January 23, 2018

What’s lost with handwriting


Does handwriting matter? Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard. But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to… Read more

Common Core: a step in the right direction

Common Core

By Julie Samrick  My sixth grader’s middle school spent at least a month communicating the message the leap to middle school means the children put forth more effort, without the meddling of well-intentioned parents. If they forget their lunch, for instance, let them figure it out and they most likely won’t forget it again. We… Read more

Judge clears way to close 50 Chicago schools

A federal judge cleared the way for Chicago to close 50 public schools by denying a request from some parents to stop the closings because they affected mainly African-American students. Read more

Top 20 party schools

The Princeton Review released its annual college rankings on Monday, including a list of the Top 20 party schools in the nation for 2013. Read more

Government cuts junk food in all public schools by 2014

Good-bye doughnuts, candy bars, high-fat chips, full-calorie soft drinks and chocolate sandwich cookies. Those kinds of foods and beverages will no longer be allowed to be sold in school a la carte lines, vending machines and snack bars during the school day, beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. read more  

Blue Engine Prepares Students for College

Blue Engine

The new organization Blue Engine recruits and places recent college graduates as full-time teaching assistants in high schools, and it’s proving to be very successful. Read more

Indiana Could Become First State to Arm School Employees

arm school employees

Teachers, principals, and other school staff in Indiana could be the first in the country to be armed in order to prevent future school shootings. “This is a common-sense approach to a horrible situation,” said Rep. Jim Lucas, a freshman Republican from Seymour who led the effort to add the protection-officer mandate to Senate Bill… Read more

Valentine’s Day at School is Here to Stay

Valentine's Day

By Julie Samrick “Whoa! That’s a lot of Valentines… Are you a teacher?”  A man asked as he stared at my cart incredulously while my kids and I checked out of the Dollar Store last weekend.  Toting 100 paper Valentines plus a piece of candy to attach to each one, I was genuinely happy to… Read more

Teacher Shortage Nears in CA

Chemistry Teacher with Students in Class

Nearly half as many candidates enrolled in teaching credential programs last year in California and areas like special education and mathematics already suffer a shortage of qualified teachers in the largest state’s public schools.  Read more

The Most Beautiful and Imaginative Schools in the World


“Architects and local governments around the world are now fighting the good fight against dismal, uninspiring schools and the groundbreaking results are re-shaping the learning experience for our future generations. From a colorful kindergarten in Slovenia made out of toy planks that lets kids play with and manipulate their environment…” Read more