Using controversy as a teaching tool: An interview with Diana Hess 


Teaching students how to engage in civil discussions about important issues is even more essential in an environment as polarized and politicized as America is today.   By Joan Richardson  Kappan: You started your career as a high school social studies teacher in Downers Grove, Ill., which is in suburban Chicago. That was 1979. I wonder, what [...]

Top 10 reasons students plagiarize & what teachers can do about it (with apologies to David Letterman) 

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Students may plagiarize for many reasons, ranging from laziness to sloppiness to a lack of understanding about the reason for citations, but teachers can employ a series of strategies to prevent problems while also teaching students good scholarly practices.  By Michelle Navarre Cleary  #10. They are lazy.  While every teacher has entertaining stories about students who hand [...]

Early college can boost college success rates for low-income, first-generation students


Giving students a taste of college early can encourage them to persist in high school and through higher education. By Mamadou Ndiaye and Rebecca E. Wolfe Science teacher Cierra Swopes has a unique perspective on taking college courses while still in high school. In 2008, she was in the second graduating class of Dayton Early [...]

Why I’m not involved: Parental involvement from a parent’s perspective


A university researcher explains how issues of race, culture, and trust have made her reluctant to become more involved at her son’s school.   By Jung-ah Choi I am the mother of a 7-year-old boy from South Korea, and I’m also a college faculty member, teaching and writing about social justice, race, and education. I truly [...]

Can we talk about race? An interview with Beverly Daniel Tatum


Twenty years after publishing Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, author and former Spelman College president Beverly Daniel Tatum says Americans still need to talk about race if they want to bridge the divide between whites and people of color. By Joan Richardson Kappan: One of the themes that runs [...]

Gerrymandering educational opportunity


The extent to which school boundaries foster or hinder efforts at enhancing school diversity depends on the motivation and political will of district leadership.  By Meredith P. Richards In May, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down congressional districts in North Carolina, finding that their boundaries had been unconstitutionally gerrymandered along racial lines. The court held [...]

To engage students, give them meaningful choices in the classroom


It’s important to give students meaningful choices about how and what they learn in the classroom. But not all choices are equal. Teachers should structure learning scenarios that equip students with opportunities to strengthen their autonomy, competence, and relatedness. By Frieda Parker, Jodie Novak, and Tonya Bartell Giving student real choices in the classroom — [...]

Politicizing pedagogy: Teaching for liberty and justice at urban schools


Learning about and debating controversial topics is insufficient. Students must grapple with issues that truly matter to their local communities.  By Suneal Kolluri  Every year, I opened the first day of my government class by asking students to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. At schools in the San Francisco Bay area, the tradition of saluting [...]

In Delaware, creating pathways and opportunities for youth


The Pathways to Prosperity initiative is helping states create seamless transitions from high school to college and the workforce. By Robert Rothman Andrew Flynn had long dreamed of working as an engineer. As a high school junior, his dream began to come true.   He enrolled in an advanced manufacturing career pathway program at his school, [...]

Arming students against bad information


In the age of fake news, teachers in every subject area should redouble their efforts to help students distinguish between credible and deceptive sources of information.  By Maribeth D. Smith  All consumers of information must be able to distinguish fact from opinion and recognize any bias, including one’s own, that may influence the quality or [...]

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