The U.S ranked sixth in reading among fourth graders, a significant gain over 14th in 2006. Math scores were less impressive, with the U.S. only in the top 15 among fourth graders and among the top 24 in eighth grade. The U.S. made the top 10 in fourth-grade science, but was only among the top 23 in eighth grade.
Land-grant campuses collectively enroll more than 4.6 million students and have 645,000 faculty members. They conduct two-thirds of the nation’s academic research and charge a third as much as comparable private universities, even after years of price increases.
The movement to overhaul how teachers are rated has sparked public battles between school officials and teachers unions across the country. Amid the tumult, the SIG program has received less attention.
“The national graduation rate increased to 75.5 percent in 2009, up from 72 percent in 2001. And the number of “dropout factories” — high schools where at least 60 percent of students do not graduate on time — fell from 2,007 in 2002 to 1,550 in 2010.” – Lyndsey Layton, The Washington Post
Under a Romney administration, we wonder if the Department of Education would again loosen rules on the For-Profit colleges? If that is the case, we will editorialize against him in weeks and months going forward. This is an area where we believe President Obama has the interest of the country in mind by imposing regulations that require better policy and performance by these schools.
“What’s different about us from Salman Khan is we are trying to create a million Salman Khans. …. As good as he is, he is not yet teaching people how to make a great tutorial. I like Salman Khan. He was at MIT and caries the MIT spirit in everything he does. We both use technology to change the world.So we are kind of MIT buddies. But I told him last time we met in Mountain View, that He’s not doing enough to teach people how to make a great tutorial. I told him: ‘Let’s try to teach people how to be you.’ ” – Dr. Idit Harel Caperton, Founder of Globaloria
Must read from Wall Street Journal provides a good overview of the strengths and pitfalls of the online classes movement. The biggest concern is the persistently low outcomes for children in fulltime online classes. Do bean bags and flexibility amount to better learning?