Are MOOCs, Bootcamps and Other Alternative Education Options Effective?

The House has passed one bill, and is likely to pass another, that would provide funding for people to enroll in certificate programs, apprenticeships, bootcamps and other technical education programs. But a new study questions the quality of these programs, as well as the evidence that demonstrates their efficacy. The courses, many of them online, have been called the perfect solution for education seekers put off by the time and expense of traditional college degree programs. Praised as shorter, cheaper and more tailored to practical skills than four-year degree programs,…

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Mark Zuckerberg’s dream for education is for kids to learn mostly without teachers

  Microsoft peddles laptops. Google touts services such as collaborative calendars and spreadsheet-making software. After building their businesses on products that students use, it’s not surprising that tech giants—from actual computer companies to other Silicon Valley darlings like Salesforce and Netflix—are wedging their way into education itself, especially as the US market for education technology is predicted to bloom to $21 billion by 2020. Most tech leaders are getting in by making learning apps, donating to policy campaigns, or partnering with individual schools. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has a slightly different,…

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Trump’s Education Budget Takes Aim at the Working Class

Many of the spending goals outlined in Donald Trump’s proposed education budget reflect his campaign rhetoric. The president, who has long called for reducing the federal government’s role in schools and universities, wants to cut the Education Department’s funding by $9.2 billion, or 13.6 percent of the budget approved by Congress last month. The few areas that would see a boost pertain to school choice, an idea that Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have repeatedly touted as a top priority. In the White House’s spending proposal, hundreds of millions…

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Education Department unaware hundreds child sex offenders

The Department of Education has been unaware of a large number of child sex offenders attending schools in Western Australia. ‘Hundreds’ of children aged between 10 and 17 years have slipped under the radar of ministers, who called an urgent meeting to discuss the risk in March. According to documents obtained by WA Today, it is ‘likely there are offenders in schools unknown to the school or department administration and therefore no risk management or support is in place.’ Department of Education are reportedly unaware of ‘hundreds’ of child sex…

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The Broken Promise of Higher Education

May is always an important month in the college calendar. Many high-school seniors across the nation make the decision where to attend college; millions of college students graduate and enter the workforce. It is the circle of life for colleges and universities in the United States—young students deciding what courses to take and what to major in, accumulating credits and knowledge, and, upon graduation, taking that experience into the workforce. Having been a professor and dean for many years, I have looked across the sea of cap and gowns and…

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20 Education Franchises That Could Be Smart Business Opportunities

If you’re an entrepreneur with a passion for education, you’re in luck. There are numerous franchise opportunities that you can use to help educate people of all ages and in a variety of different subjects. Here are 20 franchise opportunities within the education sector. Education Franchises to Consider Sylvan Learning A nationwide franchise business, Sylvan Learning currently has the highest market share of all paid tutoring brands. There’s an initial franchise fee of $24,000 and minimum net worth of $150,000 to get started. Mathnasium Learning Centers If you’d like to…

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Editorial: Stop the insanity; fully fund public education

Old patterns keep repeating and it’s beyond silly at this point. State lawmakers refuse to meet their obligations to fully fund schools. Schools are forced to sue the state to get the money they are owed. Courts rule in favor of the schools. State hems, haws, throws a few dollars at the schools and offers empty words to make the courts happy. Then repeat, repeat, repeat. And all this time the only people who are happy about it are the lawyers, who have a nice, steady income at taxpayer expense….

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Lisa Tamati: The relevance of higher education in the new age

University may no longer be the best way to stand out from the crowd, Lisa Tamati says. OPINION: Most people go to university with the aspiration to better their career prospects and to be able to earn more money. Is this genuinely valid or just our ingrained perception? Are students stacking up debt chasing those perceptions instead of being encouraged to grow genuine skills and to work in a career that can bring them personal fulfillment as well as a solid paycheck? New Zealand universities offer good value for money when…

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Yogi Adityanath modernises UP’s education system: Students to learn English from Nursery instead of Class 6

In order to enhance the state’s education system , theYogi Adityanath government is planning to introduce English in UP government schools, from nursery. Students to be taught English from Nursery           In order to enhance the state’s education system, the Yogi Adityanath government is planning to introduce English in UP government schools from nursery instead of class 6, which is expected to blend nationalist and modern curricula.  As per an HT report, in an interview to online portal Khabare.com, the CM said he had instructed the…

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School fret as Maha education dept calls for competency tests in April

Competency tests to assess students first language and math skills will be conducted in April for Class 1 to 8 by the state’s education department. While the department has made the test mandatory for all the boards, which it wants to be part of year-end exams, schools have complained that they go on a summer break in April and some of the CBSE, ICSE schools begin classes for the new academic year during that period. These tests are part of the Pragat Shaikshanik (Progressive in Education) Maharashtra initiative started in…

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