The ongoing water crisis in Flint has sparked a nationwide debate about many topics such as race, class and governance. Lead is a very harmful substance that can cause many defects when it enters the bloodstream. According to reports, the issue in Flint was brought to the notice of officials long before it exacerbated. Officials in Flint did not admit there was a huge lead problem with the water supply. They rather informed the public that the city had not found a similar issue with the water supply.
Over the past two years, the number of states requiring high school students to complete a course in Economics before graduating has dropped. New York State is among the few states requiring students to take an Economics or Finance class as part of their graduation requirements. A survey by the Council for Economic Education (CEE) found that 20 states are offering mandatory economic classes as part of their state curriculum. In 2014, 22 states were enforcing economics as part of their curriculum. However, that number has since dropped to 20.
The education system in South Africa has yet to excel, even in the post-apartheid era. According to Angie Motshekga, South Africa’s Education Minister, the education system is in crisis. To some degree, Motshekga might be right. For instance, out of 800,000 students, 213,000 failed their end of school year examination. Such shocking statistics speaks volume. Some people believe that not enough money is invested in schools in South Africa. However, about 6% of the country’s GDP is used to fund education, more than any African country.
High school students all across the country are currently preparing to take the SATs later this Spring. The College Board, overseers of the SATs, recently made changes to the exam. Curious about how well you will do on the new SATs? Try it out here.
A linebacker in NFL and Math Ph.D. at MIT. Yes, you heard it right. The Ravens linebacker John Urschel has been admitted to the Ph.D. program in Mathematics at MIT. And he decided to start his Ph.D. program this year.
We all recall back to 2015; a year where radical extremist groups such as ISIS and Boko Haram terrorized the world. We vividly remember the violent events in Paris in January and November. One of the emerging concerns that arose from the attacks is how we can combat terrorism. For example, ISIS wants an Islamic republic in the Middle East and Boko Haram is against the education of girls. This article talks about how education can act as a buffer to recruiting terrorists.
Every year, youth organizations and youth representatives from UN Member States gather to discuss and address matters of concern to today's youth. This year I had the chance to attend this major meeting and participate in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This agenda is set to end extreme poverty, fight inequality, injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.
The United States and UK will be losing foreign students to Canada and Australia. The two countries are seeking to attract more foreign students in order to improve their education system overall. Foreigners make up a big chunk of the student population in the United States. There about 4.5 million students globally leaving their home countries to study abroad.
Assessment remains a very vital aspect of education. Several researchers have proven that students and teachers tend to improve when they evaluate themselves or when they are evaluated by superiors. Students and teachers are able to focus more on what they are not doing right when they receive feedback. Perhaps the most universal method of evaluating students is exams. There are exams that are usually designed for individual schools, states and in some countries, national exams are mandatory for every student.
Apple has developed educational tool named LearnSprout. LearnSprout allows teachers to track students' test scores, progress and organize classroom achievement targets. This educational tool is mainly for PC and Mac users. It helps create school oriented features and "it also includes a new classroom app for teachers that coordinates lessons and student usage of iOS devices.” LearnSprout can be the reason for schools to switch to iPads for their curriculum.