Education

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge aims to exercise young minds

In its tenth year, the Scholastic Summer Reading Challengeis helping children avoid the “summer slide,” a common loss of essential skills due to brain inactivity over summer vacation.The free online program allows kids to access reading resources, log their reading minutes online and earn weekly...

Friday, June 24, 2016 - 3:30pm

Young NYC gamers are using technology for good, not evil

Video games tend to get a bad rap: They promote violence, limit physical activity and turn young minds to mush.That’s a pretty reductive assessment, suggests Marc Lesser, senior director of learning design at Mouse, a NYC-based youth program with a mission to use video games, and technology in...

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 11:10pm

How to avoid 'no sleep till college'

“No sleep till college” is a phrase coined by sleep-deprived mommy bloggers, but it’s also a fitting mantra for rising high school seniors undertaking the college application process.But if seniors start this summer, they need not adopt the sleep schedule of a colicky newborn to successfully apply...

Friday, June 17, 2016 - 8:55pm

Wesleyan University creates prize in honor of 'Hamilton'

After bringing NYC high schoolers into the room where it happens, "Hamilton" is now making waves in higher education.Wesleyan University has created a four-year, full tuition scholarship in honor of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail, the creator and director of the Broadway musical, "Hamilton."...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 12:41am

The New School is building careers by design

“What am I going to do with my life?”In a job market upended by a digital revolution and a widening chasm between the rich and poor, perennial platitudes like “play to your strengths” and “follow your passion” are no longer satisfactory answers to the above question — if they ever were.RELATED:...

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 9:22pm

How to raise successful kids

By now, it’s a well-worn argument: The far-reaching grasp of technology has basically taken our attention spans hostage.But what’s more frightening is that it’s eroding our ability to empathize, argues Michele Borba in her new book “Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in our All-About-Me World.”(...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 12:51am

Tutoring on demand? There's an app for that

You can stream television, order food and request a private car on demand — so why not a tutor?That’s the thinking behind Smart Alec, a new app that matches private tutors and students with the click of a button — er, the swipe of an app. RELATED: Why meditation makes you more productive than...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 8:24pm

Claus Meyer's restaurant policies mean a better meal for everyone

For many Americans, dining out without tipping is considered gauche, if not downright disrespectful.But Jens Baake, the chief operating officer of dining empireMeyerUSA, doesn't considertipping a best practice — for customers or employees. “Tipping, for us, is an incentive for an individual to...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 4:30pm

Is the workplace ready for Gen Z?

Can we please stop obsessing over millennials, their hoodies and their office hoverboards?The next generation has come of age, and they're getting the online analysis treatment. But at least they were groomed for it.Enter Generation Z —aka iGen —those born between 1995-2012 currently entering the...

Monday, May 23, 2016 - 9:16pm

Philly charter schools for the next Picasso, Mozart and Shakespeare

For parents seeking to cultivate their student’s prowess for painting or mastery of music, consider these unique programs in the arts at Philidelphia-area charer schools:RELATED: As kids crave quiet time, meditation goes mainstreamFor the budding musician: String Theory Charter SchoolsString Theory...

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 7:54pm

Lin-Manuel Miranda shouts out to Boyz II Men and "The Office" in his UPenn commencement speech

Graduating from college is equal parts thrilling and terrifying, which is why new grads needall the cliches, platitudes, aphorisims and pithy quotes. As for the rest of us, churning away mid-career and remembering the day when someone crackled something about dreams and hope into a microphone,...

Monday, May 16, 2016 - 11:46pm

3 reasons to consider a charter school

Although students are traditionally the ones cramming in May, many parents are feeling the pressure, too. With charter application deadlines looming and some schools already wait-listing prospective students, it’s go-time if you’re considering enrolling your child in an alternative school. So why...

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 10:57pm

Everyone will need to learn how to code

The stereotypical picture of a computer programmer— an introverted wunderkind whose first language was Java script,endlessly hunched over a keyboard — doesn’t match the image of a group of coders taking origami breaks, doing yoga and picking a lock as a teambuilding activity, all for the sake of...

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 1:42am

Could art classes stop the next psychopath?

Instead of ignoring teenagers who don’t seem to be fitting in at school, what if they could be targeted for enrollment in art classes?That’s the hope of researchers at De La Salle University in the Philippines, who havefound a linkbetween artistic ability and the dark personality traits associated...

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 11:48pm

How to face your job interview fears

Acing an interview requires preparation, self-awareness and confidence. This we know. So why is it that so many people approach interviews as if they were interrogations, or flounder like a fish out of water?“People often leave [interviews] feeling like they weren’t prepared, or as though they didn...

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 12:43am

Malia Obama's potential Harvard career crushes

Since the White House announced that Malia Obama will attend Harvard University in the fall of 2017, the First Daughter’s decision has been scrutinized and analyzed to pieces. So much for privacy.While there’s no shortage of successful Harvard alums (ahem, her parents) for the young Obama to admire...

Monday, May 2, 2016 - 9:11pm

Everyone's career fails — and that's OK

Chances are, you're a failure. Just like the rest of us.Earlier this week, Johannes Haushofer, a Princeton professor of psychology and public affairs, posted a CV of his failureson Twitter, according to CNBC.com. It struck a nerve, to say the least.The accomplished academic included categories for...

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 12:49am

The first lady gives NYC seniors a dreamy college sendoff

As high school seniors around the country take a sigh of relief as college acceptances roll in, a group of New York City students had an additional reason to celebrate this week. Deja Daniels, 18, was one of 4,000 high school seniors who got to “sign” her college of choice along with first lady...

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 10:11pm

Five ways to land a scholarship

So you (or your kids) got into college. Good work. Now how are you going to pay for it?Christopher Gray, who won $1.3 million in scholarship funds, knows a thing or two about downsizing his tuition bill.TheShark Tankentrepreneur and founder of scholarship connection platformScholly—which uses...

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 12:36am

How to parlay your internship into a full-time job

If you’re savvy enough to have landed a highly coveted internship, then congratulations. Internships are increasingly competitive — and important, says Jeff Selingo, author of “There Is Life After College: What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of...

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 7:54pm