Month: January 2018

Do you sleep with the phone next to your bed? Or worse, on or under your pillow with it pinging or vibrating with every text, Tweet, or notification? Do you feel insecure if your device isn’t nearby or on your person? If you say yes, to any of these queries, maybe it’s time for a
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It can be hard to know what to do if your child is struggling in school. Even figuring out when to start a conversation about your concerns can be a struggle.  HuffPost asked teachers about how parents can address their kids’ issues ― whether they’re related to academics, social skills or something else ― and still stay empathetic. Open lines of
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In June, three diverse educators from Hastings College in Nebraska hit the ground running with an idea that was planted during the 2017 NEA student leadership conference in Boston that coincided with NEA’s Representative Assembly and Annual Meeting. Casey Molifua, a first-year instructor of physical education at Hastings, along with Steven Dunham, a second-year student
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Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon, who presided during a massive sexual assault scandal, stepped down late Wednesday after a former employee, the disgraced physician Larry Nassar, was handed a sentence of up to 175 years imprisonment for molesting upwards of 160 young women and girls. But more people may answer for MSU’s poor
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A long list of Americans will lose in the GOP tax law—homeowners, retirees, people with chronic illnesses, people who don’t run hedge funds or own private jets…and many fought hard to protect themselves from a plan that puts the richest Americans first. Most were ignored by Congress. But one often overlooked group, with the support
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Kids aren’t exactly known for their refined palates, which can cause issues for parents who want to pack healthy lunches for them to take to school.  But delicious and nutritious options are available ― and they don’t always take a long time to put together.  HuffPost asked a group of nutritionists what they pack in
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Lou Anna Simon resigned on Wednesday after 13 years as president of Michigan State University in the wake of a massive sexual assault scandal involving the disgraced sports team doctor Larry Nassar.  Calls for Simon to step down began with reports that MSU administration officials and law enforcement knew about Nassar’s behavior and failed to stop him. Following
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A Chicago student’s journal entry has gone viral after he set his teacher straight in response to a whitewashed history lesson. Eight-year-old King Johnson wrote the entry after speaking with his mother, Robin Johnson, about the meaning of Columbus Day, his mom told HuffPost. In the entry, King confronts his teacher after learning Christopher Columbus discovered
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The vice chairman for Michigan State University’s board of trustees appeared to dismiss the damning Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal on Monday while defending the school’s president against calls to resign. During an interview with Michigan radio show “Staudt on Sports,” trustee Joel Ferguson insisted that university president Lou Anna Simon was “the best president [MSU’s] ever
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During the 1990s, many school districts adopted zero-tolerance disciplinary policies mandating suspensions for certain offenses, including cursing, shoving other students, and other minor infractions. It became evident that these practices unduly targeted students of color thereby widening the achievement gap and prematurely introducing minority students to the criminal justice system, according to panelists participating in
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Michael Wolff’s blistering account of the Trump administration’s first year, Fire and Fury, prompted what has now become the president’s routine response to anyone who criticizes him. “Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist,” President Donald Trump angrily tweeted about the book. Like most of Trump’s pronouncements, this was boilerplate projection. If anything is
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Most people would agree that knowing the history, principles, and foundations of American democracy, and the ability to participate in civic and democratic processes, are vital to our citizenry. NEA and the Girls Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) think so, which is why the organizations have recently signed an agreement to work together to promote
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From young children at story hour to retirees learning second career job skills, the library “ecosystem” serves the needs of our community members throughout their lives. NEA Today spoke with John Chrastka, Executive Director of EveryLibrary — the only national organization dedicated to building voter support for libraries by promoting public, school, and college libraries
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I am a Cuban refugee who arrived in the United States at the age of 11, shortly after the Castro revolution. My parents sacrificed everything to flee a regime they wanted no part of, whose economics and ideology they distrusted. America welcomed us with open arms. Because of the machinations of Cold War politics, we
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I’ve said often that the Common Core failed in its creators’ central goal ― to establish a set of national standards followed “with fidelity” by every school from Maine to Alaska. Every school would follow the exact same set of learning goals so that a child who left Iowa to attend school in Florida could
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