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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Do Clark County schools prepare you to be in college?

The Las Vegas Sun reports on a study through UNLV of why college freshman are not truly ready for college level work. More than one in three high school graduates require remedial classes prior to taking required college credit course. The expense of these programs fall on the college and university system and my be seen at the expense of courses and programs college students may need to complete their degrees in a timely manner.

Who is responsible for a student's education? Why are so many not ready for the transition to college? What do you feel can be done? Do you agree with the "more than one in three assessment?

The low response to this blog, in terms of students adding sustentative response to posted items, tends to support the feeling of educators that students are not taught to perform at the entry-level college level prior to achieving a high school degree.

Extending beyond that is the issue of how prepared students are for their civic responsibilities, financial lives and other roles they are required to play in society as adults?

Or are the standards of academia unrealistic or outdated?

First posted 10-18-2009

Dads get depressed too

It's not just "baby blues", common for fatigued parents of new borns. Studies now find that both mom and dad are likely to suffer post-child birth depression in the first six months, at least in the United States.
Postpartum depression in new fathers is a real phenomenon, and is more common than previously thought, according  the Journal of the American Medical Association. One in ten men have prenatal and postpartum depression, the study found; previous research had estimated fewer than one in 20. 
Overall postpartum depression rates are higher in the United States than in any other countries studied. In the US as many as one in four men suffer depression within three to six months after the birth of their son or daughter.
CNN coverage: click here.

Uneducated poor, schools favor wealthy

"An affluent 5-year-old has about the same vocabulary as an adult living in poverty."

Southern public schools are the first in the country to have both a poor and minority student majority, The New York Times reported Thursday.

"We've got to figure out how to break the cycle of poverty, and the way we're doing it now isn't working," said Hank M. Bounds, the Mississippi commissioner of higher education and, until recently, the state superintendent of schools. "An affluent 5-year-old has about the same vocabulary as an adult living in poverty."

Doe this have any bearing on Las Vegas, Nevada or the west?

Have you experienced this first hand?

Is our society creating a class society?

Is there hope?

(first published January 4, 2010)