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STANFORD—the United States is failing the “Bonhoeffer test,” which measures the morality of a society by the way it treats its children, Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund, told a Stanford audience.   Edelman said she mentions Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Protestant theologian who died opposing the Holocaust, in almost every speech [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY —Technology will open up unimaginable new horizons in education – but don’t underestimate the power of people. That was a central message on Stanford’s Oct.  22 Roundtable discussion at Maples Pavilion titled “Education Nation 2.0:  Redefining Education Before It Redefines Us.” Moderated by PBS’ Charlie Rose, the panel included Reed Hastings, founder and [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY -  Even before their first day of class, many students enrolled in Stanford’s first set of comprehensive, free online computer science courses were hard at work.    The three classes – Introduction to Databases, Machine Learning and Introduction to Artificial Intelligence – officially started on October 10. By then, however, the 66,000 students signed [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Who is more digitally switched on – high school students in Silicon Valley or Beijing? A new study from Stanford University provides some clues. High schoolers in Palo Alto, Calif., in the heart of Silicon Valley, spend significantly more time using digital media every day than their peers at [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — Theoretical physicist and Stanford Linear Accelerator Professor Emeritus Helen Quinn chaired a National Academy of Sciences committee that last week issued A Framework for K-12 Science Education, which “identifies the key scientific practices, concepts and ideas that all students should learn by the time they complete high school.”  Quinn describes the new framework and its [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY – Like a gnawing stomach or pesky runny nose, a looming stereotype can make it difficult to focus and perform well in school. Based on existing research, black students, Latinos, and women in math and science are known to perform poorly when a mistake could seem to confirm a negative stereotype about their [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — While industries from manufacturing to health care have adopted technology to improve their results, the education field remains heavily reliant on “chalk and talk” instruction conducted in traditional settings. However, that’s starting to change as schools and colleges adopt virtual classrooms, data analysis, online games, highly customized coursework, and other [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — Some people believe that African American women are doubly oppressed in the workplace, challenged by sexism because they’re female and by racism because they’re black. However, that bleak assessment does not tell the complete story, says Katherine Phillips, PhD ’99, visiting scholar in organizational behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY – Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine have demonstrated that a single year of math lessons is associated with unexpectedly big changes in the brain’s approach to problem solving and that these changes can be seen in the brain scans of second- and third-graders. The latest findings are part of the [...]

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Stanford economist Eric Hanushek has said that if U.S. schools could become as good as those in Finland, our gross domestic product would increase six-fold. Education, however, is not often at the top of the list of MBAs’ career choices, a point one of the nation’s top educators made recently in a Stanford Graduate School [...]

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