As the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) readies to conclude at the end of the year, the focus has shifted to sustainable development goods and post 2015 agenda. One of the MDGs goals was to achieve universal primary education. Safe to say, a lot of countries will not meet this target come December 31, 2015. Recent studies have showed many African children are motivated to attend school. However, they are not learning in school.
It's my honor to share an important video that was published by EdLab today—our latest #TCChangemaker on Amanda Aiken, an alumna of Teachers College working in New Orleans. This is part of our series we're producing for the TC Admissions Office to help create a conversation about the College's impact, and it will likely be featured in an ad campaign in The Atlantic this fall. We're also excited to launch this on the 10th anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster that devastated New Orleans. We hope this will be one more way we help the conversation about democracy and education continue.
Our work is hard. The work of many educators is harder. I hope you'll take a moment to reflect on EdLab's mission, and the complex routines that are a part of our work, and how you're able to bring your whole self to the tasks we work on together—every day, every week, every year.
If you weren't here when EdLab launched the Teaching the Levees curriculum, check it out!
Here at the Edlab, there is an intersection of worlds that come together; education, technology, libraries, and much more. I wanted to know what the eclectic population of minds here thought about this article from the Atlantic about Chelsea Manning and prohibited reading material in prison. In terms of what should and should not be allowed as reading material in the library, prison repositories definitely have a different protocol for collections.
The Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria has destroyed so many lives. Students have been restricted from attending schools and citizens have been forced to flee their homes because they are not safe. According to this piece, students displaced by Boko Haram have been denied access to education by the federal government. Government schools have rejected them because they lack the necessary documents for admission. Many students have no school to attend or a job.
About 7 in 10 recent college graduates carry student debt. The average graduate owes close to $30,000. Technology might have a transformative impact to help parents and student can do something about the loans. The problem from K-12 all the way to graduate school is that every year, things cost more, but student performance remains stagnant and some even become worse. One way to fix this problem is to take online courses.
A recent report by Sallie Mae highlights how American families are paying for higher education. College expense went up by about 16% this year, making it the highest rise in education expense in five years. However, the most shocking headline is that although expenses of higher education are increasing, only 16% of students actually borrow money. Family income makes up 32% , grants and scholarships makes up 30% and 11% of students pay their own tuition.
Really interesting video on the way that our brain is constantly playing tricks on us. Humans are so peculiar because we use these brain tricks in order to survive on a daily basis, but they also have the power to influence our perception of reality without us even knowing it.
For more interesting videos about the way our bodies work (false hearing, sight tricks, etc.) check out the YouTube page AsapSCIENCE!
Google just announced a major restructuring of its operations. The company will now be part of a larger organization, Alphabet, with Larry Page serving as CEO and Sergey Brin, as President. It will certainly be interesting to track the new products and services that will be developed and added to this ever-expanding portfolio.
There is always a need for innovation. The current school curriculum places a lot of focus on STEM. The attention on STEM is an effort to train the next generation of workers needed to fill up the availability of skilled jobs. As a result of the STEM emphasis, many schools are ignoring and cutting funds for art programs. Learning how color and light corresponds, knowing self expression through writing, sitting in cultural studies and critical thinking classes add to the creativity of a student.
I have spent a day to implement the Trends page for the library website (the old page is http://library.tc.columbia.edu/trends.php) which is really outdated (some data are for 2006-2007). It's very interesting to look at those stats but I think it's important to get the stats up-to-date. Right now you can preview the Trends page on the development server: