education

April 24, 2018

More than 350 student inventors from across the country competed in the historic 30th Anniversary RUBE GOLDBERG MACHINE CONTEST® (RGMC) Live Finals at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago April 21-22, 2018. About 40 individual teams participated in the annual STEM contest, which also premiered an Apprentice Division for the first time, bringing elementary school into the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest activities. [ Watch the winning machine ]

April 15, 2018

Career and technical education (CTE) programs such as those offered at MST -- which feature academically and professionally rigorous classes and send graduates off to postsecondary programs at high rates -- may be uniquely positioned to prepare young adults for the future of work.

April 03, 2018

Idaho, Mississippi, and Rhode Island just got the federal stamp of approval on their plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act. This brings the grand total of approved plans to 37 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Every state has submitted, and gotten feedback on, its ESSA plan.  Just 13 states have yet to get the federal seal of approval, including some states with big populations, such as California and Florida.

April 03, 2018

Scientists have linked hundreds of genes to intelligence. One psychologist says it’s time to test school kids. A year ago, no gene had ever been tied to performance on an IQ test. Since then, more than 500 have, thanks to gene studies involving more than 200,000 test takers. Results from an experiment correlating one million people’s DNA with their academic success are due at any time.

March 27, 2018

If you thought or were told you didn't qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program because you were not enrolled in a qualifying repayment plan -- typically an income-driven plan -- the Department of Education might still let you erase your loans.

March 19, 2018

Does this sound familiar? An Ivy League-educated philanthropist, who built his wealth from a career in technology, decides to champion education as his next cause--under the belief that today’s schools are not adequately preparing the next generation for the future.

March 15, 2018

Like millions of other individuals in the workforce, you’re probably wondering if you will one day be replaced by a machine. If you’re a student, you’re probably wondering if your chosen profession will even exist by the time you’ve graduated. From driving to legal research, there isn’t much that technology hasn’t already automated (or begun to automate). Many of us will need to adapt to this disruption in the workforce.

March 05, 2018

I’m skeptical of arguments that technology will have severe detrimental effects on employment for many reasons. But one reason is this: If artificial intelligence (AI) turns out to be as powerful as the worriers say, won’t it be good at finding new nonobvious tasks for humans and also training them for these new occupations?

March 02, 2018

What Parents Talk About When They Talk About Learning: A National Survey About Young Children and Science describes results from a national telephone survey of 1,442 parents with at least one three-to-six-year-old child living at home. The survey asked parents about their attitudes, beliefs, and practices related to early learning, science learning, and digital media use.

February 19, 2018

The Senate’s top education leaders will consider reinstating Pell grants for incarcerated students, a move that would restore a federal lifeline to the nation’s cash-strapped prison education system. Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee and the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said the committee would consider reinstating the federal financial aid grants in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act currently underway.

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