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How inquiry can enable students to become thinkers

It may seem challenging to keep track of 30 kids investigating 30 different issues, but when inquiry-based teaching is done well, that chaotic swirl of ideas and needs is based on careful planning and teacher support.

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High school diploma bill would help Georgians

Since the state graduation test is no longer required for students, it is reasonable to allow former students to receive their diplomas if their only deficiency was not passing the state test. This change would open up additional career and college opportunities for the former students.

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Common Core testing teaches tots to type

While many feel that formal instruction is important in developing good habits, others argue that kids are typing on phones and tablets that make keyboards irrelevant. Common Core testing is now shaping that debate by positioning keyboarding skills as an indirect way to measure student achievement.

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High schools a better investment than community colleges

The nearly $80 billion program for financing community college students should be put to use where it can do more good. Let those funds go to into our high schools where they are urgently needed to prepare young people for citizenship, the workplace or college.

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Commitment from schools necessary to beat back student hunger

Young students go hungry in Maine. For these kids, the school meal programs are there to fill the gap. But for a number of reasons not related to need, students are not using the programs. The school systems that beat those averages are creative and proactive, and dedicated to serving more meals.

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How the English language is holding kids back

Mastering the English language's complicated spelling system requires abilities that most children don’t develop until well after they've started to read. Simply put, written English is great for puns but terrible for learning to read or write.

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Recovery high schools help save young lives

It’s hard enough to pull away from addiction when you’re an adult. How do you do it as an adolescent — when you’re not yet fully formed, and your friends are everything?

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Chancellor Carmen Fariña changes New York City schools’ course

In the little more than a year since Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed her to lead the city’s Education Department, Ms. Fariña has presided over a methodical dismantling of the policies of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s first and last chancellors, Joel I. Klein and Dennis M. Walcott.

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Teaching in the age of Minecraft

A popular video game provides a new medium for educators and students to unleash their creativity.

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Teachers should make decisions about our classrooms

While teachers are spending weeks getting themselves and their students up to speed on the latest standards and standardized tests, they’re missing opportunities to build a curriculum that reflects the skills, talents and opportunities of their students, their regions and their communities.

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