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Faculty: David Kirp

Nudges That Help Struggling Students Succeed

When I was in high school, I earned A’s in all my math classes—until I took calculus. In algebra and geometry, I could coast on memorizing formulas, but now I had to think for myself. It was disastrous, culminating in my getting a charity “C,” and I barely passed my college calculus class.… More

Conquering the Freshman Fear of Failure

Monica Ramos Although it’s been a long time, I vividly recall my reaction when I learned that I had been admitted to Amherst College: The admissions office must have made a terrible mistake. I had graduated from a Long Island high school where most students didn’t go to college, so I was convinced th… More

To Teach a Child to Read, First Give Him Glasses

Lilli Carré Half a dozen police cars ring the entrance to the Morris Educational Campus in the Bronx. To enter this venerable Gothic-style building, I have to make my way through a phalanx of policemen and be scanned by a metal detector. But the show of force doesn’t signal that the high school stud… More

What Can Stop Kids From Dropping Out

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have both trumpeted their proposals to expand college access and reduce student debt, but an even bigger problem is going ignored, at least by politicians: college dropouts. The statistics are jaw-dropping. Only 53 percent of college freshmen earn a bachelor’s de… More