FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Natashia Jackson and Lauren Clarke are the Southland Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.The Lady Demons’ sweep comes after a weekend of competition for Jackson at the Matador Qualifier in Lubbock, Texas, and an appearance by Clarke in the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station, Texas. Jackson blew the competition away with a 53.43 in the 400-meter event, placing her first overall and setting a Southland indoor record along the way. Clarke was not to be outdone as she secured first place in the triple jump with a 42-11.75 (13.10m) and second-place honors in the high jump with a 5-08.75 (1.75m) leap. Both marks serve as personal bests for the sophomore.Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week – Natashia Jackson, Northwestern State – Sr. – Houston, TexasJackson continues to impress as the senior set a Southland 400m record for the second-straight week, knocking .22 off her mark from last week for a 53.43 finish. The Houston, Texas, product erased a .30 deficit at the 200m split in order to take the gold medal in the event by a .34 margin. Jackson’s award marks her second-straight weekly honor and her third of the indoor season.Honorable Mention: Jessica Rabius, Houston Baptist; Hailey Alcorn, Nicholls.Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Lauren Clarke, Northwestern State – So. – Houston, TexasClarke established a pair of personal bests at the Texas A&M Invitational, winning the triple jump (13.10m) and finishing second place in the high jump (1.75m) event. The sophomore’s triple jump mark is currently tied for 20th in the nation and stands as the longest jump by a Southland competitor this indoor season. Clarke’s high jump mark ranks tied for fourth in the conference and is tied for 47th nationally.Honorable Mention: Annina Brandenburg, Abilene Christian; Jemira Thomlinson, Houston Baptist; Alanna Arvie, McNeese.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
The United States cut back on education spending after the Great Recession, whereas the government of the United Kingdom poured more money into its schools.Those two contrasting data points are part of a massive new analysis of the state of education around the world by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Released today, the group’s 2014 report, Education at a Glance 2014: OECD Indicators, draws upon student test results, government spending, employment statistics, and other metrics to make the case for what OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría calls “the critical role that education and skills play in fostering social progress.”The United States remains the world leader in overall education spending, although the OECD report suggests that it’s getting a poor return on its investment in terms of what students learn. Even so, spending dropped by 3% in real terms for the 3 years after the global financial meltdown in 2008. Only five other countries chose to go that route. (Italy, Iceland, Hungary, and Estonia recorded double-digit declines, and Russia cut spending by 5%.) 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Education at a Glance 2014: OECD Indicators In contrast, public spending on education in the United Kingdom rose by 17% after the recession. Combined with a 3% drop in its GDP, the results put U.K. education spending in 2011 at 120% of its 2008 level—by far the strongest showing for any of the 34 countries in the OECD report.The 570-page report covers everything from how many 3-year-olds are attending preschool to how adults without a high school education are faring in the workplace. It’s no surprise that a country’s economic philosophy—be it socialist, free market, state capitalism, or some combination—is often reflected in the findings. Still, the data on education mobility—whether an adult child completed more education than his or her parents did—are sobering.Along with Germany, the United States sits in the bottom tier of countries when it comes to giving the next generation a leg up the skills ladder. Only 30% of U.S. adults no longer in school, and 25% in Germany, have surpassed their parents in the classroom. In Russia, Finland, and Korea, the percentage is nearly 60%. A similar sharp split exists for downward educational mobility: The U.S. and German percentages are nearly 20%, whereas for the other three countries they are less than 10%.