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Education & Tech, was created to build hope that education based on social technologies, can transform the new century, and enable abundance not only spiritually but economically. Milton Ramirez, Ed.D. - @tonnet is the founder & editor. He is a teacher, tech blogger, writes on education, and hails this blog from Union, NJ. For further questions, tips or concerns please e-mail him to:miltonramirez [at] educationandtech [dot] com

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Is The SAT Fair Or Unfair?

The SAT, or Scholastic Aptitude Test, is a standardized test to determine which high school students are ready for college.

Across the nation, universities request SAT scores. While not the only determining factor, they play a significant role in determining admission. The SAT is considered so essential to getting into a top school that many students sit for the test a number of times to raise their scores. In addition, there is a high demand for prep schools like Kranse SAT prep that teach the core academic skills necessary to score high on the test.

There is much controversy about the standardized testing that colleges require for the admissions process these days. The debate is whether it's truly an indicator of someone's intelligence or if it does more harm than good. Should colleges rely so heavily on the SAT when making their eligibility decisions? Is it a fair way to assess a student's ability and potential?

Let's look at the pros and cons to get a balanced perspective.

The Pros

Proponents of the SAT make the following arguments:

1. It's a fair and unbiased test. Since the SAT is standardized, it can create a fair comparison between all high school students who are taking the test. It compares the scholastic reasoning skills that they should have acquired by the end of their high school years.

2. GPA is an unreliable measure. The SAT is much better than using the GPA, or grade point average. The GPA is not a fair system because of three factors:

  • A student may not have been able to keep up with the pace of the curriculum due to life events like illness, the family moving, or other events. As a result, they may have a lower GPA than they deserve. The SAT, by comparison, gives those students who have fallen behind for one reason or another and got a low GPA, another chance to catch up on their missing gaps in knowledge.
  • Each school has its own system to determine how GPA is ranked, with some even using a 5.0 system.
  • The GPA can be influenced, either positively or negatively, by teacher bias. There is much room for subjective evaluations when grading classroom papers and test but with the SAT, the scoring is entirely objective—in general, students either get the answer right or wrong.
3. It rules out rote memorization. Memorization is not a necessary aspect of the SAT. The SAT is not a test of memorization of facts and figures. It's a test of reasoning ability and a demonstration of scholastic skills. Rote memorization of facts and figures just for the sake of passing the test will not help someone taking the SAT. They must understand what the information means.

The Cons

Critics of the SAT make the following arguments:

1. The test only measures a few aspects of intelligence. The test only measures the standard methods of evaluating intelligence. It is heavily biased toward vocabulary and math. However, according to the extensive work of psychologist Howard Gardner on human intelligence, human beings have multiple kinds of intelligence.

In this spectrum, the SAT only rewards students with high linguistic and logical intelligence. This narrow selection makes it difficult for those high in other intelligence areas to go to college.

2. It does not take cultural considerations into account. Students who come from low-income homes often score lower than their wealthier counterparts. It may also ask verbal questions that discriminate against race.

3. It is only a measure of test-taking skill. Although the test is designed to measure reasoning ability, it only measures how well you can take the test. If you don’t reason according to the parameters set by the test, that could indicate poor reasoning ability.

Fair or Unfair?

There is no definitive answer.

If there is no SAT, then all college admissions will be based on subjective views. This could open the door to racial profiling or pursuing a covert agenda like only admitting students from affluent families.

On the other hand, the SAT has many flaws that make it difficult to call it a fair assessment of how well a student will do in college. Is it fair for people who excel in non-academic intelligence? Does it really test linguistic and mathematical skills or how quickly and well one can answer timed questions?

While there is no sign of the SAT going away soon, we must be open to asking if there is a better way.

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Four Most Valuable Tips for New College Students

By Jessica Alabama*

As far as the importance of college education in the life of every individual is concerned, this is certainly assumed as a new life experience for all new college students. Therefore, being a freshman you are supposed to learn the norms and cultures of your respective college in the desired manner. As a result, you will be able to obtain the required deliverables from a higher education in the right way. Considering the significance of college education or experience, new students are needed to follow these 4 most useful tips as much as possible.

1. Take classes regularly

All new students should realize their college life has been started, therefore they are required to go to their classrooms on a regular basis. In this way, they will be able to participate in discussions and at the same time, they will also learn unique kind of experiences from their fellow students and teachers as well.

2. Make friendship with senior students

There is no point of denying this attribute that socialization at the college level does play a key role in the development of students as an individual. It is highly recommended that students use their connections and other resources in the right way for the purpose of achieving greater outcomes in their studies. With the help of this socialization, they can easily obtain valuable information regarding their subjects from senior students who are studying the same courses or subjects. Hopefully, they will surely perform better in their assignments and exams to a large extent.

3. Keep in contact with your family

Being a new college student, you are allowed to make new friends, but at the same time you should keep an effective relationship with your family as well. This is because these people have really encouraged you to take admission in college and without their support or efforts you were not able to become a part of the college education. Therefore, all new students should not underestimate their families' contributions.

4. Learn from mistakes

Higher education is a lifetime experience because students learn every day a new thing and at the same time they also make mistakes during this experience. So, students are required to learn positive things from their mistakes in the best possible manner. This is the way through which college students could become better and successful persons in the future.

In the end, education at the higher level does play a huge role to offer in the success or betterment of those pursuing college education. These students need to follow these tips in order to transform their college life more successfully and result-oriented.

(*) Jessica Alabama is a business graduate who has successfully experienced college education in the past. These days, she is currently working as a junior executive in a multi-national firm in Do My Dissertation For Me.

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Social Justice Seen Through the Educators Eyes

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the 2nd annual Urban Teaching Matters Conference at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education.

The featured speaker started by making chant all participants: "Social justice", when: "Now". If not, "Shut it Down". He even said that after hearing what he was about to tell to the audience he would get kicked out of New Jersey. Jose Luis Vilson really tore down the House at GSE!

Among other things he stated that the way we see ourselves is not same as the way students describe our image. Teachers need to portrait a positive image to their students. Education professionals are to develop their own identity, it doesn't matter whether this is rap or its lyrics. Guess what played a great role on Jose Luis own motivation.

He spoke about some statistics and mentioned the unfortunate reality that urban communities are badly served by the disproportion of well-trained teachers and low budgets. He encouraged listeners to look for a much diverse participation not only in about the skin color but in their deep thoughts, as well. The author of This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class and Education, was confident when saying: Being in the classroom is something you cannot replicate.

As part of the conference, there were some other workshops. One I participated was Restorative Practices and Shaping School Culture, lead by Jamie Gullota and Amy Pitucco. Working with the Restorative Circle and two techniques recognized as "Affective Statement" and "Fishbowl", participants were able to exercise the restorative practices for conflict resolution. Most importantly, it was stressed, you must build a positive relationship with your students and watch the words (feelings related) that you need to use when communicating with children.

And then, I had the pleasure to hear another great educator, Joseph Mathews. This teacher and author is a former disengaged student and a high school drop out. Referring to his book, Things I Wish My Teacher Knew About Me: Engaging the Disengaged Student, he made his case appropriately pointing that many students still feel that outside the school there are people who love you more.

Mathews as much as Gullota agree that in the school environment everything is about relationships. The former says that in order for a student to get engaged, he needs to trust the teacher. The latter asserted, before applying restorative practices a teacher has to listen to what are the students feeling at the time he is misbehaving.

All in all, after lectures, workshops and corridor conversations everyone agreed that teachers are not teachers only perse, they all are social agents that need to balance the space every one has, and look to rebuild the distrust that actually exists not only between teachers and students but feel not ashamed that certain people looks at you 'in a certain way'.

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