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In this multi-part series, I provide a dissection of the phenomenon of retention and social promotion. Also, I describe the many different methods that would improve student instruction in classrooms and eliminate the need for retention and social promotion if combined effectively. While reading this series, periodically ask yourself this question: Why are educators, parents and the American public complicit in a practice that does demonstrable harm to children and the competitive future of
(Yes, I’m back in the bloghouse. I’ve traveled thousands of miles so far this month, and am catching up.) Over the past two weeks two interesting opinion pieces appeared, calling for families in certain nations to make more, not few, babies. It’s one of those times when I as a futurist can mutter “I knew it! about time!” We might be seeing a trend appear and start to rise. Let
We hear a lot these days about enrollment “fit” – the need for prospective students and schools to be closely aligned in order to ensure high retention and graduation rates. A laudable cause, no doubt, when it comes to the “traditional” student: those first-time, full time enrollees entering college right out of high school. Eduventures’ recent Prospective Student Mindsets provides invaluable insights into understanding these students. But can “fit” be applied
We hear a lot these days about enrollment “fit” – the need for prospective students and schools to be closely aligned in order to ensure high retention and graduation rates. A laudable cause, no doubt, when it comes to the “traditi...
A portrait of longtime Xavier University President Dr. Norman Francis is on display at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, in the historic art museum’s latest collection of its annual “Recent Acquisitions” exhibition. The portrait of the 86-year-old educator and lawyer from Lafayette is featured among images of numerous individuals who made “a significant impact” on the nation’s history and culture, according to an article in The Times-Picayune.
Mornings tend to be a struggle for most parents. They have to remind their children what to do and when to do it, and it throws the entire morning into a frenzy. Therefore, it is helpful to have a solid morning routine. It will alleviate the stress of rushing around and pass off some of the tasks to children, which teaches them responsibility. According to the Raising Children Network, “How
Technology has become more prominent and our lives have become more stationary. While past generations played comfortably outside until the streetlights came on, today’s children are more likely to spend their childhood in the home as opposed to outside the home. Instead of playing kickball in the street, they are watching unboxing videos on an iPad. Technology is an amazing tool which can be a blessing however it can also
Students and colleges are beginning to tally the tax changes proposed in the House. For many graduate students, the increase would be big.
In a polarized America, talking about political issues is challenging. Faculty members from some Pennsylvania universities have organized events to make those tough discussions easier.
Though I deeply enjoy my infrequent, often protracted conversations with Stephen – and find them deeply useful for clarifying and advancing my own thinking – I believe this one has just about run its course. Stephen has posted Four Conclusions on OERs he has drawn from our conversation. This will be my final post as well, and I’ll make only a few concluding points. One of the things I’ve learned
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