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 […]

Exercise Helps Kids Learn Math

Helping kids get better at math is a struggle for many teachers and parents, not to mention the students themselves. However, it seems like there might be a secret weapon that most of us didn’t expect: physical activity. A study from the University of Copenhagen has shown that kids learn math better when they’re physically […]

Students Learn Chemistry By Playing Minecraft

Imagine a world where high school and college students are processing rubber, converting crude oil into jetpacks, and even doing complex chemical experiments that are hard for Ph.D’s to manage in their labs. And imagine that’s all being done by playing a video game. A team from the University of Texas at Dallas has created […]

Gifted Students Benefit from Ability Grouping

Ability grouping and acceleration have long been hot-button issues in the education world, with advocates on both sides of the issue making strong points for their view. However, a new study from Northwestern University indicates that schools should use both ability grouping and acceleration to help gifted students. The researchers examined more than a century […]

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 […]

City College of San Francisco Offers Free Tuition

San Francisco’s City College is a two-year school, serving something more than 30,000 students a year. Recently restructured to address accreditation concerns, the college offers courses in over 150 disciplines, both academic and occupational. It’s a valuable part of the city and has been for over 80 years. Starting this fall, it will be free […]

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 […]

Organization Helps School Districts Get the Most out of Edtech

Education technology, or edtech, is a pretty big business these days, but it had more humble origins. In the beginning, teachers were simply talking to each other about the best hardware and software that they had found. But now that school districts are getting in on edtech and buying large quantities of hardware, especially iPads […]

George Washington University Opens Food Bank for Students

George Washington University opened a new kind of facility in 2016, in an unmarked room in the basement of a residence hall. It’s a free food bank for students who might otherwise skip meals to save costs. The GW store, which is “run” by a cardboard hippo with a friendly speech bubble, is just one […]

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