Should Financial Literacy be a Graduation Requirement

financial-feasibility-analysis-300x199In 2014, the Council for Economic Education released a survey of the states that revealed some relevant information about K-12 economic and financial education in the U.S.

It found that last year, 19 states require a personal finance course to be offered, up five states from 2011. However, despite the increase of required finance courses, the number of states that included personal finance in their K-12 standards actually decreased by three as states scrambled to update standards under new waivers and using the Common Core.

But despite the fact that financial literacy education is up-in-the-air as to how important it is considered on a state-by-state basis, a 2012 survey from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation found that nine out of ten respondents support financial literacy being taught in schools.

Which States Require Financial Literacy

Currently, only four states require a stand alone personal finance course for graduation credit. Those states are Utah, Missouri, Tennessee and Virginia.

Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, South Dakota, Louisiana, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, New York and New Hampshire all require personal finance to be incorporated into other subject matter in some

Four Innovative Schools That Are Implementing Restorative Justice

hallway1Many schools across the country are opting to implement restorative justice methods of disciplining to replace suspensions- and some districts are even banning suspensions altogether. Here’s a few ways schools across the country are successfully trying out restorative justice techniques.

Three-Year Social-Emotional Learning Plan, John S. Martinez School, New Haven, CT

In New Haven, CT where 75 percent of students have been exposed to at least one form of trauma or adversity, the New Haven Public School district is opting to support social emotional learning by implementing restorative justice in four of its schools.

According to Typhanie Jackson, director of student services for special education, the three-year social emotional learning plan introduced in four of the city’s schools has drastically reduced suspensions and office referrals, the New Haven Register said.

In one of the four schools, The John S. Martinez School, suspensions were reduced by 90 percent since when the plan was first implemented. In the 2014-2015 school year, the school only suspended four students versus 41 students suspended in the 2011-12 school year. This has helped increase instruction time that students receive regardless of having behavioral issues.

In order to help the city implement its

Is Your School Culture Toxic or Positive

globe1“School culture is the set of norms, values and beliefs, rituals and ceremonies, symbols and stories that make up the ‘persona’ of the school,” says Dr. Kent D. Peterson, a professor in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Education World recently talked with Peterson about the differences between positive and negative school cultures and how administrators and teachers can create a positive culture in their schools. Included: Tips for creating a positive school culture.

“The culture of a school consists primarily of the underlying norm values and beliefs that teachers and administrators hold about teaching and learning,” according to Dr. Kent D. Peterson. That culture is also composed of “traditions and ceremonies schools hold to build community and reinforce their values,” says Peterson, a professor in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and co-author of Shaping School Culture: The Heart of Leadership.

Every school has underlying assumptions about what staff members will discuss at meetings, which teaching techniques work well, how amenable the staff is to change, and how critical staff development is, adds Peterson. That core set of beliefs underlies the school’s overall

How to Plan Your School Administration Process

There is no school without a proper network of education and administration. Schools and colleges need to understand the importance of it in order to survive in the education industry. Proper planning is required if an admin wants his/her academic institute to flourish in the market, therefore, a well-designed work plan need to be made available for the entire teaching staff so that no one has to depend on each other.

Before taking any major decisions, all a school needs to do is automate its paperwork and provide the academic institute with a well-organized administration system. After that, the admin needs to shove off all the extra working hands since most of them won’t be needed after cloud-based technology has entered the system. After the initial changes have been made, the admin needs to make sure all departments are digitized.

Any person with basic knowledge of computers can be able to run the educational management software therefore; the admin needs to assign just one or two workers to handle the cloud-based administration system. As far as the education department is concerned, teachers don’t have to be over burdened with extra work such as counting piles

How Technology and Education Can Save the World

There is no denying about technology empowering the world in every way possible. Ranging from a little child to a grown up adult, everybody is dependent on science and technology one way or another. According to some people, it’s a bad thing to depend too much on gadgets and computers but in spite of that, we choose to rely on the conveniences of science on a daily basis. On the whole, all minor and major technological up-gradations have helped individuals and offices do multi-tasking with ease. When it comes to the education sector, something of the smilar nature can be seen happening.

Schools and colleges across the world have embraced technology by bringing online school software into the system. Today, technology and education are going hand in hand by providing academic institutes with an easy way to manage and control the system. The traditional methods have started to vanish from the face of earth providing academic institutes with an easy way to not just manage and control schools, but also provide students with interactive technological amenities.

How Have The Methods Of Administration Transformed?

There was a time when principals used to maintain manual book keeping for all kinds of financial transactions and academic

What everyone needs to know about education

The most striking thing about our public schools is that they have been in perpetual decline for many decades. Why?

The government has its own tests called the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP); these tests regularly suggest that two-thirds of fourth-graders and eighth-graders are “below proficient” in reading. That’s what decline looks like. It’s guaranteed those two-thirds will never be literate as that term has been traditionally used. Some may learn to read in a painful struggling way but they won’t be reading a daily paper or curling up with a good book. And yet, a century ago, this country was said to be headed toward universal literacy.

A single anecdote can tell you more than years of statistics. College professors report that incoming freshmen often do not know, for example, what 7×8 is. This is totally fascinating. Ask yourself, could schools be this bad by accident? Or wouldn’t somebody have to carefully organize the school to be this bad?

Another fascinating kind of evidence is a dozen books written from the 1950s to the present, with titles like So Little for the Mind, Educational Wastelands, Quackery in the Public Schools, Brainwashing in the High Schools, Why Johnny Can’t Read, The

New Data Reveals Signficant Decline in High School Dropouts

A new study published today has revealed that the number of nationwide high school dropouts has significantly declined over the past few years.

According to the study, dropout data has revealed that the number of high school students not completing high school fell from 1 million in 2008 to 750,000 in 2012.

“The new dropout data is not surprising because the nation’s high school graduation rate has been steadily rising. Eighty-one percent of the Class of 2013 graduated on time, the highest since states began calculating graduation rates in a uniform way in 2010,” said The Washington Post.

Indeed, high school graduation rates have increased this year for the third consecutive year in a row. The Washington Post reported last month that preliminary state data revealed graduation rates declined in only five states last year.

Though both trends are an indication of good things happening in the nation’s public schools, The Post warns others to not be hasty in concluding that the data means students are better prepared for college and career.

A significant reason behind the decrease in dropouts, for example, is because of an easing of requirements in states like Arizona, where it no longer requires students to pass exit exams to earn a