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This Is the Key to Being a Successful Student, According to a Physics Professor

The Huffington Post – Richard Muller

“Most of the classes at the university are there because someone once thought that they covered material that is both important and fascinating. Your current professor may not think so. If that is the case, don’t give in to that lack of enthusiasm. Look at the material, and try to deduce why someone once thought it was terrific. Approach it in that way. You’ll discover that the material is much easier to learn (you don’t have to “memorize” things that are fascinating; you automatically remember them) and much more fun to think about..”(more)

The Global Search for Education: WHAT Knowledge?

The Huffington Post – C.M. Rubin

“Employers complain that graduates are not ready for work. Students who drop out cite boredom and lack of motivation as their major reasons for leaving school. Stanford University studies indicate students are overloaded and underprepared. WHAT should we teach young people in an age where Dr. Google has an answer for everything? Humans are living longer; the traditional professions disappear while new ones are created; international mobility is drastically increasing population diversity; terrorism, environmental threats and inequality need our collective attention; and robots and gene editing are coming, requiring us to re-examine the very core of what it means to be human.”(more)

California students scored better on this year’s state tests — but fewer than half met college readiness goals

The Los Angeles Times – Sonali Kohli, Joy Resmovits and Sandra Poindexter

“If the state’s revamped standardized tests are accurately measuring what they set out to measure, one thing is clear: California has miles to go before all of its students are on an equal footing to face an economy that increasingly demands a college degree and stronger workplace skills. The good news, if there is good news, is there’s improvement over last year. This is the second year the test results have been released to the public, and the first allowing for year-to-year comparison. Across the state, 48% of students met English language arts standards and 37% met math standards, according to the test results released Wednesday morning. That compares with 44% in English and 34% in math last year. That means that more than half of the test-takers in each subject still fell short.”(more)

Fastest growing job sectors: What education do you need?

The Detroit Free Press – Kristi Tanner

“The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in 2014 about 1 out of 4 jobs required a bachelor’s degree or higher. Two decades ago about one in five jobs required a bachelor’s degree or above. Between 2014 and 2024, jobs that require a master’s degree are expected to grow the fastest at 13.8%, followed by jobs that require a doctoral or professional degree at 12.2%, BLS reports. Doctoral and professional degrees require at least three years of post-bachelor’s academic study, By contrast, jobs that require some college but no degree are expected to grow 0.5%, and jobs that need only a high school diploma will grow nearly 4%. The fastest growing position that requires a doctoral degree is that of physical therapist, with a median annual salary of $84,020. The number of physical therapists is expected to grow 34% by 2024.”(more)

Vocabulary Words New College Students Need To Gain A Competitive Edge

The Huffington Post – Christina Berchini

“There is a set of vocabulary words that, if taken seriously, are designed to give students a competitive edge. Hear me out ― I’m an English teacher. I believe in the power of words. And by “new” students, I do not mean new college students, per se. I mean, specifically, first-generation college students; the chickadees who are the first in their families to attend college. Why am I focusing on this group? Because I am a part of this group. And when you’re a first generation college student, you are inherently at a disadvantage when compared to your peers who are not first-generation college students.”(more)

A solution as obvious as it is rare: Making high school graduates ready for college

The Hechinger Report – Matthew Randazzo

“Stephanie Lewis and one of her students both cried when he graduated in the spring from South Pittsburg High School in Tennessee, where she teaches English. He’d done something she admits she wasn’t sure he could: finish high school fully prepared to go right to college. That’s a feat a surprising number of high school graduates fail to accomplish. Half a million, or about one in four, show up on campuses each fall not ready to take college courses in math or English, according to the advocacy organization Education Reform Now. In Tennessee, only 17 percent of public high school students score at college-ready levels in English, math, reading, and science on standardized tests. It’s a little-noticed problem that forces these students to relearn material they should have already known, discouraging huge numbers of them from ultimately getting their degrees and costing the nation, by various estimates, between $1.5 billion and $7 billion a year.”(more)