TICAS data on student debt. Worth checking out but the averages mask a few key stories. First, when you disaggregate the troubling patterns emerge. And, second, it’s important to bear in mind the differences in income for college grads and non-college grads (there again it bears getting below the averages though).
One of the perks of my job is that I get to work on some pretty interesting and cool projects and get to learn all the time. But now and then one is particularly special and this package coming from The 74 today is one of those.
Emmeline Zhao and I spent time this summer at the Mid-Atlantic Burn Camp, which is a camp for burn survivors in the Shenandoah Valley. It’s a magical place, incredible adults and kids driving toward a shared goal. And it’s hard to describe, but Emmeline and I tried to do just that.
A raptor expert from the U.S. Forest Service is explaining to a group of summer campers how the birds she cares for are stronger than their wild counterparts because of various injuries they have overcome. It’s a subtle point that might sail over the heads of a lot of people, especially while they are focused on a majestic bald eagle perched on her arm just 10 feet away — so close it blows their hair back when it moves its powerful wings.
To build it we went around the country listening to the stories of kids who are involved in the system. The game is not reflective of any one story, but is built from these real life examples and as you play you’ll get a sense for the choices kids sometimes face and how sometimes the “right” choice nonetheless carries adverse consequences.
It’s one piece of a broader body of work we do for disconnected youth.
The FBI is starting to pay more attention to data privacy issues in K-12. It’s a real issue that warrants attention. But here’s an awkward reality: Despite the hacks, your data is probably safer with high quality education vendors, to the extent they retain it during use, than it is with local school districts – that have notoriously poor IT security capacity. Everyone should do better but some perspective is important here.
We’re launching a new game to help people understand the challenges – and sometimes impossible choices – disconnected students face when trying to navigate multiple systems. It’s one piece of a broader thrust of work we do on this issue that involves policy work, design work, and some next gen solutions for these students.
Florida charter question taken off ballot by state supreme court. Complicated issue. If you describe charters but don’t name them is that good or bad? Transparency matters, but your answer also probably depends to some extent on how much money you’ve invested to drive up the negatives on the term “charter school.” In general, ballot language is a political fever swamp.
This is an important evolution not only on What Works Clearinghouse but more generally, worth paying attention to. Not the kind of thing that gets everyone worked up on Twitter but the kind that could matter long term.
Don’t miss Cory Booker on Newark ed reform. It’s an interesting take and some new positioning as he’s arguing for success that the common narrative overlooks (and the evidence supports). But, look under the headline. I didn’t know it was all dudes doing Newark reform, but I must be misremembering…
“Go West, young man,” New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley famously urged soldiers coming home from the Civil War and wondering what to do with the rest of their lives. In that spirit, here’s my politically corrected advice to millennials who want to change the world: “Go local, young gender-unspecified person.”
Don’t look to Washington to remake American society from the top down. And don’t assume that real political change can only come through massive expansions of federal power.