Extra credit for education: from AP and censorship to different wavelengths and a stellar program
SmartBrief education writers and editors read hundreds of articles, studies and press releases every week – too many to summarize and fit neatly into our newsletter sections. Education Extra Credit shares a few additional topics of note from the past week.
It’s okay if the education secretary copies you. Many Americans who have been laid off and need new skills or employees who want to advance in their careers cannot afford training. Enter Broward College in Florida, which offers free programs to serve these residents. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona was so impressed this week that he pledged to copy the model to use across the United States.
Students, teachers and parents are on different pages. Find out how researchers Lauren Ziegler and Rebecca Winthrop conducted a social listening analysis to study the perspectives of “millions of parents, teachers, and students, and determine the nuances and sentiments around education in real time, as well as historically.” “The vast majority of conversations take place as if [the three groups of people] were in different worlds, reinforcing the polarization of the country, they write. (The Brookings Institution)
The long-term effects of the global education crisis caused by the pandemic. The chaos of COVID-19 has left students around the world an average of eight months behind in their learning. The keys to exit on the other side are resilience, re-enrollment, recovery and reinventionaccording to this vast study of 12 researchers. (McKinsey & Co.)
Schools that censor may lose some AP classes. The College Board doesn’t like censorship and says high schools that weed out minority authors and content about diversity and racism can be decertified for AP US History and/or AP English. Meanwhile, 68 US schools will launch a pilot program next year for a possible African American Studies AP class.
My heart aches for all Ukrainian students here in the United Stateswho worry about their loved ones, their friends and their country. (The 74)
Diane Benson Harrington is an education editor at SmartBrief. Contact her via email or LinkedIn.
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