Amazing Kid Shannon McNamara empowers girls in Africa through education. Credit: Megan McNamaraAmazing Kid: Shannon McNamara Age: 17 Grade: 12th Home Town: Basking Ridge, N.J. School: Ridge High School, Basking Ridge, New Jersey...Shannon McNamara empowers girls in Africa through education.
U.S. students still lag behind kids in other nations, but American girls still rock when it comes to reading. Credit: GettyWant your child to get a better-than-average education? It might be time to consider moving to Korea or Finland. In...American students earn a C average in international testing scores.
Books ... check 'em out. Credit: CorbisIf there was such a thing as collective parenting for the entire nation, high school seniors across the country would be spending their Thanksgiving breaks holed up in their rooms, grounded and sentenced to...Despite a teen literary devotion to the Harry Potter and Twilight series, only 38 percent of 12th graders are classified as at or above the "proficient" level, according to a report.
Sardines or students? Credit: Getty ImagesAre there too many kids in your child's classroom? If so, they've got company. School districts in Florida and New York and across the country are struggling with a growing problem -- too many kids...School districts in Florida and New York and across the country are struggling with a growing problem -- too many kids and too few desks
Without preschool, the education gap between Latinos and their peers starts earlier. Credit: Getty ImagesAttendance in preschools for Latino tots lags far behind the national average, with Latino parents half as likely to enroll their kids in...About 35 percent of Latino 4-year-olds attended some type of preschool, while 66 percent of white children and 54 percent of African American children enrolled, the findings show.
Should kids be given the chance to master course work instead of failing outright? Credit: CorbisYou may not like to see your children fail, but would you go so far to protect them as to eliminate the word "fail" from their vocabularies? ...A new policy says it's OK to flunk that test, as long as you pass it at some point.
Is it time for your kid to go on a social media diet? Credit: Dan Kitwood, Getty ImagesIt's a parenting strategy for the social media age. A mom in South Carolina offered her college-age daughter $300 to abstain from Facebook for one month,...Student goes on Facebook cleanse for cold hard cash.
Reading to your kids is a great way to give them a head start on reading and math skills. Credit: Getty ImagesAs the debate over public education rages on, a new study points to another factor that could help shape early education programs:...Moms with poor literacy can affect their children's success in life.
In public school systems, do kids come first? Credit: Getty ImagesI went to see "Waiting for 'Superman'" recently, then tuned in for a virtual town hall meeting moderated by Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post, and featuring the film's...My biggest fear was -- and still is -- very real: Of all in-school factors that affect student achievement, effective teachers and principals account for nearly 60 percent of a student's ability to succeed, according to "Waiting for Superman."
A boy reads a book on a bench at the Christian Light Ministries school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The country is third on the list of worst places to be a school-aged child. Credit: Arnulfo Franco, APIssues like providing laptops for all...A study released this week by the Global Campaign for Education, based in South Africa, shines the spotlight on the worst places in the world to be a school-aged child because of poor access to education.
Wanna keep your kids out of cuffs? Send them to preschool. Credit: banspy, FlickrStill not sure if you want to send your kid to preschool? You might want to pay attention to this: A new study says kids who don't attend preschool are...A new study says kids who don't attend preschool are twice as likely to be arrested for violent crimes by the time they're 40.
Send your kids off to school knowing you've provided their teachers with info your kids need to succeed. Credit: Getty ImagesIt's back-to-school time, when everything is shiny and fresh: New clothes, new notebooks, new backpacks, new teachers...
Shannon McNamara, back row, far right, stands with some of the original 2008 SHARE girls from the Kiteyagwa Primary School in Bukoba, Tanzania, East Africa. Credit: Megan McNamaraShannon McNamara's passion for books is being felt from New Jersey...