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…
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.
Research shows that handwriting practice isn't just a useless task your teachers concocted to annoy you — it could actually make kids smarter.
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.
"'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.'"
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…