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Harvard's Incoming Class, Cheating, Sex (video)

Harvard's Incoming Class: More Cheating Than Sex: Video - Bloomberg: "Scarlet Fu looks at vices that incoming Harvard freshman have tried. She speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers." (Source: Bloomberg)"

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Scalable Learning

The Value of Scalable Learning, Or How a Hardcore Geek Became a Softy | Big Think Edge | Big Think: "In his speech, Brown describes the challenge of learning new skills in a rapidly changing world and he presents a new model - scalable learning - that he says can and needs to be employed to reinvent our world today. We will explore this big idea in a moment. But first, let's read (or watch) the context, in this tribute to Brown in which the innovation guru receives an honorary degree...." (more at link above)

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JPMorgan to stop making student loans

JPMorgan to stop making student loans: company memo | Reuters: "JPMorgan's decision comes after Congress acted in mid-2010 to bypass the banks and have the government lend directly to students. The federal government now issues 93 percent of student loans. Banks and other private lenders have also come under pressure from regulators and politicians to offer more flexible repayment terms on student loans." (more at link above)

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Education Performance Measurement Is a Distraction

Why Investment Performance Is a Distraction: "In education, performance measurement by the top two standardized tests (SAT & ACT) is still the primary tool for discriminating among potential college students. But a growing body of evidence demonstrates that non-cognitive traits such as determination, motivation, perseverance, good study habits and time-management skills are far more predictive of success in college than SAT scores. Children who work to internalize these traits end up with a process of learning that leads to success not just in college but in life itself." (more at link above)

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McGraw-Hill Education, Connect Digital Learning Platform, Higher Education

McGraw-Hill Education Releases Major Update to Connect Digital Learning Platform for Higher Education: " . . . Connect, which initially launched in 2009, is a digital assignment and assessment platform that strengthens the link between faculty, students and coursework, helping everyone accomplish their learning objectives in less time. In a new effectiveness study released in July, McGraw-Hill Education demonstrated that on average, instructors using Connect reduced their grading time by 77 percent. The study also revealed that Connect dramatically improves student engagement and performance by increasing the likelihood of students earning A's or B's in Connect classrooms by more than 50 percent. . . ." (more at link above)

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Future Education, Online, Accredited, Affordable, Useful

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Future of Education is At Hand: Online, Accredited, Affordable, Useful: ..."The entire education system is and has been for some time unsustainable. The cost of education keeps rising along with ... Government aid Union contracts Pension benefits Salaries of coaches Competition for the most elaborate dorms Fundraising". . .

" ... a Slate article The MOOC That Roared, subtitled "How Georgia Tech’s new, super-cheap online master’s degree could radically change American higher education...". Read more at http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/09/future-of-education-is-at-hand-online.html#KRVAx6o85Gk0fu77.99

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Who Will Prosper in the New World of Education

Who Will Prosper in the New World - NYTimes.com: "Within five years we will are likely to have the world’s best education, or close to it, online and free. But not everyone will sit down and go through the material without a professor pushing them to do the work. Those who are motivated to use online resources will do much, much better in the generations to come. It’s already the case that the best students from India are at the top in many Coursera classes, putting America’s arguably less motivated bright young people to shame. “Free” doesn’t really help you if you don’t make an effort." (more at link above)

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STEM Crisis Is a Myth says IEEE Spectrum

The STEM Crisis Is a Myth - IEEE Spectrum: " . . . And yet, alongside such dire projections, you’ll also find reports suggesting just the opposite—that there are more STEM workers than suitable jobs. One study found, for example, that wages for U.S. workers in computer and math fields have largely stagnated since 2000. Even as the Great Recession slowly recedes, STEM workers at every stage of the career pipeline, from freshly minted grads to mid- and late-career Ph.D.s, still struggle to find employment as many companies, including Boeing, IBM, and Symantec, continue to lay off thousands of STEM workers. . . ."  (more at link above)

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Dismal picture of US economic recovery, education

UCLA Anderson Forecast paints dismal picture of economic recovery - latimes.com: ". . . the country's education system isn't adequately developing the workforce of the future, he said. "Regrettably we reward teachers if their students can regurgitate the information on standardized tests," he wrote. Future workers will need creative and analytical thinking skills for 21st century jobs, he said. Though GDP growth has been lackluster since the recession ended, the sustained housing recovery is expected to boost GDP over the next couple of years and further bring down the unemployment rate, Leamer said. Economists predict the U.S. jobless rate will fall to 6.9% by the end of 2014 and edge down to 6.4% by the end of 2015. GDP growth is expected to average 1.9% this year, 2.9% in 2014 and 3% in 2015."

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Accelerated Learning, Gamification

Accelerated Learning: Hacking the CFA Exam | Dynamic Hedge: "The best thing about Anki is the gamification of learning. You always have something to learn, and there is always something to review. I made a game out of getting through the decks. If you break down the material sufficiently, none of the cards should be too daunting and finishing a deck should be painless. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing ‘review zero, learn zero’ on your Anki interface."

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Colleges, universities, MOOCs, an uncertain future

Colleges, universities look to online programs to navigate an uncertain future - Business Monday - MiamiHerald.com: " . . . . Aside from their early mastery of the online platform, the for-profits excelled at marketing to adult, nontraditional students, as well as tailoring the educational experience to their unique needs. The University of Phoenix, for example, compressed its classes into five or six-week mini-semesters, with the idea that it’s easier for busy adults to absorb one fast-paced class than to juggle four classes in a full-length college semester. More recently, though, for-profits have been criticized for using overly-agggressive, car-salesman-like selling tactics to recruit students. The schools often charge higher tuition than public colleges, and the student loan default rates at for-profit schools are dramatically higher than at other types of colleges. The combination of bad publicity and stricter government oversight has slowed for-profits’ recent growth. . . ."

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Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/08/18/3571447/colleges-universities-look-to.html#emlnl=Business#storylink=cpy

Chicago Public Schools, Unable to read beyond sixth-grade level

When educational "success" is failure --

Ring the bell at Chicago Public Schools - chicagotribune.com: " . . . Eighteen years ago, Mayor Richard Daley took control of the schools. That fall, the Tribune reported on Karen and Sharon Franklin, 1991 CPS graduates who had been told all their lives that they were "smart." They went to Piccolo and Herzl Schools on the West Side and later Orr High School, a rough-and-tumble place that annually posts low test scores but is improving. In high school, they took classes in mathematics, English and other core courses, as well as cooking and sewing. Homework was simple and rarely assigned, they said, but they did it religiously. They went to class, earned A's and B's, and as a result, received too many academic certificates to display. They were on the honor roll. And so it was with great "shock," Sharon said, and "horror," Karen said, that two years after walking proudly across the stage in 1991 to receive their high school diplomas, the sisters applied to Malcolm X College and flunked the entrance exam. They were unable to read beyond a sixth-grade level. . . ."

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US Government incentivized soaring College costs

Student loans and other federal programs are the root of the problem --

Allysia Finley: The Real Reason College Costs So Much - WSJ.com: " . . . . This growth in subsidies, Mr. Vedder argues, has fueled rising prices: "It gives every incentive and every opportunity for colleges to raise their fees." Many colleges, he notes, are using federal largess to finance Hilton-like dorms and Club Med amenities. Stanford offers more classes in yoga than Shakespeare. A warning to parents whose kids sign up for "Core Training": The course isn't a rigorous study of the classics, but rather involves rigorous exercise to strengthen the gluts and abs. . . ." (read more at link above)

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