Silicon Island

Will New York’s latest dream spawn the next Mark Zuckerberg?
Libya Students at School

How Do You Unlearn Tyranny?

Libya’s education system sets out to build a new country—but it’s not so easy to get over the Gaddafi era.

To an 11-Year-Old I Know

Perry writes to a boy involved in the Penn State scandal to tell him he is a courageous survivor.

Your Life in 500 Words or Less

High-school seniors hate them. Colleges ignore them. So why have those pithy personal essays become the bane of every university-hopeful?

How to Raise a Global Kid

Taking Tiger Mom tactics to radical new heights, these parents are packing up the family for a total Far East Immersion.

Miracle Workers

Every high school has hope. Here are the places doing more with less.

Education Inc

Center for Public Integrity's map of educational data.

How Ignorant Are Americans?

NEWSWEEK gave 1,000 Americans the U.S. Citizenship Test--38 percent failed. The country's future is imperiled by our ignorance.

Forget About Your Dream School

It’s nail-biting time for high-school seniors across the country as they wait to see if the fat envelope will show up. With many schools seeing a flood of applicants—Harvard expects to offer admission to a record-low 6 percent—the odds of rejection are climbing. Here’s a look at likely acceptance rates for some key groups of schools compared with five years ago, based on the number of applications received and the estimated offers available.

Will: How a Tight Budget Can Improve Education

Funding for grades K through 12 comes in large measure from property taxes, and the housing crash depressed property valuations. But budget problems confronting municipalities can, Duncan thinks, have benefits because “when you’re flush, you keep doing the same things.”