New education standards emphasize technical reading skills over an appreciation for literature and the deeper values it can instill. When I was in high school, I chose to major in English in college because
An inquiry into one recent scandal reveals how kids think about sexting—and what parents and police should do about it. It was late on a school night, so Jennifer’s kids were already asleep when she got
From celebrity nudes to Ray Rice’s domestic abuse to the ISIS bombings, an unresolved debate looms behind some of our biggest ongoing news stories. In days or weeks, when the United States again drops
Mastering the craft demands time to collaborate—just what American schools don't provide. Teaching dwarfs every other profession that requires a college degree. Nationwide, 3.7 million schoolteachers grades
As it considers revising its rules, the company must decide which users it really values. Hundreds of tributes have already been written since the world learned of Robin Williams’ death by suicide on 11.
Some remain sceptical about the use of data and technology in the classroom, says Charlie Harrington, but there are many benefits to its application Today, learning materials are shifting from print to
Just three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts law that created a 35-foot buffer zone around clinics that perform abortions, lawmakers there are rushing through a replacement.
I live in Tucson, Ariz. National news about thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border — some as young as 2 years old — is local news here. A front-page headline from this week's
The 26th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is under way, and entries will be accepted for just one more week -- until June 30, 2014. First prize winner will receive an 8-day Alaskan expedition
Even for people with less education, mental activity in mid and late life gave them at least three years of protection against cognitive impairment. As America ages, the specter of cognitive decline looms.
Technology could chip away at freedom of expression—including our "right to lie." Perceiving whether someone is sad, happy, or angry by the way he turns up his nose or knits his brow comes naturally to
New apps enlist citizen scientists to map environmental change Around the world, species are going extinct at an unprecedented rate. They’re dying so fast and from so many different causes — habitat loss,
Engineers have figured out how to turn plastic trash into a material that keeps rain and heat out while letting sunlight in. Perhaps the iconic image of developing-world poverty is a small collection huts
Every Tuesday, Italian expat Emiko Davies is taking us on a grand tour of Italy, showing us how to make classic, fiercely regional dishes at home. Today: An adaptable one-pot meal, straight from the heart
Popular media are full of claims that sugar is toxic. And there’s intense disagreement about recommendations to replace table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup with “natural” sweeteners like agave nectar