Education Innovation Report V
I. Current News to Know
The National Center for Education Statistics released findings of the first nationwide arts survey in a decade that comprehensively documents the state of arts education in U.S. public schools. Secretary of Ed, Arne Duncan, said it all: “A well-rounded education is simply too vital to our students’ success to let the teaching of the arts and humanities erode.” View the whole report here.
With a focus on interaction and engagement with the material, for the first time en masse.
II. Insights from Others
Lots of data, from the price tag of a Harvard degree ($220K) to how much a bachelor’s degree is worth over a lifetime ($2.8 million). While the argument is clear - go to college - the point may be the wrong one. Should we be focused on the monetary value of a college degree or should we be rethinking what that college degree means and whether or not we’re learning the skills and knowledge we’re passionate about and are relevant to the next stage of our economy?
There’s a new for-profit higher-education company in town called New Charter University, and it’s allowing students to pay a low monthly fee to take as many self-paced courses as they like. They’ll “only” pay for accessing real people (how much is a person worth, again?) and receiving academic credit. Is this organization going to thrive because of its response (solution?) to today’s higher learning economic and funding environment, or is it simply another money-grubbing behemoth?
…says Patricia Leavy, PhD. Research shows all college graduates need the following skills to compete in the global job market: critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, innovative thinking, and a sense of a globalized world. Leavy says academic institutions, as we know them, are based on an outdated system.
The message: choose your college carefully, research all of your financial aid and grant options, consider your career opportunities after college, and then pick a college degree that will be truly WORTH something to you.