EDUCATION TODAY AND TOMORROW

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How our education system undermines gender equity

By Joseph CimpianThere are well-documented achievement and opportunity gaps by income and race/ethnicity. K-12 accountability policies often have a …

Education

What if the absence of strong unions is at the heart of much of what has gone wrong?

Okay, I realize the question posed in the title sounds awfully sweeping and reductionist. “What has gone wrong” is surely, as the political scientists say, “over-determined,” meaning it has so many intertwining causes, it resists being pinned down the way my title suggests.<p>But stick with me for a …

Ronald Reagan

The Never-Ending Task of Shielding Black Kids From Negative Stereotypes

Many black parents vigilantly curate the books, movies, and toys their children are exposed to—with mixed success.<p>A few years ago, when the former pro football player Martellus Bennett was looking for books to read to his young daughter, he was disappointed by his options. He had trouble finding …

African-American News

Professors Are Targets In Online Culture Wars; Some Fight Back

There is a red light flashing in professor Albert Ponce's cubby-sized office. The light comes from an old-fashioned answering machine.<p>Lately, he doesn't like to listen to the messages by himself. When he presses play, it's obvious why:<p>"Albert Ponce, you are a piece of s*** f****** gutter slug that …

Rights & Freedoms

US public school teachers are among the worst-paid in the developed world

Teachers’ strikes in West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Kentucky are drawing attention to the dire state of public education funding in those US states. But failing to value educators is a nationwide problem—US teachers overall make some of the lowest relative salaries of educators in any developed …

Education

DNA tests for IQ are coming, but it might not be smart to take one - MIT Technology Review

Ready for a world in which a $50 DNA test can predict your odds of earning a PhD or forecast which toddler gets into a selective preschool?<p>Robert …

Genetics

Are science fairs unfair?

A second grader in Mississippi explains his winning science fair project to members of his class. Credit Image: © Stan Carroll/The Commercial …

Education

Life, liberty and the pursuit of profit: America’s assault on arts funding is cultural suicide

The new federal spending bill ups funding for the NEA, thankfully. But at the state level, outlooks aren’t so rosy<p>Many American historians, especially when they shapeshift into the role of nationalistic boosters, enjoy referencing the praise Alexis de Tocqueville bestowed upon “Democracy in …

Health Care

Think Facebook can manipulate you? Look out for virtual reality

<i>What these people are seeing isn’t real – but they might think it is. AP Photo/Francisco Seco</i><p>As Facebook users around the world are coming to …

Virtual Reality

The Third Education Revolution

Schools are moving toward a model of continuous, lifelong learning in order to meet the needs of today’s economy.<p>When the giant Indian technology-services firm Infosys announced last November that it would open a design and innovation hub in Providence, the company’s president said one of the key …

High School

Here comes the esports revolution – are video gamers the Tom Bradys of tomorrow?

Investors, the news media, and academia are all beginning to recognize that interactive gaming lies at a confluence of evolving technology and …

Parents raise massive amounts of money at some public schools. Should they share it?

<b>On a frosty weekend afternoon</b> in mid-December, Northwest Washington residents flocked to Alice Deal Middle School, where they shook the first snow of the season from fresh-cut balsam and Fraser firs, looking for just the right Christmas tree. As flurries fell and smoke curled above the fire pit, a …

Education

What School Shooting Drills Look Like Through Students’ Eyes

According to the most recent federal data, during the 2013-14 school year, more than two-thirds of public-school students participated in drills for “procedures to be performed in selected crises.” The procedures include passive “lockdown drills,” in which students are locked inside their …

School Segregation Is Not a Myth

Skeptics claim that concerns over racially divided schools are false alarms—but they’re missing the full picture.<p>Is school segregation getting worse?<p>Plenty of people say yes, including scholars, journalists, and civil-rights advocates. For the first time in years, there’s something approximating a …

Education

Research-Tested Benefits of Breaks

And there are more benefits to downtime than increased attention: It decreases stress, increases productivity, boosts brain function, and provides …

Teaching

Suicides, Drug Addiction and High School Football

MADISON, Ind. — An hour’s drive from Louisville, perched along the Ohio River, sits the prettiest little town.<p>Madison, population 12,000, has won awards for its beauty. Best Main Street. One of the top 20 romantic towns in Indiana. One of 12 distinctive destinations in the United States, according …

High School Football

Can educating kids about unions prepare them for the future of work?

Gaby Goldman, left, and Leah Nano, cast as hospital managers, try to hammer out an agreement with the union on the organization’s policies on social …

Here's How To Prevent The Next School Shooting, Experts Say

After Parkland, there have been many calls to make schools a "harder target" — for example, by arming teachers. But there's a decent amount of research out there on what actually makes schools safer, and most of it doesn't point to more guns.<p>On the Friday after the deadly shootings at Marjory …

Guns

What Kids Think About Bullying And Kindness In The Trump Era

"There was a girl in my class who had on dirty clothes. The other kids laughed at her but I played with her during recess."<p>That's an everyday act of kindness toward a child who is being ostracized. It was reported by an elementary school student who took part in a new, nationally-representative …

Education

School Officer: A Job With Many Roles and One Big Responsibility

Maple syrup gumming up the gun belt isn’t normally a hazard of police work. But it is a common problem for Cpl. Pamela Revels when students have been eating pancakes at the school breakfast.<p>“Kids like to come up and give you a little bit of a hug,” Corporal Revels said. “They don’t wipe their hands …

Education

What If America Didn't Have Public Schools?

Imagining an entirely different educational system reveals some strengths—and flaws—of the current one.<p>On a crisp fall morning, parents lined the school’s circular driveway in Audis, BMWs and Land Rovers, among other luxury SUVs, to drop their high-schoolers off at Detroit Country Day School. …

Education

The staggering motivation crisis in today’s schools

How kids feel about school affects how they learn. Research shows that motivation (pdf) and mindset matter hugely when it comes to kids’ performance on tests—an admittedly narrow measure of learning, but one that is quantifiable.<p>So it should be alarming that way too many kids lose interest in …

Teaching

Millennials Are Keeping Unions Alive

Michelle ChenJobs are precarious, health-care costs are skyrocketing, and wages aren’t keeping up with the cost of living—no wonder young people are …

Income Inequality

Schools are safer than they were in the 90s, and school shootings are not more common than they used to be, researchers say

The deadly school shooting this month in Parkland, Florida, has ignited national outrage and calls for action on gun reform. But while certain …

Guns

I’m a Teacher Who Went Through Firearm Training

And it was an absurd disaster.<p>I teach high school literature at a private school in the South. In the months after Sandy Hook, in response to …

Self Defense

STEM may be the future—but liberal arts are timeless

Recently I was part of a dinner conversation attended by a range of leaders in the tech world, from people running incubators and accelerators to ad agencies and design studios. The guest list included representatives from Facebook, Grand Central Tech, BetaWorks, IDEO, and Ipsos.<p>But despite their …

“What We Have Right Now Is A Really Brutal Economy”: Here’s How To Fix It

For the majority of workers in the U.S., the American Dream is unraveling in the face of unstable contract work, rolled-back benefits, and grueling labor conditions. These experts have some ideas to build a new path.<p>Lawrence Katz, a professor of economics at Harvard University, likes to think of …

Economics

Arizona Republicans Inject Schools of Conservative Thought Into State Universities

TEMPE, Ariz. — In a classroom designed for 32, five students listened attentively last month to an analysis of Aristophanes’ play “The Clouds.” Nine students in another course took in a detailed lecture about the Peloponnesian War, while yet another class pondered the concept of happiness as …

Higher Education

Disaster Capitalism Hits Higher Education in Wisconsin

Rachel Ida BuffThe president of the University of Wisconsin System is trying to reconcile a well-funded assault on public institutions with the …

Higher Education