The Toll of Education

Who knows what makes one child better able to grasp mathematical concepts than others? Is it genetic? Is it access to better education?


Most of us know people who inherently seem to “get it,” but it’s likely we know a lot more who struggle with math. Much like art or music, the math gene may well be a talent handed down the DNA pool in certain families.


Ultimately, how important is it that a child who excels in other academic areas – such as history or English – struggle with geometry and algebra in middle school to be eligible for a college preparatory track in high school?


[CLICK HERE to read the press release, “California Adopts Modified Math Standards to Restore Local Decision Making,” at the California Department of Education, January 16, 2013.]


Education is a hot topic these days, ranging in everything from school safety to above-inflation increases in college tuition and the resounding student debt crisis.


[CLICK HERE to read, “Beyond gun control: Will Obama’s plans make schools safer?” at The Christian Science Monitor, January 17, 2013.]


[CLICK HERE to view the video, “Chicago Program Aims to Close the Achievement Gap for Youngest Students,” at PBS, February 13, 2013.]


In his address to the nation in February, President Obama’s speech focused on points concerning the youngest and oldest students on the education spectrum. In it he made recommendations for universal pre-kindergarten access and improving the tuition/financial aid process for college students.


[CLICK HERE to read, “State of the Union Education Proposals Focus on Nation’s Youngest, Oldest Students,” at Huffington Post, February 12, 2013.]


[CLICK HERE to read, “The Vague Promise of Obama’s Ambitious Preschool Plan,” at New Republic, February 15, 2013.]


A recent blog post by the Financial Security Project of Boston College observes that the nature of today’s outstanding student debt may be influencing the formation of new family units – a phenomenon that has been attributed to a slower recovery in the housing market.


The article notes that while some men may be wary about whether to become seriously involved with a woman with massive debt, some women may be actively “removing themselves from the marriage market, or delaying marriage … until they can make a better-quality match.”


[CLICK HERE to read, “Women in Debt Less Likely to Marry,” at the Squared Away Blog of the Financial Security Project of Boston College, February 14, 2013.]


It just goes to show you how society and culture influences our lives and even the national and global economy in a trickle-down, domino effect that is not always obvious when you just see the tip of the iceberg.


[CLICK HERE to read, “Giving Children a Chance,” at The Lancet, February 16, 2013.]


If you’d like to discuss ways to enhance your children’s education and opportunities without seeing them burdened with debt, we’d be happy to help you with that.

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