U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) workshop at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., in 2014. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) One of the most dreadful parts of the college-application process is filling out the FAFSA. If you want any [...]
These Yale students from the class of 2014 made it to graduation. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File) They may have gotten straight As and perfect SAT scores back in high school, but the majority of freshmen entering Yale University this fall don’t feel prepared to handle the rigor of college classes. And [...]
Jill Stein (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Jill Stein, a medical doctor and environmental health activist from Massachusetts, is the Green Party candidate for president. She also ran under the Green banner in 2012, when she got 0.36% of the vote after getting on the ballot in 37 states. Her positions on education [...]
Students at Godley Elementary School in Texas no longer have to say their dog ate their homework… because they won’t have any for the whole school year! Second-grade teacher Brady Young sent a letter out to parents explaining homework from her classroom will only consist of work their children didn’t [...]
Episode 5 of The Limit Does Not Exist takes us inside the American Museum of Natural History, where we sit down with Assistant Curator of Herpetology Dr. Frank Burbrink. (Herpetology = study of amphibiansand reptiles.) Trust us, it was definitely as cool as it sounds. Burbrink is obsessed with snakes. He [...]
This might not be the most thrilling subject, but it's imperative to consider all of your bank accounts and documentation in the eventuality of your death. There is certainly much to think about; however, I outline the basics and how to proceed. I encourage you to read, learn, and take action!
VideoJohn Oliver (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival) On a recent edition of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” British comedian John Oliver decided that American charter schools are just too, too funny. He pointed out that poorly managed ones sometimes close down halfway through a school year – LOL! [...]
Co-authored by Cassius Johnson and Jonathan Hasak “What the people want is very simple - they want an America as good as its promise.” Congresswoman Barbara Jordan During most of the 20th century, the American Dream promised our nation’s youth that if they worked hard and got a college degree they would [...]
Why Do Colleges Spend Millions On Football, Our Commentator Asks
The college football season officially kicks off this weekend. Powerhouse division 1 schools will play. That got our commentator wondering: What's in it for the weaklings of that division?
Mental Health In Schools: A Hidden Crisis Affecting Millions Of Students
An estimated 20 percent of children show signs or symptoms of mental health problems. Its a destructive force in schools, but most educators don't have the training or resources to help.
Final results of the second year of PARCC standardized testing in the District of Columbia released today show that the charter schools outperformed the traditional public schools in elementary and high school grades. Overall, there’s a lot of work to be done in both categories of schools because only about [...]
How Cuts To Public Universities Have Driven Students Out Of State
Declines in state support for public universities have helped reshape the geography of college admissions, forcing many students to attend universities far from home, where they pay higher, out-of-state tuition.
August 30, 2016 at 07:41AM
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I am writing this as I prepare to make brief comments at a meeting concerning criteria to be used in selecting my university’s (Ohio University) next president. I have observed that the more successful presidents at Ohio University have had some meaningful association with truly great universities like Harvard and Duke. Does that observation hold up to rigorous empirical examination at a broader sample of institutions? In an era when we pay extravagant salaries for university presidents, can we get some hints of probable success of a president by attributes gleamed from his or her past?
A New School Year Brings Renewed Focus On Attendance
As students head back to school, districts are faced with age-old problem of making sure they show up. In St. Louis, one principal resorted to extreme measures: installing washing machines and dryers.
It's time to get back to school and teachers sometimes fear the occasional "Summer slide" of learning. But what if students were paying attention while on vacation? This election cycle is unusual in its nastiness. So, the "Summer Slide" becomes the "Summer chide." Cartoon by Joe Heller.
The University of Chicago is a great university, while something called the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (a group of 17 schools) clearly is not. Recent statements from the presidents of both institutions helps us understand why.
How Investment Banks Cash in on School Construction
Schools are the US's second largest public infrastructure investment after transportation, and it's all under local control. And inevitably, when a tiny school board works with financial firms to borrow money, they get fleeced.
August 28, 2016 at 04:19PM
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Video games provide us with challenging environments, fun puzzles, and endless hours of entertainment. Today it seems that all too many people are spending their time exploring alien worlds, saving Princess Zelda, or catching Pokemon. All that time spent in front of a computer screen just can't be good for us and it really can't be good for our children... can it?
4 Years After Tragedy, A New Sandy Hook Elementary Prepares To Open Its Doors
Students will be entering a brand-new school for the first time when classes start Monday. It's located at the same site as the scene of the tragedy and the architects were inspired by nature.
Hanging On: The Economic Woes Of Being A Grad Student
For our series Hanging On, Linda Wertheimer speaks with Paul Katz. He's one of the organizers of the graduate student union just approved by the National Labor Relations board.
Each generation has overcome its own set of economic challenges, which have directed the financial habits of that generation. With all the talk surrounding the $40 trillion wealth transfer from the Baby Boomers and the focus on the Millennials, Generation Z has been overlooked; however, a closer look proves that we might have much to learn from this financially astute group.
A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields
The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.
Surprise! Amid Rising Inequality, One School Gap Is Narrowing
A new study shows that economic and racial school readiness gaps have narrowed significantly over a 12-year period. Score one for parental engagement and quality pre-K. But huge gaps remain.
Texas Students Return To Class With New Open Carry Law In Effect
At the University of Texas, it's the first week of school under a new state law that allows concealed handguns in classes, buildings and dorms. Protesters demonstrated for and against the law.
Back To School Barbershop: New Goals, Homework And Parental Supervision
Parenting blogger Doyin Richards, mother Tammy Garnes, and professor Christopher Emdin share goals for the new school year and thoughts about homework.
Abraham Maslow once wrote, “It isn't normal to know what we want. It is a rare and difficult psychological achievement,” but I contend team members ought to try to prove Maslow wrong. Aldous Huxley perhaps provided a positive antidote, when he wrote, “Knowing who in fact we are results in [...]
University Of Chicago Tells Freshmen It Does Not Support Trigger Warnings
Incoming freshman to the University of Chicago will not be shielded from ideas or materials they may find harmful. The university alerted students in a welcoming letter that as a policy it does not provide safe spaces or trigger warnings, but it's not barring individual professors from doing so.
Just over one year ago, the National Labor Relations Board declined to assert jurisdiction over Northwestern University's college football players. At the time of the Northwestern University decision,the National Labor Relations Board skirted the issue of whether undergraduate college students could constitute "employees" under the National Labor Relations Act. Instead, [...]
Teaching Medical Teamwork Right From The Start
Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic are collaborating to better integrate the training of student doctors, dentists, nurses and social workers. One goal: Reduce medical errors.
Cursive Law Writes New Chapter For Handwriting In Alabama's Schools
Schools in Alabama were already required to teach cursive writing, but a new law now requires schools to provide cursive instruction by the end of the third grade, and report proficiency levels.
Finding balance on vacation // Photo by Michael Chambers I was recently emailing with a dear friend who I only get to see about once every five years. Our visits are few and far between — not because we live in different cities (she is in New York and I’m in [...]