August 29, 2014—Here is what’s new in education news this week.
According to a study published earlier this month in the American Educational Research Journal, how selective a college is has little to do with the likelihood of its students graduating. This finding is encouraging in many ways; however, it does not tell the whole story.
It is not very often that a job takes a page from a comic book, however, there are those rare occurrences where life and science fiction intersect. It is at that corner of vocation and nerd where you will most likely find JKCF alumnus, Brady Redfearn.
The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University provides outstanding arts instruction through Peabody Preparatory, Baltimore’s premier community school for the preforming arts. Based upon the idea that every “individual has the capacity for artistic expression at some appropriate level of understanding and skill,” the school is open to gifted children and adolescents, as well as any community members interested in music and dance education.
Going back to school is usually a fun and exciting time of the year, but it can also occasionally cause stress. This is especially true for high-achieving, low-income students and their families due to the high cost of school supplies these students need to succeed. Moreover, over the past several years, the cost of the items families are expected to supply their students with has skyrocketed.
Topics: low income
Many college students are surprised to learn that textbooks for their courses can sometimes exceed $1,000, especially if their schedule has more than one STEM course. In fact, for students who attend community colleges, textbook costs can rival actual tuition.
Topics: college cost
According to USA Today, about 24 percent of entering freshman in U.S. colleges and universities are low-income, first-generation college students—that is, those students from low-income homes who are the first person in their family to attend a four-year institution in order to attain a bachelor's degree. But over a quarter of them will leave college after their first year, which is four times the drop-out rate for higher-income, second-generation students, and 89 percent won’t finish within six years.
Topics: college decision