| Feb 28, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Scientists have discovered the DNA of millions of tiny organisms entombed in the ancient dental plaque of four medieval skeletons.
The findings, published in the journal Nature Genetics, have implications for research into what our ancestors ate, how...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 11:30 AM
The College Board announced today that it is overhauling the SAT, starting in spring 2016.
Here are some of the changes, according to the CollegeBoard.org site:
* The SAT will be offered in print and in some places on computer.
* The three...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 12:53 PM
In order for students to meet Common Core standards in math, a geometry class using high school curriculum will be taught at Arlington Heights School District 25 middle schools starting in the fall, officials said.
The curriculum used in Township High...
| Mar 2, 2014
Imagine you had to take an art class in which you were taught how to paint a fence or a wall, but you were never shown the paintings of the great masters, and you weren't even told that such paintings existed. Pretty soon you'd be asking, why study art?...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 2:23 PM
Downers Grove's high school district wants to get new textbooks to replace tomes that are several years old.
Community High School District 99 administrators recently proposed new books for six classes, including four Advanced Placement courses.
| Feb 25, 2014
| 11:42 AM
You would have thought that after 45 states leaped forward to adopt the Common Core curriculum standards for their schools, the only issue going forward would be how to make this big change happen in the smoothest and most successful way.
| Feb 19, 2014
| 3:35 PM
I was delighted by the recent discovery of a mysterious rock on Mars that looks like a jelly doughnut and caused a brief scientific sensation. To see that much excitement brought to bear on any rock made the geo-educator in me feel pleased.
| Feb 4, 2014
| 4:10 PM
Last week, President Barack Obama declared the state of the union "strong."
Big deal. Virtually every president in modern times has described the union's state as "strong," even when the country was immersed in a deep recession or a bloody war.
| Feb 6, 2014
| 8:05 PM
Scientists call it the epoch of reionization, the period in which a newborn universe went from darkness to light as the first stars, galaxies and black holes began forming and radiating energy.
In a paper published Thursday in Nature, researchers are...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 3:43 PM
It was an uncommon partnership for a Maryland school and an aerospace company.
In 2012, Boeing agreed to pump hundreds of thousands of dollars into one Harford County high school to improve Advanced Placement achievement in hopes that students —...
| Jan 25, 2014
| 5:00 AM
While I appreciate letter writer Linda Jacobs' position regarding Advanced Placement courses, for her to call them foolishness is excessive and lacks any appreciation of what the purpose of an AP course is ("AP courses don't equal education," Jan. 22)....