Teacher Tenure Under Scrutiny

Teacher Tenure Under Scrutiny

When reports surfaced that the American education system was lagging behind that of other countries, people began pointing fingers and blaming different practices. Now, politicians are blaming teacher tenure, claiming it is one of the reasons for America’s subpar educational system, according to an article the New York Times. This action was motivated by President Barack Obama’s call to reward effective teaching, which was restated in this year’s State of the Union Address. Some Republican politicians have interpreted this as removing the ineffective teachers or removing teacher tenure. Governors in Florida, Idaho, Indiana ... Read More About Teacher Tenure Under Scrutiny

Libraries Go Digital

Libraries Go Digital

Digital education is a rapidly-growing trend for public and private schools across the nation, as these mediums are quickly transforming how students learn. Now, school libraries are beginning to catch on to the trend, getting rid of thousands of physical books and replacing them with digital copies, according to an article in the District Administration. The District Administration cited Cushing Academy, a private secondary school in Massachusetts that recently gave away most of its 20,000 physical textbooks. The school upgraded by purchasing nearly 200 iRivers and Kindle e-readers. Cushing Academy also sold all of its 445 students a laptop ... Read More About Libraries Go Digital

What Should College Graduates Know

What Should College Graduates Know

Years of education, of knowledge, of learning, but what exactly does it amount to? Are college grads actually better at certain tasks than non grads, and how much more qualified are they than non grads? These questions are continuously asked and are nearly impossible to correctly answer. But, the Lumina Foundation released a report published in an article in the Washington Post, addressing these exact questions. The report seeks to define what college graduates should be able to do. It concluded that college graduates, despite field of study, should demonstrate abilities in five areas of competence. According to the study, graduates should ... Read More About What Should College Graduates Know

What To Ask During A College Visit

What To Ask During A College Visit

  It's the season for college visits, and high school seniors are gearing up to get a first peak at what may be their future for the next four years or more.  Seeing the campus buildings, talking to enthusiastic alumni, and being pampered by admissions officials may be fun, but students should go prepared with detailed questions. A recent article from CollegeView offers some great questions to ask during your next college visit.  Here is a sampling of the questions: 1. What are your most well-known programs? This is a better question than asking, "Is such and such program good at this college?"  The vast majority of c ... Read More About What To Ask During A College Visit

To Learn More Keep Testing Yourself

To Learn More Keep Testing Yourself

It turns out that taking a test isn’t just a teacher’s easy way of finding out where students stand or forcing them to read a chapter in a textbook.  Testing might actually boost student learning and improve memory retention, according to a report cited in the New York Times. The report, published in the journal Science, concluded that students who read a passage and were then tested a week later on what they read retained about 50%  more of the information than students who used other, common study methods. The other methods students used were repeatedly studying the material “cramming” and creating detaile ... Read More About To Learn More Keep Testing Yourself