Quick question … what’s a quintillion? I, for one, had to look it up. A quintillion is 1,000 trillion, or 1 followed by 18 zeroes. According to San Diego researchers, Americans in 2008 collectively consumed 10.8 quintillion words of information, more than doubling the 4.5 quintillion we consumed in 1980. This works out to 100,500 words per day per American — the equivalent of 4 Shakespeare
The Washington Post’s Jay Mathews devoted his weekly column to the Center’s report on 21st century education on Friday (“Finally some sense about 21st century skills”). Mathews singles out the report’s author, Craig Jerald, as being “astonishingly clear and insightful for a topic usually riddled with hyperbole.” In case you’ve missed, read Jerald’s report here.
This week, Deloitte LLP released a report based on its national educational survey asking 401 teachers what they thought was their primary mission. Deloitte then asked 601 lower-income students what they thought was the most important purpose of high school. The report suggests that there is a major disconnect between what students want out of
I recently read something about a school district in Alabama that has developed a program to help high school students who struggle with reading comprehension skills. Surely, I thought, by the time students get to high school they understand what they are reading. But that isn’t the case. According to the National Assessment of Education Progress
“When are we gonna use this, anyway?” I know you’ve heard the complaint. Students pull it out for everything from math facts to adverbial phrases to history dates. Thankfully, our 21st century skills report provides the answer. Here’s my own analogy to explain. A friend of mine recently went through boot camp. In order to