2 Maine Students Win National Awards for Cursive Writing

Although cursive handwriting “is a dying field,” as one teacher said, it has made a comeback in some schools, including one in Maine where two students won awards this month.

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Does It Hurt Children to Measure Pandemic Learning Loss?

Research shows many young children have fallen behind in reading and math. But some educators are worried about stigmatizing an entire generation.

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A Lifetime of Reading Taught Min Jin Lee How to Write About Her Immigrant World

As a child, the novelist found consolation in books that embraced American rugged individualism and the Korean quest for knowledge. Those same books showed her how to honor the stories of the people she grew up with.

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Many Yeshivas Cheat Students of a Basic Education — and Break the Law

Ultra-Orthodox schools must provide a proper education, but politicians aren’t holding them accountable.

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How Children Read Differently From Books vs. Screens

Scrolling may work for social media, but experts say that for school assignments, kids learn better if they slow down their reading.

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Storytime Lets Fathers Form Bonds From Behind Bars

Across the country, inmates are distance reading bedtime stories to their kids and finding their own paths to redemption.

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Slowly, More Students Return to Classrooms

A year into the pandemic, a growing number of districts — including Los Angeles — plan to open for in-person learning.

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Your Kids Aren’t Too Old for Picture Books, and Neither Are You

These are the real wizards of the literary world.

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The Influence of a Perfect Teacher

Perhaps because I had a teacher who made reading aloud into ceremony, ritual and compelling drama, I grew up to find my cause in pediatricians’ promoting reading aloud at checkups.

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What One District Did to Prevent Students From Failing

Academic performance rose when a tiny Texas district required all students to attend class in person. But so did coronavirus infections.

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In Los Angeles, Teachers and Students Struggle With ‘No Human Contact’

The nation’s second-largest district has kept classrooms closed since March. The superintendent acknowledges it is “disproportionately hurting students who can least afford it.”

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Why School Districts Are Bringing Back Younger Children First

New York City became the highest-profile example when Mayor de Blasio said elementary schools would reopen starting Dec. 7.

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Choose a Gift That Changes Lives

Educate a girl. Send a young person to college. Restore a person’s sight.

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To Recognize Misinformation in Media, Teach a Generation While It’s Young

There is no silver bullet to slay internet lies and fictions. But students can be taught to know when information is reliable.

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What I’ve Learned From Teaching Online

Roll call becomes a roster of absences. Some students write fantasies of escape. Can a new life begin when you are confined with siblings and parents?

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I Started Khan Academy. We Can Still Avoid an Education Catastrophe.

Virtual school will never be a perfect replacement for in-person learning, but there’s a lot of room for improvement.

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Alaska School District Votes Out ‘Catch-22,’ ‘Gatsby’ and Other Classics

School board members in Palmer, Alaska, raised concerns about language and sexual references in five books deemed too controversial.

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Teachers and Students in the Coronavirus Pandemic

Teachers and students are stressed. Here’s some things we learned talking with educators.

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Detroit Students Have a Constitutional Right to Literacy, Court Rules

A major ruling in a lawsuit involving the Detroit public schools comes at a time when school shutdowns are expected to affect poor children most adversely.

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A Constitutional Right to Literacy for Detroit’s Kids?

They deserve better schools, but the courts don’t offer much hope.

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Teachers’ Herculean Task: Moving 1.1 Million Children to Online School

New York City’s 75,000 public school educators are facing a challenge unlike anything in their careers. For students to avoid permanent setbacks, the success of remote learning is critical.

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