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A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.

-Frederick Douglass

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Your High School Grad Not Ready for College? Have Them Do This

Not everyone is ready for college directly after high school. College requires an investment of…

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Figure Skating in Harlem Focuses on Education and Gets Results

Figure Skating in Harlem is in its 20th year of teaching girls from age 6…

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Research Says After-School Programs Foster Interest in STEM

If children haven’t developed an interest in those fields by the time they leave middle…

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Silicon Valley Nonprofit Founder Tells How Tutoring Is the Path to Opportunity

He calls tutoring a bridge to opportunity and says “everybody needs tutoring. It helps students…

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You Need Math Awareness—Here’s Why

Yet math competence is rewarded handsomely: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics as reported…

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Top Teen Volunteers Show Can-Do Spunk

Harmonie Frederick, an irrepressible 11-year-old volunteer from Columbia, South Carolina, has been named one of…

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Viola Davis Reads Children’s Book for Online Video

Last month, in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month (or JAM, get it?), Academy Award winner…

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‘Hamilton’ Star Says Teacher Saved His Life

Anthony Ramos, a star of 'Hamilton,' may think he does. According to New York Teacher,…

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Oliver Scholars Changes Lives

When Richards was in the seventh grade, a teacher recognized his promise and recommended him…

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Let Girls Learn – No – Well, OK, We Think

(Image: iStock/Liderina)   After a flurry of reports Tuesday afternoon announcing the immediate end of Let…

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Why Parental Social Networking Matters at Your Child’s School

I wrote a series on gifted children and, in interviewing Genevievette Walker-Lightfoot, mother of 5-year-old…

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‘Criminal Justice Policy Is Education Policy’

The Economic Policy Institute recently issued a report that draws a straight line between parental…

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President Barack Obama Was Right About Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

President Barack Obama tried valiantly to shift the day’s focus: In 2015, he urged employers…

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Chicago’s Butler College Prep Stands Out

Here’s a really great feel-good story out of Chicago, a city that has become nearly…

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Black Kids Need Black Teachers – Or Do They?

Studies have shown repeatedly that black teachers have higher expectations of black children (which is…

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Betsy DeVos Seeks Input from Black Education Blogger

Rhames also spoke directly with the secretary by phone for a solid hour and says…

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Are Your Kids’ Teachers ‘Highly Qualified’?

Unlike other highly developed nations, the U.S. gives the most in resources to the wealthiest…

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Why Is the White House Picking on AmeriCorps?

With AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members serving in 12,000 public and parochial schools across the…

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Pregnant? College Prep for Your Little One Starts Now

But I suspect that Kim would have wanted us to be much more ambitious for…

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Mighty Writers
Mighty Writers Shows That ‘Write Makes Might’

“Mighty Writers teaches kids to think, write, and communicate with clarity,” Robinson told me recently…

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