Education

The Two-Way
7:23 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Texas Education Agency Considers Adding Class On Mexican-Americans

Supporters of a proposal to add a Mexican-American studies course as a statewide high school elective arrive for a Texas Board of Education hearing on Tuesday.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 6:33 pm

The Texas Board of Education heard testimony this afternoon about a proposed Mexican-American studies elective high school class that could be offered state wide.

As the AP reports, proponents of the of the program say it will offer students a deeper understanding of the state's history. The AP adds:

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Code Switch
3:05 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

For Latino Parents, Bilingual Classrooms Aren't Just About Language

This April 3, 2013 photo shows the inside of a classroom at Miami's Coral Way K-8 Center, the nation's largest bilingual school.
Lynne Sladky AP

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 4:41 pm

Right now, across the country, parents are in the midst of trying to get their children enrolled in bilingual classrooms for next September.

The motivation is usually straightforward. Parents want their kids to learn a foreign language. The thinking is that a second language will bring significant cultural and economic advantages.

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Paying For College
12:46 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Some Common Misconceptions About Paying For College

iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 11:24 am

In reporting on students navigating the maze of college costs and financial aid, I kept running into misconceptions about paying for a degree. Here are some of the most common ones:

Low-income students get most of their college financial aid needs met and rich kids don't have to worry, so it's mainly the middle class that gets squeezed.

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Paying For College
4:24 am
Tue March 18, 2014

How The Cost Of College Went From Affordable To Sky-High

World War II veterans and other students at the University of Iowa in 1947. That year, due to federal assistance from the GI Bill, 60 percent of the school's enrollment was made up of veterans.
Margaret Bourke-White Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 12:59 pm

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Code Switch
9:27 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Hispanics Struggle To Graduate: An Issue of School Choice?

Hispanics are less likely than other groups to enroll in four-year schools. They're also harder to find in stock photos.
iStockPhoto

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 7:59 pm

Angela Barba was the first in her immediate family to graduate from high school. And when the time came for her son Robert to follow in her footsteps, she says, she found herself overwhelmed.

"I had no idea how I was going to get him into college," she says.

Angela, who had completed a two-year degree herself, says she wanted her son to be the first in the family to complete a four-year program. But she couldn't really offer any advice or guidance as to what schools to attend or how to apply for scholarships.

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The Source - February 24, 2014
9:24 am
Mon February 24, 2014

The Source: Massive, Intelligent & Free: MOOCs And Education

edX is one MOOC provider along with Coursera.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) being offered for free by the nation's best universities were going to change everything about education. The most prestigious institutions in America threw open their doors to the masses. Millions of people poured in, taking everything from computer science to "The Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe." 

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Higher Education
11:44 am
Thu February 6, 2014

State Launches Affordable College Degree Program For Half The Cost

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has launched a new degree program aimed at making college affordable.

The Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Degree Program has been in the works since it’s conception in 2011 when it was one of the needs Gov. Rick Perry expressed during his State of the State Address. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board announced they had finished designing that program this week.  

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Education
10:37 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Texas Overhauls Textbook Approval To Ease Tensions Over Evolution

Kansas Board of Education members look over language for a science textbook in 2007. The fight over the teaching of evolution has been particularly fierce in Texas, which because of its size influences many textbook publishers.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 11:01 am

The Texas Board of Education, which has long been an ideological battleground for the teaching of evolution, says it will limit the use of citizen review panels and instead give priority to teachers in determining science and history curricula.

Because Texas public schools represent such a large market for textbook publishers, the state has an outsized influence on what is taught in the rest of the country.

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Technology
7:16 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

Computers Are The Future, But Does Everyone Need To Code?

StudentRND throws 24-hour code-a-thons for programmers of all backgrounds and skill levels. Coders show up at noon on Saturday, pitch ideas, form teams and code through the night trying to finish by noon on Sunday. Above, StudentRND participants work at a 2011 CodeDay in Seattle." href="/post/computers-are-future-does-everyone-need-code" class="noexit lightbox">
A group called StudentRND throws 24-hour code-a-thons for programmers of all backgrounds and skill levels. Coders show up at noon on Saturday, pitch ideas, form teams and code through the night trying to finish by noon on Sunday. Above, StudentRND participants work at a 2011 CodeDay in Seattle.
StudentRND

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 1:01 pm

Republicans and Democrats don't see eye-to-eye on much these days, but there is one aspect of the future that they can agree on: "Becoming literate in code is as essential to being literate in language and math," says House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Republican from Virginia.

President Obama agrees: "Computers are going to be a big part of your future," he predicts.

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Arts & Culture
11:34 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Can A Poet Teach Business Leadership? UTSA Says 'Yes'

David Whyte
Scott Garen

UTSA’s College of Business is bringing in someone to help develop leadership, and it's a curious choice: Internationally renowned poet David Whyte.

"You’ll find that there’s a good poem for almost every threshold of human experience," Whyte explains.

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