College Costs: When Money IS an Object

If ever there were a realm in which we might wish that money were no object, paying for college would be it. But in a time when student debt outnumbers all other consumer debt, money most certainly is an object. How can families ensure that they get the most college education bang for the buck? Several outfits have created tools to help families make smart comparis…

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Posted December 15th, 2014

The Benefits of Low-Tech Parenting

Surprisingly, Steve Jobs -- a man pretty much universally considered to be a modern tech genius -- was a low-tech parent. According to a recent New York Times article (see the original piece here), the Jobs children had strict limits on their technology use. And Jobs was not alone -- the Times's Nick Bilton reports that many tech giants have also told him that they severel…

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Posted September 17th, 2014

Unique College Rankings

The New York Times has released its own version of the annual college rankings. Rather than using the traditional metrics, the Times' ranking system evaluated colleges' efforts to improve economic diversity among their student bodies. The results might just surprise you -- check out the rankings here.…

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Posted September 15th, 2014

Why Is Math So Darned Hard?

In a recent New York Times Magazine article, Elizabeth Green, author of Building a Better Teacher, explores the question, "Why do Americans stink at math?" That American students -- and, by extension, American adults -- stink at math is fairly well established. Among the evidence that Green provides is the tale of the third-pounder hamburger: "One of the most vivid arit…

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Posted July 28th, 2014

Tests Make You Smarter

A recent article from The New York Times discusses research about the role of tests in developing memory. It turns out that tests actually make us smarter by helping to embed information into our memories. This phenomenon, called the retrieval practice effect, provides insight that could help students to learn more efficiently, thereby improving grades and test scores.…

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Posted July 26th, 2014