Menus Subscribe Search

Follow us


Recent posts

Sociological Images


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.

Sociological Images


Should We Use Trigger Warnings on Course Syllabi?

Trigger warnings make sense in certain situations and settings. Higher education isn’t one of them.

In the Classroom


Creating Content for Many to Access a Few

MOOCs have value even for those who don’t finish them.



Texting Erodes Writing Skills? RU Kidding Me?

New research from two nations finds university students who text frequently have no problem switching over to formal English.



Is Alcohol Really to Blame for the Prevalence of Sexual Assault on College Campuses?

Access to alcohol isn’t anything new, but access to members of the opposite sex is.



Over Half of Today’s Teenagers Are Virgins

College students are far less sexually active than all of the moralizing makes it seem.



Why They’re the Redskins

There’s such a thing as going too far, but team mascots are supposed to be offensive.



What Kills Creativity?

Many American writers fear that standardized testing could be destroying our children. They might be right.



Not So Hot for Teacher

How did we come to decide that relationships between professors and students are almost always wrong?



Why Do We Still Have Summer Vacation?

Forget the argument about a calendar built around an agrarian economy. It was urbanization that created summer as we know it—and now we can’t imagine doing anything else.



Why Do Music Students Have Higher SAT Scores?

New research suggests the reason has more to do with the sort of student who decides to study music than any brain-boosting benefits of lessons.



Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Pokes at the Foundations of the Ivory Tower

How about a three-year degree? Or a school year without summer vacation? Should we pay professors less? Are these heresy, or common sense ways to reform the university system in the United States?


Chicago Teachers Union Strike

Chicago Teachers’ Strike: What Do We Want? Better Management Gurus Might Help

How the education reform agenda takes its cues from bad management philosophy—and ignores what actually works in business


To Boost Creativity, Study Abroad

New research confirms that spending a semester studying overseas enhances one’s ability to find innovative solutions.


College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be

Jim Sleeper, a lecturer in political science at Yale, reviews Andrew Delbanco’s book about what an undergraduate education should be.


Can We Make College Cheaper?

The authors of “Why Does College Cost So Much?” take a look at the root causes and determine that we can reduce the price of higher education, but not dramatically.


Arts Involvement Narrows Student Achievement Gap

A new NEA study finds disadvantaged students do better academically if they are intensely involved in the arts.


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.


College Football Wins Lower Guys’ GPA

The gap in grade point averages between male and female students widens when their college football team is winning.


Teens Weigh Ethical Animal Research Dilemmas

Youth Ethics Summit gives students an understanding of how medical research works, which some say is critical to the pushback against animal rights activists.


Poor Neighborhoods Mean Fewer High School Grads

Growing up in poor neighborhoods significantly reduces the chances that a child will graduate from high school, sociologists say. Black children fare worst of all.


Teaching Kids to Love Nature (and Buy Less Stuff)

A new book, “The Failure of Environmental Education,” says schools are failing to teach kids how to save the planet.


Teaching Religious Literacy in California’s Bible Belt

A Central California community has added a fourth “R” to the core curriculum in its public schools: Religion. Sociologist Emile Lester answers our questions about the experiment.


Showing Where Community Colleges Pass, Fail

As the fall semester begins, we look at some of the ways community colleges are meeting — or failing to meet — the needs of their students.

A weekly roundup of the best of Pacific Standard and, delivered straight to your inbox.

Follow us

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

Copyright © 2014 by Pacific Standard and The Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media, and Public Policy. All Rights Reserved.