Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

And other insights from a ground- breaking study of how parents impact children’s academic achievement

The Dark Power of Fraternities

A yearlong investigation of Greek houses reveals their endemic, lurid, and sometimes tragic problems—and a sophisticated system for shifting the blame.

Who Cheats—and Why

Is it about inequity? Or atheism? Or does it just feel good? Recent studies try to make new scientific sense of an old human problem.

How to Escape the Community-College Trap

More than half of community-college students never earn a degree. Here's how to fix that.

The Case Against High-School Sports

The United States routinely spends more tax dollars per high-school athlete than per high-school math student—unlike most countries worldwide. And we wonder why we lag in international education rankings?

My Daughter’s Homework Is Killing Me

What happens when a father, alarmed by his 13-year-old daughter's nightly workload, tries to do her homework for a week

Why Professors Should Be Like Preachers

... or coaches or therapists. The primary importance of motivating students in post-secondary education.


Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more


Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.


What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world



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