Valedictorian Title Losing Its Prestige

Valedictorian Title Losing Its Prestige

For years, the valedictorian title has been for a school’s best academic performer. There was only one student who received this top honor. However, many high schools are beginning to honor multiple valedictorians, according to an article in The New York Times.             The prestige and honor that has always come with the valedictorian title is fading quickly as more schools pick up on this trend. Teachers and administrators are now giving the title to every straight-A student, instead of picking the best individual out of the class.        &nb ... Read More About Valedictorian Title Losing Its Prestige

Education Reform Plans

Education Reform Plans

            Save the teachers, a House Democrat proposes. Cut funding from Obama’s highly-debated education reform proposal and use the money to prevent thousands of teacher layoffs, according to an article in The Washington Post.             Rep. David R. Obey (Wis.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, proposed that congress refinance Obama’s “Race to the Top” education reform program and fund a $10 billion measure to preserve many teachers’ jobs.       &n ... Read More About Education Reform Plans

Foreign Colleges

Foreign Colleges

In a recent article, Jay Mathews of The Washington Post offers a fresh opinion on America’s academic culture of high prestige and narrow notoriety.             Mathews argues that Americans are very naïve in thinking that our universities are by far and beyond the best in the world. Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Stanford are some of the best colleges in the world; however, Mathews argues that some foreign colleges are catching up to these institutions.             Mathews cited Ben Wildavsky's "The Great Brain Race: How Glo ... Read More About Foreign Colleges

Exercise Before Tests

Exercise Before Tests

High school students annually stress over SAT and ACT test scores. Parents and other figures offer countless little tips to boost students’ performances. Eat a good breakfast, they say. Get a good night’s sleep, they prod.  Have a nice cup of coffee, they advise.             These are all simple, little tips that could boost a student’s thought process and generate higher scores. Furthermore, exercising the morning of your big ACT or SAT test could also help increase your score, according to an article in The US News & World Report.     &nbs ... Read More About Exercise Before Tests

Education Reform Debate

Education Reform Debate

 President Barack Obama’s proposal for education reform has been receiving strict opposition from many education administrators, according to an article in The New York Times.       Recently, teachers unions and educators are leading the debate against lawmakers over Obama’s “Race to the Top” education reform plan. Some state officials in California privately told The New York Times that Obama’s proposed plan has a 50-50 chance (at best) of gaining the necessary approval to pass. The plan also needs $700 million from Washington.       Obama’s Race to the ... Read More About Education Reform Debate