Education & Social Service

Why be hopeful?

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Urban Education Institute director Timothy Knowles explains why there's reason for hope in Chicago Public Schools.

So much to learn

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If putting together an issue on education taught us one thing, it's that we have much yet to learn.

Earn as you learn

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An ambitious economic field experiment studies how financial incentives for students, teachers, and parents affect academic performance.

Peer groups

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Students often continue to collaborate with professors after earning their degrees. Sometimes, as in these four examples, those relationships move beyond collegial to true professional and personal friendships.

These walls can talk

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The murals decorating the University of Chicago Charter School campuses tell stories of success.

Failed tests

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Linking teacher merit pay to standardized-test scores compromises learning and creates incentives to cheat.

Principal reach

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For the leaders of the University of Chicago Charter School, being in charge means being in the thick of change.

History retreating

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Teaching African American students, a Chicago scholar says, means asking tough questions.

Where are the women?

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Sociologist Kristen Schilt explores gender differences that shape academic career decisions.

Missing kindergarten

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If it’s true that “all you really need to know you learn in kindergarten,” then Vivian Paley and I are in trouble.

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