Over the past twenty-five years, the educational advancement made by women has been significant. The gaps for educational attainment between the genders have all but disappeared for the young women being educated today. While girls still lag somewhat behind boys on mathematical and science achievement, girls in high school average higher grades and reach higher achievement levels in reading and writing compared to same age boys. The discrepancies in achievement by subject persist into adulthood. It has been shown that women between the ages of 16 and 65 achieved higher scores on comprehension and interpretation of prose that similar age men. There were also less women (40 percent) scoring at a low level in these areas compared to men (44 percent). Consistent with finding from earlier ages, women do not score as well as men in number related subjects such as mathematics (Sax, 2008). Great Lens: I have always found that if an activity is not fun for the adult the chances are the 3 year old will not enjoy it too. Children take their love of play from those around them. All too often parents just sit the child in front of the TV and wonder why when they get to the teenage years they don’t want to do things as a family. Parents, learn to enjoy time with your children, they wont be children for long.
Furthermore, today’s distance education offers numerous opportunities for students to interact among themselves or with teachers, such as virtual communities, forums, discussion boards, webinars, teleconference, and other venues. Such peer-to-peer interaction, a dynamic part of learning, was impossible in earlier correspondence education. Similarly, today’s distance education resembles any brick-and-mortar education in that it offers just about all the infrastructures of a traditional school; for example, in place of a physical library, it offers cybrary or ebrary. In this regard, correspondence education was stagnant while online education is lively.
Yet Another update: I managed to persuade our local college to take Alex before his 16th birthday. He started on 1st September 2014 – three days a week doing the things he loves – Land-based studies. It’s a basic foundation course but that’s fine. From there he will have access to higher level courses.
This is a huge problem all across the country. A good friend of mine was not doing well in tradtional public school so he opted for votec training and now he owns his own electrician business. He had the luxury of that training plus an apprenticeship which he has tried to give to someone else but young kids today don’t want to work for the value of learning a trade, they only want the money.
Students lack certain skills for jobs such as communication skills, analytical skills, knowledge in their respective domains because our education system does not teach these skills. In our institutions teachers teach what they want, not according to requirement of industries.
But, the promises may be a moot point. The program hasn’t been fully endorsed by most special education teachers or by the California Teacher Association (which wrote a scathing report in its monthly magazine). It also appears that its track record for its success has been sketchy or non-existent, at best.