The Answer Sheet: day

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 01/20/2014

Why Christie’s school ‘fix’ is misguided

‘Christie aims to double down on an outmoded model.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 AM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extended Day

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 12/06/2013

Education ‘Day of Action’ set Monday in 60-plus cities

Events are planned across the country to protest corporate-influenced school reform and present alternatives.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:28 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Day of Action

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 10/14/2013

Christopher Columbus: 3 things you think he did that he didn’t

And things he did do that might surprise you.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Columbus Day

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 09/17/2013

The Constitution Day quiz: Test yourself

What’s Constitution Day? Read this.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Constitution Day, How Little Do You Know?

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 09/01/2013

The sad thing about Labor Day

Actually, there's more than one sad thing about the holiday.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:32 AM ET, 09/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  It's Not Because Summer Is Over, Labor Day

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 06/24/2013

'Life is not a multiple-choice test'

A 33-year veteran teacher who is resigning talks about how education has changed during his career.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Teacher's Last Day, Teachers, Tests

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 05/27/2013

A quick Memorial Day quiz

How much do you know?

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:42 PM ET, 05/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Five Questions, Memorial Day

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 05/26/2013

Why Memorial Day is confused with Veterans Day

The different history and intent of both holidays.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 AM ET, 05/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Both Honor Soldiers, Holidays, Memorial Day

Posted at 02:02 AM ET, 05/26/2013

Memorial Day in one big infographic

Everything you wanted to know about Memorial Day and more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:02 AM ET, 05/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Facts and Figures, Holidays, Memorial Day

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 04/01/2013

King Kugel: An April Fools' history lesson

Back in1983, Boston University's public relations folks decided to have a little fun with April Fool's Day. Here's how the AP got duped.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:29 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  April Fool's Day, Did This Really Happen?, History

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 01/21/2013

Why MLK was kicked out of school at 5 and other ed facts

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had something of an unusual education. Here are five things you may not know.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:08 PM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Five Facts, Martin Luther King, MLK, MLK Day

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 12/21/2012

School reform news vs. 'Les Mis'

Which is more depressing? School reform news or Les Miserables?

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:02 AM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Les Miserables, School Reform, Tweet, Tweet of The Day

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 12/12/2012

'Fifty Shades of Who Cares'

There's an avalanche of education tweets every day. Here's one of the more original ones.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:17 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Best Ed Tweet of 12/12/12?, Best Ed Tweet of Day?, Education Tweets

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/22/2011

How about a 21-hour school day?

Educators are talking about extending the school day by a half hour or so. Just maybe, it is posited here, what we need is a 21-hour school day.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  extending school day, kipp, length of school day, research and school time, school day, school reform, seat time, time in school

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 01/17/2011

Martin Luther King Jr. on education: In his own words

Here are some writings by Martin Luther King Jr., on education. Though they are from decades ago, some of this sounds like it could have been written today.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:51 PM ET, 01/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  king on education, king's speeches, king's writings, martin luther king, martin luther king day, mlk day

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/17/2011

A quiz: Martin Luther King’s unusual education

Martin Luther King Jr., had something of an unusual education. Test yourself on how much you know about it, and then read the answers, which include information that may surprise you about him.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  History, History | Tags:  about martin luther king, day, facts about king, king and education, king facts, martin luther king, martin luther king day, martin luther king jr., mlk, mlk day, mlk facts

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 11/11/2010

What you should know about Veterans Day

Here are some things you should know about Veterans Day, starting with this: Many Americans confuse it with Memorial Day.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:05 PM ET, 11/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. veterans, arlington cemetery, arlington national cemetery, armistice day, facts about veterans day, history of veterans day, tomb of the unknown soldier, tomb of the unknowns, veterans day, war veterans

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 10/21/2010

Afterschool programs in funding jeopardy

Thousands of afterschool programs are in danger of losing their funding because of a proposal that would allow federal money now used to support these programs to instead pay for longer school days. That may sound like it makes sense, but it doesn't.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:24 PM ET, 10/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Learning, Learning | Tags:  afterschool alliance, afterschool funds, afterschool programs, arne duncan, extending school day, lights on afterschool, longer school day, president obama, quality afterschool, school reform, student achievement

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 10/16/2010

It’s Dictionary Day! Learn some weird words

It's Noah Webster's birthday, or, Dictionary Day! Celebrate the glory of words by learning some new ones, like "hebesphenomegacorona."

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:13 AM ET, 10/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Reading | Tags:  dictionaries, dictionary day, noah webster, webster, weird woods, words

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/11/2010

Stuff you should know about Columbus

A lot of what you think you know about Christopher Columbus is probably wrong. Here are some things about the explorer that might surprise you.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  History | Tags:  1492, christopher columbus, columbus bio, columbus biography, columbus day, columbus facts, discovery day, explorers, facts about columbus, history, native people

Posted at 07:12 AM ET, 07/03/2010

Top 5 Independence Day myths

Did you know that American independence wasn't really declared on the Fourth of July? Or that most delegates to the Constitutional Convention didn't sign the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July? Read on.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:12 AM ET, 07/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  History | Tags:  adams and jefferson, declaration of independence signed, facts about independence day, facts about july 4, history, independence day, john adams and thomas jefferson, july 2nd and independence, july 4th, malia obama and birthday, the crack in the liberty bell, the liberty bell, when did adams and jefferson die, when was independence declared

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 07/02/2010

Declaration of Independence rough draft shows crossout

Just in time for the Fourth of July, the Library of Congress has this news: Hyperspectral imaging of Thomas Jefferson’s rough draft of the Declaration of Independence has confirmed that he originally wrote the phrase “our fellow subjects,” but then scrawled over it the word “citizens.”

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:13 AM ET, 07/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  History | Tags:  Fourth of July, July 4, declaration of independence, declaration of independence and signers, declaration of independence text, history, independence day and history, library of congress and declaration, thomas jefferson and declaration

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 05/31/2010

Kids spend Memorial Day in school

Memorial Day is a holiday to honor Americans who have died while serving in the U.S. military, and, at least unofficially, makes the beginning of summer. But today, in school districts across the country, a lot of kids who usually have the day off are instead in class.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:45 AM ET, 05/31/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  biden and arlington, memorial day and president, memorial day and school, memorial day classes, memorial day events, memorial day observances, obama and arlington, obama and memorial day, president obama and memorial day

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 10/12/2009

Busting a Columbus Myth

Is this what you remember learning in school: Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain in 1492 and crossed the Atlantic Ocean, disproving a common belief in those days that the Earth was flat and that he would fall off the edge if he ventured too far? Well, it’s not true. Historians say there is no doubt that educated people knew quite well in Columbus’ day that the Earth was not flat but round. In fact, it was known many, many years earlier.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:39 AM ET, 10/12/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Christopher Columbus, Columbus Day, flat earth

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 09/07/2009

A Lesson on Labor Day

Labor Day is the perfect day to explain to kids complaining about going back to school just how much worse things could be for them. In fact, they once were: Kids were forced into back-breaking jobs day and night in...

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 09/07/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Civics Education | Tags:  American history, Labor Day, workers