Why Schools May Shorten Their School Years

Why Schools May Shorten Their School Years

Budget cuts are getting so strict that some school districts are shaving days off the school year and making school weeks only four days (instead of five), according to an article in the New York Times. It’s a child’s dream, and an educator’s nightmare. The American education system is torn between desperately trying to improve its quality and harsh budget cuts. It’s nearly impossible to find a middle ground. One side will have to cave. Just about everyone in education agrees that taking kids out of the classroom could not possibly improve education. But, strict budget cuts are forcing administrators to d ... Read More About Why Schools May Shorten Their School Years

Why Advanced Degrees Are Becoming More Popular

Why Advanced Degrees Are Becoming More Popular

Employers have raised their standards to the point where many now require a master’s degree instead of a bachelor’s degree, according to an article in the New York Times. Employers can be very selective in whom they hire as the unemployment rate rises. Combine that with the fact that a higher percentage of people now have bachelor’s degrees than they did 10 years ago, and careers are just looking bleak for recent college graduates. The master’s is now the fastest growing degree, as 657,000 were awarded in 2009, twice as many since the 1980s. The rate has skyrocketed in the past few years as many with bachelor degrees ... Read More About Why Advanced Degrees Are Becoming More Popular

How One University Is Offering Affordable Education

How One University Is Offering Affordable Education

Another higher education program, The University of the People, just set out with the mission of extending affordable education to more people, according to an article in the New York Times. It hopes to spread education to poor students around the world.  The university was started in Haiti, after the earthquake destroyed most of the country’s higher education infrastructure. The school set up three computer centers in tents and invited English-speaking students from nearby tent cities to come and work for about four hours a day. “They don’t have electricity, they don’t have computers, there are university studen ... Read More About How One University Is Offering Affordable Education

Stanford Offers Free Artificial Intelligence Class Online

Stanford Offers Free Artificial Intelligence Class Online

Two Stanford professors have announced that they will offer a free online class on artificial intelligence, according to an article in the New York Times. Stanford professors, Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig – two of the world’s best-known artificial intelligence experts – will teach the course. Over 112,000 and counting people have already enrolled in the class, which is nearly six times the entire Stanford student body. Students range from high school to retirees, and the course will represent students from 175 countries. Thrun and Norvig said that they will teach this course as part of an education experiment ... Read More About Stanford Offers Free Artificial Intelligence Class Online

Why The Dept Of Education Is Investing In Early Childhood Education

Why The Dept Of Education Is Investing In Early Childhood Education

The government is investing heavily in early childhood education, trying to get students school-ready earlier. This will then cut down on “catching up time,” making class time more efficient, according to an article in the District Administration. The U.S. Department of Education has collaborated with the Department of Health and Human Services to create a $500 million grant for early childhood education.  The government is also throwing in incentives to encourage states to promote early childhood education. Under Obama’s Race to the Top, states can earn extra funding if they create better early childhood education pro ... Read More About Why The Dept Of Education Is Investing In Early Childhood Education