Nausherwan Hafeez

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College freshmen survey: Students cite cost in passing up first-choice school

In choosing which college to attend, about 46 percent say the cost of attendance was very important – the highest percentage found since the UCLA …

Why Ivy League Schools Are So Bad at Economic Diversity

Elite universities should not be asking, “Why do we have so few low-income students?” but “How do we have so many wealthy ones?”<p><i>Yale Alumni Magazine</i>’s cover announced this month that the university “seeks smart students from poor families.” As the illustration of a white man in a business suit …

Why Is Academic Writing So Academic?

A few years ago, when I was a graduate student in English, I presented a paper at my department’s American Literature Colloquium. (A colloquium is a sort of writing workshop for graduate students.) The essay was about Thomas Kuhn, the historian of science. Kuhn had coined the term “paradigm shift,” …

How Can Schools Fix the ‘Mania’ of Achievement Testing?

Recently I’ve written a fair amount about early-childhood education and vocational education, both of which, so to speak, are having a moment. The …

Is grad school "professional suicide"?

By Kai Ryssdal<p>January 27, 2014 | 3:10 PM<p>Listen to this story<p>DownloadEmbed<p>Embed Code<iframe src="https://www.marketplace.org/2014/01/27/education/grad-school-professional-suicide/popout" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="240px"></iframe><p>Copy<br>• Close<p>Listen To The …

Graduate School

The hot young teacher they hired instead

I have decades of experience in the classroom, but when I went up against Alex for a job, I knew how it would end<p>Beth Aviv<p>August 7, 2010 1:01am (UTC)<p>She breezes past my desk in the English office like a model on a runway — hips swinging, heels clacking on the linoleum. Today she's wearing skinny …

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Teachers Give Better Grades to More Attractive Students: Study

If you were of a mind to forgive good-looking people for their freakishly good genetic makeup because you figure you got better brains than they did, …

The quality of American teachers seems to be getting better

Foreign students continue to flock to U.S. colleges

The number of international students studying at U.S. colleges and universities grew to a record high last year and USC remained their most popular destination, according to a new study.<p>The private university had 9,840 international students, about 1,400 more than<p>UCLA, which ranked sixth in the …

At Berkeley, Frederick Wiseman’s documentary about UC–Berkeley, reviewed.

Full (and proud) disclosure: I—like my mother before me, as a matter of fact!—am an alumna of the University of California at Berkeley. I was a Ph.D. …

At Berkeley, Krugman’s warning becomes reality

How the crisis at our greatest public university reflects crippling inequality and the dangers of austerity<p>How long will it take us to understand that the entire neoliberal project – the puritanical mania for cutting taxes, cutting social services and cutting budget deficits that has dominated the …

Report: American Education Isn't Mediocre—It's Deeply Unequal

Students in Massachusetts are doing great compared to their international peers, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. Students in Alabama, Mississippi, and D.C., however, are languishing.<p>It’s so common to see studies about the United States’s lackluster academic performance …

Why I Said No to Teach for America, and Why You Should Too

Last month, I got an email from a recruiter. An associate of Teach For America, citing a minor leadership role in a student organization as evidence that I "have distinguished [myself] as a leader here on Harvard's campus," asked me to meet with Harvard's TFA representative on campus. Dropping …

Chinese students a new funding source for U.S. high schools

Yosemite High School once offered six wood shop classes. Now there are three.<p>Things got worse when a new high school opened in a neighboring district and many students transferred. Campus enrollment is down from 1,100 five years ago to about 700 today.<p>School officials are now looking to a faraway …