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How much of educational achievement is genetic?

A new study published in PNAS used a twin studies approach of UK students to examine the heritability of a wide range of traits associated with educational achievement. Observations: Heritability measures the degree to which a trait’s variation is determined by genes vs the environmental influences on a population level. …

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Overcommitted

Many of the articles I have written for School of Doubt focus on the costs and benefits of a college education, with the focus on the value of such an education.  It used to be a high school diploma was enough to get gainful employment in a decent job that …

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Pop Quiz: Email propriety part eleventy one

Like most teachers and professors, I have received many an email from a student that employs a less than professional tone.  (Let’s be real here, I’ve gotten emails that are train wrecks of bad spelling, grammar, use of text speak, incomprehensible content, etc., occasionally all at once…) I also have …

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Pop Quiz: Why college?

In Jennifer’s latest pop quiz, she asks which level of teacher, elementary, high school, or college, has the toughest job, using a set of e-cards as her inspiration.  She mentions the joys of dealing with younger children offset by their leakiness, and the woes of surly and hormonal adolescence but …

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Pop Quiz: Infection!

So I’m currently waiting for the cold medication to kick in, breathing through my mouth and needed to sneeze enough I’m worried about what’s coming out!  I’m currently delighted I invested in the Kleenex three-pack of tissue boxes last time I bought them, about four months ago. I have two …

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Pop Quiz: Amenities

At the women’s college where I work, we have a gym, but it’s about a quarter to half the size of the gyms I had used at any other school I’ve worked at or gone to.  The hours are also extremely limited.  Part of that is the college is mostly …

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Pop Quiz: First impressions

I debated whether to call this piece “snap judgements” instead of “first impressions” because that’s really what it’s about. In jodee’s column, she reminded us that the first week of college started for most places.  I think I survived that week… One pattern I have noticed in my time teaching …

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Pop Quiz: Modeling professionalism

I seriously want to pull my blanky up over my head and pretend the semester isn’t starting.   But I have to be a professional.  At the time this post goes up, I will have taught my first class this fall so I hope all want well. In fact, I expect …

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Pop Quiz: Ramping up

Is that light at the end of the tunnel an oncoming train?! It’s that time again, when we revise our syllabi, check the calendar for important dates, stock up on supplies, and prepare for the onslaught! A new semester/year is about to begin.  Is this the year we get through …

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Pop Quiz: Student expectations

When I first started teaching, I stuck to the methods I had encountered in my education.  I initially used primarily lecture and fairly early in my career and because Powerpoint was extremely new and shiny (yes I’m old), I used it as a way to gain student interest.  I never …

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