Bridging the male education gap

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To get more Americans working and set economic growth back on track, we need to understand what’s going on with men in education.

Despite rising college costs and the many other challenges facing America’s schools, women have made extraordinary strides in education. They have overtaken men in high school and college completion in the last few decades, earning 58% of bachelor’s degrees and 62% of postsecondary occupational certificates.

Our research has found that if men had the same educational distribution as women, their earnings would be 3.7% higher than they are and more men would be employed. Bridging the education gender gap is central to increasing America’s competitiveness in the world economy

The educational shortfall of men has two important components. First, men are less likely to enroll in colleges and universities. Second, even when they do enroll, they are less likely to obtain a degree or certificate.

Why? One prime reason is young men’s poorer grades in middle and high school (despite performance similar to women’s on standardized tests). A second

Neel Kashkari proposes major education overhaul

welcome-mat-clipart-schoo-welcomeSaying that better schools are critical for California’s prosperity, GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari proposes changing the way education is funded, making traditional schools more like charters and increasing online learning.

“We must reject the status quo,” the former U.S. Treasury official says in a 33-page policy paper set for release Tuesday.

He calls for money to be sent directly to the state’s 10,000 public schools rather than to their districts. He would throw out much of the state’s education code, which governs the operation of schools, and effectively allow most schools to operate under the same rules as charters.

He also calls for increased vocational education, longer school days and years, and merit pay for teachers.

“We can absolutely transform California’s education system into a force that not only lifts student achievement but ultimately addresses income inequality and eradicates poverty from our communities,” Kashkari’s proposal says.

The plan is the second that the candidate has released; it follows a proposal for creating jobs. Kashkari’s main GOP rival in the race, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks), has not released any policy proposals. Incumbent

L.A. Schools Promote Free Tutoring for Some Students

AP-7981569b69a5548c372ca6f80df708d3_minW-400_maxW-800_minH-300_maxH-600_mode-clip_filters-_token-ea720594335d65773dbccb6209ddc0f6b6b142c4Los Angeles school officials on Monday urged parents whose children attend chronically underperforming schools to apply for free tutoring in math and English, which begins in November.

The Los Angeles Unified School District mailed applications earlier this month to 186,000 students, from 104 schools, who are eligible for the extra assistance.

The federal No Child Left Behind education law requires school districts to pay for supplemental tutoring for low-income students whose schools repeatedly fail to meet testing improvement targets. To qualify, students must attend one of the targeted campuses and receive free or reduced-priced lunches because of low family income. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, Sept. 26.

“We want youngsters who participate in this program to get something that will improve their reading, math or language test scores,” said John Liechty, associate superintendent in charge of extended-day programs for the school district.

L.A. Unified parents can choose from 26 public and private providers of tutoring services, including Sylvan Education Solutions, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Huntington Learning Centers. The school district also is

Why Neo Magnets Are Strong?

The laptop everyone uses or the headphones used to enjoy the music or the speakers in the Smartphone make use of neodymium magnets. It was invented three decades ago, but was ignored. Today, these magnets have become vital electronic parts and many people are unaware about its strength.

Neodymium introduction

Neodymium magnets are a mixture of alloys iron, boron, and rare earth metal neodymium. NeFeB magnets were developed initially by General Motors & Sumitomo Special Metals. These are the strongest kind of permanent magnets available.

The main purpose to create neodymium magnet was to replace expensive Samarium Cobalt magnet with something cost-efficient. These were produced using two different forms – powder-bonded and sintered form. The results of different forms varied a little. Sintered forms displayed a little bit stronger magnetic properties.

Neo is available in abundance on the Earth’s crust, so the possibility of lack of neodymium magnet for application in modern electronic devices is negligible.

Permanent magnet does not mean that it cannot get demagnetized, at all. This is a phrase used to describe a metal that can be magnetized naturally and lose its attraction force very slowly.

Magnetism lost by a permanent magnet is gone forever. Non-permanent magnet can regain its magnetism, but for

How to train to be a Black Belt Six Sigma

If you are looking for Six Sigma certification courses online that are suitable for your industry or organization, then here are the course that helps most. The training programsofferon the Six Sigma to fit your industry or work processes of your organization.

The Six Sigma is a management technique popular business that focuses on the delegation of responsibilities to team members based on their training – in the form of “belts”, similar to martial arts.

A black belt Six Sigma acts as a team leader for the project, mentored by a master black belt Six Sigma. Formation of a Black Belt Six Sigma is a commitment – the course will be at least four weeks of intensive study and involves the completion of a project.

Certification Six Sigma Black Belt online also offer a highly recognized program Six Sigma certification training online covering all aspects necessary to perform at a level of Black Belt.

The Six Sigma certification online at Black Belt will also offer Six Sigma online certification in Belt Black. This is a very prestigious and valuable training program recognized worldwide. The Six Sigma Black Belt course integrates online learning with hands in the data analysis.

A certified Six

How to choose a perfect topic for an essay

Here are a few inspirational ideas that may help you think twice before choosing your topic for an essay. It is not really about what parts of your course you are sketchy on or what you are able to learn from the writing experience, it is more about creating a project that is easy to complete and easy to score highly on–and here are a few ideas that will allow you to do just that.

Steal and/or rewrite the topics that your friends are using

This may sound a little mean and hard hearted, but why not? After all, if you all choose similar topics, then you may all share ideas and have discussion groups that yield great ideas and points for you to put into your paper. In addition, you will be able to use the same research material, and you may even set up a system where each member of your discussion group reads a certain book and you all pool your knowledge.

Let an essay writing service choose the topic

If you decide to opt for an essay writing service instead of writing it yourself, then why not allow the writer to pick the topic. He

At menopause, weight, exercise, education, income play big roles in metabolic risks

At midlife, overweight and obesity, lack of exercise, less education, and low income put women at much higher risk of having metabolic syndrome, the cluster of conditions predisposes people to diabetes and heart disease, shows a large study published in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society.

The researchers from Yonsei University in Seoul and Hallym University in Chuncheon, Korea, analyzed four years of data from the Korean Genetic Epidemiologic Survey on some 1,200 healthy women 45 to 55 years old who did not use hormones and looked for characteristics that predisposed the women to having metabolic syndrome or developing it as they went through menopause.

Metabolic syndrome includes excess body fat around the waist, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, and abnormal cholesterol levels. Weight gain and a higher risk of metabolic syndrome are known to be common at menopause. But what has not been as well understood is how much social and economic conditions and the transition through menopause influence that risk.

For the women overall in the study, transitioning through menopause or becoming postmenopausal (reaching or exceeding 1 year after their final period) during the study did not significantly increase the risk of metabolic syndrome.

STAAD Pro Short Term Training Develop Skill in Petite Time

Always there is advancement in technology with rising time and it’s our need to update ourselves with growing update of the technology. You might have heard that “Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” Short term training main motive is to allow trainee to enhance their skill in specific technology in short duration of time with complete course under the guidance of skilled trainee.

There are few employers working in an organisation want to update and renew their learning about technology. Short term training proved as boon for the working employers to enhance their skills and update their knowledge with latest innovation in short time so that they can gain the edge in the market and hike their position along with salary with the learning of specific technology in less time. The duration of training is 4/6 weeks based on the capability of trainee to learn and grasp things.

STAAD stands for Structured Analysis and Design and STAAD Pro is the most widely used software used for analyzing and developing various structures design through its flexible modelling environment, advanced features and fluent data collaboration.

STAAD Pro training is designed for civil and structural engineers to have hands-on experience on widely

International Relations Cambridge Summer School

Cambridge International Relations Summer School politics and economics programme include an introduction to the background of politics and relations in the global realm. Students learn about an extensive range of historical topics concerning international relations in finance, political institutions and trade. This historical overview serves to give students a better understanding of how international relations works.

International Relations Cambridge Summer School has openings for college students as well as professional and recent graduates to spend an extraordinary summer studying abroad at Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Cambridge University Summer School programme gives an opportunity to live in the University dorms, use the library, and all amenities offered to regular semester students. You will find a wide variety of topics and courses from which to choose. All lectures and study halls are provided by qualified international business lecturers, tutors and university professors. Classes are held at Magdalene College and Trinity Hall. These are two of the most prestigious colleges at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Not only will you have unique classroom instructions, but participants will also spend one day in London. You will visit famous business and law institutions, banks and corporations where you will interact with representatives, managers and lawyers. Visiting

Choose Trade School For Higher Education

The concept of education is expanding, and children are no longer restricted to attend classes in traditional schools, and school hours. For many while the concept of going into college is a natural option after complete school, there are many who are unable to fulfill this dream because of lack of adequate finances and other factors. For this very reason, people are becoming mor5e inclined towards alternate education methods.

What are the alternatives to education you may wonder? For starters, a vocational school or trade school is a learning institution that specializes in providing vocational education and professional skills to the students. They are generally in the form of two year junior colleges, and four year universities, depending on job specific training and education to the students who get enrolled. Since its advent ion the 1990s, many schools have followed this unconventional yet modern academic course of imparting knowledge.

Some of the reasons why many would prefer trade schools and higher education over regular colleges are:

  • The length of the course can be a deterrent factor. While you will be engaged in years of study, you will also be missing out on experiencing the real world. Trade schools give the flexibility of taking

Tim Wolfe US university chief quits in race row

The president of the University of Missouri has resigned amid accusations that there is endemic racism at the university that is not being addressed.

Tim Wolfe made the announcement as students and professors staged a walkout at the Columbia campus.

Some members of the university’s football team have threatened not to play at a game on Saturday over the racial issues.

Black student groups say racial slurs are commonly used around campus.

“The frustration and anger that I see is clear and real and I don’t doubt it for a second,” said Mr Wolfe.

“I take full responsibility for the frustration and inaction on this campus.”

Missouri graduate student Jonathan Butler, who had been participating in a hunger strike as a protest, said the resignation was a “great step towards change” but there was still a lot of work to do.

“We still have a lot of healing that needs to happen on campus,” he said, adding that his hunger strike would now end.

Mr Wolfe served as president of the entire university system and not specifically for the flagship Columbia campus.

Among the offences black students have complained about:

  • a swastika drawn in faeces was found in a dormitory bathroom
  • being subjected to

How To Deal W/ Freshman Year Problems

A student’s freshman year in college is often exciting; a new experience that involves either living away from home or commuting. Students who live on-campus either adjust well to this new atmosphere or don’t feel a fit and end up transferring or dropping out. There are several problems that may arise during a student’s freshman year.

Bad Roommate

Unfortunately, this is one of the problems in this list that is the most likely to occur. When a student attends college for the first time, more often than not they will not know anyone on campus (this is normal). If that happens to be the case, chances are they will probably select the “random roommate option.” This option is when the student elects to be placed with a random roommate. There are cases where a great match could be made here, however that scenario is highly unlikely. Let’s say hypothetically a student receives a bad match for a roommate. What are some of the ways to go about making this scenario much more favorable? A few options are to talk with your residential director to see if you can get a roommate change, become friends with others and move in with them, or

Why It’s Important to Nourish a Child’s Education

Over 2.05 million students are now learning at home instead of in a classroom. The reasons why is a shocking 73% who say they are doing homeschool because they are dissatisfied with how public schools are being ran.

Most parents don’t think twice when August rolls around and it’s time for kids to go back to school. Many parents work during the day, and they have to pay for a babysitter during their work week. I’ve even seen it so bad that a single woman was completely broke after paying her bare minimum bills, the babysitter, and gas. That would definitely be the con in having your children attend public school. Another con would be that you have to worry about bullying. Watching the news every day you’ll see Elementary students shooting up schools and things like that are pretty scary. The biggest pro when it comes to having your child in a public school is the fact that a teacher, who spent many hours in school learning to teach children of that age spent the entire day with your little angels.

Well, what kind of profession will my child go into if they stay at home for school? Will it make

jobs in the exhibitions department

The Getty Museum announced Monday that it would cut 34 jobs, at least 10 of them through layoffs, with the goal of “realizing savings through more effective and efficient operations,” a staff memo from Director James Cuno said.

The bulk of the cuts will be in the museum’s education program. Cuno said the museum would turn the paid positions of “gallery teacher” into duties for docents, who are volunteers. Administrative and “project focused” staff positions in the education department also will be cut.

Other jobs in the exhibitions department and imaging services also will be eliminated.

Those leaving will receive regular pay and benefits for 60 days, and will be eligible to receive two weeks of pay for every year of service over four years. Other health benefits and job placement services also will be offered. Some layoffs are effective Wednesday. In other cases, the museum will ask for volunteers. If there aren’t enough volunteers by May 7, the remaining job cuts will be achieved through layoffs.

Cuno said the cuts in the education department will not affect the number of school visits or reduce existing programs for students, families and adults.

There will be no cuts, Cuno said, in what he called the museum’s

Let’s bring back the idea of a free UC education

The son of a railroad worker, Earl Warren came from a family keeping a desperate finger hold on a working-class existence at the turn of the last century. Yet when he left high school in Bakersfield in 1908, there was no question where he was headed: to Berkeley and a free education at the University of California.

There he proved an indifferent student scholastically but an enthusiastic absorber of “the new life, the freedom, the companionship, the romance of the university,” Warren recalled years later. “It was like being in wonderland.”

No one could deny that one way or another, the education took: The graduate of UC Berkeley and Boalt Hall served as California attorney general, won three elections for governor, and during his nearly 16 years as chief justice of the United States led a Supreme Court that produced (among other decisions) that landmark of landmarks, Brown vs. Board of Education.

The writer Maxine Hong Kingston was born to Chinese immigrants who had settled in Stockton with their devotion to education intact. When college beckoned in 1958 the cost of attending UC Berkeley was $75 a semester, which for her was covered by a scholarship.

 

California workers face a growing education gap, study says

A growing education gap in California could diminish workers’ chances of finding jobs in the coming years, according to a study.

Post-recession, companies increasingly look for employees with skills and education beyond a high school diploma, according to a study from Corinthian Colleges and economic consulting firm Encina Advisors. That’s a big problem in the Golden State, where demand for community colleges already outstrips available spots by 591,000.

“California has begun a transition to a new economy that requires post-secondary education and skills in healthcare, education, service industries and management,” the report says. “The new economy has created jobs which are yet to be filled, and the state lacks trained, qualified individuals to fill them.”

During the economic recovery, some companies have complained that a lack of qualified workers leads to trouble filling open positions. Recent studies have found that many firms are waiting longer to hire and demanding workers with college degrees.

The study estimates that under-educated Californians could lose out on billions of dollars of income over the next decade. During that time, an estimated 2.45 million Californians who want a community college education will be unable to find an open spot.

On average, those aged 25 to 34 with an associate’s degree

Villaraigosa to scold Greuel and Garcetti on education

A major speech by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will “take to task” the two candidates running to replace him for not making L.A.’s schools a priority on the campaign trail, a spokesman for the mayor said.

Villaraigosa, who is termed out, will give his final State of the City address at UCLA on Tuesday night. According to his spokesman, Peter Sanders, the speech will focus heavily on education reform — an issue that marked the early years of Villaraigosa’s administration.

“Precious little has been said about how the next mayor will keep L.A. moving forward on the education front,” Sanders said in an email. “He will ask them for a comprehensive vision on education, not just a few sound bites worthy of an attack ad or a mailer.”

Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel will face off in a runoff election to replace Villaraigosa May 21. While the need for economic growth and the city’s struggling finances have been major themes, neither candidates has announced major plans for schools.

The mayor has no authority over the L.A. Unified School District, but during Villaraigosa’s first term in office, he sought to change that.

He successfully pushed for a new state law that shifted power to his

Carey Mulligan in ‘An Education’

When British actress Carey Mulligan made her first trip to the Sundance Film Festival in January, she kept her hopes for her film “An Education” in check and looked at the journey as an adventure. But after the film was picked up — in part because of Mulligan’s much lauded performance — everything changed for the 24-year-old.

“You don’t expect to go to Sundance and have your film bought, let alone any of the stuff that’s come with it,” she says of the award attention that has since surrounded her. “It was daunting, but it was exciting. I’m meeting people I never would have met.”

In “An Education,” Mulligan plays Jenny, a smart 16-year-old whose life receives a dose of excitement when an enigmatic older man, played by Peter Sarsgaard, offers her a ride on a rainy day. It’s directed by Lone Scherfig from a script by novelist Nick Hornby based on journalist Lynn Barber’s memoir about growing up in 1960s London. A formidable supporting cast includes Alfred Molina and Cara Seymour as Jenny’s parents, and Dominic Cooper and Rosamund Pike as Jenny’s fashionable new friends.

Mulligan’s performance strikes a careful balance between wisdom and an exuberance that makes Jenny relatable. Her Jenny

No quick fixes in education

Jim Newton is right to point out that parents and their children need help now in securing the best possible education, especially in historically underserved communities.

But does that mean that the “parent trigger” is the answer? Is it wise for whole schools to take the leap of faith that improvement will happen “somehow”? And who is responsible for a school’s poor performance? Individual teachers and administrators, or the district that is supposed to be supervising them? What magic will a new principal or charter operator be able to work?

Communities of color and white working-class students have never been well served by the Los Angeles Unified School District, and giving away schools to charters — or blaming this or that administrator — may seem like a tempting alternative. But the solution is for society to get serious about educating “other people’s children.” There are no quick fixes in education.

 

A common-sense educator

It’s not entirely clear why the framers of California’s Constitution decided that the state superintendent of public instruction should be elected rather than appointed. It is especially mystifying considering that the state Board of Education, which sets policy and enacts regulations, is appointed, while the elected superintendent is tasked with carrying out those policies — the opposite of how things are done in all local school districts. In addition, the state has an appointed secretary of education, whose main job is to advise the governor.

In other words, if the governance structure for California schools made more sense, we wouldn’t be endorsing a candidate for state superintendent. But there it is: The nonpartisan position is important — it calls for overseeing the state’s single most expensive responsibility — and there are 12 candidates vying for it. The superintendent has broad powers to intervene in failing schools, set and enforce curriculum standards and interpret education law — such as how hard standardized tests should be, what material they should cover and how much leeway to give to home-schoolers.

Most of the candidates are underqualified, lacking education credentials or policy experience or both. Of the three strongest — including state Sen. Gloria Romero (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblyman Tom

Wounded Pakistan teen is now face of girls education movement

Malala Yousafzai did not trade in her modest head scarf for a pair of skinny jeans. She wanted to go to school.

For that, the Taliban tried to kill her. When her attackers learned that the freckled 14-year-old Pakistani might survive, they promised to finish the job. Malala, they explained, had been “promoting Western culture.”

The Taliban has committed all manner of atrocities over the years, many of them aimed at women. This time, the militants created an icon for a global movement — for the notion that the most efficient way to propel developing countries is to educate their girls. The idea has been flourishing in some of the world’s most destitute and volatile places. Today, courtesy of the Pakistani Taliban, it has a face.

“People think ‘Western values’ is wearing jeans and sipping pop. Malala was doing none of that,” said Murtaza Haider, a Pakistan native and the associate dean of research and graduate programs at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Toronto’s Ryerson University. “All she said was: ‘Would you be kind enough to reopen my school?’ This is what the Taliban thinks is a ‘Western value.’ This is not a Western value. This

Students’ interests at center of trial over teacher protection

A groundbreaking, two-month trial challenging teacher job protections in California concluded Thursday with both sides asserting that the interests of students are at stake.

The case, Vergara vs. California, seeks to overturn a set of laws that affect how teachers are fired, laid off and granted tenure.

The Silicon Valley-based group Students Matter brought the lawsuit on behalf of nine plaintiffs, contending that the regulations hinder the removal of ineffective teachers. The result is a workforce with thousands of “grossly ineffective” teachers, which disproportionately hurts low-income and minority students, attorneys said. This outcome makes the laws unconstitutional, they argued.

“Education is the lifeline of both the individual and society,” attorney Theodore Boutrous told a Los Angeles courtroom with more than 130 observers. “These statutes are killing that lifeline.”

The rules have been defended by the state of California and the state’s two largest teacher unions — the California Teachers Assn. and the California Federation of Teachers. Their attorneys countered that it is not the laws but poor management that is to blame for districts’ failing to root out incompetent instructors.

Job protections help districts to recruit and retain teachers — which benefits students, attorneys say.

“The interests of students and teachers are

18 years of school, and now I’m an over-educated nanny

Emily, would you please put a bowl of water on the floor so I can drink like a dog?”

It was a sweet and funny request, and I was happy to do it. But it was also a reminder, once again, that I work for a 4-year-old.

You’ve probably heard about the vast array of problems facing my generation as we graduate and attempt to enter the job market. As a 24-year-old recent college grad, I can tell you that what you’ve been hearing is true.

I graduated last May with unpaid internships waiting for me in Mexico, Spain and Nicaragua. Even more exciting, my research proposal had been accepted, and I was all set to go to Namibia for three months of studying baby baboons. I had a passable GPA, a kick-ass resume and a nagging worry that all was for naught.

 

To study the social and behavioral sciences is a labor of love,” my professor told our graduating class, “because you aren’t in it for the money!”

And sure enough, after an incredibly frustrating and depressing series of failed attempts to find funding for my research projects, watching my would-be departure dates slip by one at a time,