Fact Sheet: Best Job in the World

There is no task more critical to securing our nation’s economic future and preserving the promise of the American Dream than educating our children who have historically faced the longest odds. We know that great teaching is the most important in-school factor impacting student achievement, which means we must continue to attract, and keep, top talent and we must ensure that high-needs schools are not only a great place to work, but also are a Read More

ED Accepting Applications for Summer 2014 Internships Through March 15

The Department of Education (ED) is the place where you can explore your interests in education policy research and analysis, or intergovernmental relations and public affairs, or even work with social media while learning about the role Federal Government plays in education. If the above appeals to you, then an internship at ED may be right for you. Not only will an internship at ED provide an opportunity to learn first-hand about federal education policy Read More

Americans Doubt the Rigor and Quality of Online Education

Although the majority of Americans say the value and format of online education are equal to or better than traditional education, many still doubt its quality, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday. Most of the adults surveyed appeared to recognize the flexibility of online education, saying it provided a format most students can succeed in and that it provides a wide range of options for curriculum. One-third of the more than 1,000 adults surveyed Read More

Is education about increasing earning power?

I recently published a post by author Alfie Kohn that was highly critical of a book review in The New York Times by author and journalist Annie Murphy Paul, who  was reviewing Amanda Ripley’s new book, “The Smartest Kids in the World.” Kohn accused Paul of perpetuating a flawed view of education in her review. In this post, Paul answers Kohn. Paul is a contributing writer  for Time magazine, writes a weekly column about learning Read More

How Your Mental Health May Be Impacting Your Career

One American in two develops a mental illness at some point in their lives. At any moment in time, about 20 per cent of the population in developed countries has a mental illness. We know surprisingly little about why so many people suffer depression, anxiety or addiction to drugs and alcohol. We do know, however, about the severe consequences on their social and economic lives. In the U.S., people with a mental illness are two Read More

How high-tech jobs could solve the autism unemployment crisis

Since getting his first Game Boy at five years old, Aaron Winston knew he wanted to work in the gaming industry. But as he got older, the prospect seemed less and less likely: Winston, who is autistic, enrolled in community college but never made it to his first day of classes. “The social environment scared me off,” he told The Verge. “I was too nervous.” Three years later, however, Winston is thriving as a staff Read More

Resilient Youth: Using Psychology to Prevent a Lost Generation

Switching on the news last night, I heard a young graduate telling a reporter, “I’ve done everything that society told me to do, and I’m still not finding employment.” As his words trailed off, the despair in his voice seemed to capture a generation that’s feeling let down and unsure where to turn. Increasingly, recent surveys from NUS and The Prince’s Trust suggest, the blame seems to be turning inwards. There is research showing that Read More

Depression the Big-Ticket Item for Employers

While relationships between employee health risks and subsequent total health costs have shifted somewhat over time, depression still accounts for employers’ highest per capita medical spending, a recent study showed. Depressed employees — making up roughly 11% of the work force — spent on average $2,184, or about 48% more on healthcare than their nondepressed coworkers, a study published in the November issue of Health Affairs found. Ron Goetzel, PhD, director of Emory University’s Institute Read More