Patrick Higgins

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How School Choice Turns Education Into a Commodity

Schools are a public good that extreme market proliferation would eventually destroy.<p>Buoyed by Donald Trump’s championing of a voucher system—and cheered on by his education secretary Betsy DeVos—Arizona just passed one of the country's most thoroughgoing policies in favor of so-called “school of …

Education

This New Drawing App Shows How Digital Software Will Save Sketching, Not Destroy It

Mental Canvas is not the first software that attempts to save the act of sketching--we have seen 3D "sketching" tools such as SketchUp, as well as …

Frank Gehry

Kylene Beers

As Bob and I looked through the Notice and Note Book Club page, we saw some questions that we thought we would answer via video.<p>This first question …

Just Turned 40? An Architect Says It's Time To Design For Aging

When Architect Matthias Hollwich was approaching 40, he wondered what the next 40 years of his life might look like. He looked into the architecture that serves older adults, places like retirement communities and assisted living facilities, and didn't like what he saw. But what if we changed our …

University of Pennsylvania

Bilingual babies get early brain boost

Babies in bilingual households benefit from early exposure to two languages.<p>Babies who grow up in bilingual households have more developed brains …

The Brain

Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?

There’s a scene in Stanley Kubrick’s comic masterpiece <i>Dr. Strangelove</i> in which Jack D. Ripper, an American general who’s gone rogue and ordered a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, unspools his paranoid worldview—and the explanation for why he drinks “only distilled water, or rainwater, and only …