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4 years ago
This article highlights the differences between federal and state funds towards higher education. According to the article, "federal per-student spending increased by 32 percent, while state spending dropped by 37 percent", state funds for students should be revised. If federal and state funds grow in parallel to each other, maybe, just maybe, education can be affordable for some of us.
4 years ago
Education has and remains one of the best ways to ensure a stable life. The means by which we acquire it has changed so much in recent times that it has led to a rethink of our entire education system, especially higher education and its rising costs. This NY Times piece looks at the overall debt for students who end up with a degree of some sort. It paints a rather decent picture of student debt (contrary to popular belief), especially for undergradu...
4 years ago
It seems the worldwide campaign to empower young girls through education is gaining momentum by the day. Malala Yousafzai’s attempted assassination and her recent win as Nobel Prize winner coupled with the abduction of 200 young girls In Nigeria by Boko Haram have brought girls education to the global forefront. It is in this spirit that First Lady Michelle Obama, along with UK government, have pledged support the Let Girls Learn initiative. The initiative, with an initial funding totaling $200 million, plans to c...
4 years ago
Technology has rapidly replaced many jobs and the fear for future generations of workers is that their future career job won’t need a human. A computer is able to learn material that years for a human to master. How can our education system reconcile this obvious problem? In essence, how can we prepare today’s students to still have jobs well into retirement age? In this op=-ed, the author offers two solutions. First, “teachers need to t...
4 years ago
With commencement season winding down, graduates are preparing for life in the “real world.”recent This consists of finding a new place to live (maybe relocation), a job, or graduate school, among others. Another thing recent graduates also have to face is the harsh reality that is student loans. It is estimated that Americans owe over 1.2 trillion in student loans. Fortunately, there is a 6-9 month grace period for most students. Having a checklist of things to do before starti...
4 years ago
College is great opportunity for people to advance their knowledge and gain a competitive edge in the market place. As beneficial as college is, it comes with a heavy cost. This has led to increasing debate about the true value of college. Is it worth the money and time? Here are some reasons one doesn't have to necessarily go to college: The workforce needs people to work, Loans are difficult to pay off, A person will not necessarily wor...
4 years ago
Let the testing wars begin (or continue). With New York City students set to take standardized exams in the coming weeks, the battle over testing is rearing its head again in the news, and online forums. The tests are part of the requirements of the Common Core standards. New York state has set a tougher set of standardized exams for its students in conjunction with the Common Core. This has essentially made New York the battleground fo...
5 years ago
The recent announcement by Sweet Briar College to close shop has brought the spotlight firmly on the financial struggles of some institutions. Some Historically Black Universities and Colleges (HBCUs) are bound to close their doors soon due to financial struggles. They are on the threshold of financial collapse. There are various reasons for the financial decline at HBCUs. Unequal government funding, declining enrollment and lack of good leadership are some of the reasons for the f...
5 years ago
There has been a lot of focus on community colleges lately. For instance, President Obama recently announced plans to make community college free for eligible students. This is light of recent discourse about the purpose of community college due to low completion rates. This NY Times pieces highlights a promising initiative by CUNY, Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) to improve graduating rates at community colleges. One of the majo...
5 years ago
There has been a lot of talk about lack of women representation and/or interest in STEM subjects. This is also reflected in the STEM related jobs. This piece talks about how teacher biases towards girls during the early schooling years can have a profound effect on their interest in math and science. We know the teaching method a particular educator can make a huge different in the way student comprehend the material. The piece also ar...