Photographer and teacher Dieter Appelt began his career as an opera singer before taking up painting and, later, performance art.

Testing the Limits

THE ECONOMIST | Education Reform

The energy behind this attack on mediocrity is admirable, but contradictions remain.

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Liz Coleman’s call to reinvent liberal arts education

TED Talk

Bennington president Liz Coleman delivers a call-to-arms for radical reform in higher education. Bucking the trend to push students toward increasingly narrow areas of study, she proposes a truly cross-disciplinary education — one that dynamically combines all areas of study to address the great problems of our day.

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America’s Real Criminal Element: Lead

MOTHER JONES | By KEVIN DRUM

Neurological research is demonstrating that lead’s effects are even more appalling, more permanent, and appear at far lower levels than we ever thought.  For starters, it turns out that childhood lead exposure at nearly any level can seriously and permanently reduce IQ.

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Higher education: Not what it used to be

THE ECONOMIST

American universities represent declining value for money to their students. …  A degree has always been considered the key to a good job. But rising fees and increasing student debt, combined with shrinking financial and educational returns, are undermining at least the perception that university is a good investment.

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Chinese Education, for a Price

NEW YORK TIMES | By DAN LEVIN

Nearly everything has a price, parents and educators say, from school admissions and placement in top classes to leadership positions in Communist youth groups. Even front-row seats near the blackboard or a post as class monitor are up for sale.

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