On a weekly basis, we will provide links to important news for the high school and college education that cover college applications, the impact of technology on children’s future career and other latest topic. And here`s what we have for this week:
(STATE and LOCAL) Education Politics
“Whitmer: Michigan needs ‘bold’ changes to fix schools — not just more money” via Chalkbeat. Michigan’s new governor, Gretchen Whitmer, proposed changes to the way schools are funded – giving more budget for those living in poverty. She also proposed a scholarship program called MIO Opportunity Scholarship that would guarantee two years of debt-free community college to qualified high school graduates. Parents should be aware of the incoming/present proposals of any government officials especially if it is related to the education of their children e.g. scholarships or new/amended policy.
Via Chalkbeat, ” New studies point to a big downside for schools bringing in more police”. Florida lawmakers passed legislation requiring every public school in the state to have an armed guard. It builds the argument if it is necessary. Parents should be aware of this type of news since the welfare and security of kids are, of course, the first priority.
“West Virginia Teachers Will Continue Striking For Second Day”, via HuffPost. This is one of the most popular topics on news websites. Teachers from West Virginia will continue their strike in a protest of a new state Senate bill. Parents should be updated about this because education will not possible without the guidance of teachers. How long will this protest last then?
Reported by The New York Times, “Student Loan Servicers’ Frequent Mistakes Went Unpunished, Audit Finds”. Education Department released an audit which shows federal student loan servicers’ careless mistake. Student loan servicers strongly disagreed with the audits’ conclusion. It is an interesting article to read because some schools offer overpriced education plus underpaying jobs for fresh grads, and in this case, if confirmed, will be a way to lower the burden of being in a debt-trap.
News by Tony Wan of Edge Surge, “A Welder of Digital Curriculum Companies Buys Its Latest”. Weld North Education, that aims to be the largest provider of digital curriculum serving preK-12 schools, will merge with Glynlyon, a digital curriculum company based in Chandler, Ariz. The CEO claims that its suite of tools will reach more than 6 million U.S. students. This will give information to parents about Weld North and Glynlyon which offers: Digital curriculum; educator professional development services and technologies, learning analytics technologies and online program management technology services and maybe can give more possible services as they merged, which will contribute a massive change to the way of learning.
The Hechinger Report reported, ” A 17-year-old wants to spice up science classes and, eventually, democratize education”. Steven Wang, a 17-year old wants to use technology to transform how students learn all over the world. He created a company, Realism, which offers virtual labs in physics, chemistry, and biology. Approximately 250 schools using the platform access the labs with Chromebooks. This article can also serve as motivation for those young students who are doubtful about their dreams. Parents can share this article with their kids who love science.
Via Edsurge, “Playing Games Can Build 21st-Century Skills. Research Explains How.” on game-based learning. This article explains how game-based learning can build skills: resilience, problem solving and collaboration. It is a relevant topic for readers since the 21st century is the time when kids/students easily get bored studying with mere books. Some students spent most of their times playing video games. So what if game-based learning will be built.
Reported by CNN, “The argument for playing video games with our kids.” This article shows how screen time can be quality time for kids and their parents. It is important for parents to read this because a highly digitized future is possible and we need to prepare our children for that.
“A School That Embraces a Trendy Model: The Start-Up “, Via The New York Times. This article introduces Brooklyn STEAM Center in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard which is the latest evolution of vocational school, embracing technology and academic skills for students. This is interesting to know since this school emphasis relevant skills in a modern tech world.
EdSurge News reported a trending issue “Reading Fuels Empathy. Do Screens Threaten That?”. This one explains the possible effects of reading on screens instead of real books which is common on this digital age. This article also suggested ways to minimize its effect. It is a trending topic that makes it worth to read.
“Online learning makes textbooks obsolete – Bill and Melinda Gates” via IOL Business Report. This article describes how the couple Bill and Melinda Gates define online learning with software and digital tools makes textbooks obsolete. It is a good read since online learning is becoming a trend nowadays.