Education News You Can Use: November 19, 2021

Education News You Can Use: November 19, 2021

This month in education news you can use: Fresh insights on college costs and student loan debt, the challenges of childcare for both parents and providers, an education technology classic turns 50, and more!

For parents who are looking at the cost of college in the near (or even distant) future, I highly recommend listening to this edition of the Ezra Klein Show podcast, guest hosted by Tressie McMillan Cottom, interviewing Louise Seamster, a sociologist from the University of Iowa who studies debt. The structure of how we finance college and whether or not that investment pays off (and for whom) isn’t sustainable for either institutions or students. These two scholars illuminate the complexities of the topic and different ways of thinking about what we pay for with public money, and why.


The folks at Chalkbeat Chicago have “5 Things to Know if You Need an IEP from Chicago Public Schools.” Like a lot of other things, the pandemic has thrown a wrench in the works. 


The Build Back Better legislation, currently being kicked around Congress has a plan and funding designed to make child care more affordable. According to Bloomberg an important step is to make it financially sustainable for child care providers to operate. “Biden has a plan to make day care more affordable for parents – if providers don’t go out of business first.”


Related, at the Hechinger Report, Jackie Mader reports on the difficulty child care workers face in paying for basics like food and rent. The system is a vicious circle punishing both parents and providers. Child care providers need more money to pay their workers, which results in higher costs to parents who need to work in order to afford child care. 


The National Book Award winner for Young People’s Literature was Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Yo.


The Oregon Trail, the first mass distributed work of computer-based education technology came into being 50 years ago. The guy who invented it didn’t make a dime on the 65 million copies sold, and wouldn’t have changed a thing.