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Scientific knowledge is as much about culture as education | Sylvia McLain

One in four Americans doesn’t know that the Earth revolves around the Sun, but this says much more about culture than it does about education<p>A recent US National Science Foundation Study of more than 2,200 randomly sampled American adults suggests that a quarter of Americans do not know that the …

Report: American Education Isn't Mediocre—It's Deeply Unequal

Students in Massachusetts are doing great compared to their international peers, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. Students in Alabama, Mississippi, and D.C., however, are languishing.<p>It’s so common to see studies about the United States’s lackluster academic performance …

Minorities Are More Likely to Believe Education Will Help Their Careers

White people, on the other hand, tend to be skeptical about the value of more school or training.<p>Blacks and Hispanics are more likely than whites to believe that their careers could benefit from more education or skills training. The new College Board/<i>National Journal</i> Next America Poll shows that …

Everything You Know About Education Is Wrong

<i>A groundbreaking study of New York schools by a MacArthur "genius" challenges the typical understanding of what makes a good school</i><p>What did make a difference? The study measures correlation, not causation, so there are no clear answers. But there is a clear pattern. Schools that focused on teacher …

Want to Change the Education System? Listen to Students

"If you had the power to change the education system, what would you do?"<p>In one portion of the conference, following a series of Imagining Learning's …

Why Americans Are So Polarized: Education and Evolution

Improvements in learning—which correlates with stronger partisanship—and the tendency to choose likeminded mates may be helping to create divided politics.<p>In his State of the Union address, President Obama lamented how Washington “has been consumed by ... rancorous argument,” which over the past …

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FORTUNE — America is at war with itself. Tension between the economic classes, highlighted by venture capitalist Tom Perkins’ recent remarks, are escalating. But what we need are solutions, not words. Recriminations only polarize us further and make it harder to work collectively toward the common …

Buckminster Fuller Presages Online Education, with a Touch of TED, Netflix, and Pandora, in 1962

In 1962, <b>Buckminster Fuller</b> (July 12, 1895–July 1, 1983) delivered a prophetic lecture at Southern Illinois University on the future of education aimed at “solving problems by design competence instead of by political reform.” It was eventually published as <b>Education Automation: Comprehensive</b> …

Technology in education: if students aren't worried, why are teachers?

The third episode of the BBC Radio 4 series, My Teacher is an App, offered a provocative glimpse into the ways that technology is now being used to meet current educational needs. I attended the debate at The Great Hall of King's College London, where a respected panel and an energetic audience …

Khan Academy’s free SAT classes: A sign that online education could be awesome

Last week’s big news about the new SAT redesign included a very important footnote: In the name of fairness to students who can’t afford $999 …