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Educating for Intellectual Character In his recent book Character Compass, Boston University professor Scott Seider tells the story of three successful Boston-area charter schools each with a strong but relatively unique commitment to character education.
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The Promising Practice of Induction Recently, while redesigning a course called “Adult Motivation and Conflict Management in Education Settings,” I had a chance to revisit some research on the practice of induction for new teachers. This has made me reflect not only on the importance of the practice, but also on how much more we have to learn in order to slow the huge numbers of new teachers leaving the profession—a trend that drains school budgets and the time and energy of administrators.
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Three Ways to Help “Loners” and Improve School Safety As school reopens this month, following yet another school shooting, teachers of adolescents may be inclined to take a second look at their own students and wonder if any of them might be capable of pulling off a similar violent attack.
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Who Is Educating the Nation? How the New Media Landscape Is Changing the Middle East Schools once served as focal points of youth citizenship education, but for the wired generation of Internet-savvy youth this is no longer the case. From North America to North Africa, youth are coming of age in an increasingly more plugged-in, digital, and new media era. As a result, young people are learning and exercising citizenship in fundamentally different ways from past generations.
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Justice Kennedy’s Role in Fisher and the Reality of Race Those of us in the social science community who have been following the Fisher case know that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision, like the 2003 decisions in Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger, could have a lasting impact on the practices and policies of postsecondary institutions across the country.
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Critical Mess One of the rhetorical puzzles that arose during Supreme Court arguments in the Fisher case, in which a white student challenges the race-conscious admissions system at the University of Texas, poses a "catch-22" that could spell the end of affirmative action.
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Five Things High School Students Should Know About Race Americans, especially white Americans, don’t like to talk about race. And they generally don’t think they need to know anything about it, either. Many Americans think we are in a “postracial” society, partly because a black man is president, so they don’t need to give much thought to race anymore.
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Take the Common Core Outdoors: School gardens offer lessons beyond science and healthy eating When Michelle Obama planted a vegetable garden on the White House lawn with Bancroft Elementary students in 2009, she made the point that school gardens are a natural place for children to learn about local food systems and eating healthy food. Digging down into loam to discover sweet potatoes, nibbling on sweet lettuce, filling carts with luscious collard greens to give to the local food pantry—these images of schoolchildren in the garden have done as much as anything to elevate the profile of the school garden as a vehicle for children’s good health.
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The Stories a Classroom Tells Many years ago when I was a student in a teacher certification program, one of our daily requirements was to observe the classroom of a different teacher in the school.
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Too Much Diversity?: The Abigail Fisher Case and Race in College Admissions On October 10th, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case contesting the use of race in college admissions brought by petitioner, Abigail Noel Fisher, against The University of Texas at Austin.
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