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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Aspiring Princess Who Wants to See Major Changes in America’s Education System

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

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Want to Remember Your Notes? Write Them, Don’t Type Them

Dust off your pens and notebooks. A new study finds laptops make note-taking so easy it’s actually ineffective.

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The High School Dropout Who Wants to Create Alternatives to Traditional Education

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

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Figure skater Fontana from Italy performs during the "2010 All That Skate Summer" ice show in Goyang

Can You Learn to Judge Creativity?

A new study suggests that, with training, amateurs can judge the level of creativity of artwork much like experts would. But is expert opinion always correct?

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Are Picture Books Warping How Kids Understand Animals?

Anthropomorphizing animals is a bad strategy for education, a new study suggests.

 

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Accentuate the Positive—and See Your Kids Learn More

You know what will happen if you keep nagging your kids about all the bad things their poor decisions will cause? Much less than what would happen if you emphasized what good could come from avoiding those actions.

 

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Your Child’s Brain on Math

Why do some children benefit more from tutoring than others? And does one small education study have the ability to drastically change our behavior as parents?

 

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Put Down the iPad, Lace Up the Hiking Boots

That sneaking suspicion that you’re a more focused, creative person out in the woods? It’s true.

 

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Take a Tablet and Wake Up Smarter?

The One Laptop Per Child initiative is still struggling to find cheap computers for the developing world.

 

Linguistic Myths and Adventures in Etymology

The folk wisdom built up around common English expressions is often wrong, but it can be fun ferreting out the real origins.

 

Library Parks Foster Community in Colombia

Medellín, Colombia’s “library parks” — built for its poorest residents — are bringing sanity and community to one of the world’s most violent cities.

 

Learning to Read When a School System Falters

How a determined student, who was once branded ineducable, finds the help of dedicated New York City educators and mounts a path toward literacy at age 18.

 

No Debate: Kids Can Learn By Arguing

Columbia professor Deanna Kuhn says teachers should foster some debate to help kids learn the lost skill of thinking critically.

 

For Better Grades, Try Bach in the Background

New research from France finds students learned more when a videotaped lecture was underscored with classical music.

 

One Laptop Per Child Redux

Declared dead just two years ago, the plan to provide every child in the developing world with a computer shows signs of life.

 

Another Cognitive Benefit for Musicians, Athletes

New research from Germany finds honing one’s music or sports skills enhances at least one important mental ability.

 

Despite Bad Marks, For-Profit Colleges Still Passing

While for-profit higher education draws federal ire over student loans and unrealistic promises, the sector still fills an important vocational niche.

 

Music Training Enhances Children’s Verbal Intelligence

Canadian researchers report the verbal intelligence of 4- to 6-year-olds rises after only one month of musical training.

 

Lee Baca Wants to Educate L.A.’s Prisoners

In this Miller-McCune Q&A, Los Angeles County’s top cop Lee Baca explains why he wants to offer an education to tens of thousands of prisoners.

 

Clarity Not Always the Best for Learning

Impediments to easy understanding — hard-to-read fonts, hard-to-follow lectures and lessons that are all too soon forgotten — may be the key to really learning something.

 

The Cash Benefits of a Catholic Education

Better teachers in Catholic high schools and more semesters of math and language boost student earnings later in life, a study shows.

 

How Did Students Become Academically Adrift?

“Academically Adrift,” a new book on the failures of higher education, finds that undergrads don’t study, and professors don’t make them.

 

Derek Bok on Fixing College Failure

Harvard University President Emeritus Derek Bok says college professors don’t challenge their students because they don’t know how.

 

The Educational Gap for Infants

Genes for mental ability get a boost from socioeconomic status in a study of baby twins.

 

Book Banners Finding Power in Numbers

Efforts to ban books in schools have shifted subjects and tactics, with the efforts of single parents now being replaced by organizations.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Brain

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