Will grade inflation do us in?

In my last post, I mentioned dropping out of college and being ill-prepared and requiring remedial coursework as problems in Higher Education. But, an equally large problem is grade inflation. There has been significantly higher grades given out over the last 3 decades as in the past. Higher grades are granted for “signaling” purposes. Signaling is a word we hear a lot of these days. It is meant to imply that students who graduate college are more capable, and this “signals” to employers that they are better candidates. The signaling word distresses me a great deal. No longer do we…

Higher Ed at the Crossroads

I recently read a great book: The Case Against Education – Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money by Bryan Caplan. I would agree with him. College is becoming way too expensive. I’m a parent of two and I worry about this a lot. However, I don’t agree with him that we should do away with college altogether. If we want to keep a college education as it is, currently we, as a nation, have two options. Option one is that students can absorb the debt, and hope that a lucrative job awaits them upon graduation. Or, option…

What I Learned from Two Years of Home-Schooling

I’ll probably tell people that the best two days of my life were the day I started homeschooling and the day I stopped homeschooling. Not because I didn’t enjoy the experience. It was just really really hard, and in different ways than I would have thought. My reasons for homeschooling were many. First of all, my son seemed to be slipping. He had started out in grade school as a really great student, asked into the ALPs program in both Reading and Math. ALPs stands for Accelerated Learning Program, and only a handful of students are invited into it. By…

What Educational App should you use?

A couple of years ago, I attended an International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. Being the largest organization in Educational Tech, the conference was massive. The exposition hall alone contained 540 vendor booths — I counted them, from their listings in the program guide. I wondered how anyone could make sense of it all. With so many choices in educational and learning apps, where does one even begin to select what would be the most appropriate for them. I’m referring to both teachers who would like to use these apps in their classrooms, and to individuals who would…

Group Learning or One-on-One?

Are you one of those people who loves to attend class? Do you really like the give & take of classroom discussion, while loathing the process of learning independently such as through a one-on-one tutorial? Or, perhaps it’s the other way around. You love learning independently on your own, and could take-it-or-leave-it when it comes to learning within a classroom setting? But probably for most of us, we are in the middle. We like both approaches, and would love opportunities to learn both independently, and within a group setting, as we continue to learn throughout our lives. Luckily, there are…

Are you smarter than a computer?

It’s a phrase that’s on everyone’s mind. If computers can do everything that people do, how will anyone make a living in the future? Unfortunately, computers and robots can do an awful lot. When solving complex equations, for example, a computer will beat any human brain hands down. Even chess playing, which seems like the ultimate task in higher human thinking, has the computer beating even the best human chess player. It was former world chess champion Garry Kasparov who, in 1997, took on Deep Blue in a match that was called “the brain’s last stand”. Kasparov was beaten by…