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Rethinking 'ultra-safe' playgrounds: Why it's time to bring back 'thrill-provoking' equipment for kids

November 29, 2015 - 10:51am
When equipment no longer presents an age-appropriate challenge for the children, they quickly become bored and indifferent to the plastic play pieces. Or worse, they use them in ways that they were never intended for – making the situation unsafe in today’s standards. However, this problem goes even deeper than simply offering an appropriate level of challenge and letting children take risks.









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Peyton’s Awesome Virtual Self, a robot that allows girl with cancer to attend school

November 28, 2015 - 5:54pm
Advanced robot gives 10-year-old a chance to be a part of daily elementary school classes, remotely.









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To build a better teacher, Harvard launches program aimed at quality

November 27, 2015 - 7:35pm
The fellowships are funded with $18 million from private donors and focus on classroom practice.









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Principal to N.Y. Gov. Cuomo: Stop spreading a false narrative about public education

November 27, 2015 - 10:21am
'Mr. Governor, you, like many of your elected colleagues, are lawyers, not educators. I am an educator. I have been throughout my professional life. I do not know the law, and would never try to speak with any conviction about what should happen in a courtroom.'









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This Thanksgiving, StoryCorps wants kids to record interviews with elders

November 25, 2015 - 6:34pm
StoryCorps wants to gather more interviews this weekend than it has in its 12 years of existence.









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In quest to honor school integration, Arlington School Board moves toward compromise

November 25, 2015 - 3:13pm
Members approved a design concept that preserves pieces of the building.









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Student debt forgiveness could narrow the racial wealth gap

November 25, 2015 - 11:07am
A new report from liberal think tank Demos says the elimination of student debt for households making $50,000 or less could go a long way to improve the net worth of African-American households.









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Why more teenagers and college students need to work while in school

November 25, 2015 - 9:50am
The real-world lessons of needing to show up on time, having to complete tasks and being accountable to a boss are getting lost as students opt for loans instead of working.









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For one World War II veteran, a day to give thanks for ‘one more sunrise’

November 25, 2015 - 9:50am
Dick Graff fought with the Army in World War II and now passes on his lessons about life to school children.









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The venerable spork’s days are numbered as school cafeterias move on

November 24, 2015 - 5:40pm
New York City and five major school districts use collective buying power to shake up food quality and utensils.









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Teacher: A student told me I 'couldn’t understand because I was a white lady.' Here's what I did then.

November 24, 2015 - 5:25pm
Award-winning educator: 'I’ve decided to stand unflinching when it comes to the real issues facing our children today, I’ve decided to be unafraid to question injustice, unafraid to take risks in the classroom — I am changed. And so has my role as a teacher.'









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New college application will help students in financial need

November 24, 2015 - 4:54pm
An access advocate from Dallas supports a coalition that aims to create a new point of entry for college admissions.









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A debate over a mascot, a racially charged threat and another college cancels classes

November 24, 2015 - 3:52pm
Western Washington University officials and law enforcement explore whether debate over the school mascot, a Viking, and whether it was offensive to people who aren't white, triggered threats









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Why Massachusetts is creating its own student debt counseling unit

November 24, 2015 - 3:37pm
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said her office had to take action because student loan servicers are failing to stem the rise of scam artists.









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A dozen unconventional ways to improve college admissions

November 24, 2015 - 2:20pm
Some are serious, and some, not so much.









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How 'twisted' early childhood education has become - from a child development expert

November 24, 2015 - 1:34pm
Early childhood development expert Nancy Carlsson-Paige: 'Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that we would have to defend children’s right to play."









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Towson University diving coach indicted in videotaping incident

November 24, 2015 - 9:58am
A diving coach at Towson University was charged with interception of communication and peeping Tom.









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College enrollment rates are dropping, especially among low-income students

November 24, 2015 - 7:25am
Despite efforts to increase access and affordability, low income students are going to college far less often than just a few years ago, dropping to just 45.5 percent.









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Virginia teen sneaked out of house, took family car and died in crash

November 23, 2015 - 8:38pm
Wilberto Pitre III, a Loudoun Valley High School student, did not have a driver’s license.









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After protests, Princeton debates Woodrow Wilson's legacy

November 23, 2015 - 4:16pm
After the president of Princeton University reached agreement with the Black Justice League, a group of student protesters, the campus debated the issues.









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