August 29, 2017

A school under construction in Vancouver. Alan Levine / Flickr Creative Commons

Alice Cooper lied to you. School isn't out forever And with the new academic year upon us, Innovation Hub is taking a look at how to make learning better - and we dig into some of the controversy that has surrounded schools. From the history of coed colleges to why reading helps you live longer, we’re here to educate you about education.

First up, should we care about ideological diversity on college campuses? Sarah Lawrence College’s Sam Abrams says we should. He tells us how university professors have shifted to the left, and tells us why that's a problem.

Then, for people whose eyes glazed over during Algebra II, math can seem like an impenetrable jungle of weird formulas and strange rules. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Barbara Oakley, a professor of engineering at Oakland University and author of A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra), says that, if properly taught, everyone can grasp math. And even master the skills necessary for engineering and science careers.

After that, read a book, you’ll live longer. At least, that’s the finding of a study by researcher Avni Bavishi. Find out how reading links to health and longevity.

Up until the 1960s, it didn’t matter how bright or successful you were. If you were a woman, you weren’t going to Harvard. Nancy Weiss Malkiel, author of Keep The Damned Women Out, transports us to the moment when elite colleges finally started admitting women. And we’ll learn how that shift completely changed society.

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