We know that girls can do math, and be very good at it. But a new study published this week in PNAS shows that some girls in elementary school aren't learning just how to add one plus one—they are learning that girls should be scared of those numbers. Just like their teachers.University of Chicago ...
January 26, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski
Every two years, the National Science Foundation publishes a huge collection of science statistics, their Science and Engineering Indicators. One of the more depressing sections is the results of their latest survey of science literacy. This is where you learn things like one out of five people don...
January 19, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski
UPDATED: Small Victory for Science -- Previously: Texas Science Education Stands at the Edge of the Abyss
UPDATE: According to a report from the Dallas Morning News, the Texas Board of Education rejected restoring the "strengths and weaknesses" proposal by a 7-7 split vote. A final vote will come on Friday, but the vote is expected to remain deadlocked.My freshman year of high school, when the teacher...
March 26, 2009 | By Sarah Zielinski
Here at Smithsonian, we’re big fans of the Amazing Randi, not least because he’s a fan of the magazine (he told us so). He’s a professional skeptic (in a good way) and has made a career out of debunking paranormals, faith healers and other frauds. In 1996, he founded the James Randi Educational Fou...
January 15, 2009 | By Sarah Zielinski
In exchange for laying down their arms, soldiers from Medellin's armed militias are receiving a free education, paid for by the government
October 29, 2008 | By Kenneth Fletcher
Yurok Indian Geneva Wiki is helping other young Native Americans "develop their best selves"
October 2007 | By Katherine Ellison
In the South Bronx, Ramón Gonzalez gives a troubled middle school a kidcentric makeover
October 2007 | By Paula Span
Her bold experiment to teach Iowa third graders about racial prejudice divided townspeople and thrust her onto the national stage. Decades later, Jane Elliott's students say the ordeal changed them for good
September 2005 | By Stephen G. Bloom
Fifty years after her death, innovative Italian educator Maria Montessori still gets high marks
September 2002 | By Nancy Shute
When a handful of senior citizens revisit the school they attended years ago, they become children again
August 2000 | By Rudolph Chelminski
To teach elementary school science, says the ten-year-old National Science Resources Center, there is nothing better than getting young hands on simple experiments to learn more about the world
September 1995 | By Michael Kernan