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Helping Your Students Discuss the Ethical Issues of Applying to College

As you know, a major scandal involving college admissions has been making headlines since 2019. A number of very wealthy parents – some of whom are celebrities – paid vast sums of money to a college admissions counselor of sorts, who then pulled all kinds of strings to get their kids into elite institutions that included USC, Stanford, Yale, and others.

How did that counselor help those students get into top colleges? In some cases, he found ways to assure that they would earn top scores on standardized tests. (In one case, he allegedly stated that one student required special accommodations on a test, then he had that student take the test in a private location where he could answer questions for her.) Read more

Hispanic Heritage Month

Facts and Figures to Keep in Mind During Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month will be observed this year from September 15th through October 15th. Events will be held at the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, in National Parks, at the Smithsonian Institution and elsewhere.

If you are a Hispanic American, a Hispanic-American educator, a student, or a teacher whose classroom is home to Hispanic-American students, you will want to follow these events this month. Read more

Social Justice Rally

The Challenges of Teaching Social Justice in Your Classroom

The trial of Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis has focused our nation’s attention on issues of social justice and racial equality. These questions can form the basis for classroom discussions and assignments in our classrooms yet making those assignments and leading discussions can pose a challenge for teachers. Students could offer opinions that will trigger other students, and even reflect badly on the teacher who was in charge when those opinions were expressed. Read more

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Has Covid-19 Driven a Permanent Wedge Between America’s Public and Private Schools?

If you live in many towns and cities across the United States, you are familiar with the great divide between the public and private schools near you. Read more

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Returning to the Classroom

The CDC’s Checklists Are a Helpful Resource

Returning to live instruction in the classroom, whether it happens in stages or all at once, is sure to be challenging to teachers, parents, and school administrators. But let’s not forget that . . . Read more

First Lady Jill Biden

Why Having a Teacher as First Lady Is Bound to Help Education in America

Welcome, Jill Biden . . .

First Lady Jill Biden is clearly smart, resourceful, warm, courageous, and highly supportive of her husband. But she has something else going for her . . .

Jill Biden is a teacher Read more

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A Pandemic Reading List for High School Students

If you teach high school students and would like them to develop a historical perspective on the great plagues and pandemics in history, we would like to suggest you let them know about the books on the list that we have compiled below.

One reassuring lesson these books teach is that the current Covid-19 pandemic, horrible as it is, might not be the most frightening or devastating world health disaster in history. Plus, these books contain a varied and useful selection of topics for students to research and explore. What public health initiatives were used to combat these prior pandemics, for example? What countermeasures did people use to combat them, and are there lessons we can learn? How was society changed, and what changes are still visible today? Read more

Books and Mental Health Resources for Teachers

Mental Health Resources for Teachers During Covid-19

Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions. But we also know that during the current pandemic, teaching has become one of the most challenging.

If you are a teacher and you are becoming discouraged, you are certainly not alone. Read more

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Teaching Citizenship Skills to Future American Leaders

Calls to boost civic education are growing, and teachers need help answering that call. The RAND Corporation finds only 1 in 5 social studies teachers nationwide feels well-prepared to support their students’ citizenship education. Consistent with our commitment at the Student Research Foundation (SRF) to support teachers in preparing students for life after high school, we want to share two resources that may help all educators – and particularly those who feel caught between community pressures and lack of resources. Read more

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Are These Radical Changes About to Affect American Higher Education?

As you have noticed, American higher education has just gone through a period of cataclysmic change. Can you think of another four-year period when colleges have removed the names of their slave-holding founders from buildings, and when students have been expected to continue to pay full tuition while attending classes remotely?

Those are only two of the changes we have seen, some of which we have come to accept as a new and normal way of educating students. They are very big changes.

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