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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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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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What’s the Economic Value of an Arts Education?

While it’s not perfectly tangible, the financial value of a degree in the humanities certainly exists.

 

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Artificial Intelligence Will Have to Figure Out Which Triangles Are the ‘Trianglest’

Understand that human thinking is fuzzy around the edges, which is totally different from how computers compute.

 

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There Are Jobs in Social Science. ‘Nuff Said

A new report says that in Britain social science majors find more employment than science and technical grads. While that seems a little too grand, it is good news that sociologists and geographers will find good work.

 

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Unbundling Academia—It’s Not Just for Cable Anymore

So-called “open access” academic publishing saves money and has political backing. But is it a good idea?

 

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The Macroeconomics 101 of Cheating

This is why you cheat on an exam you really don’t need to cheat on.

 

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Playing With the Truth: When Alternate Reality Gets Real

In Chicago, high school students went searching for an imaginary girl’s father. After a while, they started looking for the real one.

 

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Breaking Away: Why Several Top Public Universities Are Going Private

Many are worried that as public universities gain freedom, they will end up sidelining broader goals such as access and affordability.

 

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Have Pencil, Will Take Your SAT for $200

When a standardized test plays such a big role in determining who gets into what college, it’s hard to tell who’s being cheated.

 

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A Journalism Program That Offers Students Internships With Prestige, But No Paycheck

Colleges have used internships as a way to prepare their students for the professional world, but they’re also collecting tuition for unpaid programs.

 

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Can We Send More Low-Income Students to College Just by Instilling a Sense Competence?

New research unravels the difficult relationship between motivation and choice. Without a feeling of competence, it turns out, the presence of choice can drive people away from a given task.

 

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Is Hacking the Future of Scholarship?

Once scholars begin—and the day is coming—hacking devices to find out more about influential people, the courts and the academic community will be faced with privacy decisions to make.

 

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Collect Mentors and Make True Friends: Advice for New College Students From Sociologists

College can be a bewildering new challenge, but a bit of advice can go a long way.

 

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Why Are Public Universities Failing Our Neediest Students?

Chasing prestige and battered by state funding cuts, many public colleges and universities with a historic responsibility to provide access to an affordable education have turned to “financial aid leveraging,” offering wealthy or high-scoring students discounts on tuition.

 

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Professors Join the Precariat

Almost half of college instructors are part-time and struggle to piece together enough work to pay the bills.

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What If the Best Remedy for a Broken Family Is No Family at All?

The San Pasqual Academy argues we should let foster teenagers create their own tribe.

 

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Two-Thirds of College Students Think They’re Going to Change the World

But they’re cynical about the priorities of others at the same time.

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Sufferers of Social Anxiety Disorder, Your Friends Like You

The first study of friends' perceptions suggest they know something's off with their pals but like them just the same.

Standing Up for My Group by Kicking Yours

Members of a minority ethnic group are less likely to express support for gay equality if they believe their own group suffers from discrimination.

How Old Brains Learn New Tricks

A new study shows that the neural plasticity needed for learning doesn't vanish as we age—it just moves.

Ethnic Diversity Deflates Market Bubbles

But it's not in the rainbow and sing-along way you'd hope for. We just don't trust outsiders' judgments.

Online Brain Exercises Are Probably Useless

Even under the guidance of a specialist trainer, computer-based brain exercises have only modest benefits, a new analysis shows.

The Big One

One company, Comcast, will control up to 40 percent of Internet service coverage in the U.S., and 19 of the top 20 cable markets, if a proposed merger with Time Warner Cable is approved by regulators. November/December 2014

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