Ask Dr. Blank: Why do you think American students are falling behind other countries in education?

Although we might like to ignore them or rationalize them away, the results of our students in international comparisons are dismal. For example, last year, a lead story in the Washington Post began as follows: “When it comes to math, U.S. high school students are falling further behind their international counterparts, according to results released Tuesday of an ongoing study…

Las Vegas program allows parking tickets to be paid with school supplies

From LAS VEGAS — The city of Las Vegas has approved a program for a limited time that allows parking tickets to be paid with a school supply donation. According to a news release from the city, the program will run from June 19 through July 19 and will apply to people who have had a parking infraction in that timeframe….

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Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret

Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret is a story about a strong and spunky girl.  The book is reviewed by Melissa Y. at Sweet on Books. What you need to know: • Heidi Heckelbeck is a welcome new character in the early chapter book arena.• Girls will find a role model in Heidi: she is strong, spunky and she is decidedly…

High School Students Do Better In Science, Math And English If They Also Take Music Lessons

By Eva Amsen for Forbes Schools are under constant pressure to make budget cuts, and music programs are often first on the chopping block. Now, an extensive study from the University of British Columbia in Canada shows that students who took music lessons in high school performed better in subjects such as English, science, and math. The researchers collected data from…