What lessons can the UK learn from the US education system in order to close the achievement gap? I am writing a report on the pivotal role education plays in increasing the ability of low-income Americans to move up the income ladder. Central to the American ethos is the notion that it is possible to start out poor and become prosperous - it is hard work and not circumstances you were born into that offers real prospects for success. The class system in the UK is deeply entrenched and a mindset that higher education is for "posh" people. Why does the US have much more social mobility? Or is the reality not so encouraging? I am looking at inner-city schools in New York City in particular but any opinions about the US in general would be very appreciated.
posted by ashawill
on May 17, 2014 -
I remember reading something, possible in the New York Times, arguing that while America's high-school students don't stack up very well against students of countries, our strength has always been in innovation rather than mastery of skills acquired by rote. Any idea where I saw this? [more inside]
posted by Ollie
on Apr 23, 2014 -
At work, I've just started a project on phys ed, and I need some background info. I've contacted a few PE professionals' organizations, but haven't heard back yet. I'd like to know... [more inside]
posted by daisyace
on Feb 19, 2014 -
Do you live or know of neat places in Illinois, Missouri and Indiana that my explorer/photographer friend could visit? Let me know! [more inside]
posted by Driven
on Jan 8, 2014 -
I am looking for resources for figuring out the best pre-schools and schools on the East Coast (public and private both are fair game). Is there a national database ranking the schools? I am particularly interested in the Boston/Cambridge area, but am curious for my own personal reasons about schools in NYC as well as Chicago, and maybe the East Coast in general.
My kid is 7 months old and definitely not ready to go to school just yet. But as I am originally not from this country, I'd like to familiarize myself with the system fully before I have to enroll her in school. In my humble opinion, schooling is very important - if it wasn't for a good school, I won't have the necessary life skills myself (irrespective of the professional and grad training), so I am hoping to be aware of the US school landscape before my little one starts going to preschool.
Many thanks for your kind help. Have a nice day!
posted by Spice_and_Ice
on Aug 27, 2013 -
What are the benefits of preschool and elementary age children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman
on Aug 14, 2013 -
SO. My friend is about to get her teaching certification from the NYC Teaching Fellows program. Very exciting! At the end of the program, she will be eligible to teach at a high school in NYC. HOWEVER, apparently due to some current hiring freeze, she's only able to apply to jobs at public (non-charter) high schools that have opened in the past three years.
Is there some database online that lists...um... dates when particular nyc schools opened? Or, do any of YOU know of a public h.s. in your neighborhood that opened in the past couple years? We're at a loss as to how to search for these schools! Anywhere in nyc will do.
posted by silverstatue
on Jul 15, 2013 -
We're a family of two writers and a preschooler, looking for resources & advice on picking a place in the US to move to. [more inside]
posted by muckster
on Apr 3, 2013 -
Dear Interlocutors from Ask MetaFilter,
Please help me understand if the sequence of the steps I figure out to transfer my son Edoardo from a private school in New York State to the New York City public school system is correct. Unfortunately the staff of the High School Enrollment Office is very laconic.
1) I have Edoardo's current school complete the "Out of City Request Form"
2) I fax the HS Enrollment Office 2 documents as a proof we are residents in New York City
3) I enter my high school choices in priority order on my "Round 2 and New Schools Choice Form". My question is: where may I find this form?
4) I return the completed and signed "Round 2 and New Schools Choice Form" to my guidance counselor. Here my question is: who is my guidance counselor?
teebay [more inside]
posted by teebay
on Jan 24, 2013 -
Moving to a better school zone. Should I do it? Tough decisions concerning moving, staying put, and financial future. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 25, 2012 -
My boyfriend and I want to move far enough away from where we live now that we're able to start something *new*. Help us figure out where to move that we will enjoy and how to move there. Details behind cut. [more inside]
posted by camylanded
on Aug 25, 2012 -
What's the best way to ask people to do what they say they will do and to answer emails? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild
on Aug 14, 2012 -
Please help me learn about outcomes from Reggio Emilia and similar project-based, progressive educational systems. [more inside]
posted by spbmp
on Jul 27, 2012 -
To what extent do American Highschools resemble the stereotypical American Highschool seen in just about every movie and TV show ever, withever present competition for social status, rigidly defined cliques, omnipresent bullying, etc... etc?
posted by Artw
on Jul 18, 2012 -
The McTootsalot family has outgrown our home, and we’re looking to move this summer. We love our area (Durham, NC) so if we could we’d love to just move into a larger house down the street that could accommodate our growing clan. However, there is a caveat: schools. How much importance we should place on schools? [more inside]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot
on May 29, 2012 -
I'm looking for pointers to draw up a contract for an online subscription-based service. (UK based) [more inside]
posted by Ricardus
on May 16, 2012 -
How can I come up with 250 sticks of 1GB DDR2 PC2-4200 RAM? (Our local high school has 150 PCs running Window 7 with just 1GB of RAM.) [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo
on Feb 1, 2012 -
What is it actually like going to a well above average public school system, compared to an average or below average one? [more inside]
posted by imabanana
on Nov 2, 2011 -
What are some of the best blogs, websites, newsletters, etc. that explore the innovative uses of (and issues related to) technology and social media in K-12 education? [more inside]
posted by aheckler
on Oct 16, 2011 -
What should I do about an aspiring Marine in my class who keeps encouraging others to join the service? [more inside]
posted by JimmyJames
on Oct 13, 2011 -
So, I want to be a grant writer. I'm a published author many times over, and have no problem with the actual writing/convincing stuff, but it seems that is the least important part of the process. [more inside]
posted by timsteil
on Sep 26, 2011 -
Where can I find information comparing the educational quality provided by the *best* public schools in America with your average public schools elsewhere in the industrialized world? [more inside]
posted by catesbie
on Jul 9, 2011 -
I'm looking for blogs about teaching in infant or primary schools, preferably in the UK. [more inside]
posted by paduasoy
on Jul 9, 2011 -
X% of people live within Y miles of a public school. Where can I find datapoints for X and Y? [more inside]
posted by bac
on Apr 25, 2011 -
I am interested in online programs to become a medical coder. Trying to search for one is turning up hundreds. [more inside]
posted by JujuB
on Mar 1, 2011 -
Are you a schoolteacher? Or an IT person working for a school? Which version of Flash do you use? (I'm especially looking for answers from the UK, but anything is helpful.)
posted by the latin mouse
on Dec 21, 2010 -
I have a Masters and certification in Early Childhood. Now I'd like to work as a special educator. Seems the only way to get there is another Masters in Special Ed. I'd like to find a way to do this cheaply and quickly. I have looked into Teaching Fellows and similar programs, and all specifically require that applicants have no background in teaching. What can I do?
posted by rascalface
on Nov 5, 2010 -
I've been doing some talking and thinking about WiFi in my community, and someone recently brought up the issue of wifi in schools. Apparently, parents want wifi to be banned in schools because after the introduction of wireless networks, their children are showing strange symptoms.
Does anyone know of any evidence or studies done on this? [more inside]
posted by tomcochrane
on Oct 21, 2010 -
I am filling out graduate school applications and I was wondering if anyone knew the proper etiquette on how to list a GPA for a student that has attended multiple institutions. [more inside]
posted by Carnifex
on Aug 20, 2010 -
Why are children so unwilling to tell their parents about their days in school? Is there a reason for this phenomenon, and does this phenomenon actually exist? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing
on Jun 4, 2010 -
Any recommendations for songs for a Ukulele songbook to be used in schools in Kenya? A friend of mine got asked to to help make suggestions for the songbook.
posted by Artw
on May 18, 2010 -
I'm planning a training for elementary and middle school educators on sexuality and gender in education. What do YOU wish your teachers/educators would have known/talked about/done/etc? [more inside]
posted by gleea
on Apr 26, 2010 -
How would I go about finding pre-K programs, elementary, middle or high schools in Brooklyn that teach Russian as part of their daily routine? Looking for public or private, as well as after-school or weekend programs. Interested in programs for both heritage speakers and non-heritage speakers. Also, I know of only one such place so far - Bambi Academy - and am interested in what it is like or if there are similar schools. Ultimate goal is for my future kids to be fully bilingual. I'd be willing to move around the NYC / Long Island area, as well, if there are exceptional schools there that could help make this happen. Also interested in finding education-oriented blogs or forums for NYC, if that might help answer this question. [more inside]
posted by lorrer
on Mar 16, 2010 -
Anyone know of a middle school within driving distance of Fairfield County, CT that operates with open classrooms?
posted by archimago
on Mar 13, 2010 -
Does anyone know the San Francisco private school system? Want a seriously engaging and academic (also nurturing, non-competitive) school for my (currently) 3rd and K boys, can't find any online guides worth anything, don't have many contacts in the city. We've been public school people all our lives but I don't think it's going to work with this move. [more inside]
posted by Wittamer
on Jan 25, 2010 -
what are the best private/independent schools in the boston area?
(feel free to define "best" however you see fit)
posted by LittlePumpkin
on Jan 19, 2010 -
I'm moving with my family to Connecticut in a few weeks. Definitely western CT, probably SW CT. Need advice on rent and elementary schools, specifically: "Where should I live that has a good balance of cheap rent vs. good schools"? [more inside]
posted by taumeson
on Dec 8, 2009 -
Which (if any) NYC area colleges and Universities are teaching valid hand marked-up xhtml and css in their web design courses? [more inside]
posted by stagewhisper
on Nov 17, 2009 -
Need advice: what is the best way to educate a child who is a follower in large groups but an independent leader in small groups? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh
on Sep 30, 2009 -