Higher education is the cornerstone upon which America's successful participation in the competitive global economy rests
Last week, I dropped my youngest daughter off to college and still felt that familiar pang in my heart. The year before
While we've been away this summer, the School Superintendent's Association (AASA) has released a series of National College
Yes, Your Teen is Going to College, But Are They Ready? Six Things to Stop Doing Right Now, and a Few to Start
Throw out the image of high school for a second and imagine instead your child were going backpacking in the Himalayas. Would you let them coast until the trip? Or would you insist they've got to break in those hiking boots?
... and that's really sad.
Teens face a variety of complex issues with the transition from childhood to adulthood. When these issues are compounded by perceived scarcity, whether in the form of poverty, abuse or lack of a nurturing support system, it can be even more challenging for teens to generate or maintain their self-esteem and find their way forward.
Diane Ravitch, in her recent post about international math tests, raises concerns that standardized tests damage the quality of education and constrain young people's intellectual growth. What I worry about is the way they can unfairly deny opportunities to students.
Those behind a recent survey about high education were interested in whether high school graduates felt they were ready for college. In my opinion, there are ways to fill those perceived "gaps" upon entering college, and many of them have absolutely nothing to do with grades.