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Some of the best memories of our early years of schooling were formed during recess. It played a key role in our emotional and social development away from home. This sometimes overlooked but key element of the school day is going through something of a crisis. National accountability movements such as Common Core and No Child Left Behind mean schools are devoting less time to recess. Experts argue this movement is counterproductive. Research shows that recess can lea...
Social media and higher education don’t often go hand in hand. The assumption is that social media’s fun and sometimes unruly style doesn’t fit the rigor and intensity required for success for in higher ed. Snapchat, more than any other social media, perhaps captures this contrast. The app is especially popular with teenagers. However, there is a surprisingly high number of higher ed institutions using the app in various forms. Most institutions see th...
Summer is perhaps the most favorite time of the year for most students. However, there is an emerging trend among high achieving students and how they spend their summers. These students are “previewing”; enrolling in summer classes to skip ahead and qualify for higher-level subjects. Most of these students are already e...
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Ethiopia’s government recently blocked access to social media to prevent students from being distracted from studying during nationwide exams. Popular sites such Facebook and Instagram were shut down a few days before and after the exams. In dictatorial Ethiopia, censorship of the internet, opposition blogs and human rights websites are common. Though the government periodically shuts down social media, it tends to be for only a few hours. However, this is the first time social media has been...