3 Things High School Students Should Know About College. As the stakes rise regarding the necessity of a high school diploma for lifelong success, so do the standards to earn one. High school graduates today must know more than the generations that came before them, both in academic and real-world applications. College, which was once considered an option for some students, is now viewed as a necessity. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

Should We Stop Teaching Calculus In High School?Math education needs a reboot. Kids today are growing up into a world awash in data, and they need new skills to make sense of it all. The list of high school math courses in the U.S. hasn’t changed for decades; algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. These are all fine subjects, but they don’t serve the needs of the 21st century.What math courses do young people really need? Read more at forbes.com.

Learning To Read May Take Longer Than We Thought. Most of what we know — or think we know — about how kids learn comes from classroom practice and behavioral psychology. Now, neuroscientists are adding to and qualifying that store of knowledge by studying the brain itself. The latest example: new research in the journal suggests a famous phenomenon known as the “fourth-grade shift” isn’t so clear-cut. Read more at npr.org.