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Posts tagged with "Education"

  • How We Teach Science: What's Changed and Why It Matters
    John L. Rudolph


    Past efforts to reshape American science education offer lessons for future reformers

    Compared with reading, writing, and arithmetic, science is a relative newcomer to the primary and secondary school curriculum, emerging only in the late 19th century. Nevertheless, proponents of the subject have established it as central to what an educated person needs to know, not least because of the promise of good jobs in scientific fields. Read More
  • Inside Graduate Admissions Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping
    Julie R. Posselt

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    Who benefits from the Ph.D. admissions process and who falls through the cracks?

    During graduate school, a professor I worked with asked me an odd question: Was I a slow reader? She was in the midst of reviewing applications for a new crop of Ph.D. students and, in reasoning about their potential success, had remembered that, although I had gotten a fairly high quantitative score on the Graduate… Read More
  • The Importance of Being Little What Preschoolers Really Need from Grownups
    Erika Christakis


    The preschool paradox: It’s time to rethink our approach to early education

    The Little Prince opens with a 6-year-old narrator who proudly drew a boa constrictor that had swallowed an elephant (1). Disheartened that adults think his masterpiece is a picture of a hat, he quips, “Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves.” In her new book, The Importance of Being Little, Erika Christakis comes to the same… Read More