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education



  • How We Got to Sesame Street

    by Jill Lepore

    The beloved children's program grew from the need to use the overabundance of televisions to fix the dearth of preschools in 1960s America. Jill Lepore assesses how the show has changed along with society.



  • When Will Universities Reward Teaching?

    by Jonathan Zimmerman

    In 1990, Stanford president Donald Kennedy boldly admitted that his university had neglected teaching in favor of research. Universities have not heeded that warning.



  • What If Colleges Don’t Reopen Until 2021?

    "John Thelin, a University of Kentucky professor and the author of the definitive 'History of American Higher Education,' told me that he’s never seen anything like the dual crisis colleges are facing right now."



  • The Liberal Arts, the People, and the Pandemic

    by Jonathan W. Wilson

    Other than professional experts, the Americans who understand the crisis best—regardless of political ideology—are those who have a well-rounded imagination.



  • An Interview with Historian Ansley Erickson

    Erickson is the co-editor of Educating Harlem: A Century of Schooling and Resistance in a Black Community, a new book from the Harlem Education History Project.



  • Coronavirus School Closings: Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

    by Howard Markel

    In the history of medicine, we have never been more prepared to confront this virus than we are today. But this history also teaches us that when it comes to school closings, we must always be ready to act today — not tomorrow.