The Battle Over School Vouchers

The Battle Over School Vouchers

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Education | No Comments

The argument over private school choice has received a lot of attention in the media lately, with both President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressing full support for the idea. Just in time for the end of the school year, btw takes a look at the fight over private school vouchers in Indiana, the […]

Accountability and Predictive Modeling

Accountability and Predictive Modeling

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Education | No Comments

Have you started thinking yet about your plans for after you finish high school? For many students, a university is the next step. However, fewer than half of the nation’s students graduate college in four years, and only sixty percent manage to complete that education in six years. At the same time, the average debt accumulated […]

Every Student Succeeds Act Signed Into Law

Every Student Succeeds Act Signed Into Law

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in Education, Government, United States | No Comments

At the start of the school year, btw brought you a story of this country’s history of education reform. Last week, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This legislation will replace the unpopular No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Law that went into effect in 2001 (which was a reauthorization of […]

Students Force Change at University of Missouri

Students Force Change at University of Missouri

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in Education, Top Stories, United States | No Comments

It’s been more than a year since the shooting death of Michael Brown flared racial tensions in Ferguson, Missouri and led to massive protests. Earlier this month, protestors nearly 120 miles away at the the University of Missouri banded together to raise awareness of many ongoing incidents of racism at the school, as well as growing […]

A History of Educational Fixes

A History of Educational Fixes

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Education | No Comments

Right about now, more than 55 million kids are starting back to school in the United States. Thirty years ago, our nation’s education system was ranked one of the best in the world. Today, that brag is slipping further out of our grasp as our math rankings in particular continue to fall below our expectations. […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

 Tom Hanks Has an App? Best Actor Winner. Movie star. Former sitcom star. All-around nice guy. Technology developer? Tom Hanks, known to many as that guy in Forrest Gump and Castaway, decided to take his love for vintage typewriters to a whole new level. Launched last month, Hanx Writer emulates the clacks and dings of […]

Recognizing Extraordinary Teachers

Recognizing Extraordinary Teachers

It’s not easy being a teacher, but they are vital to our society at large. We should really thank our teachers every day, but, in case you forget, you can take advantage of Teacher Appreciation Week coming up May 4 – 10. To honor the occasion, btw would like to highlight the notable accomplishments of […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Team USA! (How Did We Do?) Now that btw has brought you stories of the preparation, and the economics surrounding the Sochi Olympics, we thought we’d finally focus on the athletes and the games. The last winter Olympics (2010 held in Vancouver, Canada) was the first time since 1932 that the United States won the […]

Flipping Out in the Classroom

Flipping Out in the Classroom

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in Education, People and Culture | No Comments

Education has always been a hot topic, especially when the discussion is focused on new learning methods. The Flipped Classroom is the latest concept to get a lot of attention. This learning model switches (or “flips”) classroom learning and homework. In the traditional model, a teacher lectures in the front of the class or talks […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

U.S. and Japan Partner on Security Last month, Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with their Japanese counterparts, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera. Together these leaders worked out ways to align on security measures that better protect both countries against threats from North Korea and […]