K-12 Education

6:28pm

Sat September 27, 2014
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Right And Left Joined Forces In Fight To Legalize Home Schooling

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 7:15 pm

Home-schooling might still be seen as a fringe movement, but today, it's equally outlandish to suggest that home-schooling should be illegal. A few decades ago, that wasn't the case.
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"It was like the days of the one-room schoolhouse," reminisces home-schooling advocate and First Amendment lawyer Michael Farris. He's talking about a few short decades ago, the time when he and his wife raised their 10 children — six girls, four boys — and educated them entirely in the home.

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6:03am

Thu September 25, 2014
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Q&A: The Mis-Education Of African-American Girls

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 7:39 am

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We've known for a long time that inequality and systemic educational barriers are holding back many young African-Americans. President Obama has led an initiative to help close the opportunity gap for young black men.

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7:18am

Wed September 24, 2014
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Three R's For The Digital Age: Rockets, Robots And Remote Control

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 12:53 pm

I and Robot ... a primal encounter at World Maker Faire.
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Huan Zhang is captain of the all-girl robotics team at Francis Lewis High School in Fresh Meadows, Queens. She and her teammate Vanessa Lin are firing up their robot for me. It looks a little bit like a milk crate on the go.

"It's going to take a couple minutes to set it up," Lin says. While we're waiting, Zhang tells me their rookie team made it to regional competition in Pennsylvania with this very robot, which, on cue, starts rolling around picking up plastic blocks with metal arms.

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7:14am

Fri September 19, 2014
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Q&A: A View Of The Common Core From The Principal's Office

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 3:26 pm

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Suburban school principals aren't exactly known as rabble-rousers. In general, they're a pretty sedate bunch — you know, composed, serious, calm.

But if you want to get them riled up, ask them what they think about the Common Core State Standards and how teachers are evaluated.

That's exactly what I did recently: During a visit to Washington, D.C., I sat down with a group of middle and high school principals — members of the National Association of Secondary School Principals — to hear their frontline views of the Common Core.

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5:47am

Thu September 18, 2014
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How To Make The Most Of Your 10 Minutes With Teacher

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 7:11 am

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So you finally get the chance to meet one on one with your child's teacher — now what?

Like a good Boy Scout, be prepared: Educators agree that doing your homework before a parent-teacher conference can make a big difference.

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