Tag Archive: Liz Dwyer


Why Google+ Is an Education Game Changer – Education – GOOD.

I normally think that we overuse the term ‘game changer’ but having a Google+ account myself, I see the potential that Ms. Dwyer is talking about.  Google+ doesn’t completely eliminate inadvertent sharing of drunken party pictures with students, but it seriously makes it much more challenging.  I guess if you’re posting the pictures and sharing them while intoxicated, anything can happen.  At any rate, G+ could become a place where teachers and students share information about projects that the class is working on, collaboratively digest articles that are found on-line, and post videos to one another.  The idea of the hangout study group/office hours is also fascinating.  It’ll be something that I’ll be interested to see/read more about in the future.  -Ed

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Infographic: The Opportunity Gap – Education – GOOD.

The demographic inequalities black and Hispanic students in the United States face in comparison to their white peers put them at a disadvantage before they even enter school. When combined with the educational disparities known as the achievement gap, students of color often have to overcome more challenges to have an equal chance at life’s opportunities.

The Opportunity Gap

Once again, Liz Dwyer has me thinking.  In this quick post from Good, you can see the disparity that exists between white, Hispanic, and black students.  This highlights three areas that can conspire against the success of students in school and thus in life.  In the words of Jamie Oliver, “Why can’t we do better?”  What can we do to help switch some of these data points on their heads, or at least high some equity for our young people.

Adults Who Participated in High School Extracurricular Activities Earn More Money – Education – GOOD.

Cutting the yearbook may save money in the short term, but denying students the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities has costs that aren’t immediately apparent.


Adults Who Participated in High School Extracurricular Activities Earn More Money

by Liz Dwyer. �Good. �June 14, 2011�•�3:00 pm PDT

Were you one of those students who signed up for every high school club under the sun? A proud attendee of band camp? If so, chances are you’re making more money than your peers who skated through school without participating in extracurricular activities.�Recent research�by Cleveland State University economics professor Vasilios D. Kosteas shows that participation in clubs correlates with higher future earnings, and might increase the likelihood that a student will end up becoming a supervisor.

It’s long been known that participating in extracurricular activities helps high school students develop social skills, which college admissions officers and future employers certainly appreciate. But Kosteas’ analysis of data from more than 5,000 Americans found that being involved in extracurricular activities in high school raises future earnings by 11.8 percent, which is the equivalent of “more than two-and-a-half additional years of schooling.”

He also found that people who participated in academic clubs, yearbook, or the student council were more likely to end up in supervisory positions. He theorizes that the skills they learn in those clubs “are very important in management positions, affecting a person’s ability to supervise others and making these skills an important determinant of promotions and the assignment of supervisory responsibility.” (In addition, students who are in academic clubs probably have higher grades in the first place—someone getting a C in math doesn’t exactly want to be in the academic decathalon—so they’re set up to succeed in a number of ways.)

Kosteas’ findings are certainly food for thought at a time when, thanks to budget cuts, school districts are looking to slash any programs that aren’t perceived as essential. Cutting the yearbook may save money in the short term, but denying students the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities has costs that aren’t immediately apparent.