Regulating Unpaid Internships

Regulating Unpaid Internships

            Federal and state regulators are becoming increasingly concerned with employers exploiting college students through unpaid internships, as a means for free labor, according to a New York Times article.             There has been a sharp increase in unpaid internships because of the recent economic recession. Many employers have been forced to make cuts. They have been picking up the slack and cutting costs by hiring unpaid interns. Also, there is a strong desire for many college students to pursue unpaid internships to enh ... Read More About Regulating Unpaid Internships

Massive Teacher Layoffs Imminent

Massive Teacher Layoffs Imminent

The ripple effects of the economic recession are continuing to surge through education as many public high schools are preparing to layoff tens of thousands of teachers nationwide, according to a recent article from The Washington Post.             These layoffs will result in larger class sizes and some schools will be forced to cut certain programs and classes. California, Illinois, Michigan, New York and New Jersey are likely to be hit the hardest with the most faculty layoffs.             Congress is currently considering impleme ... Read More About Massive Teacher Layoffs Imminent

Digital Learning Tools

Digital Learning Tools

Digital education: It’s growing. It’s exploding. It’s the future of learning. But, what exactly is it and how can it help the classroom?             Here are several digital tools that can be great resources to help teachers and students create successful learning environments. Feel free to add to this post with digital tools you have used or heard of. Electronic textbooks: Mainly used by college professors. These allow professors to digitally edit and change the information in textbooks. This helps professors create a textbook that is fully customized to each class. Al ... Read More About Digital Learning Tools

Arne Duncan On The Future Of American Education

Arne Duncan On The Future Of American Education

Education Secretary Arne Duncan was featured yesterday on CNN's Fixing America's Schools. You can view the two video clips here. You can skip to the three-minute mark of both clips to hear Duncan's talking points. The setting was a town hall meeting at an Atlanta high school, and Duncan touched on issues ranging from education loans, tuition tax credits, and the FAFSA form. A few points of note: * Income-based loan repayments * Duncan touts junior colleges, for-profit universities as viable alternatives to traditional 4-year college * Assessing "growth" and "gain" instead of simply meeting a benchmark. Being a town hall setting, it ... Read More About Arne Duncan On The Future Of American Education

College Waiting Lists

College Waiting Lists

Many students who are on the bubble of being accepted into a college will be placed on a waiting list. Students will have to sweat it out for months while that college makes its final decisions.             Students can opt to stay on waiting lists; however, less than 30% of wait-listed students will eventually be accepted, according to The US News & World Report. Also, students’ chances are significantly lower for Ivy League Schools and other elite colleges. Recently, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has accepted anywhere from 0-40 students from its waiting list that ... Read More About College Waiting Lists