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Media Literacy in the Digital Age

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 12.05.2012 | Education
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Communication shapes our experience of reality. If we are not cognizant of the internalization of images, then how can we work to change its influence on our lives and the lives of our students, from the youngest to those in college?

They Are Us: Why the Nation's Future Is Riding on Latino Students' Success

Jamie Merisotis | Posted 12.05.2012 | Latino Voices
Jamie Merisotis

It's past time to see Latino educational success as a novel issue that must be addressed. Our collective economic and social well-being will be shaped and driven by the educational success of Latinos. That means it's an issue we must all address, with conviction and cooperation.

Presidential Debate: Obama Takes a Dive

Christopher Newfield | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Christopher Newfield

Obviously the strategy in the debates is "move to the middle" and don't scare fence-sitters in the swing states. But that doesn't mean confusing the heck out of them about whether you're different from the other guy.

Bringing Innovation to the Ivory Tower

Thomas Kruczek | Posted 12.03.2012 | College
Thomas Kruczek

A college campus should be an exciting interface between the academic and the real world, an institution at the cutting edge of social and technological change, an incubator for new ideas.

When Choosing a College, Is Geography Destiny?

Stephen Beal | Posted 12.03.2012 | College
Stephen Beal

Would Larry Page and Sergey Brin have founded Google if they had gone to an Ivy League school instead of Stanford? Perhaps. But Stanford's ties to Silicon Valley are legendary, and opportunities for innovation were literally all around them. Maybe geography is indeed destiny.

Let's Expand Our Definition of Education After High School

Jeff Selingo | Posted 12.02.2012 | College
Jeff Selingo

After graduating from high school, he enrolled in Moberly Area Community College, a half-hour south of Macon. Two semesters later, the 28-year-old dropped out. His transcript was filled with A's, but he was bored in his classes.

An Education in Creative Courage

Thomas Fisher | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education
Thomas Fisher

See the WWW Conference as an educational wake-up call. School should be about equipping students not just with the skills, but also with the self-confidence to pursue their passions, regardless of what others may think.

The Real Reason Schools Are Failing: They're Boring and Lack 'Edutainment'

Stephen Estes | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education
Stephen Estes

A little less talk, a little more action, and a bit of edutainment, and I think I see how the world's children will come to realize their true potential and build the skill-sets they will someday need.

Why Electric Cars Are Our Future

Bill Destler | Posted 12.01.2012 | Technology
Bill Destler

Here are a few of the reasons that I have learned that lead me to believe that within 50 years a majority of our cars will be equipped with electric drivetrains.

Distance Learning and the Future of Education

Steven Cohen | Posted 12.01.2012 | Education
Steven Cohen

Modern economies and technologies require life-long learning. Education, like health care, must advance its content and delivery systems to keep pace with emerging needs. Distance learning will be one part of our educational future. But it won't be the only part.

The Season of Hope in Higher Education

Dr. James Michael Nolan | Posted 11.28.2012 | College
Dr. James Michael Nolan

It is fall in the world of higher education. It's better than New Year's. Lives that have grown too small are bursting forth in rainbows of transformation. A new day is about to dawn for new students all over the country. It is magical.

How to Win the Youth Vote

Arthur E. Levine | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Arthur E. Levine

In 2012, neither mudslinging nor abstract calls to idealism will earn a candidate the college student vote. If what they hear is not transparent, compelling, and addressed to their own current and future needs, they will stay home on election day.

Can Poor People Save for College?

Bob Hildreth | Posted 11.27.2012 | Education
Bob Hildreth

Spend only half of your paycheck and put the other half in a savings account. It's like portion control. Most of us try it, but don't follow-through.

How Adult Education Can Help Close the Skills Gap

Randy Trask | Posted 11.26.2012 | Business
Randy Trask

America won't be able to sustain its economic strength if 40 million citizens are unprepared to contribute or never know the pride of having a job that provides for them and their families.

College Readiness Goes Beyond Academic Skills

| Joanne Jacobs | Posted 11.26.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's Community College Spotlight blog. While "students need strong academic skills to succeed ...

Education Struggles Aflame Across the Hemisphere

Rick Ayers | Posted 11.25.2012 | Education
Rick Ayers

There have been protests across the country over these developments and now we face the increasing prospect of massive government loan default from people who can't pay their way out of debt in the stalled economy.

Supporting Small Business, Supporting the Local Economy

Donald J. Laackman | Posted 11.25.2012 | Impact
Donald J. Laackman

Kraft Foods started as one man selling cheese out of a horse-drawn carriage. Two men created the online giant Google in a garage. Before they were global companies, they were small businesses.

The Challenges of Preventing Campus Suicides

Dr. Victor Schwartz | Posted 11.25.2012 | College
Dr. Victor Schwartz

Although we have made great strides in many areas of mental health over the past three decades, we have still not made sufficient progress in predicting and preventing suicide.

Education Is War, According to a Term-Paper Mill: A Metaphor to Justify By

Susan D. Blum | Posted 11.25.2012 | College
Susan D. Blum

As long as we have not made the case for the merit of the content and process of education, the war and the game will persist. Students will find ways around the requirements. And the UnemployedProfessors will find plenty of jobs scamming the system they regard as corrupt.

Stop Wasting Foreign Aid: Let's Import Millions Of New College Students Instead

XPRIZE | Posted 11.24.2012 | Education

America's institutions of higher education dominate global rankings and are the envy of the rest of the world.

College on the Cheap

Dan Rather | Posted 11.24.2012 | College
Dan Rather

A college degree is the key to realizing the American dream. But the cost of going to college has never been so high, and the value of having that diploma has never been more in doubt.

Graduate From College, Get a Great Job... Is That All There Is to Higher Education?

Jean Johnson | Posted 11.24.2012 | Education
Jean Johnson

Given the paramount role higher education has played -- and will play -- in the American story, not talking seriously about its mission in our collective future could be a miscalculation of the first order.

Governing Higher Ed Through Balance: Why Cultivating Collaboration Is Crucial, Now More Than Ever

H. Kim Bottomly | Posted 11.24.2012 | College
H. Kim Bottomly

The deep-seated vein of anti-intellectualism that runs through American culture has subtle effects as well as blatant ones -- and I think, could help explain the recent spate of dramatic failures in university governance.

Can the Next President Put Public Universities Back on Top?

Gene D. Block | Posted 11.21.2012 | College
Gene D. Block

The bottom line is that we all need to be held accountable, but those of us who work in public higher education can't do it alone. America's success is fundamentally connected to the state of our education system.

How Children Succeed: An Interview with Paul Tough

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 11.21.2012 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

I wonder if our adult kids' pervasive fear of failure hasn't returned them to their childhood bedrooms, dissatisfied and unemployed. Yes, it's a tough economy out there, but have we made them afraid to take chances, to bypass meaningful engagement and social justice opportunities?