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Measuring Students’ Self-Control: A ‘Marshmallow Test’ for the Digital Age

Measuring Students’ Self-Control: A ‘Marshmallow Test’ for the Digital Age

| September 15, 2014 | 5 Comments

Researchers hope that being able to accurately measure how well students resist digital temptations will help them learn about how “academic diligence” features in later life success.

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What’s Going On Inside A Dyslexic Student’s Brain?

What’s Going On Inside A Dyslexic Student’s Brain?

| September 11, 2014 | 2 Comments

Reading can feel like decoding to some students – learn why.

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A Parent’s Message: School Is Choking the Creativity Out of Kids

A Parent’s Message: School Is Choking the Creativity Out of Kids

| September 11, 2014 | 7 Comments

A glimpse inside the education of two “unschooled” boys.

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Could Personal Videos Become the Heart of College Applications?

Could Personal Videos Become the Heart of College Applications?

| September 10, 2014

Soon Goucher’s admissions office will plow through thousands of essays, recommendations — and, for the first time, video applications.

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What If Teachers Were Charged With Setting School Direction?

What If Teachers Were Charged With Setting School Direction?

| September 5, 2014 | 4 Comments

It may take awhile to come to consensus on tough issues, but teachers at Mission Hill School say the process helps them air out bad feelings that can poison the community.

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How do Unschoolers Turn Out?

How do Unschoolers Turn Out?

| September 2, 2014 | 67 Comments

Unschoolers weigh in on how their lives have evolved, including college, career, and overall happiness.

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What Would a ‘Slow Education Movement’ Look Like?

What Would a ‘Slow Education Movement’ Look Like?

| August 26, 2014 | 2 Comments

Educator Shelley Wright argues that it’s time for a “slow education movement,” where children are allowed to learn at their own pace, but more slowly, freely and thoroughly.

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Starting From Scratch: A Public School Built on Dreams of Students and Parents

Starting From Scratch: A Public School Built on Dreams of Students and Parents

| August 20, 2014 | 10 Comments

A public school near San Diego is proving that district schools can be just as innovative as charters.

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The Poetic Dance Between Simplicity and Uncertainty in Physics

The Poetic Dance Between Simplicity and Uncertainty in Physics

| August 19, 2014 | 2 Comments

A beautiful animated video explaining the beauty of physics in everyday life.

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How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn

How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn

| August 18, 2014 | 19 Comments

Psychologists are finding that when students are motivated by a desire to have a positive impact on the world they are more able to plug away at challenging or tedious tasks.

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