Thursday, April 29, 2010
What one might call the Catholic-school model is perhaps the most unappreciated influence on the nation’s continuing public-education debate.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
VOAvideo — Hispanic College Fund Promotes Higher Education for Hispanics in US, April 28, 2010 — Latinos are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, but make up only a small percentage of young people attending university.The Hispanic College Fund is working to change that. Faiza Elmasry has more in this report narrated by Deborah Block.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Plagiarism Patrol: Catching cut-and-paste malfeasance on college applications.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Why homeschool? Maybe to brush up for an exam, get a sense of what a college is like, or just to learn. In the articles listed below, writers who know the fields weigh in on some of the highlights of free education.
- Syllabus Sampler
- Economics Yale: My Teacher Is an Index
- French Carnegie Mellon: Voilà! A Better e-Course
- Music Connexions: The Music Lesson
- History M.I.T.: Asian Culture Through a Lens
- Psychology Yale: Why We Go Cuckoo for …
- Psychology Yale: Smiles, Sex and Object Permanence
- Genetics U.C.L.A.: Decoding DNA
- Physics U.C. Berkeley: Atoms and Antimatter
- Physics U.C. Irvine: The Marvel of Science
- Linear Algebra M.I.T.: The Matrix
- Computer Science Stanford: They Have a Class for That
- Anatomy U.C. Berkeley: The Inner Body
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Posted: 04/18/2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
"Fifty years ago this month, California promised a low-cost, high-quality university education for every qualified high school graduate in the state. But that promise — inflated by growing populations and academic aspirations — expanded beyond the state's willingness to pay for it.
What went wrong? How did the university system that was long the envy of the world suddenly become the focus of angry street protests, overcrowded classrooms, soaring tuition and a monumental debate over whether the state can ever make good again on its groundbreaking mission?" (read more...)
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
American college students earned a C on a new test comparing their skills with their counterparts in 15 other countries.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Putting free courseware online was a first step in reimagining education. What now? Wiki U’s, smart courses and, maybe, learning.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
'Math wars' over national standards may erupt again in California by Sharon Nogushi, SJ Mercury News, 03/31/10
While math formulas and properties may be delightfully precise, how best to teach them to children is not. As the United States prepares for the first time to adopt nationwide K-12 "common core" standards, mathematicians and educators are split.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Entry into Stanford University once again broke records for competitiveness, with seats offered to 7.2 percent of applicants to the Class of 2014, down from 7.6 percent last year.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Now, 21 months into Charles Weis' tenure as the county's top schools' official, dissatisfaction is mounting with a superintendent that critics say is too often absent and ill-prepared. For his part, Weis says he's making progress but found 'school systems change slowly.'
Monday, April 5, 2010
After reading aloud from an essay about the fast-food industry, I threw a typical softball question to the students of a UC Berkeley composition class:
"What's the argument of the paragraph?"
Silence . . .
Sunday, April 4, 2010
The number of unpaid internships has climbed in recent years, leading officials to worry that employers are illegally using interns for free labor.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Despite signs of life in the job market, the outlook for newly minted college graduates remains grim and many are trying new strategies for landing positions—including starting their job hunts earlier than usual.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Many companies outside of finance and insurance are encouraging employees to sit for certification exams—and some are flat-out requiring the effort.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
How the growth of online learning is changing the way we think about higher education...As Anya Kamenetz suggests in "DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education," these problems, and the fact that students and teachers are increasingly venturing beyond campus walls to gather and share information, spell trouble for the future of the conventional university.