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April 23, 2015 | Volume 10 | Issue 16
Table of Contents
Four Common Sense Tenets of Brain-Based Learning
Our classrooms …Learning
Many educators and school leaders are ready to move from the “why” do blended learning to the “how” to do blended learning. While our blended …Education
Prestige isn't everything.
Want a prestigious education? Harvard, Yale, and Princeton are the way to go. But if you're looking for a high-paying career after graduation, you may want to look elsewhere.
A new study from the the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program ranks two- and four-year colleges …Harvard
Smith College's board on Saturday approved an admissions policy that explicitly welcomes applications from transgender people who identify as …Gender
The phrase “technology and education” usually means inventing new gadgets to teach the same old stuff in a thinly disguised version of the same old …Education
By the end of this weekend, thousands of high-school students will have taken the SAT, that nerve-racking, four-hour exam used by colleges and universities to screen applicants.
The best preparation, of course, is to have paid attention in school, studied hard and learned the material. But many …Education
A bill to make more space in the competitive UC system by opening a new campus has passed the Assembly Higher Education Committee.
Assembly Bill 1483 …California
MOSCOW—Every other month, retired teacher Natalya Atuchina cooks up a special pot of borscht in her home city of Omsk. A year ago, she bought the ingredients at local markets for 165 rubles ($3.20). In April, they cost nearly 247 rubles.
Ms. Atuchina’s soup is the benchmark for the “Borscht Index,” …Russia
College applicants who are put on a wait list—unable to rejoice at their success or fully wallow in rejection—may not know just how to feel about the …Johns Hopkins
Want to be qualified to practice law in this country? Do the college coursework and pass the Bar Exam. Interested in working in the medical field as …Certification
As a teacher, you put a lot of thought into how to make your class and the material as accessible and engaging as possible. You think about what you …Education
PALO ALTO, Calif. — PALO ALTO HIGH SCHOOL, one of the nation’s most prestigious public secondary schools, is sandwiched between two stark and illusory paths. Across the street to the west, Stanford University beckons as the platonic ideal, a symbol of the road to Google, the White House, the …Students
LSU and many other public colleges in Louisiana might be forced to file for financial exigency, essentially academic bankruptcy, if state higher …Bankruptcy
Common Application wants to let colleges ask applicants to name other places they are applying to. Some admissions leaders believe this violates …Questions
Arizona State University, in partnership with edX, this fall will begin to offer credit-bearing massive open online courses at a fraction of the cost …Freshman
On March 31st, at around 5:00 pm ET, myself and about 94% of my fellow applicants to Harvard’s Class of 2019 received cordially worded letters of …Harvard
About 340 pages into Henry M. Paulson’s new book on China, a sentence comes almost out of nowhere that stops readers in their tracks.
“Frankly, it’s not a question of if, but when, China’s financial system” he writes, “will face a reckoning and have to contend with a wave of credit losses and debt …Asia
SEOUL—Asian countries borrowed heavily to maintain growth during the financial crisis, but couldn’t break the habit even as the global economy healed. Now they are feeling the hangover.
Growth is slowing fast across the continent as consumers and businesses focus on repaying debt. Central banks have …Asia
Editor's Note: Joanna Schimizzi, NBCT, is a biology teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District in North Carolina. The views expressed in …
Scott Anderson is a former college counselor and the director of outreach for the Common Application.
When two friends were expecting their first child, they were very private about the name they had chosen for the baby. “We want our daughter to be the first person to hear it,” they would tell …College & University
During a conversation with a professor at an Ivy League college, a mother nudges her daughter to share how she's president of her school's "survivors-of-bulimia" group.
Hoping to impress the Yale admissions committee, a student writes an essay about the time she was so engrossed in a discussion with …College & University
High-school seniors could be forgiven for thinking that comparing college financial-aid offers requires an advanced degree.
The letters have been pouring in over the past few weeks. But along with the excitement comes a challenge: sorting through offers that often differ in ways that can blur the …College & University
Ana Barros grew up in a two-family house built by Habitat for Humanity, hard by the boarded-up buildings and vacant lots of Newark. Neither parent attended college, but she was a star student. With a 2200 on her SATs, she expected to fit in at Harvard.
Yet here she was at a lecture for a sociology …Students
This week, millions of students across New York will begin taking the state’s annual round of standardized tests, starting with the Common Core …Education
Tumbling interest rates in Europe have put some banks in an inconceivable position: owing money on loans to borrowers.
At least one Spanish bank, Bankinter SA, the country’s seventh-largest lender by market value, has been paying some customers interest on mortgages by deducting that amount from the …Europe
In response to the ongoing drought, California Governor Jerry Brown has set limits on urban water use—ordering cuts of as much as 25 percent. Cities …California
At Andrews Osborne Academy, a PK-12 co-ed independent day school with a 7-12 boarding program in northeast Ohio, we have become keenly interested in …Education
If you’re reading this, hopefully you’re breathing a sigh of relief knowing the college application process is coming to a close. You’ve been accepted – congratulations!
But before you start buying decorations for your dorm room walls, consider for a moment following a road less traveled in …Gap Year
We are pleased to share the 2015-2016 Essay Prompts with you. New language appears in italics:
Some students have a background, identity, interest, or …