EDUKWEST Sunday Review

Sunday Review for the Week of March 10th 2014

In this week’s Sunday Review you find stories about corruption in higher education, why Syrian refugees need access to education, why the AFT refuses more funding from the Gates Foundation and how much the SAT tutor for the 1% earns per hour.

Must Reads

Facing up to the C word – Corruption in higher education [University World News]

A survey by digedu found that 50% of K-12 teachers get inadequate support for using technology in the classroom. [THE Journal]

Syrian refugees need more than food. Host countries should provide them with classroom and job-skills training to prevent a lost generation. [Al Jazeera America]

The American Federation of Teachers ended a five-year relationship with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation after rank-and-file union members expressed deep distrust of the foundation’s approach to education reform. [Politico]

(How) Should Startups Compensate Schools and Teachers for their Feedback? [Hack Education]

How big data will haunt you forever: your high school transcript [Quartz]

Anthony-James Green has spent nearly a decade, and amassed quite a fortune, figuring out how to ace the SAT and charging $650 per hour in New York City. [CNN Money]


Lindsey Own gathered myths and realities of the edtech community. [EdSurge]

Why learning a foreign language is still a crucial skill. [eSchool News]

Sky Gilbert says that university education, like love, cannot be moved online. [The Globe and Mail]

K12 & Higher Education

In Canada teachers and schools believe that entrepreneurship should be taught early on. [The Globe and Mail]

Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught? Or Only Lived? A look at Boston’s Emerson College accelerator program. [Inc.]

The University of Southampton in partnership with the British Council launched a worldwide online Masters Degree in English Language Teaching. [The PIE News]

Coursera shared data on the female learners on the MOOC platform. [Coursera]

Coursera also launched its iPad app. [VentureBeat]

The Obama administration is preparing to crack down on some for-profit colleges, requiring them to do a better job of preparing students for work or risk losing access to federal student aid. [LA Times]

Surveys, Reports & Research

Social influence and marketing platform Crowdtap found that Millennials spend 18 hours a day consuming media which is mostly content created by their peers. [Entrepreneur]

A study from the National Literacy Trust says that touch-screen technology such as iPads can “offer a route” into reading for many children aged three to five. [The Telegraph]

A study by the University of Iowa suggests that for memory, hearing is worse than seeing or feeling which leads to questions about the efficiency of lectures. [The Atlantic]

A new report calls for lifting the ban on a proposed nationwide database to track college students into the workforce, also known as the federal student-unit record system. [Education DIVE]

Other News

One Laptop per Child may be done. [VentureBeat]

One Laptop per Child may not be done. [OLPC//NEWS]

A coalition including the Business Roundtable and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will launch a national advertising blitz Sunday targeted at Republicans skeptical about Common Core. [Politico]

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