Education Goes Higher

These images remind me of how much of formal education begins. We in America usually start out in elementary school or head-start but this often leads to higher education. Some are even fortunate to start at home with their parents. Many of us didn’t have parents that showed a lot of interest in higher education or education at all. Some were raised by others who had the same attitudes about education. It has still been a learning experience that will not soon be forgotten. In the end we have all been educated whether it was formal or informal education. That shows that we are all capable of learning something. Some of our educations are considered unacceptable but never the less an education.

Board may soon pick new state education commissioner


 A public meeting Tuesday in Dedham will focus on ideas for improving Dedham Square (above).

Lawrence schools Superintendent Jeffrey Riley is one of three finalists for the job overseeing the state’s public schools. The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education may vote Monday on whom to recommend as the next commissioner.

The other two finalists are Angélica Infante-Green, deputy commissioner of the Office of Instructional Support P-12 in the New York State Education Department, and Penny Schwinn, chief deputy commissioner of academics at the Texas Education Agency.

Board members are scheduled to discuss the candidates starting at 12:30 p.m. and vote to recommend their pick to Education Secretary James Peyser, who has the final say.

Is Wellesley doing enough to protect its trees? In 2011, residents of this leafy suburb passed a bylaw to encourage the protection of large trees on private property where houses are being demolished and developed. But the measure’s effectiveness was questioned during last spring’s Town Meeting.

Now Wellesley’s Natural Resources Commission is asking for feedback about the bylaw in an online survey posted on its website. Townspeople have until Friday to respond.

On Tuesday, the public is invited to share ideas for improving Dedham Square. Gamble Associates is working with the Dedham Square Steering Committee on design guidelines and a long-term strategic plan for the business district. The meeting is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. at Dedham Middle School, 70 Whiting Ave.

Winter must be getting pretty grim by now, judging from a couple of community events this week.

Newton Theatre Company is presenting a staged version of “Ethan Frome,” Edith Wharton’s classic novel of misery and passion set in a frigid fictitious Massachusetts town. Performances are Thursday through Sunday in the auditorium at Newton City Hall. For ticket prices and times, go to

Or head to Brookline Booksmith on Friday at 7 p.m. to hear contemporary American poet Nikki Giovanni read from her new collection, “A Good Cry: What We Learn From Tears and Laughter.”

Higher education is headed for a supply and demand crisis

During a recent assembly at the elementary school my two daughters attend, a visitor asked how many children planned to go to college. Nearly every hand in the room shot up.

Colleges better hope those kids were being honest because, a decade from now when they are applying to school, the outlook for enrollment in higher education is dire. The number of high school graduates nationwide is projected to remain relatively flat for the next several years before rising a bit in the middle of next decade. But between 2026 and 2031 — a period of graduating classes that includes both of my daughters — the ranks of high school graduates are expected to drop by 9 percent.

Beyond the overall numbers shifting, high school graduating classes will become more diverse. Those classes will have fewer white students and more Hispanic students, according to demographers, and a greater range of academic abilities. Family incomes remain stagnant, so student financial need will increase. In other words, the decade ahead will be tumultuous for college enrollment.

Already, we’re beginning to see the impact of demographic changes in higher education. A survey released last week by the Chronicle of Higher Education found that 52 percent of private colleges and 44 percent of public colleges didn’t meet their enrollment goals this past fall.

“We’re an expensive product,” Kathryn Coffman, vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid at Franklin College in Indiana, told the Chronicle. “Now more than ever, outcomes are critical, and people want to know that the investment they’re making is going to result in something.”

For the last year, I’ve been studying projections regarding high school graduates nationwide. What I found is the country is heading into a lengthy period of significant differences in growth by region. The South and to a certain extent the West will account for nearly all the growth in the high school population over the next decade-plus. At the same time, the Northeast and Midwest — home to the highest density of colleges in the United States with a history of student migration between states —show a continued and steady decline.

The South, which accounted for one-third of the nation’s high school graduates around the turn of this century, will be responsible for nearly half at the peak of its growth in 2025. The West will account for 30 percent of the nation’s graduates by the midpoint of the 2020s.

As a result, the question I’ve been wrestling with is whether the next generation of college students will make the same choices as their predecessors and travel far distances to attend college. Evidence based on demographics and traditional student migration suggests they won’t. Even as more schools expand their search areas for admissions — Northeast universities, for instance, setting up shop in California —many indications suggest the market for students willing to get on a plane or drive several hours to college is not growing at the same rate.

The raw numbers are sobering. But then a new book landed on my desk a few weeks ago that put the figures in a new, and disturbing, light. In “Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education,” Nathan D. Grawe, an economics professor at Carleton College, in Minnesota, explores the overall decline in high school graduates in greater detail.

As he notes early in the book, just because someone graduates from high school doesn’t mean she will go to college. The past two decades in higher education have been about expansion as the percentage of high school graduates going to college has increased even when high school enrollments plateaued. Higher education leaders have generally assumed that the college-going rate in the United States, now just shy of 70 percent, would continue to inch up. Few have considered it could move in the opposite direction.

In researching his book, Grawe created something he calls the “Higher Education Demand Index.” It attempts to adapt population trends into college-attendance forecasts, using federal education data to estimate the probability that different populations from different cities and states will go to college.

“Unless something unexpected intervenes, the confluence of current demographic changes foretells an unprecedented reduction in postsecondary demand about a decade ahead,” Grawe writes.

The overall number of high school graduates, he argues, is not sufficient in determining the future for colleges. For the most part, higher education is a local market. Most students, especially those with average academic records, go to schools close to home that have a reputation for attracting close-by applicants. Far fewer potential students means these regional schools are likely to struggle to fill seats.

According to Grawe’s demand index, several historically large markets of students, such as New York, Philadelphia and Boston, will post “dramatic losses of 15 percent or more” in college-going students. Overall, he estimates that four-year colleges nationwide in just one four-year period at the end of the 2020s stand to lose almost 280,000 students.

Not all schools will be affected equally, Grawe argues. Elite colleges— those ranked in the top 50 in U.S. News & World Report nationally — will have about half the drop-off in student demand as those outside the top 100 because household brand names attract students willing to travel far distances.

That presents interesting opportunities for those schools ranked 50 to 100, Grawe writes, because they could benefit from a spillover of students who can’t get in to top 50 schools (historically, the top schools haven’t expanded the number of spots to accommodate demand).

The consequences of what is about to happen will have an impact on schools and applicants. For a few schools in certain pockets of the country, it certainly means closure. While we’re unlikely to see massive numbers of colleges going out of business — just look at the turmoil that surrounded the unsuccessful campaign to close Sweet Briar College in 2015 — many colleges will need to merge or form deeper partnerships with schools in equally tough situations.

For students, the changes in demand will mean even more competition to get them to enroll. If schools can afford it, students with solid academic records and the means to pay something toward tuition are likely to get showered with financial incentives. So for parents such as me lucky enough to have kids born in the middle of the demographic trough that arrives at the end of the next decade, perhaps saving for higher education won’t be so worrisome as it sometimes seems.

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Quick Learner

 Are you a quick learner? It is good to look forward to a change that takes place after someone has learned. Sometimes learning brings about instant change.

10 Strategies Quick Learners Use To Pick Up Anything

Learning is a skill in itself.

We need to get good at it, since the tools we use to do our jobs are changing every year.

In a recent Quora thread, users answered the question: What learning strategies do people who are “quick learners” follow? We’ve outlined some of the best ideas for for optimizing the learning process, along with the latest in productivity research, below.

To understand a problem, ask “why” five times.In “The Lean Startup,” author Eric Ries offers the “Five Whys” technique for getting to the root of an issue. The idea is to get to the underlying cause of a superficial problem — one that, more often than not is more human than technical error.

To see the quintuple-why strategy in action, lets look at his hypothetical startup example:

1. A new release disabled a feature for customers. Why? Because a particular server failed.

2. Why did the server fail? Because an obscure subsystem was used in the wrong way.

3. Why was it used in the wrong way? The engineer who used it didn’t know how to use it properly.

4. Why didn’t he know? Because he was never trained.

5. Why wasn’t he trained? Because his manager doesn’t believe in training new engineers because he and his team are “too busy.”

By pushing the inquiry five times, Ries says we can see how a “purely technical fault is revealed quickly to be a very human managerial issue.”

Keep a positive attitude.Worrying that you’re not going to be able to learn something is a poor investment of your mental energy, says Harvard Business School professor Alison Wood Brooks.

“Anxiety precludes you from exploring real solutions and real thought patterns that will come up with solutions,” she says. But when you’re feeling good about what might happen, you get into an opportunity-oriented mindset. “So you think of all of the good things that can happen. You’re more likely to make decisions and take actions that will make that world likely to occur.”

Don’t just learn about it; practice it.”You can’t learn golf from a book. You need to swing a club at a ball,” says Quora user Mark Harrison, the head of technology at British financial company FundingKnight. “You can’t learn Ruby on Rails from a book — you need to put together a site.”

Find an expert, and then ask them about their expertise.If you’re trying to learn a subject, talk to an expert who can explain it. Buy them lunch, and ask them all about their craft. Tim Ferriss, author of “The 4-Hour Workweek,” is a master of this. Whenever he’s trying to learn a sport, he’ll seek out the nearest silver medalist, arrange for an interview, and then grill them on technique.

Get an accountability buddy.Find somebody else who’s trying to build the same skill as you — be it rock climbing, cello, or French cooking — and experience the learning process with them. Set up regular times to check in on your progress, whether in person or via Skype, Harrison recommends.

When you don’t understand, say so.Another tip from Harrison: When you don’t understand something in a meeting, go ahead and put up your hand and ask, “Sorry, can you just explain why?” Dumb people will think it’s dumb, he says, but smart folks will admire the curiosity.

As Mortimer Adler advises in “How To Read A Book,” learning is very much a matter of being aware of when you’re perplexed, and then following up on that perplexity.

Repeat, repeat, repeat.It’s not so much that practice makes perfect; it just makes actions go faster. This is because when you do something again and again — recall how you recited the alphabet as a kid — you strengthen bonds between brain cells.

“Repetition leads to synaptic conditioning,” shares user Hwang Min Hae, a medical student in Australia. “The brain is plastic, and it allows the neural pathway to fire at a faster pace than before. That’s why repetition over a long period of time creates an instantaneous recall — that’s why you can recite your ABCs and 123s. Try reciting your ABCs in the opposite way, and you’ll have a bigger difficulty than doing it forward.”

Don’t just write it out; draw it out.Dan Roam has written two books about visual thinking, “The Back of the Napkin” and “Blah Blah Blah.” He also consults for companies like Google, eBay, General Electric, and Wal-Mart. They bring him in to help explore the “aspects of knowledge that can’t be expressed through words.”

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Words and pictures complement each other.

“Often the best approach to solving problems and generating ideas involves a combination of words and pictures,” he says. “When you add pictures, you add layers and dimensions of thought that are almost impossible to achieve with words alone … It’s a way to get your idea down while still keeping it in a fluid state.”

You can do that with a “mind map,” or diagram, that visually outlines interrelated ideas.

Learn the difficult stuff at the start of the day.Willpower is finite, research shows. We have lots at the start of the day, but it gets depleted as we make decisions and resist temptations. (That’s why shopping is so exhausting.) So if you’re learning a language, an instrument, or anything else that’s super complex, schedule it for the start of the day, since you’ll have the most mental energy then.

Use the 80/20 rule.The 80/20 rule states that you get 80% of your value out of 20% of work. In business, 20% of activities produce 80% of results that you want. Fast learners apply the same logic to their research areas.

Quora user Stefan Jerome, a student at the University of Leicester in England, provides an example:

When I look at a book, for example, I look though the contents page and make a list from 1-5 with 1 being the chapter with the most relevant material. When looking through a instructional video, I often skip to the middle where the action or technique is being demonstrated, then I work backwards to gain the context and principles.

This works, he says, since the beginning of most videos will be fluffed with exposition, and most books are layered in with filler to make length requirements. So with a little cunning, you can extract most of the knowledge from those materials while investing a fraction of the time.


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Effortlessly studying any subject

” I study via effortless effort.

What I mean by this is that if i’m encountered with a difficult problem I drop it into the cauldron of my mind. Later when I’m doing dishes, laundry, or taking a walk the solution pops into my head like toast out of a toaster. I take this approach a lot when I’m trying to figure out a solution to a difficult part of a puzzle. Mostly with my Rubik’s cubes.

If I’m writing a book my imagination works over time. For example if I’m writing a fight scene, I imagine every movement that my character makes and write it down step by step so that the reader gets a supremely clear view of whats happening from a variety of different angles.

If I’m studying philosophy via reading pieces from Emerson, or Joseph Murphy I think about what they say from many different angles. The reason I do this is mainly because I believe that every truth is really a half truth.


I’ll state an example to prove my point:

War is a terrible event that kills millions of people and injures millions more am I correct? Yes this is 100% true.

Based on this truth you could easily become an activist and say that we need to figure out a way to stop all wars because its inhuman.

Well the other side of the coin is that without wars our global economy would collapse, and millions would be out of work due to unemployment which would also be seen as inhuman. No one wants a world depression.

Another view point would be to say that to create a world without war, we would need to rid it of any and all military. Some countries have already gotten rid of their military power in favor of world peace.

Well this may be the case but those countries with so called, “No military,” are actually protected by other countries. Therefore they may have no military of their own, however they can count on one who does if a hostile force shows up on their shore lines.”

Love what you do even when it doesn't like you

”  Many people who do not do well in school can be broadly divided into two types:(CLICK HERE AND CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER)
People who really try but just can’t do well.People who can’t be bothered (for one reason or another).
I presume you were referring to the 2nd type since people with high IQ typically fall into the 2nd category.
I am speaking from my own experience and what I write here may not reflect the situation for others. I am a Mensa member so that may put me in a better position to answer this question.  Well, intelligent people just do not like doing things they don’t like and they are very stubborn about it. Take Einstein for example, he excelled in all math-related subjects but fared much worse in others. If you were to read his biography
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Even for subjects that he liked, he didn’t always agree with the way it was being taught. That led to conflicts with his teachers and that explains why he did not succeed in getting a postgraduate research position back in his university since no professor wanted to take him in. His results were not particularly stellar anyway. He eventually gave up and became a patent clerk. But being the genius that he was, he taught himself advanced physics and engaged in his own research into the “laws of the universe”. Intelligent people will shine if left on their own to discover what they really like and engage themselves in it. If you force them to go through public schooling (like everyone else), the potential creative genius within them will most likely be buried.
Therefore, it isn’t surprising intelligent people might do badly in school. Good results has more to do with hard work than with a high IQ. Of course, a certain level of IQ is needed to do well but certainly not of the level of Einstein’s.” USA, LLC