Countries with progressive cultures are producing fewer women in science, technology, engineering and math fields than countries with high rates of gender inequality, such as Algeria, where 41% of college graduates with STEM degrees are women, Olga Khazan writes. Researchers say that women from countries with a wide gender gap view STEM careers as their best pathway to financial independence, Khazan writes.
The Florida school shooting has sparked some debate about whether students are made more -- or less -- safe by carrying cellphones at school. Some say students with the devices can alert others that they are safe when getting to and from school or during an emergency, but others argue that phones can make students less safe during a crisis.
Students in a Kansas school district are prohibited from using cellphones in schools, but leaders there say the directive is largely being ignored. The district's superintendent will be asked to review the existing policy.
School leaders should withdraw support for tackle football, asserts Mark Serva, an educational consultant and associate professor at the University of Delaware. In this commentary, he cites research suggesting that any amount of tackle football may be harmful to children's health.
As the tragic mass shooting at a Florida high school unfolded Wednesday, students used social media, including Twitter, to share video and images from the scene. The imagery, such as students hiding in classrooms and school equipment damaged by bullets, are powerful scenes, according to this commentary.
With state legislatures across the country in session, state lawmakers are engaged in active negotiations about how much money they will allocate for K-12 schools and how those funds will be distributed. This analysis considers the many factors that states are considering, including budget pressures and compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Netia McCray, an educator and founder of the nonprofit Mbadika, has released a YouTube series for educators to share tips about incorporating the film "Black Panther" into their lesson plans. In this interview, she describes how the project can engage late elementary to middle-school students in science, technology, engineering and math.
Educators in Tulsa, Okla., recently learned about underwater robotics through the US Naval Academy's SeaPerch program. Catalina Vizueth, a seventh-grade science teacher said the training exposed her to scientific concepts and practices she planned to share with her students.
Many New York school districts are enhancing learning by investing in virtual-reality technology to allow students to observe medical operations or a deep-sea dive. Researchers say virtual field trips can improve student recall, engagement and understanding.
A leadership academy for educators in a Georgia school district used a planning strategy inspired by a UN role-playing exercise. In this commentary, instructional technology specialist Lee Patti discusses the process and how it led to real solutions.