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How America Outlawed Adolescence

At least 22 states make it a crime to disturb school in ways that teenagers are wired to do. Why did this happen?<p>One Monday morning last fall, at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina, a 16-year-old girl refused to hand over her cellphone to her algebra teacher. After multiple …

Justice

Conservatives bummed by results of Ohio school-voucher study

A report last week by the pro-school-choice Thomas B. Fordham Institute on Ohio's private-school voucher program showed that vouchers hurt the …

The government’s education policy is an ‘assault on childhood’, says children's author Meg Rosoff

Award-winning children’s author Meg Rosoff has attacked the government’s over-focus on exams, claiming that teaching and learning has become …

Books

Is it Time to Reconsider Graduation Requirements for High School?

Candidly I asked two of my seniors what they thought of the required courses they took in school and how prepared they felt for life. Each young lady …

Teaching

School Doesn’t Increase Your Optionality — It Decreases It. Here’s How.

“Education is the great equalizer,” or so the story goes.<p>Discussions by pundits and politicians about opportunity and helping individuals unleash new …

Peter Thiel

Let's Stop Requiring Advanced Math, A New Book Argues

Hear that change jingling in my pocket? Good. I have two little questions for you.<p>I have a quarter, a dime and a nickel. How much money DO I have?<p>I have three coins. How much money COULD I have?<p>The first question is a basic arithmetic problem with one and only one right answer. You might find it on …

Education

American schools are still segregated. These parents are making it worse

The problem isn't student loans - it's the entire higher education system

The high cost of housing and meeting regulations to launch businesses add additional burdens, but the weight of $1.3 trillion in debt right out of the starting gate is crushing.<p>The "solution" being pursued by the federal government is obvious: take over most of the student debt and then eventually …

Higher Education

Michelle Obama Talks to Us About Education, Equality & Girl Power

Just two years ago, the UN declared October 11 to be the <b>International Day of the Girl</b> to raise awareness about gender inequality around the world. …

This Teacher Taught His Class A Powerful Lesson About Privilege

With a recycling bin and some scrap paper.

Teaching

You can now get a flu vaccine via a 'jet injector,' which shoots it straight into your arm without a needle

Though it may look like something from a sci-fi movie, the PharmaJet Needle-free Jet Injector is inspired by vaccination guns that have been used since the 1960s, according to the US National Library of Medicine.<p>The first ones were powered by electricity or foot pumps and administered smallpox …

Public Health

New Artificial Heart Is Made Of Foam

Soft but powerful<p>With too few donor hearts to satisfy the 123,000 patients awaiting a heart transplant, engineers have been working to design an artificial heart. The artificial hearts approved by the FDA are rigid devices attached to external pumps to mimic how the heart pushes blood through the …

Cornell University

Designing Superhumans

The age of genetic design is here.<p>It is now possible to edit genes of diverse organisms — almost like we edit a string of text — by cutting and pasting (splicing) genes at desired locations. A recent technology known as CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) allows for …

Genetics

Is the Education System Too Focused on Grades Rather Than Self Development and Discovery?

There is now a greater demand for 'change', and adapting the educational system to better suit students. Having low grades does not necessarily mean …

Teaching

The future of food: from jellyfish salad to lab-grown meat

What do tomorrow’s dinners look like, and how will you adjust? Our special feature sheds light on a world of algae, cowless beef, insect lollies and even an mouthwatering recipe for jellyfish salad...<p>Read more of our future of food special:<p>How we eat • How we grow How we cook • How we share it<p>In …

San Francisco

Hitachi says it can predict crimes before they happen

What if the future of law enforcement doesn’t involve faster, more forceful responses to crime—but rather, a surefire way to predict it?<p>Hitachi, the Japanese tech giant that makes everything from elevators to security systems, seems to have faith in the latter. It announced today (Sept. 29) that …

Machine Learning

Man fitted with robotic hand wired directly into his brain can 'feel' again

Advanced prosthetic allows paralysed man to control movements and register when the robotic hand is touched<p>A new advanced robotic hand that is wired directly into the brain has been successfully tested, allowing paralysed man to “feel”.<p>The hand, developed by the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns …

Robotics

AI machine achieves IQ test score of young child

Some people might find it enough reason to worry; others, enough reason to be upbeat about what we can achieve in computer science; all await the …

Microsoft co-founder launches $500M quest to build an artificial brain

SEATTLE — Paul Allen has been waiting for the emergence of intelligent machines for a very long time.<p>As a young boy, Allen spent much of his time in …

Artificial Intelligence

A sentimental education: inside the school that Tilda built

When Tilda Swinton’s twins reached 14, she wanted them to continue their Steiner schooling without the stress of tests. So two years ago she helped found a new school. Aaron Hicklin meets the students and joins them on their annual trip to Colonsay<p>Late last year, Drumduan Upper School received its …

Manoeuvres

KQED

Prodigies in piano or dance can study at schools like Juilliard to develop their musical or performing arts talent. By contrast, nothing like …

KQED

One day, Adam Holman decided he was fed up with trying to cram knowledge into the brains of the high school students he taught. They weren’t grasping …

Learning the Physics of Skateboarding Engages Kids in Science

25 Practices That Foster Lifelong Learning - InformED

<i>“I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures… I divide the world into learners and nonlearners.”</i> …

Learning

The Internet is a Paradise for Lifelong Learning

<b>Online education isn’t a new thing, but in recent years it has grown in leaps and bounds, both in volume and in quality. This is great for pupils</b> …

Education Technology

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The Future of Lifelong Learning Infographic

Millions of students worldwide get personalized recommendations from the most advanced adaptive learning platform. Learn how Knewton can power your …

Learning

Why Does Physical Inactivity Drain Human Brain Power?

Humans throughout the ages have realized that physical activity leads to creative thinking, new ideas, innovation, and optimum cognitive function. …

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