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International forces advancing toward Boxer soldiers outside the Imperial Palace in Beijing, China, during the Boxer Rebellion. Library of Congress

3 times political conflict reshaped American mathematics

When is math not just math? Political conflicts have led to new study-abroad initiatives, the creation of a world-class university, the migration of mathematicians and serious educational reforms.
Actors Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, were charged with fraud and conspiracy along with dozens of others in a scheme that according to federal prosecutors saw wealthy parents pay bribes to get their children into some of the nation’s top colleges. (AP Photo)

Subsidized privilege: The real scandal of American universities

The real scandal in U.S. higher education is that it's the most expensive system in the world, being subsidized by the working and middle class who increasingly can't afford public colleges.
Bubble-wrapping children doesn’t work. They need to experience mild adversity, to know how to overcome it when they inevitably face it in life. (Shutterstock)

From playground risks to college admissions: Failure helps build kids’ resilience

Paying to get your kids into prestigious universities is an example of a 'bulldozer parenting' trend, which reduces exposure to failure and can lead to mental health difficulties.
Santa Clara County produced more patents than any other U.S. county in recent history. MintImages/shutterstock.com

Why some counties are powerhouses for innovation

When it comes to innovation, Santa Clara County is way ahead of the rest of the US. Between 2000 and 2015, more than 140,000 patents were granted there – triple the number of the next-ranked county.
Students shut the University of the Witwatersrand down during protest action. Bhekikhaya Mabaso/African News Agency (ANA)

South African students are protesting – again. Why it needn’t be this way

South Africa students are protesting and have brought university campuses to a stand still. This could have been avoided.
Only 1 in 5 American students take a foreign language before college. pathdoc from www.shutterstock.com

Foreign language classes becoming more scarce

Despite increasing globalization, foreign language programs in US colleges have become less common. A foreign language expert says America needs to step up its efforts to turn things around.

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