The Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, is apologizing in the media for the controversial comments he made about the Common Core state standards and one segment of the population: white, suburban moms. The Common Core are a set of standards that are intended to raise expectations for students across the country and to ensure that all American students are being held to the same standards for math and English language arts.
Although all but five states have agreed to adopt the standards, the Common Core are plagued by controversy. Many of the critics of the standards are teachers and parents. At a recent meeting of state school superintendents, Secretary Duncan made an unfortunate statement about those critics. He claimed that the critics were white and suburban mothers who are upset that the Common Core demonstrate their children’s lack of genius. In other words, according to Duncan, the standards are rigorous and tough, and certain parents are upset that their kids cannot live up to them. [click to continue…]
The influx of students from foreign countries to US universities hit a speed bump after the events of September 11, 2001. The years after that date saw a decline. New data, however, show that the number of students coming in is on the rise again. The report was compiled by the Institute of International Education, a nonprofit, in conjunction with the US State Department. The Open Doors report also found that the number of American students earning credits abroad has hit a record high.
The highest number of foreign students at US universities ever reported was close to 820,000 for the 2012 to 2013 school year. The most recent data for American students abroad were available for 2011 to 2012 and show that 283,000 students are going to foreign universities for some of their credits. The number of US students going abroad tripled compared to the number from 20 years ago. The top five countries for American students are the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, and China, although the report saw significant increases in the number of students traveling to South American nations. [click to continue…]