Education

Music students score better in math, science, English than non-musical peers

High schoolers who take music courses score significantly better on exams in certain other subjects, including math and science, than their non-musical peers, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association. “In public education [...]

Mega-project on cybersecurity and data protection

With a total grant amount of € 16 million, ‘mega’ is hardly an exaggerated designation for the project “CyberSec4Europe”. The European Commission desires to set international standards in cybersecurity and boost the effectiveness of Europe’s security [...]

Trials testing educational methods ‘often fail’

Educational trials aimed at boosting academic achievement in schools are often uninformative, new research suggests. The new study, published in the journal Educational Researcher, found that 40% of large-scale randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in the UK and [...]

Physics says SCOTUS ‘Super Court’ votes are non-partisan

The maelstrom surrounding the nomination and subsequent confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was to be expected, when one justice’s vote could change the country’s moral compass for generations. But looking at the high [...]

Animal images used in marketing may skew public perception about their survival risks

Many of the world’s most charismatic animal species – those that attract the largest interest and deepest empathy from the public — are at high risk of extinction in part because many people believe their iconic [...]

Penn Professor refutes groupthink, proving that wisdom of crowds can prevail

Anyone following forecasting polls leading up to the 2016 election likely believed Hillary Clinton would become the 45th president of the United States. Although this opinion was the consensus among most political-opinion leaders and media, something [...]

When students pay attention in class, their brains are in sync

When people in a group are more engaged with each other and with the world around them, their brainwaves show remarkably similar patterns. That’s the conclusion of researchers who used portable EEG to simultaneously record brain [...]

Helping students learn by sketching

Although sketching exercises can help students learn many subjects, they are woefully underused in classrooms. “Sketches are difficult and time-consuming to grade,” said Northwestern University’s Ken Forbus. “Intelligent tutoring systems, which enable students to receive feedback [...]

Parents Share Concerns with Buying Laptops and Smartphones for Kids This Year

FatWallet.com, the savings resource for millions of online deal hunters, announced results of its Back to School Tech Survey (*Survata), which revealed 28% of parents plan to purchase student laptops and/or smartphones during back to school [...]

Intrusive Parents May Lead Children to Be Overly Self-critical: NUS Study

Parents may have high expectations of their children’s academic performance and some may demonstrate this by urging the child to achieve good grades, while others may over-react when the child makes mistakes. However, parents should be [...]