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The Republican tax bill punishes American families who use public schools

The US Senate tax bill that Republicans passed early this morning faces scathing criticism for the debt burden it creates for the next generation, the tax breaks it gives to the rich, and the hasty way it was cobbled together. Its detractors have dubbed it a “historic tax heist,” a “scam” (paywall) (more…)

You remember more of what you read out loud

It’s up to me to make this memorable. However, if I fail, you’ll want to remember this trick anyway, so start reading aloud. Saying words while reading feels slightly awkward and isn’t conducive to all environments, of course, yet it’s an effective method of remembering information, according to an October study in (more…)

A lesson in how to respond graciously in the face of outrageous provocation

It takes a special kind of cool to shrug off insults in an email and respond politely. It takes even more sangfroid when the insults are racially tinged and reference your family. Yet that’s exactly how Richard Buery, a New York City deputy mayor, handled emails from Dan Loeb, a billionaire hedge (more…)

Central New Mexico Community College Plans to Issue Blockchain-based Digital Diplomas

The Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) has announced plans to issue Blockchain technology-based digital credentials like diplomas to its students after completing their studies. The plan is similar to the initiative launched by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in October 2017, in which it issued digital diplomas to more (more…)

EC Releases Report on Possible Blockchain Applications in Education

The European Commission has published a report on its study on the possible applications of Blockchain technology in the education sector. Among the things that were analyzed by the commission are the feasibility, challenges, benefits and risks of the use of the technology in schools and universities. In the report titled “Blockchain (more…)

These are the universities around the world most likely to get you a job

Given the astronomical price tag on a college degree today, you’d better hope getting one actually pays off. For a measure of that, it can be helpful to look at schools’ track records when it comes to offering job prospects. Today (Nov. 16), the UK’s Times Higher Education—one of the most respected (more…)

The Church of England is encouraging primary school students to explore their gender identity

In an effort to tackle gender identity-related bullying, the Church of England issued new rules this week saying that kids should be able to “play with the many cloaks of identity.” In an update to a 2014 report called “Valuing All God’s Children” published yesterday, the church said that the elementary-aged children (more…)

It’s better to understand something than to know it

“Knowing” and “understanding” are related concepts, but they’re not the same. Each is a distinct mental state involving cognitive grasp: Knowing is static, referring to discrete facts, while understanding is active, describing the ability to analyze and place those facts in context to form a big picture. Without knowledge, understanding is impossible. (more…)

Digital technology can help reinvent basic education in Africa

African countries have worked hard to improve children’s access to basic education, but there’s still significant work to be done. Today, 32,6 million children of primary-school age and 25,7 million adolescents are not going to school in sub-Saharan Africa. The quality of education also remains a significant issue, but there’s a possibility (more…)

Streamable kids’ movies that won’t make parents miserable or appalled

There has never been a better time to watch TV if you’re a kid—or a worse time to be the parent of a TV-watching kid. Streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Video alone offer seemingly endless options for the under-10 set. Much of that content, however, is questionable in one way (more…)