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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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Education for a Civil Society Two myths arise in almost all discussions of civic education: "Kids today don't know any civics," and "We don't teach civics nowadays." As I argue in my chapter in Making Civics Count, civic education does need reform, but we must first get the facts straight.
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Bringing Learning to Life in the Classroom It was the beginning of the spring semester in a large urban high school. The student teacher, having just taken over the class from her cooperating teacher, was attempting a class discussion using a protocol in which students talked to one another rather than through the teacher in the usual wagon wheel format. As her university supervisor, I was seated in a corner, observing, taking notes, and preparing to offer support and feedback.
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