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.
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.
For generations, African Americans have fought to achieve some form of economic stability. W.E.B Du Bois could be considered the grandfather of black scholars who strive to create such opportunities for black America. In his famous work, "The Talented Tenth," he "defined the urgency of black social responsibility". Dubois ideology stems from how "African-American demographic need to lead the race into an integrated equal America.
One of the issues that still remain unclear in international education is student-teacher ratio. The question is how many students per class would be considered as the right amount for a teacher? Personally, I believe that a class of 30 students or more can make both teaching and learning difficult for some teachers and students. Generally, some students perform well when the class is small. Contrarily, big classes propel other students to be at their best.
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According to Davis Jenkins, Senior Research Associate at Teachers College's Community College Research Center (CRCC), only about 14% of transfer students earn a college degree in six years. This proves that the current community college system has failed to prepare students for the rigors of four year schools.
George and I are attending the annual Youth Forum at the United Nations (UN) today. We will be live blogging all of the day's events.
The field of education has experienced a lot of changes over the years due to technology. Some schools offer intensive courses in computer science for students to learn basic coding. Other schools do not focus on the computer science courses they offer. Considering the current state of the labor market and economy, it is very essential for students to learn basic computer skills because the world revolves around technology.
State exams are the best way to challenge students' learning abilities. However, teachers have been complaining recently about the New York state exams for third through eighth grades. They believe the exam is administered the wrong way. One of the significant concerns about the test is its timing. Students are not given enough time to complete the exam, which they believe is harming their test scores.