Top Education Stories This Week

Here’s your weekly digest of the top 5 stories in education from around the web.

The Master’s as the New Bachelor’s

“Call it credential inflation. Once derided as the consolation prize for failing to finish a Ph.D. or just a way to kill time waiting out economic downturns, the master’s is now the fastest-growing degree. The number awarded, about 657,000 in 2009, has more than doubled since the 1980s, and the rate of increase has quickened substantially in the last couple of years, says Debra W. Stewart, president of the Council of Graduate Schools. Nearly 2 in 25 people age 25 and over have a master’s, about the same proportion that had a bachelor’s or higher in 1960.”

Via: The New York Times

U.S. Teachers Protest Social Media Crackdown

“As they prepare lesson plans for fall, teachers across Missouri have an extra chore before the new school year begins: purging their Facebook friend lists to comply with a new state law that limits their contact with students on social networks.”

Via: EdWeek

Indianapolis HS Separating Girls and Boys

“Arlington has joined a group of hundreds of schools across the country that have kept schools co-ed, but have split classes into single-gender sessions in an effort to improve students’ academic performance.”

Via: The Huffington Post

A Business Skills Test for College Graduates

“The Certified Business Laureate Exam is a standardize business skills test intended for people who want to apply for entry-level corporate jobs (undergraduate business majors, this means you). Guy Friedman, a 2010 Wharton Business School grad, created the test and enlisted faculty at schools such as Wharton, University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Loyola University Chicago and others to write test questions indicative of skill and understanding.”

Via: Businessweek

Apple and Big Publishers Conspired To Fix Ebook Pricing, Lawsuit Alleges

A Seattle-based law firm filed a nationwide class-action suit on Tuesday against Apple Inc. and five of the Big Six publishers alleging that the companies conspired to illegally fix ebook pricing in an effort to undermine Amazon’s ‘pro-consumer, discounted pricing.’”

Via: Library Journal

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