Why One School Is Rejecting Technology

Why One School Is Rejecting Technology

Computers, tablets, smartphones, social media, smart boards have been all the rage in education the past few years. Some schools are adopting these practices seemingly because everyone else is doing it. But one school, the Waldorf School of the Peninsula in Silicon Valley, is refusing to join the trend, according to an article in the New York Times. The school just uses the traditional pens and paper without computes. In fact, the school does not allow any screens at all, and it even frowns upon students using them at home. The Silicon Valley school is one of about 160 Waldorf schools in the country that have all adopted a teaching philosoph ... Read More About Why One School Is Rejecting Technology

How To Apply To College With A Smartphone

How To Apply To College With A Smartphone

Applying to college is one of the most tedious processes any student will go through. So, to make it easier, the Common Application was created to be one standard application that works for a number of colleges. But, students still have to change their application or provide additional materials for most of the colleges that accept it. About 70% of schools require information beyond the application’s standard materials. The Common Application still saves high school students a tremendous amount of time, and it has become their saving grace from application tedium. And now, the Common Application has announced that it is making its pro ... Read More About How To Apply To College With A Smartphone

Why School Districts Are Abandoning Textbooks

Why School Districts Are Abandoning Textbooks

Gone are the days of having to carry around eight textbooks in your backpack, or to rush to your locker to grab that American History textbook for your next class.  One school district in Indiana has completely ditched textbooks in favor of online curricula that students access via laptops.   According to an article in the New York Times, all math and science textbooks in the Munster, Indiana, school district have been replaced with digital editions.  The change impacts all students in grades 5-12, and cost over $1 million to implement.  Some of the biggest differences are obvious.  With a laptop, the digital cu ... Read More About Why School Districts Are Abandoning Textbooks

Why Students Are Being Rewarded For AP Tests

Why Students Are Being Rewarded For AP Tests

Do well on an Advanced Placement exam, and receive $100. That’s exactly what South High Community School in New York does for its students, according to an article in the New York Times. Teachers whose students do well also receive bonuses. The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) funds the incentives at South High Community School and all the other schools that participate in this program. It pays each student who scores a 3 or above (high enough to earn college credit) on the math or science A.P. exam $100. Teachers’ incentives are not as straightforward and are based on the percentage of their students that pass the exa ... Read More About Why Students Are Being Rewarded For AP Tests

Why College Tuition Is Increasing

Why College Tuition Is Increasing

The average tuition for the top 10 colleges has increased around 25% the last six years, starting with the 2004-2005 school year through the 2009-2010 school year.            Also, these tuition costs do not include room and board, meal plans, books, other mandatory fees, etc. These are simply base tuition numbers, and tuition can increase or decrease depending on the major within a university. This can vary dramatically from university-to-university.            One of the biggest reasons listed is that states have stopped or reduced spending ... Read More About Why College Tuition Is Increasing