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Colleges, how in good conscience can you do this to kids?

Hearts break as admitted students realize they can’t afford it

Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch speaks during a meeting on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Albany, N.Y.

Chancellor Tisch’s empty rhetoric on ‘opting out’

It’s testing season, with statewide assessments of children in grades 3-8 in New York and other states beginning in less than a month. Should parents opt to excuse their children…

Debunked: $1 trillion in student debt and other myths about the liberal arts

At a time when critics question the value of a college education, a degree in the liberal arts is under more scrutiny than ever before. The study of history, literature,…

Teachers can’t transform urban schools without studying communities

How cultural traditions elevate language and literacy to the highest level

Members of the parents group work on materials.

Parents in poor communities do care about their children’s schooling. Here’s how to get them involved

Sadie Daniels, the co-coordinator of the parents’ group in Greenwood, Miss., looks on as parents and other local leaders discuss their school improvement projects. Photo: Alan Richard…

How liberal arts offer the very ‘workplace skills’ critics demand

The Association of American Colleges and Universities recently released the findings of a Hart Research Associates survey that provides useful data for the ongoing national discussion about whether higher education…

Tristan Wright-Crishon works in a music technology lab at Queensborough Community College.

Free community college could cost more than we think

Why Obama’s plan alone can’t close the achievement gap; the three “C’s”


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Colleges send out realms of encouraging mail to potential applicants every year in stepped-up-recruiting campaigns.

Gaming the numbers? Conflicting college admissions messages confound parents and kids

NEW YORK — A friend snapped photos of the colorful college brochures cramming his high school son’s mailbox and posted the pile on Facebook with a message that all but…

Congress should rewrite No Child Left Behind to help schools improve, not punish them on Friday

Robert Rothman After thirteen years, Congress appears poised to write a new law to replace the No Child Left Behind Act, the 2002 reauthorization of the Elementary…

Has the first state to adopt Common Core developed tools that make the controversial standards work?

Three years ago, teachers at Woodland Middle School in Taylor Mill, Kentucky, began using a newly developed tool to structure lessons. Kentucky had been the first state to adopt the…