The Learner’s Updates

  • America's High School Graduates Look Like Other Countries' High School Dropouts

    NPR | Article Link | by Gabrielle Emanuel

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    A new study confirms what many Americans already knew deep in their hearts: We're not good at math.

    Not only that, but when it comes to technology skills, we're dead last co..

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  • How this Bay Area charter school network is reinventing education

    Los Angeles Time | Article Link | by Nichole Dobo

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    Diane Tavenner scanned the list of names a staffer at Summit Preparatory Charter High School had just handed her. She began to cry. They weren't happy tears.

    Where..

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  • A tale of two cities

    The Economist | Article Link

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    BEING a Eurosceptic in a university city is a lonely business. In the drizzle outside the Cambridge Union a student in a roll-neck is trying to hand anti-EU leaflets to the cliques hurr..

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  • Why academics need to get moving

    The Guardian | Article Link | by MC Schraefel

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    We don't need a survey to prove that stress levels for academics are higher than those in the general population, but we have one anyway.

    Long hours, heavy teaching and..

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  • How India Pierced Facebook’s Free Internet Program

    Backchannel | Article Link | by Lauren Smiley

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    ​If you wanted to get a glimpse of how hard Facebook can fight when pressed against the wall — a hint of its war chest, the scope of its ambition to access and connect th..

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  • Is Tenure Essential?

    Inside Higher Ed | Article Link | by Scott Jaschik

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    Presidents whose institutions are members of the Council of Independent Colleges have been working on a project to help map the future of their institutions, which a..

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  • Colleges Want Students with Character, But Can’t Measure It

    Nautilus | Article Link | by Eric Hoover

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    Jon Boeckenstedt devours data. As DePaul University’s associate vice president for enrollment management, he studies how the institution’s 16,000 undergraduates are doing, try..

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  • House Restores Local Education Control in Revising No Child Left Behind

    The New York Times | Article Link | by Emmarie Huetteman and Motoko Rich

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    WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday approved a sweeping bill to revise the contentious No Child Left Behind law, representing the end of an e..

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  • There’s an awful cost to getting a PhD that no one talks about

    Quartz | Article Link | by Jennifer Walker

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    One night during the third year of my PhD program, I sat on my bed with a packet of tranquilizers and a bottle of vodka. I popped a few pills in my mouth and swigged out o..

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  • The Ever-Growing Ed-Tech Market

    The Atlantic | Article Link | by Angela Chen

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    Every few months, a new study claims that gadgets in the classroom don’t improve learning—but that hasn’t stopped the educational technology market’s steady upward climb.

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