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Do we want students to be job-ready or citizen-ready? This opinion piece points to the latter, noting that a growing embrace of “I” instead of “we” isn’t working out well for the US. It’s a thought-provoking, (mostly) nonpartisan dive into how America is getting in its own way during this pandemic-provided opportunity to remake our education system.
“Why would you waste your talents on teaching?” This is not what college students need to hear when our K-12 schools so desperately need STEM teachers.
Why extending education’s reach into prisons is vital. Many states are recognizing the benefits — such as reducing recidivism and making the incarcerated job-ready — of offering education opportunities to youth and adult prisoners, and colleges are helping too. (SmartBrief recently wrote about one formerly jailed man’s efforts to employ people released from prison, as well as a program in a Georgia school district that tries to help high-school students graduate and keep them out of jail.) Offering a token education in prison isn’t enough, though.
This story breaks my heart. A Florida teacher has been to the hospital three times after three different outbursts from the same student who has special needs. Violence in school is nothing new, but it’s a growing problem, and solutions are hard. One private school company has found success with best practices, and the International Child And Youth Care Network offers tips. Others say it will require more staff trained to handle situations. If you’ve been hurt by a student — or can share tips for handling such problems — drop me a line.
More education extras:
- Grade readiness beats in-person schooling as pandemic student success indicator. (THE Journal)
- Has higher ed lost its way? (Inside Higher Education)
- Diversity, inclusion are important in early-childhood education too. (The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and by The Leadership Conference Education Fund)
- Life Sciences 30 series teaches college math in a whole new way. (Daily Bruin)
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