Could competition be lining up to challenge the NBA?
According to one economist a boycott of the NBA due to the racist statements of Donald Sterling would do little damage to him or the league. In fact this same economist stated that it may be do more damage to the players in terms of lost revenue........Read more and Pract The Facts.
Charter schools in the Chicago area have been scrutinized lately over their disciplinary policies. According to an article in the Chicago Tribune (CPS: Expulsion Rate Higher at Charter Schools), charter schools suspend students at their schools at a higher rate than the Chicago Public School system. Do these higher suspension rates translate to better academic performance?
Practical Learning is about managing the information that you are exposed too. Feel like you are overwhelmed by the amount of information you receive every day. Is it hard to tell what is important and what isn't? One reason may be due to the amount of information you are exposed to on a daily basis. How much?? Try over 100,000 words a day! Read More...
Where do you stand on the subject of the minimum wage? Whether you agree or disagree with the hike it will undoubtedly have an effect on millions of people in the United States. Can you make an argument for or against and support it with references? Click to Pract The Facts.
Practical learning is the process of teaching students relevant information that allows them to use the things they learn in school. In teaching practical learning to students, teachers should not be handcuffed to strictly the pedagogical methods traditionally used to teach children. Instead they should include andragogical methods used in teaching adults learners.
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(Data such as this can tell you a lot about a city.)
Sometimes if you analyze the numbers you can tell a lot about the people the data is about. Demographic data is statistical data about populations and the groups within that population. The shooting of an unarmed young black man in Ferguson Mo. was an unfortunate tragedy for not just his family but for all young black men living in the United States. An incident like this opens up the discussion to problems we have in this country which can be analyzed using demographic data........Read More and Pract The Facts!
Nations High School Seniors Lacking Critical Thinking Skills
Nations Report Card Shows Nations High School Seniors Are Lacking in Critical Thinking Skills
A recent study by the NAEP (Nations Report Card) showed that our nation’s high school seniors are lacking in critical thinking skills. According to the article National Report Card: High School Students Lack Critical Thinking Skills, only 4 out of 10 students tested were proficient in math and reading. One of the reasons for this is “Students who reported rarely or never discussing reading interpretations in class averaged lower scores than those who had such discussions daily.” This seems to be a trend. The same study in 2005 showed that only 6% of 12th graders exhibit critical thinking skills with respect to written text (Perie, Grigg, and Donahue, 2005). In this same study the researchers found that only 15 percent of 12th graders can write organized essays with well defined clear arguments.
In an effort to protect student consumers who are enrolling in for profit colleges the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has filed a civil complaint against ITT College and is contemplating filing a similar complaint against Corinthian College. According to the article, For-profit colleges accused of coercing students into costly loans, “the complaint alleges that ITT employees illegally coerced some of its most vulnerable students into taking out high-interest private loans when their federal aid was not enough to pay its tuition.” So what does this mean for
you? Let's Pract The Facts! Read More
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Unemployment Rate For College Graduates Lower When Compared to Other Workers
A recent study in the current issue of Current Issues In Economics and Finance suggest that the unemployment rate for new college graduates is the highest that it has been in the last 20 years. The good news is that compared to other workers the unemployment rate for college graduates (not recent) are lower than any other group. See how we Pract The Facts. Read the whole story.....
Online courses are becoming an important part of the education process and if you are an adult learner looking to continue your education you will probably be taking one of many. For those who are first timers to this type of instruction there may be some apprehension about the process. Some of the typical questions are centered on the time involved, writing skills, and the lack of personal attention if needed. These are all valid claims however with the proper preparation you should have no problem being successful in your online class. Read More.
Pract the Facts Is Now Online....Improve your researching skills today!
As an adult student looking to go back to school, or in the process of working toward a college degree, an important part of the process is doing good research. Practical learning believes that the best way to support any analysis whether in a political discussion with your co-workers, a sports discussion between friends, or when presenting your position in an academic setting, it is important that you know how to do the research so you can support your positions. At Practical learning we call this the ability to Pract The Facts . When you Pract The Facts you make the information presented to you relevant by verifying its accuracy. When you Pract The Facts you provide support for information you are presenting to someone else.
Can you Pract the facts? Is what you see what you get? This course teaches your student how to find truth in the abundance of information he or she is bomabarded with through various media outlets. How accurate is this ad?
If you have considered using Practical learning as a foundation for you or your student’s education, then I would like to suggest to you to consider an age old discipline, Vocational education. Vocational education has been around a long time, and has played an important role in providing skilled labor across the country for years. As far back as 1862 with the enacting of the two Morrill Acts,