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Education Issues of 2015 Visualized

Education Issues of 2015 Visualized

Today, The Atlantic took a look at education in 2015 through various charts, graphs and videos that help visualize the issues that mattered this year- including inequality in schools, early-childhood education and so forth.

"Education issues can be difficult to grasp; they can feel overwhelming, intangible, or even irrelevant. Sometimes, the best and most effective means of conveying education stories are through charts, graphics, images, and videos,” The Atlantic said.

For example, it’s sometimes hard to grasp the inequality that exists in schools through school discipline.

The Atlantic, however, created an interactive graph that allows for the user to see how minority students represent a smaller percentage of enrollment but the highest percentage of students disciplined--particularly when it comes to the percentage of students who are suspended multiple times.

School discipline was a huge topic in education this year as school districts across the nation set out to fix inequality in discipline by limiting suspensions and expulsions to only violent behavior, instead attempting to focus on restorative justice.

The Atlantic also took a look at teacher diversity, where a toggle-graph shows that while minority students make up 44.1 percent of the student population, only 17.3 percent of educators nationally are minorities. The issue of increasing teacher diversity was a huge topic of discussion in education in 2015.

When looking at computer access on a global scale, The Atlantic shows the disparity in computer access between OECD countries. In the U.S., for instance, there are only 1.8 students per computer on average. In Tunisia, on the other hand, there are 53.1 students per one school computer, highlighting the starkest contrast in access. As educational technology continues to develop and grow, access to tech becomes a major part of increasing equality in learning.

The article also takes a look at other important education topics in 2015, such as early education, art in the classroom, Common Core math and more.

Check out the full article here.

Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor


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