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Friday, June 27, 2014 (2 comments)     

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Don't Worry, Be Happy Thailand's complicated political scene is largely misunderstood in the West.

Saturday, July 27, 2013 (3 comments)     

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Why Universities Still Need Affirmative Action A defense of race in college admissions

Sunday, June 16, 2013 (1 comments)     

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Colleges, not the Supreme Court, Should Control Admissions' Policies The upcoming affirmative action case to be decided by the Supreme Court is about more than race.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 (10 comments)     

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Silent Alarms About American Education Stories about education the public will ignore

Sunday, September 4, 2011     

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Behind the great Firewall In recent weeks, access to two stories from the Washington Post about China - one on media censorship - have been blocked by Firewall censors. Those handicaps are ongoing reminders that Chinese media operate with one hand tied behind its back.

Sunday, July 25, 2010 (2 comments)     

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How the Internet can Benefit Journalism A specific instance of how using the Internet can improve what we read in a newspaper.

Thursday, May 13, 2010 (1 comments)     

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Ad Hoc Explanations for China's Tragedies are not the Answer Refutes some of the explanations for the series of China shootings

Monday, April 12, 2010 (2 comments)     

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Stop China Bashing Examines how American newspaper writers are treating China

Friday, October 30, 2009     

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Covering up the News The overuse of anonymous sources.

Friday, October 23, 2009 (7 comments)     

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What's Wrong with a Free Press Why the press should rely less on anonymous sources.

Sunday, September 6, 2009     

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics Regarding the Advanced Placement Program Misreported statistics about the Advanced Placement program are misleading the public about the program's success.

Friday, August 28, 2009     

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When Newspapers Become Fish Wrap How newspapers are letting us down.

Saturday, August 8, 2009 (1 comments)     

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Paying Students to Perform Several recent programs in which low income high school students are being paid for successfully completing college courses are showing some promising results.

Friday, June 26, 2009     

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Garbage In, Newsweek Data Out Newsweek's high school ranking methodology distorts reality and misleads the public.

Friday, June 19, 2009     

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Affirmative Action Against the SAT A new approach to increasing diversity at public universities, in states with anti-affirmative action laws. Piling on against the SAT.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009     

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National Education Standards and Tests are Unlike the SAT A response to a recent Christian Science Monitor commentary that equated problems with the SAT with the problems we might expect to encounter in developing national educational standards for states.

Sunday, June 7, 2009     

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Clemson Steps into a USN&WR Rankings Mess Frank admissions by Clemson official as to how that university is gaming the USN&WR college rankings.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009     

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A Cut California Governor Shouldn't Make Why Governor Schwarzenegger should not slash funding for Hastings College of the Law

Image by Will Lion, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons Tuesday, June 2, 2009     

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A Positive Sport's Message A decision to disobey his college football coach by NFL player Mike Golic, illustrates an important psychological principle.

Saturday, May 30, 2009 (1 comments)     

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Right Move by the College Board Regarding Advanced Placement The College Board has shifted its policy with regard to the Advanced Placement program. They are now emphasizing, along with equitable access, that only students who are adequately prepared to take the classes should be admitted into them.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009     

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Reporting the News Well and, Well, Not so Well The story of the Montana plane crash and how it was handled by two newspapers.

Saturday, March 21, 2009     

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Why Headlines Matter We get a lot of our news merely from the headlines of stories so it's important news sources get them right.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 (1 comments)     

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How Not to Report the News A piece of bad journalism in which the San Francisco Chronicle slams the Mayor of that city

Saturday, February 7, 2009     

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Advanced Placement News is Generally Good After years of declining percentages of AP exam-takers passing those tests, passing percentages on the 2008 exam held constant from 2007. That good news, however, is tempered by the fact that there remains a large racial achievement and participation gap on the exams.

Thursday, February 5, 2009 (16 comments)     

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Why Our Children Need National Multiple Choice Tests While unpopular, we should insist upon national standardized tests for our children at every grade level.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009     

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The Obama Effect and its Psychological Implications Researchers recently found that after the election and inauguration of the President that the achievement gap between the races disappeared based on scores on questions from the GRE. There is other promising psychological research to suggest that this might not be a mirage.

Saturday, January 24, 2009     

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Crazy College Admissions and the Canadian Alternative Why students and their families caught up in the college admissions frenzy should consider the alternative of going to university in Canada.

Friday, January 23, 2009 (4 comments)     

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Don't Push Uneducated Students into Colleges Rebuttal of recent calls to send more U.S. students to college.

Friday, January 16, 2009 (6 comments)     

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Why the Insanity of College Admissions Will Change The insanity of competing for spots at elite colleges and why that competition will relax in the future.

Monday, January 5, 2009 (3 comments)     

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Jettison the SAT A new policy from the College Board and another reason why colleges should discontinue requiring the SAT test.

Saturday, December 13, 2008 (1 comments)     

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Psychology of Change Psychological explanation as to why people are generally so resistant to change.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008 (2 comments)     

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Nonsensical Rankings From Those People Who Bring You Nonsense An evaluation of three school rankings' systems (Newsweek, Washington Post, and USN&WR) and why you should ignore them.

Monday, December 1, 2008 (1 comments)     

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Time Magazine Crowns Education's Next Messiah Cover story in this week's Time Magazine about Michelle Rhee, who is being championed to save public education

Sunday, November 30, 2008 (4 comments)     

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Real SAT Ire...Really Why college admissions' offices should dump the SAT and require subject tests.

Saturday, November 22, 2008     

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Fixing the California Education Mess A step to begin fixing the fiscal crisis in the California State University system

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 (2 comments)     

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Stats Help for Journalists and the Public A common statistical error journalists make and how to spot it

Monday, October 20, 2008     

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Baylor Shoots at USN&WR Rankings...And Then Backs Down How one college devised a clever plan to game USN&WR's college rankings and then changed its policy in response to criticism

Friday, October 17, 2008     

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A French Perspective or Une Perspective Francaise A bit of humor (hopefully) from across the pond

Thursday, October 16, 2008     

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No More Teachers Dirty Looks A 21st century school reform from a 20th century psychologist

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 (8 comments)     

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Don't Know Much About History What our students don't know about history and why they should know it.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 (1 comments)     

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Reframing Our Economic Recovery Psychologically repairing America's economy

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 (1 comments)     

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A Psychologically-Inspired Economic Recovery How psychological science can fuel an economic comeback

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 (10 comments)     

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High School Diploma Should Mean Something While it is important that we increase the numbers of students graduating from high school and improve our methods of counting dropouts, it is even more important that we establish national standards to insure that a high school diploma means something.

Saturday, October 11, 2008     

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Education Gap Widens and No One Cares Widening racial gap in educational performance that has become so commonplace that we no longer see it

Friday, October 10, 2008 (3 comments)     

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It's Education, Stupid Candidates ignoring education

Friday, October 10, 2008     

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Cheer Up America, You Could be In France or Switzerland A reprieve from the economic news with a look overseas

Thursday, October 9, 2008     

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Media Mangles Education News... Again A study about college admissions tests