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The Power of Parents Ricky immigrated to California with his parents and four siblings when he was four years old. Although Ricky is very much an American high school student (his history teacher was surprised to learn that he was not born in the United States), his home life very much reflects the experience of an immigrant family.
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Stand Up or Bystand? New Insights on Bullying Why do we hear so much about bullying in schools today? Is bullying worse now than ever before? Or is it just more visible to the outside world--more pervasive in the new digital era?
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The End of Exceptionalism in American Education In the late spring of 2011, the New York City Council delivered a message. Mayor Michael Bloomberg had announced a plan to eliminate 4,100 teaching jobs through layoffs, and about 2,000 through attrition.
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Educating for Intellectual Character In his recent book Character Compass, Boston University professor Scott Seider tells the story of three successful Boston-area charter schools each with a strong but relatively unique commitment to character education.
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Who Is Educating the Nation? How the New Media Landscape Is Changing the Middle East Schools once served as focal points of youth citizenship education, but for the wired generation of Internet-savvy youth this is no longer the case. From North America to North Africa, youth are coming of age in an increasingly more plugged-in, digital, and new media era. As a result, young people are learning and exercising citizenship in fundamentally different ways from past generations.
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Justice Kennedy’s Role in Fisher and the Reality of Race Those of us in the social science community who have been following the Fisher case know that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision, like the 2003 decisions in Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger, could have a lasting impact on the practices and policies of postsecondary institutions across the country.
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Critical Mess One of the rhetorical puzzles that arose during Supreme Court arguments in the Fisher case, in which a white student challenges the race-conscious admissions system at the University of Texas, poses a "catch-22" that could spell the end of affirmative action.
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The Stories a Classroom Tells Many years ago when I was a student in a teacher certification program, one of our daily requirements was to observe the classroom of a different teacher in the school.
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Too Much Diversity?: The Abigail Fisher Case and Race in College Admissions On October 10th, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case contesting the use of race in college admissions brought by petitioner, Abigail Noel Fisher, against The University of Texas at Austin.
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Education for a Civil Society Two myths arise in almost all discussions of civic education: "Kids today don't know any civics," and "We don't teach civics nowadays." As I argue in my chapter in Making Civics Count, civic education does need reform, but we must first get the facts straight.
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