🤑 "Swiftonomics", 👩🎓️ Girls Graduation Rates, 📉 Education and Poverty, 🤖 AI & Safety & More!
SmartEdu News 2023-11-23
🇺🇸 U.S. EDUCATION
D.C.'s education chief has introduced comprehensive financial literacy standards for high schoolers, aiming to equip them with essential skills in budgeting, saving, investing, and more. The recommendations, shaped by collaboration with education advocacy groups and stakeholders, follow recent updates to social studies and menstrual health education standards. With an emphasis on empowering students to navigate their financial future, these standards cover topics ranging from earning income and spending to saving, investing, credit, and risk management.
Teaching Econ the Swift Way: How a Texas Teacher Incorporates Swiftonomics into High School Curriculum
Over the past year, Swift's influence on the United States economy has become a topic of fascination, with estimations suggesting a staggering impact of $5 billion. From her multi-city Eras tour to the release of two chart-topping albums, Swift's economic prowess extends beyond music. Notably, she even brought NFL star Travis Kelce into the realm of pop culture. This phenomenon, aptly coined "Swiftonomics," has found its way into high school classrooms, where educators are using the singer's career as a unique lens to teach economic principles.
A Gallup poll reveals a significant gap between parents' perceptions of their children's academic performance and standardized test results, with 88% believing their child is on grade level in reading and 89% in math. The reliance on report cards raises concerns, as grades may not accurately reflect grade-level mastery. Researchers caution that gaps in learning, evident in test scores, may be masked by inflated grades amid pandemic-related grading leniency.
Girls tend to outperform boys in academics, with higher high school graduation rates. Reasons for boys' delays, GED use, or dropout include low self-efficacy, lack of support, and financial concerns. Boys often opt for trade schools due to preferences and job opportunities. The importance of parental support and values at home, along with financial considerations, plays a crucial role in students' educational paths. High school dropouts can still succeed, but support systems are vital.
Recent data indicates a decline in K-12 student participation in after-school and summer academic programs, with fewer schools offering comprehensive initiatives. Summer program offerings dropped from 90% in 2022 to 78% in 2023, and after-school programs decreased from 89% to 87%. Staff shortages are reported as limiting factors. This decline raises concerns about equitable access to educational support, especially as federal pandemic recovery aid decreases. The data highlights the need to address these challenges in the education system.
President Biden's executive order on AI highlights the need for data privacy legislation, especially for minors online. The internet, while transformative, poses risks, with polls indicating concerns about social media's impact on children. AI can enhance online safety by making platforms more transparent, enabling real-time educational interventions, and improving content moderation. Early AI applications, such as those on Yubo and Apple's iMessage, show promise in protecting minors online, offering a glimpse into the potential of AI as a tool to ensure a safer internet for all.
🌎 INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
Education and Poverty in the EU: A 2022 Snapshot
In the past year, educational attainment played a crucial role in determining poverty rates in the EU. While almost one-third of individuals with low education levels were considered poor, the rate dropped significantly for those with higher education. Disparities across member states revealed a nuanced picture, with Greece topping the list for high poverty rates among the low-educated population.
Protests at Concordia University turned violent as pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian groups clashed, resulting in injuries and an arrest. A peaceful Jewish student demonstration supporting hostages taken by Hamas escalated when a pro-Palestinian crowd surrounded them, leading to fights. Alumnus Lawrence Muscant criticized the university for not protecting Jewish students and demanded his name be removed from their list. Tensions on university campuses over the Israel-Hamas conflict have prompted disciplinary actions against student groups.
Smartick analyzes PISA 2018 data, revealing a positive correlation between education spending (up to $100,000 per student) and math achievement. Beyond this threshold, the correlation weakens, suggesting diminishing returns. Outliers like Macao (China) emphasize the need for effective allocation. Regional variations highlight the importance of factors beyond spending, such as resource efficiency and socio-economic considerations. A holistic approach is crucial for effective education reform.
The EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) indicates a global decline in youth English proficiency, with significant drops in certain countries. However, workforce proficiency is increasing, especially during the pandemic. There's a widening gender gap, with men's English improving and women's declining. Regionally, East Asia and the Middle East face challenges, Latin America shows progress with setbacks, Europe plateaus, and English proficiency in Africa remains stable, with notable improvements in Tunisia and Algeria.