By Peter Gray Ph.D. Freedom to Learn Achievement pressure promotes mental anguish at the so-called “best schools.” Many parents strive mightily to get their children into a high-achieving high school. A high-achieving school (or HAS) is defined as one where students score high on standardized tests and a high percentage go on […]

The Franklin Institute hosts astronomy activities to engage students in STEM through NASA’s TEAM II award. NASA’s Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) program has selected three additional informal education organizations to promote learning in STEM with the goal of inspiring the next generation of explorers. The […]

Brooke Cagle/Unsplash Searching online has many educational benefits. For instance, one study foundstudents who used advanced online search strategies also had higher grades at university. But spending more time online does not guarantee better online skills. Instead, a student’s ability to successfully search online increases with guidance and explicit instruction. Young people tend to assume they […]

Research conducted at Swansea University and the University of Milan has shown that students who use digital technology excessively are less motivated to engage with their studies, and are more anxious about tests. Internet Use Reduces Study Skills in University Students Research conducted at Swansea University and the University of […]

Attending an elite university appears to play a comparatively small role in determining a graduate’s starting salary. Shutterstock As the deadline for applications for mid-year admission to university approaches, prospective students face two important choices: what to study, and at which university. If past experience is any guide, places at the Group of […]

By Peter Gray Ph.D.Freedom to Learn The cat is slowly scratching its way out of the bag.  Ever more people are becoming aware of the colossal waste of money, tragic waste of young people’s time, and cruel imposition of stress and anxietyproduced by our coercive educational system. Source: Google Images filtered for reuse […]

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It’s no longer acceptable to upload chapters from a textbook onto a website and call it a course. www.shutterstock.com Early attempts by universities to put their courses online haven’t been hugely successful so far in terms of generating strong grades and engagement. Both the government and universities are concerned about […]

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Is university all about being job-ready? www.shutterstock.com Competition between universities is more intense than ever, resulting in a shift towards industry-relevant degrees. But this attempt to link universities and the economy has not been universally successful so far. Employers still complain that graduates lack the necessary job skills. Research shows […]