Welcome to CNN’s education blog! Schools of Thought is a place to engage in a conversation on education. Here you’ll see stories and viewpoints about a wide range of topics, from No Child Left Behind to districts dealing with budget cuts to what’s hanging in your kid’s locker. You’ll get news and perspectives from public, private and parochial schools, as well as homeschoolers. You’ll hear from parents, teachers and students and other stakeholders in education who have stories to tell and opinions to offer.
And along the way, there will be lessons learned (no pun intended). Have you ever thought you knew – but were afraid to ask - what AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) means? Are you wondering how to make the most of a 30-minute parent-teacher conference? Are you a teacher who is being challenged to
meet the needs of a greater student population with fewer resources? Are you a student who is weighing the pros and cons of a college education? Well,
stay tuned. These and other questions will be addressed in Schools of Thought.
In addition, a student’s educational experience often includes those life lessons that aren’t components of the curriculum. Our kids learn from participating in extracurricular activities like sports, clubs and service. But they also learn about life from challenges that they might face daily, such as relationships, family
problems, bullying and financial concerns. There are teachable moments and opportunities for learning there as well. Our team of journalists, educators, parents and guest bloggers will address these issues, too.
And we’ll attempt to provide some insight into the bigger questions confronting education: How do we convey knowledge that the next generation needs in order to take its place in a world of new economic and social realities? How do we do our best, as educators and parents, to guide our students through their life challenges?
As a parent and former teacher, I know (and you do, too) that no one has all the answers. We can find a lot that’s right – and wrong – with how we educate our kids. But in our search for answers, there could be aspects of different educational experiences that offer solutions for your school, your child or you. There might be something you see here that gets you thinking, ignites an idea, nudges you to offer a comment. We welcome your thoughts and story ideas at SchoolsofThought@cnn.com or send us an iReport.
Which brings us full circle to what Schools of Thought is –an exchange of information, experiences and ideas. After all, isn’t that what education is all about?
- Donna Krache, editor