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Current Issues in Education

6 Burning Questions About a Student Repeating a Grade

Grade retention is a practice where a student repeats a particular grade, allowing them to improve and grow in several key academic and social areas.

The great homework debate | Parenting

Your first grader is in the middle of a tea party with six of her stuffed animals. It seems to be going well, despite a recent argument between the stuffed giraffe and his zebra stepbrother. You are enjoying eavesdropping on the dialogue as you clean up the dinner dishes, but it’s time for homework. You dutifully get your child set up at her study spot and redirect her attention to a worksheet of math facts. “I hate homework!” she wails, after an hour of struggle and avoidance. Exhausted and frustrated, you are inclined to agree with her.

Academic Preschools: Too Much Too Soon?

Choosing between an academic and a play-based preschool for your child is, for some parents, simple. But for many others this decision is impossibly hard.

Most kids aren’t getting enough physical activity. Are yours? | PhillyVoice

The American Heart Association suggest that children two years and older should be in motion with moderate-intensity for 60 minutes a day. That means an hour every day of jumping, running, kicking, playing and racing around. But a recent three-year study of nearly 8,000 children showed that only about five percent are physically active for an hour every day.

Five Ways to Reduce Stress in Children and Simplify Their Lives

The amount of children affected by depressions and stress is alarming. Too much promotion and activities aren't good for the development of your child.

The Pros and Cons of Teaching in Block Schedules

Block scheduling is a method of restructuring schools to give a student more time in each class during a day. Learn about the pros and cons.

Stop Tolerating Zero Tolerance | Education World

StarrPoints: Zero-tolerance policies damage more children than the weapons they purport to protect them from.

4 Proven Strategies for Teaching Empathy | Edutopia

Help your students understand the perspectives of other people with these tried-and-tested methods.

Four-Day School Week Overview

Find out more about the pros and cons and how states implement the four-day school week.

How important is class size? | Parenting

Class size is one of many factors to consider when choosing or evaluating a school.

Science or Soccer? -- How Important Are Extracurricular Acti... | Education World

Some research suggests that extracurricular activities can benefit all students. John H. Holloway, a consultant with the Educational Testing Service, explains those benefits for Education World. Included: An extensive list of online resources for explo...

Serving Gifted Students in General Ed Classrooms | National Association for Gifted Children

This post by Elissa F. Brown, director of the Hunter College Center for Gifted Studies and Education and program coordinator of Hunter College’s Advanced Certificate Program in Gifted Education, was originally published in Edutopia.

Do Schools Give 'Equal Grades for Equal Work'? | Education World

When is a B really an A? When you live in a school district with high academic standards and tough grading policies, according to some Connecticut parents who want their kids to get more A's. Those parents blame the school district's high standards for...

Create a Green Cleaning Strategy for Your School

An effective green cleaning plan is collaborative and requires initiative—especially in facilities like schools with a variety of stakeholders.

What Is the Future of Homeschooling?

It's not Christian fundamentalism or anti-government libertarianism—it's a partnership between public schools and families.

Has Inclusion Gone Too Far? Weighing its effects on students with disabilities, their peers, and teachers - Education...

The model of special education known as inclusion, or mainstreaming, has become more prevalent over the past 10 years, and today, more than 60 percent of all students with disabilities (SWDs) spend 80 percent or more of their school day in regular classrooms, alongside their non-disabled peers (see Figure 1). This is not the full inclusion favored by some disability advocates, wherein all SWDs would be educated in inclusive classrooms all day; however, many supporters celebrate the increasing acceptance of differently abled students in general education as an opportunity to improve the academic and long-term trajectories of these traditionally underserved learners. In theory, inclusion provides SWDs with access to the grade-level curriculum and the same educational opportunities as their peers.

To Redshirt or Not to Redshirt

Does it pay off to hold back a kindergarten-eligible child for a year before starting school?

Multiculturalism: What Do Students Think? | Education World

Administrators, teachers, parents, and other public figures have voiced their opinions about multicultural education. But a survey by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company has asked studentswhat theythink about multiculturalism in their schools.

Is online learning the future of education? | World Economic Forum

In a recent survey, almost 80% of young people said they've taken an online course. Is this the future of education?

The Push for Outdoor and Nature-Based Preschools - The Atlantic

When did America decide preschool should be in a classroom?

Student-Led Conferences: Helping Children Lead - Athlos Academies

At Athlos Academies, student-led conferences take the place of traditional parent-teacher conferences. These conferences help students take ownership of their learning as they honestly reflect on their progress, discuss their successes and challenges, and set goals for the future.

Are We Overpraising Our Children? | Psychology Today

While it may seem innocent in the moment, overpraising can have adverse long-term effects on a child. Self-esteem isn’t about telling kids that everything they do is terrific. A real sense of self-worth is based on the skills they build for themselves and the true accomplishments they feel they’ve made.

All jokes aside, comedy really can help in the classroom | Teacher Network | The Guardian

Injecting lessons with a little humour can help students remember the key points and show them you’re more than a robot

Is Differentiation the Answer to the Tracking Debate? | Education World

Max Fischer is taking steps to transform his classroom into the differentiated model Carol Ann Tomlinson describes, but he's confronting some roadblocks along the way. How different, he wonders, will his classroom might look like a year from now...

Character education: as important as academics? | Parenting

No longer afraid of teaching values, many schools have added character education to their lesson plans.