Education remains one of the greatest keys to future success and stability in this country, but getting it remains a huge hurdle for many (and it’s not worth as much if you’re poor). So it’s a continuing quest to make sure more of the population takes advantage of our educational system.
This year showed some promising ideas for developing young brains: U.S. kids are allowed by law to walk to school alone, but in Denmark five-year-olds ride their own bikes to school. And when they get there, Canadian kids can enjoy delicious, waste-free lunches. Meanwhile, over in the U.K., the BBC is turning pre-teens into hackers.
And though colleges are turning into money generating machines rather than educational institutions, there were also smart innovations for older students: using small interventions to reverse the college dropout rate and make school safer for sexual assault victims.
For poor kids, college is a great way out of poverty. But for rich kids the rewards are twice as big.
College drop-out rates in the U.S. are sky high, but a few cheap and simple tricks help keep them around until graduation.
Technology and anonymity: Students can use an escrow system to report a rape only if a second student reports an attack by the same assailant.
Colleges, essentially hedge funds that don’t have to pay taxes, may be forced to pay tax unless they use their billions to, you know, educate their students.
Parents will no longer be arrested if their kids walk to school without a security escort.
Meanwhile, over in Denmark, kindergarteners are more likely to show up on a bike than to be dropped off by car.
Berlin is one of Europe’s startup capitals, and Germany is Europe’s haven for refugees. This scheme puts them both together.
That old joke about kids knowing way more about computers than their parents? Totally true, in the U.K anyway.
Canada’s war on juice boxes send kids to school with tasty, artisanal lunches.
This Italian school (literally) ditches the desk and chairs in favor of (literal) field work.
This Chicago school sounds more like a Silicon Valley startup, with 100% organic school lunches prepared from scratch by an on-site chef. Oh, and kids learn about growing stuff, too.
How do you teach inmates about movie plot and character development? By dissecting episodes of Orange is the New Black.
Poland Spring, maker and seller of bottled water, tries to give a scholarship to student planning to study sustainable agriculture and environmental protection law. Hilarity ensues.