Textbooks are some of the highest cost items for schools in every grade level, from K-12 to university. The burden can often lay with the school itself for the lower grades, and updated materials are far and few between. Then when college comes around, students often struggle to pay the often outrageous prices for the necessary materials. Some professors even write their curriculum around textbooks that their students are more likely to be able to afford. It is a sad state of affairs, indeed. [Read more...]
You may not know it, but licensing procedure for a teacher certification has been a hot button issue for a while. Many in the academic world have been debating whether or not current standards are effective, and if changes should be made in how teachers are trained and passed. This is a question that has become more prevalent around the US recently, with questions as to the quality of some of the teachers who have passed in the last ten years.
Now, various states have opted to change the process of gaining a teacher certification. This time, it will no longer be about passing exams.
Less Testing, More Teaching [Read more...]
Every election year there is a swing in ‘hot button’ issues. Some of these change over time, some of them do not. This time around, the big topics of conversation are the usual suspects: immigration, healthcare and education. No matter what year it is, these are always central point of focus for presidential hopefuls looking to take the big chain in the Oval Office.
Of course, here at Degree Pivot we are most interested in education and what the election winner will be planning for students across the US and her territories. But this time around, the future of education is more uncertain than ever.
To get a look at what might be in store, we should look at our two primary candidates and what they have said about education in America. [Read more...]
In a move that should have taken place a long time ago, the Veteran’s Association is teaming up with the US Department of Labor to create a new program for retraining the country’s veterans.
According to reports, the program itself is designed to offer up to an Associate’s degree for those who have served in the military, and are between the ages of 35-60. They are also providing work specific funding for certificates and training. For example, you could use allotted funds to study for and pay the exams of different certifications related to a single industry.
Technically, the program began taking applications back in May. But the first wave of applicants are now set to go through, with more than 27,000 already approved. There are 99,000 slots for the initial stage of the program. If successful, it could see another set of approved slots opening.
The question is, how will this effect colleges around the country? [Read more...]
Education is changing, and for the better. Mainly, it is becoming more accessible and customizable, making it easier for anyone to participate. When you think of online education, your mind probably goes to college courses, right? It wouldn’t be surprising if it did, given that is the most common type of Internet education class.
But did you know there are now online high schools? These are genuinely accredited online high school programs that allow you to learn everything you need to get a diploma. All in your own time, from the comfort of your home. Some are full programs, and some are partial to help make up credits toward finishing high school, such as in the case of a failed class. [Read more...]