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Higher Education on Facebook

October 23rd, 2009

Stalking is ok if its on facebook

When talking about Facebook, Tracy Mitrano,  The IT Director of Cornell had this to say in her facebook 2.0 viewpoints;

“Let’s “face” it: Facebook has built the site, and students use it; we in higher education should come to recognize that this universal commercial site is here to stay. We should use it for advertising and for communications—and certainly for emergency messaging.”

She wrote this post in 2008, and started to have the idea in 2006, and she hit the nail on the head.  Facebook is  definitely here to stay. 

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Parents Uncomfortable with Math and Science

October 22nd, 2009

If you don’t talk to your kids about math or science, then who will?

A September survey found that eventhough more than 50% of parents consider math or science as the subjects most important to their children’s success, they report being uncomfortable talking to their children about these subjects. In fact, nearly a 25% of parents, who admit to being less involved in their child’s math and science education than they would like, say that a main reason for this is because they, themselves,  have troubles understanding these subjects.

American schools are falling far short of parents’ expectations, with nearly 9 in 10 parents saying they believe the U.S. lags behind other countries in math and science, even though 98% of parents say these subjects are critical to America’s future.

Read more on the findings of the survey here.

University President Resigns because Job is not Fun

October 15th, 2009

Joseph Chapman stated on Wednesday he will be resigning from his position as North Dakota

Im tired of playing with bunnies

Im tired of playing with bunnies

State University President after ten years, claiming that his job is no longer “fun.”

The president states that his resignation will take effect on January 2, 2010, and that he may start doing consulting or write a book following.

The Board of Higher Education says it will likely ask for a spending audit for the president’s house, which originally was estimated to cost $900,000 and be paid for with private money. The price increased to more than $2 million, forcing foundation members to agree to cover most of the extra costs.

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No Cookies for Harvard

October 12th, 2009
Wow he looks Mad

Wow he looks Mad

Leaner times mean loss of cookies and bacon at Harvard University.

This article states that much ado is being stirred up among the students as they are realizing that the world’s richest university is not immune from hardship. Some of the cuts that are being made are hot breakfasts, free sweatsuits for varsity teams, no cookies at faculty meetings, a library on the Quad,  and athletic practice spaces. 250 members of faculty have been laid off this past summer, and news as to further job cuts is still too soon to be heard of. In an attempt to justify and utilize the university costs, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences began an online suggestion box where students can submit savings ideas.

President Wants to Extend School year

September 30th, 2009
Stay in School...... Literally!

Stay in School...... Literally!

The economy is picking up, yet, only slightly; and new support of ideas such as extending the school year, may do more harm than help.

President Obama advocates this belief that extending school days for the academic year will help close the achievement gap, promote higher learning, and improve grades. He says that kids in our nation spent too little time in the classroom; however, the cost of keeping students and teachers in school would be increased (air conditioner, utilities, overtime salary, etc.) In addition to education facilities, leisure industries will be affected by a curtailed vacation period. Travel agencies, hotels, summer camps, and other vacationing business spots will suffer some loss of customers.

While the President has his positive intentions, this is not the time to increase expenses in our economy, yet education experts agree with the idea and believe that increasing time learning is correlated with higher grades. The details of Obama’s plan are still witheld, and educators agree they will hold their judgement until a more specific proposal is made.


Teacher Fired for asking Questions

September 21st, 2009


Fabricated teaching’ degrees and students’ standardized testing scores, oh my!

Living Wood Christian Academy, an Illinoins elementary school, instructed a credentialed teacher to teach her students the “actual SAT (Stanford Achievement Test)” test before they took it, and then fired her after she refused.

Tammy Lovell says she was fired for all the wrong reasons after she spoke about her concerns with the school’s principal having hired teachers lacking bachelor’s degrees. She also stated that the school officials helped them “make up” pseudo degrees and adjusted test scores of students with below average results.

Lovell has more than twenty years of teaching experience and teacher certification for private schools. She says she learned during a meeting that 80 percent of teachers at the private elementary school held bachelor’s degrees. She also states the Association of Christian Schools International, requires that all its teachers hold a bachelor’s degree. Lovell adds she was also made aware that principal Theresa Byrd-Smith told unqualified teachers to “‘make up’ their degrees and to display them in the classroom, and that Principal Smith has aided some staff members in creating the false degrees.” She says she reasonably believed that that violates state law.

Lovell reports that her students had unusually high scores on the Stanford Achievement Test, which was “impossible because her class had, in fact, consistently struggled with the basic concepts of math.”
Lovell says one student, who received a reading score that was “three years in advance for her grade,” scored three years behind her class level when Lovell tested her a second time.

Lovell was convinced that the scores had been “altered,” though Smith denied all allegations.
“In February of 2009, Principal Smith instructed me to teach my class that actual SAT that the students would take later in the school year,” Lovell says. She says she refused to do that, and on Feb. 20, was fired without cause.
SAT tests are rewritten every year and are closely held, but schools can receive them ahead of the test date.

Lovell says that since she was fired near the end of the school year, she was unable to get another job teaching, lost $10,000 in lost wages, and suffered emotional stress. She now seeks at least $50,000 in damages for wrongful firing, retaliation, among other charges.

Massive Debt Changes Student Plans

September 9th, 2009
Don't worry everyone is doing it!

Don't worry everyone is doing it!

In a recession, is college worth it? The risk of debt may change some students’ plans.

Danielle Claussen, 18, acknowledges she didn’t give much thought to the ultimate cost of college when she enrolled at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Morris County, NJ.

“My plan is to attend for four years, like my sister did,” says Claussen, who grew up in Tuckerton, a small suburb town in South New Jersey. Because she didn’t qualify for financial aid, she took out student loans. Set to  graduate in 2012 with a major in nursing and an estimate of  more than $70,000 in debt. Claussen adds, “With my brother and sister currently in college before me, it’s hard to pay for me and taking out loans is really the only way.” » Read more: Massive Debt Changes Student Plans

Kids Grades are too High in NY!

September 9th, 2009

More students appear to be earning A’s and B’s on their progress reports in New York.  State Education officials reported Thursday that they plan to make changes to the grading system used throughout the schools.

Shael Polakow-Suransky, the department’s chief accountability officer stated “We are going to raise the bar,” adding that eventhough he wishes there to be more of an assortment of grades, “At the same time, when we set clear goals and schools meet them, they need to be recognized and rewarded for that.”

Read more here.

State Budget Cuts Are Here?

January 26th, 2009

Although state officials everywhere are making attempts at continuing to fund classrooms, increasing budget cuts may lead to the loss of many useful and even necessary tools. An example of this is the case for the Star System, used by over a hundred school districts in Tennessee.

The Star System is the name of the software package that manages the attendance, schedules, and discipline of students in the schools. It is also the way the schools’ reports are sent to the state. Word is pending by Tennessee state governor Phil Bredesen of whether or not this budget item will be cut. Should that be the case, funds will no longer be provided for it, and schools will have to either find their own management software or pay for a state contract. » Read more: State Budget Cuts Are Here?

Home-Schooling More Popular?

January 7th, 2009
Wow parents helping kids with schoolwork?

Wow parents helping kids with schoolwork?

According to this article, more and more parents are opting for home-schooling for their children rather than enrolling them into institutions and having them sit in classes. A recent survey revealed the parents’ reasons for their decisions are not just religious. Travel, financial, curiosity, and others have been added to the list. The article mentions that the growing availability of Online Education may be a contributing factor to the “disappearance” of students.