Monthly Archives: February 2014

Do You Have What it Takes to be an Autodidact?

“What do William Blake, Jimi Hendrix, HP Lovecraft, Leonardo Da Vinci, James Watt and Alan Moore have in common? They are all autodidacts. That is to say that they were all, at least partially, self-taught. Few of them finished school. … Continue reading

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Updating Misconceptions of “Traditional” Higher Education Student

“Popular culture and the media have helped cement that picture in our collective minds, yet it has never been less accurate — and is rapidly getting further and further from reality. The changing face of today’s typical college student has … Continue reading

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COU Report Creates Intense Education Debate

“A new report from the Council of Ontario Universities is taking aim at the notion that its members are just glorified prep schools for a life making lattes.” http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/02/24/does_a_university_education_pay_off_the_debate_in_7_reader_comments.html

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Google Invests in Cloud-Based Education Startup

“Renaissance Learning, an education technology startup, said on Wednesday that Google Inc’s investment fund had bought a minority stake in the company, valuing it at $1 billion US. Renaissance, owned by British private equity firm Permira, provides cloud-based education software, … Continue reading

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US Museum Advocacy Day

“It is a time to publically acknowledge the vital role of museums, to salute the people who contribute their life to make them meaningful … and, to thank them for their commitment to educating our young. Twenty years ago The … Continue reading

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Lifting of school fee freeze in UAE highlights “business of education”

“The proposed lifting of the freeze of school fees in Dubai is a moment most parents will have been dreading, even if they knew such a move was inevitable. However, it also highlights the unusual situation of education in the UAE. On … Continue reading

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Educational Assistance Payments: What you need to know

“When the beneficiary finishes high school and enrols in post-secondary education, they can start taking payments from their RESP. These payments, known as educational assistance payments (EAPs), are made up of the investment earnings and government grant money in the RESP.” … Continue reading

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Teen Pregnancy Worse For Education Than Low Spending

“A new infographic released by ubiquitous mass e-mailer and education link bait site, er, “resource hub,” BestEducationDegrees (B.E.D.), surprisingly caught my eye recently. B.E.D. developers compiled data from the US Census Bureau, the Department of Education, and, in a unique twist, the sexual health advocacy organization, the Guttmacher Institute, … Continue reading

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How to Get Money for Your Child’s Future Education

“Youth with savings are 50 per cent more likely to attend post-secondary education than youth with no savings, says Statistics Canada. But educational savings can be a challenge, particularly for lower income families. There are several strategies that can assist … Continue reading

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Go2School Program Brings Free Education To Somali Children

“For Aden, a poor boy whose family lives in a derelict building in a Mogadishu slum, the transition from streets to classroom might never have happened without a new government-run program called Go2School that seeks to give a free elementary … Continue reading

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Gallery of New Tech Making Impact in Education

“Digital breakthroughs are changing the way we learn: our gallery picks out some winning ideas, from surgery augmented by Google Glass to cats teaching Spanish” http://www.theguardian.com/education/gallery/2014/feb/05/technology-shake-up-education

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Why We Need to Challenge Educational Status Quo

“In the early 1800s, Prussia created a top-down model of education to educate the masses with an emphasis on quantity not quality. This same model was imported to the United States in the mid 1800s, and now 150 years later, … Continue reading

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Education Trends in 2014

“For people looking to “disrupt” public education, it’s become requisite to bemoan the “educational status quo” — a phrase meant to evoke images of poor kids striving against the impediments of failing schools and incompetent teachers. Those who question these disruptors’ … Continue reading

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