Here’s Your Cheat Sheet to Happiness Professor Laurie Santos didn’t set out to create the most popular course in the history of Yale University and the most talked-about college course in America. She just wanted her students to be happy. … Continue reading Are you that happy?
Fining parents ‘has no effect on school absence in Wales It shows the number of unauthorised family holidays actually increased after fixed penalty notices were introduced in 2013. The review recommends changing the current system. The Welsh Government, which commissioned … Continue reading Unauthorised holidays
Thorstein Veblen’s The Theory of The Leisure Class In 2011, Thorstein Veblen was ranked seventh in a poll of economists on their favourite, dead, 20th century economist. He ranked behind Keynes, Friedman, Samuelson, Hayek, Schumpeter and Galbraith. His supporters were … Continue reading Conspicuous leisure
The public find articles about education more convincing when they contain extraneous neuroscience Brain science is mysterious and sexy and people are more inclined to believe claims that contain superfluous neuroscience references or neuro-imagery – an effect referred to as … Continue reading Beside the point
How to Clean Up the Student Loan Mess Student loans are central to financing college educations, yet millions of borrowers are in default. That is clear evidence that the system is in dire need of improvement. In fact, new research … Continue reading Reducing default matters
Compliment a woman’s looks, lower her math Educators continue to be perplexed by the ongoing gender gap in mathematics. Young women tend to perform less well than men on high-level math tests, which discourages them from pursuing further study in … Continue reading The cons of compliments
Five Dangers of Data-Informed Student Nudging In 2016, leaked email exchanges from Mount St. Mary’s University revealed then-president Simon Newman’s plan to inflate retention stats by encouraging students with a higher likelihood of dropping out to drop out early. It … Continue reading Innovations in student success