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Up to two-thirds of students experience ‘ninth grade shock,’ which can affect everything from grades to mental health. ABO Photography/www.shutterstock.com

The start of high school doesn’t have to be stressful

While transitioning to the ninth grade can be stressful for many students, teaching students to be more optimistic can better enable them to cope with the challenges, research psychologists argue.
Historically, many American universities helped lay the foundation for eugenics, a pseudoscience used to justify racism. Helioscribe/www.shutterstock.com

For universities, making the case for diversity is part of making amends for racist past

Since US universities once stood at the forefront of the eugenics movement and its racist ideas, they should right the wrongs of the past by pursuing diversity on campus, two scholars argue.
Racial minorities face profiling on campus. Mr. Doomits/www.shutterstock.com

Smith College incident is latest case of racial ‘profiling by proxy’

An incident in which a Smith College employee called police on a black student who 'seemed out of place' is just the latest in a string of cases of racial 'profiling by proxy,' three scholars argue.
Many graduate students report psychological distress, but the fear of stigma and other factors often dissuade them from seeking help. Dirima/www.shutterstock.com

What colleges must do to promote mental health for graduate students

Colleges and universities must do more to combat a "culture of silence" that dissuades many graduate students from seeking help with mental health issues, researchers argue.
A court has ruled that New Mexico isn’t ensuring that its students get an adequate education. Lisa F. Young /shutterstock.com

New Mexico case should serve as wake-up call on school funding

A state court has ruled that New Mexico is not doing enough to ensure its students receive an adequate education. Other states should be held accountable in the same way, an education scholar argues.
A poster on the wall of the International Centre for Sexual Reproductive Rights, an NGO based in Minna, Nigeria.

Sex education lessons from Mississippi and Nigeria

The story of how Nigeria and Mississippi implemented comprehensive sexual education programs despite local opposition offers important lessons about how to boost adolescent sexual health.
A crowd gathers around speakers during a rally for free speech near the University of California, Berkeley campus. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

How free should speech on campus be?

On the one-year anniversary of the tragedy in Charlottesville, we asked the presidents of Bowdoin, Elon and the University of Washington whether free speech should be treated differently on campus.
College campuses can be unwelcoming environments for racial minorities. Mr. Doomits/www.shutterstock.com

When race triggers a call to campus police

A longstanding view of minorities as outsiders contributes to negative encounters with campus police. A researcher argues how greater empathy can lessen the urge to call the police in the first place.
Growth mindset interventions are becoming increasingly popular in schools. Lightspring/www.shutterstock.com

Growth mindset interventions yield impressive results

Growth mindset interventions work as well as many educational programs, at a fraction of the cost. And they are just in their infancy, says the Stanford researcher who developed mindset theory.
Schools are seeing declines in refugee children under the Trump administration. Jan Andersen/www.shutterstock.com

How refugee children make American education stronger

The steep decline in refugee children in US schools will lessen the nation's ability to produce students who possess the skills of global citizenship, a researcher argues.