"I believe that education is the civil rights issue of our generation." – U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan, October 9, 2009

About EduTopics


The systematic instruction, teaching, or training in various academic and non-academic subjects given to or received by a child, typically at a school; the course of scholastic instruction a person receives in his or her lifetime. Also: instruction or training given to or received by an adult.

-from the Oxford English Dictionary

EduTopics is a blog written by graduate and undergraduate university students with diverse backgrounds, cultures, and philosophies. Our common goal is to disseminate information and initiate conversations about the landscape of education worldwide as it applies to all ages. The students writing here come from a wide variety of academic fields, including education, psychology, communications, and public affairs. Despite our differences, we all believe that access to education is a key element in a socially just society. With this principle in mind, the articles and editorials shared at EduTopics strive to report successes, failures, innovations, controversies, and inspirations that will spark your participation. More than anything, we hope this blog helps build a community of readers invested in seeing an improvement both in the quality and availability of education to all populations and demographics.

EduTopics welcomes your comments, questions, suggestions, and feedback!

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.

– John Dewey

Some of our favorite resources include:


National Center for Education Statistics

National Assessment of Education Progress

National Reading Panel

National Research Council

National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future

American Diploma Project

Education Trust

Project Star

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study

United States Congress

U.S. Department of Education

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Thomas B. Fordham Foundation

Achieve, Inc.

Center on Education Policy

American Federation of Teachers

National Education Association

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Education Week


Public Education Network

New York Times

Washington Post

Vanderbilt University (Peabody)

Harvard University

University of Texas-Austin

Stanford University

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.

– John Dewey


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