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In Defense of Algebra

Nicholas Warner | Posted 10.09.2012 | Education
Nicholas Warner

In algebra we learn to handle abstractions that are not part of visceral human experience. We learn not only to be comfortable with such external unknowns but how to master them.

In Defense of Algebra and Other Difficult Subjects

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 10.07.2012 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

Isn't the point of being a student to challenge oneself?

Algebra Is Essential in a 21st Century Economy

David H. Bailey | Posted 10.01.2012 | Education
David H. Bailey

While we generally agree with Hacker that significant improvements must be made, dumbing down the curriculum, or tracking students at an early age into college-prep or non-college-prep mathematics is not the answer.

Criticizing The Many College Critics

mindingthecampus.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

College bashing is very much in vogue. A batch of new and recent books portray the campus culture in dark tones: College is an expensive fraud, pander...

Virtuous Circle of Teaching and Research

Michael Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Michael Roth

Whether it is in economics or in religious studies, art history or computational biology, we want our faculty and students to learn to translate the specific things they learn into terms that have broader relevance.

Seven Colleges Worth Their Tuition (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

In their new book "Higher Education? How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids - and What We Can Do About It," Andrew Hacker and Claudia...

Stephen Colbert 'University?' Yes. Stephen Colbert 'University' (WATCH)

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Funnyman Stephen Colbert took on for-profit colleges last night, announcing that he is starting an eponymous "university" to capitalize off of student...