In August of 2007, I found myself studying a new curriculum, getting to know a new classroom and my new coworkers, experiencing the culture of a new workplace, and trying to prepare for my first teaching job ever. The only thing I knew for certain was that I had no idea what I was doing, and even this was a vague notion. I did not have an understanding of what skills I lacked or what skills I even needed to be good at this important new job. My last hands-on experience in a classroom was as a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology, where I was provided stacks of reading...Read More
As I often joke with friends, it always feels like a decisive moment in education. And alas, education tends to evolve at a glacial pace.
Here are some much posed questions in education these days: what does it mean for a student to be successful? what does it mean for any person to be successful? who really is most likely to succeed? Do students need skills or credentialing in order to thrive long-term?
The ensuing debate makes it seem like a defining moment in education.Read More
Did you know April is National Library Month, a celebration of the important contributions made by our nation's libraries and library workers? This year’s theme is “Libraries = Strong Communities,” highlighting the value of academic, public, and school libraries across the country.Read More
The Danger of Achievement Culture—Thoughts from A College Counselor on the College Admissions Scandal
At this point, we’ve all heard the news about the bribery scandal rocking the world of college admissions. A few wealthy and powerful people, not content with their children’s existing advantages, resorted to criminality to ensure admission to their schools of choice.
Today, I’m exploring the myth of achievement culture, why the prestige of your child’s college choice is less important than you might think, and how you can actually (and legally) help your high schooler prepare for college and life-long success.Read More
Did you know that a stunning 60% of college students are in need of remedial instruction when they enter their freshman year? This lack of preparedness is a testament to the flawed nature of the typical K-12 school system.
There is also a concerning readiness gap in areas that are less tangible than explicit math or language arts skills. Critical thinking, self-motivation, and creativity are just a few of the essential skills that incoming college freshmen should possess in order to maximize the freedom and opportunity of the typical four-year college education.
Keep reading for an...Read More