It appears that whatever factors are constraining genetic potential among less well-off students in the US do not exert a similar influence in Australia.
In the US, differences in school results among poorer children depend more on environment than genes. In Australia, the story is different.
Educafro, a Brazilian black activist movement, protested in 2012 to demand more affirmative action programs for higher education.
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'Positive discrimination' policies around the world are on the rise. What might other countries teach the U.S. about attaining racial, economic and gender equality in higher education?
Protest against racial quotas during a rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington in 2015.
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Scholars argue that the complaint of bias against Harvard reflects a flawed understanding of affirmative action policies.
Indonesian female Muslim students read books in a library.
There isn't just one single narrative in Islam. Indonesia and China have a long tradition of women religious leaders – a trend that is catching up in other Muslim majority countries as well.
Bears Ears National Monument, Utah.
Bob Wick, BLM/Flickr
President Trump has ordered a review of national monuments protected by his predecessors, and may try to abolish or shrink some. But four legal experts say that only Congress has that authority.
Should taxpayer dollars fund private education?
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As school choice advocates attempt to garner more widespread support for vouchers, a new kind of voucher system is growing: one that uses tax credits to subsidize private education.
University students experiment with human-robot interaction and autonomous manipulation, two elements of manufacturing’s future.
Today, the U.S. is leading the robotics revolution. But without timely investment, China will overtake us, and could permanently put Americans out of work.
Trump’s tax returns would tell us a lot about who he is.
A 1995 tax return shows a net operating loss so large that it raises concerns about whether it was reported properly – and if Trump has been honest about his taxes.
Coronal mass ejections can play havoc with Earthbound communications.
There's a disturbing history of solar flares taking out the technology we depend on. As tech becomes more and more vital, knowing what is happening in space is growing ever more crucial.
Companies use children’s data to sell them junk food and other products.
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When children work on their school assignments, unknown to them, the software they use is busy collecting data. These data are then used for individualized marketing of junk foods and other products.
A pump for pain control, with highly addictive drug fentanyl via Wikimedia.
New evidence suggests that opioids cause the immune system to run amok and, surprisingly, increase pain. Does this mean that opioids might be contributing to the chronic pain epidemic?
Students for Fair Admissions filed suit against Harvard College on behalf of a Chinese-American applicant.
Here's why disagreement about affirmative action will not end any time soon. Coming up next is a lawsuit brought by Asian-Americans challenging Harvard's race-conscious policy.
Les gènes ont bien une influence sur les performances scolaires. Mais ils n’expliquent pas tout.
Certains élèves ont des difficultés scolaires du fait de leur patrimoine génétique. Il est possible de les aider, mais avec de vrais moyens.
Genes do have an influence over school performance. But they are never the full story.
Some students struggle because of biological constraints on learning. This can be overcome to an encouraging degree, but only with special and adequate resources.
La pureté de l’eau dépend aussi du robinet.
Quels traitements pour l’eau potable ? Certains pays imposent le chlore tout au long de la chaîne de distribution, d’autres préfèrent miser sur le renouvellement des infrastructures.
A quantum dot: A high-resolution transmission electron micrograph of cadmium telluride nanoparticles. (The scale bar in the lower right is 2 nanometers long, or two millionths of a millimeter.)
Nagpal Group, University of Colorado
Quantum dots - minuscule semiconductor particles with specific light-absorption properties - can kill drug-resistant superbugs without harming the surrounding healthy tissue.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Unlike the U.S., some European countries have stopped using chlorine to disinfect drinking water to avoid changing the taste and potential health problems. Which approach is better?
Children in Ethiopia wash their hands outside a school latrine.
More than two billion people lack access to decent sanitation. Innovative sanitation technologies can bring toilets into the 21st century with benefits for the developing and developed world.
Les encarts publicitaires sont partout dans les écoles américaines.
À l’école les élèves américains sont bombardés par les enseignes publicitaires … qui les encouragent principalement à la malbouffe. Et cela avec l’accord des directions d’établissements.
How stuff gets sold to kids.
Unhealthy foods are the most heavily marketed products in school. Why do we allow it?