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Three Questions High School Juniors Should Ask Themselves

Traditionally, winter of junior year is when the college search kicks off in earnest. School counselors schedule informational meetings for families. (Not students, not parents--<i>families</i>.) Admission deans take a break from application reading to visit high schools and talk to families about the …

Suburbia and Its Common Core Conspiracy Theories

Why middle-class white parents are up in arms about the new standards<p>This March, millions of school kids will take new standardized tests that are designed to accompany the Common Core standards. As that deadline looms, anxiety grows in suburban communities. Conspiracy theories, too, have grown out …

Education

From The Lecture Hall to The Skating Rink

How educators are taking STEM education out of traditional classrooms<p>The way teachers educate their students about science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, has come a long way. Students used to spend hours learning formulas and proofs, paying little attention to how these processes …

Colleges Continue to Put Burden of Price Hikes on Poorest

Decked out in black tie and formal dresses, guests at Mr. Jefferson’s Capital Ball finished their salmon with horseradish sauce just in time to dance …

'Voice' Isn't the Point of Writing

Whether crafting fiction or how-to manuals, self-expression is a negotiation.<p>Find your own voice. That's what teachers told me in creative-writing classes when I was in college 20 years ago—it's what the <i>Guardian</i> trumpeted as the goal of creative writing courses just this month. It's what old …

Modern-Day Segregation in Public Schools

The Department of Education has branded "tracking"—designating students for separate educational paths based on their academic performance—as a modern day form of segregation.<p>A U.S. Department of Education press release last month had a disorienting, retro ring to it: “Black students to be afforded …

Romeo and Juliet Has No Balcony

Shakespeare didn't even know what a balcony was—so how did one end in his most famous scene?<p>It's perhaps the most famous scene in all of English literature: Juliet stands on her balcony with Romeo in the garden below, star-crossed lovers meeting by moonlight. Colloquially known as "the balcony …

What Teachers Can Learn From Vsauce's YouTube Show

One of the Internet's most popular science stars explains why kids watch his lessons for entertainment.<p>When I told my sons, ages 11 and 15, that I would be interviewing a series of unconventional and inspiring educators about their teaching methods, they insisted—nay, demanded—that I sit down with …

Not Everyone Can Afford the All-American On-Campus Experience

Living away from home gives students a chance to immerse themselves in new academic and social worlds. But that kind of college experience is available only to an increasingly privileged few.<p>Until this past June, I taught 12th grade English at a small charter school in Los Angeles where Latino kids …

Things You Didn't Know About Dickens's London

It's all too easy to think "then" was exactly like "now", just with funny clothes, and bad dentistry. Even if you read lots of Victorian novels, it's too easy to miss what was different. A description of a person walking down the street? How, after all, could that that be different, whether it's …

A Look Inside The Town That Inspired 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

<i>The following is an excerpt from The Mockingbird Next Door by Marja Mills [Penguin Press, $27.95], who, while working for the Chicago Tribune, was granted a rare opportunity to interview Harper Lee, with whom she formed a close friendship over the span of several years. Mills then moved next door</i> …

Lydia Davis’s Very Short Stories

Lydia Davis, who was awarded the Man Booker International Prize in 2013, has been publishing short stories utterly unlike anyone else’s for almost 40 years. Sometimes as brief as a sentence or several paragraphs, they dispense with conventional narrative and character in favor of astringent wit and …