Could legal intimidation threaten race-conscious admissions in the U.S.? AP Photo/Susan Walsh

The legal threat to diversity on campus

For colleges and universities that lack the multi-billion-dollar endowments of schools like Harvard, the mere threat of legal action may be enough to put an end to race-conscious admissions policies.
The Rhodes Must Fall movement accused the University of Cape Town of having blood on its hands for investing in the mining company Lonmin. Ian Barbour/flickr

South African universities need to rethink how they invest their millions

Universities have the power to transform society not just through how they operate their campuses, but also through how they invest their endowments and pensions funds.
The National School Chaplaincy Program, introduced in 2007, is available in more than 3,000 Australian schools. from www.shutterstock.com

Religious classes in schools must adapt to fit a changing Australia

Religious education offered in Australian state schools has variations in the quality of delivery and limited provisions for the students who opt out.
Eleven states now have some sort of law permitting guns on college campuses. Lucio Eastman (Free State Project)

More states allowing guns on college campuses

More and more states are passing legislation requiring that students and faculty be permitted to carry concealed weapons on campus. But shouldn't universities have a choice when it comes to campus safety?
South Africa needs reflective leadership at its universities. Brett Atherstone/flickr

The end of South African universities?

Former vice-chancellor Jonathan Jansen argues that there is no future for South African universities.
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How to save zoos?

Zoos have come along way from their menagerie past. But society is increasingly demanding they become agents of conservation rather than entertainment.
Children learn about culture, social norms and language through play. (Shutterstock)

Immigrant children’s play can clash with mainstream cultures

Children are masters of play - it's one of the ways immigrant children learn to socialize. But due to language and cultural issues, play can also be complex and confusing.
The manuscript of ‘Memoirs of Sir Isaac Newton’ shows the words ‘does this apple fall?’ Newton’s curiosity about the falling piece of fruit helped him develop the theory of gravity. (AP Photo/Lucy Young)

No new Einsteins if science funding snubs curiosity

Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein would have bridled under today's research funding bureaucracy. It's time to allow scientists to indulge their curiosity again.
Three influential college presidents: Charles Eliot of Harvard (in office 1869-1909), Robert Maynard Hutchins of the University of Chicago (1929-45) and Drew Faust of Harvard (2007-18). AP Photo/Edward Kitch/Charles Krupa

Do college presidents still matter?

A former president of Northeastern and scholar of higher education shares his perspectives on what has – and hasn't – changed in the role of the college president.
Children are exposed to gender differences and expectations from the moment they are born. from www.shutterstock.com

Can a four-year-old be sexist?

At the age of four, children have a basic understanding of gender differences and expectations. But it is unlikely they would knowingly be sexist.
It’s actually a big developmental milestone. BlurryMe/Shutterstock.com

Watching children learn how to lie

In a new study, psychologists observed young children in real time figuring out how not to tell the truth.

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