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The education culture war is raging. But for most parents, it’s background noise

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Math textbooks axed for their treatment of race; a viral Twitter account directing ire at LGBTQ teachers; a state law forbidding classroom discussion of sexual identity in younger grades; a board book for babies targeted as “pornographic.” Lately it seems there’s a new controversy erupting every day over how race, gender… Read More

Students play at recess on an outdoor court at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 on March 07, 2022 in New York City.

Two years ago schools shut down around the world. These are the biggest impacts

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Two years ago this month, schools closed their doors in 185 countries. According to UNESCO, roughly 9 out of 10 schoolchildren worldwide were out of school. It would soon be the biggest, longest interruption in schooling since formal education became the norm in wealthier countries in the late 19th century. At… Read More

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More than half of teachers are looking for the exits, a poll says

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Teachers are picking up slack for absent colleagues. They’re covering for unfilled positions. And 55% of them say they will leave teaching sooner than they had originally planned, according to a poll of its members by the nation’s largest teachers union. The National Education Association poll, conducted in January, helps quantify… Read More

A Hollywood, Calif., classroom sits empty in August 2020. At least 3,229 schools around the U.S. announced they were canceling in-person learning as of Monday evening.

Officials are determined to keep schools open, despite omicron

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Updated January 3, 2022 at 7:05 PM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — As the coronavirus pandemic slides into a fifth school semester, there is less appetite than ever among U.S. leaders for schools to go remote, even though cases — and with them, pediatric hospitalizations — are rising. According to Burbio, an organization that tracks… Read More