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Ready or not, 77 million kids and adults heading back to school soon

Ready or not, 77 million kids and adults heading back to school soon | Public Education | Scoop.it
As back-to-school time approaches, statistics show that projected enrollment is on the rise again after slipping a bit in recent years.
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77 million students are currently enrolled in schools, and the vast majority of those are in public schools.  Yet, for some reason, no one has thought to give many public schools enough money so that all these millions of children can go to school and have good educations.  

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New Infographic: The Cycle of School Closures | National Opportunity to Learn Campaign | Education Reform for Equity and Opportunity

New Infographic: The Cycle of School Closures | National Opportunity to Learn Campaign | Education Reform for Equity and Opportunity | Public Education | Scoop.it
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This cycle does a very nice job explaining one the major problems in our public school system: closure of schools.  Closure of one school can doom the same fate on other schools that are similarly underfunded.  One side note I found very interesting was the role of private schools and charter schools.  They suck up the money that parents would give to the local public school if their child attended it.  This goes back to one of my main questions: what impact does location have?  This piece of information extends my question not just to be about where the public school is, but the location of private and charter schools around it.  A public school surrounded by lots of private and charter schools probably will not get as much funding causing the excellence of the school to decrease.  This means more parents will send their kids to those private and charter schools causing funds to decrease even more.  It's a vicious cycle that I have seen first hand in San Francisco.

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The growing economic clout of the college educated

The growing economic clout of the college educated | Public Education | Scoop.it
For the first time on record, nearly one out of every two dollars in aggregate U.S. household income went to the college educated.
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The article underlines the importance of a college education.  It speaks to the economic advantages of have a BA versus only having a high school diploma.  Because college is so important, it is now becoming everyone's goal to go and attain a degree.  This means that students and schools focus on simply getting students into college rather than focussing on the students' personal needs.  There is more emphasis on testing.  You are expected to conform and through this conformation stand out.  This makes no sense.  If you want a student to go to college and shine, you should not be making them conform.  This could cause potential talent to be squashed.  People are different.  

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Romania records highest education budget growth in the EU - Romania-Insider.com

Romania records highest education budget growth in the EU - Romania-Insider.com | Public Education | Scoop.it
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Romania records highest education budget growth in the EU
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Romania's education budget had the highest year-on-year increase rate in the European Union in 2013, according to a recent analysis by Eurydice.
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The economics of education are incredibly interesting.  I would like to see more of the background information to see why budgets go up and down.  Obviously the global economy has some say in budgets, however it would be interesting to see what domestic factors affect various education budgets.  For example, what caused England, France, Austria, etc. to have smaller education budgets in two years when the majority of the world was able to increase their budgets?

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The Network For Public Education | Five New Years Resolutions for ...

The Network For Public Education | Five New Years Resolutions for ... | Public Education | Scoop.it
2013 was a pivotal year for parents, teachers and students who support a free public education for American children. In California, Governor Jerry Brown refused to over-test the state's students to satisfy bureaucratic ...
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I feel like I have mostly heard negative commentary in regard to the public school system.  I realized that if I was going to research it and understand I needed to learn about some of the good that had occured.  This article filled me in the positive changed that occured this year.  It also gave me information in regards to what some changes for 2014 could be.  No matter how much good occured in the last year, there is still a lot to be fixed and more to be done.

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US News Analysis Shows Universities Where Reputation, Rank Don't Match - U.S. News & World Report (blog)

US News Analysis Shows Universities Where Reputation, Rank Don't Match - U.S. News & World Report (blog) | Public Education | Scoop.it
US News Analysis Shows Universities Where Reputation, Rank Don't Match
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I found this article particularly interesting because it says something about the truth of American higher education.  In the last couple decades something has happened.  Something has changed in American colleges and Universities.  The rankings no longer match the reputations of the schools, yet the reputation is still what influences many decisions.  I know this firsthand as a student who has just finished applying to college.  I think this problem is an overall truth for the American school system in general.  We like to go by reputation rather than rank and this can blind us.  We can disregard students too fast because they came from a public school, or we can go by former reputation and not give resources to a public school in need because its reputation says that it does not need our help as much.  Reputations can be decieving.  The US still has a reputation of having the "smartest" students in the world, but in this day and age, the numbers and the rankings would say otherwise and this is the topic I would like to further investigate.

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King’s Dream Remains an Elusive Goal; Many Americans See Racial Disparities

King’s Dream Remains an Elusive Goal; Many Americans See Racial Disparities | Public Education | Scoop.it
Five decades after Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C., a new survey by the Pew Research Center finds that fewer than half (45%) of all Americans say the country has made substantial progress toward racial equality and about the same share (49%) say that “a lot more” remains to be done.
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The world has a lot of work to do, especially when  it comes to equal opportunity in education.  According to Pew Reachearch Center,  of 34%white adults at age 25  have a BA while only 21% of black adults of them same age have a BA.  That is a 13% point difference.  Fifty years ago, there was only a 6 percentage point difference between the two.  What this says is that race based affirmative action needs to continue because the numbers are incredibly unequal.  Part of this is the fault of our public education system, which has allowed to students to fall through the cracks and has not given them the education they need in ordet to succeed in today's world.

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Many Americans say educational system in need of overhaul

Many Americans say educational system in need of overhaul | Public Education | Scoop.it
About two-thirds of Americans say either that the education system in this country needs to be completely rebuilt (21%) or that it requires major changes.
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Most Americans believe that the education in the US is in need of change.  45% believe that it needs major changes.  The more education you have had, the more you believe it needs to be changed, and everyone from students to parents agree that changes need to occur.  This article did not specify what changes specifically needed to occur.  I would like to look into what types of changes need to occur in the system according to Americans.

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RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms - YouTube

This RSA Animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benj...
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This was an incredibly interesting video to watch because it tells the story of the roots of public education and just how outdated it is.  Education was built on the foundation of industrialization: factory lines, bells to signal what you should be doing, manufactured based on age.  This is a very outdated concept.  We are living in a different age now where you need to be able to see multiple answers and possibilities.  This is an age where creativity and "out of the box" thinking rule the world.  Yet our schools still mirror this 19th and early 20th century model.  While it is important to know facts and be able to find answers, the way of thinking that allows to you process and understand these facts and get the answer is more useful.  I saw a concrete example of this in my statistics class.  I have always been better at English and History than Math, but Stats has been different.  I realized that the reason I felt more capable in my statistics class was because I have been able to apply the same interpretive thinking in Stats that I use in English and History.  The same type of thinking has allowed me to solve incredibly different problems.  One way of thinking allows me to resolve multiple situations and find and see multiple answers.  This type of thinking is the future.  This is what students should be learning.  I'm all for memorizing facts, but it is how you can think about them that determines your future.

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A Testing Time for Private Schools in Eastern Europe - New York Times

A Testing Time for Private Schools in Eastern Europe - New York Times | Public Education | Scoop.it
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A Testing Time for Private Schools in Eastern Europe
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“There is a great long European tradition that education is a public good,” said Daniel C.
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The European system appears to be the opposite of the American one in terms of public vs. private education.  The article described state universities as having a more serious attitude than many of the private schools.  The public school system appears to be the better of the two.  I plan to continue to research the differences between European public and private systems.

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It's Time for an 'Education Spring' in American Public Schools - Blogs

It's Time for an 'Education Spring' in American Public Schools - Blogs | Public Education | Scoop.it
Any efforts to improve and transform public education, like the Common CoreState Standards, will not succeed if we do not engage teachers as the experts and leaders in the process. We need an "Education Spring," in which ...
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This was an incredibly interesting article for me to read.  I have read many articels regarding the problems with the American school system, and I have read some articles with ideas on how to fix it, but this was the most in depth solution I have read.  It is interesting to see what someone in the school system thinks needs to be done.  This was also a unique article because it did not blame the government and call for more money.  Instead, it called for reform directly from the teachers and within the school system.  I enjoyed reading about what the US thinks should be done to reform the school system and I would like to look into what the international community believes the US could do to fix their school system.

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US education officials lobbied against Starr for New York City schools post - Washington Post

US education officials lobbied against Starr for New York City schools post - Washington Post | Public Education | Scoop.it
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US education officials lobbied against Starr for New York City schools post
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... education posts in the nation.
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I did not believe that this article would have very much to do with my topic when I first opened it to read.  However, to my surprise, when I thought about it, the fact that the article had been published said a great deal about my topic. It shows that a lot of people take a great interest in the U.S.'s public education system.  People in high government positions care who is appointed as the superindendent for New York City. This makes sense considering the NYC has the biggest public school system in the country, but it gave me hope that people really do care about who is in charge of our education.  I also realized, upon reading the article, that the newspaper in which the article was published was not related in the slightest to New York City.  This tells me that the rest of the country cares about what is happening all over the country in public education.  This article was a good starting place for me because I now have a basic grasp on how the country and the government view public education and where it stands in terms of importance.

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