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

Students Pick Easier Majors Despite Less Pay

Thu, 12/08/2011
Wall Street Journal
By JOE LIGHT And RACHEL EMMA SILVERMAN Jeff Swensen for the Wall Street Journal

Biyan Zhou switched her major from electrical and computer engineering to a double major in psychology and policy management. Her mother and her academic adviser also wanted her to major in it, given the apparent career opportunities for engineers in a tough job market. For today's college graduates, the message is clear: If you want a job, the best thing you can do is build a career in rigorous disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math, Joe Light reports on Markets Hub.

Math Gains Add Up On National Exams

Wed, 11/02/2011
The Wall Street Journal

Elementary-school students notched the highest scores ever on national math exams this year, continuing a 20-year trend of improvement, but reading scores remained lackluster, according to data released Tuesday.

Results from the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress showed that eighth-graders' reading scores rose slightly from 2009 but fourth-grade scores didn't budge. Schoolchildren have shown minimal progress in reading since the current exam, administered by the U.S. Department of Education, was first given in 1992.

Why Companies Aren't Getting the Employees They Need

Tue, 10/25/2011
The Wall Street Journal

The conventional wisdom is that our education system is failing our economy. But our companies deserve a lot of the blame themselves.


Everybody's heard the complaints about recruiting lately.

Even with unemployment hovering around 9%, companies are grousing that they can't find skilled workers, and filling a job can take months of hunting.

Employers are quick to lay blame. Schools aren't giving kids the right kind of training. The government isn't letting in enough high-skill immigrants. The list goes on and on.

Ford and GM Renew a Bitter Rivalry

Wed, 11/23/2011
Wall Street Journal
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By SHARON TERLEP And MIKE RAMSEY DETROIT—Jim Farley, the head of marketing at Ford Motor Co., has lately been telling his young son that there is a very scary person living in their neighborhood—a man who works for General Motors Co. The neighbor, he has explained, is a "bad man" who works for the "wrong company," Mr. Farley recalled at a recent gathering of bloggers, according to a video of the event that was posted on YouTube.

Study: Pennsylvania’s Worst-Performing Schools Are Racked by Violence, Crime

Fri, 10/21/2011
By Matt Cover

Philadelphia is home to 86 of Pennsylvania's 141 failing schools, according to a Commonwealth Foundation study.

A study of Pennsylvania's 141 failing schools found that in addition to poor academic performance, they were also plagued by thousands of criminal acts during the 2009-10 school year.

The study by the conservative Pennsylvania-based Commonwealth Foundation examined state data on school violence at the worst-performing five percent of Pennsylvania schools – 141 in all, with a combined roll of, 82,000 students.

The Steve Jobs Model for Education Reform

Thu, 10/20/2011
The Wall Street Journal

These days everyone is for education reform.

The question is which approach is best. I favor the Steve Jobs's model.

In 1984 Steve introduced the Mac with a Super Bowl ad. It ran only once. It ran for only one minute. And it shows a female athlete being chased by the helmeted police of some totalitarian regime.

At the climax, the woman rushes up to a large screen where Big Brother is giving a speech. Just as he announces, "We shall prevail," she hurls her hammer through the screen.

As Brain Changes, So Can IQ

Thu, 10/20/2011
The Wall Street Journal

A teenager's IQ can rise or fall as many as 20 points in just a few years, a brain-scanning team found in a study published Wednesday that suggests a young person's intelligence measure isn't as fixed as once thought.

The researchers also found that shifts in IQ scores corresponded to small physical changes in brain areas related to intellectual skills, though they weren't able to show a clear cause and effect.

SAT Reading, Writing Scores Hit Low

Thu, 09/15/2011
The Wall Street Journal
By Stephanie Banchero

SAT scores for the high-school graduating class of 2011 fell in all three subject areas, and the average reading and writing scores were the lowest ever recorded, according to data released on Wednesday.

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Why Is There an Education Gap?

Wed, 04/13/2011
Cape May County Herald
By Herald Staff

Tom Henry began his career as a researcher at the medical schools of the U. of Pennsylvania and Boston University. In 1967 he joined the faculty at Cumberland County College. Over 24 years his service included being a Professor of Biology and Vice President of Development. In 1991 he was named an Assistant Commissioner of Education with responsibilities for Adult and Vocational Education. During his career he has served on numerous state and national committees dealing with workforce development policy. He currently resides in Palermo with his wife of 45 years, Loretta.

Mass. aims to boost vocational schools

Tue, 04/12/2011
By Associated Press

BOSTON - The state is stepping up support for the 60 vocational and technical schools in Massachusetts.

Lt. Gov. Tim Murray and state education officials unveiled a new leadership model Tuesday to expand partnerships between educators and employers and increase collaboration among state agencies.