Shakespeare in the Original Pronunciation: Worthy Exercise?

Opening ext week at the University of Kansas, a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is billed as the first original pronunciation production of a Shakespeare play to ever be staged on American soil. The video above is from the rehearsals but does a good job of giving you an idea of what the play will sound like. It’s definitely an interesting approach, but is it useful from an academic standpoint? Would you enjoy seeing the Bard in this format? Let us know in the comments!

Why Are College Students Studying Less?

A new study, The Falling Time Cost of College: Evidence from Half a Century of Time Use Data by Philip S. Babcock and Mindy Marks has revealed the college students spend much less time studying today than they did in 1960– a drop of 13 hours per week. From the study:

Using multiple datasets from different time periods, we document declines in academic time investment by full-time college students in the United States between 1961 and 2003. Full-time students allocated 40 hours per week toward class and studying in 1961, whereas by 2003 they were investing about 27 hours per week. Declines were extremely broad-based, and are not easily accounted for by framing effects, work or major choices, or compositional changes in students or schools. We conclude that there have been substantial changes over time in the quantity or manner of human capital production on college campuses.

The study does not have any conclusions as to why this may be the case. What do you think? Are time-savers like have a real impact on how much time students need to study? Or are today’s students less engaged in their work?

75,000 Questions and Counting in the eNotes Q & A

The internet is full of Q & A sites, each with their particular strengths and quirks. We feel that as far as students are concerned, the eNotes Q & A stands head and shoulders above the rest for many reasons– chief among them that anyone in the world can pose a question to hundreds of real teachers. Our approach is to cultivate great questions from real students, and match them with excellent, fact-checked answers from real teachers. Word is getting out– we’ve just received and approved our 75,000th question!

Our Q & A is open to all– please stop by and ask an interesting question!

New Student Aid Package: How Can You Benefit?

Reuters reports that President Obama will today sign into a law an overhaul of the nation’s student loan programs. The new rules cut banks out of the equation, which the President says will benefit students and taxpayers. From the article:

The White House said the change would save taxpayers $68 billion over the next decade. The money saved will help expand and strengthen the federal Pell Grant program for students.

The change will cap college graduates’ annual student loan repayments at 10 percent of their income, spends more at community colleges and awards $2.55 billion to historically black colleges and universities.

Obama’s fellow Democrats in the Senate and House of Representatives got the measure through Congress by tucking it into a package of changes approved last Thursday to the sweeping U.S. healthcare overhaul.

So how can you benefit from the overhaul? Most of the benefit will come in greater availability of student loans and Pell Grants. Pell Grants are need-based grants made to low-income students and you can apply online. Also, if you have an existing student loan, you will benefit from only having pay a maximum 10% of your total income to service the loan payments.