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‘Part-science lab, part-playground’: how kids made museums take fun seriously

January 24th, 2020 at 12:53 pm » Comments Off

From London to California, architects are helping museums provide interactive learning experiences that can’t be found on screen State of play: TapeScape, an interactive art installation built in collaboration with artist Eric Lennartson at Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Last year, the Hoxton-based architecture practice AOC set up the Open Studio at the V&A Museum of Childhood […]



The geography of gender: where women work, economies grow

January 5th, 2020 at 11:46 am » Comments Off

Women from a single mothers’ association sweep rice at their processing plant in the town of Bolgatanga, Ghana. Our world is full of brilliant possibilities. But they’re not always open to everyone. The opportunities for women to contribute to the global economy are intrinsically linked to where in the world they are born and reach […]



How An Unlimited Supply Of Borrowed Cash Is Destroying Higher Education

December 31st, 2019 at 12:37 pm » Comments Off

Both of us grew up poor. College was our way out of poverty. Now, we see too many young people locked into poverty by a college education. “You have to go to college” was an article of faith when we were growing up in poor families. Now we wonder if our ticket out of poverty […]



Colleges are turning students’ phones into surveillance machines, tracking the locations of hundreds of thousands

December 30th, 2019 at 12:14 pm » Comments Off

Syracuse University is among the dozens of schools in the United States that use tracking systems to monitor students’ academic performance, analyze their conduct or assess their mental health. When Syracuse University freshmen walk into professor Jeff Rubin’s Introduction to Information Technologies class, seven small Bluetooth beacons hidden around the Grant Auditorium lecture hall connect […]



Fewer students are going to college. Here’s why that matters

December 22nd, 2019 at 12:58 pm » Comments Off

This fall, there were nearly 250,000 fewer students enrolled in college than a year ago, according to new numbers out Monday from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which tracks college enrollment by student. “That’s a lot of students that we’re losing,” says Doug Shapiro, who leads the research center at the Clearinghouse. And this […]



Welcome to the third age of online education

December 8th, 2019 at 1:48 pm » Comments Off

 The strangest things can trigger intense memories. For Marcel Proust, the taste of a madeleine cookie famously unleashed his entire childhood. In The Game, a reflection on life and hockey, my boyhood hero Ken Dryden, the great Montreal Canadiens goalie, recounts waking up in his parents’ home in Islington (a Toronto neighborhood) thinking he’s hearing […]



The 5 college majors American students most regret picking

November 21st, 2019 at 2:36 pm » Comments Off

Obtaining an undergraduate degree is almost always worth it — bachelor’s degree holders earn 84% more than those with just a high school diploma. However, not all majors are the same, ZipRecruiter found. As tuition costs soar, more students and their families are asking themselves if college is still worth it. Some experts say the […]



How Blockchain could disrupt the education industry

November 12th, 2019 at 1:09 pm » Comments Off

Blockchain is undisputedly an ingenious invention. It’s a technology that began as underpinning for virtual currencies but it is quickly becoming obvious that blockchain is more than just bitcoin. The encrypted ledger technology that powers bitcoin is primed to reshape the future of many industries. Be it healthcare, finance, media, or the government, the blockchain […]



Harvard’s prestigious debate team loses to New York prison inmates

November 11th, 2019 at 3:42 pm » Comments Off

Prisoners participating in Bard College initiative to provide them a liberal arts education beat Ivy League students who won national title only months ago Months after winning a national title, Harvard’s debate team has fallen to a group of New York prison inmates. The showdown took place at the Eastern correctional facility in New York, […]



Why no one wants to be an MBA anymore

October 30th, 2019 at 11:06 am » Comments Off

   A recent Wall Street Journal article focused on the steep decline in elite MBA program applications. In an era of an increasing divide between the economic haves and have nots, you’d think that the vaunted Masters in Business Administration degree would be valued more than ever. After all, with the recent boom in the […]



Why some say college is no longer the sure path to success

October 8th, 2019 at 12:13 pm » Comments Off

  An alarming—yet illuminating—new study conducted by Third Way, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, concludes that many who go to college come out earning less than the typical salary of a high school graduate. Contrary to popular opinion, which contends that the path to success is rooted in attaining a college education, the findings indicate […]



A new immersive classroom uses AI and VR to teach Mandarin Chinese

August 3rd, 2019 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

Students will learn the language by ordering food or haggling with street vendors on a virtual Beijing street. Often the best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in an environment where people speak it. The constant exposure, along with the pressure to communicate, helps you swiftly pick up and practice new vocabulary. […]



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