What makes for educational success for kids around the world — and how can we apply that in the U.S.? Jeffrey Brown speaks with Amanda Ripley, author of "The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way," on her conclusions after studying the diverse academic environments of Poland, Finland and South Korea. Continue reading
Langdell Hall of Harvard Law School | Credit: Wikimedia Commons In an effort to teach concise writing skills, legal writing professor Lisa Mazzie tasked her students at Marquette University Law School with crafting a story in just six words.
Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images. In response to U.S. News and World Report’s famous college ranking, Washington Monthly puts out its own College Guide and Rankings issue that measures factors such as the graduation rate of low-income students, … Continue reading
The release of U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 college rankings Tuesday unleashed the usual obsessing. The Chronicle of Higher Education cleanly summarizes some of the methodological changes in this year’s rankings, which included decreasing the weight of student selectivity … Continue reading
At Princeton University, 60 high school seniors came from all over the nation to attend an intensive six-week summer boot camp that encourages top-notch, low-income students to apply to the most selective schools in the country. Its goal is ambitious: to help narrow the socioeconomic gap that’s been widening at the nation’s top colleges.
For kids who grew up poor or without higher education role models, the idea of attending one of the best colleges in the country isn’t just a dream — the goal may not have ever occurred to them. Jeffrey Brown looks in on a program that gives select high school seniors the guidance and tools to dream big. Continue reading