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The Case Against Straight A's

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I have seen too many kids get stressed out, anxious and even depressed in their mission to get straight A's. Let me tell you why I dislike the pursuit of straight A's.

Return on Performance in Higher Education

Joseph Urgo | Posted 09.15.2014 | Education
Joseph Urgo

Return on Performance: let's be honest with students and their families when they are choosing a college. Tuition does not purchase a degree. Tuition purchases the opportunity to learn how to succeed.

Dear Ernest, #1: The College GPA Myth Exposed

Ernest Owens | Posted 09.02.2014 | College
Ernest Owens

College students spend more time trying to unify themselves to the same expectations that high school required without appreciating the opportunity to create their own unique standard.

Top 10 Back to School Microresolutions

Caroline L. Arnold | Posted 08.29.2014 | Education
Caroline L. Arnold

As at the New Year, the new academic year sparks personal resolutions to perform better by becoming more organized, healthy, and productive.

The Overachiever's Guide to Senior Year

Larry P. Thomas | Posted 08.26.2014 | College
Larry P. Thomas

For nearly two decades, I've been committed to preparing the most inspiring and motivated college students for graduate/professional school and lifelong achievement. I have learned that my very best students were focused, driven, and disciplined enough to follow these key steps-to-success during their senior year.

College Advice From the People Who Matter Most (Pt. II)

Josh Stephens | Posted 07.30.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

Don't approach college like it's supposed to prepare you for anything. Take classes because they interest you, not because they'll check off some box in a future employer's job readiness assessment.

College Advice from the People Who Matter Most (Pt. I)

Josh Stephens | Posted 07.30.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

The world enjoys no shortage of advice, both good and bad, about how students can get into college. But for all the thousands of dollars that families spend on preparation, all of that support vanishes once students actually enroll.

Academics vs. Athletics: It's Not a Choice

Wendy B. Libby | Posted 09.17.2014 | College
Wendy B. Libby

Athletics has a place in our students' lives for the lifelong value it can bring. It should not be overinflated on a college campus any more than it should be sidelined.

What 'We' Must Do Right Now for Palestine and Israel, Beyond Governments

Marc Gopin | Posted 09.17.2014 | World
Marc Gopin

The fact is that people and their individual initiatives have much more impact on the course of history than is acknowledged by government officials, by cynics, and by those citizens too apathetic, too callous, or too fearful to act.

Soul Searching for Today's High School Student

Dorit Sasson | Posted 08.31.2014 | College
Dorit Sasson

By the time I left SUNY at Albany in 1990, I knew attending college wasn't the right place. I did however, have to go through those two tough years to figure out what my soul needed.

The Downside of Being Valedictorian

The Prospect | Posted 08.08.2014 | College
The Prospect

We've talked about the flaws with the class ranking system, but how does the class ranking system feel to someone who's on top?

All I Need to Know, I Learned When I Failed Out of College

Ed Tseng | Posted 07.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Ed Tseng

In sports, I was always driven to come back after failing. Why couldn't I do that in school? So I needed to figure out what I was going to do for the rest of my life. Would I just get a degree anywhere and work in the computer field, or should I follow my passion?

Soccer Mom, Helicopter Mom or Snow Plow Mom?

Andy Braner | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Andy Braner

Parenting today has to be one of the hardest jobs on the planet. I read the back-and-forth articles between business CEO's who think stay-at-home mom...

Brilliant People's Schedules: The Real Story for Women Writers

Anna Leahy | Posted 06.15.2014 | Books
Anna Leahy

Victor Hugo visited his barber daily; I haven't had a haircut in 15 months. Balzac consumed as many as 50 cups of coffee per day; I recently switched to iced green tea. Every day, Charles Darwin built in three walks and some idleness; I forgot to exercise this week.

Colleges Increasing Spending On Sports Faster Than On Academics, Report Finds

New York Times | Posted 04.08.2014 | College

Even as their spending on instruction, research and public service declined or stayed flat, most colleges and universities rapidly increased their spe...

Bahia Shehab: Art As a Tool for Change

Louisiana Channel | Posted 05.24.2014 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

"Graffiti is like flowers. They are beautiful, but they don't live long." An interview with Lebanese-Egyptian street-artist Bahia Shehab about the ...

Why Grades Are Causing a Culture of Unhappiness Among College Students

Stephanie Yang | Posted 05.23.2014 | College
Stephanie Yang

While I am by no means advocating for looser academic standards or less learning, I don't think stricter grading scales necessarily enforce a higher level of learning.

What My Students Think About Being Popular

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 05.19.2014 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

Teenagers say some of the most profound, and most entertaining, things you could ever imagine.

A Lesson in Learning

Mackenzie Long | Posted 05.13.2014 | College
Mackenzie Long

Being at such a large institution often leads to a generalization and standardization of education; one that fails to qualitatively identity the successes and failures of its students.

What Are Academics Good For?

Patricia Morizio | Posted 05.10.2014 | Education
Patricia Morizio

Do not ask an academic what he or she has to offer to society. (In fact, do not ask ANYONE this question [SMH]). Instead, ask them about what they know, what they love, and what they do; perhaps even why they do it.

What My Students Think Makes a Great Teacher

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 05.03.2014 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

A day doesn't go by that my students don't enlighten me with their genuine innocence or entertain me with their youthful ignorance.

Martha Dominguez Understands the New America and the Need for Academic Rigor -- Will the Rest of Us?

The George W. Bush Institute | Posted 04.30.2014 | Education
The George W. Bush Institute

by William McKenzie Martha Dominguez is my new hero. Really. And Texas ought to be listening to the El Paso educator. So should the rest of the cou...

Public Happiness

Harry Boyte | Posted 04.29.2014 | Education
Harry Boyte

Education, understood in this way, is constitutive of a flourishing democratic society. The understanding has never been more needed.

Stating the Objective

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 04.20.2014 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

As we plan our next lesson, let's keep in mind that our students do best when they are given control. This is achieved most comprehensively through process and product differentiation and layered curricula.

BASIS Adding Private Schools

Richard Whitmire | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
Richard Whitmire

BASIS is not being showered with accolades. Perhaps that's because they are equal opportunity disruptors, threats to private schools, public schools and public charter schools. Not surprisingly, those being disrupted resent the intrusion.