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

Rhee Launches Student Advocacy Group

Rhee Launches Student Advocacy Group

After stepping down as Washington D.C.'s public schools chief, Michelle Rhee has decided to create her own organization to lead, StudentsFirst.  She is touting it as a national level platform with which to advance education reforms that put students first.  A pledge to raise $1 billion has already been issued to support the organization.  Critics and supporters alike have already drawn battle lines. Much remains to be seen as to whether Rhee can implement real educational advancements, or if she produces more rhetoric than action. Read more about Rhee's work in the Wall Street Journal article, or browse the StudentsFirst websi ... Read More About Rhee Launches Student Advocacy Group

Social Media And College Admissions

Social Media And College Admissions

Admission officials are trying to shed their old, stuffy, always buttoned-up image and trying to appear more “cool” and approachable to prospective college students, according to an article in the Washington Post. They are doing so to respond to many high school students who decided against the traditional essay and paper application, the students who got creative with their applications, producing YouTube videos and other materials. Many officials, across the nation, representing various different colleges that followed their prospective students, are diving into popular social mediums and creating their own YouTube videos, blog ... Read More About Social Media And College Admissions

How Would You Spend 100M To Change Education

How Would You Spend 100M To Change Education

  By now you've probably heard about Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg pledging $100 million to the Newark, NJ, public school system.  Fast Company magazine surveyed a panel of education experts (Foundation directors to university professors) to hear how they would use that amount of funding to overhaul the U.S. education system.  Here's what they had to say: Build new preschool centers, with a focus on a low student to teacher ratio Rewrite standardized tests from scratch for all subjects Support more arts programs, including music and dance Provide funding for more parent-teacher conferences Establish wee ... Read More About How Would You Spend 100M To Change Education

AP Program To Change

AP Program To Change

High school students are always encouraged to pursue more-challenging Advanced Placement classes to better prepare for college and push their intellectual abilities. But, advanced placement classes are becoming significantly more difficult, pushing students harder, and sometimes losing the main focus of the program according to an article in the New York Times. The typical A.P. biology textbook has increased from 36 chapters and 870 pages 30 years ago to the current 56 chapters and 1,400 pages, plus additional videos and web-based information. Even more challenging for A.P. students is the fact that every term, every phrase, every little pi ... Read More About AP Program To Change