Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:23am
The U.S. education system recently received a report card from the OECD, a think tank for developed countries. America’s grades weren’t pretty with 29 countries out-performing the U.S. in math. But instead of working with state education leaders to implement higher educational standards, some Minnesota legislators are waging a turf war over who decides what kids should learn.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:54pm
In a study from Northwestern University, researchers looked at the impact of music education on at-risk children’s nervous systems and found that music lessons could help them develop language and reading skills. The study documents the influence of after-school music education on the brains of disadvantaged children, as opposed to affluent children receiving private lessons.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 12:52am
Discipline should be used to guide and teach, not push out and stigmatize. We need a paradigm shift in our nation’s schools that contextualizes discipline within learning and education — it is central to, not a distraction from, teaching. Our schools must invest in and implement alternatives to overly punitive discipline practices.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 12:49am
Destructive eating habits are much easier to change as a youth. For some kids, a school lunch might be the only healthy meal they will have all day. If the government can sneak in a few vegetables, whole grains and unbleached wheat, it has a chance to lead to some positive lifestyle changes.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 09/01/2014 - 11:26pm
Implementing year-round schooling will not only lead to minority students who are more engaged with their academics, but ones who come to rely on the consistency of their educational schedule and are more apt to stick with it.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:26am
In a report called “State of School Nutrition 2014,” the School Nutrition Association reported that 63 percent of school districts report offering salad or produce bars, while 69 percent offer pre-packaged salads. The survey also found that 52 percent of districts surveyed serve locally sourced fruits and vegetables.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:24am
Schools offer an education that is too precious to be surrendered to those with no understanding of learning's ultimate meaning and value. They believe that its efficacy can somehow be measured in numbers. A school is not about teaching subjects for testing, but about teaching children subjects.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:37am
It's clear that bullying in schools so concerned the Indiana General Assembly that lawmakers passed a measure requiring schools statewide to track cases. But the state's bullying report shows a significant variance in numbers from school to school. That raises concerns that schools aren't being consistent or, even worse, aren't taking seriously the need to track incidents and file such reports.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:24am
The city's public school students on Staten Island have become victims of a series of financial errors by the Department of Education (DOE). The DOE was due to have been reimbursed for money it spent between 2012 and 2014 on U.S.-mandated services for special education pupils. However, the DOE covered the unreimbursed special education costs by shifting city money from school supplies.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:02am
A well-intentioned law to expand national fingerprinting background checks for school employees has been crucial for students' safety. However, the implementation leads to multiple, repetitive background checks and unnecessary, costly layers of government bureaucracy. These challenges will be further complicated by the passage of another new law to extend fingerprint checks to disability service providers.