As recently as 1992, most public high schools had extensive vocational training programs, many of which operated in the same buildings as college-preparatory programs. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 97% of American students who graduated high school in 1992 had completed at least one vocational education course. And the average high school graduate in the U.S. had completed as many as four full-year vocational training courses. Read more
“I graduated with a B.S. degree in robotics last year,” a young woman tells us. “And guess what? I couldn’t get a job designing robots. However, I did get a great job teaching middle school and high school students how to build them. I’m having the time of my life!” Read more
Are you a parent, a student, or a college admissions counselor who needs to know more about paying for college?
In addition to books and magazine articles that offer insights, there are also a number of blogs that offer advice. Here is a list of some we found that offer good information. Read more
Are you a high school student who is interested in becoming an engineer? Or do you know a student who is interested in majoring in engineering in college?
If so, there are lots of online opportunities to learn what engineering classes are like. Visit the links below to take a seat in a virtual engineering classroom. Read more
You have heard the news that the Trump administration, supported by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, is ramping up efforts to do away with long-standing policies that have afforded advantageous educational opportunities to so-called minority students. Actually, the efforts began nearly a year ago, on August 1, 2017, when the Justice Department called for new efforts to combat “intentional race-based discrimination.” Read more
The Yale School of Music, an elite tuition-free program for performers, composers, music historians and other musical specialists, recently convened a symposium on music education in schools. The result was a statement that the School published, “Declaration on Equity in Music for City Students.” Two sections of that declaration are, “We call for every student in every city to have access to a robust and active music life” and, “We call for changes in the development, training, and support of music educators and teaching artists.” Read more
Associate’s degrees could represent one of the most significant educational bargains today. Some students are saving money by earning these degrees at community colleges, then transferring to state schools and private universities. The result is a big reduction in educational costs. Still other students are earning associate’s degrees, then going on to matriculate in colleges after they have worked for a few years and saved enough money to pay for tuition and other costs. And then there are students who simply earn associate’s degrees, start working, and never feel the need to return to college. Read more
What Are the Best Strategies for Getting K-6 Students Excited about Technology?
. . . findings from the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning
There is a common belief that children take to technology like the proverbial ducks take to water. Give them a computer or a tablet and stand back, that thinking holds, and tech learning will pretty much take care of itself. Read more