Education News

  • Should More Students Be Allowed to Skip a Grade?

    By Tim Walker, neaToday (from March 27, 2017)

    When Heather Rains was in elementary school, she skipped ahead two years, from kindergarten to 2nd grade. The decision placed her in the same class as her older sister, which was a little awkward, and she had a hard time making new friends. Rains still played with her same-age friends at recess but “I couldn’t really relate to my peers,” she recalls.


  • A Face-to-Face Request Is 34 Times More Successful than an Email

    By Vanessa K. Bohns, Harvard Business Review (from April 11, 2017)

    Imagine you need people to donate to a cause you care about. How do you get as many people as possible to donate? You could send an email to 200 of your friends, family members, and acquaintances. Or you could ask a few of the people you encounter in a typical day—face-to-face—to donate. Which method would mobilize more people for your cause?


  • Grab Your Pitchforks, America, Your 401(K) May Need Defending from Congress

    By Jason Zweig, The Wall Street Journal (from April 21, 2017)

    In the early stages of negotiating tax reform, Congress is already considering whether to reduce the benefits of contributing to a 401(k) and similar retirement plans — even as U.S. representatives and senators bask in the safety of the pension system that taxpayers fully fund for federal employees.


  • Do Your Shoelaces Keep Coming Undone? Engineers Explain Why

    By Christopher Mele, The New York Times (from April 13, 2017)

    The researchers - Oliver M. O'Reilly, a professor of mechanical engineering, and Christine E. Gregg and Christopher A. Daily-Diamond, students who are pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering - reported that the force of your foot striking the ground and the motion of your leg combine to help loosen and ultimately untie the knot.


  • My Daughter Is Not Transgender. She's a Tomboy.

    By Lisa Selin Davis, The New York Times (from April 18, 2017)

    "I just wanted to check," the teacher said. "Your child wants to be called a boy, right? Or is she a boy that wants to be called a girl? Which is it again?" I cocked my head. I am used to correcting strangers, who mistake my 7-year-old daughter for a boy 100 percent of the time.