The Answer Sheet: Students


Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 04/16/2014

Students don’t need a ‘voice.’ Here’s what they really need.

When they say, ‘Let’s give students a voice,’ they mean, ‘let’s give them a seat at school board meetings.’ Not good enough.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Students

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/13/2014

How to make school important in places that it isn’t

It’s time to make room for local culture in K-12 education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Students

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 11/13/2013

Playing the ‘Who Has It Worse?’ game

I have more work. No, I do.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Habits of Great Students

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 11/11/2013

Record number of foreigners study in U.S. while more American students go overseas

Where are they coming from? And where are U.S. students going? Here’s where.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:13 AM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Students

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 10/10/2013

Students at 'overachieving' school getting anti-stress lessons

A growing number of schools are providing students with these lessons.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:05 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Students, Teaching 'Mindfulness'

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 09/03/2013

Back to school -- by the numbers

Teachers, students, expenditures, attainment and more....

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  50 Million Students, Back to School

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 07/23/2013

How Common Core could affect every state -- even those that reject it

Some students in every state will take high-stakes tests that are aligned to the Core.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:02 AM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  And Home-Schooled Students Too, Common Core State Standards, Home-Schooled Students Too

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 06/27/2013

Fireworks at Chicago school board meeting

Watch the video.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago Schools, Students Protest, Tossed Out

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 05/14/2013

New York high school changing Redskins nickname

A New York high school in Cooperstown -- home of the National Baseball Hall of Home -- is changing its sports nickname from the Redskins to the Hawkeyes.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:11 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Students Asked For Change, Washington Redskins

Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 04/29/2013

Georgia high school holds first integrated prom

A group of black and white students who were longtime friends pushed for the event and made it happen.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:43 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  After Students Push For It, Integration, Segregation

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 04/20/2013

New standardized tests feature plugs for commercial products

And now, commercials on new high-stakes standardized tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:54 AM ET, 04/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Standardized Tests, Students Confused

Posted at 08:20 PM ET, 04/16/2013

Boston University: Grad student killed, another injured in bombings

Boston University said today that one of the three people killed in Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon was a graduate student at the school, and another grad student was injured.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:20 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston Marathon Bombing, Offering Counseling Services to Students

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 02/15/2013

New York school drops 'Redskins' team name

A New York school district is dropping the name that its sports teams have been called for nearly a century, the Redskins.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:48 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Students Asked For Change, The Redskins

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Seattle teachers face sanctions for refusing to give standardized test

Seattle high school teachers who are refusing to give students a state standardized test that they say is fatally flawed now face sanctions, and students are taking the test this week by order of state officials who ordered administrators to administer it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:17 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Administrators Give Test to Students, Standardized Test, Testing Revolt

Posted at 09:49 PM ET, 01/20/2011

Rhee moving organization to Sacramento

Michelle Rhee is moving her new organization to Sacramento, where her fiance is the mayor.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:49 PM ET, 01/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Michelle Rhee | Tags:  kevin johnson, mayor kevin johnson, michelle rhee, michelle rhee and students first, rhee and johnson, rhee moves to sacramento, rhee organization moves, sacramento, sacramento and rhee, students first

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 01/10/2011

How colleges can identify depressed students

One out of every four or five students who visits a university health center for a routine cold or sore throat turns out to be depressed, but most centers miss the opportunity to identify these students because they don’t screen for depression, according to new research.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:40 PM ET, 01/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Research, Research, Research | Tags:  depressed students, depression, depression and college, northwestern university, research on depression, screening for depression, students and depression, university health centers

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/05/2011

A satirical look at Rhee's 'Students First' (or how students fell to a tie for third)

Here's a satirical look at Michelle Rhee's Students First campaign. Students, it seems, have fallen from First.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Laugh and cry, Laugh and cry | Tags:  edtweak, education tweak, michelle rhee, students first

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 12/14/2010

How Shanghai topped PISA rankings -- and why it's not big news in China

Q) How did Shanghai students, participating in a high-profile international exam for the first time, able to land at the top of the math, reading and science rankings? A) An obsession with test taking, to the exclusion of a lot of other things. Diane Ravitch and Yong Zhao explain.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:43 PM ET, 12/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Standardized Tests | Tags:  Yong Zhao, diane ravitch, finland and pisa, international test comparisons, international test rankings, international test scores, pisa, pisa rankings, pisa results, shanghai and pisa, shanghai students, u.s. performance on international tests, u.s. performance on pisa

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 12/06/2010

Michelle Rhee, celebrity, goes national

Running the Washington D.C. schools wasn’t a big enough platform for the super star Michelle Rhee. She's onto her next act.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:40 PM ET, 12/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Educational leadership, Educational leadership, Educational leadership | Tags:  joel klein, michelle rhee, public schools, school reform, students first

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/06/2010

Do international test comparisons make sense?

Tomorrow we will learn the latest results of a major international test, and we can expect a lot of angst over the ranking of U.S. students. Before the hullabalo starts, let's look back at what Gerald Bracey thought about international comparisons. The short answer: Not much.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Standardized Tests | Tags:  gerald bracey, how u.s. students fare internationally, how u.s. students rank, international comparisons, pisa, standardized tests, timss, u.s. comparisons internationally

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 11/15/2010

China overtakes India as No. 1 source of foreign students in U.S.

China zoomed past India as the main source of foreign students coming to the United States to go to school, with a 30 percent jump in Chinese students in a single year, according to a new report released today. It was the first time that China had sent the most students to American schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:50 AM ET, 11/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Research | Tags:  china overtakes india, china tops india, foreign students, international students, international students increase, open doors

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 10/11/2010

Obama, the 'Superman' movie flack?

President Obama is welcoming to the White House the five young students who star in "Waiting for Superman." Thank you, Mr. President, for drawing more attention to the tendentious movie. The $2 million given by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to promote the movie apparently wasn't enough.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:48 PM ET, 10/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Charter schools, Charter schools | Tags:  davis guggenheim, kids and obama, matt lauer, obama, obama and sidwell, obama daughters, president obama, sidwell friends school, students go to white house, superman film, superman kids, superman kids at white house, superman movie, waiting for superman, white house

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 10/04/2010

How to make schools safer for gay students

Here are new recommendations for schools to address safety concerns of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students in the wake of four suicides of gay students in three weeks.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 AM ET, 10/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Life, College Life, College Life | Tags:  gay students, gay suicides, harassment of gays, harrass and gays, lgbt, lgbt students, lgbt suicides, safe campuses, safe schools, students suicide, suicides

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/17/2010

Schools would be great if it weren't for the kids

Education author Alfie Kohn, referring to a Robert Samuelson column that blames failing schools on unmotivated students, writes: "Blaming students is the next logical step after blaming teachers. In fact, the two reflect the same general perspective on education, one in which commentators look down from their aeries and inform us that the trouble lies with the people in the classrooms rather than with the policies imposed on them."

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 09/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  alfie kohn, how to motivate students, motivated students, newsweek, robert samuelson, samuelson column, school reform, unmotivated students

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/14/2010

Obama picked wrong school to give speech

The Philadelphia school chosen for President Obama’s second annual “back to school” speech to students around the country is consistently ranked as a great public college-preparatory institution. That’s why he should have picked a different school to visit.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  School turnarounds/reform | Tags:  central falls high school, elliott school, obama and back to school, obama and back to school speech, obama and masterman school, obama and school reform, obama and speech, obama and speech and students, obama speech, president obama and back to school, president obama and school reform, restructured schools, t.c. williams, t.c. williams high school, urgent need of reform list

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 09/13/2010

Student loan default rates increase -- especially at for-profit schools

The national student loan default rate is rising, according to new statistics released today, and students who obtain loans to attend for-profit loans are more likely to default than those in non-profit institutions.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:37 PM ET, 09/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Costs | Tags:  college costs, for-profits and students loans, loan default rate increases, student loans, students and loan student rate

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/03/2010

The decade’s best education books?

The magazine Education Next's poll of best education books of the past decade is showing some ironic results.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham | Tags:  best education books, best education books of the decade, daniel willingham, diane ravitch, ed next's poll of books, education next, education next's poll, linda darling-hammong, poll of education books, the death and life of the great american school system, why don't students like school?

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 08/30/2010

The surprising thing teachers want from parents -- Willingham

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham asked teachers: "If you could magically make parents do ONE thing this coming school year to support their child, what would it be?" Here's the surprising answer.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 08/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham | Tags:  daniel willingham, how many hours should kids sleep?, parent involvement, sleep and teens, students and sleep, teenagers and sleep

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 08/18/2010

The problem with abolishing the 'D'

A teacher questions the wisdom of a decision by a New York school district to abolish the "D" grade.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 08/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Grades, Grades | Tags:  abolishing the D, grades, grading students, how to grade students, joe bower, mount olive schools

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 07/26/2010

Civil rights groups skewer Obama education policy (updated)

It is most politely written, but a 17-page framework for education reform being released today by a coalition of civil rights groups amounts to a thrashing of President Obama’s education policies and it offers a prescription for how to set things right.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:00 PM ET, 07/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan, Education Secretary Duncan, Education Secretary Duncan, Education Secretary Duncan, Education Secretary Duncan | Tags:  civil rights and duncan, civil rights leaders and education, duncan and urban league, framework for education and civil rights groups, framework for providing all students an opportunity to learn, obama and urban league, obama speaks to urban league, the urban league, urban league convention

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 07/12/2010

Teacher accountability schemes let teens off the hook -- Willingham

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham talks about students, their attitudes and whether teachers can be held solely or even primarily responsible for their academic achievement.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 07/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham | Tags:  attitudes and students, daniel willingham, factors in student achievement, main factor in student achievement, teachers and student achievement, teenagers and behavior, who is responsible for student achievement

Posted at 10:11 PM ET, 07/09/2010

College students hitting books less, study shows

Add this to the common lament that things aren’t the same as they used to be: College students are apparently not studying anywhere nearly as much as they used to.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:11 PM ET, 07/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Life, College Life | Tags:  college life, how much do college students study, how much do students study?, leisure college, research on studying, students studying less, study hours decline, studying and college

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 07/05/2010

Is technology changing our brains? -- Willingham

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham looks at the effects of technology on kids and, for that matter, everybody else.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 07/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham | Tags:  cognitive science, daniel willingham, effects of technology, how technology affects kids, how technology affects students, is technology changing our brains, steven pinker and cognition, technology and brains, technology and cognition, technology and students, technology in the classroom

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 06/04/2010

Why fun is important in learning

By Sean Slade. Why do we assume that learning only occurs when kids are serious and quiet? This anti-fun vein is evident in education editorials and discussion boards, but brain research suggests that fun is not just beneficial to learning but required for long-term memory and authentic learning.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:19 AM ET, 06/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Learning | Tags:  ascd, engaging students, fun in education, healthy classrooms, healthy school communitiesy, learning, theory of learning

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 05/28/2010

Today's college students less empathetic -- study

Are college students as nice as they used to be? Apparently, no, and modern technology may be partly to blame. A new University of Michigan study shows that today’s college students are not as empathetic as they used to be.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 05/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Life, College Life | Tags:  analysis on empathy, are college students empathetic?, college students, college students and empathy, college students and university of michigan, study on empathy, u michigan study on college students

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 05/21/2010

Prof to students: Campaign for me, skip final exam

A professor and state legislator offered his students this deal: Campaign for me and you don't have to take the final exam.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 AM ET, 05/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  final exam and tobia, higher education, rep. tobia and complaint, tobia, tobia and students

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 05/12/2010

Should Breathalyzers be used at proms?

More and more high schools across the country are turning to Breathalyzers or similar devices to test kids to see if they have been drinking before they can enter the school prom. The real question is whether they stop young people from drinking.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:14 PM ET, 05/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  High School | Tags:  alcohol and proms, breathalyzers at dances, breathalyzers at proms, high school proms, proms and alcohol, should kids be tested for alchol, testing kids for alcohol, testing students for alcohol

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 04/28/2010

New study: 1 in 3 college students transfer

A new report on students who transfer from one college to another says that about one-third of students who start at a two- or four-year institution after high school wind up transferring before they get a bachelor’s degree. And it details the factors schools consider important when evaluating transfer applicants.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 04/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Admissions | Tags:  college admissions, important factors in college transfers, national association for college counseling, report on transfer students, transfer student report, transfer students

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 03/11/2010

Willingham: Why students think they know material they don't--Part 1

In the first of three posts, cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham, a professor at the University of Virginia, tackles the subject of how students (and adults) think they know material when they don't really understand it. The second post will look at how we wind up in such a situation, and the third, how to help students overcome it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:50 PM ET, 03/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham | Tags:  Daniel Willingham, how students learn

Posted at 01:00 AM ET, 11/16/2009

Definitive Stats on Foreign Students in U.S. and U.S. Students Abroad

Here are the definitive numbers on foreign student enrollment in the United States--and on American students studying abroad, that are being released today by the Institute of International Education, supported by the State Department.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:00 AM ET, 11/16/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  foreign students, open doors, study abroad

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 10/14/2009

Getting Kids To and From School Safely--Part 2

It is especially obscene that some kids who want to go to school face real danger getting there--and back home--because adults can’t ensure them a safe route.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:15 AM ET, 10/14/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bullying, Bullying | Tags:  gangs preying on students, school violence

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 10/05/2009

Should Shakespeare Be Required Reading?

A veteran educator gives a list of what she thinks students should learn. Shakeapeare and other great writers aren't on it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:50 PM ET, 10/05/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Deborah Meier, literature, what students should learn

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 08/31/2009

The First Chat

Thanks for all the questions sent to The Answer Sheet for our first chat about a range of issues. Read a transcript by clicking here....

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:05 AM ET, 08/31/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Spanish, foreign language, homework, parents, physical education, school, sleep, students