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  • Education: Interactive Whiteboards in Schools

    Teachers are conditioned to tolerate a lot of abuse—it's a professional hazard—but what faculty members at Sir G. E. Cartier Elementary School in London, Ontario, went through last spring seems beyond the call of duty: a few of them agreed to be duct-taped to a gym wall while students hit them in the face with pies. Why on earth would they do that? To raise $3,000—enough cash for an interactive whiteboard, the most coveted piece of educational technology on the market right now. These Internet-age chalkboards are essentially giant computer touchscreens, and they're all the rage among teachers. But with little room for them in school budgets, many educators are doing whatever it takes to raise the money themselves. "We're a desperate breed, aren't we?" says Sharon Zinn, one of three teachers who volunteered for Cartier Elementary's whipped-cream-flavored firing squad.At schools fortunate enough to have them, interactive whiteboards are a blessing for educators struggling to engage a...
  • East Brains, West Brains

    How do you look at a face? Since 1965 it has been a tenet of psychology that people look at faces through the triangle method; that is, they scan the eyes (especially) and then the mouth, in a basic visual process assumed to be common to all humans. But guess what? This conclusion was based on studies in which only Westerners participated. Now that someone has finally thought to study non-Westerners, you can consign the universality of facial processing to the scientific dustbin....
  • Kaplan: Adjusting to Dorm Living

    If the idea of dorm life conjures up images of filthy bathrooms and marauding Visigoths, don't panic. On any campus, there are plenty of alternatives.
  • Kaplan: Turning Videogames into a Career

    Do you think your passion for interactive entertainment could also be a profession? Colleges agree and have programs that can help you design the next Xbox hit.
  • Keep It Honest, Keep It Real

    A veteran admissions officer says students only hurt themselves when they attempt to game the system. Colleges want authenticity.
  • Keeping Oxford on Top

    How the world's most famous university works to ensure it deserves that sterling reputation.
  • From The President’s Office

    First Person: After 14 years at Barnard, a leader looks back at how much has changed—from the tech revolution to renewed political engagement.
  • The 12 Top College Rivalries in the Country

    Harvard and Yale officially deny any competition between the two Ivies. Ditto Annapolis and West Point. But Ohio State and Michigan invite students to bring it on. Who's really the best? You decide.
  • Mail Call: Tragic Tale of Two Troubled Teens

    'Murder in the 8th Grade': Readers in turn were angered and deeply perturbed by the systemic failure to prevent such a tragedy. One asked, "Did Larry King get a pass on his repeated sexual harassment of Brandon McInerney because he was gay, and why were the boys who were bullying and intimidating King still in school?" Another reprimanded "every significant adult in this story," adding, "Two kids were left to deal with fear, using the only techniques they knew. This should be a wake-up call to all parents, teachers and anyone with a role in a child's life." ...
  • Illuminating an Atypical Spiritual Quest

    'What He Believes': While readers were glad we shed some light on Barack Obama's religious convictions, many weren't particularly concerned. One said, "A candidate's beliefs have no bearing on his or her ability to perform the functions of the presidency." Another added, "In the current economic situation, Americans don't care about Obama's religion as long as he loves our country." And a pastor emeritus noted, "Obama's theology shouldn't be the basis for determining his fitness; how many Founding Fathers would pass a religious 'litmus' test?"On 'A Smarter Way to Fight': "You can only change a single mind with a single bullet, but you can change a million minds with a single good idea."Don SimonLoveland, Colo. ...
  • In Tobacco Country, a Ban on Smoking in Schools

    In North Carolina, the governor may be the top public official, but for the past 200 years tobacco has been king. The state grows half of all the tobacco in the United States, and the original cash crop remains its economic backbone. But beginning next month, North Carolina will be home to one of the nation's toughest youth smoking laws, with a ban on tobacco use in public schools. Most students can't smoke at school anyway, but the law applies to everyone on campus, year-round: parents in the stands at football games, maintenance crews in the school garage, teachers in the parking lot.Getting the law passed was no simple feat in a state that still depends on people lighting up. North Carolina spends just 4 percent of its annual $426 million of tobacco revenue on smoking prevention (less than half the minimum federal recommendation), and, at 35 cents, maintains one of the country's lowest cigarette taxes. In all, it took six years of local advocacy and the votes of all 115 of the...
  • Arts: Top Museums Seek Directors

    The White House isn't the only American institution about to change hands. In an unprecedented wave of turnovers at the top, several of the country's most prominent museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, are looking for new directors. "We are facing a generational shift right now," says Millicent Gaudieri, executive director of the Association of Art Museum Directors. "It's been 15 years since we've had this many openings."Twenty U.S. art museums are without directors. That's a lot of shoes to fill, considering the demands of running a modern museum. Art institutions today function much like corporations, with huge staffs and budgets, satellite museums scattered around the world, retail divisions and, of course, the constant pressure to generate revenue by securing private donations and attracting foot traffic to their "blockbuster" exhibits. The Guggenheim is scheduled to open a branch in Abu Dhabi in 2012,...