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1 hour ago by atran
SFUSD needs a better plan for Lowell admissions
On Sept. 25, the San Francisco Board of Education (SFUSD) plans to vote on an unprecedented proposal that weakens Lowell High admissions standards, fails to support the students it seeks to help and lacks needed input from parents and students. ...
For the past 17 years, middle school students have earned admission to Lowell in one of three ways: 70 percent of the class is admitted with almost an A average in 7th grade and the first half of 8th grade and an admissions test score in roughly the 95th percentile; 15 percent does not need as high grades as the first group as long as they have demonstrated promise and potential and are recommended by their school based upon, among other things. overcoming hardship and actively participating in their school. The final 15 percent is admitted in a similar fashion as the second group but comes from schools that do not historically send many students to Lowell.
The new proposal exempts one middle school from the existing framework and guarantees admission to all its 8th graders who can have roughly a B average and score in the 60th percentile as long as they started that middle school in the 6th grade. Singling out this one middle school is a disservice to equally hardworking and diverse students at other public middle schools across the city who will be forced to compete for fewer seats and have higher scores.
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2 hours ago by jimmykduong
Mis-sold, expensive and overhyped: why our universities are a con | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian
For two decades, Westminster has used universities as its magic answer for social mobility. Ministers did so with the connivance of highly paid vice-chancellors, and in the process they have trashed much of what was good about British higher education. What should be sites for speculative inquiry and critical thinking have instead turned into businesses that speculate on property deals, criticise academics who aren’t publishing in the right journals – and fail spectacularly to engage with the serious social and economic problems that confront the UK right now. As for the graduates, they largely wind up taking the same place in the queue as their parents – only this time with an expensive certificate detailing their newfound expertise.
education  higherEducation  universities  expansion  fees  tuitionFees  pay  wages  salaries  marketisation  debt  class  socialMobility  UK  policy  dctagged  dc:creator=ChakraborttyAditya 
4 hours ago by petej
A study exploring the impact of lecture capture availability and lecture capture usage on student attendance and attainment | SpringerLink
"Lecture capture is widely used within higher education as a means of recording lecture material for online student viewing. However, there is some uncertainty around whether this is a uniformly positive development for students. The current study examines the impact of lecture capture introduction and usage in a compulsory second year research methods module in a undergraduate BSc degree. Data collected from a matched cohort before (N = 161) and after (N = 160) lecture capture introduction showed that attendance substantially dropped in three matched lectures after capture became available. Attendance, which predicts higher attainment (controlling for students’ previous grade and gender), mediates a negative relationship between lecture capture availability and attainment. Lecture capture viewing shows no significant relationship with attainment whilst factoring in lecture attendance; capture viewing also fails to compensate for the impact that low attendance has on attainment. Thus, the net effect of lecture capture introduction on the cohort is generally negative; the study serves as a useful example (that can be communicated students) of the pitfalls of an over-reliance on lecture capture as a replacement for lecture attendance."

--- tl;dr: Butts in seats rules, OK?
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8 hours ago by cshalizi
Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong - The Huffington Post
For decades, the medical community has ignored mountains of evidence to wage a cruel and futile war on fat people, poisoning public perception and ruining millions of lives.
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