Education
12 views | +0 today
Follow
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Education
Scoop.it!

compare-countries-money-01.jpg (500x403 pixels)

compare-countries-money-01.jpg (500x403 pixels) | Education | Scoop.it
Education's insight:

This is a graphic that depicts the United States' spending on education versus the education spending in other countries. Of course, America is disproportionately wealthy compared to some of the other countries on this list, as well as disproportionately overpopulated, so of course we spend more. But that we spend more on school than some of the countries with the best school systems in the world is kind of baffling to me ... what does this mean?

- Celeste

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Education
Scoop.it!

More education funding in Illinois will be spent on ages 0-3

More education funding in Illinois will be spent on ages 0-3 | Education | Scoop.it
More Illinois early education funding will be funneled to programs for children ages 3 and younger under a bill Gov. Pat Quinn will sign this morning.
Education's insight:

This article discusses how a bill the Illinois governor signed this morning will funnel more money into education for toddlers ages 0 - 3 (so, pre-pre-school). Even though this article is short and doesn't give a whole lot of info, I think the implications of where this money is going are very interesting. Clearly, people in power recognize that the formative years between age 0 and age 3 are the prime time to be educating children in daycares and other toddler-learning-centers. Obviously, money for high school or middle school education would be great, too, but more money for very young people is a really good thing. Makes me wonder if that's where future education $$ is headed, into pre-schools.

- Celeste

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Education
Scoop.it!

Court decides vital Vergara v. California education case

California Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu issued a decision this morning striking down teacher tenure protection, seniority-based job protection and existing disciplinary policy in a groundbreaking case for education equality.
Education's insight:

This is a landmark political decision made by a California judge, stating that teacher protections (including tenure) violate California's constitution. It's super interesting and definitely has its benefits and its ... bad sides. For instance, great teachers will now no longer be protected by certain laws and the benefits of tenure ... but tenure has historically also been a way that bad, old teachers who teach in maybe an older, less evolved way can stay in the teaching system. Very interesting.

- Celeste

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Education
Scoop.it!

Michelle Obama promotes arts education

Michelle Obama promotes arts education | Education | Scoop.it
The first lady hosted a White House talent show featuring students who participate in the Turnaround Arts program
Education's insight:

In this address to the participants and audience of the first-ever White House Talent Show, the First Lady addressed the problem in this country that arts education is seen as a secondary need. She states it is extremely problematic that increasing the funding for arts education is viewed as something that should occur after school districts get higher standardized test scores; rather, arts education should be a mandatory part of public school education in ORDER that those test scores go up. The part of the article accompanying the video I find most interesting is when the author talks about the actual stats of how kids' test scores improved after the implementation of the President's and the First Lady's Turnaround Arts program.

- Celeste

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Education
Scoop.it!

Healthier school lunches have come too far to turn back now - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Healthier school lunches have come too far to turn back now - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Education | Scoop.it
School nutrition politics fuel indignation.
Education's insight:

HEALTH AND WELLNESS PEOPLE!

This article is about Michelle Obama's platform on kids eating healthy and about the struggle to integrate healthy choices into public school lunches. Mrs. Obama states that we have actually recently seen a turn for the better in childhood obesity rates and that should only encourage us as a nation to continue to implement healthy school lunch choices: instead of fries and sugary drinks, healthier, less saturated options. However, there has been push back from the community because of the higher costs of organic, healthier food items, as well as disinterest from children in certain school districts. I think this relates to the questions our group has about education (what helps/what hinders it) because healthier school lunches can have both a positive and a negative impact on school performance and a child's enjoyment of their learning experience. Obviously, a balanced and healthier diet has been proven to increase brain productivity, but there is also definitely something to be said for the fact that happier kids perform better in any subject, and when a child gets to eat what he or she wants, he or she would be perhaps just as likely to succeed. Not to mention the financial strain on school districts under Mrs. Obama's healthy-eating plan, money that could be spent on other, arguably more important aspects of education.

- Celeste

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Education
Scoop.it!

Education Should Lead To The Next American Success Story - 06/09/2014 - Chattanoogan.com

Education's insight:

This article from the Chattanoogan is about whether or not our education system is preparing students for what the writer claims should be the purpose of education: to be productive members of the American workforce. It reminds me a lot of the animation-white board video about how the education system was designed during the industrial revolution to funnel kids from school straight into factory jobs, in short making schools factories themselves. I hate this idea of education. School should be about challenging kids' brains so they are capable of intellectual, abstract thought; jobs should be something that people figure out how to get themselves by utilizing that brain power, not something that they are robotically trained to get, as though the only value in school is the fact that it's the training ground for the next generation of American workers.

- Celeste

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Education from Health and Wellness
Scoop.it!

How mobile became mighty in healthcare

How mobile became mighty in healthcare | Education | Scoop.it
Chris Duffey and Katie Erbs report on ten powerful trends emerging in mobile health for patients, professionals and providers

Via Cassie May
Education's insight:

woah this is awesome! It shocks me that this isnt more known across the US. this seems like a a huge medical step! Smartphones have found their use!!!

 

-Ricki Blakesberg (responding to health and wellness)

more...
Cassie May's curator insight, June 9, 2014 11:10 AM

Awesome connections between technology and healthcare. The advancements have allowed people in even the most remote parts of the world have access to advanced medical techniques. With 15% of medical apps being used by physicians, the options are widespread. The ability to bring these medical techniques to third world countries on a smart phone is a huge. Also the apps allow people to have better access, control, and understanding about these previously unreachable and confusing machines. 

In hospitals electronic medical records have made life much easier. With quick access to organized records, waiting times, frustrations, and mix ups are all lessened. 

Scooped by Education
Scoop.it!

The SAT vs. the ACT | SAT ACT Comparison

The SAT vs. the ACT | SAT ACT Comparison | Education | Scoop.it
Colleges will accept either the SAT or ACT. So which should you take?
Education's insight:

Comparing the SAT and ACT: do colleges have a preference? 

This compares the positive and negative effects both the SAT and ACT.

 

-Ricki Blakesberg

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Education
Scoop.it!

Why Arts Education Is Crucial, and Who's Doing It Best

Why Arts Education Is Crucial, and Who's Doing It Best | Education | Scoop.it
Credit: Getty Images


"Art does not solve problems, but makes us aware of their existence," sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz has said. Arts education, on the other hand, does solve problems. Years o
Education's insight:

This article speaks to the importance of Arts in young kids education. Cutting the arts leaks into other subjects and overall effects young children. 

 

-Ricki Blakesberg

 

more...
Sam Silvestri's curator insight, October 10, 2014 11:04 AM

maybe take a look at this Sam. - DS

Scooped by Education
Scoop.it!

Study Shows Private Tutoring Increases Standardized Test Scores and Improves Chances of College Admission

Education's insight:

This study talks about the advantage students have when tutored privately. Their scores increase faster because of their one-one with a tutor. The student are able to learn techniques and feel very prepared on testing day. How is this fair to all the student who cannot get tutor? Would ending standardized testing show more equality amongst students? 

 

-Ricki Blakesberg

more...
Amy Argenal's comment, May 13, 2014 11:30 PM
Really interesting article. I feel like this issue comes up a lot around equity and education.
Scooped by Education
Scoop.it!

Early Learning | U.S. Department of Education

Early Learning | U.S. Department of Education | Education | Scoop.it
h1.title {display:none}
.leftheader {width: 330px; margin:auto; padding: 6px; float: left;}
.rightheader {width: 330px; margin:auto; padding: 6px; float: right;}
.openingquote {width: 500px; margin: auto; clear:both;}
#content-inner .content .overview h2 {font-size: 24px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; color: #2f3f5f;}
.overview h3 {color: #E27100; font
Education's insight:

This article speaks to the large portion of young students who do not have access to early education. It also touched on the importance of education at a very young age.

 

-Ricki Blakesberg

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Education
Scoop.it!

Structural inequality in education - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Structural inequality in education

Structural inequality has been identified as the bias that is built into the structure of organizations, institutions, governments or, social networks. Structural inequality occurs when the fabric of organizations, institutions, governments or social networks contain an embedded bias which provides advantages for some members and marginalizes or produces disadvantages for other members.

Education's insight:

A good summary of the many faucets of structural inequality in the education system. Since education is the "basis of equality", this is a large problem. Talks about student tracking, access to higher education, access to technology, and learning differences are all issues surrounding educational structural inequality. 

 

--- Michael Fontana

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Education
Scoop.it!

SAT-Scores-with-Arts.jpg (470x294 pixels)

SAT-Scores-with-Arts.jpg (470x294 pixels) | Education | Scoop.it
Education's insight:

Chart from 2005 says arts education will benefit teens' SAT scores ... it's sorta dated but it really shows that the greater amount of years teens have arts implemented into their education, the more likely they will be to succeed in other academic areas such as the SAT. From what I know due to my previous knowledge of the subject, it seems that developing music and visual arts skills helps mathematical ability, and kids who do drama tend to be develop skills with language.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Education
Scoop.it!

This Is Really Bad For Students In Poor Countries

This Is Really Bad For Students In Poor Countries | Education | Scoop.it

TAbout 250 million children throughout the world are lacking basic education skills, but global aid to education causes has dropped significantly since 2010.

A new report out Wednesday from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Or...

Education's insight:

This article discusses how global aid to children all over the world for education has dropped significantly since 2010. I think this is very interesting because it's global, it's not just about the United States. It's sad to see that it's not just a trend in the U.S. that education is undervalued and therefore underfunded, it's also the case in the entirety of ... Earth. I really like what a woman quoted in the article says that funding for education is an INVESTMENT, not an expense.

- Celeste

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Education
Scoop.it!

Oregon high school shooting: 'This is not a drill'

Oregon high school shooting: 'This is not a drill' | Education | Scoop.it
A gunman opened fire at a high school near Portland, Oregon, killing one student and forcing others to flee.
Education's insight:

Children just can't be guaranteed safety in their schools at this point. It's very scary and sad.

- Celeste

more...
Kaitlin McKinnon's comment, June 10, 2014 5:46 PM
This makes me SO ANGRY. This is the third school shooting in what, two weeks? It's disgusting, upsetting, and clearly something needs to be done. These incidents should act as a rallying cry, these are clear examples that /there is something wrong/ with gun control in this country.
We're lucky that only one person died at SPU and this time. I know at SPU the evacuation was successful because they'd practiced in the wake of UCSB, but just working on lockdown procedures is too little, too late. We need gun control, it's the only way to combat this issue.
Scooped by Education
Scoop.it!

lv4f81e787.jpg (630x414 pixels)

lv4f81e787.jpg (630x414 pixels) | Education | Scoop.it
Education's insight:

This graphic shows the difference in the way our work force is distributed across different jobs between 1940 and 2010. In 1940, the most popular job market was manufacturing, which makes sense because cars, TVs, and other modern-at-the-time household items were on the rise, as well as the beginning of the war, which brought on a huge manufacturing boom. This means that in 1940 the "assembly-line" style of education was actually very applicable. In 2010, though, the most popular job category was educational services, health care, and social assistance, jobs which don't require nearly as much trainable/teachable routine skills like math, science, and English, but are more jobs that require people skills and good capacities for creative and intellectual thinking. It's interesting to think that the system of education, and what we place value on, has evolved during various parts of American history (during the Space Race we were more concentrated on math and science, for instance), and I'm wondering what types of classes would be most valuable for the 2010 job-getter to take.

- Celeste

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Education
Scoop.it!

The Country’s Cultural Capital Has a Big Arts-Education Problem

The Country’s Cultural Capital Has a Big Arts-Education Problem | Education | Scoop.it
A new report found that many New York City schools in low-income areas don't have teachers for creative fields like dance, music, painting, or sculpture.
Education's insight:

Surprisingly, New York City is not a great city for funding for arts education. Especially in low-income neighborhoods in the 5 boroughs of New York, the amount of qualified arts educators in public schools is extremely low - there is a graphic within the article that shows a dot for each of the 419 schools that don't have any art teacher, even though at least one certified art teacher per public school is mandated by law. The article talks about how Now Child Left Behind, while extremely noble in its intentions and having done a lot of good work with underprivileged students, ushered in a new era of "high-stakes testing" that caused teachers in public schools to focus more on English and Math so their students could pass these standardized tests and less on the untestable skills of the arts. To me, the fact that these skills are untestable is exactly why they are so necessary: if school is to prepare people for life, students should be prepared that life isn't one giant SAT, but a series of obstacles that can only be overcome utilizing the tools acquired through more holistic education. It's shocking to me that NY, truly the culture capital of the U.S., has placed such a low value on arts education.

- Celeste

more...
Scooped by Education
Scoop.it!

What Is the Value of a Liberal Arts Education? The Answer Is an Open Book

What Is the Value of a Liberal Arts Education? The Answer Is an Open Book | Education | Scoop.it
These are the students of today and tomorrow, whom we want and need to attract to higher education. It is these individuals who will help us to become, once again, the most educated nation in the world....
Education's insight:

This is an article about how liberal arts college educations are extremely valuable for students, not because they are vocational and provide an easy and quick funnel into high-paying jobs, but because they are founded upon a teaching pedagogy that favors intellectual development and the ability to think creatively. However, the author states that although this type of education is invaluable, the rising cost of it and parents' desire that their children have college educations that prepare them to get jobs in an increasingly unstable job market it more important than the skills that would be gained in a liberal arts college. I think this is a really interesting perspective because obviously going to Urban we all really value liberal arts educations and many of us are going to liberal arts colleges in the fall, but I never thought that they would be frowned upon for not being "Here's how you make money" enough.

- Celeste

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Education
Scoop.it!

States spending the most on education

States spending the most on education | Education | Scoop.it
For the third year, public expenditure per student fell nationwide, according a recent release from the U.S. Census Bureau. Per pupil, school spending totaled $10,608 in 2012, roughly the same amount as the
Education's insight:

This is an article that discusses the US Census Bureau's count for 2013 of how much individual states spent on education. The stats on how much cash for education comes from the federal government versus the states is super interesting. Obviously, the wealthier states are the states that give the most money to education, but it was kind of surprising to me that the majority of the top 10 spending-states are on the East Coast ... California isn't on there, which is sad. I was intrigued, though that there was a sentence that said pouring money into education doesn't necessarily constitute a better school system.

- Celeste

more...
Sam Silvestri's curator insight, October 10, 2014 11:03 AM

ADD INSIGHT - DIANA SILVESTRI

Scooped by Education
Scoop.it!

College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't

College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't | Education | Scoop.it
Many students who don't ace the SAT and ACT tests apply to schools that make standardized test scores optional. A new study shows those students do just as well in college as those who submit their scores.
Education's insight:

This article talks about the stress that SAT and ACT (standardized tests) have on young students. Colleges are beginning to not require SAT or ACT scores to reduce stress for high schoolers.

 

-Ricki Blakesberg

more...
Displacement Project's comment, June 6, 2014 3:37 PM
I can definitely see how this article could be an interesting read for someone who went to high school 20 years ago, but personally I felt like most things in this article are pretty intuitive to the modern high school student, at least at Urban. Still, I personally hate the fact that the SAT exists, so I'm glad that its critics are spreading the word and doing studies to show how problematic it is.
-Joe
Scooped by Education
Scoop.it!

Redesigned SAT - College Board - Changes to the SAT Spring 2016

Redesigned SAT - College Board - Changes to the SAT Spring 2016 | Education | Scoop.it
When students open their SAT test books in spring 2016, they’ll encounter an SAT that is more focused and useful than ever before
Education's insight:

Will these changes in the SAT result once again in less people taking the ACT? Also will these SAT changes correlate with what we are learning in school?

 

-Ricki Blakesberg

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Education
Scoop.it!

ADHD diagnoses rise to 11% of kids

ADHD diagnoses rise to 11% of kids | Education | Scoop.it
The number of children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) continues to climb, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Education's insight:

This article talks about the rise of ADD amongst young children. More and more kids are being diagnosed--do all these kids need to be medicated? The rise of ADD in young kids has resulted obesity and other negative effects.

 

-Ricki Blakesberg

more...
Scooped by Education
Scoop.it!

800 Schools Don't Care About Your SATs

800 Schools Don't Care About Your SATs | Education | Scoop.it
A growing number of colleges are stepping away from the standardized exams traditionally required of admissions applicants. More than 800 colleges and universities across the country no longer mandate score submissions from SAT or ACT college admissions exams, according to the latest survey by the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, otherwise known as FairTest and a longtime critic of the SAT.
Education's insight:

College admission committees are gradually ending the requirement for SAT/ACT (standardized testing). This is a huge step for college admissions for many reasons. Two big ones are:  Lower income families have higher restrictions (in terms of studying and tutoring) giving certain kids higher advantages. Another one is the poor representation standardized testing shows of students. There is so much more to a student then just a test. 

 

-Ricki Blakesberg

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Education
Scoop.it!

Why We Need To Reform Education Now

Why We Need To Reform Education Now | Education | Scoop.it
In the ten years since the launch of No Child Left Behind, these efforts have intensified. The results have been unimpressive. Graduation rates continue to falter and students and teachers alike are becoming more disaffected. So what's the real problem here?
Education's insight:

Tells the story of how the USA used to have the lowest dropout rate, to now one of the highest. It describes the reasons for this, and how to reform the education system, we need to "improve our schools, we have to humanize them and make education personal to every student and teacher in the system."


-- Michael Fontana

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Education
Scoop.it!

Bureaucratization of Schools - Boundless Open Textbook

Bureaucratization of Schools - Boundless Open Textbook | Education | Scoop.it
The bureaucratization of schools has some advantages but has also led to the perpetuation of discrimination and an aversion to change. Read more about bureaucratization of schools in the Boundless open textbook.
Education's insight:

In theory, bureaucracy is meant to improve the efficiency and equity of an organization or system. However in reality, some individuals benefit from structural privileges and social origins like a dominant race, language, or culture to which some other individuals may not have access. 

 

-- Michael Fontana

more...