Why Are Colleges Getting So Expensive?

College is expensive and costs are rising annually. But schools have different reasons for their rising costs. "People like to ask why 'college' is getting so expensive, but they need a better question," says Derek Thompson, writing in The Atlantic. "There are almost 7,000 accredited colleges and … [Read more...]

Escaping the Community-College Trap

Escaping the Community-College Trap. More than half of community-college students never earn a degree. Ann Hulbert, writing in The Atlantic, offers some ideas on how to fix that. Photo by Mike McQuade in The Atlantic "Daquan McGee got out of jail," she writes,  then he got accepted to  a community … [Read more...]

How to Get More Early Bloomers in kid’s Ed.

How to get more early bloomers in children's education. Many kids never reach their full potential. Many who do, start indicating prowess early. A good preschool could mean different things, safety maybe, but that should be a given. Or it could get disadvantaged children ready to learn reading … [Read more...]

The Danger of Telling Poor Kids That College Is the Key to Social Mobility

When schools de-emphasize the intellectual benefits of higher education, like college, students become less imaginative about their futures. A 12th-grader wrote a college admissions essay about wanting to pursue a career in oceanography. Let’s call her Isabella. A few months ago, we edited it in … [Read more...]

The Growth of College Grads in Dead-End Jobs

In most majors, college graduates come out of school making closer to $30,000 than $45,000. Take the 44 percent of all working grads who are underemployed and multiply it by 20 percent. You get 8 percent of the whole. These post-recession years have not been gentle on young college grads, and by … [Read more...]

5 Tips From School To Help You Keep Progressing As An Adult

Read, write, listen, talk--put them together and they add up to thinking. 1. Attend class. Not only are students in their 50s and 60s becoming more common in college classrooms these days, but there are also a range of classes suited specifically for them. Colleges, art galleries and museums also … [Read more...]

When Minority Students Attend Elite Private Schools

Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn't. Worth trying though. Many parents of color send their children to exclusive, predominantly white schools in an attempt to give their kids a "ticket to upward mobility." But these well-resourced institutions can fall short at nurturing minority students … [Read more...]

Know Yourself. Do you know YOURSELF?

DO IT YOURSELF: KNOW YOURSELF. Are you, You? (I MEAN THE REAL YOU AND NOT AN IMPOSTOR OF SOME KIND?) Do you even know? Have you thought about it lately? (This is part 2 in our series on the self. Part one is below.) Self-Knowledge' is crucial to determining who we are and what we want on … [Read more...]

Even Gifted Students Can’t Keep Up In Math and Science, the Best Fend for Themselves

In a post-smokestack age, there is only one way for the United States to avoid a declining standard of living, and that is through innovation...The nation has to enlarge its pool of the best and brightest science and math students and encourage them to pursue careers that will keep the country … [Read more...]

What Is Good Teaching?

What is good teaching? The question is rarely posed and almost never answered. This topic deserves attention and not just from teachers, but colleges, high schools, school boards and parents. For example, do teaching colleges teach class managment? Not much. They're training people for a … [Read more...]