Category : Education

On Grade Inflation: What’s in an “A”?

Often, it seems like there is nothing more consequential than one’s GPA. Our GPAs are inextricable from our transcripts; deeply related to our self-perception. From middle-schoolers vying to gain admission into high school, to graduate students trying to keep their…

3 Comments / 254 View / September 14, 2014

USA Isn’t the Only Country in North America with Math Problems

Canada has done it again. According to the OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), our rankings in math, reading, and science have fallen once more, especially in math. In PISA’s 2009 test, Canada ranked 10th for math, with a…

1 Comment / 401 View / September 11, 2014

‘Someday, Someday, Maybe’: On Barnard’s Summer Reading

Earlier this summer on a warm evening, I came home from work to a package on my front doorstep. It was a package from Barnard College with my name on it. Inside, was a small book entitled Someday, Someday, Maybe…

3 Comments / 447 View / September 5, 2014

The Value of a College Degree: Not a Black-and-White Story

*Full version of article to be featured in The Undergraduate Times online magazine. As student debt exceeds $1 trillion and unemployment remains high, most people in their teens and early 20s have subconsciously or consciously asked themselves the inevitable question: is…

0 Comments / 267 View / August 29, 2014

MOOCS: Why Some Universities are Freaking Out

With the economic pressure to obtain bachelors and masters degrees, more and more people are attending or returning back to college. Yet in this age of technology, the traditional university pathway faces a formidable threat: massive open online courses (MOOCs)….

0 Comments / 271 View / August 23, 2014

Packing Our Bags, But Not Our Insecurities: On Leaving for College

You’re a soon-to-be college student. Maybe you’ve spent the summer lounging around your home, casually sipping tea while watching Netflix. Maybe you’ve been hanging with friends, speaking a mix of happy chatter and doge. Alternatively, maybe you’ve been interning with…

2 Comments / 321 View / August 22, 2014

How a Professor Got Fired Over His Twitter

In our contemporary society dominated by social media, websites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram have become the new norm to expressing impassioned opinions about everything, ranging from the hottest new gadgets to views on politics. However, the recent firing…

5 Comments / 373 View / August 20, 2014

Why America Can’t Have the Success of Finland’s Schools

When wistful thinking prevails, it’s easy for people to fantasize. Popular media perpetuates fantasies by continuing to compare the American educational system to those of other countries. With this, people are left thinking: America’s education system doesn’t work; why can’t…

1 Comment / 4016 View / August 12, 2014

Why It’s Time To Start Talking About Student Debt

It is impossible to have a conversation with a student about college without, at some point, discussing cost. It is a peculiarly ubiquitous phenomenon considering that, generally speaking, in this country, issues of money, along with politics and religion, are…

0 Comments / 291 View / August 11, 2014

UGC and Undergraduate Science Education in India

It was December 13th, 2008 during the inauguration of the Centenary Conference of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore when Former Indian President gave a talk “Small aim is a crime.” While addressing the Challenges of 21st Century, Kalam stated: “I…

0 Comments / 209 View / August 11, 2014