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The worsening gap in higher education equity

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By Louis Barbash In a recent report on long-term trends in higher education equity, the non-profit Pell Institute came to a dispiriting conclusion: While more students are going to college, income-based gaps are worsening when it comes to higher education quality and degree attainment. In its report, the Institute looked at six “equity indicators” over a 45-year timeline, including college attendance rates, completion rates, and the type of institution attended. Perhaps most discouraging, the report found that while bachelor’s degree attainment rates have increased dramatically for higher-income students, they’ve barely budged for poorer students. For…read more

Why the real story of the Irish Famine is not taught in U.S. schools

Posted by in Commentary, education, Rights

Bill Bigelow @ZinnEdProject in Irish Central So many textbooks overlook Ireland’s Great Hunger and the Irish American story. “Wear green on St. Patrick’s Day or get pinched.” That pretty much sums up the Irish-American“curriculum” that I learned when I was in school. Yes, I recall a nod to the so-called Potato Famine, but it was mentioned only in passing. Sadly, today’s high school textbooks continue to largely ignore the famine, despite the fact that it was responsible for unimaginable suffering and the deaths of more than a million Irish peasants, and that it triggered the…read more

Teachers Versus Tyrant

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Students and teachers protest outside Brooklyn Technical High School. | Photo Credit: Nowshen Pranthi Governor Cuomo is holding public school funding hostage — but not if these teachers and students have anything to say about it. The Synapse Outside of the largest public high school in the country, Brooklyn Technical High School, teachers and students joined hands Thursday afternoon to unite against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s education policies. The protest was part of a day of action organized by the United Federation of Teachers, which has come out strong against Cuomo’s…read more

8 Things You Should Know About Corporations Like Pearson that Make Huge Profits from Standardized Tests

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Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com/Eric Von Seggern [This is an article from 2013, but still timely.-RS] By Alyssa Figueroa /  AlterNet August 6, 2013 Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act and Obama’s Race to the Top grant program means testing giants are raking in the dough. A few months ago, fourth-grader Joey Furlong was lying in a hospital bed, undergoing a pre-brain surgery screening, when a teacher walked in the room with a standardized test. Shocked, Joey’s father, who was in the room, told the teacher to leave. Joey’s mother, Tami Furlong, later said, “I would like to…read more