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American Students: Smartphone Experts Who Struggle in Reading and Math

Richard Freed | Posted 11.24.2015 | Education
Richard Freed

Is the dramatic increase in teen smartphone and entertainment tech use contributing to their academic struggles? It's not the only factor, but it's a critical one.

Colleges to Replace History With Soothing Images of Sunsets and Waterfalls

Spencer Green | Posted 11.23.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

"It's important that campuses be havens of maximum comfort for students to explore their own deeply important, personal, and self-actualizing ideas, free from the unpleasant psychic residue and general ickiness of people and events of the past," said Harlan P. Wentwich, President of Sniveling Worm University.

7 Steps to Foster Teen Motivation

Todd VanDuzer | Posted 11.19.2015 | Parents
Todd VanDuzer

At this point in our lives, you and I have had enough experiences to know what we do and don't like doing. Your teen hasn't had those same experiences or opportunities yet. As a parent, you can help uncover their interests and motivate your teen to accomplish their dream goals in life.

7 Time Management Techniques for Teens

Todd VanDuzer | Posted 11.16.2015 | Education
Todd VanDuzer

Some weeks, it seems like we have no time. Your high schooler may feel the same way. And when they're stressed about upcoming tests and losing track of assignments, their grades can suffer.

Missouri Shreds Academic Freedom

Mona Shattell | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Mona Shattell

Missouri's anti-choice legislature, in consistently chipping away at reproductive rights, has taken a decidedly different approach in attacking reproductive health access. Now these same legislative extremists are playing politics with teaching and research at the University of Missouri.

Living in the Real World: An Academic Interlude?

Miguel Martinez-Saenz | Posted 11.13.2015 | College
Miguel Martinez-Saenz

Are universities preparing students for the "real world"? I think it important to reflect on this question and on the way that the way the framing of this "problem" gives rise to some (un) intended consequences that betray an unwillingness to examine some of our most basic assumptions.

The Path to Success as a Woman Academic

Cassie Premo Steele | Posted 11.10.2015 | Women
Cassie Premo Steele

If you want to do your best work, you must begin not by focusing on the work but on who you are.

Colleges Run Like Businesses: Here's Why it Matters

Todd VanDuzer | Posted 10.22.2015 | Education
Todd VanDuzer

Ivy League and other prestigious universities -- the ones in high demand, the ones whose names make you raise your eyebrows -- aren't hurting for students. They have plenty of applicants, and many of them, once accepted, will choose to go to their school.

Toxic Teachers

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.19.2015 | Education
Lev Raphael

Teaching isn't combat or coaching, especially teaching creative writing. We're not in the classroom to humiliate and harden our students as if they're going into the cutthroat world of business, or getting ready for the next football game against a team with no losses.

Why Tech Execs Don't Rush to Get Their Children Smartphones

Richard Freed | Posted 10.15.2015 | Parents
Richard Freed

Why do tech exec parents think so differently on the issue of smartphones? In all likelihood, their insiders' knowledge allows them to see through the false promise that smartphones bring the family closer.

Empowering Healthy, High-Achieving Hispanic Youth

Alexis Glick | Posted 10.14.2015 | Latino Voices
Alexis Glick

A reminder that as Hispanic Heritage Month ends: cultural relevance and inclusion are imperative to our nation's youth 365 days a year.

What Makes Academic Crime Fiction Tick?

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.14.2015 | Education
Lev Raphael

I served my time in academia for over a decade. And a few years after I left, I decided to start a mystery series set in that environment.

Homework and Testing -- Make the Madness Stop

Rebecca Deurlein | Posted 09.29.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Deurlein

It is time to push back. It's time for parents and school administrators to form a united front against a well-intentioned but woefully misinformed government that is forcing curriculum and standardized testing on our kids.

Columbia University: Wolf-Eagle Drawings

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 09.24.2015 | Arts
Alison Winfield Burns

Opening night, full of students, faculty and friends. Drawings by Inupiat tribesmen, not seen in public since the 1930's. Exhibited artwork collected by Philosophy Professor Wendell Ter Bush and donated to the University in 1935.

6 Common Mistakes That College Students (And New Grads) Make

Carol Morgan | Posted 09.23.2015 | College
Carol Morgan

Since this is the start of a new school year, it might be helpful for new college students, new graduates, and their parents to think about some of the things that I have observed in my professional career. And while this is written from my experience, I can also tell you that most of the other college professors I know also agree with what I am going to say here.

How to Stop Policing Girls and Women

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 08.24.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

Unfortunately, policing of females doesn't diminish as we get older and it trickles into our social lives, our interactions with the general public and at work. Dress codes -- on paper or through verbal expectations -- are an easy way to determine if there is disparate treatment of the genders.

How to Prevent Summer Regression in Academics

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.17.2015 | Education
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Teachers warn parents to keep up some reading, math, and science during the summer, so kids are fresh to learn in September. August is the month to be thinking about that. But how do you do this without kids feeling their summer's being interrupted by boring school stuff?

Suspension Is Not the Answer: Investing in Students' Mental Health Yields Academic Gains

Monica Gray | Posted 08.13.2015 | Education
Monica Gray

Without mental health support services, few students are able to cope with emotional stress in a productive manner on their own. Confused, angry or scared, a student's cries for help are commonly first expressed by acting out in school.

Pushing College Students to Excel: New Partnership Values the Player as Much as the Game

Eric Cooper | Posted 08.10.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

The sad truth is, some institutions at all levels are failing children and young adults - in particular those who disproportionately make up the bulk of popular college- and professional-level sports, such as basketball and football: Black and Brown males.

9 College Courses That Will Have You Geeking Out And Rethinking Your Major

Posted 08.04.2015 | Technology

Colleges across the country are getting creative with their curriculum. Each year, universities are inspiring new generations of students to debate th...

F. Scott Fitzgerald, on Native Grounds

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

I've been to Ireland many times before, but never to Waterford. Fitzgerald brought me here -- and to the Irish sides of his family, both the McQuillans and the Fitzgeralds, I'm grateful.

How to Run a Meeting

Gary A. Olson | Posted 07.18.2015 | Business
Gary A. Olson

We all have experienced interminable meetings: the hour-long meeting to accomplish 10 minutes' worth of work, or the meeting that seems to have no purpose. Whether on the department level or the larger institutional level, inefficiently run meetings consume inordinate amounts of our time and energy.

The Ultimate Price of Our Hyper-Achievement Culture

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.14.2015 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

These stories demonstrate the ultimate price that young people can pay for buying into the hyper-achievement culture. Yet, though infrequent and extreme in their finality, they only lie at the far end of the continuum that many young people exist in these days.

4 Steps to Writing a Successful Essay Prompt

Brett Murphy Hunt | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Brett Murphy Hunt

As both a college lecturer and a tutor, I participate in the two sides of the academic exchange. With the first role, I am the person assigning projects and essays; with the other role, I handle the multitude of students confused by the directions for their projects and essays.

What Does the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Actually Mean?

Alan Light | Posted 05.01.2015 | Entertainment
Alan Light

The group of Hall of Famers matters, and you should never be shy about fighting for your own version of history. But the greater mission ultimately matters more than any list, any old way you choose it.