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A few weeks ago, I led a Brown Bag session where we discussed the impact of extracurricular activities on students. During the discussion, participants shared their own extracurricular experiences and looked at some other aspects of extracurricular activities: cost...
2 days ago
Most of my recent blogs have targeted the efficiency and academic impact of private, charter, and public schools. As you might expect, this is an ongoing debate with no end in sight. I am particularly interested in school improvement. In this piece from
On Saturday, July 21, LIU Post economics professor and Forbes contributing writer Panos Mourdoukoutas published a piece entitled Amazon Should Replace Local Libraries to Save Taxpayers Money. The title is self-explanatory: he proposes the elimination of in communities and the creation of Amazon book stores in their place, on the grounds of reducing taxes that contribute to public services and allowi...
One of the challenges of a college education is paying for it. Most students rely on loans and financial aid to finish college. The overall student debt in the United States is currently around $1.4 trillion. According to the  
17 days ago
Most of my recent blogs have focused on the efficiency (or lack thereof) of public and private schools. There is an assumption that private schools, based on their reputation and costs, is much better than public schools. Is this really the case? According to a
I’m sure we’ve all had to take some sort of standardized test at a given point. Standardized testing has been in the news a lot lately. In this
According to the World Economic Forum 2016 report, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish (by weight) in the world's oceans. In a business-as-usual scenario, the ocean is expected to contain 1 tonne of plastic for every 3 tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastics than fish (by weight).
23 days ago
Group 1:Mamadou is a pious Muslim who lives with his three daughters living in a tiny village Mauritania. Despite not receiving an education, he’s aware of its importance. He wants to send his three daughters to school, but he fears that his conservative community will not allow him to do so. How can we help Mam...
a month ago
Mental health has been in the news a lot lately for all the wrong reasons. The suicide of famous people has brought mental health to the front pages. Most people who suffer from mental health sometimes don’t look for help because they fear society will judge them. How then can we talk about mental health? New York State recently made a law t...
a month ago
Some colleges across the country have started to question the value of standardized test scores as part of their admissions requirements.  Princeton and Stanford recently joined the