• Self-Guided Learning

    Self-guided learning is increasingly accessible to us – through online learning platforms, digital content, discussion forums, etc. Sometimes going back to college to learn a particular discipline or subject is avoidable. To illustrate this notion of self-guided learning, I discuss my experience learning about K-12 and higher education systems over the last couple of years.… Continue Reading

  • Valuing the Traditional College Education

    There has been a lot attention given to the value of a traditional four-year college education. For the past thirty years or so, it has been thought of having three primary purposes: preparing students for a career, providing a social experience, and imparting civic-mindedness. However, with the rising cost of tuition and associated student indebtedness, the… Continue Reading

  • Squeeze on Higher Education

    The de facto college degree is getting squeezed from two directions: employers requiring professionals to build new-age technical skills (where there is currently a skills gap); and typical students who are faced with the rising cost of a traditional college degree and must take on significant debt. Moreover, according to a recent Gallup poll, a… Continue Reading

  • Perceived Flaws With Common Core Testing

    I think there are two ways to look at Common Core Standards Initiative. First, you have transparent and accessible standards available to the general public on a website. Adopting Common Core is compelling for this reason alone. It is powerful because parents, teachers, administrators and even students understand students’ learning expectations by grade and subject.… Continue Reading

  • Common Core: Learning Expectations of K – 12 Education

    Common Core State Standards nail down precisely what primary and secondary education (K – 12) students are expected to learn in mathematics, reading, and writing.  Learning related transferable skills is the primary objective of a K – 12 education because it is a foundation for higher education or training and eventually a career. On their… Continue Reading

  • Moving Towards Personalized Learning

    Utilizing personalized learning is more realistic with online learning platforms. Personalized learning can be broken down in two ways. First, there is learning on a course level where a teacher or system responds to the learning aptitude of its students as they teach them. For example, a teacher assigns each student a problem set based… Continue Reading