University of Virginia

Should the Government Pay for a Classical University Education?

Questions about what sorts of higher education the government should pay for are nothing new.
student using laptop

Student Writing in the Digital Age

Essays filled with "LOL" and emojis? College student writing today actually is longer and contains no more errors than it did in 1917.
Mather School, Dorchester Massachusetts

Where American Public Schools Came From

How American public schools came to be taxpayer-funded.
Wren Library, Cambridge University

Political Correctness Redux

The conservative anti-PC movement of the 1990s has its roots in a backlash against the Civil Rights movement.
classroom

The Problem of School Discipline in the Twenties

Teachers, especially women, faced social pressure in both directions when it came to school discipline in the 1920s. 
CNTE protests

The Bloody Results of Mexico’s High-Stakes School Testing

Mexico’s struggle for education reform has been a long journey paved in protests. Today's struggles have been a long time in the making.
Photograph of a building on the University of Michigan's law school campus

Do People Regret Going to Law School?

The legal profession is in crisis, with more new lawyers than demand, and law schools are scaling back. Is law school still a safe bet?

The Value of Using Harry Potter to Teach Politics

A political scientist argues that Harry Potter can be used to teach students about politics, institutional behavior, globalization, and identity. 

How Parents Watch Teachers

What parents watch teachers the most? Economic class has a lot to do with report cards.

Students Don’t Just Need Grit, They Need Agency

Psychologist Angela Duckworth argues that students need "grit," or rugged individualism, to succeed. But scholar Anindya Kundu insists there's more to it.