Snooze to Succeed

By Ivelina Velikova

The typical high school student rolls sleepily out of bed before 7:00 AM. They stumble out of the house at around 7:30 AM, and are expected to be ready to learn just after 8:00 AM each day. Within the first hour of school, their head dips sleepily onto their crossed arms. Unable to stay alert, the student misses out on portions of the lesson taught in class. Later that night, they frantically read and reread the textbook in attempt to understand what they have missed. The student stays up to complete their work, beginning their next day exhausted once more.

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The Children Left Behind: Addressing the Racial Achievement Gap in Education

By Mavra Choudhry

No child left behind. Not many take time to understand this phrase, brought to life by the Bush administration in 2001 and now ubiquitous to the point of cliché. Every day, educators promise us that every student will have an equal chance to succeed in their classrooms—a promise far too idealistic to be grounded in reality. It’s little wonder, then, that the pithy statement seems to apply only to white children. The world of education is far more limited for the kids that have been overlooked, the kids that have slipped through the cracks: the children of colour, the ones left behind.

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Turning the Tables: Professors Becoming Students

By Megan Kelly

Ask any undergraduate student and they will have a story about a horrible professor: one who had slides filled with text, talked in circles, or seemed knowledgeable and passionate about his subject, yet had no idea how to teach the content. With these encounters occurring so frequently, it is evident that most professors have never been trained to teach.

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