Feature articles at TheBestSchools.org provide a window into the world of college and university education. These articles help you in figuring out how best to pursue your studies and get your degree.
Intriguing People & Institutions
From Dan Ariely to Nava Ashraf, from Roland Fryer to Daniel Kahneman; from Freakonomics to Neuroeconomics— these top behavioral economists will make you rethink decision-making.
Meet 50 of the World’s Smartest Teens. These brilliant teens range from inventors and entrepreneurs to scientists baffling their professors! You don’t get to meet teen geniuses everyday, but we can introduce you to a few 2018 standouts!
In 2013 we listed 50 extraordinarily smart teens. Now we take a look to see where they are today. Since some began college, back then at ages 13 and such, what might we expect 5 years later? We had to find out! Spoiler alert: yes, most are still very much shaking things up!
Find the top climate change scientists on both side of the debate. We list the top 10 consensus (mainstream) climate change scientists, along with the top 5 climate change skeptics (deniers). Why acknowledge the skeptics? They’re not necessarily fools. To fully understand any issue, you need to know all sides of the story.
Meet the most distinguished living African American scholars who have contributed to a wide variety of disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences. They are an integral part of the vibrant African American intellectual scene.
Here are the 50 most influential living psychologists, actively changing our understanding of ourselves and our often curious human behavior.
These women in science, technology, engineering, & math, utilized their talent and hard work to become role models for STEM-inclined younger women & men.
The Nobel Prizes are the Olympic medals of the mind. See our recommendations to the Nobel committee, in all six categories, plus the Fields Medal for Mathematics.
Artistry in Dance & Drama, Film, Literature, Music, and Painting, Sculpture & Related Media. The world’s top living artists and the art that defines them.
The following schools are considered the 100 richest in the world. Ranked by financial endowment, we’ve also included the average out-of-pocket cost to attend, average salary for faculty, and research budgets.
Science makes the world go round. Check out the scientists who are spinning it the fastest.
Here are the 50 most influential living philosophers, actively changing our understanding of ourselves and our world. Philosophy is far from dead!
The donors on this list come from wildly different backgrounds. Philanthropists all, without that support, our world—especially higher education—would look very different.
Here’s your window into seeing who’s leading the world from behind the curtain. Never underestimate the reach or ability of these think tanks! These are the real minds leading the world.
College and University presidents are like mayors of peculiar towns—towns with 90+% of their population between the ages of 17-23, and another 5-10% holding PhDs. That alone doesn’t make them interesting…here’s more!
The late 20th century was a wildly inventive and pluralistic time in the history of music. This list provides a far-reaching and representative sampling of our living musical treasures.
Perhaps more important than telling you who some great living geniuses are, this article makes you ask what genius is! Well, here are 50 excellent examples!
In ancient Greece, would these professors have been sentenced to death, like Socrates, for corrupting the youth? See who’s made our list for the most controversial professors in America, and why.
Contrary to the notion that most educated and well-informed people are atheist or a least agnostic, here are 50 upper echelon scholars who are also people of faith.
In this list you will find people who confidently deny the existence of God — and they are well-known for their position. Find out who makes the biggest public impact for their atheist beliefs.
The amazing campus buildings and structures that follow enhance student life and the college experience as a whole.Their excesses, even when they involve hundreds of millions of dollars, are necessary and well worth it!
Practicing law is not a prerequisite to running the country. Here, we take a look at what the 17 Presidents who weren’t lawyers did, professionally, before their time as POTUS.
Average college and university professor salaries range from $30,000–$100,000; these professors are well out of that typical salary range.
Played by Eddie Olmos in the film Stand and Deliver, Escalante took inner-city LA kids to a level of math achievement unheard of before or since.
Selecting a school for an autistic child is a heavy responsibility, to say the least. This list provides some guidance, and is perhaps a starting point for making a life-changing decision.
College athletics is big business, and universities stand to profit greatly on successful programs. But it takes money to make money, and big universities are willing to write big paychecks for coaches who can get the gold.
Every year thousands of college students face the choice of whether to join a fraternity or sorority. Here are the real pros and cons of greek life, to help you make your choice!
One of the most perceptive researchers in the emerging field of behavioral economics, Ariely employs social psychological experiments to uncover what humans actually do, rather than what standard economics predicts they’ll do.
One of the most influential Austrian economists today and George Mason economics professor, Boettke talks to us about Austrian Theory and his book Living Economics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.
World-renowned author and speaker, Carrier is a historian, published philosopher, and prominent defender of the American freethought movement. Join us to learn more about Richard Carrier.
An interview with Ben Carson, M.D., president & cofounder of the Carson Scholars Fund and an influential advocate for public education. Topic: Education.
A leading thinker about design in biology, Dembski discusses his varied career as a mathematician, philosopher, and theologian, offering insights about how to deal with controversy in the academy.
Bart Ehrman is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina. A leading New Testament scholars, Ehrman combines rigorous textual criticism with close attention to the historical and cultural context of early Christian literature.
Garfield High’s remarkable principal, who oversaw its golden age as depicted in the film Stand and Deliver, describes his life and revolutionary approach to education.
President of the Carson Scholars Fund, Grasmick’s career as a teacher and administrator led her to establish a Middle School Steering Committee. The committee’s report, The Critical Middle, attracted wide attention, and is our focus, here.
Happer is the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics, Emeritus, in the Department of Physics at Princeton University. Harper served as Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science from 1991–1993.
An atheist in the best humanistic tradition, Hecht displays a sensitivity and insight to the human religious impulse that’s foreign to the more strident atheists like Sam Harris.
Karoly is Professor of Atmospheric Science in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Karoly is internationally recognized as an expert in climate change and variability.
Licona, Professor of Theology at Houston Baptist University, talks to us about his book (a standard for Resurrection historicity) The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Histiographical Approach.
President of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), Lukianoff talks to us about the infringement upon free-speech rights of students on America’s college campuses.
Documentary filmmaker and Thinking Man Films founder, Mahoney encourages people “to reexamine what they have been taught about science, history, religion, and culture.” Here, we discuss Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus.
Emory University Sociology PhD student, Chris Martin, along with a number of more senior scholars, recently founded Heterodox Academy, an organization dedicated to promoting viewpoint diversity in U.S. colleges and universities.
College students and their parents often have preconceived notions about Greek organizations. For better insight, we asked the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) chair, Jean Mrasek.
Emeritus Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology at Oxford and a pioneer of systems biology, Noble developed the first successful mathematical model simulating the activity of the living heart in 1960.
Join us for a conversation with Dr. Ordway, chair of Houston Baptist University’s Department of Apologetics, as she discusses why apologetics has slipped into disuse, and why from there it must be revived.
Reshef is a serial educational entrepreneur with an innovative background in bringing test-prep, tutoring, and university education online. Today he is founder and president of University of the People.
A trenchant critic of reductive neuroscience, Satel authored Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience. In this interview, we discuss this book, its ideas, and what led her to write it.
Cambridge-trained biochemist and plant physiologist, Rupert Sheldrake, is a prominent public intellectual critical of the authoritarianism and closed-mindedness that he finds increasingly typical of mainstream science.
Editor-in-chief of Skeptic magazine and author of the just-published book The Moral Arc, Shermer has a powerful voice on science, evolution, religion, morality, and other topics. Join us to learn more about Michael Shermer.
Entrepreneur and computer programmer, Slater developed well-respected software to help students improve their vocabulary, spelling, typing, and reading. In this interview we focus on his speed reading software, 7SpeedReading.
For over fifteen years he has helped head worldview training at Summit Ministries, a Colorado based organization that educates high school students on how to think about the big questions of life from a Christian vantage.
A well-known public lecturer and blogger on Christian apologetics, Dr. Sweis has published three books in Christian apologetics and has published on the philosophy of mind.
David Tomar, a.k.a. Ed Dante, achieved renown as a whistleblower in a 2010 Chronicle of Higher Education article “The Shadow Scholar.” We sat down with Tomar to learn more about the depths of ghostwriting in academia.
Villavicencio worked alongside the renowned Jaime Escalante at Garfield High School in East LA in the late 1980s. Their work and success garnered much attention, including the feature film Stand and Deliver.
Distinguished Professor in Anthropology and Biology at Binghamton University, Wilson has authored numerous books on evolutionary theory. His research focuses on group selection and on social and cultural evolution of human beings.
Focused Civil Dialogues
An in-depth dialogue on the historical reliability of the New Testament between Bible scholars Bart Ehrman and Mike Licona.
David Karoly, Glenn Tamblyn, and William Happer engage in an in-depth dialogue on CO₂ levels and climate change (global warming) at TheBestSchools.org.
Denis Noble and David Sloan Wilson engage in an in-depth dialogue on neo-Darwinian evolution at TheBestSchools.org, online now!
An intensive dialogue/debate on the nature of science between UK biologist Rupert Sheldrake & American skeptic Michael Shermer.
In STEM occupations, job postings outnumber job seekers. This test assesses your aptitude for solving the types of problems that arise in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (= STEM).
How much do you agree with Christian Fundamentalist Principles? Take this short quiz to find out. Will you be surprised by your results, or will you get what you expect?
How politically correct are you? But wait, is it necessarily a good thing? PC according to whom? Take the fun and informative quiz to see where you stand!
To complement our popular Fundamentalist Beliefs Inventory, we commissioned another quiz measuring Darwinian Fundamentalism. How Darwinian are you?