Education News from NY Times
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Student loans need reform. But recent gloomy reports obscure the key benefit of borrowing for college: a college education.
The cost of textbooks continue to rise, but alternatives like renting books and downloading “open source” course documents help to keep costs manageable.
The Learning Network: Summer Reading Contest, Week 9 | What Interested You Most in The Times This Week?
This week our Penguin Young Adult guest judge is Meg Wolitzer, and submissions are due by Aug. 15 at 7 a.m. Eastern.
The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Fears Rise Over Wealth Gap as Top College Conferences Push Overhaul
What evidence does the article cite to show how college athletics have become a multimillion-dollar enterprise at some universities?
The president endorses an approach that would encourage individual academic departments to set their own grading standards.
Our hosts this summer, all parents of girls, shook their heads ruefully as my sons romped. If I hear disapproval of my sons’ behavior in their comments, surely their daughters hear approval of more placid ways.
Motherlode Blog: Simple Solutions for Back-to-School Student Organization (Sorry, No Trapper Keeper)
Once, the Trapper Keeper promised to solve your organizational woes while simultaneously elevating you to cool-kid status. Today’s organizational systems should be even simpler (no gadgets required).
On Aug. 7, 1974 Philippe Petit walked a tightrope between the twin towers, later telling The Times, “If I see three oranges I have to juggle, and if I see two towers I have to walk.”
What clues do you think scientists might uncover about our solar system by studying a comet in such close detail?
In a city where about 3.9 million residents speak a language other than English at home, the classes are so popular that people in some neighborhoods stand in line for hours to sign up.
Protests over the use of English in a civil-service exam highlight the complex role the language plays in the country's social makeup.
After my 15-year-old was flashed on the street, my instinct was to shelter her. She had a stronger response in mind.