Just when you thought the student loan crisis couldn't get any worse!
- Student debt is a major issue facing Americans.
- The problem is made worse when factoring the large number of predatory schools that exist.
- Students that go to these schools often take out massive loans but get little out of it.
Rote memorization doesn't cut it for theoretical physicist Michio Kaku. Here's why.
- What is the greatest destroyer of young scientists? Junior high school, avers physicist Michio Kaku.
- Why? Because it's during this time when science is reduced to memorization of things that are "totally irrelevant," such as the parts of a flower.
- Kaku believes all this memorizing detracts from the moving force of science, which is discussing principles and concepts.
A sobering look at the prospects for kids not wealthy enough to fail upward.
- A study by Georgetown's Center on Education and the Workforce demonstrates how much easier it is for upper-class children to attain successful adulthoods.
- Test scores tend to drop for even the smartest kids from the lower economic percentiles.
- By following kids through their education with support, the odds can be evened-out.
Nontraditional education options are on the rise.
- U.S. college enrollment has declined for the eighth consecutive year.
- Recent survey found that a majority of freelancers found skills training to be more important than having a degree.
- It's becoming harder for universities to keep up with a rapidly changing workforce.
A 2019 ranking of all 50 states' education systems shows the Sunshine State serves its college students well.
- Florida may be the butt of many jokes, but its higher education system is second to none.
- However, the state's PreK-12 education lacks comparatively, giving Massachusetts the top spot for the best education overall.
- Americans believe their state governments should prioritize education, but much work needs to be done to catch up to other countries.
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