Category Archives: Education

Op-Ed: It’s Time to Build a STEM Workforce as Diverse as America

Erick Aponte was planning a career in business when his high school math teacher suggested a mentoring program that steers students toward science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Aponte agreed to the change and soon, he was hooked. He joined the robotics team at his high school in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Started doing homework with his… Read More »

The education gap among America’s youngest students

An education disaster is in the making, and it’s starting before children even reach kindergarten. Poor American kids are arriving at kindergarten with lagging academic and “noncognitive skills,” such as self-control and and approaches to learning, when compared with children of high-income families, according to a new report from the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute. Those… Read More »

A Pipeline to More Failure: Incarcerated Youth Subjected to Inferior Education

The education of incarcerated youth is a major problem facing the nation. A report released last year by the Southern Education Foundation (SEF) stated that, “The juvenile justice education programs that serve hundreds of thousands of students are characterized by low expectations, inadequate supports to address student needs, and ineffective instruction and technology.” According to… Read More »

Are historically Black colleges a potential home for Latinos?

Should Latino students searching for a nurturing, challenging academic environment consider one of the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities? A growing number are doing so. In the United States, the term “historically Black colleges and universities,” commonly shortened to HBCUs, refers to colleges that were founded before 1965 with a mission of serving African-American… Read More »

For Philanthropic Future, HBCUs Must Develop Million-Dollar Mentality

Dillard University President Walter Kimbrough today writes in Inside Higher Ed about the latest ‘obscene’ gift to an ultra-elite, super wealthy college or university, while historically black colleges languish for a fraction of the same transformative gifts. His ongoing campaign against the propagation of wealth in higher education is more practical than populist – why… Read More »