Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

College Textbooks Prices Are Out Of Control

Posted By Levi

August 26th, 2014 6:41pm

Category: Education

Students going back to college this month know that college textbooks are usually really expensive. And the problem is only getting worse, as this chart shows: Cost of College textbooks Relative to inflation, the cost of recreational books have fallen steadily since 1998. However, the price of college textbooks has shot up quite considerably over the same period. The price of textbooks is increasing even faster than the price of college tuition. One possible explanation – in addition to the book, publishers are adding CDs and other supplementary materials. But that doesn’t explain why prices have continued to skyrocket since 2005. Twitter:  @Levianthony123   FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

Schools have been getting less violent over the last 20 years

Posted By Levi

June 19th, 2014 7:58pm

Category: Education

Despite the high profile shootings in schools over the past few years, school violence has actually fallen over the last twenty years and our schools are less violent.  Nationwide, crime rates peaked in the early 1990s and have been dropping ever since. That falling crime rate is mirrored on our campuses. Grade school and high school students are less likely to be robbed or assaulted at school than they were 10 or 20 years ago. And these declining crime rates have occurred even as the number of students has grown. This chart shows the number of serious but non-fatal violent crimes, which the government classifies as rape, sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault. School violence Twitter: @Levianthony123 FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

Students: It’s Better To Take Notes By Hand Than Using A Laptop.

Posted By Levi

June 4th, 2014 7:58pm

Category: Education

I have always had my doubts on the efficacy of students using laptops to take notes in class. Laptops and tablets can be great tools in the classroom if students are motivated enough to use them to enhance their learning. However, much of the time, students use them of all kinds of things other than learning. Now new research shows that using laptops in class is a terrible idea. Not only are they a distraction in the classroom but according to the research, even if students aren’t distracted, the act of taking notes on a computer actually seems to interfere with their ability to remember information. The psychologists who conducted the new research, believe it’s because students on laptops usually just mindlessly type everything a professor says. Those taking notes by hand, though, have to actively listen and decide what’s important — because they generally can’t write fast enough to get everything down — which ultimately helps them learn. Other research on Read More

This Is Teacher Appreciation Week but Teachers Buy the Supplies.

Posted By Levi

May 7th, 2014 6:44pm

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It is nice that the country sets aside a week to celebrate teachers. A good way to appreciate teachers would be to make sure that they have adequate teaching supplies in their classrooms. But this is not the case. In New York City, teachers are given a grand prize of $50 per year to purchase supplies. According to a 2013 report, a majority of teachers spend hundreds of dollars on classroom supplies. Twitter:@Levianthony123 FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

Why Is The Cost Of College Education Going Through The Roof?

Posted By Levi

May 6th, 2014 6:37pm

Category: Education

The cost of attending college is incredibly high. A college degree is usually the first step into the middle class but now this is beyond the reach of many Americans. This is just another nail being driven in the coffin of the now disappearing middle class which I wrote about recently. See here. As this chart indicates, the cost of attending college, especially 4-year colleges, has skyrocketed. College cost There are several reasons why college costs have increased so much but here is one of the culprits – the ever-growing salaries of college presidents. Some of them are being compensated as if they were the CEOs of successful Wall Street companies. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, a 180 presidents at private colleges earned more than $500,000 in 2011, compared with just 50 in 2004. Moreover, the top two highest paid presidents each received more than $3 million. Salaries of college presidents To meet this rising cost, students and their parents find themselves sinking Read More

10 Colleges That Leave Parents With The Most Debt

Posted By Levi

May 5th, 2014 6:49pm

Category: Education

Source:Vox The federal government makes loans to parents, too — and those loans have become increasingly popular in recent years, particularly as parents of college-bound students lost home equity after the housing crisis. Whether the federal government should make loans to parents, and what the terms of those loans should be, is debated. Students taking out loans themselves anticipate that they’ll make more money with a college degree in order to pay the loan back. Parents, on the other hand, are less likely to have their financial situation change when their student goes to college. Here are the 10 colleges where parents borrow the most. (Teal bars represent for-profit colleges. A new study from the American Enterprise Institute found that nearly half of parents who take out loans to send their children to college don’t have a college degree themselves, and about the same proportion have family incomes that put them in the bottom half of the US. Poorer parents were mor Read More

It’s 2014 and teachers can still beat students in these 19 states

Posted By Levi

April 17th, 2014 2:17pm

Category: Education

Over at Vox, Ezra Klein’s new blog, there is an interesting story about corporal punishment in schools. I thought this was prohibited all over the country by now but apparently, not. There are still 19 states in which it is legal for for teachers and administrators to beat students in public schools. They provided this map to show where this is happening. As you can see, it is mainly a Southern thing. But isn’t this a violation of the Eight Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment?  No, said the US Supreme Court, it is  legal. The Eight  Amendment applies only to the criminal justice system, not to schools. Twitter: @Levianthony123 FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

Charter Schools Claim They Can’t Pay Rent But Spent $3.5 Million in Three Weeks Attacking Mayor de Blasio

Posted By Levi

March 23rd, 2014 1:29pm

Category: Education

Isn’t this ironic? Charter schools in New York City claimed they don’t have money to pay rent for the space they take up in public schools but in just three weeks, according to the NY Daily News today, a pro-charter school group spent $3.6 mullion on TV ads attacking Mayor de Blasio for wanting them to pay rent. And not too long ago the same newspaper pointed out that the “Top 16 NYC charter school executives earn more than Chancellor Dennis Walcott.  FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

The House in which Hemingway wrote “The Old Man and The Sea” is now a museum.

Posted By Levi

December 12th, 2013 7:55pm

Category: Education

Ernest Hemingway moved to Cuba in the 1930’s. After coming to the island, the author bought Finca Vigía which would be his home and office for some of the most important works of his career. The 15-acre property was originally built in 1886 just outside of Havana. Hemingway purchased the home for himself and his third wife in 1939 and he would live in the residence until 1960, just one year prior to his death. The colorful writer filled the home with letters, books, and cats to make himself feel at home. During his time in the Cuban villa, Hemingway also wrote a great deal of his masterpiece For Whom The Bell Tolls, about the Spanish Civil War, and penned the entirety of The Old Man and the Sea, for which he would go on to earn a Pulitzer Prize and a Nobel Prize for Literature. After Hemingway’s suicide in 1961, the house was preserved in his memory, but began to fall into disrepair. In 2005 Finca Vigía was restored via an unprecedented collaboration between US and C Read More

Professional Educator Gives Commissioner King an Earful.

Posted By Levi

November 14th, 2013 8:01pm

Category: Education

As the anger against the new Common Core standards spread across New York State, teachers, parents and educators are forcefully venting their feelings against the State Education Department and its Commissioner, John King. Poor guy. Everywhere he goes, he can’t seem to get a break.  In this video,  taken at the Common Core Forum on Tuesday held at Ward Melville High School a teacher let the Commissioner knows how she feels in no uncertain term. FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More