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When minority groups are exposed to stereotypes that deem them inferior, they often underachieve academically, research shows. Terry Vine/The Image Bank via Getty Images

The perils of associating ‘white’ with ‘privilege’ in the classroom

Pointing out the benefits of white privilege has become a racial justice rallying cry, but associating 'white' with 'privilege' in the classroom can harm academic performance among students of color.
Prison education programs have been shown to improve job prospects. Thinkstock/Getty Images

Congress lifts long-standing ban on Pell grants to people in prison

For the first time since 1994, incarcerated individuals can get federal aid to pay for college. A prison education scholar explains how higher education helps those who have run afoul of the law.
As statues topple, business schools must begin seriously decolonizing. (Piqsels)

A call to decolonize business schools, including our own

Contemplating the future of the business school means we must decide what kind of society we want our students to create and what reforms are needed to enable them to do so.
Researchers take a closer look at how activities that engage the whole family can help young distance learners build STEM skills. MoMo Productions/Getty Images

Getting kids – and their caregivers – to practice STEM at home

A new hands-on learning program helps families with young children build their engineering skills.
Photographs of Jewish families at the Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC. GiuseppeCrimeni/Shutterstock

Many young people still lack basic knowledge of the Holocaust

Many young people learn about the Holocaust in school, but their knowledge and understanding of the subject can be limited and based on inaccuracies and misconceptions.
Mathematical models can help figure out class sizes and configurations to minimize disruptions and school closures. (Shutterstock)

Large class sizes during the coronavirus pandemic are a triple whammy

Schools reopening during the current coronavirus pandemic need to calculate class sizes to prevent the spread of disease and minimize disruptions.
Football players from Lee Central High School in Bishopville, South Carolina, share a meal with players from the Robert E. Lee Academy. Lee County in South Carolina is still segregated. Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Pandemic school funding debate in South Carolina rekindles Jim Crow-era controversy

The battle to expand private education in South Carolina amid the pandemic mirrors previous struggles over civil rights and highlights the ways systemic racism has undermined public education.
A Guatemalan immigrant tries to log on to his Chromebook while remote learning in Stamford, Connecticut. John Moore/Getty Images

For many immigrant students, remote learning during COVID-19 comes with more hurdles

Immigrant students often have work commitments outside class, and they may need additional language support. Giving them equal access to technology during remote learning might not be enough.
Charlottesville city workers drape a tarp over the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in 2018. Debate over removing the statue continues today. AP Photo/Steve Helber, File

Monuments ‘expire’ – but offensive monuments can become powerful history lessons

Once stripped of their symbolic power, problem monuments offer what educators call 'teachable moments,' helping people assess society's current values and compare them with what mattered in the past.

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