For four weeks this summer, my rising sixth-grader and a few of her friends will swap swimming for pre-algebra and crafts for creative writing. Along with catching fireflies and scratching mosquito bites, they'll spend some time indoors, dissecting insects. I've been warned that there is homework, too. And tests. It is going to be a long July.This is all part of a more academic camp designed to get departing elementary school kids ready for the rigor of middle school. While none of this was required, a few of us parents thought it would be a good idea to try to squeeze a little more learning out of time spent at camps we have to pay for anyway.After all, we've been repeatedly warned about summer brain drain, and as we prepare for a new chapter in our kids' education, we're a little scared. I'm also more than a little torn.Summer brain drain, like attachment parenting and mindfulness, wasn't really a thing a generation ago. I'm sure our brains did atrophy as we rode our bikes, splashed … [Read more...] about The summer conundrum: Fight brain drain, or give the kids a break?
Conventional wisdom suggests that college graduates in Nebraska want to see the world and live in cool cities such as Seattle, San Francisco and New York.But a University of Nebraska at Omaha researcher contends that there are too few challenging, high-paying jobs in the state to snag and retain highly educated workers.A new report from the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education provides the latest evidence of Nebraska’s brain drain. The group’s 2018 Progress Report says the “out-migration of Nebraskans with at least a bachelor’s degree continues to be a serious issue.” “How do we keep them here?” asked UNO researcher Hank Robinson. The answer lies in providing good jobs that pay well and challenge employees to use the skills they gained in college, said Robinson, director of UNO’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness.“We don’t need any more minimum wage, no-experience-required jobs,” Robinson … [Read more...] about Nebraska’s brain drain problem: Why do young, educated workers leave the state?
If you ask Illinois public university leaders why so many top high schoolers bolt for out-of-state colleges, you’ll hear a chorus of excuses … er, reasons. Many boil down to: We want more money. Few of those leaders acknowledge reality: Illinois’ public colleges are selling a product that progressively fewer students want to buy.The alarming statistics: Since 2000, the number of Illinois residents enrolled as freshmen outside the state in public or private colleges has increased by 73 percent — to 35,445 from 20,507. Almost half of Illinois high school grads going to four-year colleges now abandon Illinois for out-of-state. Ten of Illinois' 12 public universities suffered shriveling enrollment in 2017, some taking percentage hits in double digits.One of the most aggressive student-poachers is the University of Alabama, reports the Tribune’s Dawn Rhodes. It attracts students by dangling free or reduced tuition. Result? A decade ago, 147 Illinoisans were … [Read more...] about How can Illinois stop brain drain? Try fixing higher ed.
VietNamNet Bridge – Public hospitals are facing a “brain drain” with many doctors and pharmacists moving to private health facilities attracted by their high salaries. A patient at a hospital in Dong Nai Province. Many doctors at public hospitals in the province have quit due to low salaries. — VNA/VNS Photo Le Xuan They include many working as department heads and deputy heads at province-level hospitals. Since last year 131 doctors and pharmacists at public hospitals in Dong Nai and Binh Phuoc provinces alone put in their papers. The Dong Nai Health Department said 108 doctors have quite public health units. Meanwhile, the Binh Phuoc Department of Health said 23 doctors have quit, all because they expected better salaries. Besides, they were unhappy with the facilities at their hospitals, they said. A doctor who had been working at the Binh Phuoc General Hospital since 1997 before quitting recently told Tuoi Tre that he had moved because the salary … [Read more...] about Lure of lucre: Public hospitals face brain drain
Sydney Whalen’s first dorm meeting last fall at the University of Alabama started with a typical icebreaker: Where is everyone from?Several hands went up when her residential adviser asked who was from Alabama and Georgia. It is the South, after all.And what about the Chicago area?“I’m not even kidding — we were the majority in that group,” said Whalen, a freshman from Mokena.For Whalen, a top student at Lincoln-Way West High School in New Lenox, the choice was easy. Alabama offered her a full-tuition scholarship covering four years of undergraduate work. The University of Illinois, which she also considered, did not offer anything.Whalen is part of a growing wave of Illinois high school seniors who, lured in part by generous financial perks, are leaving their home state for college. The number of Illinois freshman students enrolling in universities outside the state has jumped 73 percent since 2000, according to the Illinois Board of Higher … [Read more...] about Growing brain drain: University of Alabama’s gain in drawing Illinois students is a loss for Illinois schools