This past admissions cycle, amid a constant drumbeat of bad news about the health of the legal industry, it appears that fewer students sat down to take the LSAT than at any time in the past decade. In the last two years, the number of tests administered has dropped 24 percent, down to 129,925, from a peak of 171,514 in 2009-2010, according to the Law School Admission Council. (Graph courtesy of the LSAT Blog.)
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Wages for Americans age 25-34 have decreased 5% since 2001 while tuition rates have increased 8% PER YEAR on average.
Today knowledge is ubiquitous, constantly changing, growing exponentially… Today knowledge is free. It’s like air, it’s like water. It’s become a commodity… There’s no competitive advantage today in knowing more than the person next to you. The world doesn’t care what you know. What the world cares about is what you can do with what you know.
Creating Innovators: Why America’s Education System Is Obsolete
Over two year of research involving interviews with executives, college teachers, community leaders, and recent graduates, Wagner defined the skills needed for Americans to stay competitive in an increasingly globalized workforce. As lined out in his book, “The Global Achievement Gap,” that set of core competencies that every student must master before the end of high school is:
- Critical thinking and problem solving (the ability to ask the right questions)
- Collaboration across networks and leading by influence
- Agility and adaptability
- Initiative and entrepreneurialism
- Accessing and analyzing information
- Effective written and oral communication
- Curiosity and imagination
It’s not about an education. It’s about learning how to do something. You must have a trasportable skill.
“There’s a special place in hell reserved for women who don’t help other women,” says Wurwand, sharing her favorite quote from former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Multimillionaire Entrepreneur Jane Wurwand on Self-Reliance [video]
As a passionate advocate for mentoring and entrepreneurship, Jane writes and speaks frequently about the specific financial needs of women, especially in the developing world. Within the context of the skin care profession itself, comparatively modest licensing requirements and initial capital investments costs offer many women unusual access to financial independence. This experience is further enriched, socially, culturally and politically, by the fact that 98% of all professional skin therapists are women, and that these professionals attract a clientele which is 92% female—literally creating more woman entrepreneurs than any other industry in the world. [Founder of IDI]
Charles Blow in the NY Times today:
“A big part of the problem is that teachers have been so maligned in the national debate that it’s hard to attract our best and brightest to see it as a viable and rewarding career choice, even if they have a high aptitude and natural gift for it. A 2010 McKinsey & Company report entitled “Closing the Talent Gap: Attracting and Retaining Top-Third Graduates to Careers in Teaching” found that top-performing nations like Singapore, Finland and South Korea recruit all of their teachers from the top third of graduates and then even screen from that group for “other important qualities.” By contrast, in the United States, ‘23 percent of new teachers come from the top third, and just 14 percent in high poverty schools, which find it especially difficult to attract and retain talented teachers. It is a remarkably large difference in approach, and in results.’” (via Will Richardson)
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I loved my internships. I wouldn’t be where I am without them. But I also recognize that my parents’ income afforded me those internships. Without their summer cash, I would have had to seek work at Best Buy, or Starbucks, or another place that paid more than zero dollars an hour. As students of privilege cluster in posh unpaid internships that open doors while lower-income students cluster in retail and food preparation jobs, income inequality yawns. Having extra money allows for unpaid internships, which lead to jobs that pay yet more money. Even if unpaid internships are a win-win for employers and students, this is not what egalitarianism looks like.
Derek Thompson in The Atlantic (via inthecac)