Education touches us all and helps us with tools to think and succeed in life... or results in our failures because of it's own.
At the bottom of this page are links to topics and Trivia. They're FUN!
Education - General Links
Crash Course Series FB
You Tube videos on various topics
Courses especially for young people
Topics for students, teachers and more
US Dept of Education
Student Loans & Forgiveness
Special Education Data
Bullying, school violence, federal site
Stand with Parkland
Site to promote school safety from mass shootings and violence
a comprehensive education website
Various articles and topics including9 BEST FREE College online websites
Special Education for the Disabled
This will surprise you...some of these are MUST READS for high schoolers!
A part of Rice University, free / low cost online learning in many subjects. Especially important as schools are closed and going on-line. Subjects include Math, Science, Social Sciences, Humanities, Business, Essentials, College Success, High schools
Our high-quality educational tools give students access to the learning materials they need to succeed, at little to no cost. Because we don't believe anything should come between students and their future.
Bring back Home Ec Classes
Some people think public schools should bring basic life skills back to middle and high schoolers. Topics might be much more than cooking and sewing traditionally offered only to girls. Examples all of us need include: healthy eating and meal prep, laundry, shopping, house cleaning, light repairs, choosing contactors, car buying and light repairs, home budgeting, banking, first aid, eldercare, parenting, medical skills, even getting along with each other. What happened to drivers ed? And critical thinking skills to learn fact vs opinion in the media. These are topics that should be integrated throughout students' years.
PARENTING Interests in Schooling--a BestLinks page on parenting, health care, special education, problem kids.
Advice for Parents of Special Needs Children
Special Education kids need parents to be focused advocates with the schools;
but be careful not to be rude, nagging, or obnoxious if you want to help them.
- Primary schools (grades Kindergarten -6th) for pre-teens, and
- Secondary schools (grades 7-9) called "junior high/middle schools" for young teens), and high schools (grades 9-12 for older teens).
Non discrimination. Public schools are generally inclusive (non-selective) in admitting all students within the geographical area that they serve. The Supreme Court ruled in 1954 that schools must not be racially segregated. Integration of the races was difficult in some states for years after that court ruling but has been accomplished, in some places by busing students for racial balance from one area school to another.
Public schools are in locally run districts. They are government's largest employers of dozens up to thousands of teachers. They are administrated by elected, un-paid school board members of 6-9 citizens, elected periodically by the public in each school district.
Board meetings often are held weekly and are open to the public. Boards set policy and hire a paid Superintendent who carries out their policies. Larger districts have staff supervising district-wide curricula of what's taught to which grades. Smaller districts may leave those tasks to the Superintendent or school principals.
Public schools are not mandated by law to educate adults but most have programs to help adults who have been unsuccessful at getting a diploma. Most provide catch-up adult programs so they can earn GED's (General Education Diplomas) or teach immigrants English as a second language. School paid special education for handicapped young people usually ends when they turn 18.
Owl & Mouse Your Children Learns
Interactive online Maps - Educational programs
Education for this century:
Many people think it would be better to schedule grade schoolers to start earlier because that's an ideal time for younger children's learning, and high schools to start later in the morning. Schools are sooo slow to change! Has your school district discussed flipping high school and grade school start times to match learning?
HuffPost Education Reform FB
Running articles on what is being done, or what should be done to fix what is broken.
Top conclusion of the past school year' by and for teachers;
- the most important idea (a 2011 article)
"A Nation at Risk?"
After all the hoopla from a blockbuster 1983 report saying schools were failing--did they get better after 30 years? Article 2013
Colleges and Trade Schools
Many employers are saying because public schools are no longer teaching shop mostly for boys and home economics for girls, there's a severe shortage of people with hands-on skills ready to work, or ready for apprenticeships. Many hands-on skills pay very well and learning those skills fresh out of high school can mean a long, rewarding career. There are trade skill school all over the country.
Assess your Skills and Opportunities
When looking for a career, good planning means you assess your skills and likes even in high school as you choose courses to take and especially what to do after high school when it's time to learn a set of job skills to provide for you and your family for as many as 50 years. The three things first to think about are these:
- What are you naturally good at, using your talents with your hands, math, logic, whatever
- What kind of work would you like to do that you would find interesting, whether working with people or equipment, or whatever
- What career will pay you salary and benefits you require to satisfy your life needs
And then, as you look at careers, do your best to see if there are plenty of jobs available, jobs you will be qualified for and how to do that, and whether those occupations will be around in twenty years or if you'll have to learn similar or different skills as you move up your career ladder.
High School Counseling is about CAREER PLANNING, not just helping kids fill out next semesters's class schedule!
Here's what's HOT and what's NOT in who's HIRING
These are links about college choices, choosing schools, deciding majors to specialize in, and much more.
National Student Journalism
These are general links to learning, skills needed to learn to learn, and topics about education, not directly related to schooling. And they're FUN!