Top California brass, including Gov. Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom, wagered that Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) could help solve the state’s higher education bottlenecks. Not surprisingly, some professors at San Jose State University were resistant to the idea. But what about instructors who were creating the online classes? And students who were taking them?
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MOOC experiments in question
Top California brass, including Gov. Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom, wagered that Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) could help solve the state’s higher education bottlenecks. Not surprisingly, some professors resisted.
But what about the instructors creating the online classes? And the students taking them? Did they think startups had developed a better method than traditional classes?
Pressure mounts as GED deadline nears
It can take months, or even years, to prepare for and complete all five parts of the GED exam. But if the test happens to change in the middle of your efforts, you’ll have to start all over.
When the GED gets updated, any sections completed in the old version are considered incompatible – and thrown out.
Adults trying to pass this test usually have a lot on their plates. So I wanted to see how the impending deadline was affecting them.
Who belongs in AP classes?
To some kids, AP classes sound as exciting as a bowl of bran flakes. Or as daunting as theoretical physics. So they don’t sign up. Even if they’re smart enough.
So how can parents and teachers convince kids to take the challenging courses?
One school district in Washington State figured out a simple solution.
The duality of American Indian boarding schools
Most Native Americans have painful stories of family members who attended boarding schools. The federal government created the schools with the purpose of destroying American Indian culture.
Countless former students say the punishment they endured at the schools made them depressed, violent, and turn to substances to cope.
That’s why is difficult to reconcile what’s happening today.