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Cellphone suspensions: Schools lock away digital distractions

September 02, 2019

It was an unscientific experiment by administrators at Anderson Middle School: Take smartphones away from students at lunchtime on Fridays and watch what happens."We found student interaction increased significantly and kids seemed to be much less anxious without their phones and all the notifications," Anderson principal Michael Ross said of the cellphone ban tryout last school year.

Should phones be banned from schools?

August 29, 2019

Starting this year, students at San Mateo High School south of San Francisco will be part of a pilot program looking to find an answer to a question that has vexed educators for years: Does it make sense to ban cellphone use at school?

A Rising Generation of Women Embrace the Sciences

August 28, 2019

Why is there a national, and inter­national, push to involve more women and girls in science, technology, engi­neering and math? The four subjects are critical to answer­ing the world’s top problems, be they climate change, overpopulation or star­vation across the planet, among others. Tricia Berry, of the Texas Girls Collabora­tive Project and an engineering professor at the University of Texas, said the ideas developed by women, along with other underrepresented minorities, would go a long way to solving those issues.

The 15 US colleges that pay off the most for engineering students

August 28, 2019

There are few investments quite as solid as earning a bachelor’s degree in engineering. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the average starting salary for the Class of 2018 was $50,944, and the top-paid graduates were engineering majors.

SAT 'adversity score' dropped by College Board

August 28, 2019

The head of the College Board said Tuesday that the company is dropping the so-called "adversity score" as a supplement to the SAT college admissions test after heavy pushback from critics. Amid growing scrutiny of the role wealth plays in college admissions, the New York City-based College Board introduced its Environmental Context Dashboard about two years ago to provide context for a student’s performance on the test and help schools identify those who have done more with less.

Graduates of these U.S. colleges earn the most

August 27, 2019

College may not pay off for all students, but those who pick their majors and alma maters wisely have a better chance of getting a return on their investment. That’s according to a new study from compensation-data firm PayScale, which analyzed salaries of graduates from thousands of colleges and universities across the U.S.

Students are still using tech to cheat on exams, but things are getting more advanced

August 27, 2019

In many ways, cheating on high school and college exams used to be a lot harder than it is nowadays. What used to take an elaborate plot to discreetly spread answers across a classroom can now be done with a swipe on a smartwatch. You used to have to steal the answer key or have a cheat sheet hidden around your desk.

Ag Education Disconnect

August 27, 2019

Education and skills gaps have long been a challenge for the agriculture industry, as the demand for qualified candidates in agricultural science careers has significantly outpaced the pool of applicants with adequate training and education.

Growing Interest in STEM but Women Left Behind

August 26, 2019

The numbers are getting better. Six in 10 Americans are interested in pursuing STEM careers, according to a new survey by Emerson. However only 39% have ”felt encouraged to do so,” the study concludes. When it comes to attracting women to the field, the numbers aren’t looking good. Two out of three women said they were not encouraged to pursue a career in STEM.

STEM Education is Not Enough to Address the Future of Work, Says Global Think Tank

August 26, 2019

A three-year international study by The Millennium Project identified 93 actions and assessed each action by hundreds of futurists and related experts in 50 countries. This international long‑range study includes three detailed scenarios to 2050 and assessments of 93 actions. The actions are the results of 30 national workshops in 20 countries.

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