3:07 May 22nd, 2012 | 1 note
A commonly used sixth-grade science text retells the creation story contained in Genesis, omitting any other explanation. An economics book used in some high schools holds that the Antichrist — a world ruler predicted in the New Testament — will one day control what is bought and sold.

NYTimes, Public Money Finds Back Door to Private Schools

1:18 Mar 16th, 2012 | 140 notes

Education is the most important thing for women to pursue aggressively as they continue their fight to be recognised for what they are: dynamic, vital, biologically heroic people. Men and women are the two wings of humanity’s bird, or perhaps pterodactyl. (I offer the pterodactyl as a metaphor because humankind is often terrifying, as demonstrated by this discussion’s necessity.) If the wings aren’t equally strong, the pterodactyl flies in circles, gets angry, slams into a tree and explodes. (Look it up.) Education is what’s most important, because it isn’t an opinion that women should have equal rights to men in every possible way; it’s a fact. Its acknowledgement is an indispensable ingredient in the recipe for the survival of our species. And facts are much easier to identify when you have an education, which is something that remains out of reach to this day for many millions of women around the world.

Women outnumber men on our planet. And women create life inside their bodies. Yet misogyny and sexism, whose twin engines are fear and ignorance, continue to exist. We must deprive them of their fuel and that begins by educating women and men. The good news is that women and men start out as girls and boys, who are more fun to be around. So take heart in how the most powerful political act you might ever commit is to read to a child. And kids love pterodactyls, so try to find a book about them.

Rob Delaney. New Statesman - The meaning of the F-word: Education

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11:32 Mar 13th, 2012 | 2 notes

"The predominant higher education business model of the future may be one where the education itself costs students nothing—the availability of free open educational resources is constantly growing—and students only pay small fees to cover the cost of assessing their learning."

6:29 Mar 9th, 2012 | 3 notes

" After all, achievement in higher education correlates powerfully with performance in the workplace. Recent numbers indicate that only 4% of those with university degrees are unemployed, while the rate rises to 16% for those with no high school diploma. Ironically, this field of Republican contenders amounts to the best-educated crop of major candidates in the history of American politics. Each of the final four holds at least one prestigious post-graduate degree. Dr. Ron Paul earned his medical degree from Duke and Newt Gingrich won a doctorate from Tulane; Mitt Romney holds both law and MBA degrees from Harvard, while Rick Santorum got the same two degrees from Dickinson School of Law and the University of Pittsburgh, respectively. What's more, Mr. Santorum's family background shows the profound value of education in lifting the disadvantaged into the middle class and beyond. The campaign likes to leave the impression that he grew up in the coal fields of Pennsylvania, but young Rick actually came of age in a home where the father earned a doctorate and worked as a clinical psychologist while the mother toiled outside the house as a well-credentialed administrative nurse; it was his immigrant grandfather who worked the coal mines. It makes no sense for the former senator to hide his own family's success story, because his parents' progress exemplifies the sort of achievement that all mothers and fathers seek for their children. Sure, it's important to talk about protecting and increasing manufacturing jobs, because so many hard-pressed people depend on them. But those same workers dream that the next generation may choose educational options that extend their horizons beyond industrial employment."

it’s not often I agree with the content of the WSJ’s editorial page, but this is right on. democrats should be all over those education/unemployment stats.

10:16 Jan 17th, 2012 | 160 notes

New York Times:

California teenagers start their mornings with crossing guards and school buses. Martha and her friends stand for hours in a human chain of 16,000 at the world’s busiest international land border.

New York Times:

California teenagers start their mornings with crossing guards and school buses. Martha and her friends stand for hours in a human chain of 16,000 at the world’s busiest international land border.

1:01 Dec 29th, 2011 | 0 notes

The Seven Jobs That Require the Most Education, but Pay the Least

1. Reporters and Correspondents
> Median income: $34,530
> Bottom-tier income: $19,970
> Number employed: 45,130
> Pct. with at least bachelor’s degree: 87%
> Projected change in jobs (2008 – 2018): -8%

11:13 Dec 19th, 2011 | 3 notes
The $350 million gift, the largest in [Cornell]’s history, was announced on Friday, but the donor was not named. Officials at Atlantic Philanthropies confirmed on Monday evening that it was Mr. Feeney, a native of Elizabeth, N.J., who is known for his frugality — he flies coach, owns neither a home nor a car, and wears a $15 watch — as well as his philanthropic generosity, particularly to medical research.

Cornell Alumnus Is Behind $350 Million Gift to Build Science School in City

10:09 Dec 13th, 2011 | 122 notes

futurejournalismproject:

Via the University of Cambridge:

Several of the manuscripts in the collection contain the handwritten line ‘not fit to be printed’, scrawled by Thomas Pellet, a Fellow of the Royal Society, who had been asked to go through Newton’s papers after his death and decide which ones should be published.

Cambridge Digital Library | Flickr

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9:25 Nov 21st, 2011 | 8 notes
Where are today’s leaders who will take the moral high ground and side sympathetically with the rising tide of students who are Occupying Higher Ed and protesting what all of us—and university presidents more than anyone else—agree is a national crisis in higher education?

Cathy N. Davidson, A Plea to College Presidents — eloquent and moving.

12:10 Nov 1st, 2011 | 1,269 notes

thenewrepublic:

What’s wrong with this picture?

The US is sixth in the world in degree attainment, but first in the world in the rate of incarceration.

It costs more to send someone to prison for a year than it does to send them to Princeton.

Courtesy of Capital New York via kateoplis:

One Year of Prison Costs More Than One Year at Princeton (full chart)