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Video games, Henry Ford and the problems of modern education

We should consider the ways in which edtech can help the next generation develop the capacity to use cognitive and academic skills to create a better world–how edtech can be a tool that enables better teaching of critical thinking, uncertainty, creativit and empathy.

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Mavericks in Education: Failing to make the grade

Mavericks in Education Florida launched a network of charter schools more than five years ago, drumming up publicity with prominent pitchmen and pledging to turn dropouts into graduates. Many of the company's schools have been investigated and asked to return public dollars. Three have closed.

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"War on Public Education" focuses more on preserving public system than education

Most of the American public education establishment tends to despise charter schools, vouchers, education tax credits, and a wide variety of education programs that create more education alternatives with public dollars. They are so upset that they have declared war. 

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Metal detectors in schools: Source of safety or anxiety?

In America, black students are five times more likely than their white peers to have to walk through metal detectors into school, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Hispanic students are more than twice as likely.

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Sexy clothing doesn’t belong in school

The skin-tight, low-cut clothes worn by some students in schools can disrupt the educational atmosphere for both girls and boys. School teachers are the people held accountable for educating tomorrow’s productive workforce and engaged citizenry. Stop giving them yet another impediment to reaching this goal.

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Philadelphia school plan spreads pain

The state government needs to resolve teachers’ health care benefits through a statewide plan covering all 500 public school districts. Taking benefit disputes off the table with a plan mandating teacher contributions and a wide array of benefit options would save money and minimize funding disparities among districts.

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LGBT kids of color are more likely to be disciplined in school, study shows

Two issue briefs released this week demonstrate how issues surrounding school discipline uniquely impact LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth of color. They face persistent and frequent harassment and bias-based bullying from peers and school staff as well as increased surveillance and policing, according to the Crossroads Collaborative/Gay Straight Alliance Network study.

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Stop warehousing students in content-free 'classes'

The primary duty of schools is to teach. Yet at high schools throughout California, students are assigned to “classes” with no instruction, in which they're warehoused, assigned chores or even sent home for a period or two. The latter is, in effect, school-sanctioned truancy.

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Statewide incident standard is necessary for Pennsylvania schools

District-by-district reporting procedures are not uniform, due to the use of different student information systems. An incident at one school which mandates police involvement may not even require parental notification in another district. When allocating millions of dollars to cashed-strapped districts, a useful and uniform incident policy should be followed.

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Among school athletes, concussions shouldn’t be kept sideline secret

Be smart about concussions. These days, a likely scenario is that a player will not report an injury or mask its severity, upholding a “team first” mentality. Young players need to drop those delusions.

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