An unlikely triumph
In its first century the American higher-education system was a messy, disorganised joke. How did it rise to world dominance?
The authoritative statement of scientific method derives from a surprising place — early 20th-century child psychology
The end of adolescence
In the 20th century it offered a bridge from the innocence of childhood to the responsibilities of adult life. Not any more
The examined life
Students are working harder than ever to pass tests but schools allow no time for true learning in the Socratic tradition
People who can switch between street dialects and standard language might have the same cognitive advantage as bilinguals
And their eyes glazed over
My college students are never entirely present in class, addicted to texts and tech. Is there any hope left for learning?
In praise of Dewey
He knew how to protect democracy – not by rote and rules but by growing independent-minded kids. Let us not forget it
Spot the WEIRDo
Too much research is done on Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich and Democratic students. Can science widen its base?
Schooled in nature
There’s a way to teach children without colonising their minds: the lifelong way of the indigenous people of Mexico