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Dumbing down university access to the point that it is meaningless does not help poor kids

What is going on in our universities? According to the just released Times Higher Education Teaching Survey, entry requirements are now so low that almost half of academics “do not feel that students are well prepared for university study by their schooling”. One complained that a high number of …

Building a Root Cellar - Modern Homesteading

Our five-year search was over. We had found our home in the country: Sky Meadow, one hundred sixty acres of pasture, pines, junipers, bubbling …

The Glue Helping At-Risk Students Stick With School

Washington, D.C., added pathways coordinators to its high schools to try to help kids who are behind on credits catch up.<p>The percentage of students at Washington, D.C., public schools who graduate from high school in four years is at an all-time high. But at 69 percent, the district’s graduation …

Education

This is the ultimate houseplant cheat sheet

Have you ever wondered if that peace lily you have in your living room is in the best place it can be? Or perhaps which plant is best suited to your …

Plants

Why Apprenticeships Are Taking Off

Employers need skilled workers; young people want a path to a good job without accruing lots of debt.<p><i>This article is the first in a three-part series on apprenticeship in the United States.</i><p>Twenty years ago, a manufacturing worker might have operated a machine on a factory floor. Today, that worker …

This Moss Bath Mat Adds a Beautiful Touch of Nature To Your Bathroom

The moisture level found in most bathrooms makes for the perfect condition.<p>If you're looking to bring some lush plant life into your home, but don't exactly have the greenest thumb around, this bathroom accessory may be just the fit.<p>Made from 70 pieces of ball, island, and forest moss, this green …

A Look Back: “I Did My Best Job Teaching A “Growth Mindset” Today – Here’s The Lesson Plan”

<b>In February, this blog will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary! Leading up to it, I’m re-starting a series I tried to do in the past called “A</b> …

12 Free Resources to Help You Get More Organized In 2017

2017 has already started but you are not really too late to reflect about what has worked for you and what is not really cutting it. And, after much …

Strategies for Making Large Lectures More Interactive

<i>Strategies for Making Large Lectures More Interactive<br>(Photo: elibrody/Flickr)</i><p>Jess Gifkins<p><b>Active learning is what we would like students to be doing</b> …

Why feedback fails

Feedback is one of the few things in education that pretty much every agrees is important and worthwhile. The need for feedback is obvious: if you …

Teaching

U.S. map compares state education levels to foreign countries

From our friends at<p><b>BY TAYLOR BELL</b><p>Americans like to think they are #1 in everything, but when it comes to education, the U.S. quickly loses boasting …

7 Benefits of Lemon oil

<b>7 Benefits of Lemon oil</b><p>Vital oils are extracted directly from the bark, flower, fruit, leaf, seed or the root of a plant or tree. They are normally …

22p - the price of setting children up for educational success

Did you have breakfast this morning? Even if you didn’t, I’m sure that if you are a parent you did your best to send your child off to school with a full stomach. It goes without saying.<p>Sadly, the reality is that more than half a million children in the UK start their first lesson each day too …

Education

13 habits you're teaching your kids that could keep them from becoming rich

When I travel the country speaking to high school and college students about exactly what they need to do to become financially successful in life, I always begin my presentation by asking three questions:<p>How many want to be financially successful in life?<p>How many think they will be financially …

Time I

10 Universities Offering Free Online Technology Courses

1. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology<p>The Massachusetts Institute of Technology OpenCourseWare site is undoubtedly the best place to find free …

An open letter to America’s college presidents and education school deans

Schools of education are providing one of the most important services in America today, training our future teachers who will prepare our children to …

Meet Mojo, the monster Stanford and Harvard are using to teach your kids “growth mindset” and empathy

Mojo is a monster with a problem. He used to like school, but then math got hard, and Mojo decided he was not smart enough. School became less fun, and Mojo wanted to make a run for it.<p>But he didn’t, because Mojo was designed by ClassDojo, a Silicon Valley edtech start up, and a team of researchers …

Education

Chromebooks in Band Class

<i>As I start my second full year working with Auburn School District educators in what they call their Auburn Teacher Leadership Academy 2.0 (ATLA),</i> …

Education Technology

Florida sinkhole causes vast leak of wastewater into drinking water source

Phosphate supplier says ‘absolutely nobody at risk’ as company monitors groundwater at central Florida fertilizer plant<p>More than 200m gallons of contaminated wastewater from a fertilizer plant in central Florida leaked into one of the state’s main underground sources of drinking water after a huge …

Water

11 House Plants So Good for You They’re Approved by NASA

Adding some green to a space can do a lot of good — both for your health and your style. Although we’ve been loving 2016’s trending house plants (we’ve even DIYed a Sharpie watercolor planter to keep them looking fresh in our office), we almost lost it when we heard that space plants (yes, space …

Plants

The Street Style Trends You'll See Everywhere at NYFW

<i>We’re curating a New York Fashion Week magazine in collaboration with Flipboard. Check out NYFW: Everything You Need to Know for a quick download on</i> …

5 Ways To Drive Employees Crazy And How To Prevent Them

Congruence is the pragmatic correspondence between what people think, feel, say and do. This is the key to effective leadership and sustainable success. By being congruent, leaders define organizational values and help weave the fabric of organizational culture. By the same token, they are able to …

Employee Engagement

Homeschooling is the smartest way to teach kids in the 21st century

If anything, says the mom from Williamstown, New Jersey, when it comes to raising her two children, she's doing the sensible thing.<p>"You're not going to be put in a work environment where everybody came from the same school and everybody is the same age," she tells Business Insider. "In my opinion, …

Education

Teachers are over-estimating the A Level grades of ethnic minority students by two or more grades, research finds

Teachers are over-estimating the A Level grades of ethnic minority students by two or more grades because they want to boost their chances of going to university, a new UCAS study has suggested.<p>The disclosure emerged after new data showed the proportion of applicants achieving their best three …

Our brains use 4 steps to solve math problems — and the discovery might change education

Ever wondered how your mind deals with complex sums and multiplications?<p>A new study has imaged how the brain's activity levels change while taking on serious math problems, and reveals for the first time that there are four distinct neural stages involved in coming up with a solution.<p>Two different …

Mathematics

The Life-Changing Habit of Progressive Leaders

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The difference between successful leaders and progressive path-breakers is that they have an infinite yearning to learn. A number of progressive leaders, philosophers and authors have been often quoted on the importance of learning.<p>Dr. …

Learning

A 1-acre permaculture farm supplies 50 families

I've always been somewhat of a lazy gardener. And that's why permaculture has always made a whole lot of sense to me. Instead of throwing physical …