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Is Algebra Necessary?
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Is Algebra Necessary?

A typical American school day finds some six million high school students and two million college freshmen struggling with algebra.

The Trouble With Online Education
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The Trouble With Online Education

"Ah, you're a professor. You must learn so much from your students."

God and Man in Tennessee
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God and Man in Tennessee

Earlier this month state senators in Tennessee approved an update to our sex-education law that would ban teachers from discussing hand-holding, which it categorizes...

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Research Bought, Then Paid For

Through the National Institutes of Health, American taxpayers have long supported research directed at understanding and treating human disease.

Welcome to the 'knowosphere'
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Welcome to the 'knowosphere'

Here's my take on what I've begun calling the "knowosphere"—a word intentionally echoing the more allegorical "noosphere," the "planet of the mind" of Vladimir....

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Why Books Are Better Than E-Books For Children

Do you read to your children from your iPad or other device, or encourage them to use an e-reader to read to you?

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The Last Person

There is a concept in telecommunications called "the last mile," that part of any phone system that is the most difficult to connect—the part that goes from the...

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The ­niversity of Wherever

For more than a decade educators have been expecting the Internet to transform that bastion of tradition and authority, the university. Digital utopians have...

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How to Fix Our Math Education

There is widespread alarm in the United States about the state of our math education. The anxiety can be traced to the poor performance of American students on...

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Education Needs a Digital-Age ­pgrade

If you have a child entering grade school this fall, file away just one number with all those back-to-school forms: 65 percent. Chances are just that good that...

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Teaching to the Text Message

I've been teaching college freshmen to write the five-paragraph essay and its bully of a cousin, the research paper, for years. But these forms invite font-size...

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The Lessons of 10 Years of Talking Tech

It’s a special week in America. All over the country, families are gathering in warmly lighted homes. They’re sitting down to fancy feasts at decorated tables...

The School of Hard Drives
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The School of Hard Drives

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan answers questions pertaining to education and technology.

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Cutting and Pasting: A Senior Thesis By (insert Name)

A friend who teaches at a well-known eastern university told me recently that plagiarism was turning him into a cop.

The Medium Is the Medium
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The Medium Is the Medium

Recently, book publishers got some good news. Researchers gave 852 disadvantaged students 12 books (of their own choosing) to take home at the end of the school...

In Defense of Computers and the Internet For Learning
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In Defense of Computers and the Internet For Learning

If you’re reading this blog post on a computer, mobile phone or e-reader, please stop what you’re doing immediately. You could be making yourself stupid. And whatever...

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Making Computer Science More Enticing

Employment at the top 10 Silicon Valley companies declined for Hispanics, blacks, and women for the decade ending in 2005, according to a San Jose Mercury News...

Steve Jobs and the Economics of Elitism
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Steve Jobs and the Economics of Elitism

The more, the better. That’s the fashionable recipe for nurturing new ideas these days. It emphasizes a kind of Internet-era egalitarianism that celebrates the...

Do Elite Colleges Produce the Best-Paid Graduates?
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Do Elite Colleges Produce the Best-Paid Graduates?

PayScale, a site that collects data on salaries for different professions, recently released an updated data set from over 1.2 million users on the salaries of...
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