higher ed

Wagon trail

People aren’t moving to the places with the highest wages. Harvard’s Daniel Shoag explains why. Read more...

What if there was an upside to the anxiety you feel? Stanford psychologist Kelly McGonigal and George Mason professor Todd Kashdan explain why stress might just be a good thing. Read More...

Schoolbuses

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 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...

The content of the first email ever sent.

Ever wondered what the greatest number of socks ever put on a human foot is? You can actually find that out, thanks to a book imagined by a guy named Hugh Beaver. Read More... 

There’s a reason you’re giving your cab driver a 20% tip. Author Nir Eyal explains how companies use psychology and technology to squeeze more money from you. Read More...

There aren't that many jobs like this

If you’ve got an engineering degree, you’re pretty much set for life, right? Well, that might not be the whole picture, according to Professor of Public Policy Hal Salzman, who argues that there’s entirely too many STEM graduates. And we get a peek at what the STEM job market is truly like, from a roundtable of students and recent graduates. Read More...

3D Printing Beads

 
Three things you probably want to know:

1.  Thinking about your mom might help you ace a calculus test...depending on where you were raised. Hazel Markus explains why kids from Western and Eastern countries think differently about motivation, community, and innate brilliance.

2. Incubators have been helping to grow companies since 1959but it's only recently that their younger cousins, accelerators, have taken off. Reporter Daniel Gross investigates whether they're worth the hype. 

3.  The business world can learn a lot from Through the Looking Glass. William Barnett of Stanford Business school explains why competition is a good thing – even if everyone feels like they're running in place.

Rice Paddy

Tiger moms or helicopter dads? Psychologist Hazel Markus talks about the stark differences between Eastern and Western cultures, and how they affect the way we all view the world. Read More...

The Race

For every Apple or Google, there’s a not-so-triumphant Pets.com or AskJeeves. Business professor William Barnett tells us how smart companies compete, and why winning may lead to unexpected pitfalls. Read More...

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