Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Online-College Crapshoot

The Online-College Crapshoot By LAURA PAPPANO, NYTimes
Comparing Web-based programs is a challenge. Just ask U.S. News.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Hard Decisions for Learning Disabled

Hard Decisions for Learning Disabled By JACQUES STEINBERG, NYTimes The Choice Blog
Addressing the issues that students with learning impairments may face on the path to college.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Where the Women Are: Biology

Where the Women Are: Biology By CHRISTOPHER DREW, NYTimes

Women choose fields that help people, and that pay less.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Closing the Girl Gap in Science

Closing the Girl Gap in Science By KAREN ANN CULLOTTA, NYTimes

Southern Illinois University Carbondale finds itself among a smattering of campuses looking to shrink a longtime gender disparity.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

At Moneyball U, What Are the Odds?

At Moneyball U, What Are the Odds? By ALAN SCHWARZ, NYTimes

In statistics class, don’t be surprised if the professor invokes names like Shaq and Nadal.
Interactive Quiz: A Sporting Chance

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Why Do Top Schools Still Take Legacy Applicants?

Why Do Top Schools Still Take Legacy Applicants? NYTimes: Room for Debate

The children of alumni still have an edge getting into Ivy League schools, even with the oversupply of talented applicants. Why is that?

Affirmative Action for the Rich Richard D. Kahlenberg, Century Foundation
Legacy preferences aren't necessarily associated with increased generosity, and they disproportionately benefit wealthy white students.

How Do You Define Merit? Terry L. Shepard and Debra J. Thomas, higher education administrators
State universities favor in-state children because of their taxpaying parents; shouldn't alumni donors be given a similar preference?

Bad for Diversity John C. Brittain, law professor, University of the District of Columbia School of Law
Despite 50 years of affirmative action, children of African-American and Latino alumni of elite colleges remain underrepresented in the legacy pool.

Respect for Tradition Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, president emeritus, George Washington University
It is foolish to ignore the benefit that appropriate prudently applied legacy admissions can serve in crafting a freshman class.

Hard-Core Economics Peter Sacks, author, "Tearing Down the Gates"
Elite institutions have an implicit bargain with their alumni that essentially says, 'You give us money, and we will move your kid to the front of the line.'

Athletes Are the Problem Michele Hernandez, college admissions consultant
We shouldn't worry about legacies, but about the recruited athletes, whose academic records are often well below a school's standards.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Stanford’s Online High School Attracting Elite Names

Stanford’s Online High School Raises the Bar Attracting Elite Names by ALAN SCHWARZ

Stanford University’s nearly $15,000-a-year Education Program for Gifted Youth will now bear the institution’s name, a move seen as a watershed in a growing field that is drawing scrutiny.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Developing Critical Thinking and Writing Skills for Test Prep

NYTimes Learning Network: Developing Critical Thinking and Writing Skills for Test Prep By HOLLY EPSTEIN OJALVO and KATHERINE SCHULTEN

Using New York Times editorials and Learning Network prompts to help SAT and ACT students improve their reading comprehension skills and to train them to think critically and respond in essays to news stories.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


I am moving to a new home. I have limited access to the internet, so my posts will be infrequent. I hope to resume a regular daily posting schedule soon. Thanks--Teacher Jennifer