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"School Is Too Easy"

Posted by Billy Faires on July 10, 2012

Interesting report in the Huffington Post's Education section, "School Easy, Failing To Challenge Students, Survay Says".

The analysis, by Ulrich Boser and Lindsay Rosenthal, found a disturbing disconnect between student engagement and test scores. Many students -- 21 percent of 12th graders and 37 percent of fourth graders -- reported that math classes were "too easy." But only 40 percent of fourth graders and 35 percent of eighth graders were deemed "proficient" on the National Assessment for Educational Progress math test. Boser and Rosenthal explain this disconnect by pointing to gaps between lessons and the test questions. "It's also possible that students do poorly on" the test "because they're not challenged in school," they wrote.

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Topics: academics, boys, classroom, education, learning, Posts from the Ridge

Twentysomethings: "STUCK"

Posted by Billy Faires on October 20, 2011

"we had a PC education—people tried to hide from us as long as possible that not everyone is equal
we were told we all have a fair chance of making it
that’s just not so
and we’re starting to realize that"

A piece this week in New York Magazine entitled "The Kids Are Actually Sort of Alright" is eye-opening and depressing, and the author was interviewed yesterday on "Morning Joe." (Warning: The author is a 20-something in New York writing about 20-somethings; ergo, her article contains numerous expletives.)

Forty-five percent of young adults (ages 16-29) are currently unemployed, the highest percentage since World War II, according to the article. If you are a current college student, consider your roommate. Statistically speaking, one of you won't have a job -- possibly for years -- after you graduate, but you'll likely have plenty of debt.

This is the environment into which this current generation of students must trudge, and there is a lot of (understandable) hand-wringing about the parent/educator part in it.

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Topics: college, decisions, economy, education, goals, Posts from the Ridge, spotlight

News Beyond the Ridge: College & Career

Posted by Billy Faires on October 13, 2011

In College Transition, Life Changes for Siblings Left Behind
A nuanced look into the pros and cons, the challenges and the rewards of home life for the younger sibling(s) after their older counterpart moves away to college.
Washington Post, October 3

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Topics: boys, career, college, education, gender, Posts from the Ridge, spotlight

A Spot on Main Street

Posted by Alumni Contributor on September 26, 2011

By MARK WIEDMER '76

Thank you. Just thought you’d like to know that this is the same McCallie necktie I wore in 1976. Now if I could only say the same about my blue blazer.

A few weeks ago I received an email from the Alumni office’s Mitzi Smith, asking me to contact her. Being a sports writer, I assumed she wanted to know the latest on Georgia football coach Mark Richt’s shaky job security, since she’s a UGA grad and huge Bulldog fan. (By the way, Mitzi, your Dawgs are leading Ole Miss 24-7 near the end of the first half.)

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Topics: alumni, Alumni News, boys, education, First Person, Posts from the Ridge

Smart Phones Need Smarter Men

Posted by Billy Faires on August 22, 2011

By R. KIRK WALKER, Headmaster

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Topics: education, First Person, learning, Posts from the Ridge, Technology

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