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Study Finds That Violent Video Games Don’t Affect Empathy

The question of whether media depictions of violence, whether in video games, movies, TV shows, narrative, or comic books, is an old one. It is a question that concerns many different people, from parents to teachers to politicians. And it is also a question that persists despite the fact that no studies have found conclusive […]

Researchers Offer Tips for Improving College Freshman Retention

In the United States, college freshmen have about a 68 percent retention rate, meaning that about 3 out of every 10 students doesn’t return to the same university for their second year. Some move on to other schools, while others simply leave higher education altogether, permanently or for a short period. But universities are, understandably, […]

Algebra Is the X Factor In College Success

Algebra is a problem—and not a binomial one, either. A stunning 60 percent of incoming community college students have to take remedial math classes due to lack of skill in algebra. Four-year public colleges see 40 percent of their incoming students taking at least one remedial class, and a third of those are remedial math […]

Video Game Players Help Researchers Understand Skill Development

A pair of studies from Brown University has investigated how video game players develop their skills, and that could have a benefit for students and teachers. The study looked at two very different games, the shooter Halo: Reach, and the strategy game StarCraft 2. “The great thing about game data is that it’s naturalistic, there’s […]

Online Charter Schools Underperform Compared to Traditional Schools

According to research from NYU Steinhardt and RAND Corporation, students in online charter schools perform worse on standardized tests than do their peers in traditional public or charter schools. This is based on research in Ohio, which has allowed online charter schools since the early 2000s, and had about 35,000 students enrolled in such schools […]

Chicago Students Perform, Learn at “Hamilton”

The PrivateBank Theatre in Chicago seats 1800, and Hamilton, the hip-hop historical smash hit musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, sells it out every night. On Wednesday, February 22, every seat was full as usual, but this time, they were all occupied by high school students. Students and teachers from 30 schools in the Chicago Public School […]

Birds and Bees Need Not Apply: Report Finds Texas Sex Ed Programs Lacking

It’s unlikely that any adult really enjoys having The Talk with a teenager. But avoiding the birds and the bees leads to trouble, as Texas is finding out. The Texas Freedom Network Education Fund has released a new report on the state of sex education in Texas public schools. “Conspiracy of Silence: Sexuality Education in […]

Exercise Helps Kids Learn Math

Helping kids get better at math is a struggle for many teachers and parents, not to mention the students themselves. However, it seems like there might be a secret weapon that most of us didn’t expect: physical activity. A study from the University of Copenhagen has shown that kids learn math better when they’re physically […]

Students Learn Chemistry By Playing Minecraft

Imagine a world where high school and college students are processing rubber, converting crude oil into jetpacks, and even doing complex chemical experiments that are hard for Ph.D’s to manage in their labs. And imagine that’s all being done by playing a video game. A team from the University of Texas at Dallas has created […]

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