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Texas GOP rejects ‘critical thinking’ skills. Really. - The Answer Sheet (Update: Stephen Colbert’s take; other details) In the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff department, here’s what the Republican Party of Texas wrote into its 2012 platform as part of the section on education: Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority. Yes, you read that right. The party opposes the teaching of “higher order thinking skills” because it believes the purpose is to challenge a student’s “fixed beliefs” and undermine “parental authority.” It opposes, among other things, early childhood education, sex education, and multicultural education, but supports “school subjects with emphasis on the Judeo-Christian principles upon which America was founded.”
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Separation of church and what?Currier & Ives/Library of Congress Thanks to a new law privatizing public education in Louisiana, Bible-based curriculum can now indoctrinate young, pliant minds with the good news of the Lord—all on the state taxpayers' dime. Under Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program, considered the most sweeping in the country, Louisiana is poised to spend tens of millions of dollars to help poor and middle-class students from the state's notoriously terrible public schools receive a private education. While the governor's plan sounds great in the glittery parlance of the state's PR machine, the program is rife with accountability problems that actually haven't been solved by the new standards the Louisiana Department of Education adopted two weeks ago. 14 Wacky "Facts" Kids Will Learn in Louisiana's Voucher Schools
March 11, 2013 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. If recent elections have taught us anything, it’s that young Americans have taken a decided turn to the left. 11 Most Absurd Lies Conservatives Are Using to Brainwash America's School Kids
Don’t you wish that someone had told you the truth before you went to college? Don’t you wish that someone had told you that college has become a giant money making scam that is designed to drain as much money out of students and parents as possible? Yes, college can be a profitable endeavor if you pick your field of study wisely, if you can get someone else to pay for at least some of it and if you can actually get a good job in that field when you graduate. 19 Things That All High School Students Should Be Told Before They Go To College
Fixing College Through Lower Costs and Better Technology NO matter what the University of Virginia’s governing board decides today, when it is scheduled to determine the fate of the university’s ousted president, Teresa A. Sullivan, the intense interest in the case shows how much anxiety surrounds the future of higher education — especially the question of whether university leaders are moving too slowly to position their schools for a rapidly changing world (as some of Ms. Sullivan’s critics have suggested of her). There is good reason for the anxiety. Setting aside the specifics of the Virginia drama, university leaders desperately need to transform how colleges do business.
America May Have Too Many College Graduates There's no question that, in today's economy, you are better off with a college education than you are without one. The unemployment rate for grads is lower, and their wages are higher, as are their chances of advancing to a management job. But does that necessarily mean the whole economy would be better off if more Americans had a diploma? That's a tougher issue, one which has been the subject of some lively debate since the Georgetown Center On Education the Workforce published a study last week examining how workers at different education levels have fared in the job market.
Fixes looks at solutions to social problems and why they work. If you were a student looking for financing to pursue a degree in social science, would you accept an offer of $16,000, in exchange for paying 4.5 percent of your income for 10 years after you graduate? In Tuesday’s column, I wrote about a social enterprise called Lumni, which helps predominately low-income students in Colombia, Mexico, Chile and the United States finance their college educations through “human capital contracts.” In exchange for the financing they receive, the students commit to repayment schemes along the lines of the one outlined above (the terms vary). A Way to Pay for College, With Dividends
August 5, 2011 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. The following is a partial transcript of a recent speech delivered by Noam Chomsky at the University of Toronto at Scarborough on the rapid privatization process of public higher education in the United States. A couple of months ago, I went to Mexico to give talks at the National University in Mexico, UNAM. Chomsky: Education Under Massive Corporate Assault
Elizabeth Warren’s QE for Students: Populist Demagoguery or Economic Breakthrough? Posted on Jun 14, 2013 By Ellen Brown, Web of Debt This piece first appeared at Web of Debt. Elizabeth Warren’s QE for Students: Populist Demagoguery or Economic Breakthrough?
Sara Rimm-Kaufman, the study’s lead author and an associate professor of education at the University of Virginia, said the results are important during a period of increased emphasis on academic results. At a time when teacher evaluations and school performance are increasingly judged by student test scores, many educators may feel that limited classroom time is better spent on academics and not “softer” social skills, Rimm-Kaufman said. The study shows that teaching social skills in the elementary years can translate into higher test scores, she said. “Our research shows that time spent supporting children’s social and emotional abilities can be a very wise investment,” said Rimm-Kaufman, who was joined by researchers from Virginia, George Mason and Arizona State universities. “When teachers receive adequate levels of training and support, using practices that support students’ social and emotional growth actually boosts achievement.” Socialization technique helps in academic achievement, trial study finds
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What's the general economic consensus on the impact of student loans on the household finances of those who hold them? Here's "Student Loans: Do College Students Borrow Too Much—Or Not Enough?" (Christopher Avery and Sarah Turner, 2012), which argues, "[t]here is little evidence to suggest that the average burden of loan repayment relative to income has increased in recent years." Are Student Loans Becoming a Macroeconomic Issue?
If you're one of the 37 million Americans with student loan debt, you're in for a real treat come July 1. That's when interest rates on federal student loans are set to rise to 6.8 percent—double the current rate of 3.4 percent. That deadline has lawmakers scrambling for a fix. There are a bunch of proposals out there, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's call for students to be allowed to pay the low, low rate that big banks pay for short-term borrowing; a plan President Barack Obama laid out in his budget in April; and the GOP plan that just passed the House—a plan Obama hates. Whatever lawmakers and the president ultimately decide matters a lot. Student Loan Debt Is a Beast. Here Are Elizabeth Warren's, President Obama's, and the GOP's Plans to Fix It.
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