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Why Do We Spend So Much Money on the Education of Rich Children?

Because of the way our school funding systems are set up, the United States is one of the few OECD member countries where the student/teacher ratio is more favorable in well-off neighborhoods.

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After Sandy Hook, Must Our Schools Look Like Stockades?

A year after the Newtown school massacre, architects assure us that safe schools don’t have to look and feel like bunkers. But they also note that facilities can only go so far in providing security in a violent world.

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How All the Cool Kids Are Doing Subtraction

The number line: it’s subtraction—except it’s addition.

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Nearly Half of All U.S. Schoolchildren Live in Low-Income Households

And things are only getting worse.

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There’s a Good Reason Grade Inflation Is Here to Stay

Because we have trouble separating absolute and relative performance, students facing stricter grading standards are less likely to get into top graduate programs.

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What Makes You So Smart, Peter Attia?

Noah Davis talks to the president of the Nutrition Science Initiative about exercising way too much.

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A Public University President’s Second Thoughts on Turning His Campus Into a Country Club

He brought sushi to campus dining halls and revamped the dorms. Why one former university president wonders whether he did the right thing.

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George Washington University Has for Years Claimed to be Need-Blind—It’s Not

After years of repeatedly claiming to practice “need-blind” admissions, administrators at George Washington University now acknowledge that the school has long given an edge to wealthier students.

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Even for Dropouts, Being on the Right Side of the Digital Divide Matters

If you drop out of high school, odds are you’ll end up in a dead-end job for life. But the odds get a lot better if you happen to have some computer skills.

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The STEM Gender Gap That Boggles Even Physicists

A new analysis of the gender gap in physics assessments between male and female students doesn’t solve the STEM disparity, but it’s a good primer on current thought.

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Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

The costs of banning America's favorite kids drink from schools may outweigh the benefits, a new study suggests.

In Battle Against Climate Change, Cities Are Left All Alone

Cities must play a critical role in shifting the world to a fossil fuel-free future. So why won't anybody help them?

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What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014