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Netflix Is Rebooting Some of Our Favorite 1990s Children’s Shows

The 1990s were a good time for children’s education-themed TV. For the very young, Sesame Street had just been given new life, and for those in elementary school, there were Bill Nye the Science Guy, The Magic School Bus, Wishbone, Ghostwriter, Carmen Sandiego, and Schoolhouse Rock. Science, literature and writing, geography, and math, all packaged […]

No Best Choice for Disabled Students in Voucher States

Under IDEA, the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, public schools across the U.S. are required to provide accommodations to those who need them to access one of our most important rights, the right a free and equal education. For some, those accommodations are aides or interpreters. They can be something as simple as a […]

Researchers Can Predict Reading Ability Through Genetics

Researchers at King’s College London have developed a technique to predict the ability of children to learn to read based on their genetics. They found that certain parts of the DNA align with reading performance, and after comparing the genes of students in the Twins Early Development Study with records of their reading ability, they found […]

High School Students Get Class Credit for Help Desk Work

All across the nation, students are running help desks at their high schools. And they’re doing so for class credit. It all started in 2011, when Burlington High School in Burlington, Massachusetts, rolled out over 1,000 iPad tablets for student and teacher use. Because the school’s IT department would have been overwhelmed by calls for […]

Unlikely Allies Join Fight Against Trump School Choice Plan

You know an initiative is really unpopular when a flaming liberal senator and ultra-conservative think tanks are on the same side. That’s what’s happening with the private school choice policies advocated by the Trump administration. President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal would cut the Department of Education budget by $9 billion while adding an extra […]

Can Video Games Mitigate Defensiveness?

Video games are often seen at odds with schoolwork, even as something which can get in the way of getting good grades. But a recent study shows that playing video games can actually help some students deal with poor test scores. John Velez, a professor at Texas Tech, studied a group of people, some of […]

Education at Kakuma Camp Depends on Cell Phones

Sudan’s second civil war was a quarter of a century ago, but refugees from that conflict still live in a Kenyan refugee camp called Kakuma. Occupied continually since 1992, Kakuma refugee camp now holds around 200,000 refugees from 20 African countries, which makes it a city of its own, as large as Orlando, Florida. To […]

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 […]

Researchers Offer Tips for Improving College Freshman Retention

In the United States, college freshmen have about a 68 percent retention rate, meaning that about 3 out of every 10 students doesn’t return to the same university for their second year. Some move on to other schools, while others simply leave higher education altogether, permanently or for a short period. But universities are, understandably, […]

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