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Survey: Teachers Believe in High Expectations, but Standards Fall Short in Practice

There are "significant gaps" in teacher and student perceptions about academic success. Credit: Getty Images
Aim high, achieve low? According to new research, educators strongly believe in the importance of high standards for students, but...

Rewarding Kids May Not Be the Best Motivator for Success

Daniel Pink, author of Drive, suggests carrots and sticks might not motivate. Credit: Jerry Bauer
Whether it's getting them to master toilet training, trigonometry or taking out the trash, motivating kids sometimes involves a reward. But...

LA School Board Approves Controversial Reform Plan

In what could become an example for school districts nationwide, the Los Angeles school board passed a controversial plan last month that will let teachers manage nearly two dozen schools in the state's largest district. Ramon C. Cortines, the...

Four-Day School Weeks Gaining Ground in Georgia

Looking for new ways to skirt budgetary difficulties, many school districts across Georgia are investigating the lead of one county and shifting to a four-day school week. For the 2009-2010 school year, Peach County, located near the middle of...

Head of School that Slaughtered Lamb Resigns

The head of the British school that caused a ruckus last fall for slaughtering the school's pet lamb has resigned for personal reasons. According to BBC News, Andrea Charman will step down as head of Lydd Primary School in Kent, England. Lydd...

Twins Don't Need To Be Separated At School, Study Shows

Twins might do just as well in the same classroom. Credit: Corbis
When their children reach school age, many parents of twins wrestle with the decision to separate the siblings or put them in the same classroom. But according to recent...

Heart-Shaped Valentine's Day Crafts

I'll admit it: Cabin Fever is not a Craft Queen. But every year our dining room table turns into a factory for mass Valentine production. The children bring home class lists, we clear crafting space and then set about making a Valentine for everyone...

Kid Almost Suspended for Bringing Tiny Toy Gun to School

Patrick Timoney, 9, holds the small plastic gun that almost got the fourth grader suspended. Credit: Nicholas Fevelo, New York Daily News
School safety is important, but some are saying an elementary school principal overreacted when she saw one...

New York Teacher Accused of Staging Student Wrestling Match

When the kids are fighting, have you ever wanted to just lock them in a room for a while to see which one is left standing? But while none of us would ever actually go to such an extreme, a Queens, N.Y., teacher and an aide have been accused of...

New Program Gives Students Vaccinations at School

Henry Middle School student Jorge Aldana winces as Denver Health clinical project manager RN Kelly Busch gives him a shot. Credit: Joe Amon, The Denver Post First it was homework, then it was tests and now it's shots. Just one more reasons kids...

School District Bans Dictionary, Reaches Compromise

A California school district removed the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary from an elementary school. Ekhumphrey, Flickr
"Ulysses," "The Color Purple" and "The Catcher in the Rye," it's time to make some room on the shelf for...

Best Advice the Mom Behind Toronto's 'Planet Kid' Ever Got

Sarajane Fillmore is the owner of Planet Kid, a successful kids' clothing boutique located in Toronto's hippest neighbourhood, Roncesvalles Village. Her store is home to a wealth of fabulous Canadian kidswear designers, including herself. She also...

Distraction Tactics: Comforting a Child Who Is Not Your Own

Occasionally, or even fairly frequently, I have in my care someone else's child. Occasionally, though thankfully not as frequently, someone else's child discovers she misses her own mother, or is in some other way suffering malaise, boredom, or...

Discipline Report: Boy, 6, Suspended For Carrying Camping Silverware; Florida Couple Arrested For Washing Child's Mouth Out With Soap

Friends and strangers are rallying around the family of a Newark, Dela., boy who was suspended for bringing a camping utensil that contained a fork, spoon and knife to school. Zachary Christie, 6, intended to use the utensil to eat his pudding...

Bake Sales Banned in New York City Public Schools

New York City schools have banned bake sales to promote healthy eating habits among students. Credit: Rachel from Cupcakes Take the Cake, Flickr
No treats for you! The New York City Department of Education has banned bake sales during...

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