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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.

How Leading Health Centers Can Serve Us Better

Andy Ellner | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Andy Ellner

In a perspective piece recently published in Academic Medicine, my coauthors and I argue that our nation's leading AHCs, and the federal programs that support them, must make fundamental changes -- both in how they provide care and how they train the next generation of health care professionals -- to provide the kind of leadership our health care system needs now.

Beyond Academics: Leadership Link Between Classroom and Careers

Karthik Rajan | Posted 06.09.2015 | Business
Karthik Rajan

As we grow older, a gradual transition happens without us realizing it. The soaked sponge builds memories, waddles through new puddles of water, with very little absorption, focused on the destination rather than the here and now. How self-aware are we as humans on this natural progression?

Turkey's New Online Public Sphere: Q & A with Bilge Yesil

Ege Ozyegin | Posted 06.06.2015 | College
Ege Ozyegin

Bilge Yesil, is one of those scholars working on Turkey's media system, which until recently has remain understudied. As an Associate Professor of Med...

Get In, Get Info, Get Out: The Awesome Art Of Skimming

Uloop | Posted 05.26.2015 | College

Whether you blatantly ignored the assignment the night before, had nine more to do or genuinely forgot, everyone has missed a reading assignment. The sheer volume of reading asked of college students is onerous and unrealistic.

12 Ways Parents Can Help Their Kids Succeed At School

Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents

Parents want their children to succeed in life. And for 94 percent of parents polled by the Pew Research Center, prosperity includes going to college....

The Most Important Lesson From College? Learning How to Take Care of Yourself

Nora Turriago | Posted 05.25.2015 | College
Nora Turriago

Taking care of oneself is a learned act that requires purpose and patience. As a college student, I have had to develop tactics to successfully navigate being in a stressful environment. Ultimately, I've learned that taking care of yourself and listening to what your body needs is rule number one.

Hey College Students, Being Smart Is Okay

Mark Martinez | Posted 05.06.2015 | College
Mark Martinez

Don't feel guilty for having your hard work pay off. Don't feel guilty for not wasting your time and money. Don't feel guilty for realizing your potential and most of all never feel guilty for achieving the goals you set for yourself.

Intelligence and Learning Disorders Aren't Mutually Exclusive

Kelseigh Ingram | Posted 05.04.2015 | College
Kelseigh Ingram

I ended up texting my mom to tell her that I was giving up for the night and that I felt like a failure. She then responded with this: "You are not a failure. Just because it doesn't come easy for you doesn't define you. We all have our weak areas."

Do This When Your Child Lies About School

Liz Frank | Posted 05.04.2015 | Parents
Liz Frank

As he leaned in sheepishly, his steely blue eyes gleamed with a fascinating mix of fear, shame, and a dash of hope. "Please don't tell my mom." He was referring to his big confession: four overdue math assignments that piled quickly.

'I'd Like to Thank the Academics...'

Christopher King | Posted 04.21.2015 | Science
Christopher King

To some observers, the significance of the Oscars runs deep. The awards--and what they tell us about art, commerce, psychology, and society itself--constitute a topic for scholarly investigation.

Homeschooling: Setting the Record Straight

Chris Sosa | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Chris Sosa

During the late 1980s, my mother heard a radio report about an educational method called "homeschooling." At the time, it was framed as a predominantly religious response in the U.S. to the secularization of schooling. But what mom saw was an opportunity to spend more time raising her children in the way she believed to be best.

Write Notes, Not Textbooks: A Guide to Better Note Taking

Uloop | Posted 04.04.2015 | College

As familiar as Shakespeare, students can always recognize the sound of the frenzied flurry of paper flipping as the teacher says "this will be on the test."