school student has proven there's a way to reduce chronic absenteeism—and it's not by taking parents to court. In the Huffington Post, 15-year-old Zak Kukoff describes TruantToday, a Web application he originally created for a science fair project. The program sends text messages and e...

January 10, 2011

Can Textbook Errors Enhance Learning?

After the Washington Post exposed dozens of errors in Virginia history textbooks, several districts removed them from schools to prevent the impairment of learning. But Post ed columnist Jay Mathews thinks the mistakes would actually enhance learning. "We might even encourage publishers to salt the...

January 05, 2011

Muslim-American Kids Face an Absence of Stories

With a growing Muslim student population, Minnesota schools are struggling to fill their shelves with books these students can relate to.

January 03, 2011

How Lady Gaga Is Helping to Teach the French Revolution

Two teachers in Hawaii have found a way to make lessons about centuries-old people and events relevant to their high school students: Teach them to the tune of Lady Gaga. According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, Amy Burvall, a history teacher, and Herb Mahelona, a technology curriculum coordinat...

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