The majority of college students -- 70% -- worry about money issues including student debt, according to new research by Ohio State University. The survey also found that 64% of students polled borrowed money to go to college, however 67% were optimistic that their college education would pay off in the end.
Elementary-school students at a dual-language school in California performed on par with Advanced Placement high-school students on Mandarin language assessments, according to a recent Stanford University study. The findings now are driving efforts to introduce foreign-language instruction in younger grades.
Many public and private colleges and universities are boosting the minimum wage for their employees, either as a stand-alone policy or in compliance with new state or local laws. The pay hikes come at a cost to institutions' bottom lines, but University of Washington interim President Ana Mari Cauce echoed other leaders, saying, "It's the right thing to do, but it's not necessarily the easy thing."
Turkey has banned the use of social media in high schools nationwide if students do not have permission from a teacher. The ban also covers posting photos and video taken inside of schools.
The U.S. will rely on skilled workers to maintain its competitiveness in the global economy, and apprenticeships are a key tool for cultivating a prepared workforce, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said during a recent visit to North Carolina. Community colleges play an important role in creating public-private partnerships and keeping pace with industry needs, state leaders suggested.
There are five new realities in education, suggests educator and author Will Richardson, who presented on the topic during a session at the International Society for Technology in Education's conference. He asserts that technology provides more choices in learning, learners drive their own learning through online resources and professional development is a personal responsibility.
Common Core State Standards give educators the flexibility they need to incorporate a variety of technology in their classrooms, writes educator Monica Burns. In this blog post, she outlines several ways to engage students through multimedia to boost math and language skills, including writing their own math problems and using applications to practice math skills.
The U.S. private sector added 237,000 workers last month, marking the fastest job creation this year, according to ADP. The service sector dominated the expansion, accounting for 225,000 positions. "The current robust pace of job growth is double that needed to absorb the growth in the working-age population," Moody's Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi said.
Educators should adopt a growth mindset and consider how they can reach students who don't like school, rather than just ask if they can teach them, principal Kyle Hoopes writes in this blog post. Hoopes suggests trying innovative teaching practices -- from Genius Hours to differentiated instruction -- to develop students' inner desire to learn.
Eight of Texas' largest school districts say they do not plan to serve fried foods or soda despite a recent statewide policy change allowing them to do so. "Despite the reversal, we believe the healthy changes that have been made to our school menus remain in the best interest of our students," said Melissa Martinez, a spokeswoman for El Paso's school district. "It also would be cost prohibitive to retrofit all of our kitchens with deep fryers."