A recent survey by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development found that greater wealth doesn’t necessarily make for better education levels. What does improve education levels?
We can combat bullying by coming down hard on the bullies, but we also need to prevent kids from becoming bullies in the first place. In a recent New York Times Opinionator column, David Bornstein writes about Roots of Empathy, a Canadian program that helps children grow their empathy.
For voters in this last election, effectively separating fact from fiction took a lot of critical thinking and civics knowledge. But how much civics knowledge does the average American voter actually have? If we look at the proficiency of our high school seniors, the answer is “Not enough.”
In our recent nationwide survey, half of all high school students admit they bullied someone in the past year, and nearly half say they were bullied, teased, or taunted in a way that seriously upset them.
Now the focus is on “value-added ratings,” which estimate a teacher’s effectiveness based on students’ standardized test scores. What do you think? What is the value of value-added?
When it comes to friendship, do your students value quantity over quality? Are they indiscriminant in the sending and accepting of friend requests? If so, they’re clicking on the wrong links. Or maybe they’re just clicking too much and too often.
From a Six-Pillar perspective, this question seems like a no-brainer. Deliberately passing off another’s words as one’s own is dishonest, disrespectful, irresponsible, and unfair. But author and former college dean Stanley Fish offers a different interpretation.
The Dalai Lama says, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” We Americans might be starting to get the message.
This summer many high-school and college students have found themselves without jobs. Many of the few available jobs are being filled by adults with far greater qualifications. Other than making poor students even poorer, what effect does this have on them?
Americans are exposed to anywhere from 500 to 5,000 advertising messages a day. If rational adults often fail to realize that buying a product won’t fill the hole deep inside, children don’t stand a chance.