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There are many reasons why education isn’t working

Kids are different from year to year, and trying to compare last year’s class to the current one is invalid because the product, the kids, are not the same.

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Vouchers can be positive for education system

School choice can lead to competition and competition can lead to schools that best serve all students.

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Inside a school where teachers carry guns

Jonesboro is one of about 70 Texas districts to arm staff since Sandy Hook.

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When minority students attend elite private schools

Many parents of color send their children to exclusive, predominantly-white schools in an attempt to give their kids a "ticket to upward mobility." But these well-resourced institutions can fall short at nurturing minority students emotionally and intellectually.

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The future of shop class

What used to be the woodshop at Georgia's Dalton High School is now free of dust. Instead, it's filled with welding stations, a 3-D printer, and a computer-controlled plasma cutter.

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More lenient rules on head lice have some schools jumpy

School nurses and other health authorities say stricken students should be able to stay in class. But such a progressive approach bugs many parents and district leaders.

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Public schools beat private schools

Researcher studying math instruction comes across an unexpected result: When she divided the schools she was looking at into public and private categories and controlled for demographics, public schools seemed to be producing better test scores than private.

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Charter schools not a smart investment for S.C.

A new report calling for South Carolina to increase the state’s investment in charter schools comes as the state still is struggling to recover from the economic downturn and continues to invest heavily in education reform driven by new standards and high-stakes testing.

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Learning cursive is a basic right

Today more and more I meet high school students who, though they can read, sometimes well and sometimes poorly, are ashamed whenever they are confronted with the need to sign a document.

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Schools need alternative diploma option

One of the lessons I've learned in my work as a teacher is that learning is not a passive phenomenon, something that can be done to students—it requires the active participation of the learner. We often refer to this personal investment of time and energy as engagement. When students are engaged as learners we see growth, when they are disengaged we see stagnation, or even worse, regression.

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