It's not rocket science

It’s not rocket science

Anna Wojtowicz has just started an animated group discussion by asking "What exactly is energy?" With her fellow students, she brainstorms possible answers, while their teacher, Dr Andrew Morris, almost surreptitiously nudges them towards the scientific principles, which the students then go off and investigate. For Anna and her classmates, their regular science lesson offers a… (more…)

Don’t dump on the humanities, they help us think creatively

Don’t dump on the humanities, they help us think creatively

Today, it is hard to imagine that the national government would spend millions of dollars to put unemployed artists to work for the good of the country. But that is precisely what happened in the United States at the height of the Great Depression. There has been a lot of talk lately about the “worth of… (more…)

It's not too late to apply to college

It’s not too late to apply to college

If you didn’t get the acceptance letter you wanted or your plans for after graduation have changed, don’t fret. Although most colleges require a deposit from students by May 1, more than 200 places of higher learning are still accepting applications for fall 2015, according to the National Association for College Admission Counseling. The organization’s recent… (more…)

10 universities that increase career earnings the most

10 universities that increase career earnings the most

In a new report titled “Beyond College Rankings,” Brookings Fellow Jonathan Rothwell explores the “value-added” of two- and four-year colleges in the United States. Unlike many previous measures of college performance, Rothwell’s “value-added” measure accounts for the difference in the expected economic success of alumni and the actual outcomes of graduates. Rothwell measures the expected success… (more…)

What makes a school successful?

What makes a school successful?

Students at the Newark Prep Charter School in Newark, New Jersey in April 2013. Roland G. Fryer Jr. and Will Dobbie's research found that a strictly controlled environment seemed to work best in fostering success among charter school students. Image Credit: Lucas Jackson / Reuters What makes a U.S. primary or secondary school successful? Traditionally, education policy has focused on factors such as teachers’ advanced degrees and training, the class size and spending per pupil....

Kids with ADHD learn best when they are free to fidget

Kids with ADHD learn best when they are free to fidget

Hyperactivity in kids with ADHD may not be what hurts their ability to learn, but rather what helps them cope. A new study from the University of Central Florida has found that when kids are free to fidget and squirm, they see a marked increase in the memory skills necessary for learning. The research validates what… (more…)

The effect your college major has on your career

The effect your college major has on your career

The classic college experience, academically anyway, includes internships and community service. It’s believed participating in either one or both of these activities will lead to greater career outcomes. But according to a new study from New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, this may not be the case. Researchers cited internships, community… (more…)

Inside the tech startup building tablets for inmates

Inside the tech startup building tablets for inmates

At first glance, APDS looks like your typical tech startup: a bunch of young, bearded guys hanging out and working on MacBooks in a cavernous loft in Manhattan. There's plush vintage furniture and chalkboard walls. There's even an antique canoe dangling inexplicably from the ceiling. But look a little closer, and you'll see that APDS, which… (more…)

Why has teacher morale plummeted?

Why has teacher morale plummeted?

A slew of policies and technologies promising to dramatically revolutionize teaching and education over the past decade has not only failed to produce desired results, it has also led to a decline in teacher morale, with large numbers leaving the profession. A recent report for the Alliance for Excellent Education, a policy and advocacy organization, found… (more…)

Kids pinch-to-zoom their way to better test scores

Kids pinch-to-zoom their way to better test scores

Schools in the United States are at odds over technology use in the classroom. Is it too distracting for a young mind or is it the perfect tool for learning? Northwestern University researcher Courtney Blackwell will present findings in May at the 65th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association that suggest kindergartners in classes with… (more…)