Category Archives: Video

Series of video podcasts for Comm 300 class

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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