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‘Dixie’ No More: Southern School Board Changes Flag, Mascot

For decades schools across the country that have had the “Rebel” nickname or some other reference to the Southern Confederacy have contemplated name changes against much opposition from their residents. But in one former Confederate state, action has been taken. The Fort Smith, Arkansas, school board voted to remove the Confederate flag, the “Dixie” fight […]
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Education Reform Edition Of Roundup: How Do 2016 Candidates Stack Up So Far?

Education reform is fresh on everyone’s mind as we gear up for the 2016 presidential race. Here at 4Tests, we’ve already outlined some of the plans that are on the table, most recently Bernie Sanders’ plan to get you a free education at all four-year universities. You can read more on Sanders’ plan here. But […]
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Follow Your Passion: How It Differs From ‘Being Whatever You Want’

Follow your passion. You’ve heard it said countless times, no doubt, and not always in a positive light. Take this article from Vanaia, which calls it “the worst career advice ever.” From the piece: “First of all, true pre-existing passions, to which one could connect their work, are extremely rare. Secondly, there is practically no […]
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Education Roundup: Free Tuition, Most Debt Burdened Graduates, And Stealing Education?

It’s important to stay on top of the things that are happening in the world today, particularly as it relates to what most affects you. Since I’m assuming most of you are affected by education, it would be wise to keep your eye on these stories for the week, starting with a radical plan that […]
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I Wish My Teacher Knew: The 3rd Grade Assignment That Went Viral

Kyle Schwartz, a third grade teacher at Denver’s Doull Elementary, tried a social experiment on her kids that involved asking them to write on an index card or sheet of paper what they wish she knew about them that she probably didn’t. Schwartz is the first to tell you that she didn’t expect to be […]
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Education Roundup: Must-Read Stories For Students And Teachers

So many changes are happening in the world of education — Common Core, high-stakes testing, and all the opposition to it — that it’s easy to miss something important. That’s why we’ve put together a selection of the top stories for the week that we recommend checking out. Whether you’re on the teacher side or […]
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Meet The Bada** Teachers Association: Here’s What They Think Of Standardized Testing

The Bada** Teachers Association is a group of more than 51,000 educators, who have decided to band together to organize resistance to school reform that places standardized testing front-and-center as the way of telling if a student is “ready” for the world. Among the major gripes that the BTA has with current educational reform is […]
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Pearson Taken To School By Angry Mom

Pearson, the textbook and testing giant, had to eat a large slice of humble pie recently when an angry mom caught a mistake in some of their materials. Sarah Blaine, a New York-based attorney as well as a mom and former teacher, noticed that one of the math questions her daughter had gotten right was […]
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Fourth Grader Sydney Smoot Destroys Proponents Of Standardized Testing

A fourth grader just handed proponents of standardized testing their walking papers in as passionate of an address to a school board as I’ve ever seen. The girl’s name is Sydney Smoot. She is a fourth grader at Brooksville Elementary School in Florida. She’s also a new Internet celebrity thanks to her unabridged thoughts on […]
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It’s a Balancing Act – 4 Tips to Develop Your Resume While Working.

With college prices rising, high school students are feeling the pressure to find a balance between working a part-time job to save money and building a resume to help them attain scholarship dollars. As great as that sounds, it is really possible to do both? Yes, it is possible! Here are a few strategies current […]
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