Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 10/09/2015 - 2:43am
Millennials are coming of age at a time when many of our notions about work, identity, opportunity and mobility are undergoing profound change. Unfortunately, our schools are not adapting. Schools could learn a lot from the inventive ways millennials are upgrading their skills and designing spaces that catalyze creativity and economic opportunity.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 10/09/2015 - 1:44am
Congress must provide greater funding and commonsense flexibility under school nutrition rules. We need to come together to ensure more students consume healthy meals at school, while easing financial pressure on meal programs.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 10/09/2015 - 1:39am
Sometimes, rigor, structure and healthy habits are what it takes to get a struggling teen back on track. Grizzly Youth Academy is a public charter boarding school that, along with nearly 40 other schools, is participating in a National Guard program using a “quasi-military” style of discipline. But will the impact disappear once graduates reenter the outside world?
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 10/08/2015 - 2:04am
Teachers and district administrators must consider both language and age-appropriateness when deciding reading requirements for students. Language must be balanced against a book’s literary merit, artistic value, timeliness and universal themes. School officials also should listen to parental concerns.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 10/08/2015 - 2:02am
It is good to see zero-tolerance policies go, because they too often have played out as zero-judgment policies that cause harm to those the adults in charge should be trying to help. The key is finding the proper balance between rightly discouraging improper, self-defeating behavior and not discouraging the individual into pursuing the wrong life path.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 10/08/2015 - 1:49am
Early academic training has become an obsession among child development experts and teachers of young children as the Common Core standards have encroached upon the earliest years of schooling. As a result, kinetic 4-year-olds face the prospect of having to push themselves in a rigorous classroom with little time for play.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:54pm
Student engagement and hope are more important measures of school effectiveness than test scores, according to the latest PDK/Gallup poll. Another key ingredient to school success is parents themselves. More specifically, parental engagement.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 10/06/2015 - 3:47pm
Connecticut uses more than 10 different funding formulas to distribute resources to public schools. These formulas have little relationship to the needs of students. The result is a school finance system that is unfair to students, schools and communities.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 10/06/2015 - 3:43pm
School choice programs will hit a low ceiling. A better strategy would be to focus less on fixing failing schools and more on creating new, better schools. Efforts to take public schools from good to great run into the same obstacles as efforts to take schools from bad to mediocre: hidebound bureaucracy, inflexible labor agreements and the force of inertia.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 10/06/2015 - 5:10am
School districts in Idaho are failing to comply with a state law that says they’re supposed to post expenditures, contracts, strategic plans, labor agreements and budgets online. The statute doesn’t provide for penalties for noncompliance, which could explain why many districts aren’t taking the law seriously.