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nearly 1 in 3 who start do not finish a college degree….

nearly 1 in 3 who start do not finish a college degree….

Why do we act as if everyone needs to go to college? 

There are many reasons why 4 in 10 finish a degree at another school other than their starting school (e.g., community college transfers, changing majors, are a couple of well known reasons.). But the reasons for those 1 in 3 who do not finish at all is perhaps less well understood (probably finances are a significant factor but no data I know of affirms or discounts this assumption). But give the relatively high non-completion rate, it does seem to underscore the idea that college is not for everyone. 

And then there’s this 

Average student loan debt climbed to $29,400 for borrowers in the class of 2012, up from $26,600 for 2011 graduates and $25,250 for 2010 graduates, an annual report from The Institute for College Access & Success shows. Seventy-one percent of 2012 graduates took out loans.  10 Colleges Where Grads Have the Most Student Loan Debt

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4 in 10 say that schools do not sufficiently prepare students who will not attend college

4 in 10 say that schools do not sufficiently prepare students who will not attend college

A new poll from NPR, the Harvard School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds that the majority of parents feel their child’s school is preparing students for college. But 4 in 10 say that schools do not sufficiently prepare students who will not attend college — and parents of girls are even more likely to be concerned than parents of boys.

 

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US Students Lag Behind International Peers

US Students Lag Behind International Peers

So we hear the same story about how our students fare poorly in comparison to other nations in reading, science and math. Huge educational “initiatives” are launched to address the gap (“Common Core” anyone?). And then there’s this persistent messaging about getting everyone to go to college:  

Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the results a “picture of educational stagnation.”

“We must invest in early education, raise academic standards, make college affordable, and do more to recruit and retain top-notch educators,” Duncan said.

What has “making college more affordable” got to do with the raising expectations (standards) and the need to recruit top notch educators? What about making teaching to the test a thing of the past? 

 

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How does THAT work? Rube Goldberg and the “Black Box” of today’s innovations

How does THAT work? Rube Goldberg and the “Black Box” of today’s innovations

This is an interesting article that poses a humorous, yet, serious question: how do things work? It’s not magic that’s for sure! There’s a lot of thought that goes into Rube Goldberg’s iconic contraptions; and it takes more than wishful thinking to solve the real problems of the world. That’s where imagination meets curiosity meets hard work and a disciplined process. 

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