Articles in this series:
How Schools Are Confronting Their Own Problems: As kids stock up on notebooks, pencils and calculators for the new school year, teachers and administrators are beginning their fifth year under the country's No Child Left Behind (NCLB) education reform law.
The Lag in Math & Science: We may be a country with vastly more resources than other nations, but when it comes to math and science know-how, our kids don't seem to count.
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Boys' Academic Failure: The worry that boys are falling behind girls academically has repeatedly made headlines this year. But debate continues over whether this is actually true.
The Race & Class Gap: While the gender gap is debatable, almost everyone agrees that when it comes to academic achievement, race and class count far more.
Decaying School Buildings: With all the emphasis on boosting students' academic skills, it's not surprising that efforts and resources to maintain older school buildings have fallen by the wayside.
Helping Your Child Learn Science and Helping Your Child Learn Math, both by N. Paulu, M. Martin and M. Scott, are free booklets for parents from the U.S. Department of Education. Call 877-433-7827 to order.
The Minds of Boys: Saving Our Sons From Falling Behind in School and Life, by Michael Gurian and Kathy Stevens, Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2005.
Boys and Girls Learn Differently!, by Michael Gurian, with Patricia Henley and Terry Trueman, Jossey-Bass, 2002.
On the Web
Healthy Schools Network: This non-profit research and advocacy organization is dedicated to environmentally healthy schools.
MathMovesU: This initiative of Raytheon Company aims to improve the way U.S. middle school students view math.
The Michael Gurian Educational Institute: Provides parents and teachers with information about how boys and girls learn differently.
Moms for Math: Helps parents understand the importance of math, and offers them tips to help children with math.
Parents for Public Schools: Works to ensure that all public schools effectively serve all children. They offer a multitude of parent resources.