Welcome To The Future Of Education! A business plan to recast pre-k-12 education in the U.S

Education divide in the U.S.

WASHINGTON—Education is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest people and everyone else. Ask the experts, and they'll count the ways:

Preschool can lift children from poverty. Top high schools prepare students for college. A college degree boosts pay over a lifetime. And the U.S. economy would grow faster if more people stayed in school longer.

Plenty of data back them up. But the data also show something else:

Wealthier parents have been stepping up education spending so aggressively that they're widening the nation's wealth gap. When the Great Recession sruck in late 2007 and squeezed most family budgets, the top 10 percent of earners—with incomes averaging $253,146—went in a different direction: They doubled down on their kids' futures.

In the photo, Marisela Martinez-Cola help her 7-year-old, David, get ready for private school Tuesday

Colleges Rise as They Reject

Wed, 12/26/2012
The Wall Street Journal

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In the past six years, Northeastern University has vaulted 42 spots in the powerful U.S. News & World Report college rankings. And not merely because it added programs, hired superstar faculty or built fancy facilities.

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The private school in Boston also has made an all-out effort to increase the number of applicants for admission, dispatching its 30-person recruiting staff across the country and sending hundreds of thousands of personalized letters and emails to high-school students. It persuaded more than 44,000 students to apply for one of the 2,800 spots in its fall 2012 freshman class—up from about 30,000 in 2007—a move that boosted the school's selectivity, illustrating a growing trend in college marketing.

Vocabulary Declines, With Unspeakable Results

Thu, 12/13/2012
The Wall Street Journal

The first step to fight income inequality: Do a better job of teaching kids to read


For all the talk about income inequality in the United States, there is too little recognition of education's role in the problem. Yet it is no coincidence that, as economist John Bishop has shown, the middle class's economic woes followed a decline in 12th-grade verbal scores, which fell sharply between 1962 and 1980—and, as the latest news confirms, have remained flat ever since.

The Suburban Education Gap

Thu, 11/15/2012
The Wall Street Journal

By Arthur LevineParents nationwide are familiar with the wide academic achievement gaps separating American students of different races, family incomes and ZIP Codes. But a second crucial achievement gap receives far less attention. It is the disparity between children in America's top suburban schools and their peers in the highest-performing school systems elsewhere in the world.

Popular Atomics: Periodic Table Is New Touchstone of Geek Chic

Fri, 09/21/2012
The Wall Street Journal

091912element 512x288The mere mention of The Periodic Table Of Elements may resurrect painful memories from high school Chemistry class, but as WSJ's Daniel Michaels finds out, the chemical elements are experiencing a resurgencee of popularity in pop culture, inspiring products, and even a popular YouTube video show.

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By Daniel Michaels

YTTERBY, Sweden—The Vaxholm Fortress Museum near here has exhibits on its defense of Stockholm and on the local artillery regiment. But visitors increasingly come to see a one-room display that has no guns, bullets or soldiers. It is devoted to the periodic table of elements.

Opting Our of the 'Rug Rat Race'

Wed, 09/12/2012
The Wall Street Journal
By Paul Tough

We are living through a particularly anxious moment in the history of American parenting. In the nation's big cities these days, the competition among affluent parents over slots in favored preschools verges on the gladiatorial. A pair of economists from the University of California recently dubbed this contest for early academic achievement the "Rug Rat Race," and each year, the race seems to be starting earlier and growing more intense.

Reading, Math and Grit

Sat, 09/08/2012
The New York Times
By Joe Nocera

Early in his acceptance speech Thursday night, President Obama gave a nod to his administration's backing of education reform. "Some of the worst schools in the country have made real gains in math and reading," he said, calling on the country to add 100,000 math and science teachers in the next decade. Then he moved on to other topics, like foreign policy and Medicare, that he clearly views as more vital to the campaign as it enters the home stretch.

A Worksheet for Math-Phobic Parents

Wed, 08/29/2012
The Wall Street Journal

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Parents who hate math often fear raising kids who will feel the same

Many parents who loathe math fear raising kids who feel the same. This is becoming a more urgent concern as the fastest-growing occupations increasingly require skills in either math or science. Sue Shellenbarger on Lunch Break discusses how parents overcome math phobias.

Teach Your Children Well

Tue, 08/14/2012
The Wall Street Journal
By Meghan Cox Gurdon

When Quinn Cummings's daughter, Alice, hit the fifth grade, it became impossible to ignore the fact that she was no longer trying hard in school. Though a gifted reader, the child was slipping dreadfully in math; worse, her mother could see the girl's enthusiasm leachiing away.