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Current Issues in Education

Parents debate elementary school homework

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - As far as kindergartners go, 5-year-old Addrien is your typical elementary school student. He likes coloring. He likes math. And he even likes his homework. But ask parents in California's Coachella Valley what they think of the assignments their children bring home and the answers aren't always so positive.

The great homework debate: Too much, too little or busy work? -

And I thought Miley Cyrus' performance at the VMAs generated a ton of opinions. Ask parents how they feel about homework, as we did on CNN's Facebook page, and the response is immediate and intense. So many parents from all over the country sounded off passionately, saying we expect too much, too little or the wrong things from young students.

Healthy Schools

Many children consume at least half of their meals at school, and for many children, food served at school may be the only food they regularly eat. With more than 32 million children participating in the National School Lunch Program and more than 12 million participating in the School Breakfast Program, good nutrition at school is more important than ever.

New Rules Will Make School Lunches Healthier

WASHINGTON (AP) - Schoolchildren's favorite lunch - the ubiquitous frozen pizza - is about to get healthier. First lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are expected to announce Wednesday that most school meals, including pizza, will have less sodium, more whole grains and more fruits and vegetables as sides.

Are Teachers Overpaid? Both Sides of the Teacher Salary Debate

Debating Teacher Salaries As government belts tighten and high-profile labor disputes such as the Chicago teacher strike and the 2011 Wisconsin public worker protests hit the news, questions over teachers salaries are batted around again. [Get Matched with Online Teaching and Education Programs Now] Often the bottom line is this: are teachers paid too much?

10 Common Challenges and Best Practices for Teaching Students With ADHD |

Jennifer Capps, a first-grade teacher in South Carolina, says she'll never forget the moment she realized children with attention disorders need clear, one-step instructions. "During my first year of teaching, I gave the directions, 'Use a marker to write your spelling words,'" she recalls.

A growing number of American families are choosing to homeschooltheir children. While research evidence is limited, evaluations ofstudent outcomes suggest that homeschooling is successful forparticipating students. Federal and state policymakers shouldtherefore protect all families' right to educate their children athome and implement policies to enable more families to homeschooltheir children in the future.

Home Schooling Goes Mainstream - Education Next

"I never really told anybody about my music at school, only my really close friends," Cheyenne Kimball told People Magazine in 2006. "Then [school officials] actually aired the show around the whole entire school, and that caused a lot of problems. I was a straight-A student and all of a sudden I didn't want to go to school anymore because of the things people were saying.

Home-Schooling Grows in New York City -

ONE morning early last month, long after that frantic hour between 7 and 8 when most New York City parents were hustling their 4-, 5- and 6-year-olds out the door and into their first day of kindergarten, Benny Rendell, the 5-year-old son of Joanne Rendell, a novelist, and Brad Lewis, a New York University professor, lay sprawled asleep in his bed, enjoying what his mother described as his first day of unkindergarten.

Want To Tell The State To Stick It? Homeschool Your Kids

This notion that the children belong to the state, that their education must be provided for by the state ... is inimical at every step to liberty." - J. Gresham Machen The swelling legions of homeschoolers poke a subtle rebuke at America's ever expanding nanny state.

Comparing Preschool Philosophies: Play-Based vs. Academic

Picking a preschool should be easy, but with so many different terms and philosophies, it can be overwhelming. With a little research, you can make the right choice for your child's first formal educational experience and set the stage for a lifetime of learning.

How academic should a preschool be?

By Pam Gelman, M.A. How do you know which academic skills your child should learn in preschool to be ready for kindergarten? How academic should preschool be? Visiting programs and asking teachers the right questions will help you decide if a particular preschool will adequately prepare your child and is a good match for your child's learning style.

Prevention at School

Bullying can threaten students' physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively impact their ability to learn. The best way to address bullying is to stop it before it starts. There are a number of things school staff can do to make schools safer and prevent bullying.

11 Facts About Bullying

Welcome to, one of the largest orgs for young people and social change! After you've browsed the 11 facts (with citations at the bottom), take action and volunteer with our millions of members. Sign up for a campaign and make the world suck less. Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year.

Bullying is always in the news. Most recently there was a story about a mom who hit a child on a school bus because he was bullying her daughter. Taking matters into her own hands was certainly the wrong thing to do.

10 Steps to Stop and Prevent Bullying

Whether you are a parent, an educator, or a concerned friend of the family, there are ten steps you can take to stop and prevent bullying: Pay attention. There are many warning signs that may point to a bullying problem, such as unexplained injuries, lost or destroyed personal items, changes in eating habits, and avoidance of school or other social situations.

Educational Leadership:Reimagining School:Year-Round Schooling

Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas--superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.

Could students benefit from year-round school? | PBS NewsHour

At one school in West Virginia, administrators, teachers and parents swear by a year-round calendar that has the same number of teaching days as any other school, but spread throughout the year. Special Correspondent Alison Stewart explores how changing the school calendar can affect student achievement.

What if the Secret to Success Is Failure?

Dominic Randolph can seem a little out of place at Riverdale Country School - which is odd, because he's the headmaster. Riverdale is one of New York City's most prestigious private schools, with a 104-year-old campus that looks down grandly on Van Cortlandt Park from the top of a steep hill in the richest part of the Bronx.

Four-Day School Week-Evidence Blast

Our Evidence Blast series provides research, data, and resources to help practitioners and policymakers make important decisions about schools and students. This June, Education Northwest (EdNW) celebrates 47 years of linking practitioners, policymakers, and families to the research and resources they need to improve teaching and learning.

The 4-Day School Week: A Work in Progress - US News

Colorado's Garfield School District No. Re-2 trimmed its school week to four days last year in the hopes of saving roughly half a million dollars. The move paid off, at least as far as the budget is concerned. The rural district saw a savings of roughly $480,000, says Theresa Hamilton, the director of districtwide services at Garfield.

Class Size Reduction Research

Class Size Reduction Jump to: Smaller classes, higher achievement and narrowing the opportunity gap Case studies Benefits for the upper elementary, middle and upper grades Benefits for post-...

Class size and student achievement: Research review

Class size and student achievement: Research review Reducing class size to increase student achievement is an approach that has been tried, debated, and analyzed for several decades. The premise seems logical: with fewer students to teach, teachers can coax better performance from each of them. But what does the research show? - Helping teachers to develop safer schools and prevent school violence

The incidence of "out-of-school suspensions" is increasing dramatically. For example, the Chicago public school system suspended over 20,000 students in 2003, more than doubling the rate over the past decade. The major reasons offered by principals for such suspensions are fighting, students' use of profanity, disrespect toward school staff, and violation of Zero Tolerance Policies.

Schools' suspension rates drop, but problems persist - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

increase font size A UCLA study shows racial gaps still exist, though many schools are making progress. WASHINGTON - Suspension rates dropped for many of the nation's school districts, but U.S. students still lost about 18 million days of instruction to out-of-school punishments in the 2011-2012 school year, according to research released Monday.