Nobody goes into teaching for the money. But are teachers actually underpaid? Depends how you ask. Roughly six in 10 Americans believe teacher pay should increase, according to an Education Next poll released Tuesday that looks at public opinion on a variety of education topics. Yet estimates of how much teachers earn are way off, it turns out. And when survey respondents were told what teachers actually get paid, far fewer supported a salary increase. The national average salary for public school teachers was $58,064 in 2015-2016; average teacher salaries range from a low of $42,025 in South Dakota to a high of $77,957 in...Read More
Author: Elme Rosen
Could student loans trigger the next financial crash? When looking at the more than $1.4 trillion in outstanding student loan debt, some experts worry that it could be the next financial bubble. After all, subprime mortgage lending was at $1.3 trillion in 2007, just before the market crashed, according to a study published by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Student loan debt has surpassed those numbers — and continues to rise. What’s on the horizon for America’s student loan debt? Where student loan debt stands today Because young people are pushed to go to college and encouraged to get...Read More
Colleges are failing to prepare students for their working lives Lehigh University students at the new Mountaintop Campus, where the school aims to shift the undergraduate experience, teaching students to think for themselves as they imagine their future careers. (Photo by Christa Neu, Lehigh University Communications and Public Affairs) It’s the middle of October, and many college campuses nationwide are observing their traditional fall break with a few days off from classes. Even as the 21st Century economy demands more from college graduates and the price of a higher education skyrockets, today’s college students are spending less of their time...Read More
Different groups and organizations – from tech companies to sororities – offer college aid for women. Women interested in STEM careers can find scholarships from colleges, tech companies and other organizations. (Hero Images/Getty Images) Although this wasn’t always the case, women outnumber men on America’s college campuses. And scholarship funds aimed at women remain plentiful. “Historically, before the civil rights movement, women weren’t going to college in large numbers and certainly weren’t getting any aid to go to college,” says Kevin Ladd, chief operating officer at Scholarships.com. Women “became a focal point of people offering scholarships.” Bringing women to college campuses hasn’t been a...Read More
Educators in the recently rocked Virginia city are pondering how to broach racially charged topics with their students. Hundreds of people march peacefully with lit candles across the University of Virginia campus on Wednesday in Charlottesville, Va. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post/Getty Images) If you prompt Nikki Franklin’s former students with the words “the time is,” they’ll reply in unison: “always right to do right.” That’s the advice Martin Luther King Jr. gave students during a commencement address at Oberlin College in 1965, and it’s the same mantra Franklin tries to instill in her students each year. “It usually takes me the whole...Read More
In 2007 I graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in economics and have since decided to combine my passions for markets and writing into the Higher Self Learning Unlocked blog. Using my expertise, I surface the most successful colleges and expose the least successful. I cover the job markets, the most successful majors, and any incoming big news.