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Calculating faculty bias against conservative students

Hechinger Report - June 24, 2019 4967

Harvard’s decision to rescind admission to Parkland-shooting survivor Kyle Kashuv was narrowly about the young man’s racial slurs and misogynistic language at age 16 but it’s also fueling a debate about ideological conservatives on American college campuses. Kashuv is a former high school student leader at Turning Point USA, a conservative group, and vocal proponent […]


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TEACHER VOICE: I started seeing a difficult student as a person, not as a ‘challenge,’ and it changed my outlook on education

Hechinger Report - June 23, 2019 4954

It was a potential disaster for any new teacher: A student in my eighth-grade math class was telling me that I didn’t know the rules and proclaiming that he would never speak to me again. Basically, he was testing whether I had the confidence to handle a difficult situation. Even though I already had a […]


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Schools are rethinking classroom design to encourage collaboration, creativity

Hechinger Report - June 21, 2019 4844

MIAMI — There are no walls between the seven classrooms on the third floor of the Medical Academy for Science and Technology, a former hospital that houses a magnet high school for would-be doctors, nurses, physical therapists and pharmacists. On a recent morning, the students in Isha Brown’s literature class were huddled in groups, analyzing […]


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As college enrollment falls, recruiters descend on a state that still has lots of applicants

Hechinger Report - June 20, 2019 4789

PASADENA, Calif. — Busloads of boisterous high school students from across the Los Angeles basin poured into the Pasadena Convention Center, where colleges from around the world were poised to pitch them. There were recruiters from the East. Recruiters from the Midwest. Recruiters from universities in Wales, Greece and Australia. Some handed out keychains, calendars […]


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Testing abuses, legacy preferences and bad parent behavior all influence who gets into college: What must change?

Hechinger Report - June 20, 2019 4750

NEW YORK — Whenever I see another person charged or sentenced in the latest college admissions scandal, I’m transported a few years back to a tortured college application season, when a testing snafu invalidated the SAT scores of my then-16-year-old son and the nearly 200 others who took the exam at the same site. The […]


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OPINION: “The poor kids need what the rich kids have”

Hechinger Report - June 19, 2019 4734

I arrived on Yale University’s campus in the fall of 1988 with a typical mingling of excitement and terror. I’d been a star at my public high school in Alexandria, Virginia, though that pond was small. Now I was in an ocean of brilliance and wealth. I couldn’t calculate my rung on the hierarchy. Still, […]


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Thousands of students cross the U.S.-Mexico border every day to go to college

Hechinger Report - June 19, 2019 4695

SAN YSIDRO, Calif. — The weight of her backpack is what comes to mind when Andrea Morín thinks about crossing the U.S.-Mexico border between Tijuana and San Diego every weekday to attend San Diego State University. “We have to struggle with the most basic things sometimes,” the 22-year-old theater major said. “My backpack is super […]


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Can teachers live where they work?

Hechinger Report - June 18, 2019 4649

Many kids grow up thinking their teachers live at school. Children become stupefied at the sight of their teacher at a grocery store or a restaurant. They can’t fathom their teachers having lives outside of the schoolhouse. Kids’ parents, on the other hand, may be shocked to learn that many teachers can’t afford to live […]


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Automation is remaking Mississippi jobs: Are workers ready?

Hechinger Report - June 17, 2019 4624

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Mississippi Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes with trends and top stories about education in Mississippi. Subscribe today! Rising use of automated technologies has eliminated thousands of jobs in Mississippi, and many more are at risk, according to a recent report by the Brookings Institution. […]


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STUDENT VOICE: “It was initially unnerving for me — a black, Muslim woman in high school — to be completely surrounded by non-black faces”

Hechinger Report - June 17, 2019 4624

I first walked into the immaculate lobby of a prestigious investment banking firm in Midtown Manhattan three years ago. The thought of an internship scared me, a 17-year-old girl from the South Bronx, because I had no idea what to expect — especially from an internship in finance. Each employee I passed seemed to have […]


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The paradox of working while in college

Hechinger Report - June 17, 2019 4582

Working while in college is risky. A 2018 Georgetown University study found that students who worked had lower grades and were more likely to drop out. The risk was especially high for low-income students. Other studies have found the same. The conventional advice to students is to try to work under 15 hours a week […]


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OPINION: Four ways to break the cycle of food and housing insecurity on campus

Hechinger Report - June 16, 2019 4569

For my last two years of high school, I was homeless. My father gave me the option of sharing our circumstances with teachers, counselors and administrators. I chose to stay silent. Even at 16, I knew that when people hear the word “homeless,” most do not think of youth or families. However, in Los Angeles […]


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One surprising barrier to college success: Dense higher education lingo

Hechinger Report - June 14, 2019 4417

ATHENS, Ga. — Leslie De Santos furrowed her brow as she read the passage. The four sentences contained terms such as “litigation,” “adjudicative,” “jurisdiction” and “identifiers,” and the last sentence, 23 words long, included two semicolons. It wasn’t an assignment from an advanced course in legal studies. The passage was from the free application for […]


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Student ed tech entrepreneurs argue they know what classrooms need

Hechinger Report - June 13, 2019 4360

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Subscribe today! The majority of educational technology is designed for student use. And it’s almost always designed by adults, few of whom consult with kids before […]


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OPINION: What health care can teach educators about the difference between ‘equal’ and ‘equitable’

Hechinger Report - June 12, 2019 4349

If we did in health care what we do in education, we’d say this to everyone who walks through the hospital door: “We prescribe the same treatment for everyone. We’ve always done this. It’s more convenient for us. It won’t be perfect, but it will contribute to public health.” Of course, we’d never do this […]


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The silence of school leaders on climate change

Hechinger Report - June 12, 2019 4312

By the time wildfires tore through his home county of Sonoma, California, Park Guthrie was already convinced that the clock on the climate catastrophe was running out. In 2015, Guthrie, a sixth-grade teacher and father of three, had approached the superintendent of the school district where he worked, hopeful she would sign a resolution endorsing […]


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A new way of helping students pay for college: Give them corporate jobs

Hechinger Report - June 11, 2019 4299

SALT LAKE CITY — On the third floor of a downtown office building, Solomon Kalapala was chatting with a Microsoft customer on one computer screen while troubleshooting the customer’s misbehaving software on another. “I’m basically running a repair,” said Kalapala. If the online fix didn’t work, he explained, “I’ll do an uninstall and reinstall.” Pink […]


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The wealth that new schools should build

Hechinger Report - June 11, 2019 4267

Building a new school can benefit a community in more ways than one. Sure, there’s the value of a new educational institution where students can take classes and graduate with their diplomas, but why wait years for that spanking new building to pay off? Schools matter, but so does having a job. There is a […]


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Rural students often go unnoticed by colleges. Can virtual counseling put them on the map?

Hechinger Report - June 11, 2019 4252

RED WING, Minn. — Cayanne Korder long believed college would be her ticket out of this rural factory town of about 16,000 people. As far back as middle school, she fantasized about leaving the state to attend an elite university. But she also routinely dismissed that idea as impossible because, she said, “I wouldn’t know […]


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OPINION: How ‘free college’ turned into a ‘state-by-state hodgepodge’

Hechinger Report - June 10, 2019 4239

There’s a national conversation about “free” college taking place in statehouses and dining rooms across America. There are many students who want to attend college, but costs get in the way. Currently, only 47 percent of U.S. adults aged 24 to 64 have a college degree. Michigan lags a bit further behind at 45 percent. […]


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Research shows lower test scores for fourth graders who use tablets in schools

Hechinger Report - June 10, 2019 4197

A mounting body of evidence indicates that technology in schools isn’t boosting student achievement as its proponents had hoped it would. The latest research comes from the Reboot Foundation, which released a study in June 2019 that shows a negative connection between a nation’s performance on international assessments and 15-year-olds’ self-reported use of technology in school. […]


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TEACHER VOICE: This parent intervention helps sixth-graders relate — to math

Hechinger Report - June 09, 2019 4184

Sixth grade can be a difficult year, filled with plenty of pre-teen angst and drama. Students are engaged in a constant battle, trying find their own voices without drawing too much attention to themselves. They are anxious. Their parents are even more anxious. As a sixth-grade mathematics teacher, I see my job as easing this […]


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Not going it alone: International education programs in an age of isolation

Hechinger Report - June 07, 2019 4039

The Hechinger Report is collaborating with The New York Times to produce Bulletin Board, page 2 of the Times’s education supplement, Learning. ‘Developing relationships across seas’ In the United States, men who take particular care of their physical appearance are widely considered to be less masculine. Noa Fay, 18, thought that was a standard belief. […]


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OPINION: Is this minority group too small to have a voice on campus?

Hechinger Report - June 05, 2019 3965

Can members of the ethnic minority that comprises the largest Asian-American group in Wisconsin feel truly included on the state’s flagship campus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison? Perhaps. But participants in our study, “Our HMoob American College Paj Ntaub,” say they do not feel that way yet. Our study documents some of the ways that […]


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Universities try to catch up to their growing Latinx populations

Hechinger Report - June 04, 2019 3872

GARY, Ind. — The first time Hsiulien Perez attended Indiana University Northwest, in the early 1990s, she had just graduated from high school and given birth to her first child. Her mother, an immigrant from Taiwan, and her father, from Mexico, hadn’t gone to college and couldn’t offer any guidance for navigating day-to-day campus life. […]


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