If you've seen the musical Avenue Q, you might recall Brian's rhetorical query: "What do you do with a BA in English?"
You may have heard about the UC Board of Regents' decision to end the use of the SAT and ACT in admissions over the next few years (WaPo, CNN, LAT). Here are a few quick reactions.
Do you know how long teenagers are supposed to sleep for each night?
Most of what I dislike about our education system coalesces around final exams: the emphasis on memorization of facts, the confounding of memory with actual learning, the stress and sleep deprivation nearly all students experience (both system-inflicted and self-inflicted), the lack of any post-finals reinforcement (which encourages cram-and-forget)...