Education

Why failure is important for creativity

From the time our parents send us off to school, we’re being told not to fail. Whether it’s getting into an Ivy League school, landing a job not too long after graduation, entering into a marriage, raising a kid or excelling in our careers, we constantly feel the pressure to be the best or, at the...

Friday, October 16, 2015 - 8:13pm

So, what's a charter school again? Everything you need to know about charter schools in Philadelphia

Lately, there has been a lot of talk about charter schools —billionaires fund them; presidential candidates want to expand them — but what, exactly, are they? And, more importantly, should you send your kid to one?Charter schools are vast and complex, but essentially they’re free, public schools...

Friday, October 16, 2015 - 3:30pm

How to choose the right school for your child

Back in the day, if you had a kid, and that kid needed to go to school, you didn’t have very many options about where to send her. There was the local public school, maybe a parochial school or two and — if you were very lucky — a private prep school.Nowadays, it’s a different story. We are faced...

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 10:43pm

Swarthmore inaugurates first African-American president

Swarthmore Collegehas inaugurated its first African-American president, Dr. Valerie Smith, whose scholarship and academic career has focused on building and sustaining diverse, inclusive and global learning environments.“I was moved to know that many people find this moment as a source of...

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 5:08pm

How to write a killer college admissions essay

More and more colleges have made the essay portion of the application process optional. But just because your grades are stellar or you aced your SATs doesn’t mean that you should write off penning a personal statement.“The fact is there are so many students who have similar academic records and...

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 9:00am

Recent college grads don't think their education was worth it

Recent U.S. college graduates are significantly less likely to think their education was worth the expenseamid concerns about growing tuition costs and student debt, according to a study by Purdue University and Gallup.Only 38 percent of graduates who earned a bachelor's degree beginning in 2006 —...

Monday, October 5, 2015 - 10:42am

Michelle Obama on why we should care about education for girls worldwide

It was a full house in the Apollo Theater last week at Glamour magazine’s The Power of the Educated Girl event. On the stage sat First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, actress Charlize Theron (who is the founder of Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project) and former Australian Prime...

Monday, October 5, 2015 - 9:00am

These high school girls prove that math and robots aren't just for boys

Hunter Sessa is a 17-year-old senior at all-girls school the Agnes Irwin School in Philadelphia. And, when she’s not studying, or running track and field, she’s building robots.“Ever since I was little I’ve loved building things, designing and creating things,” she says over the phone, “and as I...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 4:21pm

Woods College at Boston College

Whether you’ve completed an associate’s degree at a community college, earned credits at previous institutions, or are enrolling in undergraduate courses for the first time, the Woods College at Boston College offers a flexible, intimate, and personalized learning environment that allows you to...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 4:04am

Why you should consider bilingual education

Across the country, more and more schools are implementing dual-language programs, in which students attend an equal number of classes in English and in another language, such as Spanish, Portuguese or Mandarin. Half of the school districts in Utah — by far the most progressive state when it comes...

Friday, September 25, 2015 - 10:07am

Bill Nye teaches science with emojis, and it's delightful (UPDATE)

Smiley face molecules? Rocket ships showing how fast the earth is heating up? Learning about science has never been more fun.Energy management corporation General Electric has teamed up with Bill Nye, everyone’s favorite Science Guy , for a series of educational YouTube videos, and he’s using...

Monday, September 21, 2015 - 4:14pm

Don't know what to study? Try manufacturing

When 17-year-old Brian Dardon told his mother he wanted to pursue a career in manufacturing, she was full of apprehension.But then Brian took an internship at local manufacturer Engis Corporation, where he was asked to brainstorm how to fill customer orders. His mother now sees that an industrial...

Monday, September 21, 2015 - 11:38am

250 million children can't read — this organization wants to fix that

One of the biggest ways to empower a community is through education. Yet, about 250 million children worldwide lack basic reading, writing and math skills, accordingto a UnitedNations report — and many don’t have any access to schools that can help them learn.Pencilsof Promise is helping pick up...

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 1:00pm

Six steps to finding the right MBA program for you

This article was written in association with the QS World MBA Tour and the QS World Grad School Tour.The business education market can seem like a jungle. Should you just apply to a school you’ve heard of, one you’re fairly confident is held in high esteem by your peers and future employers, and...

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 10:00am

The three things you need to know to get into business school

Top MBA programs are highly selective. At New York University’s Stern School of Business, for example, the full-time MBA acceptance rate in 2014 was just 18 percent.So, how do you get into a school despite the crazy odds? We atTopMBA.com, asked admissions directors how applicants can stand out from...

Monday, September 14, 2015 - 10:00am

New York public schoolers can now crowd-fund their own projects

If you were in high school and could dream up, plan and execute your own curriculum or projects, what would you do?Now, New York City students are going to find out.Staples has announced it will be donating $173,000 to the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Think It Up initiative, which allows 9th...

Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 10:18pm

Why you shouldn't take the new SAT

The College Board is releasing a new version of the SAT in March of 2016, but if you're wondering whether you should wait to take it,Anthony-James Green has one word of advice: Don’t.“You’ll be a guinea pig,” warns the SAT and ACT tutor and founder of Green Test Prep online. In fact, Green — dubbed...

Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 12:21am

Students from Boston's most dangerous neighborhoods beat the odds at College Bound Dorchester

Racy Martinez wanted to study law. But she had one problem: she didn’t really speak English.“I came here a year ago and had already finished high school in my country,” says the 18-year-old, who had moved to Boston from the Dominican Republic to be with her grandmother. “My next step was to go to...

Friday, August 28, 2015 - 12:01am

These are the hottest colleges, according to Tinder

Whether you wanted it or not, Tinder todayreleased a "study" of the hottest schools in the U.S.The dating app crunched the data to find the "most desirable student bodies" (ugh, their words),looking at the number of male and female students enrolled at a college or university with the most swipe-...

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 3:10am

Nas is giving scholarships to Latinos and African-Americans who want to code

As we’ve established before, learning to code may be the best career move you’ll ever make. Not only do web developers earn good money(starting at $80,000 in New York City), butthey’re also extremely happy, with 88 percent reporting feeling satisfied in their jobs. (Of course, you would be too if...

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 11:37pm