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How much does a good school matter?

Please help me think about whether it is worth moving to a better school district. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2014 - 27 answers

Lessons UK can learn from the US education system?

What lessons can the UK learn from the US education system in order to close the achievement gap? I am writing a report on the pivotal role education plays in increasing the ability of low-income Americans to move up the income ladder. Central to the American ethos is the notion that it is possible to start out poor and become prosperous - it is hard work and not circumstances you were born into that offers real prospects for success. The class system in the UK is deeply entrenched and a mindset that higher education is for "posh" people. Why does the US have much more social mobility? Or is the reality not so encouraging? I am looking at inner-city schools in New York City in particular but any opinions about the US in general would be very appreciated.
posted by ashawill on May 17, 2014 - 33 answers

Article about how America's strength is in innovation, not rote learning

I remember reading something, possible in the New York Times, arguing that while America's high-school students don't stack up very well against students of countries, our strength has always been in innovation rather than mastery of skills acquired by rote. Any idea where I saw this? [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Apr 23, 2014 - 7 answers

How would you characterize Phys Ed in k-12 US schools?

At work, I've just started a project on phys ed, and I need some background info. I've contacted a few PE professionals' organizations, but haven't heard back yet. I'd like to know... [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Feb 19, 2014 - 17 answers

Looking for abandoned places for neat photography shoots!

Do you live or know of neat places in Illinois, Missouri and Indiana that my explorer/photographer friend could visit? Let me know! [more inside]
posted by Driven on Jan 8, 2014 - 9 answers

Schooling on the East Coast

Hi all, I am looking for resources for figuring out the best pre-schools and schools on the East Coast (public and private both are fair game). Is there a national database ranking the schools? I am particularly interested in the Boston/Cambridge area, but am curious for my own personal reasons about schools in NYC as well as Chicago, and maybe the East Coast in general. My kid is 7 months old and definitely not ready to go to school just yet. But as I am originally not from this country, I'd like to familiarize myself with the system fully before I have to enroll her in school. In my humble opinion, schooling is very important - if it wasn't for a good school, I won't have the necessary life skills myself (irrespective of the professional and grad training), so I am hoping to be aware of the US school landscape before my little one starts going to preschool. Many thanks for your kind help. Have a nice day!
posted by Spice_and_Ice on Aug 27, 2013 - 23 answers

P is for Pledge

What are the benefits of preschool and elementary age children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Aug 14, 2013 - 30 answers

Looking for a new public high school in nyc....

SO. My friend is about to get her teaching certification from the NYC Teaching Fellows program. Very exciting! At the end of the program, she will be eligible to teach at a high school in NYC. HOWEVER, apparently due to some current hiring freeze, she's only able to apply to jobs at public (non-charter) high schools that have opened in the past three years. Is there some database online that lists...um... dates when particular nyc schools opened? Or, do any of YOU know of a public h.s. in your neighborhood that opened in the past couple years? We're at a loss as to how to search for these schools! Anywhere in nyc will do.
posted by silverstatue on Jul 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Find Ourselves a City to Live In

We're a family of two writers and a preschooler, looking for resources & advice on picking a place in the US to move to. [more inside]
posted by muckster on Apr 3, 2013 - 28 answers

Transfer from a private school at the beginning of next school year

Dear Interlocutors from Ask MetaFilter, Please help me understand if the sequence of the steps I figure out to transfer my son Edoardo from a private school in New York State to the New York City public school system is correct. Unfortunately the staff of the High School Enrollment Office is very laconic. 1) I have Edoardo's current school complete the "Out of City Request Form" 2) I fax the HS Enrollment Office 2 documents as a proof we are residents in New York City 3) I enter my high school choices in priority order on my "Round 2 and New Schools Choice Form". My question is: where may I find this form? 4) I return the completed and signed "Round 2 and New Schools Choice Form" to my guidance counselor. Here my question is: who is my guidance counselor? Best, teebay [more inside]
posted by teebay on Jan 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Would You Move for Better Schools?

Moving to a better school zone. Should I do it? Tough decisions concerning moving, staying put, and financial future. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2012 - 19 answers

New Start, New Location

My boyfriend and I want to move far enough away from where we live now that we're able to start something *new*. Help us figure out where to move that we will enjoy and how to move there. Details behind cut. [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Aug 25, 2012 - 23 answers

Just Say Yes or No!

What's the best way to ask people to do what they say they will do and to answer emails? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Aug 14, 2012 - 37 answers

How are they doing after Reggio Emilia schooling?

Please help me learn about outcomes from Reggio Emilia and similar project-based, progressive educational systems. [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Jul 27, 2012 - 11 answers

List places to teach/instruct/adjunct undergrad Math in Seattle?

List places to teach/instruct/adjunct undergrad Math in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by brighteyes7 on Jul 20, 2012 - 2 answers

Jocks, Nerds and Rebels (tm)

To what extent do American Highschools resemble the stereotypical American Highschool seen in just about every movie and TV show ever, withever present competition for social status, rigidly defined cliques, omnipresent bullying, etc... etc?
posted by Artw on Jul 18, 2012 - 86 answers

Milwaukee Estate Lawyering and Maid Service, Inc.

A few recommendations needed for a new resident of Milwaukee. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Jul 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Help us gauge the importance of school district in housing choice

The McTootsalot family has outgrown our home, and we’re looking to move this summer. We love our area (Durham, NC) so if we could we’d love to just move into a larger house down the street that could accommodate our growing clan. However, there is a caveat: schools. How much importance we should place on schools? [more inside]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot on May 29, 2012 - 20 answers

On-line subscription contracts

I'm looking for pointers to draw up a contract for an online subscription-based service. (UK based) [more inside]
posted by Ricardus on May 16, 2012 - 4 answers

How can I get more RAM for our school's slow computers?

How can I come up with 250 sticks of 1GB DDR2 PC2-4200 RAM? (Our local high school has 150 PCs running Window 7 with just 1GB of RAM.) [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Feb 1, 2012 - 16 answers

What is it actually like going to a well above average public school system, compared to an average or below average one?

What is it actually like going to a well above average public school system, compared to an average or below average one? [more inside]
posted by imabanana on Nov 2, 2011 - 54 answers

Educational consultants in NYC?

Can you recommend an educational consultant in New York? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Oct 24, 2011 - 3 answers

Teaching today's tech to the teachers

What are some of the best blogs, websites, newsletters, etc. that explore the innovative uses of (and issues related to) technology and social media in K-12 education? [more inside]
posted by aheckler on Oct 16, 2011 - 5 answers

Did you finish your homework? SIR YES SIR!

What should I do about an aspiring Marine in my class who keeps encouraging others to join the service? [more inside]
posted by JimmyJames on Oct 13, 2011 - 39 answers

Grantland.tim

So, I want to be a grant writer. I'm a published author many times over, and have no problem with the actual writing/convincing stuff, but it seems that is the least important part of the process. [more inside]
posted by timsteil on Sep 26, 2011 - 9 answers

What's the best CMS for this project on banned books

What's the best CMS for this project? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Sep 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Protests targeting school children?

Is it common for anti-choice protesters to target public schools? [more inside]
posted by amarynth on Aug 30, 2011 - 20 answers

Comparing public-school apples to apples?

Where can I find information comparing the educational quality provided by the *best* public schools in America with your average public schools elsewhere in the industrialized world? [more inside]
posted by catesbie on Jul 9, 2011 - 5 answers

Blogs about infant and primary schools

I'm looking for blogs about teaching in infant or primary schools, preferably in the UK. [more inside]
posted by paduasoy on Jul 9, 2011 - 3 answers

Proximity between homes and schools

X% of people live within Y miles of a public school. Where can I find datapoints for X and Y? [more inside]
posted by bac on Apr 25, 2011 - 12 answers

Copenhagen international schools?

International schools in Copenhagen? [more inside]
posted by Ian Scuffling on Apr 15, 2011 - 6 answers

San Francisco Kindergarten

What are some strategies for surviving the San Francisco public school lottery? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Apr 12, 2011 - 6 answers

Which online course?

I am interested in online programs to become a medical coder. Trying to search for one is turning up hundreds. [more inside]
posted by JujuB on Mar 1, 2011 - 5 answers

Which version of Flash is most commonly used in schools?

Are you a schoolteacher? Or an IT person working for a school? Which version of Flash do you use? (I'm especially looking for answers from the UK, but anything is helpful.)
posted by the latin mouse on Dec 21, 2010 - 4 answers

What alternative routes to teacher certification can I take as a person who already has a Masters in Education?

I have a Masters and certification in Early Childhood. Now I'd like to work as a special educator. Seems the only way to get there is another Masters in Special Ed. I'd like to find a way to do this cheaply and quickly. I have looked into Teaching Fellows and similar programs, and all specifically require that applicants have no background in teaching. What can I do?
posted by rascalface on Nov 5, 2010 - 5 answers

Why does my heart feel so bad?

My mother's hoarding tendency is causing problems for the entire family. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Oct 28, 2010 - 27 answers

Is wifi in schools a bad idea?

I've been doing some talking and thinking about WiFi in my community, and someone recently brought up the issue of wifi in schools. Apparently, parents want wifi to be banned in schools because after the introduction of wireless networks, their children are showing strange symptoms. Does anyone know of any evidence or studies done on this? [more inside]
posted by tomcochrane on Oct 21, 2010 - 19 answers

Scholastic Book Fair filter

Is the Scholastic Book Fair really free or is it a shill? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Oct 19, 2010 - 14 answers

How to list GPA on applications

I am filling out graduate school applications and I was wondering if anyone knew the proper etiquette on how to list a GPA for a student that has attended multiple institutions. [more inside]
posted by Carnifex on Aug 20, 2010 - 6 answers

How was your day in school, honey?

Why are children so unwilling to tell their parents about their days in school? Is there a reason for this phenomenon, and does this phenomenon actually exist? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing on Jun 4, 2010 - 54 answers

"When I'm washing windows"

Any recommendations for songs for a Ukulele songbook to be used in schools in Kenya? A friend of mine got asked to to help make suggestions for the songbook.
posted by Artw on May 18, 2010 - 4 answers

Gender, Sexuality, and Education...HELP!

I'm planning a training for elementary and middle school educators on sexuality and gender in education. What do YOU wish your teachers/educators would have known/talked about/done/etc? [more inside]
posted by gleea on Apr 26, 2010 - 23 answers

Raising Russian-Bilingual Kids in Brooklyn/NYC Area

How would I go about finding pre-K programs, elementary, middle or high schools in Brooklyn that teach Russian as part of their daily routine? Looking for public or private, as well as after-school or weekend programs. Interested in programs for both heritage speakers and non-heritage speakers. Also, I know of only one such place so far - Bambi Academy - and am interested in what it is like or if there are similar schools. Ultimate goal is for my future kids to be fully bilingual. I'd be willing to move around the NYC / Long Island area, as well, if there are exceptional schools there that could help make this happen. Also interested in finding education-oriented blogs or forums for NYC, if that might help answer this question. [more inside]
posted by lorrer on Mar 16, 2010 - 3 answers

Where can I find a school?

Anyone know of a middle school within driving distance of Fairfield County, CT that operates with open classrooms?
posted by archimago on Mar 13, 2010 - 3 answers

How do I find a San Francisco private school that will fit my children's needs?

Does anyone know the San Francisco private school system? Want a seriously engaging and academic (also nurturing, non-competitive) school for my (currently) 3rd and K boys, can't find any online guides worth anything, don't have many contacts in the city. We've been public school people all our lives but I don't think it's going to work with this move. [more inside]
posted by Wittamer on Jan 25, 2010 - 8 answers

boston schools

what are the best private/independent schools in the boston area? (feel free to define "best" however you see fit)
posted by LittlePumpkin on Jan 19, 2010 - 11 answers

Where should I live in SW Connecticut that has a good cheap rent vs. good elem. school balance?

I'm moving with my family to Connecticut in a few weeks. Definitely western CT, probably SW CT. Need advice on rent and elementary schools, specifically: "Where should I live that has a good balance of cheap rent vs. good schools"? [more inside]
posted by taumeson on Dec 8, 2009 - 6 answers

Bleacher Bum Looking for Fun

Where can I find old bleachers in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by gilgamix on Nov 24, 2009 - 4 answers

Which NYC area colleges and Universities are teaching valid hand marked-up xhtml and css in their web design courses?

Which (if any) NYC area colleges and Universities are teaching valid hand marked-up xhtml and css in their web design courses? [more inside]
posted by stagewhisper on Nov 17, 2009 - 1 answer

Best way to educate a child who is a follower in large groups but independent in small groups.

Need advice: what is the best way to educate a child who is a follower in large groups but an independent leader in small groups? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Sep 30, 2009 - 15 answers

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