The American Education Gap

The American Education Gap

America was once the leader in postsecondary degrees. However, in recent years it has fallen far from the top.             The Lumina Foundation for Education placed a goal in 2008 for a college completion rate of 60 percent by 2025. America will not reach that goal, according to an article in The Washington Post.             The foundation claims to be the first organization to set this benchmark, which was later adopted by President Barack Obama and other education administrators.         &n ... Read More About The American Education Gap

The Value Of College Degrees

The Value Of College Degrees

There has always been much debate on how valuable a college degree is. Some are convinced it’s a waste of money and time that could have been spent working and earning income. Others say it’s a necessary education experience that will give one a competitive advantage.             A recent study was conducted by the College Board – the same company that creates the SAT – claiming that a college degree’s value is growing, according to an article in The New York Times.             Workers who had college de ... Read More About The Value Of College Degrees

Teacher Led Schools

Teacher Led Schools

     Schools across the country are giving authority back to the teachers by throwing out the administrative grips. At these schools, teachers are solely making all the administrative decisions and teaching.             Palmer Park Predatory Academy (P3A) will open in Detroit in the fall of 2010 with no principal or other administrators. This school will replace the Barbara Jordan Elementary school, which was recently labeled as a low-performing school, according to an article in The District Administration. The Detroit public school system realized that a dramatic tu ... Read More About Teacher Led Schools

The Rise Of The ACT

The Rise Of The ACT

The SAT has predominantly been the staple of standardized tests for students hoping to be accepted into the nation’s top colleges. However, in recent years the ACT is becoming more popular, according to an article by Bob Schaeffer, public education director of the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, published in The Washington Post. The SAT was created over 80 years ago, and 20 years ago 75% more students took the SAT than the ACT. The ACT was largely a regional test, more popular in the South, Midwest, Southwest and Mountain states. However, most students in the 2010 graduating high school class took both tests. There were very ... Read More About The Rise Of The ACT

The Disappearance Of Small Classes

The Disappearance Of Small Classes

Most schools boast small, effective student to faculty ratios. Smaller classes give students more one-on-one time with faculty members, increasing the value of their education. But, the economic downturn is dramatically increasing the size of classes at all levels.             Justin Snider, an undergraduate professor of writing at Columbia University, wrote a guest column in The Washington Post stating that schools can no longer afford small classes.             Snider cited California’s 1996 decision to launch a state-wide, c ... Read More About The Disappearance Of Small Classes