<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent Education Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/list-of//education http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/list-of//education <![CDATA[The Best Science Podcasts]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-science-podcasts/reference
Ranked list of the best science podcasts currently available on iTunes and online, as voted on by science enthusiasts like yourself. Whether it's physics, astronomy, geography or biology, these podcasts shed light on fields of science and make them interesting for people who wouldn't necessarily love the subject. Science has become somewhat of a mainstream field of study these days, with The Big Bang Theory being one of the most popular shows on television, and the Facebook page "I Fu*king Love Science" having millions of likes from people who certainly aren't scientists. Don't worry if you don't have iTunes or a smartphone, as many of these are available to stream online via your laptop or desktop computer. Examples include "Brain Stuff" and "StarTalk Radio", but we want you to vote for your favorites regardless of how popular they are. 
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StarTalk Radio

NOVA E = mc2 | PBS

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

Radiolab from WNYC

Science Talk

Mysterious Universe


60-Second Science


Science Friday Audio Podcast

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<![CDATA[The Best History Podcasts That Make Learning Fun]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-history-podcasts/reference
List of the best history podcasts on the iTunes marketplace, voted on by history buffs like yourself. There are a variety of good history podcasts that are currently available for download, covering events like World War I, World War II, The Roman Empire and much more. If history was never your favorite subject in school, don't worry- these podcasts shed an extremely interesting light on events that you might have found boring as a child. Popular history podcasts include "Stuff You Missed In History Class" with Tracy Wilson and Holley Frey, and PBS's "The War". Vote for your favorite history podcasts, and add one to the list if it's missing. Don't have iTunes? Don't worry- many of these are available online if you seek them out.

The Leonard Lopate Show from WNYC

Stuff You Missed in History Class

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

The Podcast History Of Our World

The History of Rome

A History of the World in 100 Objects

Stuff of Genius

History Extra podcast

The History of England

The British History Podcast

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<![CDATA[Favorite Subjects in High School]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/favorite-subjects-in-high-school/looksharp
My favorite part of high school was when I went home. That's why I write lists on Ranker rather than manage hedge funds on Wall Street. Maybe you were different. Maybe there were subjects you tolerated and even enjoyed. That's what this list is for. Vote up for your favorite subjects, vote down the ones you still have nightmares about.

Feel free to add to this list. Things have changed quite a bit since I was in public school. At my school, they never taught engineering, robotics, or information technology. But if you have any questions about Gilligan's Island, I'm the man.







American History

American Government

Western Civilization

Wood Shop/Construction


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<![CDATA[Best Radio Control Flight Simulators]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-radio-control-flight-simulators/abigailmaycock
A list of PC Simulators of Radio Controlled Aircraft


Planemaster Flight Simulator

Phoenix RC



Aerofly FS


Multiplex Flight Simulator

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<![CDATA[Best RC Trainer Planes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-rc-trainer-planes/abigailmaycock
A list of the best radio controlled trainer aircraft for BEGINNERS to learn on.

Hobbyking - Bix3
The Bix3 has all the right ingredients; made from super tough EPO foam, everything is pre-installed so minimal assembly time is required. In fact, by the time you have charged a battery, it should be ready to fly! The combination of size, low wing loading and a sleek fuselage make for an excellent model with capable, yet forgiving flight characteristics. The snap together two-piece wing makes the Bix3 a practical model that is easy to transport to your favorite flying field and can be ready to fly in just minutes.

Other practical features of the Bix3 include the large battery area that can accept a wide variety of battery sizes or house FPV equipment, plus the Bix3 also comes with optional flaps which can help cope with the extra weight. Simply install your own 9g flap servos, glue in the included hinges and you're ready. Even the control horns , pushrods, and Y-harness for the flaps are included in the box. We've upped the ante on the Bix3 by adding removable tail dragger landing gear including a steerable tail wheel. If you do not want to use the landing gear we have included a clear plastic belly skid to better protect the foam fuselage.

Multiplex - Easystar 2
With its superb flying characteristics and safe rear-mounted motor, the new model is the ideal platform for anyone who wants to make a start in the model flying hobby. As a rugged fun machine it is also a great choice for the more experienced model pilot.

What the EasyStar II really can do:

The most impressive feature of the EasyStar II is its incredibly long flight times. With the recommended 2000 mAh ECO battery it is possible to rack up forty minutes of flying without thermal assistance. Fit a 4600 mAh ECO pack, and you can fly for 90 minutes, which equates to a distance of 70 km.

Kit contents:
Moulded ELAPOR® components, strong GRP wing spar, all small plastic items and hardware required to assemble the model, die-cut decal sheet, 7” x 6” folding propeller, plastic spinner holder, multi-lingual illustrated instructions.

Parkzone - Firebird Stratos
The HobbyZone® Firebird Stratos trainer includes everything you need to enjoy the adventure and excitement of radio control (RC) flight right now. Even if you’ve never been at the controls of a quality, hobby-grade aircraft like the Firebird Stratos plane, you can successfully teach yourself to fly. The latest advancements in electronics and aerospace engineering make flying the Firebird Stratos fun from your first flight and onward as you explore pin-point maneuvering that will help you make smooth landings. And because the Firebird Stratos model is hobby-grade, you can depend on its beginner-friendly features to keep you flying, as well as the kind of performance to make each flight more exciting than the last. At the core of this remarkably beginner-friendly aircraft is the added safety of a groundbreaking Virtual Instructor™ stabilization system. It’s like having an expert pilot right at your side. Its exclusive electronics seamlessly provide assistance as needed so you learn faster and with more confidence than you ever thought possible.
The NexSTAR Mini EP offers both beginners and sport fliers many of the advantages found on other NexSTAR trainers – in a smaller-sized model that's perfect for the park or playground. Learning to fly has never been easier...or more convenient! The NexSTAR Mini EP RTF comes with a brushless motor already installed, as well as an ESC, nano-sized servos, a LiPo battery with charger and a 4-channel 2.4GHz radio system. Already have your own electronics? The NexSTAR Mini EP Rx-R is ready for you to equip with a receiver and battery, and start flying!
Multiplex - Mentor
The "forty-size” trainer (for a .40 (6.5 cc) glow motor) is still the world’s most popular type of model aircraft. The MENTOR fits neatly into this class, but there is one major difference: with its modern brushless electric motor system there are no starting problems, and it is always quiet and clean! The ailerons are operated by two servos for better control precision. The robust aluminium "tail-dragger” undercarriage offers generous ground clearance, making it possible to take off without difficulty even from imperfect grass runways. The steerable tailwheel ensures accurate manoeuvring ability on the ground.

MENTOR - the ideal first step in powered flying - with long flight times for effective trainer mode operations, too. Install a modern brushless motor and a high-performance LiPo battery, and the model is capable of towing gliders up to about 3 metres in span. MENTOR and CULARIS – they make a fantastic team.

Kit contents:

Moulded ELAPOR® parts, strong CFRP spar, many plastic parts, small items, linkage components, steerable tailwheel unit, aluminium main undercarriage, wheels, decal sheet, comprehensive illustrated instructions.

Additionally required:

Powerset „Mentor“ Li-BATT powered # 33 3663 / Powerset „Mentor“ TUNING Li-BATT powered # 33 3664, 2x Servo HS-430 BH # 11 4430, 3x Servo Tiny-MG # 6 5122, Receiver RX-6-DR M-LINK # 5 5809 / RX-7-DR M-LINK # 5 5811

Parkzone - Super Cub
The Super Cub is equipped with  3-channel control that helps provide a true-scale flying experience.  Throttle, steering and pitch controls allow you to learn the basics of RC flight, safely and simply, while still having a great time flying.  Meanwhile, the instantly recognizable scale Cub design makes you feel as though you're flying a full-size pleasure plane.  In addition, the Super Cub comes with all of the features you expect from HobbyZone, including X-Port™ expandability.  Its durable Z-Foam™ construction makes the Super Cub incredibly strong and easy to repair, and its unique trim scheme makes it look great in the sky and in your hands.

HobbyZone’s Innovative Anti-Crash Technology

The latest breakthrough in RC flight, Anti-Crash Technology (ACT) makes teaching yourself to fly easier and safer than ever before. With ACT, anyone can fly.

Here’s how it works:

Two sensors on the Super Cub, one on the top and one on the bottom of the fuselage, monitor the position of the plane in relation to the ground. When the plane is flying level, the top sensor sees the sky, while the bottom sees the ground, and they tell the onboard computer that the plane is flying correctly. If the plane enters a dive and the sensors detect that the plane’s orientation is incorrect, the system will automatically correct the control inputs and help prevent the plane from crashing, allowing you time to regain control. ACT lets you fly without worry. And once you’ve gained experience with your Super Cub, you can turn ACT off for more complete control and increased maneuverability.

E-flite - Apprentice S 15e

The E-flite® Apprentice® S 15e RTF airplane is the most intelligent RC airplane ever offered by Horizon Hobby. At its heart is groundbreaking SAFE™ (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) technology that makes RC flight incredibly easy, even for the least experienced user.

Its combination of spatial awareness provides flight envelope protection which adds a degree of security never before available, while its smooth flight capability battles windy conditions so that all you feel is control that’s crisp and responsive. Multiple levels of flight envelope protection are provided that can be reduced or removed as your skills progress, yet the “panic” feature is always there to instantly return the model to level flight if you ever lose orientation.

Requiring just minutes to assemble, you’ll appreciate how its quiet brushless power system delivers outstanding performance with long, enjoyable flights. Plus it’s built to last from lightweight Z-Foam™ material that’s tough enough to handle everyday flying punishment without getting bent out of shape. After you’ve mastered the basics of flight, the Apprentice S is capable of performing a complement of aerobatic maneuvers such as loops, rolls, and even inverted flight. You can also turn the Apprentice S into a great floatplane by simply adding the specially designed E-flite Apprentice S Floats (EFLA550)—sold separately.

ST Model - Discovery
The ST model Discovery is all about learning to fly radio control model aircraft for the very first time. The Discovery has been totally designed with that aim in mind and has all the 'easy to build' and 'easy to fly' characteristics that the beginner needs. What's more, the time between opening the box and being ready to fly is measured in minutes not hours!

The computer designed structure has been optimised to give the best combination of stable performance, docile handling and durability. With etensive experience in designing complex EPO moulded models with carbon fibre re-inforcement and injection moulded plastic, ST Model have created a modern masterpiece in trainer design. Much of the structure is hidden deep inside but can be seen in strong light conditions as the EPO moulding becomes more transparent. For you, the owner, that is kind of unimportant as it is all pre-built inside. All you will be doing is the final assembly with a few screws. Just four will have the airframe assembled and then two small grub screws need tightening up on the elevator and rudder servo pushrods. That's it!!When you are learning, the likelihood of a 'less than perfect' landing has been thought about too. There is a heavy duty, sprung noseleg and tough aluminium undercarriage. That main undercarriage is screwed to a special plastic moulding incorporated, longidudinally inside the foam fuselage. The screws are designed to pull out rather than damaged the fuselage in a heavy arrival.

The semi-symmetrical, tapered wing with anti tip-stall, curved wing tips will give all the correct characteristics in both calm and windy conditions plus a docile stall. The ailerons are responsive yet progressive without giving over-control to panic a learner. In fact, the same kind of progressive response comes from the elevator too. The rudder and nose wheel are connected for positive direction control on the ground and smooth response in the air.

Thrust is courtesy of a powerful, outrunner style, brushless motor and a 30A brushless electronic speed controller (ESC). The propeller is an impact absorbing 10 x 5 that has been matched to the motor for high thrust and low current consumption. A 3 cell 2100mAh Li-po battery (not supplied) will give over 10 minutes of flight time under normal 'training' conditions. There is room to fit a bigger capacity battery too if you want and it will have very little efect on the centre of gravity and handling. We recommend the Intellect 3S 2100mAh or Overlander Sport 3s 2200mAh lipo battery.

As there is no gluing involved, replacement airframe parts can be quickly fitted if necessary.

Hobbyzone - Glasair Sportsman

The HobbyZone® Glasair® Sportsman® airplane is a 4-channel model that anyone can learn to fly. Even if you've never been at the controls of an RC model before, smooth control and assistance provided by its sophisticated electronics make RC flight simple and fun. Champion pilot Mike McConville designed the Glasair Sportsman model to be beginner-friendly, which means its extra tough so that you can keep flying longer. Plus, it is loaded with other great features that make it an outstanding first plane.

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<![CDATA[The Best Countries for Study Abroad]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-countries-for-study-abroad/ranker-travel
List of the Best Countries to Study Abroad ranked from best to worst. Almost every college and university has programs that allow their students to study abroad. How do these young scholars decide which nation will provide them with quality education and a great adventure? Vote on this list of the best countries to study abroad and share your wisdom with all adventurous undergrads.
There are many factors to consider when deciding which country to spend a semester in while you study abroad. If your a foodie, Italy is your best bet to immerse yourself in decadent cuisine. France offers beautiful scenery, vast culture and rigorous curriculums, providing students studying abroad with an unforgettable experience.

For a semester abroad that is inexpensive, check out what the various African countries have to offer. Kenya and Tanzania both offer students a quality education mixed with rich cultural diversity and amazing opportunities to observe wildlife, while remaining easy on the pocket book. Mexico also provides studious travelers with wonderful educational opportunities for a fair price. Another bonus to heading south of the border is that for many students home is only a few hours away.

Which country will land in the top spot on this list of the best countries to study abroad? Time will tell, but be sure to vote to make sure that your favorite spot is featured high on the list.


Czech Republic





Republic of Ireland




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<![CDATA[The Most Famous Homeschooled Athletes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/athletes-who-were-homeschooled/people-in-sports
It’s every kids dream: getting to play sports all day instead of going to school! This list ranks athletes who were homeschooled instead of attending a traditional school. From gold medal-winning Olympians to celebrated surfers and awesome NBA players, many of the world’s best sports stars learned everything they know without stepping foot in a classroom. Some of these athletes were taught by their parents while others enrolled in online homeschool programs or distance learning academies like Laurel Springs. Here, these homeschooled stars are ranked loosely by fame and popularity.

Homeschooling may not be for everyone, but it sure worked for these stars. Maybe it was all the extra time they got to spend practicing or the fact that homeschool curriculum can be done on any schedule. Whatever the case, these athletic wonders became some of the biggest names in sports. Who is the most famous athlete who was homeschooled? Oh, just a guy named Tim Tebow. Ever heard of him?

Tebow is actually the first homeschooled athlete to be nominated for the Heisman Trophy. He said, "A lot of times people have this stereotype of home-schoolers as not very athletic – it's like, go win a spelling bee or something like that – it's an honor for me to be the first one to do that." NBA star Blake Griffin was also homeschooled and taught by his mother from first to eighth grade, before going to high school.

For some, being homeschooled was a necessity required by their intense training schedules. Tennis stars Serena Williams and her sister Venus were both homeschooled by their father Richard Williams. Olympic diver Ariel Rittenhouse was homeschooled. She said, "Diving came first for me. When I moved to Indianapolis to train, the schedule would not allow for me to go to school so I began homeschooling."

Maybe not going to school is the key to success? Just don't tell your kids that.


Bethany Hamilton
Bethany Hamilton started homeschooling after sixth grade so that she could spend more time surfing.
Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin was homeschooled by his mother from first to eighth grade. He went to Oklahoma Christian School for high school.
Bode Miller
Bode Miller was homeschooled until he was in third grade. He was also raised a vegetarian.
Carly Patterson
Carly Patterson was homeschooled for some time, but she went back to public school in 2001.
Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova was homeschooled by her mother starting at age 11.
Michael Beasley
Michael Beasley paid a fee so that he could play basketball for Riverdale Baptist School while he was being homeschooled.
Michelle Kwan
Michelle Kwan was homeschooled when she was in eighth grade. She went to Rim of the World High School and graduated from Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies in 2009.
Serena Williams
Serena Williams and her sister Venus were both homeschooled by their father Richard Williams.
Tim Tebow
Tim Tebow is the first homeschooled athlete to be nominated for the Heisman Trophy. He said, "A lot of times people have this stereotype of home-schoolers as not very athletic – it's like, go win a spelling bee or something like that – it's an honor for me to be the first one to do that."
Venus Williams
Venus Williams and her sister Serena were both homeschooled by their father Richard Williams.

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<![CDATA[The Best Fictional Teachers]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-fictional-teachers
There are a bunch of movies that feature teachers prominently. In most movies, teachers are a nameless bunch who often times lurk in the background and don't play much of a role in shaping the plot line. The fictional teachers on this list are different. They play prominent roles in the movies they are in and their teaching and mentoring of the characters is an integral part of the movie. Whenever Robin Williams is sporting a thick beard, he is playing a serious role. Playing the parts of John Keating in Dead Poets Society and Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting, Williams thrived as these characters and they are considered two of the best fictional teachers in movie.

Though he's not a teacher in the traditional sense, Mr. Miyagi proved to be one of the greatest mentors in movie history. He taught Daniel LaRusso (and later Julie Pierce) discipline and how to outsmart and outthink his opponents. On the opposite end of the spectrum is Dewey Finn, played by Jack Black in School of Rock. Not a teacher by trade, Finn taught his class of 10-year-olds life lessons and how to play rock music and by the end of the film, learned a thing or two about himself.

Vote for the teach you think is the best fictional teacher. If there is anyone missing from this list, feel free to add him or her.

Professor Albus Dumbledore

Indiana Jones

Professor Minerva McGonagall


Mr. Kesuke Miyagi

John Keating

Sean Maguire

Dewey Finn

Mark Thackeray

Economics Teacher

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<![CDATA[What is the Best EDM U?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/top-edm-colleges-and-universities/magnetic-mag
Let's face it: if you're currently enrolled, or are a recent college grad, you're more than likely to have listened to electronic dance music or EDM. Musically, it's been the biggest craze on campuses since Hip Hop in the mid 90s, and with good reason. This is the soundtrack for the next generation and there is no stopping it. Over the past decade, EDM has caught on like wildfire and Ranker and Magnetic Mag are teaming up to to find out what college can truly be crowned EDM U. May the best campus win!

If you have pride in your school, your EDM scene, and your party scene, then make your voice heard. Also, if you notice that your school isn't on here and should be repped on this list because of your thriving electronic dance music scene, then please add it.

Arizona State University

Florida State University

San Diego State University

University of California, Davis

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of Michigan

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Southern California

University of Florida

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<![CDATA[The Most Useless College Majors]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-useless-college-majors/school-buddy
This is a list of the most pointless university majors and fields of study guaranteed to not lead to gainful post-graduation employment. In April of 2012, the Daily Beast ran their list of 13 pointless college majors; now it's your turn to sound off on the coursework that will most poorly prepare you to enter the job market. These stupid college majors are definitely dumb, and probably won't get you anywhere in life.

Often, when students first enter a community college or four-year university program, they're encouraged to pursue a course of study that most interests them. The idea is that they will first become dedicated to, and excited about, learning something, and then they'll eventually figure out how to apply their interests towards pursuing a career. But as the economy continues to struggle, and jobs for recent grads dry up, this philosophy is being reconsidered (as is studying Philosophy in general!)

Graduating with a degree in a humanities subject deemed as "useless" can be a real detriment to finding work post-graduation, even as newly-minted electrical engineers and computer developers get snatched up quickly by startups and tech companies.

This list provides some insight into the majors seen as "most useless" by the public at large. Vote for the departments you'd be least likely to join on your nearest campus, and if we've missed a major you think is utterly without merit, add it at the bottom of the page.


English Literature

Fine art

Gender studies

Peace and conflict studies


Religious Studies

William Shakespeare

Theater Arts

Cooperative Management

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