The best of the web on education from kindergarten to postsecondary, as chosen by Globe and Mail education editor Simona Chiose.
Only a tenth of students complete online courses
Compared to about a 30 per cent dropout rate from general university programs, only a tenth of the students who sign up for massive open online courses finish. The founders of one online provider say that’s because most people who sign up do so only to have an educational flutter
Few high-schoolers are prepared for university
Getting into a postsecondary institution is the first step in what are usually four years of hard work and unrelenting deadlines. Most students – even those who were accomplished in high school – are ill prepared.
Don’t let computers mark assignments
Limited advances in artificial intelligence mean that using computers to grade assignments shortchanges students who deserve personal feedback on their work.