The Real Scandal Of American Universities Is Subsidized Privilege

Students walk on the Stanford University campus in Santa Clara, Calif. Stanford has a $24 billion endowment.  (the real scandal of american universities is subsidized privilege)Scandal has thrust the troubling inequality of higher education in the U.S. into the spotlight. News media have highlighted how big money donations, sports scholarships, SAT tests and admission consultants can help people game the elite admission system in both legal and illegal ways.

Why School Suspensions Don't Stop Violence

Why School Suspensions Don't Stop Violence

When school officials suspend students, the idea is to maintain a safe environment and deter violence and other problematic behavior on the school campus.

Why More American Students Are Studying Abroad

Why More American Students Are Studying Abroad
Kelsey Hrubes knew she had a challenge on her hands when she visited Germany as a study abroad student back in 2015. “I was forced to adapt to cultural norms I had never considered before and try to comprehend everything in a new language,” recalls Hrubes, a software engineer at Microsoft and 2017 Iowa State graduate in German and computer science.

How To Make College More Affordable In The US

How To Make College More Affordable In The US
A college education has many funders. Federal and state governments provide support, as do the institutions of higher education themselves. And then, of course, there is the money paid by the students’ families. Improving access will require additional support from one or more of these sources.

4 Financial Questions About Any College You Wish To Attend

4 Financial Questions About Any College You Wish To Attend
High student debt levels and low salaries can make it difficult for graduates to get ahead. Even though for-profit colleges get a bad rap for being predatory and leaving students saddled with debt but no degree, a significant number of private nonprofit and public colleges have the same issues.

5 Things To Know About The Teachers' Strike In Oklahoma

5 Things To Know About The Teachers' Strike In Oklahoma
Following the success of the West Virginia teachers strike earlier this year that led to a 5 percent pay raise, teachers throughout the nation are rising to demand better conditions and better pay.

How Chronic Absenteeism Threatens America's Schools

How Chronic Absenteeism Threatens America's Schools
Each year in the United States, approximately 5 to 7.5 million students in the nation’s K-12 schools miss a month or more of school. That means 150 to 225 million instructional days are lost every school year.

Why Screening For Intelligence Is Still So Controversial

Why Screening For Intelligence Is Still So ControversialTests that purport to measure your intelligence can be verbal, meaning written, or non-verbal, focusing on abstract reasoning independent of reading and writing skills. 

Students' Test Scores Tell Us More About The Community They Live In Than What They Know

Students' Test Scores Tell Us More About The Community They Live In Than What They KnowEvery year, policymakers across the U.S. make life-changing decisions based on the results of standardized tests. These high-stakes decisions include, but are not limited to, student promotion to the next grade level, student eligibility to participate in advanced coursework, eligibility to graduate high school and teacher tenure.

Leaving School Early Means You're Likely Never To Return In Adult Life

Leaving School Early Means You're Likely Never To Return In Adult LifeOne in eight Australians will never get Year 12 qualifications. Some, but not all of these people, make up the one in eight Australians who will be disengaged from full-time work, study or training for most of their lives.

How UK Higher Education Is Being Turned Upside Down

How UK Higher Education Is Being Turned Upside DownThere is little doubt that the challenging, turbulent and uncertain times faced by the UK’s university sector in 2016 are set to continue well into 2017

Is Charter School Fraud The Next Enron?

charter schools 5 1In 2001, Texas-based energy giant Enron shocked the world by declaring bankruptcy. Thousands of employees lost their jobs, and investors lost billions. The Conversation

The Federal Government's Role In Education Has A Long History

The Federal Government's Role In Education Has A Long History

President Donald Trump has directed the United States Department of Education to evaluate whether the federal government has “overstepped its legal authority” in the field of education. This is not a new issue in American politics. The Conversation

How US Business Schools Failing On Climate Change

How US Business Schools Failing On Climate Change

Coca-Cola and Nestlé have recently closed facilities, and Starbucks is bracing for a global shortage of coffee – all due to effects from climate change.

Why Do Teachers Quit?

Why Do Teachers Quit?Teachers don’t just leave their jobs because of low pay and retirement, new research shows. Their perceptions of a broken education system also contribute.

The Role Of Education In Building Jobs In The Rust Belt

The Role Of Education In Building Jobs In The Rust Belt

When my father-in-law struggled in school in a mill town along the Ohio River, his parents suggested that he head across the bridge and work in the steel mill. It was a path that once created stable lives for many Pittsburghers. The Conversation

Lack Of Workers With Soft Skills Demands A Shift In Teaching

Lack Of Workers With Soft Skills Demands A Shift In TeachingSurveys of the key skills employers seek in graduates continue to place so-called “soft skills” – like verbal and written communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively in teams and to influence others

How To Get Quality Teachers In Disadvantaged Schools

How To Get Quality Teachers In Disadvantaged SchoolsQuality teaching is one of the largest influences on student learning. Yet, not all students have access to a great teacher.

Do We Need To Rethink How We Assess Learning In Schools?

Do We Need To Rethink How We Assess Learning In Schools?There is a major flaw in the way we currently assess school students. By labelling them as either “good” or “poor” learners based on their overall grades at the end of each year, students have no clear idea whether they are making progress over extended periods of time.

Who is Betsy DeVos and Why You Should Care?

Who is Betsy DeVos and Why You Should Care?After President-elect Donald Trump tapped Betsy DeVos to become the head of the United States Department of Education, her name has spurred a great deal of conversation within the K-12 education community.

Free College Explained In A Global Context

Free College Explained In A Global ContextNew York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently pledged to make undergraduate education at the the City University of New York (CUNY) and the State University of New York (SUNY) system free for families making less than US$120,000 annually.

The High Cost Of Pursuing A Dream To Be A Veterinarian

The High Cost Of Pursuing A Dream To Be A VeterinarianThe increasing cost of higher education and the resultant impact on student debt has received wide attention. Providing free tuition and reducing student debt were among the key proposals of the presidential nominees.

Why The Growth Of Cyber Charter Schools Should Worry Us

What The Growth Of Cyber Charter Schools Should Worry UsWhat President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican sweep of government will mean for K-12 education priorities over the next four years is not entirely clear yet.

How To Teach Literacy So No Child Is Left Behind

How To Teach Literacy So No Child Is Left BehindChildren who do not learn to read in the first few years of schooling are typically destined to a school career of educational failure, because reading underpins almost all subsequent learning.

There's No One-size-fits-all Solution For Great Teachers

There's No One-size-fits-all Solution For Great TeachersMost of us know the difference a good teacher makes in the life of a child. Many global institutions working to improve access to education, such as the United Nations, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and Education International agree that “teacher quality” is the critical element in whether or not an educational system succeeds.

Students Have Difficulty Learning In Unproven Ways

education 9 19In health there are well-established protocols that govern the introduction of any new drug or treatment. Of major consideration is the notion of doing no harm.

How Homeschooling Is Changing In America

Homeschooling graduation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jim, the Photographer, CC BYAs children head back to school, an increasing number of their homeschooled peers will be starting their academic year as well. Homeschooling in the United States is growing at a strong pace.

Why Standing Desks In Schools Are A Win Win

Why Standing Desks In Schools Are A Win WinThere’s new evidence that standing desks in classrooms can slow the increase in elementary school children’s body mass index (BMI)—a key indicator of obesity—by an average of 5.24 percentile points.

How Adult Students Are Not Getting 21st-century Skills

 Community colleges bring a diverse group of students. Maryland GovPics, CC BYMore and more adults are going back to school to learn new skills. The National Center for Education Statistics data show a 7 percent growth in college enrollment for adults over the age of 24 between 2005 and 2015. This is projected to increase to 12 percent by 2019.

The Truth About For Profit Colleges

The Truth About For Profit CollegesDocuments released in a federal lawsuit against Trump University have put presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on the defensive. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is now highlighting the fraud that is at the center of the case.

What Summertime Means For Black Children

What Summertime Means For Black ChildrenThe arrival of summer generates excitement. But it could also bring challenges for both parents and educators. Many students experience a loss in math learning during the summer months known commonly as “summer slide.”

What Is Wrong With America's Civic Education

What Is Wrong With America's Civic EducationAny election demands knowledge, attention and wisdom from the whole electorate. When a campaign season does not seem to be going well, there’s often angst about whether the public has been sufficiently educated.

What’s Behind Huge Academic Gap At U.S. Public Schools?

"The socioeconomic profile of a district is a powerful predictor of the average test score performance of students in that district," says Sean Reardon. "Nonetheless, poverty is not destiny: There are districts with similarly low-income student populations where academic performance is higher than others." (Credit: Ian Koski/Flickr)"The socioeconomic profile of a district is a powerful predictor of the average test score performance of students in that district," says Sean Reardon. "Nonetheless, poverty is not destiny: There are districts with similarly low-income student populations where academic performance is higher than others."

Why Is Mark Zuckerberg Ploughing Billions Into Personalised Learning?

Why Is Mark Zuckerberg Ploughing Billions Into Personalised LearningFacebook founder Mark Zuckerberg believes personalised learning is the answer to many of education’s current woes, and is one of the four key areas that he and his wife Prescilla Chan’s US$45 billion Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will fund.

Does Wearing A School Uniform Improve Student Behavior?

Does Wearing A School Uniform Improve Student Behavior?

In a growing number of school districts across the nation, students must wear a uniform. This is not the stereotypical school uniform associated with Catholic schools – pleated plaid skirt with a blouse for girls; a button-down shirt, a necktie and dark pants for boys. Instead, these are mostly khaki and blue or khaki and red shirt/blouse and skirt/pants uniforms.

Just What Does Motivate Students To Work Harder?

Just What Does Motivate Students To Work Harder?Rewarding teachers financially for student achievement is an increasingly common practice, despite mixed evidence as to whether it improves results. Some scholars have instead suggested paying students.

To Cut Costs, Some College Students Are Buying Less Food And Even Going Hungry

To Cut Costs, Some College Students Are Buying Less Food And Even Going HungryStudies have long shown that a college student’s odds of achieving financial security and a better quality of life improve when he or she earns a degree. But what are some of the obstacles that prevent degree attainment?

Students Are Opting Out Of Testing. How Did We Get Here?

Students Are Opting Out Of Testing. How Did We Get Here?“Opt Out,” a civil disobedience movement against state-mandated testing in elementary and secondary education, is growing rapidly across the United States. Last year, Opt Out protests occurred in about half the states. This year, the movement has found support across all 50 states.

What’s Behind The Recent Spike In IQ Scores?

What’s Behind The Recent Spike In IQ Scores?More schooling and harder problems may be the best explanation for the dramatic rise in IQ scores—often referred to as the Flynn Effect—during the past century, a new study reports.

Billions of Dollars Left Unused, As Students Fail To Ask For Financial Aid

Billions of Dollars Left Unused, As Students Fail To Ask For Financial AidAt a time when mounting student debt is dominating news, students across America are leaving nearly $3 billion in federal financial aid on the table each year. That this happens is often simply because a potential student doesn’t fill out the FAFSA, (free application for federal student aid) form, that funds aren’t dispensed.

What Is The Hybrid Classroom and Is It The Future Of Education?

What Is The Hybrid Classroom And Is It The Future Of Education?Often seen in art and business, hybrid solutions are gaining increased attention in education. In the classroom, the blend of traditional and new teaching methods, and the mix of online and face-to-face learning – known as the “hybrid classroom” – is posing profound questions about the lessons of the future.

Inside The Wild and Wacky World of Charter School Regulation

Inside the Wild And Wacky World of Charter School RegulationNestled in the woods of central Minnesota, near a large lake, is a nature sanctuary called the Audubon Center of the North Woods. The nonprofit rehabilitates birds. It hosts retreats and conferences. It's home to a North American porcupine named Spike as well as several birds of prey, frogs, and snakes used to educate the center's visitors.

Does The Way We Teach Children To Read Set Them Up To Fail?

Does The Way We Teach Children To Read Set Them Up To Fail?A new batch of Australian five-year-olds has just started school, eager to learn to read and write. Unfortunately for them, English has one of the most difficult spelling systems of any language, thanks to the way it developed.

How China Teaches Her Children Math So Well

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There has been much publicity in recent years about China and its teachers. After the most recent results from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) were published in 2013, considerable discussion has focused on the reasons why Chinese students’ test results are more than 100 points above the PISA average.

Is The Dream Of Free Quality Education For The Masses Now In Danger?

Is The Dream Of  Free Quality Education For The Masses Now In Danger?

Want to see a public school system in its death throes? Look no further than Philadelphia. There, the school district is facing end times, with teachers, parents and students staring into the abyss created by a state intent on destroying public education. On Thursday the city of Philadelphia announced that it would be borrowing $50 million to give the district, just so it can open schools as planned on Sept. 9

To Repair the World is to Repair Education

To Repair the World is to Repair Education

Today is the anniversary of the birth of Janusz Korczak (1878-1942). Korczak was a writer, a medical doctor, a thinker and a radio broadcaster, but he was mainly known as a unique and innovative educator, who founded an orphanage for Jewish children in Warsaw.

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