Sophia Healy

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Tuition is now a useless concept in higher education

<i>Danielle Allen is a political theorist at Harvard University and a contributing columnist for The Post. She is a former trustee at both Amherst College and Princeton University.</i><p>If Congress wanted to make an actual difference regarding the rising cost of college, and to give universities and …

Obama Says He Hasn't Been a Friend to Wall Street

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday defended his efforts to rein in Wall Street, telling Americans that his administration cracked down effectively …

Why is it so difficult to rein in Wall Street?

Reforming Wall Street has become a key issue in the ongoing presidential primaries.<p>Bernie Sanders in particular has used his rival’s close ties to …

Wall Street

EASY DOES IT: Here's your complete preview of the week's big economic events

On Friday, we learned the US economy created 242,000 jobs in February while the unemployment rate held steady near a post-crisis low of 4.9%.<p>The US stock market, meanwhile, has been in rally mode over the last month with the Dow climbing back above 17,000 on Friday and the S&P 500 closing just .01 …

Would You Like Groceries With That? : No Fly-buys on Cashless Welfare Card

AUSTRALIANS in the welfare system are joining forces on Saturday March 12 in a National Day of Action against the Federal Government’s cashless …

Unthinkable: Is ‘higher education for all’ based on a lie?

Penn State, other colleges with billion-dollar endowments sitting in congressional crosshairs

The ballooning billion dollar-plus nest eggs that colleges and universities are sitting on in their endowment funds have caught increasing amounts of …

Pearson Launches Year-Long Webinar Series for Higher Ed PD

Professional Development<p>Pearson has launched "Learning Makes Us," a year-long professional development webinar series designed to introduce college …

Education Technology

Why Higher-Ed Budget Cuts Are So Devastating

<i>Co-written with Demos Senior Policy Analyst Robbie Hiltonsmith.</i><p>Over the last decade, states have made massive cuts to higher education, with average state support falling from $9,729 per student in 2001 to $6,815 in 2011. While a large share of the blame for these cuts can be pinned on the …

'We Are Creating Walmarts of Higher Education'

As colleges feel pressure to graduate more students for less money, professors worry that the value of an education may be diminished.<p>Universities in South Dakota, Nebraska, and other states have cut the number of credits students need to graduate. A proposal in Florida would let online courses …

It's Time to Rethink How We Evaluate Students for Higher Education

Higher education is starting to question how students are admitted and what it means to be "college-ready." Our current system of evaluating college applications was built in the 1920s at Ivy League institutions, and while the world has changed tremendously since then, our evaluation methods …

A Small Nonprofit's Big Remedy For The Plagues Of Today's College Students

Debt and dropout rates are the twin plagues of today’s college students, both in Texas and across the nation. Nationally, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports that the average college graduate will owe $35,000 in student-loan debt (see graph below). Here in my hometown of Austin, Texas, only 49% of those …

Space Travel: Dreams and Prospects

Why is it that we are not further along with 'space travel' despite over 60 years of steady effort? It's very simple! For interstellar travel we have dreams but no technology, while for interplanetary travel we have technology but no dreams!<p><b>Interstellar Travel: Dreams without technology</b><p>The biggest …

Here's how well an AI scored on the math section of the SAT

Now, scientists say they have created an AI that can solve SAT geometry questions as well as the average American 11th-grade student.<p>Researchers at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Seattle created a program called GeoS, which uses computer vision to see, uses language algorithms …

The Unsettling Arrival of Speculative 9/11 Fiction

When I was in high school, my English class read a famous short story called “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” written in 1890 by Ambrose Bierce. Its central character, Peyton Farquhar, is a slave-owning Southern planter. As the story opens, Peyton is about to be hanged by the Union Army for …

The Most Misread Poem in America

By David Orr September 11, 2015<p>On Poetry<p><i>Everyone knows Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”—and almost everyone gets it wrong.</i><p>Frost in 1913.<p><i>From</i> The Road Not Taken: Finding America in the Poem Everyone Loves and Almost Everyone Gets Wrong, <i>a new book by David Orr.</i><p>A young man hiking through a forest …

Big Bang, Deflated? Universe May Have Had No Beginning

If a new theory turns out to be true, the universe may not have started with a bang.<p>In the new formulation, the universe was never a singularity, or …

Physics