Notes in the Margins: AI, app programming and elite summer programs

A former Teach For America manager speaks out  She explains why she joined as an enthusiastic corps member in Washington D.C. in 2001, and why she later became disillusioned enough to leave the organization. She believes TFA “is not living up to its mission of proving excellent educational experiences for students in low-income communities.” (The Washington Post)

Sebastian Thrun on the Future of Learning Udacity cofounder and CEO Sebastian Thrun says more AI is coming to online education, but we’ll still need humans to grade our English essays. (MIT Technology Review via Education Dive)

App programming craze hits campuses The traditionally slow-moving higher education system is already responding to smartphones’ exploding popularity with classes in mobile app development. (USA Today)

Report Reveals Student Loans, College Aid on the Rise Education accounted for a whopping 3.2 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product in 2010 – up from 2.6 percent in 2000 – and total expenditures by postsecondary institutions increased 43 percent, from $338 billion to $483 billion, between 2000 and 2011, the report shows. (U.S. News & World Report)

Elite College Summer Programs Carry Hefty Pricetag Summer courses for high school students have become a lucrative business. While the elite colleges — such as Harvard — say they help prepare students for the transition to university, critics charge they give false hope of gaining admission, are unfair to poor students who can’t attend and add to the debt burden by depleting parents’ savings. (Bloomberg Businessweek)