Students at the University of Pennsylvania will be pleased to learn that their extracurricular activities have been turned into a class they can pay for: ENGL 111.301: Wasting time on the Internet is being taught by Professor Kenneth Goldsmith. According to the description, attendees "will be required to stare at the… » 10/28/14 3:00pm 10/28/14 3:00pm

The Subtle Code of Inequality in Children's Books

As children, many of us encountered Richard Scarry's book, What Do People Do all Day? A classic kid's book, it uses animals to represent the division of labor that exists in "Busytown." The book is an example of a brilliant piece of analysis by sociologist John Levi Martin (full text). » 1/28/13 4:20pm 1/28/13 4:20pm

Your Old Brain Is Too Full to Learn Anything New, So Go Ahead and Call…

If you're having trouble taking in new information as you get older, don't fret. It's not that age is making you more stupid or slow, but that your brain is already so full of information — you genius, you — that it can't make room for anything new. » 1/22/13 4:00pm 1/22/13 4:00pm

Girls Underestimate Their Own Intelligence

A now-classic study found something curious: when they posed 5th graders with tough problems, the brightest girls were the quickest to give up. And apparently not much has changed. » 3/01/11 6:40pm 3/01/11 6:40pm

Are Edupunks The Cure To The College Cost Crisis?

"'Edupunk,' [Jim Groom] tells me in the opening notes of his first email, 'is about the utter irresponsibility and lethargy of educational institutions and the means by which they are financially cannibalizing their own mission.'" » 8/13/09 6:00pm 8/13/09 6:00pm

Girl Talk

Neurologists say that girls process words differently than boys do, which may account for their superior language skills. According to today's Scientific American: "Girls completing a linguistic abilities task showed greater activity in brain areas implicated specifically in language encoding, which decipher… » 3/05/08 6:40pm 3/05/08 6:40pm