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September 19, 2014 Comment

For The Love Of Cello

Reporter Scott Lau reflects on how playing the cello changed him.

September 18, 2014 8 Comments

New Plans To Fight Sexual Misconduct On Campus

University of Colorado, Boulder is adding new awareness programs for all incoming students that address stalking, partner abuse and sexual assault.

September 17, 2014 2 Comments

Three Years Later, Where Is the Occupy Movement?

The Occupy Wall Street, which started as a protest of corporate greed, is now tackling student loan debt.

September 16, 2014 Comment

New Texas School Law Aims To Keep Students On Track

A new law requires Texas eighth graders to choose a career track when they enter high school.

September 15, 2014 28 Comments

Would You Pay To Get Your Kid Into A Top College?

A San Francisco company charges parents for a consulting package based on the odds their student will get into a certain university, with prices up to a million dollars.

September 8, 2014 Comment

Remembering Boston’s Tumultuous First Day Of School

Forty years ago today, Boston public schools implemented a busing program to comply with a court order to desegregate schools. The results were for the history books.

September 8, 2014 9 Comments

Getting Kids Moving, One Parent Volunteer At A Time

Parents are taking it upon themselves to give kids more opportunities for physical activity outside gym class.

September 4, 2014 Comment

Free Universal Pre-K Program Launches In NYC

Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s program commences today with tens of thousands of 4-year-olds heading to more than 1,700 sites across the city.

September 4, 2014 9 Comments

Interactive Tool Shows Risks And Rewards Of The Costs Of Higher Ed

The average 2014 college graduate takes on about $33,000 in student debt. Is it worth it? A new online tool tries to answer that question.

September 3, 2014 12 Comments

Move Over Barbie, Here Comes Madame Curie

Two young women who studied engineering want to inspire girls to become scientists by offering dolls based on real people.

August 29, 2014 Comment

As School Starts, A Look At ‘Paperless’ Classrooms

Google’s new “Classroom” app is winning fans in teachers for its efficiency, but some worry about student privacy.

August 28, 2014 24 Comments

Universities Take Precautions Against Ebola

With the growing concern, many universities around the world have suspended their fall semester programs in West Africa.

August 20, 2014 7 Comments

L.A. Moves To Arrest Fewer Misbehaving Students

The change in the school district’s policy is the culmination of a long fight by judges, government officials, advocates and attorneys.

August 18, 2014 4 Comments

Colorado Ad Cautions Kids About Marijuana

The new “Don’t Be A Lab Rat” ad campaign in Colorado is aimed at teens who are – or may be thinking about – using pot.

August 15, 2014 Comment

Phoenix Public Schools Compete For Students

Because of something called open enrollment, schools are vying for students and trying new ways to market themselves.

August 15, 2014 11 Comments

Training Police To Put Aside Their Biases

Criminologist Lorie Fridell says police officers can and should be trained to recognize their own internal biases.

August 13, 2014 18 Comments

A Different Type Of Online Education Goes Viral

Udemy is a platform for experts to create courses and offer them to the public at either no charge or for a fee.

August 13, 2014 4 Comments

Woman Wins ‘Math Nobel’ For First Time

Iranian-born Stanford mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani is among the four winners of the Fields Medal.

August 8, 2014 4 Comments

School Districts Brace For Influx Of Immigrant Children

About 30,000 children have come into the U.S. since January, and the impact on schools is expected to be huge this fall.

August 7, 2014 6 Comments

Coding Boot Camps Try To Fill Tech Worker Gap

Students are trained to write code in just three months, rather than spending four years in college studying computer science.

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September 18 Comment

Terry Gilliam Goes Back To The Dystopian Future

Terry Gilliam's new film, "The Zero Theorem" will be familiar to his fans.

September 18 5 Comments

DJ Sessions: Kansas’ ‘Retro Cocktail Hour’

"Space age pop" and "incredibly strange music" are the songs of the day on this installment of the DJ Sessions.

September 17 21 Comments

Volkswagen’s 300 MPG Car

The XL-1 can get 300 miles per gallon. The key is reducing wind resistance.

September 17 41 Comments

How Has The Obesity Epidemic Disrupted Romance?

The health impacts of the obesity epidemic are well-documented. Less studied are its ramifications for romance.