A majority of students' "dream jobs" are 19th- or 20th-century jobs, rather than careers aligned with the emerging economy, according to a global study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The survey of students worldwide finds that both boys and girls aspire to be architects, doctors, business managers, teachers, lawyers and police officers.
The US overall earned a C-plus grade on Education Week's annual Chance-for-Success Index, which measures 13 indicators that encompass the start that students get in life, their ability to navigate school and be successful after high-school graduation. The grade is the average of the state grades, with Massachusetts receiving an A-minus to top the list and a D-plus given to New Mexico, the lowest ranking state.
Traumatic experiences in childhood can affect students' ability to learn, according to Lori Desautels, assistant professor at Butler University in Indianapolis. In this article, Desautels writes about accommodations and strategies to support students who have experienced trauma, such as by identifying trusted school-based adults who can serve as mentors to students.
History students in an Illinois high school have had a lot of questions about the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump so teacher Ronnie Woods is teaching about the historic event. Woods said he hopes the lessons about the impeachment process helps students learn about the world and become adults who are "competent" voters.
Women are underrepresented among leadership in K-12 technology, members of an all-female leadership panel said at FETC 2020. Panelists detailed instances of sexism, but they were confident the trend could be reversed with a focus on creating diverse teams.
Researchers have identified 102 genes tied to autism spectrum disorder, 49 of which also are associated with other developmental delays. The findings in the journal Cell, based on data involving more than 35,000 individuals, may prompt improved understanding of ASD causes and the development of new treatments for severely impaired children, researcher Joseph Buxbaum said.
Philanthropist and investor George Soros said he plans to develop a $1 billion global network to serve as a new model for higher education. The Open Society University Network "will integrate learning and knowledge creation across geographic and demographic boundaries, promote civic engagement to advance open societies and expand access of underserved communities to higher education," Soros said.
Organoids made of cells from snakes' venom glands have been grown for the first time in a lab and were able to produce active toxins, according to a study published in Cell. Researchers say the process could help create antivenin and other new medicines.
High-school students in a Utah district are eligible to enroll in the Talent Ready Apprenticeship Connection, aimed at helping them prepare for careers in manufacturing. The program -- part of an apprenticeship model -- is coordinated with Stadler Rail, a Swiss manufacturing company, that opened a US facility in Salt Lake City.
Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools for 11 years, has succeeded in getting community support to raise teacher salaries and other referendums by being forthright about data and results. "[L]ead with the results, lead from a perspective of benefiting the students and the stakeholders of education, engage the business community," he says in this Q&A.
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