Americans of every state and stripe are having fewer children, et a new international study suggests the trend may only improve the U.S. economy if the country also better educates the children we do have.
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December 06, 2013
December 04, 2013
Do women simply need a degree to land a job in any field? If so, the opposite is certainly not true for men—at least not yet. Will the young men in our classrooms today have a worse quality of life if they do not attend college or will it be about the same?
November 18, 2013
The achievement gap will likely always exist in some capacity, much in the way that the U.S. high school dropout rate will likely never make it down to zero. This doesn't mean it is a lost cause, of course. Every student who succeeds, from every demographic, is another victory in K-12 education and it benefits society as a whole. Better recognition by every educator, parent and citizen of the true problem that exists is a start; actionable programs are the next step.
November 09, 2013
This week I've been blogging about the bleak numbers that surround the national high school dropout rate and examining more closely the underlying causes. Many of society's other problems - like unemployment, poverty and overcrowded prisons - can all be linked back to the individual decision to quit high school.
November 06, 2013
I wonder what these numbers would look like if we took the nearly $300K that taxpayers put in over the course of a dropout's lifetime and deposited it into their K-12 learning upfront.
November 04, 2013
Based on these numbers, it may seem that the high school dropout problem has seen significant improvement in a few, short decades. While that may be true, the numbers are still too high to stomach, especially with all of the alternative options high school students now have to finish their diplomas outside traditional classroom settings. At this juncture in U.S. K-12 progress, the dropout rate should be barely worth mentioning.
November 01, 2013
Instead of making it harder to become a teacher, why not spend money on making classroom size smaller and more manageable when those teachers start their careers? Or on technology programs and training that give teachers an advantage when it comes to educational gaming?
October 31, 2013
A real life example of the challenges of evaluating charter schools that serve alternative populations is playing out in Louisiana.
October 30, 2013
Language preference is just a new twist on an old tale of discrimination in our schools and for all students to have equal opportunities, this point needs to be recognized and eliminated.
October 25, 2013
For all students to benefit from edtech initiatives, schools need to find the funding for better technology suites and cut through red tape more quickly. Otherwise the educational opportunities presented through gaming will never be fully realized and the students will suffer.