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The Best New Year’s Resolution Is To Fail

Forbes – Frances Bridges

“Though they are not glorified like their successes, every extraordinarily successful person has failed horribly, usually more than once, in their professional career. In many ways it defined them…Angela Duckworth, an assistant professor of psychology of University of Pennsylvania concluded in her research that academic success has more to do with grit and motivation than being born right. In her TED Talk, she discussed how her research showed that students/kids with the most grit and motivation usually are not the ones with the most talent…So this new year, I wish you a lot of failure and the perseverance to fight it, because failure is merely a step toward success.”(more)

The New College Degree: In an Unbundled World, Curation is King

edSurge – Matt Pittinsky and Mike Buttry

“In recent months, we have witnessed the success of books and articles predicting massive shifts in the way students will experience and complete post-secondary education. Costs will be reduced and outcomes improved, writers argue, when higher ed is unbundled, meaning students pick and choose from a degree’s component parts. Career advancers, unburdened by general education requirements or a fixed course of study, will acquire skills and badges in real-time. The value of the degree, as a curated set of academic experiences, will diminish. We see the future somewhat differently.”(more)

Ellen heaps prizes on teacher who pays for class supplies out of her own pocket

The Washington Post – Emma Brown

“American teachers are not particularly well-paid, but that doesn’t stop them from digging into their own pockets to buy supplies for their students. Most professionals don’t have to pay out-of-pocket for essential work tools. But paying for essential school supplies is such a fixture of a teacher’s job that it’s recognized in the federal tax code: Teachers can deduct up to $250 for unreimbursed purchases of books, computers and other classroom essentials. The deduction hardly means that teachers recoup their costs: The average U.S. teacher spends about $500 of their own money to outfit their classrooms each year, and one in 10 teachers says he or she spends more than $1,000 each year…Lots of times, teachers do this quietly, without fanfare or thanks. But earlier this month talk show host Ellen DeGeneres highlighted the hidden sacrifices of the nation’s teachers with a surprise for Meghan Bentley, a Virginia second-grade teacher.”(more)

Bolder Giving for Stronger Education Impact

Forbes – Sébastien Turbot

“Global business moguls from Ted Turner to Mark Zuckerberg have transformed our daily lives with their brainpower and acumen. But they refuse to confine their entrepreneurial energy to their businesses. Eager to make a lasting impact on people’s lives, they are combining their innovative thinking and the wealth it yields to combat global challenges…New models of philanthropy are gaining momentum in the global education sector. In addition to boosting innovation in teaching and learning, smart giving models are also addressing a major issue that has plagued the world of philanthropy: transparency, measuring impact and accountability.”(more)

These states might forgive some of your student debt

The Washington Post – Danielle Douglas-Gabriel

“Any college graduate with student debt can tell you that the first years out of school can be the toughest. Trying to cover rent, utilities, transportation and food on an entry-level salary is hard enough, but once you add loan payments to the mix, it can be overwhelming. To alleviate some of that frustration, New York is offering to cover up to two years of student loan payments for recent college graduates living in the state…While New York is unique in targeting lower-income graduates from any field, it is not the only state with a student loan forgiveness plan. In fact, 45 states and the District of Columbia have programs that will wipe away some college debt for residents, according to the College Investor, a personal finance website for millennials.”(more)