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[caption id="attachment_19573" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="View upward inside Toghrul Tower, Ray, Iran. 12th century tomb of Seljuk ruler Toğrül. By Matthias Blume. "][/caption] Twenty-two brave souls addressed this question at the Library's monthly Socratic Conversation on November 7th, conducted by Ron Gross. They sta...
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There is a popular notion that 11th grade is the most important high school year. Educators, counselors, parents and even students often cite 11th grade as the final year to impress colleges as it is would be the most recent indicator of one's academic performance when applying for college. However, there has been a recent focus on the ninth grade as the make or break year for students, especially those in urban public schools. Recent research on ninth grade makes for g...
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The newly elected mayors of Boston and New York have promised to make a quick imprint on K-12 education. The educational systems of both cities are under mayoral control. New York City voters elected Democrat Bill de Blasio while Bostonians elected Republican Martin J. Walsh. With both cities facing difficult education challenges, especially the gaps in graduation rates between Blacks, Latino, White and Asian students, a change in policy will have to be im...
A survey conducted by the Book Industry Study Group reported that last spring 34% of students downloaded course content from illegal websites, up from 20% the year before. The rising cost of textbooks (6% per year, according to the report) is discouraging already cash-strapped college students and making higher education more expensive than ever. As more students are pushed into the digital marketplace, traditional textbook publishers will have to...
Steve Arnold is one of the world’s leading venture capitalists and co-founder/Partner Emeritus of Polaris Partners. Polaris invests in technology, healthcare and consumer products companies ranging from JibJab to JustFab (
November 13, 2013's top stories on learning, carefully selected by the NLT Team 1. When it comes to managing technology in schools, who's in charge? Full story from Hechinger Ed 2. 3d printers for everyone!
Being a good teacher means giving all of yourself to your students, but does it also mean giving all of your paycheck? Many teachers know the harsh reality of a school budget that won't budge on necessary school supplies so, in response, they find themselves picking up the tab. This video comes from an organization that wants to flip the script on what has regrettably become the norm. Think of DonorsChoose.org like a Kickstarter for education: teac...
7 years ago
For those interested in Design Thinking, this documentary might be of interest: Design & Thinking How do we fully engage organizations to think about the changing landscape of business, culture and society? Inspired by design thinking, this documentary grabs businessman, designers, social change-makers and individuals to portrait what they have in common when facing this ambiguous 21st century. What is design thinking? How is it applied in business models? How are people changing the world with their own creative...
7 years ago
The vialogue below portrays the current struggles of the public school system in South Africa. According to the video, the education system is still haunted by apartheid. Celia Dugger from the New York Times reports the black majority in South Africa is placed in inferior education systems as opposed to the white minority. The end result is a system in which blacks essentially end up becoming servants to whites. After reading this, I pondered whether this is even an educational system because how can students be placed in schools and yet end up serving us laborers. Most people embark on ed...
November 11, 2013's top stories on learning, carefully selected by the NLT Team 1. Who's going to teach all these kids? Full story from RedefinED 2. The real benefits of EdTech.