A review of the book “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis”
An informative piece explaining campaigns and illustrating their effectiveness. The article points out that “Capital campaigns can also have hidden costs, since the new facilities they pay for are often expensive to operate.” Much of the money raised for “education” is for facilities upgrades that have little to do with enhancing education. I wonder how we teach grit and resilience when campuses are perfect? What adversity do such kids face?
A critical look at George Washington University, in the author’s words a “perfect representation of what, for good and for ill, American higher education has become.”
Should Harvard begin taking “low performers” for diversity?! (And not just for sports…☺) Read the quote below.
An interesting and pragmatic approach that is definitely worth a read. While the idea seems fundamentally inappropriate, it does address the realities of some NCAA Division 1 athletics, especially football and basketball where graduation rates are low and revenue is high.
A way to understand the pressures the Chinese face and why so many are coming to the USA. The flip side - do they bring that culture into our schools? Is that something that we want? How can schools balance Chinese expectations?
We applaud schools that are pro-active, as drug use is a fact among high school students (public and private). Education, engaging activities (i.e. sports and arts), and enforced codes of conduct are essential.
Yet another reason why the cost of education is so high. It would be interesting to compare Heads’ salaries to their teachers’ salaries; the faculty are what make the schools what they are.
A worthy essay from The Great Divide series.
An interesting article especially illustrating the importance of teaching by example. “Children learn generosity not by listening to what their role models say, but by observing what they do.”