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September 27, 2012

Playing Favorites

A recent feature on CNN.com explores student favoritism in the classroom from the perspectives of a student, teacher, and child expert.

September 20, 2012

N.C. Law Protects Teachers Against Cyberbullying

Students in North Carolina will now have to think twice before posting disparaging comments about their teachers on social media sites.

September 19, 2012

More Public Schools for Gifted Students?

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.

September 07, 2012

Is the Culture of Achievement Impairing Students' Moral Sense?

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

September 04, 2012

H.S. Study: More Study, Less Sleep Not a Good Combo

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.

August 27, 2012

What Tony Danza Learned From Teaching

As we reported in 2009, Tony Danza, the actor best known for playing the loveable housekeeper in the 1980's sitcom "Who's the Boss," spent a year teaching at a public high school in Philadelphia. And now—surprise, surprise—he's written a book about the experience. In a related opinion pie...

August 07, 2012

Classroom Cheating in the Digital Age

Digital technology has made it both easier for students to cheat and for teachers to catch offenders, according to a recent piece in The Chicago Tribune. But overall cheaters maintain the upper hand.

August 06, 2012

Going Chairless

A 4th grade teacher in Indiana has swapped out all her students' chairs for exercise balls.

August 03, 2012

Are Today's Students Too Lazy for Schools to Improve?

Writing in the Deseret News, Theresa Talbot, a Utah teacher in her 25th year, says that the real problem with education today is that students are, well, lazy and recalcitrant. Among the examples she cites: It is the students in my math classes who, when I showed them how to work a multiple step...

July 16, 2012

ACLU Case Implicates Reliance on Classroom Tech

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed what it calls a "groundbreaking" class-action lawsuit against the state of Michigan for failing to educate students in a Detroit-area school district. The suit hinges on a "right to read" provision in Michigan's constitution, which says students who do no...

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