December 02, 2014

2:10 PM | Tales of a Fourth-Grade Cuffing: Why I love Public Libraries
Who would have thought fourth grade could be so cruel. Ms. Gibbs’s class included many neighboring children who later would become lifelong friends. However, by the sounds of the “rip” sessions between subjects, during gym class or lunch you would have thought we were mortal enemies. Every day, I lived in fear that they would notice the t-shirt I wore three days prior, no-name shoes, or my brother’s blue jeans. But I knew my day would come. In Johnston School in the […]

December 01, 2014

5:20 PM | Wins for Athletes Could Cost Fellow Students Steeper Fees
Wins by college athletes in courtrooms and boardrooms could end up as losses for their nonathlete classmates. High-profile legal cases and NCAA policy changes are likely to boost the cost of fielding big-time athletics programs, and students—even those who never attend a single college basketball or football game—may have to foot the bill. Some schools have already hinted they would pay athletes thousands of dollars more per year after NCAA officials said they might allow […]
5:17 PM | Three Lessons from Data on Children's Reading Habits
More than a decade ago a company called Renaissance Learning developed a computerized way for teachers to track students’ reading outside of the classroom. Instead of pasting stars on a chart each time a student says he has read a book, the teacher sits a student in front of a computer screen to answer a quiz on the book to prove he’s read it. The computer keeps track of how many and which books a student has read, along with the level of reading difficulty and whether a […]
2:53 AM | Stanford Might Not Like Coal, But it Sure Likes Oil
Back in May, in response to widespread protests by environmentally active students, Stanford University announced that it would stop investing in companies that did business in coal. Citing environmental concerns, the university explained its decision like this: Acting on a recommendation of Stanford’s Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Licensing, the Board of Trustees announced that Stanford will not make direct investments in coal mining companies. The move reflects the […]

November 30, 2014

9:37 PM | How (not) to justify running a QCA
Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) is a method utilized by different disciplines in the social sciences and beyond, e.g., business economics and management. However, QCA users must still justify their choice of method more frequently than the users of other methods. … Continue reading →
1:08 AM | Who Should Provide Training for Manufacturing Jobs?
According to a piece in Community College Daily, more American community colleges are expanding to include training for manufacturing jobs for high school graduates. Such programs, while not exactly new for community colleges, do represent an expansion of the jobs training part of such schools. Is this really the best way to working class people to obtain good jobs, however? According to the article: ​The new $8-million advanced manufacturing center opened by [Washington state's] […]

November 29, 2014

3:54 PM | School Kids to New Orleans Bureaucrats: Show Us the Money
NEW ORLEANS - School buildings in the Crescent City will become monuments to our differences instead of the beacons of learning they are supposed to be if New Orleanians reject a preservation program for educational facilities in the voting booth on Dec. 6. It’s a funding conflict that mirrors power disputes around the country over whether the states, or local, elected boards should control schools. Anything but a vote to pass the measure ignores what New Orleans children went through […]

November 27, 2014

10:40 AM | Juncker’s investment plan: how to radically transform it | Mariana Mazzucato and Caetano Penna
The Eurozone needs investment, not austerity. Juncker should embrace mission-oriented public investment to shape and create markets in health, energy, climate and inclusionToday the European Commission’s president Jean-Claude Juncker announced a €315bn investment plan for Europe that will leverage funding from the European Investment Bank (EIB) through a new financial entity: the European Fund for Strategic Investments.Oh, but wait. It’s not actually a €315bn investment […]
2:12 AM | Colleges You Can't Afford
In the last few years one of the promising reforms introduced in higher education has been the cost calculators on college websites, which are supposed to "provide individual families with a good idea of what they will have to pay based on their own circumstances." The idea is that a potential student could figure out easily what it would really cost him to go to the school he wanted to attend. That way he might be better position to understand real cost and make informed decisions about where […]

November 26, 2014

3:36 PM | Can Detroit Attract Middle-Class Families to One of the Worst School Systems in the Country?
DETROIT — Dara Hill, a college professor and mother of a four-year-old, diligently scribbled notes as the principal of Detroit’s Nichols Elementary-Middle School led her and several of her neighbors on a tour of the school. A room for special education students was brimming with stuffed animals, but the hallways were sparsely decorated. Work displayed in the kindergarten classroom was charming and developmentally appropriate. Why were there six students sitting to the side during […]

November 24, 2014

7:07 PM | Noteworthy Provisions of the New Higher Ed Act Draft
[This piece was co-authored by Ben Miller, Clare McCann, and Stephen Burd]. Yesterday, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the retiring chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the second draft of his proposal for reauthorizing the Higher Education Act. As we noted during our review of the initial draft back in June, there are a number of good proposals in the bill, particularly ones that would increase oversight over for-profit colleges and provide better […]
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