Students in a university library

The biggest difference between college in the 50s and college now? The tuition. We talk with ASU’s Michael Crow about the future of higher education. Read more...


The key to a long life? Being the richest person you know. Sir Michael Marmot explains what the health gap is and how it affects the poor, the middle class, and even the rich.

If you have a Ph.D., try San Francisco. Researcher Daniel Shoag says educational attainment is increasingly dictating where we live.

There's a hormone that regulates sleep, reacts to blood sugar, and keeps track of racism. Northwestern's Emma Adam makes a good case for getting to know cortisol.

Some unused schoolbuses

Education used to provide a crucial opportunity to close the achievement gap between poor and rich kids. Why doesn’t it work now? UCLA professor Pedro Noguera explains the holes that need to be filled to fixed education. Read More...

Kara Miller rides the trolley to Mr. Rogers' neighborhood.

Mr. Rogers taught millions of kids the importance of kindness and the value of empathy. His legacy lives on, in the neighborhood that Mr. Rogers called home. Read More...


1. Play teaches kids to be adults. That's how humans evolved, argues Peter Gray, professor of psychology at Boston College. But our educational system stifles playfulness, and that can hamper kids' ability to learn. 

2. Doing homework wastes a lot more than paper. Professor Jim Davies thinks too many assignments are busy work, and young people should embark on more projects that matter.  

3. One-on-one learning is finally coming to traditional classrooms, thanks to technology and a company called New Classrooms. Co-founders Joel Rose and Chris Rush explain why the ideal learning environment involves computers, personalized learning, AND group lessons.

A child plays in the woods

Soccer games, homework, dance lessons: the life of a grade school student is busy. Psychology professor Peter Gray says kids would be a lot better off if we just let them play the way they're supposed to. Read More...

4th grade students get tablets in the classroom.

Technology is reshaping the classroom, but we're not just talking a computer in each class. Educators are beginning to figure out how to use technology to make class tailored to each student. Read More...

A stack of college essays.

Every semester, hundreds of thousands of college papers and essays are graded and then quickly relegated to the dustbin of history. Carleton University's Jim Davies explains how all of that student effort could be put to better use. Read More...

A toy made by Roominate. Credit: Roominate

Forget about Barbie’s Malibu Dreamhouse; this dollhouse teaches kids engineering skills. Roominate co-founder Alice Brooks talks about how toys can get kids excited about STEM. Read More...

Students learn with a microscope. Credit: Brad Flickinger / Flickr Creative Commons

When public schools can’t get the supplies they need, they turn to one website. CEO and founder Charles Best explains how crowd-funding will be a game changer in American education. Read More...

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