Education Matters


It Wasn’t Common Core or More Money—Here’s How I Learned to Truly Value My Students

The summer after my first year of teaching was a relief. And a surprise. Upon receiving the results of my students’ language arts tests at the state, district and local levels, I found that my good intentions as a teacher ...

New partnership offers students opportunity to earn AA degree tuition free

Good news for parents who seek to save thousands in higher education expenses and help for students looking to jump-start their college studies.

Do school uniforms increase academic success?

Recently a teacher used class time to wash, comb and style the hair of a student who frequently came to school with a matted, lint filled mane. Following her good grooming lesson, the teacher proudly posted before and after photographs ...

Teacher combs her student’s hair, ignites heated debate

Blogger Vernessa Cole posted before and after photos of a little girl’s hair to illustrate a post about a teacher who became so distressed by the condition of a student’s unkempt appearance, she decided to comb, brush, remove lint and ...

Celebrate the holiday season with classic children’s literature

While cleaning out a seldom, used closet, I spied my old steamer trunk. It was brand new years ago, when my mother filled the trunk with everything she thought I needed for my freshman year at Frostburg State College.

EDUCATION MATTERS: A Mother’s Love builds academic confidence

Picasso’s observation is the guiding philosophy of A Mother’s Love, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing art-based educational programs and experiences to troubled students.

Art inspires troubled students: Part II

The primary mission of our criminal justice system is to protect the public’s safety. Accomplishing this goal leaves little room for implementing programs designed to mend and revitalize the lives of individuals caught in the prison system’s maze of bureaucratic ...

A Mother’s Love: Art inspires troubled students

I have a confession to make. Never once in the nine years I have written Education Matters has this column touched on the unique academic needs and challenges of grade school students in the juvenile justice system.

Making college completion mandatory, Part II

Undereducated, poor and middle class high school graduates are the cannon fodder of higher education.

Making the case for mandatory college graduation

After the housing industry, American’s colleges and universities are collectively the country’s second largest business. A closer look behind higher education’s ivy-covered walls reveals how colleges are kept afloat by practices as mercenary as housing’s sub-prime lending practices that nearly ...

A doctoral candidate shares her successful homeschooling experience

Rachel Coleman is a remarkable young woman. Upon completion of high school she was accepted to Ball State University with a full tuition scholarship, graduated with highest honors in three years, and then earned a master’s degree.

Is home schooling right for you and your child?

This week’s column addresses some of the key factors a parent will need to consider when deciding if home schooling is the right choice for their family.

Could Competitive Spelling ‘Bee’ Right for Your Child?

What do the words— narcolepsy, psoriasis, eczema, albumen and sanitarium have in common? You would be correct if you said each is a medical expression. But, there is another, more noteworthy connection these terms share.

Howard County Cybersecurity Academy students mentored by experts

Last week 20 students from Howard County Public School System’s Cybersecurity Networking Academy got a special treat when Firoozeh Azarbaidjani-Do, co-founder and CEO of Phoenix TS, the internationally acclaimed and award-winning computer training solution provider, welcomed them to a cybersecurity ...

EDUCATION MATTERS: Is vocational education making a comeback?

Vocational education (VE) has long been viewed as the path of last resort for under-performing high school students.