Saturday, December 31, 2011

Mom


On Tuesday, December 20, 2011, my mother passed away after a long illness. SATVerbalPrep will resume its regular schedule in the new year. Thank you.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Some Asians' college strategy: Don't check 'Asian'

Some Asians' college strategy: Don't check 'Asian' - Jesse Washington, AP.com via SJMercury.com

For years, many Asian-Americans have been convinced that it's harder for them to gain admission to the nation's top colleges.

Studies show that Asian-Americans meet these colleges' admissions standards far out of proportion to their 6 percent representation in the U.S. population, and that they often need test scores hundreds of points higher than applicants from other ethnic groups to have an equal chance of admission. Critics say these numbers, along with the fact that some top colleges with race-blind admissions have double the Asian percentage of Ivy League schools, prove the existence of discrimination.

The way it works, the critics believe, is that Asian-Americans are evaluated not as individuals, but against the thousands of other ultra-achieving Asians. (read more)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Debate on whether cursive writing should still be taught

Debate on whether cursive writing should still be taught Liz Bowie, Baltimore Sun via SJMercury.com

Cursive is not included in the so-called common core standards, which will govern teaching and lesson plans in 46 states beginning next year, leaving states free to shift away from a subject taught for centuries. Hawaii and Indiana have already dropped it.

With technology pervasive in society and fewer documents that need a cursive signature, some educators say there is no need to bother kids with the tedious, time-consuming lessons on cursive. They argue that we soon may no longer need to sign our names on legal documents or credit card receipts; a scan of our eyeballs or a thumbprint may be all that is needed to identify us.

But there's more than just necessity that should be considered, historians say. (read more)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

17-year-old Cupertino student wins Siemens Competition and $100,000

17-year-old Cupertino student wins Siemens Competition and $100,000 by Sharon Noguchi, SJMercury.com

For her design of a cancer-fighting technique that targets tumors and leaves healthy tissue intact, 17-year-old Angela Zhang of Cupertino has won the national Siemens Competition in Math Science and Technology and a $100,000 scholarship.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Making College More Affordable



wh.gov: Making College More Affordable

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visit Duncan Fletcher High School in Neptune Beach, Florida to discuss the steps the administration has taken to make college more affordable and the need for Colleges to keep costs lower so the next generation of Americans can outcompete the rest of the world.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Web Tutors Become Stars Far From Classroom

Web Tutors Become Stars Far From Classroom By D.D. GUTTENPLAN, NYTimes

Sites have grown exponentially, helped by hordes of grateful parents whose dim memories of algebra or trigonometry are not enough to help with their children's homework.
'Cheating' Caught on Film Shakes U.K. Exams System

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Champions of Change: Girls and Women in STEM



Champions of Change: Girls and Women in STEM

Champions of Change event honors twelve local leaders working to recruit and retain girls and women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. December 9, 2011.