education

February 23, 2017

Restrictions on trade and immigration will not deter the march of technology. A study by McKinsey shows that more than 50% of the time spent at work today involves routine physical labor, data collection and data processing. Nearly all of this work can be automated. And the safer jobs of today -- jobs that involve human interaction -- may become automated in the future.

February 15, 2017

Newly sworn-in Education Secretary Betsy DeVos addresses department staff in Washington, D.C.

February 07, 2017

Despite surprisingly robust opposition, Betsy DeVos became U.S. secretary of education Tuesday, thanks to a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. The opposition was, in part, surprising because the secretary of education doesn't wield all that much power. In broad terms, education is largely a local issue. States and school districts provide most of the money and make most of the rules.

January 25, 2017

In response to the recession that began in 2007, the U.S. Congress passed, and President Barack Obama signed into law, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Pub. Law 111-5). At an estimated cost of $831 billion, this economic stimulus package sought to save and create jobs, provide temporary relief to those adversely affected by the recession, and invest in education, health, infrastructure, and renewable energy. States and school districts received $100 billion to secure teachers’ jobs and promote innovation in schools.

January 25, 2017

The final IES report on the School Improvement Grant program is devastating to Arne Duncan’s and the Obama administration’s education legacy. A major evaluation commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education and conducted by two highly respected research institutions delivered a crushing verdict: The program failed and failed badly.

January 18, 2017

The 12-foot-long vehicle, which looks like a cross between a NASCAR racer and a walking pill bug, will be strapped onto an accelerator and thrown down a mile-long vacuum tube at speeds that will top out over 200 mph, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. A complex propulsion system that was built on campus will use an array of magnets to levitate the vehicle and keep it from losing speed. And at the end of the run, its brakes and a set of Goodyear tires will bring it to a stop, one mile and about 30 seconds after the trip began.

December 16, 2016

Some might think that hackers only target high-profile groups such as politicians and banks – but that’s a mistake. Schools, both K-12 and higher education, have been victims, too. More than 780 breaches in schools, resulting in the disclosure of more than 14,790,000 records, have been reported since 2005, according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a California-based nonprofit consumer advocate.

November 21, 2016

Rhee was hired to lead D.C. schools under Democratic Mayor Adrian Fenty, who gave her essentially unprecedented autonomy to change the costly and under-performing city’s school system. Known as a visionary education reformer, Rhee shot to national prominence after her picture appeared on the Dec. 2008 cover of Time magazine next to the headline “How to Fix America’s Schools.”

October 30, 2016

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings for more than 30 years, today released the 2017 Best Global Universities rankings. The overall rankings are the largest and most comprehensive assessment of research universities worldwide, evaluating 1,000 universities - up from 750 last year - across 65 countries.

October 09, 2016

Technological skills are always in demand in the various industries around the globe. However, the industries have a fancy trend of hiring the young, white males from big schools. Hence, Northeastern University's Seattle campus Dean and CEO Scott McKinley wants industry and education to collaborate to solve tech talent gap, ageism and sexism.

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