5/24/18 – New College Debt Record Tops $1.5 Trillion and Harms Women Especially — ProCon.org

college-education.procon.org – The debate over whether college is worth it frequently centers on college cost and debt. New numbers from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System reveal a record $1.5 trillion in student loan debt in the United States. Women hold about two thirds of that debt, about $900 billion.

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The Case Against Education – some inconvenient truths…. a must read — Donald Clark Plan B

Bryan Caplan has dared to tackle a taboo ‘Could it be that we have too much education?’ Brave question.Education uber allesIn what is a deeply researched and comprehensive book, he concludes that education, especially Higher Education, is around 80% ‘signaling’, therefore much can be seen as of little value to society or even the students…

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How Does Question Difficulty Order Affect Evaluations of Test Performance? (Part 2) — Learning Scientists Blog – The Learning Scientists

By Yana WeinsteinLast week, I wrote a blog post that ended with a data prediction cliffhanger. I asked readers to predict how question difficulty order on a test might affect students’ evaluations of their own performance on that test. More specifically, I asked whether having difficult questions at the beginning or at the end of…

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There is little evidence to suggest peer reviewer training programmes improve the quality of reviews — Impact of Social Sciences

In little more than a year a number of peer reviewer training programmes have launched, promising to help early-career researchers learn how to do peer review, review more efficiently, and connect with editors at top journals. This follows an expressed need from graduate students and postdocs for precisely this sort of training. But can these new…

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US student visa data the latest indicator of international enrolment trends — ICEF Monitor – Market intelligence for international student recruitment

The latest SEVIS by the Numbers report provides a snapshot of foreign enrolment in the US as of 5 March 2018. It finds the number of international students in the country decreased marginally (-.5%) when compared to March 2017’s enrolment levels. As always, the SEVIS data is interesting for its ability to provide something close to…

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For Better Governance, Include Faculty on University Boards — ACADEME BLOG

BY BEN TRACHTENBERG The Godfather famously advised, “Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.” Regardless of whether university trustees view faculty as friends, enemies, or something else altogether, they would be wise to pursue greater closeness with the people doing the teaching and research at their favorite campus. In particular, more universities should include…

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Or are we walking and talking in circles? — Catherine & Katharine

Shortly after writing about the pedagogical conundrums that arise when students don’t do the reading, I encountered this passage in Tristram Shandy–which suggests that it’s all part of one big, ever-repeating cycle: Thus—thus, my fellow-labourers and associates in this great harvest of our learning, now ripening before our eyes; thus it is, by slow steps […]

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Walking the walk instead of talking the talk — Catherine & Katharine

I’ve just finished teaching my latest crop of ed school students, and I’ve been puzzling over two trends in education. These trends aren’t exactly new, but, for some reason, it hadn’t occurred to me until now the degree to which they’re in hopeless contradiction. Think irresistible force hitting immovable object. The one: most instructors spend […]

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New-style exams may distort A-level and GCSE results – Ofqual — Education | The Guardian

Regulator warns schools of more variation than usual after reforms in many subjectsThe head of England’s exam regulator has warned schools to expect volatility in their pupils’ results this summer, as new figures showed the impact of government reforms in the subjects being studied.With hundreds of thousands of pupils in England sitting their A-level and…

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Group Therapy Comes to School — Truth in American Education

NPR has a story on group therapy that is now offered at Cresthaven Elementary School in Silver Spring, Md. that they say is one of several schools that now offer students “training in how to manage emotions, handle stress and improve interpersonal relationships.” This is social-emotional learning on steroids. An excerpt: At Cresthaven, some fifth-graders like…

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