Sex education is still a controversial topic in American schools, largely due to the fact that the way we talk about it is outdated. Students need to know about their rights, their bodies, and what it all means concerning their sexual health.
High rates of drop-out, failure, and underperformance, especially among minority and low-income students, are testimony to the way school systems can fail those it should be lifting up. What are the key indicators we should track to ensure we progress towards equity and equality in education?
High-quality childcare provides a powerful two-generation approach to building the human capital that a prosperous and sustainable America requires. It supports parents: increasing completion of postsecondary education, raising labor force participation, increasing workforce productivity, and helping businesses attract and retain talent.
In the US, women currently hold 24% of the jobs in computing—a level that has held steady since 2011, according to data from Girls Who Code. That percentage is likely to fall to 22% by 2025 if no new efforts are made to create and sustain young women’s interest in computing, from junior high to university.
Computer Science in K-12 schools is often viewed as a 'nice to have' rather than a 'must-have'. Recent calls for mandatory computer science in schools have had to contend with the limited resources and time available during the school day and must be weighed against the importance of having students pass state tests for algebra.
Because social media is such a prominent influence in the modern world, we need to start bringing social networking to education: providing schools with a collaboration platform, content creation and knowledge banks for classrooms, etc., in order to make learning collaborative and fun for students, teachers, parents and management.
Globally, we – governments, private sector, families, individuals – spend more than $5.6 trillion a year on education and training. Countries spend 5 percent of GDP on education or 20 percent of their national budget. Education employs about five percent of the labor force. Global average cost per child for full course of schooling, including pre-primary education is 5,806.6 USD.
Data is ubiquitous, and its potential for advancing social
good is becoming increasingly clear. However, the government agencies, non-profits, and NGOs working on pressing
social issues often do not have the in-house expertise needed
to extract knowledge from large, heterogeneous and noisy
Connectivity in the home is essential for all families if they are to fully participate in the digital society, and that connectivity equals opportunity.
While scholars have studied the racial achievement gap for several decades, the mechanisms that produce this gap remain unclear.