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Diversity at the front of the classroom could mean more diversity among future scientists

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Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Tuesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Subscribe today! CAMDEN, N.J. — Lithium, the element, burns red. The flame for sodium is a strong orange. With potassium, it’s pink. Before he did a flame […]


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What have legislators proposed for education in Mississippi this year?

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Mississippi’s legislators have proposed dozens of bills this year aimed at improving education in the state. These legislative ideas range from small curriculum additions and other changes to large pilot programs and even to universal preschool. Here’s a look at some of the education bills that will be discussed during the current session. Funding for […]


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OPINION: In higher ed, lower enrollment isn’t the only sign of trouble

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With a doctoral degree in chemical engineering in hand, I decided to immigrate to the United States in the late 1960s from the United Kingdom because of three key attributes about America: Its top university system, its moon-reaching technological prowess and its booming, low-unemployment economy. Today, disconcertingly, there are a number of signs that the […]


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How teachers should talk to students about Trump’s racism

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President Trump’s language may not seem presidential, but people of color know too well his racism is aligned to a bigoted legacy that’s more the rule than the exception. If the country is going to progress, all students need to learn in this critical moment that American “greatness” can never come from exclusion.  Doing little to nothing amidst significant teachable moments around race has been U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ strategy so far, as […]


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LISTEN: Why most single moms in college don’t finish

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When Robyn Young was growing up, she never thought of herself as college material. She says when she graduated from high school, her classmates applied for college, and she applied for food stamps. By the time she was 21, she had a baby, and was in and out of jobs and living on friends’ couches. […]


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Three quarters of U.S. public school spending cuts restored

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The 2008 recession may seem like a long time ago, hitting before Barack Obama began his presidency, but public elementary, middle and high schools around the country are still feeling the pinch from it. The good news is that the most recent federal data showed a significant upsurge in state and local education spending in the […]


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Teaching kids how battles about race from 150 years ago mirror today’s conflicts

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In August, Michigan history teacher James Gorman watched televised images of torch-bearing white supremacists marching on the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and decided to use the incident to teach his students about similar events that happened in a divided United States 150 years ago. He’d compare the race-based hatred spurring protests by white nationalists, […]


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Is the effort to curb strict discipline going too far, too fast?

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BURIEN, Wash. — One of the more radical transformations in public education today begins with a simple greeting each morning among second-graders. “Good morning, Mahlet,” says one student to another at McMicken Heights Elementary School. “Good morning, Liliana,” the second student responds. The exercise continues briskly until all 23 students seated in a circle have […]


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OPINION: Eliminating the funding that supports educators? That’s no way to cut the federal budget

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From the mountains of Tennessee to the West Side of Chicago, teachers represent our best chance of achieving the goal we have for every child in this country to graduate from high school. We increase our chances of reaching this goal if our teachers receive the support and professional development they need. As the only […]


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Personalized learning gives students a sense of control over chaotic lives

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Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Tuesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Subscribe today! Dawn Hillman, principal of Prairie Heights Middle School in Evans, Colorado, describes her student population as “pretty at-risk.” About three-quarters of students qualify for […]


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Most Americans say U.S. STEM education is middling, new poll finds

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One of the biggest education priorities of recent years has been readying more young people for the job-friendly fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In 2006, President Bush announced the “American Competitiveness Initiative” to strengthen science-and-tech education in the name of advancing innovation. Three years later, President Obama unveiled a program to train […]


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OPINION: On active-military duty and earning a college degree

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Military students help both themselves and the economy when they earn advanced degrees, and we must find the best techniques to engage this important group. Education has come a long way since the inception of the G.I. Bill in the 1940s. With the onset of online learning, those on active duty have been able to […]


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Baltimore students need more than space heaters; they need justice

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Broken boiler heaters forced numerous students in Baltimore to learn in freezing conditions and once again put Baltimore under scrutiny for its treatment of black residents. Students shivering in winter coats while trying to learn is horrific in itself, but the malfunctioning boilers are a metaphor for the wider problems with the criminal justice systems, […]


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Counting your way to a college A

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At the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, about 8,000 students have earned their ordinary course grades in an unusual way. They start out the semester with a zero, but each has the opportunity to earn an A by racking up points. The professor determines how many points each assignment or test is worth, […]


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Held back, but not helped

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NEW ORLEANS — If Domonique Crosby has her way, she will graduate from high school this spring at age 20. To her, earning her diploma, even two years late, feels like something of a miracle. Held back in the fourth grade, Crosby was 16 years old when she entered George Washington Carver High School in […]


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