The best of the web on education from kindergarten to postsecondary, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail education editor Simona Chiose.
Dropouts, debt and disappointment: The American university
If American student debt is ballooning and quality is not rising to keep pace, how come grades are going up? This, and other interesting questions – is the salary gap between high-school and college graduates due to the declining value of a B.A.? – here.
Facebook will recruit through online courses
The latest announcement from Coursera, one of the main providers of the massive online open courses that are sweeping universities, shows that nothing online is ever really free. The platform plans to make money by selling information about top-performing students to employers. Students will have a chance to opt out, while Twitter and Facebook have already signed up for the recruitment service.
Work-life balance makes profs question career
Dark days indeed. Problems with child or elder care have led a majority of professors to consider quitting their jobs at some point in their career, with 45 per cent of assistant professors saying they have considered leaving the postsecondary sector entirely.
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