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How Textbooks Have Changed the Face of War

War is more personal, less glorious, and more hellish in modern textbooks than in the past. But there’s still room for improvement.

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One of the Hidden Culprits Behind Rising Tuition and Student Debt

Previous explanations as to the rising cost of higher education—focused on salaries and amenities—haven’t placed enough blame on those who are profiting.

This Is Your Brain


Hand-Wringing Over Handwriting

It improves cognitive function and socialization. And it’s all but gone from our schools.

In the Classroom


Filling in the Blanks: The Thousands of Volunteers Who Grade Millions of AP Tests

It’s sort of like summer camp—just for highly educated adults.



Meet the Groups That Are Fighting Against Limits on Restraining School Kids

Republicans say it is a matter of states’ rights.

In the Classroom


Here’s How Not to Teach First-Grade Math

One of the few rigorous studies of its kind shows that first-grade math teachers tend to use unproven alternative techniques when there are more math-challenged students in their class.

What Makes Us Politic


Living the Undocumented Life: A Personal Plea for Immigration Reform

In both personal and professional roles, Susan Hamilton has seen directly how the stress of living undocumented in America can take a toll on families.



A Lifetime of Intellectual Stimulation Staves Off Dementia

Turning to brainy pursuits in later years also helps delay the onset of the dreaded condition, according to a new study.

In the Classroom


Cracking the Code of the New Economy: You Don’t Need a STEM Degree to Work in a STEM Field

Don’t be afraid to stick with your liberal arts education. If history is any guide, it could be just as valuable as knowing how to write code.

In the Classroom


More Than Just Tiger Moms

To accompany our story today on why it’s worrisome that Asian Americans have become a model of academic achievement, “The Problem With a Culture of Excellence,” here’s a guide that’s meant to serve as a starting point to the research literature on related subjects.

In the Classroom


The Problem With a Culture of Excellence

Asian Americans have become a model of academic achievement. This is bad news for basically everyone.

Quick Studies


Can Exercise Close the Achievement Gap?

Just 12 minutes of aerobic exercise can boost low-income college students’ academic performance. The effect is large enough to close the achievement gap.

What Makes Us Politic


George Will and the Latest in Rape-Denialism

The conservative columnist is peddling a toxic fantasy. Some people are buying.



High School Music Classes Remain Popular, but Hispanics Lag Behind

New research finds that, contrary to fears, the No Child Left Behind act had little impact on enrollment in music courses.

Sociological Images


There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

The National School Lunch Program aims to deliver affordable and nutritious meals to our schoolchildren, but it usually only meets one of those goals.

In the Classroom


If We Want Better Teachers, We Need Better Incentives

Teachers receive salary and pension benefits later in their careers, which works to the advantage of many, including the unions that lead them, but this rewards structure could be keeping lots of talented individuals out of the classrooms.



Can Recovery High Schools Keep Kids Off Drugs?

Treatment for teens with drug problems can be stigmatizing and punitive. Advocates say that recovery high schools offer a kinder, less dogmatic, and more effective alternative.

In the Classroom


P.J. O’Rourke Does Not Like You or Your University

Let us rebut his craven, clownish takedown of American higher education.

Five Studies


Hazards Ahead: The Problem With Trigger Warnings, According to the Research

Five studies you should read before you deploy a trigger warning.

Life in the Data


Winning the School Lottery

Against all odds, Jessica Hopper gets a prime spot in the Chicago public school system.

Between the Sheets


What If We Admitted to Children That Sex Is Primarily About Pleasure?

One mother makes up for the gaps in sex education.

In the Classroom


Racism 101: Let’s Talk About Diversity and Prejudice in America’s Public Schools

Teachers and administrators do not talk enough with students about race or the harm caused by racist language. And that allows it to persist unchecked.

Boom & Bust


Boom & Bust: Why Get a Degree in Mental-Health Counseling If Your Field Might Fail You?

Now that we’re finally starting to recognize mental health as a serious problem in America, we need to put in place the structures necessary to support those willing to study—and treat—it. As part of our week-long series on booms and busts, Jamie Wiebe asks: If MHC is a booming field, where’s the boomtown?



Why Do We Keep Kicking Kids Out of School?

In a zero-tolerance era, at least one principal, armed with studies that show how suspensions disengage students and funnel them into a “school to prison” pipeline, is taking a different approach.

A Conversation With


Why Would You Teach a Class About Miley Cyrus?

Carolyn Chernoff talks about “The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender, and Media,” which she’ll be teaching this summer at Skidmore College.

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Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

The Hidden Psychology of the Home Ref

That old myth of home field bias isn’t a myth at all; it’s a statistical fact.

A Word of Caution to the Holiday Deal-Makers

Repeat customers—with higher return rates and real bargain-hunting prowess—can have negative effects on a company’s net earnings.

Crowdfunding Works for Science

Scientists just need to put forth some effort.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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