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  • New Education Secretary John B. King Jr. knows the value of a second chance

    New Education Secretary John B. King Jr. knows the value of a second chance

    John B. King Jr. is like no previous U.S. secretary of Education: He's half-black and half-Puerto Rican, and in his (successful) admissions essay to Harvard, he had to explain why he got kicked out of Phillips Academy Andover, the prestigious Massachusetts high school. King's mother suffered a...

  • Why Finland has the best schools

    Why Finland has the best schools

    The Harvard education professor Howard Gardner once advised Americans, “Learn from Finland, which has the most effective schools and which does just about the opposite of what we are doing in the United States.” Following his recommendation, I enrolled my 7-year-old son in a primary school in Joensuu,...

  • How young Muslim activists in Sweden are trying to protect youths from radicalization

    How young Muslim activists in Sweden are trying to protect youths from radicalization

    When Salahuddin Barakat founded the Islam Academy in 2013, he located it on the edge of Rosengard, a predominantly Muslim neighborhood that has been a flashpoint in Sweden's sharpening debate over immigration. It wasn't his first choice, he said, "but people in central Malmo said we don't want...

  • A better SAT, or just a better bottom line for the College Board?

    A better SAT, or just a better bottom line for the College Board?

    David Coleman, president of the College Board, wants everyone to know that the new SAT, which students will take for the first time Saturday, is just as good as the old test at predicting who would do well in college. Of course, he also wanted to be clear, in introducing the SAT to a conference...

  • How this Bay Area charter school network is reinventing education

    How this Bay Area charter school network is reinventing education

    Diane Tavenner scanned the list of names a staffer at Summit Preparatory Charter High School had just handed her. She began to cry. They weren't happy tears. Where many would see signs of success, Tavenner saw failure. "I taught those kids," Tavenner said of that moment in 2011. "I was their principal,...

  • U.S. to spend millions on educating Pakistani girls

    U.S. to spend millions on educating Pakistani girls

    The White House announced a new partnership with Pakistan on Thursday to promote education for girls there by doubling spending on schools and boosting female enrollment. Pakistan plans to increase the number of female teachers and build boundary walls and make other accommodations to allow women...

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