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1 month ago

Yes, education funding has increased - but not everyone benefits

Spending on schools overall has increased this is what the data tells us. Since the release of the Productivity Commission draft report, there has been an insistent claim that spending on education in Australia has increased in real terms.

The claim is that, despite spending more, our achievement has declined. There are several reasons why this is a misleading and overly simplistic claim.

There are important qualifications to this claim that are ignored within political and mainstream media rhetoric.

Education funding refers to spending on education services and this includes the full range of education services, including primary, secondary and post-tertiary. It also

4 months ago

Late Deal in Albany Could Allow Charter Schools to Hire More Uncertified Teachers - New York Times

In the fraught final hours of the legislative session on Friday, the Republicans in the State Senate agreed to give Mayor Bill de Blasio control of the New York City schools for one more year, but in return they demanded two provisions related to charter schools.

One made it easier for the schools to switch between charter-granting organizations. The second gave the charter schools committee of the State University of New Yorks board of trustees one of the two entities that can currently grant charters the power to promulgate regulations with respect to governance, structure and operations of the schools it oversees.

The broadness of the language at first left something of a

6 months ago

The New College Education? A Fusion One - Fox Business

As the national college acceptance deadline day approaches (May 1), millions of high school seniors will make the decision of where to spend the next four years of their life. Most say college is the best four years of someone's life, but they're also the most important years when it comes to preparing for a career.

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With college costs soaring, many are questioning the return on investment (ROI) of a traditional liberal arts education. However, the President of Bentley University just outside of Boston, Gloria Cordes Larson believes that combining a liberal arts education with technical skills, creating a fusion education, is the new model for education.

She spoke with about the benefits of a fusion education.

1. What is a fusion education?

The fusion education is one that combines both liberal arts learning and technical skills. Larson describes it as "the full integration of business disciplines with the arts and sciences."

When it comes to getting a job, she says that a fusion education should be seen as matching one's passion with marketplace value. One example she touted was a recent graduate who did a double major combining liberal studies with economics/finance, leading to a job working in a business development role at a solar power company.

Larson also notes that college graduates need to enter the workforce with hard and soft skills. For example, a hard skill being if you can read a balance sheet and soft skills being analytical capabilities and presentation skills.

The combination of hard and soft skills and fields of study are ultimately what employers want. "Employers are looking for how students are putting the whole package together" says Larson.

2. Internships are more valuable than you think

It's hard to get a first job without having at least one internship on your resume. In fact, some people are going so far as to say that the internship is the new first job.

"If you don't have a robust internship program today, you're really cheating students out of a key opportunity" says Larson.

And Larson notes that while traditional liberal arts colleges continue to fervently promote a liberal arts education, they are also bringing in strong internship programs.

3. The value of a mentor

Larson says that increasingly employers want incoming job candidates to have mentorship experience.

She notes that Bentley heavily promotes undergraduate students doing faculty research. "This leads to life long levels of satisfaction in the workplace because you had a mentor" says Larson.

Having a mentor in college is "tied into a broader package of experiences" that make up one's college career says Larson.

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11 months ago

Exceptional Tips For Making The Most Out Of College

College is an amazing experience in so many ways discovering yourself, the world and a whole lot of new people is something you will never forget! The following article will help you out with some great advice and tips on how to make it through college, though staying focused on the end-goal isn't always easy.

Use online resources to study at home. Popular study aids include Memrise and Quizlet. You can use these websites to create flashcards for your class. Often, someone else has already made flashcards for your class or subject of study. In this case, you can use what is already available to study.

Do not wait until the last minute to apply for scholarships and grant money