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Current Issues in Education

Saving Kids from Stress

Facing fierce competition to get into top colleges, many students are compromising their health and values to get ahead. Experts are even seeing stress levels increase at the elementary school level. Some educators are working to reduce the pressures on students.

Nutrition Journal

Childhood obesity has reached epidemic levels in developed countries. Twenty five percent of children in the US are overweight and 11% are obese. Overweight and obesity in childhood are known to have significant impact on both physical and psychological health. The mechanism of obesity development is not fully understood and it is believed to be a disorder with multiple causes. Environmental factors, lifestyle preferences, and cultural environment play pivotal roles in the rising prevalence of obesity worldwide. In general, overweight and obesity are assumed to be the results of an increase in caloric and fat intake. On the other hand, there are supporting evidence that excessive sugar intake by soft drink, increased portion size, and steady decline in physical activity have been playing major roles in the rising rates of obesity all around the world. Consequently, both over-consumption of calories and reduced physical activity are involved in childhood obesity.


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Tips to make school lunches healthier | GreatKids

There's a new kind of food fight erupting in schools, districts and state legislatures as alarm over childhood obesity spreads. What's a parent to do?

Teaching empathy: Evidence-based tips

These practical, evidence-based tips for teaching empathy are based on discoveries in psychology and neuroscience.

Top 12 Effective End of the Year Activities

Make the most of your last few weeks at school with a final goal and these end of the year activities that will help you achieve that goal.

In-School Suspension: A Learning Tool | In School Suspension

In-School Suspension: A Learning Tool

New Teacher Survival Kit |

Take a look at the New Teacher Survival Kit — It will help make life in the classroom easier and maybe just a little sweeter!

Making the Case for Music Education - Spirit of Harmony Foundation

Whether an orchestra, marching band, small ensemble, or garage rock band, young people involved in music programs develop the skills required to work with others, embracing teamwork and fostering socialization. Engagement in positive activities such as music increases kids’ resilience to the negative influences they encounter in life, and increases the likelihood they will make positive life choices.  Music programs give young people an opportunity to interact closely and consistently with teachers and other musicians, who become mentors and role models over time.

Why Online Education Has Gained Revolutionary Momentum

The rush to create large, free online classes has generated anxiety at universities around the country. With finances already tight and with a surge of movement toward online learning, universities are being forced to move quickly to change centuries-old models of learning.


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Schools and Online Social Networking

Most educators working with middle and high school students are aware of the explosive involvement of youth on social networking sites. Few are prepared to deal with it. In this article, Nancy Willard discusses the risks and benefits of such sites and offers schools a comprehensive approach to addressing student Internet access.

How Teachers Can Work With 5 Difficult Types of Parents

Erica Stevens* had a student in her ninth grade English class who excelled at creative writing but struggled with analytical writing. She avoided it by refusing to do her homework. Every time the student failed to submit a homework assignment, her parents pressured Ms. Stevens to give her a pass because they didn’t want the missed assignments to affect her grade. Ms. Stevens felt their behavior bordered on harassment. The student’s father even chased Ms. Stevens for two blocks one evening when he spotted her from a restaurant window walking to a book store. When he caught up with her, he ...

The Great Homework Debate: What's Getting Lost in the Hype - NEA Today

Homework is one of the most complicated pedagogical strategies, says expert, and the vast majority of educators are getting it right.

Average Salary for All K-12 Teachers

Teacher Salaries - What is the average teacher salary? View teacher salary data by state, starting teacher salaries, and more. Free custom salary report.

Is Medication the Best ADHD Treatment?

Education World explores ADHD in a five-part series.

No Left Turns

Blog from the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.

Is character education the answer?

Over the last few years, there has been a growing awareness of the need to incorporate character development into school curricula, and various efforts to do so have received wide attention. Perhaps the best-known effort is the Knowledge Is Power Program, or KIPP, which has been implemented in close to 150 charter schools across the country.

Promoting Physical Activity and Exercise among Children

Schools that promote physical activity may have a significant impact on reducing childhood obesity, chronic disease, and, ultimately, adult mortality. Insofar as physical activity has been associated with increased academic performance, self-concept, mood, and mental health, the promotion of physical activity and exercise may also improve quality of life.

Does Eating Breakfast Affect Children's Learning?

Breakfast is a crucial part of every child's day. It affects everything from memory to creativity in the classroom. Children who go hungry are more inclined to become distracted from learning at ...

back to school guide

It's always a mad rush when teachers get back to school. This entire section is designed to stop that. You will find all kinds of helpful printables.

Why Smaller Classes are Essential for The Success and Well-Being of Your Child. 94

In this post I discuss how class sizes are one of the biggest, yet most overlooked problems in the current education system – both when it comes to facilitating students academic achievement as well as nurturing their overall wellbeing and development on a personal level.  The questions I raise in this post has to do with the priorities we make within the education system, and so for our children and ultimately for the future of humanity. They are questions I suggest that every parent, teacher and concerned citizen considers for themselves, because although it seems trivial, this is an example of the disintegration of our education systems through a hostile takeover by the corporate world, that we’ve come to take for granted as ‘the way it is’. But it doesn’t have to be.

Teachers’ Views on Teaching Current Events in Social Studies

By Halil Eksi in Education and Social Studies. In order to achieve its goals, the Social Studies course should convey social events, which took place within or out of the school context, into the classroom environment. Current events can be very