What’s Dennis Reading? – April 9, 2014

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Colleges respond to growing ranks of learning disabled
by Matt Krupnick, Hechinger Report

An increasing number of colleges and universities are focusing attention on getting reluctant students with learning disabilities to divulge their needs before running into inevitable issues in the classroom- issues that will likely plummet schools’ increasingly important graduation rates. Only a quarter of students who received help for their disabilities in high school will tell their respective college that they need the same assistance, a statistic that has both deans and professors of special education worried for the quality of education students with disabilities will receive.

6 new findings about Millennials
by Bruce Drake, Pew Research Center

A new survey put out by the research center finds some key differences between Millennials and their elders: 1) They have fewer attachments to traditional political and religious institutions, but easily make connections through social and digital media. 2) They are more burdened by financial hardships than previous generations, but they’re optimistic about the future. 3) Singlehood sets them apart from other generations- just 26% of Millennials are married. 4) They are the most racially diverse generation in American history- 43% of Millennial adults are non-white, higher than any other generation. 5) They are less trusting of others than older Americans are. 6) Few of them believe that Social Security will provide full benefits when they are ready to retire, but most oppose cutting current benefits as a way to fix the system.

Summit Challenges Myths About Young Black Men in College
by Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education

The 2014 Black Male Summit at Morehouse College, co-sponsored by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, stressed the importance of providing positive reinforcement, mentoring and targeted academic support as a means of banishing the low enrollment and graduation rates for black men. Only 35% of black men graduate from college within six years, compared to the 59% of all students. This statistic, which is perpetuated by harmful stereotypes about black males’ character and abilities, sheds light upon why young black men are being blamed unjustly for an education system that expects too little of them.

 

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