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From Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump in four short decades

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imageJimmy Carter, August 20 2015.John Amis/REUTERS

If the recent surge in the polls by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has proven anything, it is that politics – like love – means never having to say you’re sorry. The blustering billionaire businessman and former reality television star has made...

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The Common Core is today's New Math – which is actually a good thing

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imageChange can be a good thing – really.Homework image via www.shutterstock.com.

Math can’t catch a break. These days, people on both ends of the political spectrum are lining up to deride the Common Core standards, a set of guidelines for K-12 education in reading and mathematics. The Common Core standards outline...

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When it comes to academic quality, Europeans show the way

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imageHow can the US address its accreditation problem?IIP Photo Archive, CC BY-NC

There is a growing concern about the cost, quality and value of higher education.

Despite the increasing cost of an academic degree, recent studies show substantial percentages of students, even in the most selective US colleges and universities,...

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To see why attitudes on having children have changed, look at...New Yorker cartoons?

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imageResearchers pored through 70,439 New Yorker cartoons. amy bernier/flickr, CC BY-NC-ND

In the 1980s, sociologist Viviana Zelizer proclaimed that we were living in the age of the “priceless” child.

She noted that in the late 19th century, children were valued primarily for their economic contributions to their...

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The other immigrants: how the super-rich skirt quotas and closed borders

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imageSo many Chinese immigrants have come to Vancouver, it's been nicknamed Hongcouver.isabelle_puaut/flickr, CC BY-NC-ND

The mass media are filled with images of desperate refugees struggling to escape civil unrest. But it is not only the poor and the displaced who are on the move. The rich, especially from countries such as...

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