General Interest


Parents Teaching Preschoolers for the Test?

In the years since New York City began using standardized tests to screen children for entrance to gifted and talented elementary school classes, an industry has evolved to prepare three- and four-year-olds to ace the exams. Private companies sell expensive workbooks, tutoring sessions and test preparation packages to many of the families whose children will […]

How Long Does It Take to Become a Teacher?

If you are interested in becoming a teacher and are wondering how long the process takes, the answer depends largely on where you want to teach and where you are in your life. Each state has its own requirements for teaching certification, but some common steps are required across the country. Earn a bachelor’s degree […]

50 Great Education Quotes

While teaching can be one of the most rewarding professions, it can also be one of the toughest. Teachers should take comfort, however, in the knowledge that even the most difficult students grow up to have a profound appreciation for what they learned in school. We’ve put together this collection of reflections on teaching by […]

Celebrate Earth Day 2012

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22, and this year marks the 42nd anniversary of what many have come to consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. This year, Earth Day will act as a launch pad for driving engagement and action to the environmental movement, according to Earth Day Network. The […]

Standardized Testing Pros and Cons

Standardized testing has been one of the most controversial subjects in education since its creation during the era of World War I and the Model T Ford. Frederick J. Kelly initially developed standardized tests as a crude measure of “lower order” thinking skills, intended to help streamline America’s quickly expanding public education system, but 14 […]

ITBS Practice Test Options

The Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) is a standardized achievement test that is used to assess K-8 students. The test is employed by private schools and several state school systems to compare student performance in basic subjects including mathematics, reading, language arts, social studies and science. Many states have also adopted the ITBS for […]