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Peers Give Students More Reason to Learn

Students everywhere have wondered, at some point, why they had to learn about some subject. It is perhaps more common in high schools and colleges, especially in general education courses. Why should one learn about American history when they want to study packaging science, for example? Every teacher has a response for these questions, and […]

California May Eliminate Income Tax for Teachers

California is facing a drastic teacher shortage. According to a survey of 211 school districts in that state, 75 percent reported having a shortage of qualified teachers for the 2016-17 school year. Eighty percent said the shortages have gotten worse since the 2013-14 school year, and is especially notable in special education, math, science, and […]

Birds and Bees Need Not Apply: Report Finds Texas Sex Ed Programs Lacking

It’s unlikely that any adult really enjoys having The Talk with a teenager. But avoiding the birds and the bees leads to trouble, as Texas is finding out. The Texas Freedom Network Education Fund has released a new report on the state of sex education in Texas public schools. “Conspiracy of Silence: Sexuality Education in […]

Snapchat Founders Start Education Charity

Snapchat, the image messaging app created by a pair of Stanford University students, is one of the “Millennial” tools that is the subject of constant derision. It’s designed specifically for selfies and with the intention of impermanence, so it’s alleged to be shallow and pointless. Some of their detractors have been able to point to […]

DeVos Confirmed as Secretary of Education

On February 7, 2017, a historic tie-breaking vote confirmed Betsy DeVos as the next Secretary of Education. Two Republicans voted against DeVos’s confirmation—Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska—but other than that, the vote fell completely along party lines, with 46 Democrats and two Independents voting against, and 50 Republicans voting in favor […]

Minnesota’s Educational Challenges Mirror Country

Minnesotan legislators are getting ready to make some big decisions about education in the state. While specific needs will vary by region, it’s interesting to note that the issues Minnesota is currently dealing with are pretty common across the U.S. as we head into 2017: Teacher Licensing Based on a report from the legislative auditor […]

Is Betsy DeVos Qualified to Be Secretary of Education?

By now videos and transcripts of Betsy DeVos’s education confirmation hearing have made the rounds, marking this as the first hearing to go viral on social media. The videos show DeVos unable to answer a variety of questions posed to her about guns in schools, federal education funding, accountability, and the specifics of the Individuals […]

Parent Involvement is Key to School Success

A common topic in the discussion of educational reform is the issue of parent involvement. Traditionalists cite a past where parents taught their children the basics and the tenets of common sense while progressives tout the need for a more holistic educational environment that blends home and school. Both agree that a major issue in […]

Four Tips for Getting Kids Interested in Science and Tech

One of the hardest things about getting kids interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields is that they simply don’t have a lot of exposure to it beyond being users of technology. Girls in particular get shorted when it comes to STEM opportunities, because many of them feel they’re bad at math or […]

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