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Cities experiment with paying poor students for good grades

Cities experiment with paying poor students for good grades

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Education | High-school students don’t usually see cash rewards for school success until their education helps them secure a job. But New York City and Memphis, Tenn.,

Teachers track student behavior with swipes and clicks

Teachers track student behavior with swipes and clicks

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Education | Parents once relied on parent-teacher conferences or a call from the principal to learn about their children’s conduct in class. Grades record…

Do U.S. history classes really need to teach about Benjamin Franklin?

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Education | Conservatives are calling for the College Board to suspend changes to its Advanced Placement U.S. History course, set to take place for the next school year.

Common reading or early college indoctrination?

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Higher Education | For many undergraduates, the first taste of college-level reading is not Plato or Shakespeare but New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers. Many colleges…

What’s in an A? Higher ed’s struggle with grade inflation

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Education | In college, A’s are supposed to stand for excellent, not average. But due to grade inflation, they are becoming commonplace. Princeton University sought to…

Teaching: A labor of love

Teaching: A labor of love

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Education | A little before 8 a.m., the lights were off in all but the back classrooms, as smiling, sleepy teachers trickled into school for a day of training. At the end…

Will more time in school make better students?

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Education | Many students across America are enjoying their final days of summer, but for some, the break has been shorter and this year’s school days will be longer…

Are school suspensions too harsh and over-used?

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Education | Breaking the dress code, doodling on the desk, arriving late to class—these may be against school rules, but do they merit kicking students out of class? In…

Can technology teach parents to talk to their kids?

Can technology teach parents to talk to their kids?

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Education | Children from poorer families might have fewer clothes or toys, but studies have shown they probably also lack something money can’t buy: exposure to words.

Grading the effectiveness of public charter schools

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Education | As July turns into August, smart shoppers are comparing prices on school supplies. At the University of Arkansas, a team of researchers has applied this idea…

Glenn Beck’s common cause against the Common Core

Glenn Beck’s common cause against the Common Core

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Education | MASON, Ohio—Couples chatted on Tuesday evening as they carried large sodas into the darkened movie theater in Mason, Ohio, but they weren’t there for a…

Is the apostrophe on top of the endangered grammar list?

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Culture | The world’s most endangered things include elephants in Africa, tigers in India, and apostrophes in England. For such a small punctuation mark, the…

 
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