Four States Now Require Schools to Teach LGBT History

Starting next school year, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history will be part of the curriculum in Illinois public schools. Democratic Governor J. B. Pritzker signed House Bill 246 into law Aug. 9, making Illinois the fourth state to mandate teaching LGBT history, after California, New Jersey, and Colorado. The Illinois legislation takes effect in July 2020. The law mandates that history classes in public schools “include a study of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Read More

Teaching Kids How to Say ‘No’ Before College Lessens Risk of Sexual Assault In College

STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED sex education before college that included training in refusing unwanted sex were half as likely to be assaulted in college, a new study finds. In contrast, students who received abstinence-only sex education before college were not shown to have significantly reduced experiences of campus sexual assault – though they also did not show an increased risk. Those were some of the top-line findings from researchers at Columbia University who examined data from a survey of Read More

Teachers Turn Lessons Into Instagram-Worthy Photos

When she’s trying decide which art supplies to buy for her class, Tennessee art teacher Cassie Stephens hops on Instagram. She’ll post the question on her Instagram story, and within minutes, other art teachers will send her ideas and videos. Teachers like Stephens have formed something of a community on the app. Using hashtags like #teachersofinstagram, teacher Instagrammers post photos of meticulously crafted classroom decorations, lessons and even their daily outfits (Stephens posted a picture of Read More

From Poverty To Rocket Scientist To CEO, A Girl Scout’s Inspiring Story

Sylvia Acevedo grew up on a dirt road in New Mexico. Her family was poor, living “paycheck to paycheck.” After a meningitis outbreak in her Las Cruces neighborhood nearly killed her younger sister, her mother moved the family to a different neighborhood. At her new school, young Acevedo knew no one. Until a classmate convinced her to become a Brownie Girl Scout. And from that moment, she says, her life took on a new path. Read More

Scared Of Math? Here’s One Way To Fight The Fear

Do you remember the day you decided you were no good at math? Or maybe you had the less common, opposite experience: a moment of math excitement that hooked you for good? Thousands of studies have been published that touch on the topic of “math anxiety.” Overwhelming fear of math, regardless of one’s actual aptitude, affects students of all ages, from kindergarten to grad school. This anxiety extends to the daily lives of grown-ups; we put off Read More

The Value of a Video

IN THE LAND OF parenting there are two camps: those who think educational videos can be good for their kids and those who think they’re a mind-numbing wasteland. I tended to side with the latter when my daughter was in her preschool years because I was convinced that books and active play were superior. But we’ve all been exhausted at 6 a.m. and streamed videos from YouTube. Let’s just assume that my daughter watched more videos Read More

A Conspiracy Video Teaches Kids A Lesson About Fake News

As the bell rings students file into class at Maxence Van der Meersch middle school. This morning the kids have a visitor – investigative journalist Thomas Huchon. Without telling them the topic of his visit, Huchon says he’s going to show them a mini-documentary. The video tells how the CIA spread the AIDS virus in Cuba, and says that was the real reason behind the decades-long U.S. embargo. It was only lifted, the narrator says, Read More

Inside The Virtual Schools Lobby: ‘I Trust Parents’

A free day at the aquarium! For Marcey Morse, a mother of two, it sounded pretty good. It was the fall of 2016, and Morse had received an email offering tickets, along with a warning about her children’s education. At that time, Morse’s two kids were enrolled in an online, or “virtual,” school called the Georgia Cyber Academy, run by a company called K12 Inc. About 275,000 students around the country attend these online public Read More

University Graduate Students Walk Out To Protest Tax Plan That Hurts Them

Graduate students around the country walked out of their classes, office hours, and research labs to protest the House Republican tax plan Wednesday. “This plan is going to be disastrous for higher ed,” said Jack Nicoludis, a Harvard graduate student in chemistry, who helped organize a protest on the campus. He said the bill would more than double his taxes. In exchange for teaching courses or teaming up with professors on research projects, universities don’t Read More

How U.S. Kids Might Have Performed Better in Math

Here’s a puzzle: If U.S. students do so badly on international tests, especially in math, how can it be that the U.S. economy is so strong? An educated workforce is supposedly a big predictor of a country’s income and annual growth. Yet the performance of American 15-year-olds on the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, has always been lackluster. Since 2012, U.S. math scores have slumped down into the bottom half. Meanwhile, the U.S. Read More