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  • Scholar Advocates for Increased Academic Partnership Between U.S. and Cuba

    In January, President Obama lifted restrictions on academic travel to Cuba, making it easier for students to partake in educational exchanges with the island country. To get an expert's perspective on that decision, spoke with Arturo López-Levy, Ph.D. candidate and research associate at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies. López-Levy is a passionate advocate for increasing shared educational opportunities between the U.S. and Cuba.

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  • Can We All Learn to Think Like Banksy?

    One of the world's most recognizable and talked-about artists got his start by breaking the law. While we certainly can't condone the vandalism that characterizes much of his work, Banksy is nonetheless an innovative thinker who has managed to secure broad popularity, seemingly without even really trying. Is there anything we can learn from analyzing his success?

  • What Steve Jobs' Resignation Means for Education

    Steve Jobs is retiring as CEO of Apple. This move has raised a lot of speculation about everything from the future of the company to Jobs' personal health. One area that may see some fallout from this development is education - but what changes can really be predicted at this point?

  • PA School Draws People Across the Country to Houseparent Positions

    Being a houseparent is the sort of job that is both rewarding and frustrating and has the power to lure people hundreds and even thousands of miles from the comfort of their homes and careers. Why? Education Insider takes a closer look at this unique opportunity and why some people give up almost everything to pursue it.

  • How Well Can Christian Colleges Teach Liberal Arts?

    In a recent 'Philanthropy Daily' editorial called 'Illiberal Education and the 'New College' Problem,' author Naomi Schaefer Riley wonders whether some newer, small Christian schools can truly deliver a liberal arts education, regardless of their purported mission. Can a school so enmeshed in the philosophy of the religious right really be considered a beacon of liberal arts?

  • Was Prince William's Wedding Bad for British Schools?

    It's inevitable: every time a major cultural event with lavish costs occurs, people begin to wonder where that money might have been better spent, and the U.K.'s recent royal wedding is certainly no exception. What could that money have done to help British schools? Or did the wedding actually help schools anyway?

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  • Could Ms. Frizzle be a D.C. Teacher?

    Washington, D.C.'s new teacher evaluation system IMPACT has made its results felt across the district, letting go of hundreds of educators who failed to meet its standards. We ask - how would famous fictional teachers stand up to its scrutiny?

  • Schools Use Metadata to Manage Information

    What do a tag on HTML coding and a library card catalog have in common? They both use metadata as a way of managing information. This information can range from who wrote a book and where it is located in a library to resources on the Web, including e-books, electronic documents, educational materials, scientific research and government information.

  • LEGO Helps Astronauts Teach From Space

    LEGO and space. Two pretty cool things that are likely to appeal to kids of all ages. As part of a partnership between NASA and LEGO, space and those fun colored bricks are closer than ever before.

  • All-Star Chefs Drive Demand for Cooking Schools...But Is that Good for Students?

    The life of top chefs can seem pretty glamorous when they're seen on television shows. But are these shows giving future culinary students the wrong impression of what the field is like?

  • Teaching the Deaf an Issue in Many States Across the Nation

    Add specialized schools for blind, deaf and disabled students to the growing list of casualties as budget cuts continue to affect educational institutions and programs across the U.S. However, in some states the threats against schools for the deaf simply fuel an already-heated argument between advocates for the teaching of American Sign Language (A.S.L.) and those who favor a more mainstream education for deaf and hard of hearing students.

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  • The Ramifications of Educators Getting Involved in Cheating

    The recent educator cheating scandal in Atlanta is only one of many such cases that have happened all over the world. When teachers and school officials take it upon themselves to cheat, it will only hurt the students in the long run.

  • American Universities Abroad Double as Diplomats

    In a recent editorial for 'The Chronicle of Higher Education,' American University of Iraq at Sulaimani chancellor Athanasios Moulakis expounded on the ways that United States universities abroad may actually be our country's best export. What services can American schools render in foreign lands that government officials can't?

  • Report Finds that U.S. Teachers Working More Hours Than Counterparts in Other Countries

    A study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has found that United States educators spend more time teaching than those in other countries. But is this a good thing or a sign of problems?

  • Teachers Face Tough Decisions Regarding Illegal Immigrants

    There is estimated to be about 11 million illegal immigrants currently enrolled in school systems throughout the United States. The U.S. Department of Education and the Justice Department have stated that all children are by law allowed 'equal access to public education.' Yet those residing in the United States without proper authorization are violating federal law. On which side should teachers fall?

  • Instructional Outsourcing a Growing Trend on University Campuses Across the Country

    While outsourcing at higher education institutions is not unheard of - food services and bookstore management, for example, are routinely outsourced at many colleges and universities - instructional outsourcing is relatively new and largely untested.'s Education Insider examines why this type of outsourcing might be done and the positive and negative impact and connotations related to the practice.

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  • Tau Day Generates Controversy Among Math Scholars

    For more than 20 years, math enthusiasts around the world have celebrated Pi Day on March 14. This year, there is another calendar event for numbers geeks to get excited about - Tau Day. The only potential problem: Those with an affinity for 3.14159... may worry the occasion threatens pi's place in the mathematics pantheon.

  • Plans for a Common Core Standards Open Resource

    As teachers begin to incorporate the Common Core State Standards in their classrooms, they envision an online platform to share model curriculum units and get feedback on lesson plans. Their dream may soon become a reality. Two major efforts are underway to make open source curriculum resources available by 2013, a year before the Common Core Standards are expected to be fully implemented.

  • The 30 Goals Project is Inspiring Teachers to Aim Higher

    Teaching is an essential profession that is by turns frustrating and inspiring. Luckily, there are plenty of education professionals out there with great ideas on how to succeed. If you're an educator who's always looking for ways to improve your performance, why not take the 30 Goals Challenge?

  • No Child Left Behind Lessens Punishment on Under-performing Schools

    No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the education law of the land since 2001, demands that schools annually assess students' proficiency in math and reading. The legislation states that schools not meeting academic benchmarks are subject to sanctions, including potential closure. But many underperforming schools are getting a reprieve from punishments.

  • Can Merit-Based Pay for Educators Work?

    Whether teacher pay should be tied to student performance is a question being debated among educators nationwide. Viewed by some as an essential step toward education reform, the concept is abhorrent to many others who work in the nation's public schools.

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  • What the New Illinois Dream Act Means for Undocumented Students

    Educators, business leaders and immigrant advocacy groups have lobbied Congress to pass the national DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act for over ten years. The Illinois state House and Senate passed this historic education bill in May 2011, which will provide opportunities for scholarships, college savings programs and prepaid tuition to all Illinois residents, including undocumented students, at no cost to taxpayers.

  • The Bentham Project Needs Your Help

    Developed by University College London, the Bentham Project seeks to publish a new and authoritative edition of the works of Jeremy Bentham (1748-1842), noted British philosopher and reformer. The previous collected works edition is viewed as being inadequate since it omitted many of the philosopher's manuscripts and correspondence housed in the University College London Library and the British Library.

  • Most Controversial Books Ever Banned by Libraries

    There is a long list of librarians who work tirelessly to make sure society has the freedom to read. Nevertheless, there are some books that have been challenged so many times that they have actually been banned from certain libraries. Here is a list of the ten most commonly challenged and banned books.

  • The Debate Around Common Core Standards

    While the U.S. Department of Education regulates many policies related to funding and evaluating schools, the curriculum that is taught to K-12 students is largely determined at the state level. In recent years, there has been a push on the part of states to more closely align their efforts in educating children.

  • The National Governors Association's College Overhaul Favors Job-Centric Education

    The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (CBP) recently released a report on the current state of higher education entitled 'Degrees for What Jobs? Raising Expectations for Universities and Colleges in a Global Economy.' Unfortunately, the CBP might have some bad news for students of the liberal arts. They believe that priority should be given to degree programs designed explicitly for the labor market, which means ceasing 'emphasis on broad liberal-arts education.'

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  • Chicago Public Schools CEO Choice Gets Mixed Reviews

    Last week, Chicago mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel announced who he would appoint to head the city's public schools. Jean-Claude Brizard comes to the job with a reputation for being a reformer. His policies and leadership style, however, have been called into question by many observers.

  • Introducing the 2011 Youth Media Awards Winners

    The American Library Association has announced the winners of the 2011 youth media awards. These include the Newberry, Caldecott, Printz and Coretta Scott King prizes, as well as awards for outstanding children's illustration, videos and audiobooks.

  • Fairer Access: What British Charities are Doing for Education Accessibility

    The effect of social inequity on education access is a problem familiar to many learners around the globe. A charitable organization in the United Kingdom, though, has come up with a pretty solid plan for sending economically disadvantaged students to universities. What can the rest of the world learn from their example?

  • Cities Threaten to Lay Off All Public School Teachers

    Providence Public School District made headlines in February when the school board voted to send termination letters to every one of its 1,900 teachers. This month, Detroit Public Schools followed suit, sending out nearly 5,500 layoff notices. While not all teachers in these cities will actually lose their jobs, massive layoffs are expected in public schools - and in districts throughout the country.

  • Express Yourself: Celebrate National Poetry Month

    O Captain! My Captain! April is National Poetry Month. Established in 1996, the occasion represents an opportunity for poets and poetry lovers of all persuasions to express their love of verse. Learn how you can join this literary affair.

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  • What Happened to the Rubber Room?

    When a student gets in trouble, he or she is typically sent to the principal's office, given detention or assigned some other standard punishment. Most school systems have established channels for disciplining students, but not for teachers. In the past decade, attention has been drawn to an unusual practice of disciplining public school faculty in New York City.

  • A New No Child Left Behind?

    Initially one of the bipartisan hallmarks of George W. Bush's presidency, 2001's No Child Left Behind bill (officially the Elementary and Secondary Education Act) has come to be synonymous with the previous decade's failings in education reform. Now, President Barack Obama has called for an overhaul of the much-maligned policy. What are Obama's new plans for the bill, and when does he want this done?

  • New Food Rules for Mexico's Students

    Childhood obesity is a recognized epidemic in the U.S. that has been targeted by health experts and politicians. Now officials in Mexico are also addressing high rates of obesity among children. So far, the results have been mixed.

  • Student Protesters: Then and Now

    College students played a significant role in Wisconsin protests over scaled-back labor-union rights. And Egypt's recent political transformation would not have been possible without the support of students in that country. Learn how events like these fit within the history and heritage of student activism.

  • History Re-Imagined: Great New Reads in Historical Fiction

    What was it like to live with the Brönte family? Who was the real Catherine de Medici behind the crown? How did women live in Medieval England? People love historical fiction because it offers vivid, albeit fictional, answers to questions about which scholars can only speculate. In fact, the genre of historical fiction is so popular that it's become almost as large as history itself! We decided to focus on five great reads in historical fiction from the past year.

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  • Detroit Set to Close Half of City Schools

    A budget gap of $327 million has forced Detroit Public Schools officials to propose massive operational cuts. A recent plan approved by the Michigan Department of Education includes closing 70 of Detroit's 142 schools by 2013.

  • Wisconsin Teacher Protests Spread to Other States

    When teachers and other public workers descended upon Wisconsin's Capitol building in Madison last week to protest an anti-union bill, they could not have known the full impact of their action. Public rallies aimed at preserving collective bargaining rights have spread to Indiana and Ohio with protests set to occur in other states.

  • 5 Surprisingly Well-Educated Movie Stars

    Sometimes actors have to pretend to be really intelligent, and other times they carry on as though there's not much going on upstairs. In reality actors, like many other professionals, exhibit a wide range of formal education. Here's a few that really took to book learning.

  • 5 Surprisingly Well-Educated Rock Stars

    All the fame and money that people typically associate with being a rock star comes with its down side. According to popular stereotypes, most musicians are poorly educated, inarticulate party animals who luckily stumbled into a glamorous career path. Here's five rockers who buck that train of thought.

  • Community and Collaboration: Speaks with the Authors of Zora and Me

    Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon recently won the Coretta Scott King New Talent (Author) award for 'Zora and Me,' a novel that reimagines Zora Neale Hurston as a young girl. caught up with them to find out how the idea for the book was born and what it's like to write with your best friend.

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  • Controversial Changes Proposed to British Higher Education

    The United Kingdom's public finances have been hit hard by the global economic turmoil of the past few years. The British government has adopted austerity measures in response to the crisis. One area being considered for cutbacks is the nation's public education system. A plan announced in October of 2010 has led to widespread criticism and highly publicized student protests.

  • Promoting Student Success: Speaks With Minds Matter

    Minds Matter is a national organization that helps high-achieving, low-income youth prepare for and succeed in college. recently caught up with Shari Ashton of the flagship New York City chapter to find out how the program is increasing access to education for kids all over the country.

  • January is National Mentoring Month

    Has a mentor made a difference in your life? Celebrate that person today, Thank Your Mentor Day, and for the rest of National Mentoring Month. In honor of all the great mentors out there, explores the important role these individuals play and shares how you can become a mentor.

  • The Doctor Is In(ternational): Foreign Medical Schools and U.S. Hospitals

    For years, Caribbean medical schools have secured residency training for their graduates at U.S. hospitals. But now New York medical schools are trying to put up road blocks in their state, arguing that this phenomenon results in poorly trained American doctors and unfair competition for dwindling residency slots.

  • School Independence in Australia: Pros and Cons

    Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has a plan to allow schools to function more independently from government authority. The program is considered by some to be similar to the charter school system in the U.S. As with most political matters, there is opposition to this plan, with some opponents concerned about the total privatization of Australia's educational system.

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  • Comparisons in the Global Classroom

    Americans performed abysmally in reading and math on the latest PISA, a standardized test administered to young students around the globe. By contrast, students from Shanghai outscored every other country even though this is their first time participating in the test. Speaking to The New York Times, Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the results 'a challenge to get better.'

  • Top 5 Figures in Education for 2010

    With education at the top of the presidential priority list, three major administration figures made our list of movers and shakers in education for this year. But there were also two passionate women who stirred up controversy - and reform. Read on to learn more about's top 5 figures in education for 2010.

  • Top 10 Events in Education News for 2010

    The year in education saw lots of dramatic events, from controversial federal student aid rules to a dire national progress report and major program cuts in the humanities. But the news wasn't all bad - one city started college savings accounts for every incoming kindergartner, while the feds won extra funding for higher ed and an effort to improve academic standards across the country was officially launched. Read on to reminisce about the top 10 education events in 2010.

  • Do What You Love or Love What You Do?

    Finding the right career path can be challenging, and many people get hung up on the pressure to 'do what you love.' Read on to discover why that's not always the best approach and learn about alternative ways to build a rewarding career.

  • Back to (Better) Basics

    Schools are the primary educators of American children, but community organizations also have an important role to play in learning. These agencies provide extra instruction and programs that schools aren't able to offer. Learn about Better Basics, an organization working to improve literacy in Birmingham, Alabama.

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  • 10 Ways to Use Your Education to Give Back

    Yesterday we wrote about several of the reasons that we're thankful for having an education here at Today we'd like to share a few ideas on how you can use that education to give back to your community.

  • America Gives Back: U.S. Cities and States With the Highest Volunteer Rates

    It's Thanksgiving week, and what better way to give thanks than to volunteer in your community? Read on to discover the places that have America's highest volunteering rates.

  • Thankful for Education

    It's the season for remembering all the things in life to be thankful for. Here at we'd like to take a moment to share ten reasons we're grateful for education.

  • 10 Ways Teachers Make a Difference

    Educated individuals tend to be happier and healthier, and study after study has found that an educated populace leads to a stronger economy. The fact is, teachers make a difference. To show our appreciation, we here at would like to take a moment to reflect on some of the ways in which teachers make a difference in our world.

  • Do the Write Thing: It's NaNoWriMo!

    Students, writers, everyday people - it's time to realize your literary dreams with National Novel Writing Month! Join us this November for 'thirty days and nights of literary abandon.'

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  • Study Examines Growing Relationship Between Big Oil and Research Universities

    In a recent report, the Center for American Progress analyzed 10 multimillion dollar energy research agreements between American universities and large oil companies. They found that many schools are failing to preserve their academic and public-interest roles when negotiating research contracts with large corporations.

  • It's National Massage Therapy Awareness Week!

    Did you know that there are more than 80 forms of massage? Since it's National Massage Therapy Awareness Week, why not take a little time to learn more about this increasingly popular practice for wellness. Read on to learn how massage can improve your health - and how you might become a massage therapist.

  • Libraries on Life Support: Funding Cuts Threaten Services

    This week, we've examined how libraries provide services in communities across the country, illuminating the important role of libraries in our society. We close the week with a somber look at how cuts in funding nationwide are putting libraries in peril.

  • The Nation's Best Library Systems's spotlight on libraries continues with a look at a recent report rating the nation's best systems. In the 'LJ Index of Public Library Service 2010', high-performing systems, or 'Star Libraries', are identified for excellence in key patron services areas.

  • Books and Beyond: How Public Libraries Build Collections

    There are more than 16,600 public libraries in the United States, and filling these information centers with materials is not cheap. Recent data from the American Library Association (ALA) reveals that public libraries annually purchase over $1.6 billion in print, audiovisual and electronic resources. But just how do librarians determine which materials will fill library shelves and servers?

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