Why ‘Arts Integration’ Like The STEAM Fad Usually Doesn’t Work Like Promised

Jay P. Greene is an education researcher who leads the related doctoral program at the University of Arkansas. He has done several well-respected (and unusual for the field) studies on the importance of arts education, particularly how visiting art museums and viewing live theater help students develop interpersonal skills, historical knowledge, and thinking skills. So, … Continue reading Why ‘Arts Integration’ Like The STEAM Fad Usually Doesn’t Work Like Promised

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New, High-Quality Study Finds Laptop Use Dramatically Reduces Student Grades

Researchers at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point recently conducted a study on the effects of tech use in classrooms by randomly assigning 450 students to one of three sections of the same required economics class: one that permitted laptops and tablets, one that did not, and a control group. Since West Point is … Continue reading New, High-Quality Study Finds Laptop Use Dramatically Reduces Student Grades

International Study: Expanding Private Schooling Increases Kids’ Brainpower, Political Freedom

While many politicians assume parents don't know enough to make smart choices about where and how to educate their kids, two new international studies find that the level of private school enrollment in a country is directly related to significantly higher levels of student achievement and political freedom. A companion report examined the effects on economic … Continue reading International Study: Expanding Private Schooling Increases Kids’ Brainpower, Political Freedom