Most parents view video games as something of a wasteful leisure activity. However, high ability level in video games could be a ticket to a full college scholarship. Schools offer scholarships for all sorts of extracurricular activities including those in the arts. Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania is the first college in the country to offer scholarships for proficiency in video games, namely Xbox. The scholarship can cover up to half of the annual room and board price at the school. The deal is even sweeter for the varsity video game team, who are not bound by NCAA regulations since there is no governing body for “e-sports” and can participate in professional tournaments for money.
In previous blog posts, I’ve talked about the development of academic scandal involving athletes at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Some student athletes were reported to have taken "fake classes" in order to boost their grades so they can remain eligible to play. Critics argued that the NCAA should be partly held responsible for scandals involving student athletes. However, in response to a lawsuit, the NCAA argues that, it has no legal authority to ensure that student athletes receive a quality education.
However, several independent investigations have shown that the NCAA lacks transparency. The NCAA does not have stringent policies in place to help student athletes with their academics and injuries. I believe the NCAA and its policies need to be reevaluated. There should be policies that ensure transparency and help student athletes on and off the field.
There were lots of (read: probably too many) heated debates between prescriptivists and descriptivists over hyphens and the singular they at the copy editing conference I attended last week. I'm glad to see Buzzfeed captured everyone's favorite pet peeves. (I intentionally avoided being interviewed, but enjoy this nonetheless).
Thanks to funding from the New Venture Fund and support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Medium has launched Bright, pop-up publication about innovation in education."
As an aside, it looks great on mobile.
Thinking about spending your time learning French, Italian or Chinese? The world may not be running on these languages in the near future but rather a 0 and 1.
How can we evaluate the quality of education around the world? When conducting evaluations, it is important to have accurate data so one can compare to the quality of education in different countries. Senegal recently became one of the first sub-Saharan African countries to participate in OECD’s international education assessments. The OECD will compare the level of education in Senegal with some of the best and competitive education systems around the world. The assessments will provide Senegal with the data to improve teaching and recommendations to give students the right tools and assistance to excel in school.
Law schools have been going through something of an identity crisis in recent years. It has seen a large drop-off in enrollment as lack of employment opportunities coupled with crippling student loans has made it an unattractive field for many. One can argue it has become a casualty of the growing investment in STEM by schools and policymakers. However, it seems the grim diagnosis for law schools might have been a bit premature. According to this NY Times piece, law schools are in the midst of a resurgence. The sustainability of this mini resurgence is subject to proof in the coming years.
There are several organizations across the globe that works to improve global education. Children in most countries lack access to quality education for so many reasons. Pencils of promise is one such organization. It is dedicated to improving educational opportunities for children across the globe. It is very important for other organizations to emulate the models set in place to transform the lives of most children. It is evident that everyone has a role to play in education and improving education goes a long way to positively affecting the lives of others. The vialogue below highlights the impressive journey and work of Pencils of Promise.
This was another one which was a good take on monsanto.