A fascinating article about how science students can benefit from courses in the humanities.

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Monday was the first day of Dartmouth’s Spring term. So, as I often do at this time, I started teaching my course for non-science majors called “Understanding the Universe: From Atoms to the Big Bang.”

This is what students like to call a “physics for poets” class — a class that explores the history of how humanity has confronted some of the deepest questions we can ask about the material world and our place in it, without the math. It is a class that tries to capture the true spirit of the liberal-arts education, mixing the sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences as different and complementary ways of knowing the world and why we matter. In fancier words, as an intellectual history of physics and astronomy, the class requires that scientific thinking be contextualized culturally, so that students can situate the ways in which some of the most revolutionary ideas in the past 2,000 years emerged when they did.

Read Entire Article:  https://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2018/03/28/597496820/teaching-and-learning-at-the-boundaries-of-two-cultures

Best ways to pay for your child’s college education


Whether your clients’ higher-education bills are a year or two away, or just arrived in the mail, you can calm even the most panicked family by informing them that there are more ways to meet the expense than just by writing a big, fat check.

Here are most of the methods clients can use to pay their kids’ education expenses, presented in the order of most to least optimal for the situations of most families.

1. Grants

Grants are generally awarded via the school’s financial aid office and usually require the family to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, available at fafsa.ed.gov.

2. Scholarships

High school students should contact their school’s guidance counselor for regional or specialized academic opportunities. The intended college or university’s financial aid office can also help, as can sites like Fastweb.com and MyScholly.com.

3. Direct Subsidized Federal Student Loans

Families who haven’t fully saved for college costs should get direct federal loans as soon as they can, while they can, for as much as they can. The rates are low, generally no credit check is required, and several repayment and eventual forgiveness plans may come in handy down the road. There are annual and lifetime limits on the amount of money that can be borrowed.

Read Entire Article:  http://www.wealthmanagement.com/college-planning/twenty-ways-pay-college