The 50 Best Private Day Schools in the United States


Private day schools are popular options for families seeking a high-quality education. Students receive a world-class education while maintaining their residence with their families. A great private day school—that is, a private high school without boarding facilities—will challenge students to achieve not only academic success, but personal success as well. (Compare our articles The 50 Best Public […]

The 50 Best Public High Schools in the U.S.


A great public high school must serve all students (not just those who will attend college), educate students for a wide range of careers and college options, and provide a rich and multifaceted set of educational and extracurricular activities. As you’ll find reading this article, the United States has many exceptional public high schools that […]

Recognized Schools for Children with Autism


Selecting a school for an autistic child, especially one who is not high-functioning, is a heavy responsibility. The decision may have a profound and long-lasting impact on the child’s life and family. Because autism is so heart-rending, parents are often willing to try and do just about anything to help their autistic child. Taking a second […]

E.D. Hirsch on Education Reform


E.D. Hirsch, Jr., now retired, was until recently Professor of English and of Education and Humanities at the University of Virginia. He is the author of several widely read books on the subjects of cultural literacy and education reform, including Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know (Houghton Mifflin, 1987), The Knowledge Deficit: Closing the Shocking […]

Some Thoughts on Grade Inflation


A recent article in the Chicago Tribune (here) recounted the difficulty that many seemingly excellent high school students (judging by their GPAs) encounter when they get to college. The upshot of the piece is that grade inflation, especially at lower-performing schools as measured by standardized tests, is leading large numbers of high school graduates from […]

Gustavo Dudamel and El Sistema


Classical music lovers will probably know that Gustavo Dudamel is the recently appointed music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. But all those interested in education should take an interest in this remarkable young man. Mr. Dudamel, who is thirty years old, is certainly an excellent conductor. To see for yourself, watch this YouTube video […]

Geoffrey Canada Interview


As many of you will know, Geoffrey Canada is the founder, President, and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, a multifaceted educational effort based on the idea that transforming a school requires transforming the community surrounding the school. Mr. Canada is a graduate of Bowdoin College (BA) and Harvard Graduate School of Education (MA). He holds […]

Are Today’s Kids “Wired” Differently?

We here at TBS are dedicated to bringing you the very best articles with the most relevant and up-to-date information on a range of topics related to education. In an ideal world, that would be a great service in and of itself. It would make life easier for you and for us if that were all […]

Thoughts on “Super Teachers”


Anyone who has read a newspaper or looked at a television news program in the last few years is well aware that the American public education system is considered to be in crisis. How to describe the crisis, how to understand the reasons for the crisis, and above all what to do about it are […]

Boys and Elementary Education

Many statistics indicate that boys as a group are not flourishing in today’s elementary school environment. For example: Suspension rate for boys = 2.5 × the rate for girls Expulsion rate for boys = 3.3 × the rate for girls Number of boys in special education classes ≥ 2 × the number of girls Number of pupils […]

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