In the U.S., college is increasingly held up as the only way to a successful, middle class life. As a result, many students, parents, and teachers have been trained to avoid the idea of apprenticeship like the plague.
According to William Thayer, author of the 1893 book The Ethics of Success, there are three ways an individual can enhance his critical thinking and comprehension skills through reading.
Over the years, I’ve heard a number of teachers and parents say a variation of the following: “I don’t care what the child reads, just as long as he is reading!”
The one ingredient that makes the most difference in how well and how much children learn is parental involvement. Homeschooling is the ultimate in parental involvement.
Considering many Americans today can’t even explain why we celebrate the 4th of July, it’s somewhat awe-inspiring to see how the American Founders were able to have the knowledge and ability to declare independence, fight a grueling war, and then lay the groundwork for our nation to be built upon. How did they do it?
As the rest of the world watches Greece crumble under crippling debt, it might be worth looking at Greece as it used to be.
On this 4th of July weekend, we can either yearn for what will not come back or we can begin putting our energy into forming new communities and institutions that can sustain the "intellectual and moral life" necessary for the next cultural revolution.
Do you agree with the majority of Americans that school funding should follow the child so that parents are able to send him or her to the school of their choice?
The SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage could impact religious schools.
The United States is increasingly criticized for having a “one-size-fits-all” public education system. In this system, students of varying abilities, talents, and desires are provided with a similar curriculum through high school and are prepared for the same goal of college.
In our efforts to get students caught up, are we squelching the abilities and interests of our best and brightest students?
Writing ability has gone to pot in America.
In honor of Father’s Day, here are four ways in which dads positively influence their child’s education.
If there is not a clear idea of what we want students to learn, education will be powerless to do anything to improve society.
Several indications showing that public schools were not always as secular in nature as we might think.
This week, an impressive list of scholars across the nation published a letter opposing the new framework for the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) exam in U.S. History. You can read the full letter here.
Increased fudging may be the true reason graduation rates are on the rise.
At the end of another school year, questions predictably arise about the continued value of a long summer break.
Ah… summertime. School is out and your kids are hanging around, complaining of boredom or playing on your iPhone. How do you ensure that your children won’t fritter away their summer in useless activities that fail to stretch their mind?
I am not qualified to teach in Minnesota public schools. Here are my non-qualifications:
The current model began with the industrial “labor and management are adversaries” model.
Technology—whether in education or other areas of human life—is a tool, not a cure-all. And in schools, in cannot substitute for good teacher.
There's nothing like a good editorial cartoon to make you think.
There's nothing like a good editorial cartoon to make you think...
Anything resembling real health insurance is illegal. And if you tried to offer it, they might throw you in jail.
As a society, we can keep trying to fix the symptoms or we can address the root causes.
Films of children’s fantasy stories, while very entertaining, may be counterproductive. If they stifle the imagination, then in the long run we will have a population that continues to have a great appetite for entertainment, but little agility of imagination.
Those who would choose a charter, private, or home school largely expressed a desire for better education or an enhanced instruction setting. Yet better education was not the prominent selection feature for those who would choose public school.