U.S. Students Lag In International Math Scores
Apr01

U.S. Students Lag In International Math Scores

The U.K. recently hired 60 math teachers from China to help raise international test score averages in the subject. Should the U.S. consider doing likewise?

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Smart Learning at Grinnell College

by Val McGinnis At Grinnell College in Iowa, it's not Biology 101 that science-oriented freshmen seek out, it's Biology 150–an innovative, in-depth learning opportunity open to first-year students.  To be a scientist, you first have to think like a scientist Bio 150 is a hands-on learning course that trains first-year students in designing, conducting, and presenting original experiments. The emphasis is not necessarily on memorizing facts, but on learning to "think like a scientist." In addition to undergraduate research opportunities, students have access to scientific literature and equipment typically available only to upper-level researchers at other schools. This course primarily lays quintessential groundwork in successful majors and post-graduate careers in science. Grinnell 's program has generated so much success that it is ranked eighth among all U.S. higher education institutions in producing science graduates who go on to pursue Ph.Ds and has been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education.  In January of 2011, the College's signature approach to learning and outreach was recognized through the Grinnell Science Project which received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, administered by the National Science Foundation. To learn more about Grinnell College, contact the admissions office or, better yet, plan to visit campus and see for yourself how other students are taking advantage of these smart learning...

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