I heard a fascinating story of the power of data the other day--my friend took a class at Stanford where the teacher was discussing his research on education and socioeconomic class. Apparently raw intelligence is best tested when a student is in 3rd grade. A group of students of all racial and socioeconomic backgrounds were given a standardized test (with no preparation) when they were in 3rd grade. Then they were tested again in 11th grade and students of high socioeconomic classes (also known as the ones who were able to afford tutoring) scored exponentially higher than the kids without tutoring despite the fact that many of them started out roughly at the same place when they were tested in third grade. I though this study was incredibly interesting and a case in point that our education system needs to change.
Jul 21, 2018
Greetings, fellow Ambassadors, As we know, the July 2018 topic for the Roundtable Discussion is Education Funding. I recently came across this extremely informative resource about education funding. The resource explores how funding has changed over time, and provides statistical data in understanding the changes made over the local, state, and federal level in the USA. Article: http://apps.urban.org/features/education-funding-trends/ As mentioned on their website, the data they they collected "measured the progressivity of school funding as the ratio of two weighted averages of each district’s per-student revenue: (1) weights are the number of poor students; and (2) weights are the number of nonpoor students. For example, an estimate of 1.1 would imply that, on average, poor students attend districts that receive 10 percent more in per-student funding than the districts nonpoor students attend. " (source: http://apps.urban.org/features/education-funding-trends/) What do you all feel about this article and the information put forward by them? Ambassadors belonging to other nationalities, how does education funding work in your country? Could you please share your insights, or any other resources or articles you find valuable? Thank you so much for all your inputs!