Across the country, school lunches are too short and do not give students enough time to wait in line, get their food, and actually sit down to eat it. As a result, many students do not get the chance to eat at all, or eat very little, and go back to class hungry and unable to focus. Demand longer school lunches so that students have a chance to recharge and eat their food.
A decision to ban a classic novel about African-American identity issues in 20th century America was recently reversed. Applaud the decision to not ban this book. Intellectual freedom and education are too important to allow politics to get in the way.
In Myanmar, children often end up encountering poorly-funded schools that are either abandoned by teachers or demand fees that the child’s family can’t afford to pay. Believing that their children won’t get a decent education at such unreliable schools, their families make them perform manual labor instead. Sign this petition demanding that Myanmar adequately fund its schools so that children can spend their formative years learning and not carrying heavy loads at the docks, serving tea, or staffing factories.
The Turkish state has taken steps to reverse its history of suppressing the rights of ethnic minorities, by allowing the reopening of a Greek language school on Gokceada, an island historically populated by ethnic Greeks. Sign this petition to praise Turkey for recognizing that minority cultures are not to be stamped out and absorbed into the majority and to encourage it to take more steps to allow minorities to preserve their identity and heritage.
Lower family incomes are deterring qualified students from applying to competitive schools. A non-profit organization is helping these disadvantaged students through these hardships. Commend the staff for their efforts.
A woman’s right to express her discomfort with sharing space with undressed boys should be respected. Urge Germany to adopt a law allowing girls to seek alternative accommodations to mixed-gender swimming classes at public schools.
A high school named for a controversial Confederate general and founding member of the Ku Klux Klan has still not changed its name, despite numerous requests from community members to do so. Urge the school superintendent to immediately change the name of this high school.
A generous and thoughtful individual is creating a series of valuable online video lectures that make free education easier to find for all those who need it. His goal: to provide “a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.” Applaud his innovative online academy working to make education more accessible.
A new program will provide low income students a free nutritious breakfast and lunch. Eating breakfast in the morning is proven to produce students with better grades, lower behavioral issues, higher levels of concentration, and better attendance. Commend this excellent new program.
Less than 15 percent of American students attend for-profit colleges, but this group receives a quarter of federal grants and loans and accounts for nearly half of U.S. student loan defaults. Despite all this, a Congressman and his for-profit college donors are fighting to repeal the already flimsy monetary protections for students. Sign this petition and put students first.
A nonprofit organization has provided thousands of students, teachers, and families with electronic reading devices, also known as e-readers. Offering these amazing tools to those in developing nations increases literacy and creativity. We should take the time to commend this organization for their efforts to improve literacy.
It’s a well-documented fact that lack of sleep can weaken students’ academic performance. Conversely, when students are well-rested, absenteeism, tardiness, depression, obesity, drop-out rates and even auto accidents all decline, new studies say. Encourage schools to set later start times to protect students’ health and enhance their learning.
Louisiana has a law in place that legally allows creationism to be taught in public schools, especially regarding evolution and climate change. However, a student is fighting back, speaking out against evidence-denying teachings, and has garnered serious support from the affected communities. Commend him for his efforts to reinstate a science education that does not deny children the facts.
A seven-year-old girl was hassled by school officials because of her dreadlocks. Her father was forced to pull her from the school after this embarrassing and discriminatory episode. Please sign this petition to condemn the school for its terrible treatment of a child over her choice of hairstyle.
Eastern Michigan University (EMU) has adopted a program for students with autism and other learning disabilities that has proven to be effective for young people pursuing a college degree. Applaud EMU for its efforts and encourage other colleges and universities to implement similar programming.
The Washington Supreme Court recently ruled that the state wasn’t doing enough to support Washington schools, and required them to place more money into education. Commend the Governor in his plan to fund low-income elementary schools with all-day Kindergarten programs, but insist that this plan covers all Washington elementary schools, and urge the Governor to work for more progress.
Real estate tycoon Donald Trump scammed several thousand students into attending a fake university with no academic license. Demand he apologize and compensate them.
With thousands of slaves being trafficked through the United States yearly it is necessary for McGraw-Hill to include up-to-date slavery information in its textbooks. Demand McGraw-Hill correctly educate children on the subject of slavery in America so that they can be equipped with the right information to fight the problem in the future.
In Illinois schools, children continue to be taught the Coal Education Program, a discredited curriculum that fails to mention the negative impacts of coal and coal mining on the environment and human health. Please urge Illinois to no longer tolerate this coal industry-funded propaganda in classrooms.
The governor of Illinois recently announced that he will support a new sex education law that will require schools to teach more comprehensive sex education curricula. Tell the governor to sign the progressive bill into law immediately.
Slavery is controlling the lives of 27 million people around the world today. Unfortunately, this issue is not taught well in schools, leaving room for misinformation or the belief that slavery no longer exists. Demand that school books include information on modern international slavery.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream speech, the national curriculum should incorporate a history of protest movements. Children should learn the power of their own voices through demonstration and ways to challenge the status quo in order to make the world a fairer place. Please call for schools to educate students about the power of activism.
A High School in Yuma is being terribly mismanaged, with teachers being given no chance to properly conduct classes. This fault lies primarily with the school’s administrators, who must be held accountable for providing an unacceptable teaching environment that can only be harmful to the education of students.
A California politician has been making campaign speeches suggesting cyber-bullying by students as a way of identifying bad teachers as a way of improving the system. Tell this politician that his unconventional method would have disastrous consequences for both our students and teachers, and he must find another way of weeding out bad teachers.
Standardized testing is one of the greatest determining factors of student intelligence in America. Sadly, this method alienates critical thinking and trains students to memorize short-term information rather than retain it long-term. Urge our Department of Education to phase out standardized tests in favor of effective teaching methods that better enable students to think critically and retain knowledge.