The Surprising History of School in the U.S.

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Labor Day has come and gone, which means just one thing to parents and kids everywhere: it’s back to school time!

Today on Scatterbrained, John Green and friends are sharing everything you ever wanted to know about school with a host of helpful study tips, a look back at one of the most famous Ivy League pranks of all time, the lowdown on some seriously impressive child prodigies, and an explanation of why kids get the summer off. Plus: Green takes a deep dive into recent studies that have shown how taking notes in class the old-school way—via good ol’ pen and paper—can actually improve your understanding, and retention, of a topic. Take that laptop-lovers!

Whip out your pencils and watch the episode, which is sponsored by Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds.

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