Guest Commentary: “It Was Just A Lot of Stress”

Masterman 8th graders sat last week for the School District's new essay requirement for Philly’s top academic high schools. Then the system crashed. Why, one student wonders, can’t they get it right?

By Natalia Shepelavy

Boycott College Rankings

The fraud conviction of Temple’s business school dean proves that U.S. News rankings are bogus. So why are we still beholden to them?

By Elaine Maimon

Integrity Icon 2021: How To Lead With Integrity

Philly’s inaugural Integrity Icon people’s choice winner follows his moral convictions at work and in his life—even when times are tough. It’s a reminder we all could use this week

By Richard M. Gordon IV

Social Capital Is More Important Than College Majors

Universities and students should consider “mission before major,” advises a long-time college president

By Elaine Maimon

The Equity Conundrum

The District’s new magnet schools policy is putting the progressive push for equity under an uncomfortable lens. Does it even solve the problem we need to be solving?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

How Childcare Is Key To College Success

Less than 30 percent of Philadelphia residents have a bachelor's degree. One way to change that, a long-time college president says, is better access to high-quality childcare on campus

By Elaine Maimon

Who Should Replace Bill Hite?

Superintendent Hite’s announcement this week that he’s leaving the post at the end of the school year is an opportunity for Philadelphia. Here, a wish list of possible school leaders.

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Know Your Constitution

Every educated citizen should understand America’s founding document—for the sake of our republic. In time for Constitution Day, a longtime college president urges its study from pre-K to grad school

By Elaine Maimon