"CFPB director Richard Cordray charged that ITT “misled students by overstating their salaries and job prospects upon graduation” and then pushed them into predatory high-interest private student loans. Cordray called the abuse of students by the overall for-profit college industry “truly an American tragedy.” He was joined at the event by the attorneys general of Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa, and New Mexico, all of whom are conducting investigations of major for-profit colleges. Illinois AG Lisa Madigan called for-profit college business practices “indefensible.” Kentucky AG Jack Conway discussed the new investigation that thirteen state AGs have launched against Education Management Corporation, Career Education Corporation, and Corinthian Colleges, as well as ITT. He said many for-profit colleges were “more interested in getting student loan dollars than in educating students.”"
— BREAKING: Federal Consumer Agency Sues For-Profit College ITT Tech | David_Halperin (via infoneer-pulse)
"“What surprised us,” says Susanna Loeb, a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, “was how clear the distinction was between math and English language arts, with math teachers teaching almost exclusively subject-specific skills and English teachers teaching skills that affect students’ later outcomes across other subjects.” The researchers examined the performances of 700,000 students in New York City in third through eighth grade from 2003 to 2010."
— Good English teachers improve math scores for students | Futurity (via infoneer-pulse)
"For many—and for better or for worse—the BlackBerry marked the dawn of a modern era in which work doesn’t end at five o’clock but, rather, follows you home and stays by your side, blinking that little red light like a faithful pet that feels neglected."
Vauhini Vara on BlackBerry’s fall: http://nyr.kr/16u7X0g (via newyorker)
According to a study done by Tomi Ahonen, a mobile technology expert, the average person will check his or her smartphone approximately 150 times in a working day of 16 hours, or once every 6.5 minutes. In addition, the average person will make, receive or avoid 22 phone calls and send 23 text messages in a given day.
Brian Moran reflects on why it is so important to unplug from your smart phone.
(Source: newyorker.com, via goodideaexchange)
"For me what photographers say about their photos doesn’t have any importance. For me it is just enough to look at the pictures. Many times — for the boring pictures — people have to say so many things about them to show you there is something to them when many times there is nothing."
— Josef Koudelka, in an interview on Lens with James Estrin of the New York Times. (via reportagebygettyimages)