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As parents, you are constantly walking on a thin line. If you don’t show up at the school enough, it’s assumed you don’t care about your child’s education; show up too much and you’re a “helicopter...

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As we approach 2016, we look back at the big stories of The Conversation’s education coverage over the past 12 months. 2015 was a year of much turmoil: higher education witnessed student activism not...

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Ever wondered why boys and girls choose particular toys, particular colors and particular stories? Why is it that girls want to dress in pink and to be princesses, or boys want to be Darth Vader, warriors...

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My mother cried when I told her I was changing my major from engineering to chemistry. Her fear was that I would never earn a living as a chemist. When she heard a few years later that I planned to go...

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In January 2014, Reid Sagehorn, a student at Rogers High School in Minnesota, jokingly tweeted “actually yeah” in response to a question about whether he had made out with one of his high school teachers. The...

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Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote “Why We Can’t Wait” to dispel the notion that African Americans should be content to proceed on an incremental course toward full equality under the...

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We have heard a lot of talk about MOOCs, or massive online open courses, over the last couple of years. On the plus side, MOOCs often draw enormous enrollments and are easy to sign up for and use; all...

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A YouTube clip called “Jessica’s Daily Affirmation” recently went viral. The clip shows a four-year-old Jessica standing in front of the bathroom mirror saying what makes her happy about herself. Jessica’s...