Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Aug 7, 2018 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

A Champion Promise LeBron James may be the best basketball player in the world. But now he’s contributing something to society that’s arguably even more meaningful: a school. Situated in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, James’s school–called “I Promise”–is no ordinary educational facility. Focusing on academically “at-risk” youth, the program seeks to do more than […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Jul 3, 2018 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

A Civic Debate Does your school require you to take a civics class? Probably not. Civics classes focus on the study of U.S. government, history, and democracy. One of the reasons why our country first set up a widespread public education system was to create informed and active participants in the government. Until the 1960s, […]

YOU DECIDE: Should Video Games Be Used to Teach History?

YOU DECIDE: Should Video Games Be Used to Teach History?

Posted by on May 30, 2018 in You Decide! | No Comments

It’s no surprise that teenagers like video games. But can they actually use gaming to learn? One gaming company, Ubisoft, has long used historical backdrops for its Assassin’s Creed series. Now, however, they’ve taken the link between gaming and history a step further. Assassin’s Creed: Origins is set in Ptolemaic Egypt. When played in “Discovery […]

Teachers Walk Out for Education

Teachers Walk Out for Education

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Education | No Comments

Last month, btw brought you the story of a statewide teachers’ walkout in Oklahoma that lasted for nine days. During that time, the striking teachers filled the statehouse, protesting the legislature which has been steadily taking away funding from public education. Despite not getting everything they had hoped for, the Oklahoma teachers did make some […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Apr 20, 2018 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Facebook vs. Congress Last week, Election Central brought you the story of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal, which resulted in private information of up to 87 million Facebook customers being harvested by Cambridge Analytica and used by Trump’s presidential campaign. In the wake of this privacy breach, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and CEO, was called to […]

Tips for Tests

Tips for Tests

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in Education | No Comments

It’s springtime, and you know what that means: it’s standardized test season again! btw can’t take the test for you, but what we can do is share with you some hints to help you do your best on testing day. Take Your Time Most standardized tests come with time limits, which encourage students to rush. […]

You Decide: Mastery Learning

You Decide: Mastery Learning

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in You Decide! | No Comments

By now, most schools around the country are back in session after summer break. Are you feeling excited or are you worried about the school year to come? What if you didn’t have to worry about grades and could learn all of the material at your own pace? How would that change your feelings about education? […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

New Options in Education Do you have a plan for what you want to do when you finish high school? In West Virginia, one of the poorest states in the nation, 17 percent of young adults are neither in school nor working. That’s the second-highest rate of “disconnectedness” in the country. Now, West Virginia is trying […]

The Battle Over School Vouchers

The Battle Over School Vouchers

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Education | No Comments

The argument over private school choice has received a lot of attention in the media lately, with both President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressing full support for the idea. Just in time for the end of the school year, btw takes a look at the fight over private school vouchers in Indiana, the […]

Accountability and Predictive Modeling

Accountability and Predictive Modeling

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Education | No Comments

Have you started thinking yet about your plans for after you finish high school? For many students, a university is the next step. However, fewer than half of the nation’s students graduate college in four years, and only sixty percent manage to complete that education in six years. At the same time, the average debt accumulated […]