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UC Student Regent: Why I say ‘no’ to the tuition plan

Sadia Saifuddin, social-welfare major, former UC student regent | November 25, 2014

My mentors always advised me that I should pursue whatever issues kept me up at night. The night before the UC Regents’ recent vote on a proposed tuition increase, I thought long and hard about what I would say at the Regents’ meeting. Here is my statement concerning the tuition hikes: During my sophomore year … Continue reading »

Vocabulary retrogression

Claude Fischer, professor of sociology | October 15, 2014

As is now well-known, scores on “intelligence” tests rose strongly over the last few generations, world-wide – this is the “Flynn Effect.” One striking anomaly, however, appears in American data: slumping students’ scores on academic achievement tests like the SAT. Notes of the decline starting in the 1960s sparked a lot of concern and hand-wringing. … Continue reading »

How social-emotional learning transforms classrooms

Vicki Zakrzewski, education director, Greater Good Science Center | September 19, 2014

Research clearly demonstrates that integrating social-emotional learning (SEL) into the classroom is good for both students and the adults who work with them. But there’s a story that the research hasn’t captured — the one of powerful transformation that can result from the practice of SEL. I recently spoke to a number of educators about … Continue reading »

What’s wrong with grit?

Vicki Zakrzewski, education director, Greater Good Science Center | March 21, 2014

Grit is all over the news these days — the “latest fad in schools, ” according to author Alfie Kohn. With research suggesting that grit is linked to academic success, many policy makers, school leaders, and educators are crossing their fingers that this might be the silver bullet needed to give a boost to struggling students.  … Continue reading »

New here?

Thomas C. Leonard, emeritus journalism professor and University Librarian emeritus | August 24, 2011

Don’t fail to explore buildings that may seem all wrong for you.  “I am not an engineer . . .”   There are great places to hang out and displays about what your classmates are up to from one end of the campus to the other.  The East Asian Library has inspiring spaces that you don’t … Continue reading »