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Drop in college enrollment threatens to cause long-term economic, social consequences

A sharp and persistent decline in the number of Americans going to college — down by nearly a million since the start of the pandemic, according to newly released figures, and by nearly 3 million over the last decade — could alter American society for the worse.

January 22, 2022 | Washington Post
Students, seeing lax coronavirus protocols, walk out and call in sick to protest in-person classes

Nearly two years since the coronavirus hit, the adults — parents, teachers, administrators, politicians — have spent a lot of time and energy fighting over what schooling in a pandemic should look like. Now, for the first time in large numbers, students are rising up and demanding that they get a say, too.

January 14, 2022 | Washington Post
Oakland students threaten to boycott classes unless school district meets covid demands

Students from the Oakland Unified School District have threatened to strike and not attend in-person classes unless the California district reverts to remote learning or complies with a list of health and testing demands that include KN95 masks for each student, more testing and expanded outdoor space for lunchtime.

January 11, 2022 | Washington Post
Geometry before algebra? Schools will try more new angles in 2022.

Algebra and geometry, two high school courses most of us have taken, have been taught in that order since they were installed by U.S. colleges two centuries ago and by U.S. high schools one century ago. But now, some schools have boldly reversed the sequence: geometry first, then algebra.

January 2, 2022 | Washington Post
Gen Z most stressed by coronavirus, citing pandemic toll on careers, education and relationships, poll says

Higher proportions of Americans between ages 13 and 24 say the pandemic has made their education, career goals and social lives more difficult, compared with millennials and Gen X.

December 7, 2021 | Washington Post
Middle school is always hard — and the pandemic made it worse. Here’s what these kids need now.

Middle school has long been difficult for young people to navigate, in part because children are becoming adolescents and social pressures increase. Add to that complications — grief, mental health issues, etc. — brought on by the pandemic, and middle school right now may be more difficult than ever.

November 24, 2021 | Washington Post
Minority teens more likely than White teens to say graduating from college is important, according to Washington Post-Ipsos poll

Nearly 9 in 10 minority teens ages 14 to 18 said graduating from college is “very” or “fairly” important, compared with 75 percent of their White peers, according to a Washington Post-Ipsos poll.

November 5, 2021 | Washington Post
Will that college degree pay off? A look at some of the numbers

New data about cost of higher education and the income of graduates has become publicly accessible.

November 1, 2021 | Washington Post
What happened to America’s teens when coronavirus disrupted high school?

Nearly half of teens said the pandemic had a negative impact on their academics.

October 29, 2021 | Washington Post