Over the next twenty years the earth is predicted to add another two billion people. Having nearly exhausted nature’s ability to feed the planet, we now need to discover a new food system. The global climate will continue to change. To save our coastlines, and maintain acceptable living conditions for more than a billion people, we need to discover new science, engineering, design, and architectural methods, and pioneer economic models that sustain their implementation and maintenance. Microbiological threats will increase as our traditional techniques of anti-microbial defense lead to greater and greater resistances, and to thwart these we must discover new approaches to medical treatment, which we can afford, and implement in ways that incite compliance and good health. The many rich and varied human cultures of the earth will continue to mix, more rapidly than they ever have, through mass population movements and unprecedented information exchange, and to preserve social harmony we need to discover new cultural referents, practices, and environments of cultural exchange. In such conditions the futures of law, medicine, philosophy, engineering, and agriculture – with just about every other field – are to be rediscovered. Americans need to learn how to discover.

American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn’t Exist | WIRED

The power of embedded librarians

Student:I feel like I've seen you in all my classes this semester, but that's OK because I remember a little more each time you visit.

We wanted to say to parents: ‘No one’s going to sell your kids’ data; nobody’s going to track your child around the Internet; no one’s going to compile a profile that is used against your child when they apply for a job 20 years later,’ ” said Jules Polonetsky, executive director of the Future Privacy Forum, which has received financing from technology companies, including some of the signatories to the privacy pledge. “We hope this is a useful way for companies that want to be trusted partners in schools to make it clear they are on the side of responsible data use.

Microsoft and Other Firms Pledge to Protect Student Data - NYTimes.com

The authors suggest that the large increases in borrowing rates by middle- and high-income college graduates might be explained by a number of factors. They cite, for example, policy changes that made it easier for students to access federal student loans regardless of need. In addition, they said, the recession’s impact on families’ wealth as well as the lack of other sources of borrowing in the wake of the financial crisis may also have pushed high-income families to take out student loans. Historically, many middle- and upper-income families have relied on home equity to pay for college, and declining housing values may have made that difficult or impossible.

Wealthy families increasingly take out loans to pay for college, study finds @insidehighered

Many university libraries have at least tried to imitate Google and other search providers’ design, greeting visitors with a single search box on an otherwise uncluttered page, but those similarities are often skin-deep. While university libraries are able to link that search box to a number of scholarly databases, the search experience is often identical for the graduate student of philosophy and the tenured professor of physics. Google, however, uses data collected from past searches to build user profiles and recommend personalized results. Schonfeld said he generally supports more search engine personalization, but he recognized that many researchers still have qualms about that sort of data collection and the privacy issues it raises. “I think that tradeoff is a very real one for a lot of librarians — tradeoffs that the Googles of the world have accepted,” he said.

New report urges university libraries to reconsider their role in discovery @insidehighered

We send students to spend half a day at a testing center to take the SAT. We ought to invest equal time in sending them to assessment centers to gauge their values and their social, emotional and creative capabilities. If colleges did this, they would gain a much better picture of their prospective students. More students would have a fair chance to demonstrate their distinctive talents and qualifications, and colleges might be less likely to reject the next Walt Disney.

Throw Out the College Application System - NYTimes.com

Even as many schools financially sputter, some districts are buying often-expensive football toys. In Texas, the El Paso Independent School District dipped nearly $10 million into its reserve fund and cut 172 teaching positions in June. This fall, that district is paying $10,000 for an online, video-compilation subscription called Hudl, allowing coaches and players at 10 local high schools to film, edit and add music to replays of scoring runs and catches — and to view opponents’ Hudl highlights. “It was determined that this is valuable and necessary product for our programs,” district spokesperson Vanessa Monsisvais wrote in an email to NBC News.

High School Football Tech Binge Is Adored, Scorned - and Growing - NBC News.com

Admissions offices’ reliance on SAT scores has created “de facto institutional preferences for men” at the nation’s most-competitive colleges, according to the results of a longitudinal study to be published in a forthcoming issue of Research in Higher Education. In 2004, for instance, women made up more than half of undergraduates attending all types of four-year colleges except for the most-selective ones, as categorized by Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges. Within that tier of 65 institutions, which accepted no more than a third of applicants, women accounted for 47 percent of students that year. “It’s perplexing,” says Michael Bastedo, an associate professor of education at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a co-author of a report on the study. “You would think that women’s advantages nationally, with their higher high-school grades, would translate into larger advantages at elite colleges.”

What Keeps Women Out of Elite Colleges? Their SAT Scores – Head Count - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Even those with postgraduate business degrees (which usually means an MBA) report substantially less career interest and “purpose well-being” than their peers who chose a different field. The poll is a reminder that while a job might be easier to find with a business degree, that job might be one where you’re trudging through the day just for a paycheck.

The most popular university major in the US leads to the least fulfilling work - Quartz