September 18, 2014

6:00 PM | Why Do Colleges Expect Endowment Managers to Be Wizards?
The hardest jobs at prestigious universities might not be those performed by academics or traditional administrators. The heavy lifting, the impossible job, might be that of the endowment manager, the money guy. He’s got to fix everything. According to an article in the New York Times: Miscues by university management and more tepid investment returns have pulled down Harvard’s results, culminating in the June resignation of Jane L. Mendillo, the chief executive of the Harvard […]

September 17, 2014

11:02 PM | How Vocational Education Leads to College
Often when Americans think of vocational education they tend to rather look down on it. Particularly for Americans from professional backgrounds, voc-tech signifies manual labor and the sort of classes students take when they’re not going to go to college, and when they don’t really have any options. The reality is more complicated. And a little more inspiring. It turns out students who attend vocational high schools often matriculate at 4-year colleges. According to a piece in […]
4:27 PM | Colleges Let Taxpayers Help Poor Students While They Go After Rich, Report Says
In what it calls “an elaborate shell game,” universities and colleges are shifting their financial aid from low-income students to high-income ones to bolster their prestige and raise them up the rankings, a new report says. Meanwhile, according to the report by the nonprofit, nonpartisan New America Foundation, universities are leaving their poorest families to vie for a piece of billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded Pell Grants. Because of this, the federal government continues […]

September 16, 2014

8:41 PM | Nine Years After Katrina, We're Still Asking the Wrong Questions About Education
“Is the educational system better now than it was pre-Katrina?” It’s the question I hear more than any other. But the typical responses around test score growth miss how we should measure school performance in New Orleans. It’s just over nine years since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in August 2005, and we’re still asking the wrong questions. Rusted scissors, coins and other debris sit on the floor of an elementary school in the Lakeview neighborhood of […]
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2:49 PM | Loan Forgiveness for Teachers: Let Us Count the Ways
Back in 2007, Congress passed a law establishing the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF), allowing people who work in qualifying public service jobs to receive student loan forgiveness–tax-free–after the equivalent of 10 years of payments. And with a new version of income-based repayment (IBR) implemented by the Department of Education for borrowers with loans taken out after the fall of 2007, many of those public servants are able to pay far less for those 10 years than […]
2:46 PM | Child Care Reauthorization 20 Years in the Making Underway
Political commentators may have spoken too soon about the “do-nothing Congress.” There’s been a veritable torrent of education-related legislative activity this summer, and lawmakers wrapped up that work today with an easy ‘yes’ vote in the House on the carefully negotiated Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) reauthorization bill. The Senate passed a version of CCDBG back in March, and then sent it to the House. There’s been a quiet standoff since […]

September 15, 2014

5:02 PM | Common Core Math Standards Add Up To Big Money for Education Companies
The politically controversial standards curriculum standards known as the Common Core have been in the headlines for months, in Louisiana and across the country. But for most teachers and educators the standards have been quietly transforming classroom instruction for years. And for textbook publishers and other vendors, the new standards add up to new business. Sarah Carr reports on the dizzying array of new education products that claim to be ‘Common Core aligned.’ When thousands […]
4:55 PM | What U.S. Schools Can Learn From Poland
By any measure, Poland has made remarkable education progress since the fall of the Berlin Wall. On the most recent 2012 international tests of 15-year-olds, known as PISA tests, Poland ranked 9th in reading and 14th in math among all 65 countries and sub-regions that took the test. It used to be on par with the United States, a mediocre performer. In math, for example, Poland gained 2.6 points a year between 2003 and 2012 while the rest of the world, on average, remained unchanged. And on […]
4:11 PM | Book Review: Can Pre-K Address Income Inequality?
As we at EdCentral have often written, the political buzz around pre-K is stronger now than ever. Much of this recent momentum is a result of compelling economic research suggesting that high-quality early education programs can improve children’s progress measured against a bevy of different academic and social indicators stretching to—and beyond—high school graduation. High-quality pre-K can improve these students’ adult earnings and their likelihood of […]
10:17 AM | Medication errors in primary care in the developing world
Global spending on pharmaceuticals is roughly a $1 trillion, dominated by the US, Japan and major EU economies. Yet emerging markets and the developing world still account for around a third of expenditure. That’s a lot of medicines and it’s growing. With this substantial use of medications comes a significant risk of harm, compounded by more

September 12, 2014

8:32 PM | The Nasty College Debt Disease
College debt enters late night comedy. From Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: “Essentially, student debt is like HPV. If you go to college, you’re almost certainly going to get it, and if you do, it will follow you for the rest of your life.” While that’s not exactly the sort of joke you repeat to grandma, it’s a pretty good comparison. College debt is sort of like human papillomavirus. It’s not necessarily horrible, and everyone else seems to have it […]
3:55 PM | Q&A with Jon Bacal: Looking Back on a Year of Starting a School From Scratch
Venture Academy in Minneapolis went through some growing pains its first year. The 6-12 charter school, which opened in August for its second year of operation, promotes entrepreneurship through technology and student-developed projects. Students are called “trailblazers” and teachers are “learning coaches.” Students spend part of the day in small groups or on computers working on math and literacy skills. They have opportunities to work on large-scale independent […]
12:13 AM | Does fasting improve mental acuity and help you live longer?
Todays guest blog post comes from Dr Devika Garg, a fresh PhD in neurosciences from the National University of Singapore, with a passion for bringing complex science to the public in simple and engaging ways. She has interests in poetry, music, the creative ways neurons function to create complex animal behaviors, and the wonderful way […]The post Does fasting improve mental acuity and help you live longer? appeared first on Your Brain Health.

September 11, 2014

9:16 PM | Jennifer Lawrence and the Sins of Animal House
Remember Animal House? The insane debauchery of John Belushi and his Delta brethren? That was some crazy, hilarious, make-a-Roman-emperor-blush behavior. I love that movie. Everyone does. Except you don’t remember Animal House. Not really. No other book, film, or TV show has done more to shape American higher education. But it’s not what you think it is. The difference between the Animal House of your imagination and the actual movie is a matter of cultural influence so profound and […]
4:30 PM | Harvard Business School Does Occupy Wall Street
And this time not just, you know, by taking the good jobs on Wall Street. We’ve started to understand that inequality in America is becoming a serious problem for the economic heath of the country in general. Last month Standard & Poor’s warned that “extreme income inequality [was] a drag on long-run economic growth and the ratings organization “reduced our 10-year U.S. growth forecast to a 2.5% rate. We expected 2.8% five years ago.” According to a piece at […]

September 10, 2014

11:00 PM | The New Maryland Football Uniforms Seem to Have Been Designed by an Old Lady History Teacher
There’s a lot of really bad news coming out about football lately. We don’t really need to be reminded of that, do we? But at long last we’ve got something to restore our faith in the glory of the good old American sport. And this time it’s not just a good game or a wholesome player. According to an article in the Washington Post, the University of Maryland has introduced its new special uniform: Maryland, which… announced a 10-year partnership extension with […]
3:05 PM | Service Loan Forgiveness: Big Benefits, Bad Incentives
Many critics have sounded the alarm on expensive graduate and professional degrees that are neither necessary nor worthwhile in terms of increased salary and job placement. But consider that for many students who pursue a master’s in education, the federal government will finance the entire cost, without limit, including all living expenses during enrollment. That’s one of the findings from our new paper out today, Zero Marginal Cost: Measuring Subsidies for Graduate Education […]
11:14 AM | It’s Knowing ‘Y’ That Matters
It’s Knowing ‘Y’ That Matters Dolphyn recently launched our new brand and website ( This involved a change not only to our name, but also the focus of what we do, which is supporting people and organisations to better understand and deal with risk. We do this by developing and implementing programs where participants learn how people make decisions and judgments about risk. At Dolphyn, we believe that it's knowing 'Y' that matters. When we focus our […]
8:11 AM | Asking the right questions
One of the great things about Twitter is that you get to read other peoples’ takes on things. Matthew Hankins, for example, posts people’s interpretations of p-values (under the hashtag #stillnotsignificant), which are more entertaining than you might think. A few weeks ago he posted the conclusion from a paper which read: “we were quite more

September 09, 2014

3:48 PM | Rankings, Rankings, and More Rankings!
We’re finally reaching the end of the college rankings season for 2014. Money magazine started off the season with its rankings of 665 four-year colleges based on “educational quality, affordability, and alumni earnings.” (I generally like these rankings, in spite of the inherent limitations of using Rate My Professor scores and Payscale data in lieu of more complete information.) I jumped in the fray late in August with my friends at Washington Monthly for our annual college […]
3:41 PM | Americans Say They Support Federal Dollars for Pre-K
A new Gallup poll released this morning brought good news for early education advocates: Seventy percent of Americans say they support using federal dollars to increase funding to provide universal, high-quality pre-K. That’s a startling number, given the fight early education programs have seen even to maintain funding from year to year in the face of federal belt-tightening and the sequester. But the survey could offer hope to supporters of early education programs–and to […]
2:00 PM | Deep-Sea Mining Might Happen. So What?
Q&A With Biologist, Explorer, and Deep-Sea Advocate Dr. Cindy Lee Van Dover.

September 08, 2014

6:17 PM | College-Rating Proposal Shines Spotlight on Powerful Lobby
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The annual meeting of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities this year had the tone of a revival meeting. “We have been under steady, unrelenting pressure,” declared the organization’s president, David Warren, who spoke of “an overreaching executive branch” he said sought to use unreliable statistics to measure the effectiveness of higher-education institutions that are vastly different from each other. Warren was […]

September 07, 2014

2:05 PM | Increase in Student Transfers Worrying Alumni Offices
Maya Gunaseharan spent her first year in college at American University, then transferred to Cornell. And that was after 12 years at a private school in New Jersey. Now all three ask her to contribute money. “I do feel a pull, because I had a really great first year at American,” said Gunaseharan, who is 24. “But I’ve seen a very clear return as a result of my degree from Cornell. So I absolutely feel the tension about who to give to.” Universities and colleges are […]

September 06, 2014

6:08 AM | Choosing a Major
The last four years have flown by and I cannot believe that I am in my last year of high school! Grad year is suppose to be exciting; but with applications to universities approaching, I have to admit, I am kind of stressed. However, I am not stressed yet about the amount of writing to do […]

September 05, 2014

6:22 PM | Ebola Heroes
It is amazing how every crisis has a hero who puts their own interests down for the sake of another. Ebola is no different. Whereas most of us would rather be miles away from the infection, there are people who cannot sit around, reading about it in the paper while other human beings suffer. The […]
4:32 PM | In Illinois, Preschool Access is Worst for Latinos
How to break the vicious cycle of poverty and academic failure is one of the most troublesome questions of our time, but this much we know: High-quality preschool helps children from poor families prepare for kindergarten and beyond. Yet as the child poverty rate is climbing, those are the kids least likely to attend such programs. A new report by the research and advocacy group Voices for Illinois Children provides insight into the extent of the disparities in that state, along racial and […]
4:01 PM | Jerry Brown: Fighting Back on Vergara
Back in June Rolf M. Treu of the Los Angeles Superior Court, the judge in an education lawsuit, Vergara v. California, determined that the state’s policies on teacher tenure constituted a civil rights violation against students. The legal, and factual, validity of this thinking was a little questionable. Many argued that this was really an attempt to undermine labor protections, though even many pundits sympathetic to labor rights admitted that the state’s policy of granting […]

September 04, 2014

8:53 PM | This is your brain on therapy
Dr. Dan Metevier is a psychologist from Carlsbad, California. He works with a variety of clients and helps these people feel better about themselves, their lives, and their relationships. You can visit Dan’s website here. So, what really happens to your brain when you go to a therapist? Let’s start from the very beginning (a very good place […]The post This is your brain on therapy appeared first on Your Brain Health.
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