Education News: September 22, 2006
Following are some of the top headlines from the world of education for the week ending September 22, 2006.
DPS (Detroit Public Schools) Loses 25,000 Students
(Source: The Detroit News, 09/22/06) The teacher strike in Detroit public schools that dragged on for sixteen days at the beginning of this school year appears to be taking a dramatic toll on student enrollment in the district. Estimates had projected that the school district would lose 9,000 students this year, but estimates now hover at 25,000. District administrators are launching a door-to-door and telephone call campaign to aggressively counter the low enrollment.
Plugged In Preschoolers
(Source: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 09/20/06) A survey that the Department of Education released in September suggests that 80% of kindergartners use computers, changing kindergarten into a more technologically savvy phase of life than it was even a decade ago. Using the computer to make greeting cards, play learning games, and use educational programs, children are learning how to navigate computers. Parents who are supportive of early childhood use of computers spend time teaching their children how to interact with computers. Other parents prefer to have their children playing outside. A study of a school in Burnsville, Minnesota shows that a quarter of eligible pre-schoolers are enrolled in a computer-learning program.
Natural Gas Fuels Education in Wyoming
(Source: CNN, 09/19/06) Wyoming’s windfall profits from their natural gas reserves are starting to impact the school systems in Wyoming in a big way. With $1.8 billion dollars in the budget surplus this year, state officials are channeling sums of this back to educators. Wyoming is now spending $12,400 per pupil, which is close to New Jersey’s $12,981. (New Jersey is the state that spends the highest amount of money per pupil.) Wyoming also set up a $400 million dollar endowment to provide scholarships for high-achieving in-state students.
Princeton Stops Its Early Admissions, Joining Movement to Make Process Fairer
(Source: The New York Times, 09/19/06) Following both the University of Delaware and Harvard University’s new policies to eliminate early admission, Princeton’s president Shirley Tilghman announced Princeton’s intention to end early admission a year from now. Princeton believes that this point in time is perfect to level the playing field of admissions, which some believe is stacked in favor of more affluent students. Selective colleges have been meeting in recent weeks to try to devise more equitable admissions processes. The president of Reed College weighs in on shake-up of procedures in college admissions: “I talk to lots of presidents who would love to disarm but they’re afraid to do it unilaterally.” Princeton’s hopes to set an example that other colleges will follow by changing their admissions procedures.
Do Clothes Make the Student?
(Source: The New York Times, 09/16/06) Schools in the surrounding New York area are increasingly adopting school uniforms to prevent problems such as peer pressure and disturbances in the classroom. Advocates argue that uniforms keep parents from having to buy a lot of clothes, and that they also help educators to view each child fairly and equally. Protestors cite American individuality. Studies about the issue are inconclusive because reports have been issued that support both sides of the spectrum.