Category: Education

Faith-Inspired Public Schools?

A Charter School in Chicago’s Wild West Might Have the Answer By Patrick J. McCloskey, Author, Editor-in-Chief, 360 Review Once there was an educational elevator that lifted underclass and working-class families into the middle and even upper classes with astounding efficiency. That elevator—faith-based (mostly Catholic) and neighborhood public schools—began breaking down in the 1960s, leaving many minority families on the ground floor. Catholic schools started closing and inner-city public schools began to fail. Today, on the South Side of Chicago—the nation’s murder capitol—the founders of Catalyst Maria High School and the adjacent Maria Kaupas Center believe they have found...

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Where the Boys Are(n’t)

Alarming Trends in Male College Outcomes By Brenda Werner, PhD Graduate Education Chair, University of Mary In North Dakota, as in other rural states, there is a severe shortage of math and science teachers. As a university education professor, I recently applied for a grant to support preparing education students to teach math and science in high-needs schools. One criteria I was asked to address on the application form was how to draw females more effectively into the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field. Often, grant money goes to programs designed to give girls a leg up. But...

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Educating Students in Poverty

A Systemic Approach to Building a Culture of Success By Brenda Werner, PhD | Graduate Education Chair, University of Mary We have long known the profound impact that socioeconomic conditions have on academic performance. A half-century of research shows that children living in poverty make up the largest portion of underachieving students at all grade levels. Family income and structure are still the top predictors of academic outcomes. Test scores and high-school graduation rates are significantly lower for children of the poor. As well, post-secondary performance is negatively affected—and this trend usually repeats in succeeding generations. Changes in family...

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