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'Nature is a powerful teacher': The educational value of going outside

At more than 80 Boston public schools, teachers are moving the classroom outdoors.

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To compete, America needs 6-year high schools

Hundreds of billions of dollars of government money, as well as countless man-hours of time and energy are spent trying to get kids to graduate from high school. But the truth is that a high school degree is, in today’s economy, largely worthless.

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Warily, schools watch students on the internet

For years, a principal’s job was to make sure students were not creating a ruckus in the hallways or smoking in the bathroom. Vigilance ended at the schoolhouse gates. Now, as students complain, taunt, and sometimes cry out for help on social media, educators have more opportunities to monitor students around the clock. And some schools are turning to technology for help.

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Using the schools as leverage for neighborhoods

The planning is underway in Baltimore's $1 billion-plus, decade-long effort to bring public schools into the 21st century—in fact, there's a design expo at Morgan State University this weekend—which means we have entered a seminal period in the city's history.

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Real-world skills in the classroom

It’s not about time; it’s about relevance. Each year, nearly one in four American teenagers drops out of high school. Twenty other countries now have higher high-school graduation rates.

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Building schools designed to succeed

Kids recently headed back to school. Unfortunately, many of them were greeted by worn-out desks and broken chairs. More than three-quarters of U.S. schools are in need of repairs.

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Play-based learning works

Weaving learning into curriculum guided by the interests of children and nurtured by teachers who lead children through exploration and inquiry is what happens in most play-based pre-school and early education environments.

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A bold bid for better schools in Colorado

If there’s a key to this nation’s sustained competitiveness, it’s education.

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When outsiders take over schools: Lessons from Memphis

Tennessee's new Achievement District gives control of some public schools over to charter networks, with mixed results.

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Schools a good place to make condoms available to teens, doctors say

Although teenagers should be encouraged to abstain from sex, they should also have access to cheap condoms, pediatricians said Monday. To be most effective, they should also be accompanied by sex education programs.

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