1. 21st century inequality – the declining significance of discrimination [Roland Fryer]
“TODAY I want to talk about inequality in the 21st century, in particular on the decline in the significance of discrimination and the increase in the significance of human capital.”
Note: so much to consider here; much I agree with, much I’m skeptical about. But worth reading!
“Norm-referenced tests are not aligned with any particular set of standards, but can still provide general measures of how well students are performing academically. They meet our reasonable goal of wanting transparency about how students are progressing in school. But because they are based on a generic curriculum rather than a particular set of standards, it really isn’t possible for schools to game them by focusing exclusively on a narrow set of content.”
Note: in my post, the Voucher State, I noted that NRT would likely be an option.
“Recovery School District charters in New Orleans are on track to cut expulsions by one third in the 2014-15 academic year, and officials say it’s due to a new policy that lets administrators counsel students instead of kicking them out.”
“The nation’s high school graduation rate ticked up for the second year in a row, according to new federal data released Thursday, which shows that 81 percent of the Class of 2013 graduated within four years. That’s an increase of one percentage point since 2012 and two percentage points since 2011, making it the highest rate since states began calculating them in a uniform way in 2010.”
“European start-ups raised about $7.6 billion last year, a 41 percent leap over 2013, according to the data provider Dow Jones VentureSource. But that was only about one-fifth the amount raised by American technology companies, which secured a combined $37.9 billion in 2014, up more than 30 percent from the previous year.”
Note: the article did not answer the question “Why?”
“A big question for MOOCs, the free online courses that hundreds of colleges now offer, is whether employers will take them seriously as credentials. But some of the biggest MOOC producers may have figured out how to jump-start employer buy-in: Get big-name companies to help design them.”
“Listen — you are going to go through hell. Your mind is going to be loud. You’ll scream into a towel and talk to the walls and maybe even smash a glass or two, kick a door, or worse. You’ll see couples on Facebook congratulating each other on 10, 20, 30 years together and you’ll hate them. Sometimes you’ll feel as if you deserve this, to be all alone, away from your family. Then one day you’ll come out the other side.”