Monthly Archives: March 2011

Rainy days ahead for education

Larger class sizes, fewer students prepared for or attending college, salary reductions, and teacher layoffs are all aspects of the 2011-2012 educational budget deficit. The forecast for education is particularly gloomy these days. The final chapter in a Video podcast … Continue reading

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How bad are our scores, really?

Tracking is one way of determining which students are assigned to college preparatory courses and which ones are zoned to less academically challenging classes. No Child Left Behind essentially eliminated tracking in the United States, for better or for worse. … Continue reading

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The sound of budget cuts

This third chapter in the five-day Video podcast series features a Houston father and physician expressing his concerns about Texas’ proposed education budget cuts. The background noise for this 2-minute video mimics an elementary school, complete with closing doors, playground … Continue reading

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A dad’s changing view of educational opportunities

If no other family members have attended college, higher education may be perceived as unattainable. For parents who completed college, a bachelor’s degree often becomes the minimum level of higher education they envision for their children. In this 2-minute chapter … Continue reading

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Parental time investment in homework

How involved are parents in their children’s homework? It depends on the age of the child and the family’s own attitudes. Grandparents of today’s school-age children were often minimally involved in their child’s homework. Those children, today’s parents of school-age … Continue reading

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Hispanics and education: it’s all in the family

Forecasting educational trends for Texas’ largest minority is difficult because Hispanic culture is actually a loosely bound collection of the cultures of many independent countries sharing  a similar language. In this 5-minute audio podcast, three generations of Latino men talk … Continue reading

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The village that abandoned its children

The origins of the proverb “It takes a village to raise a child”  remain under debate, but the sentiment describes how children are dependent on a much wider range of adults and infrastructure than is available within their immediate family.  … Continue reading

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