Teaching strategies: The need for teaching media literacy in education

In an age when information is just a mouse click away, students are spending more time doing online research. The availability of powerful search engines that find information combined with social networking tools that allow sharing of information has sparked renewed interest in teaching media literacy. Read more

Banned Books Week 2011 focuses on sex and drugs

This week marks the 30th installment of Banned Books Week when the American Library Association (ALA) celebrates the freedom to read, the importance of the First Amendment, and highlights cases of censorship in schools and libraries across the United States. Read more

Overconfident and Underperforming

Does high self-esteem mean high test scores?

Natalie Monroe, a Philadelphia teacher, was recently disciplined when comments posted on her blog about her students came to light. Without using names, Monroe complained about her students’ laziness and lack of motivation. From the vitriol in her comments to the points she made, her postings have struck a chord and raised the question,”Does overconfidence amongst American students impact test scores?” Read more

College tuition and fees continue to rise

What does it cost to get a college degree?

The job market has always been competitive, and in the current strained economy, it is even more so today. A job seeker needs every edge possible to leap to the top of the resume pile, and a college degree might just be your ticket to rising above the competition.

Studies show that, even in today’s tough job market, college graduates consistently earn more than their non-degreed counterparts. However, the cost of getting a degree has risen steadily, making many potential college students wonder if going into debt is worth a better paying job. Read more

Meaningful Memories

Sticking Points

Do you find yourself unable to recall important facts you’ve studied for school or work? Richard Palmer says that’s because “You have never truly concentrated on them.”

In his book Brain Train: Studying for Success, Palmer explains, “if you want something to stick, you’ve first got to ‘glue’ your mind to it. Just staring at it time and again is not likely to be very efficient. It can work, but it’s more probable that the information will skate across the surface and disappear. Writing it down is much better. For a start, more of your brain will be directly involved, because it will have to work your hand as well as absorb the visual material. Make sure, though, that you focus on what you write, otherwise the memory will vanish. Read more