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Which Summer Classes Should You Take?

So you’ve taken the plunge! You’re officially enrolled in the summer semester at your local college: now which courses should you take? Continue reading ‘Which Summer Classes Should You Take?’

The School Year is Almost Over. Should You Take Summer Classes?

Though you might not be itching to run back into a classroom, enrolling in a summer class at a local college might just be the best way to spend a healthy chunk of your summer. Over 1.3 million high school students in the U.S. enrolled in college courses last year, and it’s no surprise: immersing yourself in a brand-new environment — college! — will prepare you for the moment you head off on your own journey into higher education. Plus, you’ll end up learning not just the course material but also much about yourself and the world beyond high school. Continue reading ‘The School Year is Almost Over. Should You Take Summer Classes?’

Algebra is Essential in More Ways Than You Think

The state of California is leaning toward dropping Algebra I from 8th grade, preferring to rely on a “Common Core” set of guidelines that leaves out Algebra. Having a math curriculum core that leaves out the foundation of all high school mathematics is a major retreat from the curriculum standard throughout the United States, an acknowledgment of a broken pedagogy. In addition, in a New York Times editorial, Andrew Hacker rails against Algebra I as unnecessary, as a waste that causes students to drop out. This attitude shift is one of the largest in the education economy in years. Arguing for dropping Algebra ignores the structural reality of higher education. During each phase of a student’s academic career, from high school through professional school, Algebra proves essential. Algebra is also increasingly necessary in all careers. Continue reading ‘Algebra is Essential in More Ways Than You Think’

College Tuition: Do You Get What You Pay For?

College tuition at most schools increases at a rate of 4-5% every year.  These days, this steady increase in cost has resulted in an enormous financial burden for middle and lower income families.  To provide equal educational opportunities for these families, colleges constantly strive to augment their financial aid budget and dole out thousands of generous financial aid packages each year.  Meanwhile, those who do not qualify for financial aid have to shoulder the exorbitant cost that reflects the value of possessing a college degree in today’s job market.  In other words, regardless of socioeconomic status, college tuition normally represents a significant chunk of a family’s income.  And despite the many hackneyed expressions about education being priceless, there is in fact a price tag on higher education—and a big one at that.  This article will examine higher education from a purely financial perspective. Continue reading ‘College Tuition: Do You Get What You Pay For?’

Interpreting STAR Test Results

Every year, public school students in California are tested through the Standardized Testing and Reporting program, commonly known as STAR testing.  Parents receive their child’s results, which slot that child into one of 5 categories: Advanced, Proficient, Basic, Below Basic, and Far Below Basic.  Most parents perceive a child’s scores falling in the Advanced range as excellent, scores falling in the Proficient range as good, and scores falling in the Basic, Below Basic, and Far Below Basic ranges as potential causes for concern.  But those labels—Advanced, Proficient, Basic, etc.—can be deceiving.  Because many people have false conceptions about STAR testing, this article aims to help college-bound students and their parents interpret STAR testing results. Continue reading ‘Interpreting STAR Test Results’

Is a Montessori School Right for Your Child?

Montessori schools have grown in popularity. What began as schools focused on pre-school and kindergarten have evolved into elementary, middle, and even high schools. Is the increase in availability a good thing? Is a Montessori school right for every child?

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