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Bullet Points: Inside the 2014 Student Loan Borrowers’ Bill of Rights Act

Published: February 16th 2014, 12:20pm Tess VandenDolder InTheCapital In the summer of 2013 the debate over the high level of student loans in this country reached a crescendo. In the absence of a bipartisan solution, rates for federal student loans doubled. A month later, thanks to media pressure, Congress was able to pass legislation reducing […]

US Government Shuts Down Access to Online Courses in Syria, Sudan, Iran and Cuba

by NEUROBONKERS JANUARY 28, 2014, 11:09 PM BigThink Coursera is a service that allows top universities around the world to share their material online. Without spending a penny I’ve completed courses on Coursera from universities including Stanford and Caltech on topics ranging from science writing and law to neuroscience and clinical problem solving. My experience […]

Student Loan Outrage and Other Higher Ed Trends for 2014

By SOPHIE QUINTON – 01/06/2014, 11:28AM / Updated 01/06/2014, 12:35PM National Journal A number of education trends made their mark in 2013, from massive open online courses to evaluating colleges based on their graduation rates. The underlying forces that drove change this year aren’t likely to change anytime soon: declining public funding, changing demographics, advancing […]

Why Students Do Better Overseas

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD Published: December 17, 2013 NYTimes Millions of laid-off American factory workers were the first to realize that they were competing against job seekers around the globe with comparable skills but far smaller paychecks. But a similar fate also awaits workers who aspire to high-skilled, high-paying jobs in engineering and technical fields […]

China’s 10 new and surprising school reform rules

BY VALERIE STRAUSS Washington Post October 30 at 12:00 pm Earlier this year China began a major education reform initiative designed to increase student engagement and end student boredom and anxiety. Curbing standardized testing was one aim. Scholar Yong Zhao wrote about it first in this post, and, now, below, gives us the latest developments. […]

Education Reform: Not Complicated — but Seriously Difficult

David M. SteinerFounding Director, CUNY Institute for Education Policy at Roosevelt House; Klara and Larry Silverstein Dean, Hunter College School of Education Huffington Post Posted: 10/25/2013 11:05 am Given the highly favorable reviews and rave blurbs from such diverse figures as former New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and American Federation of Teachers President […]

‘An Industry of Mediocrity’

By BILL KELLER NYTimes Published: October 20, 2013 Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. And those who can’t teach, teach teaching. WHOEVER coined that caustic aphorism should have been in a Harlem classroom last week where Bill Jackson was demonstrating an exception to the rule. Jackson, a 31-year classroom veteran, was teaching the […]

College’s Identity Crisis

By FRANK BRUNI NYTimes Published: October 12, 2013 IS a college degree’s worth best measured by the income its recipient makes 5 or 10 years down the road? Is college primarily a catapult to wealth? These were questions implicitly raised by President Obama’s recent proposal that the federal government look at graduates’ earnings when rating […]

Turning Education Upside Down

By TINA ROSENBERG October 9, 2013, 11:45 am NYTimes Three years ago, Clintondale High School, just north of Detroit, became a “flipped school” — one where students watch teachers’ lectures at home and do what we’d otherwise call “homework” in class. Teachers record video lessons, which students watch on their smartphones, home computers or at […]

Lifelines for Poor Children

By JAMES J. HECKMAN September 14, 2013, 6:33 pm NYTimes What’s missing in the current debate over economic inequality is enough serious discussion about investing in effective early childhood development from birth to age 5. This is not a big government boondoggle policy that would require a huge redistribution of wealth. Acting on it would, […]