This commentary discusses the roots and purpose of both K-12 STEM and STEAM education in the United States. The authors advocate for STEAM as a way to engage more students in mathematics and science, while being guided by the three E's: Equity, Empathy, and Experience.
Educational researchers and theorists have noted the importance of student experimentation and learning from mistakes. The authors of this commentary argue that teachers need the same kinds of opportunities, calling for a cultural shift that acknowledges the centrality of experimentation, which inevitably includes mistakes, in teaching and teacher learning.
In May 2018, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that universities within its jurisdiction have a limited duty to prevent their students from committing suicide.
The confirmation hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh brought the toxic culture that exists at elite educational institutions to light. This commentary argues that elite institutions should remember that there is an important difference between character and privilege and that they should aim to graduate students of character, even if this means doing the hard work of exposing the damaging effects of privilege in the process.
This commentary examines how a high school English teacher approaches teaching a course, the very title of which connotes political bias, and discusses the importance of facilitating authentic conversations.
The California Supreme Court ruled that universities have a special relationship with their students that obligates them to protect students from foreseeable harm while students are in their classrooms or participating in curriculum-related activities.
In this commentary, authors situate the relatively new wave of technology-enabled personalized learning platforms within the broader context of institutional accountability.
This commentary examines the side effects of PISA evidence-based policy recommendations.
In this commentary, the author argues that teachers need more exposure to challenging school settings and better preparation for helping students with circumstances that extend beyond the classroom.
In this commentary, the author reflects on what she has learned about gifted education from the perspective of a parent.
This commentary engages the "sell out" phenomenon that often plagues justice oriented educators: not being able to engage in all forms of resistance and interruption often weighs on teachers engaged in critical teaching.
The authors of this commentary argue that teacher educators and future teachers need to understand politically-engaged and community-focused teaching as deeply rooted in the history of education. Teacher education should create spaces to meet what the authors call "historical mentors."
Standardized test scores have become one of the most common sources of data used for measuring equity along racial and ethnic lines, however, other than providing compelling evidence that disparities exist, standardized tests are a severely limited tool for supplying useful information related to educational equity.
This commentary reflects social-emotional learning and data use as a response to the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, a federal recommendation to address persistent opportunity gaps among students of color so that all young children can reach their full potential.
What can happen if a university budget director expresses ethical concerns about how the university’s budget is reported? Can she be fired?
This commentary is a dialogue concerning the lack of representation and participation of people of color in professional critical organizations.
This commentary defines negentropy in the research university and discusses its potential for significant impact on higher education.
This is a commentary about research being undertaken at Arizona State University on "bad" teachers.
This commentary in poem form offers a reflection on National Walkout Day, an act of remembrance for the February 2018 massacre in Parkland. Broader themes related to the ordinary and everyday practices of youth civic engagement are introduced through hyperlinks, and a call for greater attention to be paid to youth practices is offered.
In a recent decision, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a male student accused of sexual assault has a constitutional right to confront his accuser at a university disciplinary hearing.
This commentary examines the ways in which marketing and branding in education, or "edvertising," come into conflict with the distribution of information and rational choice processes.
In this commentary, the authors consider the definition of STEM education, the current landscape of integrated STEM learning, and they advocate for a more cohesive view of K12 STEM education.
Language matters. As the term snowflake spreads across our public discourse, we are creating a moral vacuum that doesn’t provide our college-age youth the education they deserve.
A Nebraska state college is found not liable by two courts after Tyler Thomas, a 19-year-old freshman, disappeared and was declared dead by a Nebraska court. A 29-year-old male student who resided in a dormitory room next to Thomas' room, was later charged with murder.
In this commentary, the author reflects on her process of learning about a student’s life through a paper he submitted for class.