Sharing news and commentary about education, careers, investing, and life.

Sharing news and commentary about education, careers, investing, and life.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Linking Back: The Apocalypse, Social Networks, and Japan

- Here are two articles from CNN I didn't get to talk about in detail: one on small colleges deciding not to participate in US News rankings and the other on 2,300 schools going through restructuring in the United States. A note: I would cite articles on Fox News but they don't provide any substantial education coverage.

- This voucher story showed up in the Washington Post and in the Wall Street Journal, but Joanne Jacobs summarizes it here.

- A good point by Gellman on everyone celebrating graduation. I know people who have gone to middle school graduations, kindergarten graduations, or even graduations from one grade to another (say from 3rd grade to 4th grade). Here's a telling quote from the article:
My concerns about the explosion of graduations are not just that they're silly. My main gripe is that they distort the nature of learning. Graduations send the message that learning has a beginning, a middle and an end—and this is just not true. The only graduation from learning is death.
- From the NY Times, the Japanese are struggling to fill their universities. It's interesting to see the effect of demographic shifts and of course how the Japanese are adjusting.

- This excellent post from Scobleizer on the different social networking tools and his opinions on each. This is a very important post for students so they keep up to date on everything available and for parents (to know what tools younger people are using and to help them stay relevant).

- And finally, what you've all been waiting for... the Numbers Guy at the WSJ tackles Isaac Newton's calculation of the Apocalypse. Let me warn you - it seems like fuzzy math.

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