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Mathieu Plourde

The College Board tried a simple, cheap, research-backed way to push low-income kids in... - 0 views

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    "It's also one piece of evidence that changing the college trajectories of America's low-income students will require efforts more extensive than low-cost "nudges." "It's a good lesson in thinking about the limitations of these kinds of interventions," said Lindsay Page, a University of Pittsburgh researcher who has studied text messaging reminders to students. "Be cautious of the long-run benefits from $6 solutions.""
Mathieu Plourde

The American Dream Is Harder To Find In Some Neighborhoods - 0 views

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    "A new online data tool being made public Monday finds a strong correlation between where people are raised and their chances of achieving the American dream."
Mathieu Plourde

Online Education After The End of Net Neutrality - Digital Sociology at VCU - 0 views

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    "What will online education look like if students' access to the internet is more compounded by their structural inequalities than it is already? How can we, in good conscience, use online technologies to increase access to higher education if the cost of using the internet rises while corporate control of the internet increases?"
Mathieu Plourde

I am an adjunct professor who teaches five classes. I earn less than a pet-sitter | Lee... - 0 views

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    "My situation is not unique. 76% of instructional staff appointments in US higher education are now not even full-time jobs"
Mathieu Plourde

Change the World - 0 views

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    "The technology industry, by sequestering itself from the community it inhabits, has transformed the Bay Area without being changed by it-in a sense, without getting its hands dirty. Throughout most of Silicon Valley's history, its executives have displayed a libertarian instinct to stay as far from politics and government as possible. "
Mathieu Plourde

It's Official: The Boomerang Kids Won't Leave - 0 views

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    "For those who can crack the top 20 percent, there is great promise. Most people in that elite group, Rank told me, will spend at least part of their careers among the truly affluent, earning more than $250,000 a year. For those at work in the much larger pool, there will be falling or stagnant wages and far greater uncertainty. A college degree is an advantage, but it no longer offers any guarantee, especially for those who graduate from lower-ranked for-profit schools."
Mathieu Plourde

What We Tolerate (and for Whom) v. What the Rich Demand: On Teacher Quality - 0 views

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    "Until we address the scarcity in children's lives and schools, addressing teacher quality is a futile distraction, just as continuing to change standards and tests is a futile distraction. Instead of labeling, ranking, and then firing teachers, our first best step would be to end the cult of high-stakes testing because the problems of education are mostly systemic (social and educational) and not the adults who choose to teach or the children we seek to serve."
Mathieu Plourde

Delaware Seeks to Steer the Poor to Top Colleges - 1 views

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    Under the new effort, paid for by the College Board, high-achieving low-income students will also receive a packet of information on selective colleges, as well as waivers for the application fee. The information includes details on admission and financial aid policies, as well as on the variation in graduation rates at different colleges.
Mathieu Plourde

Grouping Students by Ability Regains Favor With Educators - 0 views

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    Now ability grouping has re-emerged in classrooms all over the country - a trend that has surprised education experts who believed the outcry had all but ended its use. A new analysis from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a Census-like agency for school statistics, shows that of the fourth-grade teachers surveyed, 71 percent said they had grouped students by reading ability in 2009, up from 28 percent in 1998. In math, 61 percent of fourth-grade teachers reported ability grouping in 2011, up from 40 percent in 1996. "These practices were essentially stigmatized,"
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