Tag Archives: education

Time to work on education

In my last post I promised to share some ideas on how the plight of the unemployed might be addressed, emphasising that education and skills training can play a vital role in easing this rapidly escalating problem.  The urgency of our need to find solutions cannot be overstated, particularly in light of the recent explosion in violence against women. Read ... Read More »

What Higher Education Can Learn From Summer Camps

Predicting the future is a fool’s game. But it’s a game that remains irresistible – and necessary – if we are to prepare for what lies ahead. The American higher educational system has proven to be remarkably adaptable and resilient. As we’ve recently learned in the case of Sweet Briar, it’s awfully hard to close a college. The value of an institution – ... Read More »

Startup Knewton Creates Individualized Education Tools

Today’s teachers face a number of huge challenges. One of the most prevalent is that of personalized education. For overworked educators with overcrowded classrooms, creating assignments that work for each individual student’s skill level and learning style is next to impossible. But one-size-fits-all curriculum rarely works out for the majority of students in a classroom either. That’s the conundrum that ... Read More »

48% say financial education would help them save for retirement

Just under half (48%) of respondents believe that financial education would help them to save for retirement, according to research by Capita Employee Benefits. Its Insight report, which surveyed 1,801 UK employees aged 16 or over, also found that 73% of respondents expect their employer to provide tailored guidance on the benefits available, as well as information on how appropriate each benefit ... Read More »

Federal education role shouldn’t be reduced

President Donald Trump has ordered Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to review the federal government’s role in education. Trump signed an executive order on education Wednesday as he participated in a federalism event with governors at the White House. The executive order is aimed at decreasing the role of the federal government in education while giving states and local school districts ... Read More »

Trump starts review of federal ‘overreach’ in education

Washington (CNN)In a move meant to follow through on promises he made to conservatives during the 2016 campaign, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that aims to rein in federal control of education in the United States. The order, which Trump signed while flanked by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Vice President Mike Pence and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, ... Read More »

What the general election will mean for education

Conservatives are likely to seek a mandate to create new grammar schools. But heads fear that education issues will be overlooked amid the furore over Brexit during the general election campaign. Education issues are likely to be overshadowed by Brexit in the coming general election campaign, headteachers have warned. Theresa May this morning called a snap election for 8 June, citing the ... Read More »

Hungarian education minister defends controversial bill

Young protesters outside the Presidential Palace in Buda Castle of Budapest on April 10, 2017, during a demonstration against a new higher education legislation | Attila Kisbenedek/AFP via Getty Images After days of protests and international criticism, the Hungarian government dispatched its education minister to Brussels to defend a controversial law that critics say would effectively shutter the Central European University, funded ... Read More »

Elizabeth Warren On Student Debt Collectors And More Education News

As we head toward Tax Day, we’ve got student debt and state education plans on our minds in another edition of the NPR Ed Team’s weekly roundup. Student debt We reported at the start of the week that the total balance of student loan debt has nearly tripled in the past decade to $1.3 trillion. That growth is happening in ... Read More »

Abbott: ‘Texas will fix’ its embattled special education system

AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott suggested over the weekend that he supports an effort to increase funding, training and transparency in special education, including by permanently ending the state’s de facto cap on the percentage of students who can receive services. “Texas will fix flaws in special education beginning this week,” Abbott wrote Saturday on Twitter along with a ... Read More »