Examining Freedom Schools

Examining Freedom Schools

Posted by on Sep 12, 2020 in Education | No Comments

Have you ever heard of the “summer slide”? This is the term that teachers and educational experts use to describe student’s knowledge loss that can happen over the summer months when they’re not in school. This is especially true this year, when the coronavirus pandemic kept children out of school for much longer than the […]

Test . . . Optional?

Test . . . Optional?

Posted by on May 5, 2020 in Education | No Comments

Last month, btw took a look at the way many college admission offices are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by canceling their standardized test score requirements, meaning that students don’t need to take the SAT or ACT in order to apply. Now, several other schools have gotten on board with this plan. At the same […]

Stay-at-Home School

Stay-at-Home School

Posted by on Apr 14, 2020 in Education | No Comments

Before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, most mornings you probably woke up to the sound of your alarm and wished you could just stay home and not go to school, right? Well, now that is happening, so how has your experience been? Have you enjoyed the opportunity to learn from home and develop new distance […]

No Such Things as Free Lunch?

No Such Things as Free Lunch?

Posted by on Feb 27, 2020 in Education | No Comments

It’s no secret that students like to joke about school lunches. But in reality, these meals provide vital sustenance for hundreds of thousands of children in the United States who otherwise might go hungry. Now, however, the Trump administration is taking aim at school lunches, changing the rules on who is eligible to receive them […]

Adversity Score Faces Adversity

Adversity Score Faces Adversity

Posted by on Sep 6, 2019 in Education | No Comments

From celebrity parents bribing admissions officials, to debates over whether or not to consider race in admissions, it may seem like the rules for how to get accepted into the nation’s top universities are constantly shifting. One of the most controversial admission tools is standardized testing. Recently, the College Board–the company that administers the SAT–tried […]

School Lottery?

School Lottery?

Posted by on Apr 4, 2019 in Education | No Comments

Last week, btw brought you the story of a recent college admissions scandal: fifty wealthy (some of them celebrity) parents who downright cheated to get their children admitted to prestigious U.S. universities. This has led to a nationwide conversation about who gets into the “good” colleges and who doesn’t, and how we can do a […]

Teachers Walk Out for Education

Teachers Walk Out for Education

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Education | No Comments

Last month, btw brought you the story of a statewide teachers’ walkout in Oklahoma that lasted for nine days. During that time, the striking teachers filled the statehouse, protesting the legislature which has been steadily taking away funding from public education. Despite not getting everything they had hoped for, the Oklahoma teachers did make some […]

Tips for Tests

Tips for Tests

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in Education | No Comments

It’s springtime, and you know what that means: it’s standardized test season again! btw can’t take the test for you, but what we can do is share with you some hints to help you do your best on testing day. Take Your Time Most standardized tests come with time limits, which encourage students to rush. […]

The Battle Over School Vouchers

The Battle Over School Vouchers

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Education | No Comments

The argument over private school choice has received a lot of attention in the media lately, with both President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressing full support for the idea. Just in time for the end of the school year, btw takes a look at the fight over private school vouchers in Indiana, the […]

Every Student Succeeds Act Signed Into Law

Every Student Succeeds Act Signed Into Law

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in Education, Government, United States | No Comments

At the start of the school year, btw brought you a story of this country’s history of education reform. Last week, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This legislation will replace the unpopular No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Law that went into effect in 2001 (which was a reauthorization of […]