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December 5

How to leverage superhero obsession for preschool life skills?

My 4 year-old is obsessed with superheroes. It's largely my fault. However, one positive benefit is that, after years of toothpaste-swallowing, he was finally convinced to spit his toothpaste out when I compared it to Superman's super-cold breath. What other life skills could I teach my child by analogizing them to superhero abilities? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero at 6:25 AM - 11 answers

December 3

Where do liberals live & send their kids to school in/near Cincinnati?

My liberal friends are about to move to Cincinnati and want to avoid their kids ending up in a totally conservative community there - where should they send their kids to school? [more inside]
posted by 168 at 6:07 PM - 5 answers

Bad Education

How can I improve my grammar, writing, vocabulary, and communication skills without reading textbooks or taking classes? [more inside]
posted by loveandhappiness at 8:28 AM - 28 answers

December 1

How to deal with having failed the GRE?

So I took the GRE for the third time yesterday. I got the same grade on math, a 149. As a computer science graduate this is really disheartening, more importantly as someone who spent an inordinate amount of time and money($2000+) on this thing, I just don't know what to do. I had to put almost everything on hold because of this test. I stopped going to the gym, I stopped programming in my free time, I stopped learning about finance, I stopped going to events I cared about. I did all of this so that I would have time to study. [more inside]
posted by Tarsonis10 at 4:30 PM - 13 answers

November 27

What's an excellent applied ethics text with good scenarios and cases?

I'd like to shift from a heavily discipline-specific applied ethics text to one that has better general cross-context applicability. Further details below... [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy at 12:03 PM - 1 answers

November 26

Practice Spanish/English online with a real person

Does online language practice exchange still exist for Spanish/English? [more inside]
posted by latkes at 8:01 PM - 6 answers

November 21

Work hours in humanities grad school?

I am looking for advice from academics in humanities fields on how to strike a balance between pushing yourself and taking breaks in grad school. [more inside]
posted by myitkyina at 12:52 PM - 12 answers

Best way for a middle school students to learn Java offline?

I am a mentor with our local FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) team. Due to a lot of kids graduating out, we will have a relatively young and inexperienced team for the next year or two. I need help getting a couple talented 8th graders a good solid introduction to Java programming. (Challenge: must be offline) [more inside]
posted by xedrik at 9:14 AM - 4 answers

November 20

Is it OK to use an answer key when studying?

I'm in grad school for TESOL and I'm currently taking a Linguistics class. Our textbook has lots of exercises but there is no answer key included. I'm struggling to understand the material without a way to check my own understanding. I found the answer key book online. [more inside]
posted by Shadow Boxer at 4:15 AM - 12 answers

November 17

How well is a particular textbook selling?

How can I find out how many copies of a specific textbook have been sold? What is its adoption rate? Or what rank, or share of the market, does a particular book occupy? [more inside]
posted by Kabanos at 5:25 PM - 5 answers

November 16

How do we fundraise for a nonprofit daycare?

I'm on the fundraising committee for a parent-led nonprofit daycare. We would like to raise money from businesses for need-based financial aid. How do we do that? [more inside]
posted by john hadron collider at 7:23 AM - 10 answers

November 14

Is a university certificate is financial management worth it?

I am wondering if a university certificate in financial management is worth it if I do not have a bachelor's in finance/STEM? I am wanting to get into a government kind of job down the line possibly. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow at 10:12 AM - 2 answers

November 12

Print resources for Adult English Language Learners

If you have experience with teaching/tutoring adult English Language Learners, which published resources do you consider to be essential? For the purpose of this question, I’m only looking for PRINT materials that deal with any/all aspects of English Language Learning for adults—day to day survival skills, workplace , health, etc. I’m looking for print resources that would be used by educators, as well as by students. Suggestions for materials for learners at all levels are welcome. Thanks!
posted by bookmammal at 5:20 AM - 5 answers

November 8

Financial Aid and Nontraditional Students

My partner is in college for the first time, balancing school with work. He's not getting any financial aid outside of loans-- is there anything we should be doing differently, or is that just the norm? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh at 7:53 AM - 18 answers

November 5

Help me decide if I should drop a course at grad school

I am enrolled in a master's programme for history, I applied to this particular programme for its focus on a particular region. Now the professor who usually teaches a survey course (that provides a sweeping overview of the region) is a bit of a superstar in his field and he's away this year -- so the course is being taught by a youngish prof who as nice as he is doesn't really know how to lead discussion seminars. [more inside]
posted by bigyellowtaxi at 8:57 AM - 12 answers

November 4

Value of Kennedy School Public Leadership Credential?

I'm giving thought to this qualification, and I'm interested in soliciting opinions as to its value (or lack of it). Snowflakes below the fold. [more inside]
posted by chappell, ambrose at 10:22 AM - 5 answers

November 2

What is the perception of an online master's degree (accredited)?

I would like to get my masters degree but most programs do not appear feasible for me right now. After some online research, I found many accredited programs which are several orders of magnitude cheaper and would work better with my schedule with young children and working full time. [more inside]
posted by seesom at 8:17 PM - 12 answers

October 31

Data Analyst: Certificate/Masters vs. Bootcamp

Have you done one or the other? Tell me what it was like and what you wish you'd done/regret/are so happy you did, please! Trying to make my final decision. [more inside]
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 8:36 AM - 12 answers

October 28

New England colleges with engineering and green space, not too big?

My son is looking for Goldilocks: a small college (5k-10k) in New England (less than four hours from Providence, say) with some green space on campus (to play frisbee with friends), where he can study (probably mechanical) engineering. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt at 6:21 AM - 30 answers

October 24

Enough With Performance Metrics at School

Where can I find middle schools and high schools that offer a quality education without tests, grades, excessive homework, or a competitive environment befitting a sports tournament? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman at 1:22 PM - 17 answers

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