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Subprime college educations

George Will: Subprime college educations - The Washington Post: "Many parents and the children they send to college are paying rapidly rising prices for something of declining quality. This is because “quality” is not synonymous with “value.” Glenn Harlan Reynolds, a University of Tennessee law professor, believes that college has become, for many, merely a “status marker,” signaling membership in the educated caste, and a place to meet spouses of similar status — “associative mating.” Since 1961, the time students spend reading, writing and otherwise studying has fallen from 24 hours a week to about 15 — enough for a degree often desired only as an expensive signifier of rudimentary qualities (e.g., the ability to follow instructions). Employers value this signifier as an alternative to aptitude tests when evaluating potential employees because such tests can provoke lawsuits by having a “disparate impact” on this or that racial or ethnic group. . . . "
CARPE DIEM: George Will on Subprime College Education
"In his book “The Higher Education Bubble,” Reynolds writes that this bubble exists for the same reasons the housing bubble did. The government decided that ...

'Higher Education Bubble' is about to burst
Boston Herald
In his Encounter Books Broadside “The Higher Education Bubble,” Reynolds says this bubble exists for the same reasons the housing bubble did. The government decided that too few people owned homes/went to college, so government money was poured into ...

Primary school children to be expected to learn and recite poetry
The Guardian
The education secretary, Michael Gove, will promise a new focus on the traditional virtues of spelling and grammar when he sets out his plans for the teaching of English in primary schools later this week. At the same time, Gove will put forward ...
The Guardian

Teachers not 'doing fine': Can Obama find his footing on recovery?
Christian Science Monitor
By Patrik Jonsson, Staff writer / June 9, 2012 While downplaying a remark Friday that the US private sector is “doing fine,” President Obama nevertheless focused on stalwarts of the public sector – teachers – for his weekly Saturday address, ...

Christian Science Monitor

Los Angeles teachers and school district reach pact to spare jobs
Los Angeles Times
Under the accord, teachers would lose pay for five instructional days plus four holidays and one training day, equivalent to about a 5% salary cut. The deal must by ratified by teachers and approved by the LA Board of Education.

Should children have to learn poetry by heart?
The Guardian (blog)
Surely education is about learning skills (ie. analysing the poems), not just a simple memory test? And no doubt Gove would also have us all memorise his shiny new bibles, if he could get away with it! Best way to put children off poetry for life, ...

The Guardian (blog)

Creationism's Expansion in Science Education Will Level the Playing Field
Huffington Post (blog)
I predict that within the near future the achievement gap in student science learning between the United States and South Korea will be narrowing significantly. As of right now, the gap is huge. Let me explain. Beginning in 1995 and every four years ...

Second teacher union will sue over Jindal's education reform plan
Houma Courier
AP BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Association of Educators says it, too, will file a lawsuit to throw out a set of education changes pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal and passed by lawmakers. Directors of the teachers union have also endorsed an effort to ...

Microsoft launches teaching tools for schools
Times of India
KOLKATA: Though teaching kids through multimedia teaching is the order of the day, schools are still not being able to implement it properly and capture the attention of the entire class. The age old ratio of 5% of the class being brilliant, ...

The Education Report: Attendance boundary angst in Oakland
San Jose Mercury News
This is a sampling of The Education Report, Katy Murphy's Oakland schools blog. Read more atwww.IBAbuzz.com/education. Follow her at Twitter.com/KatyMurphy. June 7 The Oakland school district might study its school attendance boundaries once again, ...

New national curriculum 'to focus on English skills'
BBC News
An overhaul of the national curriculum in primary schools in England will put a new focus on spelling and grammar, the education secretary is to announce. Michael Gove is also due to propose making it compulsory to learn a foreign language from the age ...

BBC News

IIT campus to come up in Rajiv Gandhi education city in Haryana
Times of India
The education city spread over 2000 acres land close to the national capital on NH one would have campuses of various institutes of higher learning. Initially, first set of ten educational institutes started their respective projects.

No-Nonsense Practical Guide to Moodle 2 for Teaching 7-1 4 Year Olds Is Released
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
Birmingham, UK (PRWEB) June 10, 2012 Packt Publishing's latest release, Moodle 2 for Teaching7 -14 Year Olds Beginner's Guide, makes learning how to use the world's most popular VLE not only easy, but also fun and inspiring. Written by a teacher with ...

Teacher Network newsletter: the problem of teacher bullying and the final ...
The Guardian (blog)
Around 90 per cent of respondents to our GTN survey last autumn had been and this Tuesday Education Guardian has a disturbing story about NQTs being bullied out of their jobs after getting insufficient support to develop during their induction year.

The Guardian (blog)

Class sizes irrelevant - education expert
The government was forced into a humiliating u-turn last week after public backlash over plans to cut teachers. Education minister Hekia Parata had argued increasing pupil-to-teacher ratios would save $174 million over four years and $60m would be used ...

For some, teaching not a fun job anymore
St. Augustine Record
“I definitely feel it's having an effect on incoming teachers but it's also affecting veteran teachers,” said educator Bill Mignon. He sees the changes in his role supervising interns in the educationdepartment at Flagler College and as a member of ...

Queens Birthday honours list for higher education
The Australian
Higher education was well served in the companion in the general division (AC). ANU chancellor and former politican Gareth Evans was awarded the top honour, as was Adelaide University chancellor and former politician, Robert Hill.

'Right To Education came as divine intervention'
Times of India
His daughter's pre-primary education expenses were about Rs 700 per month and Charde sacrificed many things for that. "It was OK to cut back on other expenses because I wanted her to study, but primary education costs were almost touching Rs 1500 per ...

Civics classes written off with an 'F'
Sydney Morning Herald
A LACK of enthusiasm among young Australians for democracy shows civics education in schools has failed, according to Liberty Victoria, the state's peak civil rights organisation. The group's president, Professor Spencer Zifcak, says a national poll ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Reviewing teaching practice
Times of Malta
Bezzina and Colin Calleja state that there is limited or no contact between professional, matureteachers and student-teachers and make various suggestions to remedy the situation and improve the education of teacher-students. From personal experience ...

Five-year-olds will be made to recite poetry in front of classmates as Michael ...
Daily Mail
Education Secretary Michael Gove has spelled out the overhaul, which includes a list of words pupils should know at the end of each year, and even instructions on how to correctly hold a pencil. Children will also have to be taught a foreign language ...

Daily Mail

New national curriculum 'to make languages compulsory from seven'
BBC News
Learning a foreign language will be compulsory from the age of seven in England's primary schools, in an overhaul of the national curriculum to be unveiled by theeducation secretary. Michael Gove will also say that children as young as five will be...

BBC News

Education lobby gets the grease
Worcester Telegram
The fact that the Worcester Public Schools will be able to hire more teachers and school nurses for the next school year is a textbook example of how the squeaky wheel gets the oil at City Hall. Make no mistake about it, had it not been for the ...

Education: Rs4b for missing facilities in schools, Rs4b for laptops
The Express Tribune
Another Rs4.484 billion has been allocated for other new schemes for the SchoolsEducation Department, which has been given a total development budget of Rs15 billion. The new projects include Rs500 million for the rehabilitation of schools in 13 ...

The Express Tribune

Obama pushes Congress to help states hire teachers
CBS News
(CBS News) In his weekly address, President Obama urged Congress to pass aid for states to hire more public sector workers, including teachers. "When states struggle, it's up to Congress to step in and help out," the president said, referring to ...

2012 Cavite Education Summit Set
Manila Bulletin
By ANTHONY GIRON GENERAL TRIAS, Cavite – The controversial K to 12 program, basic teaching situation, school problems, and other concerns are set to be discussed in the Education Summit 2012 that is slated Wednesday in this town.

Other voices on the higher education reorganization plan
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com (blog)
By Jim Namiotka/The Star-Ledger Our work, deliberation and debate over the current highereducation reform efforts must remain focused — not on simply parochial interests, but on what will make an already strong Rutgers even stronger.

Obama tries to hit Romney on teachers, cops. Mitt pounces. « Hot Air
By Jazz Shaw
Speaking of, “it didn't work then,” we are reminded that we already tried dealing with the issue of employment for teachers and first responders by pumping federal dollars down a rat hole. We called it the stimulus. And it was so badly crafted that the money ..... Scott Walker saved teacher jobs and balanced the budget saving firefighter and police jobs as well by reinging in the high spending ways of the Government Unions. Instead of money all we really need to do Nationwide is what ...
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Baltimore Launches Program To Promote Learning, Prevent ...
By mrichards9889
BALTIMORE (WJZ)– They call it the Summer Slide– a learning slump when school's out for summer break. Gigi Barnett reports how a program in Baltimore could help students stay sharp. The neighborhood maps are all drawn, and volunteers ...
CBS Baltimore

Obama: Teachers not 'doing fine' | The Raw Story
By The Christian Science Monitor
While downplaying a remark Friday that the US private sector is “doing fine,” President Obama nevertheless focused on stalwarts of the public sector – teachers – for his weekly Saturday address, saying Washington has to spend more to help ...
The Raw Story

Ruben Rosario: St. Paul teacher's biggest impact is outside the ...
By By Ruben Rosario
Then the dying man turned to Kelli Porthan, a veteran St. Paul teacher who established a weekend mentoring program three years earlier for low-income Latino students such as Julio. Also present was Eric ... Nationwide, only 21 percent of Latinos hold an associate degree or higher, compared with 44 percent of whites, 57 percent of Asians and 30 percent of blacks, according to a report by Excelencia in Education, a Latino higher-education advocacy group. The breakdown for ...

Blue Jersey:: Education Reform
By deciminyan
There's a lot written here about what we don't like about the right wing education "reform" agenda - the attack on unions, privatization, etc. I'm at an education panel ... Blue Jersey teachers and readers in general weigh in... What is the positive ...
Blue Jersey - Front Page

Merit Pay for Teachers? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Bribe! « Diary of ...
By Oldschoolteach
Tagged: Arne Duncan, Education, educators, K through 12, Merit pay, Standardized test, teacher, unfairness of merit pay. 1 Comment ... Noun :extra pay awarded to an employee on the basis of merit (especially to school teachers). What “think ...
Diary of a Public School Teacher!

Illinois Teachers Beware: Your Pensions Aren't Safe | Via Meadia
By Walter Russell Mead
Specifically, the Illinois Teachers Retirement Fund is one of the country's worst funded pension funds. According to accountants — who use softer methods to measure the health of public funds than they do of private pensions — teacher ...
Via Meadia

Advocates Today, Doctors Tomorrow Fight for Sex Education ...
By khorton
Growing up in Alabama, I never received any kind of comprehensive sex education. I was told that abstinence was the way to go because I'm “worth it.” ... In just one semester, students have become more comfortable with talking about sex and learning more about how to protect themselves against unwanted STDs and pregnancies. Abstinence-only education is simply not enough. Although it is the only way you can be 100 percent sure that you will not contract an STD or have an ...
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