Education

Beccastone Interview with Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski

Education

by Beccastone Editorial

Beccastone: What kinds of career opportunities are available to minority students in the sciences?

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski: In my view, the areas that offer some of the most exciting and rewarding career opportunities to students with math and science backgrounds are healthcare; the environment and energy; and technology, intelligence, and security. These areas play a …

School Discipline

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by Beccastone Editorial

The US Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights recently released data showing that public schools punish Black students more severely than their white peers. (See article here). As just one example, Black students are 3-1/2 times more likely to be suspended or expelled than white students. These facts should remind parents how important it …

Teach Children the ABCs of Finance

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by Beccastone Editorial

Roger W. Ferguson Jr. is President and CEO of Teachers Insurance and Annuities Association and the College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF). TIAA-CREF is the leading retirement provider for people who work in academic, medical, governmental, research and cultural fields.

As parents, we all want the best for our children. But while we rightly focus on things …

Teaching the Civil Rights Movement

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by Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Although the American Civil Rights Movement has been described as “one of the defining moments in US history,” a recent report by the Southern Poverty Law Center tells us that civil rights education in America “boils down to two people and four words: Rosa Parks, Dr. King and ‘I have a dream.”

Well, I am hoping …

How to Help Your Child with Homework

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by Charly Simpson

As a full-time 7th grade tutor in Massachusetts and later as a Social Work Intern at a K-8 school in Pennsylvania, I watched many students succeed and many others struggle. I noticed that many students shared one particular struggle: homework. Homework is an important piece of the learning process and often counts for a large …

What is Too Much Homework?

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by Beccastone Editorial

Recently, a controversial study raised questions about the benefits of homework. Agree or disagree, it’s worth thinking about some of the ideas discussed in the study as our children head back to school.  Denise Pope, Stanford lecturer, vodcaster and co-author of the study, took some time to talk to Beccastone about homework “busy-work, why neither works well and what to do instead.

You  co-authored a study about homework effectiveness. …


Growing Minority Engineers



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by Beccastone Editorial

Our children like math and science too — so why aren’t they more visible in the world of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)? Not just faces of color, but young women? Beccastone previously talked to Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, about this subject and his work to …

Encouraging Girls in STEM Studies

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by Beccastone Editorial

We should encourage our girls as well as our boys  to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  Job growth is likely to be higher in these areas and the jobs can provide long-term career opportunities.  Girls in particular may need more encouragement to focus on STEM study.

 How do raise and encourage girls to study …