Talk of the Millennium Development Goals at the UN General Assembly this week’s brought home one very clear fact: Western thinking about development is elite-driven.
It is easy to criticize the misspending and poor execution of foreign aid in places like Afghanistan. Done right, however, foreign aid promotes self-reliance.
Rapping math teacher LaMar Queen uses rhyme to help students memorize seemingly complicated algebra and in the process improve their grades.
Billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffett want other American billionaires to give at least half their wealth to charity.
But many education reformers see the Crist veto in Florida as just a temporary setback in their quest to improve teaching and teacher compensation.
To fight poverty and overpopulation, crops need coaxing. Advances in deep-root food plants may trigger a new Green Revolution.
In Houston, a controversial education reform measure allows teachers to be fired based on their students' test scores. Some parents back the policy, but teachers unions have reservations.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault contains the world's largest and most diverse seed collection. In case of a disaster or crop failure in the future, the seeds, stored in a frozen underground vault, may prove vital.
In education and healthcare, job performance data are lacking – but that's changing.