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Bill Nye to Grads: Become the Next Great Generation

Distinguished faculty, parents, guests, alumni, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, Scarlett Knights of all ages, and especially graduates: Welcome …

Bill Nye

Tim Cook to Grads: Tune Out the Cynics

Hello GW. Thank you very much President Knapp for that kind intro. Alex, trustees, faculty and deans of the university, my fellow honorees, and …

Ronald Reagan

Why It Pays to Be a Jerk

New research confirms what they say about nice guys.<p>Smile at the customer. Bake cookies for your colleagues. Sing your subordinates’ praises. Share credit. Listen. Empathize. Don’t drive the last dollar out of a deal. Leave the last doughnut for someone else.<p>Sneer at the customer. Keep your …

UC Berkeley

What these colleges are doing on tuition is better than Stanford

Stanford University has received a lot of attention for offering free tuition to students whose families make less than $125,000 — throwing in free room and board for those earning less than $65,000.<p>But there is a trend that could have a larger impact on college pricing. Small- and medium-sized …

College & University

Top 10 Hubble Photos - Photo Gallery

NASA; ESA; F. PARESCE, INAF-IASF, BOLOGNA, ITALY; R. O’CONNELL, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA;<br>WIDE FIELD CAMERA 3 SCIENCE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE<p>10<b>Cosmic Fireworks</b> Sparkling with energy, a cluster of young stars lights up a cavity in the roiling dust of the Tarantula Nebula. For Zoltan Levay, charged with …

When Teachers Cheat

Rampant conspiracies to alter kids' scores, including the one that resulted in the recent conviction of 11 Atlanta educators, attest to the dangers of high-stakes testing.<p>The social scientist Donald T. Campbell offered an insightful analysis of American education in his 1976 paper, "Assessing the …

Education

Saudi Arabia Makes Its Move in Yemen

With the country hurtling toward civil war, its larger neighbor has launched airstrikes against Houthi rebels backed by Iran.<p><i>Updated on March 25, 2015 at 8:15 p.m.</i><p>On Wednesday evening, the Saudi ambassador to the United States announced that his country had initiated airstrikes against the Houthi …

Middle East

The Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

When kids can get their lessons from the Internet, what's left for classroom instructors to do?<p>Whenever a college student asks me, a veteran high-school English educator, about the prospects of becoming a public-school teacher, I never think it’s enough to say that the role is shifting from …

High School

The Paranoid Style of Ted Cruz

Shouting fire in a room crowded with New Hampshire conservatives sends them running—not for the exits, but straight to the polls.<p>Last weekend, as Ted Cruz gave a speech in New Hampshire, the likely Republican presidential candidate was interrupted by a three-year-old named Julia. “The Obama economy …

Republicans

The Biggest Threat to America’s Future Is ... America

On a day when much of the world’s attention is turned to Israel and its elections, I’ve been thinking about another foreign story that has been receiving less coverage but could, in the long run, turn out to be equally significant: the news that Britain, France, Germany, and Italy have decided, …

Under new Oregon law, all eligible voters are registered unless they opt out

Americans are required to register if they want to vote; as of this week, Oregonians will have to register not to.<p>In front of a packed and cheering audience Monday, Gov. Kate Brown signed a first-in-the-nation bill to automatically register all eligible Oregonians to vote when they obtain or renew …

How 'social air bags' for rich kids exacerbate unequal opportunity

What's the difference between growing up in an affluent family and growing up poor in America?<p>Yes, upper-middle-class kids have more money. But they also have more attentive parents, stable families, good teachers — and even more friends and acquaintances.<p>As a result, well-off kids have one more …

An Iraqi Sunni town celebrates rout of Islamic State

The man fiddled with a padlock securing a gate outside a convenience store. Once it was open, he gingerly stepped toward the entrance, holding his breath as he walked in.<p>He surveyed the room, taking in the shards of glass and upturned boxes littering the floor. The counter was pushed haphazardly to …

Pope Francis Says His Time As Pope Will Be Short

VATICAN CITY, March 13 (Reuters) - Pope Francis said in an interview published on Friday he believes his pontificate will be short and that he would be ready to resign like his predecessor rather than ruling for life.<p>In the long interview with Mexican broadcaster Televisa, released on the second …

Buenos Aires

Finland, Home of the $103,000 Speeding Ticket

Most of Scandinavia determines fines based on income. Could such a system work in the U.S.?<p>Reima Kuisla, a Finnish businessman, was recently caught going 65 miles per hour in a 50 zone in his home country—an offense that would typically come with a fine of a couple hundred dollars, at most, in the …

Staten Island

An Overnight Nursing Home for Dementia Patients

Many with Alzheimer's are at their most active after dark. A New York care facility has launched an after-hours camp-style program to entertain them until the morning—and help their caregivers get some sleep.<p>In her Manhattan apartment, Josephina Deltejo is trying to coax her 84-year-old mother …

Dementia

Science Fairs Aren't So Fair

These K-12 events are hardly more than a competition among over-involved parents.<p>As a parent of two elementary school-aged kids, I know spring is approaching when my Facebook feed fills with desperate pleas for more time, calls for patience, and questions about the locations of retailers selling …

Education

Why Do American Students Have So Little Power?

A group of Kentucky teens is struggling to get a modest bill passed, revealing just how difficult it is to convince adults that kids' opinions matter.<p>For the past four months, a group of Kentucky teenagers has been working to make a one-sentence change to a state law. In the history of student …

Education

I Am Not India's Daughter

Reflections on a banned documentary about the gang rape in my hometown of Delhi<p>When a child is born in India, it’s customary to give out a celebratory tip (called “<i>bakshish</i>” in Hindi) to the hospital attendants who helped during the birth. When I was born in a Delhi hospital, an elderly relative …

India

A Brief and Recent History of Bigotry at Fraternities

The recent uproar at the University of Oklahoma is far from isolated.<p>In <i>Dear White People</i>, Justin Simien's 2014 racially charged satirical film, there’s an uproar at the fictitious Winchester University when its African American students hear about a black-themed party being thrown by a …

Fraternities

Beyond The End of College

A new book predicts the technological disruption of the traditional university. But it fails to acknowledge that higher learning involves more than looking at a screen.<p>Given the drumbeat of doomsday declarations about higher education in recent years, it might be tempting to dismiss <i>The End of</i> …

Higher Education

Choose Your Own Enlightenment

Retaining democracy, and warding off technocracy, requires broad participation in civic, intellectual and political life.<p>Long ago, before Westerners associated "enlightenment" with meditation or yoga, there was the Enlightenment: the philosophical revolution of the 1600s and 1700s that made the …

Political Science

What Do Americans Prioritize When Picking a Place to Live?

According to a new poll, economic mobility and diversity are key components of a good city or town.<p>When you’re looking for a city or town to call home, there are lots of factors to consider. For some, it's about being in an area that is economically vibrant, with plenty of job opportunities and …

Crime

Colleges not ready for 'college ready' Common Core

The standards are supposed to get students ready for college. But the schools don’t seem ready for them.<p>The Common Core standards are supposed to get students ready for college.<p>But colleges don’t seem ready for them.<p>Five years after states across the nation began to adopt the Common Core, colleges …

Education
High School

Why I’m a Public-School Teacher but a Private-School Parent

It’s not selling out; it’s buying in.<p>Last week, I observed a high-school English class on a campus without bells. The school didn’t need them: Every student showed up for class promptly, and they remained attentive until the last minute—without packing their books early or lining up at the door. …

Education

Native American Council Offers Amnesty to 240 Million Undocumented Whites

The Native American National Council will offer amnesty to the estimated 240 million illegal white immigrants living in the United States.<p>At a …

Immigration