The Hidden Link Between “Genetic Nurture” and Educational Achievement
The phrase “Look down your nose” comes from a time when aristocrats were taller than commoners due to their superior nutrition. European elites would literally look down on their inferiors. So it shouldn’t be hard to imagine the shock 19th-century aristocrats experienced, across the Atlantic, encountering well-fed American laborers, artisans, and farmers, who would look […]
You Can’t Dissect a Virtual Cadaver
What is lost when we lose in-person learning.
How Hidden Social Contexts Influence Your Genetics
Educational attainment has some qualitatively unique features that we’re going to have to be sensitive to when we attempt to study the genetics of it.Photograph by Joey Yee / Flickr What if a wound of yours, a pierced ear, say, healed at a different rate depending on who was around you? A 2017 study explored […]
How to Teach Science with Sugar and Cream
High school teachers are bringing ice cream into the lab.
For Kids, Learning Is Moving
Children’s brain development is fueled when they find their own way.
Cursive Handwriting and Other Education Myths
Teaching cursive handwriting doesn’t have nearly the value we think it does.
Why Virtual Classes Can Be Better Than Real Ones
An engineering professor takes online-course critics to school.
Colleges Want Students with Character, But Can’t Measure It
SATs are on their way out, but new tests aren’t quite ready.
Education Is a Waste of Effort—But It Doesn’t Have to Be
In the nearly 25 years that I spent in school, I produced countless term papers, exams, and presentations, nearly all of which of no value to anyone else. And that goes for most of the 20 million or so college and graduate students currently pursuing higher education in the United States. They produce thousands of […]
Teaching Me Softly
Machine learning is teaching us the secret to teaching.