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What the future economy means for how kids learn today

If we want to re-engage learners, re-professionalize teachers, and re-think how we prepare students for a globally competitive working life, we need to follow the learners, and develop more open learning systems — ones that are outward-facing, highly collaborative, co-created and purpose-driven.

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U.S. schools not producing civic-savvy adults

If American schools did a better job teaching about history and government, students likely would grow up to be more engaged, voting adults. Kids today wouldn't buy a cell phone without knowing how it works, yet schools graduate young people without a grounded understanding of how their own democratic institutions operate best.

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Montana Legislature’s biggest interim assignment

The members of the School Funding Interim Commission should reflect the diversity of the state and its public schools. Its one guiding principle should be to simplify by making funding formulas easier to understand would increase transparency and confidence.

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Mandates drain resources from schools

Massachusetts' superintendents want lawmakers to comb through all the edicts and mandates that they've passed down to schools, and begin to streamline them. Get rid of repetition and time-wasters, and give them back the time and money that they need to do their jobs.

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Making charters return once-failing schools to school boards is a forced marriage

A bill in the Legislature is aimed at returning, against the will of charter operators, some once-failing Recovery School District schools to the control of the Orleans Parish School Board. The bill has all the makings of a shotgun marriage, seeking to force a relationship that hasn’t been nurtured at the local level.

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LAUSD shouldn't lower the bar for struggling students

Instead of lowering the standards, change the standards so that all students are prepared for the world outside high school and not just for the insular world of colleges and universities.

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How to transform education with video games

Video games are essentially complex systems that very young children can learn to navigate very quickly. What if we could leverage the skill with which games teach players to play?

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We can achieve full funding of basic education

This goes beyond being an educational issue. It is a civil rights issue.

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Why America lags behind the rest of the world in language education

Education is dominated by disputes over priorities, largely because of politics and limited funding. Some people, for example, think arts instruction is financial quicksand, while some believe that sports don’t belong in the schools.

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Obese students far less likely to finish high school, Swedish study says

A new study from Sweden finds that teens who received medical treatment for obesity were far less likely to graduate from high school than their slimmer peers. Fifty-six percent of the obese students finished all 12 years of schooling compared with 76 percent of their classmates.

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