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How Much is too Much in Kindergarten?

This article originally found at NPR Nowadays, kindergarteners are learning things that are increasingly more complex. When I was a child, kindergarten consisted of sitting on a mat playing games like duck-duck-goose and who stole the cookie from the cookie jar, naps, and play-doh. It was also about preparing for going to a higher grade. Of…

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Are We Steering Young People Towards College Without a Navigation System?

By Felicia Williams In 2011, the Common Core Standards were introduced and implemented by school districts across the United States. To date, there are 43 states that have voluntarily adopted and are working to implement the standards. One of the reasons that these Standards were designed was to ensure that students graduating from high school…

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From the Library: Tyrell

[easyazon_link identifier=”0439838800″ locale=”US” tag=”youblawornet-20″]Tyrell[/easyazon_link], a book for teenagers by Coe Booth, aims to paint a descriptive picture of the life of a heavily-burdened African-American teenager. Booth does this by narrating the life of fifteen-year-old Tyrell, whose life has been affected by homelessness, crime, drugs, infedility, and moral dilemmas. [easyazon_image align=”center” height=”160″ identifier=”0439838800″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”youblawornet-20″ width=”109″] The protagonist,…...

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What is Culturally Responsive Teaching, Anyway?

[fvplayer src=””] The declining numbers of Black teachers has had a damaging effect on the education of Black children. Matters have been worsened by non-black teachers who lack understanding of our culture and our children. Dr. Shonta Smith, Professor at Southeast Missouri State University, defines culturally responsive teaching and how it contributes to, or interferes…...

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Activists are Bringing Education Back to Girls in Nigeria, Despite Boko Haram

By Evette D. Champion Out of the estimated 57 million children that are not in school around the world, 10 million of these children reside in Nigeria. What’s even more disheartening is that the majority of these children are female. In the predominantly Muslim northern portion of the African country, the situation is bleak. Girls…

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Obama Says That Education Goes Beyond Tests, Announces End of Bush’s ‘No Child Left Behind’ Policy

By Victor Ochieng Assessing how well students learn is quite important. But when education solely focuses on tests, then it totally loses its meaning. When George W. Bush came up with educational reforms under “No Child Left Behind” program, it seemed like a brilliant idea. Unfortunately, it has impeded access to quality education. It has turned…

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What is an Education Really Worth?

Some days I sit and look at the degrees on my wall and ask myself, Was it worth it? But then I think about the fact that I am in a stable job, I have a future for my son and myself which includes a pension and amazing health benefits and say, Yes, it was.…

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Let’s Read More to Our Black Boys

This article originally found at The Ed Advocate I love reading with my son. However, he seems much more content with just turning the pages, closing the book, or trying to eat it. In that same sense, we have a tablet for him that helps with everything from Tangrams (puzzles with basic shapes) and math,…

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50 Years of Racism — Why Silence Isn’t the Answer (Video)

Racism, overt and covert, is often a difficult topic to discuss. James A. White Sr, co-author of “A Better World: Understanding How Your Personal Operating System Affects Culture, Diversity & Inclusion,” discusses his first experiences with overt racism and his thoughts about the prevalence of hate crimes in modern society. He ponders the question: “What…

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