"K-12 isn't working...and we have to change the way we do it," says Joel Klein, former chancellor of NYC's public schools. His solution? Put a tablet in the hands of every K-12 student in the U.S. Proponents of the move say tablets help facilitate individualized, personal learning. Others caution that over-reliance on education technology will lead to less social interaction and more isolation.

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  If you want to know how kids gets their ideas about something like race or gender, it’s not just a matter of asking them. They might not know where they got their ideas. And you can’t really control all the variables.

For nearly two decades, psychologist Rebecca Bigler at the University of Texas has been testing race and gender ideas using colored t-shirts in a summer school program. 

Our colleague Lindsey Smith has been doing some dogged reporting about what's going on in the school district in Muskegon Heights. Over the summer, the district's emergency manager laid off every employee and hired a private company to effectively run the district as one big charter. Three months into the new system, Lindsey reports that a quarter of teachers have quit and students say the learning environment is chaotic.

Childhood obesity rates show signs of improvement

Oct 26, 2012

Obesity rates among children have been on the rise for nearly 30 years. Today, almost a third of children are either overweight or obese. A change in the nutritional value of food served at schools seems to be reversing this trend, though. To learn about the impact this change has had on children across the country, read the article below.

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Kids do better in school if their parents are involved.

But when I hear about schools pushing parent involvement, it conjures up visions of a parent I, and many other parents, can't be.

I think of a parent who goes on all the field trips, attends all the meetings at school, and remembers to send in all the forms on time.