Zombies, brains, and cutting back on homework

What can you learn from a fictional soap opera about a zombie apocalypse? A lot, apparently. The University of California, Irvine, is offering a course on the subject: “Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead'” One of the Continue reading Zombies, brains, and cutting back on homework

Let’s get rid of standardized tests once and for all

There is an easy, inexpensive system that can replace standardized tests. It would probably improve our ability to evaluate teachers and schools, while giving parents and students a bigger role in the process. This system is already in place. Thousands Continue reading Let’s get rid of standardized tests once and for all

What They Don’t Teach You in Advisory

It”s a painful waste of time. And it’s mandatory for high school students in most of Los Angeles (and possibly many other parts of the country). It’s the class most teachers probably never wanted to teach, and most students wonder Continue reading What They Don’t Teach You in Advisory

Science Competitions are the Gateway to Professional Success

Few students take advantage of this. Science competitions offer a huge head start to anyone who enters them. Today, Obama hosted a celebration at the White House for the students who won various science competitions sponsored by the National Science Continue reading Science Competitions are the Gateway to Professional Success