Getting What is Due

College athletes whose names are used to make profits for their schools should receive some portion of the profit. Universities are moneymaking entities that currently profit from free labor of their athletes. College athletes bring in millions to their schools through the selling of jerseys, hats, and other memorabilia. The players whose abilities popularize the items for sale do not get any credit for the sales. Their universities are exploiting these top-notch college athletes. Colleges offer student athletes scholarships as meager compensation for full access to all the potential profits. Moreover, NCAA players are not allowed to earn income while participating in sports. Players can not have a part time job of any kind. These NCAA regulations are completely unjustified and wrong. Therefore, athletes should have paid a percentage of the profit received from their sports.

Colleges have developed a cartel. A cartel is a business agreement to level the playing field. In this case, the field is talent in athletes. The agreement states that colleges and universities can not offer players anything more than scholarships and tuition benefits. From a business aspect, this is an intentional lowering of labor wages. If a business tried to do this they would wind up in court, but colleges get away with it. Colleges use this agreement to make profits off the players they have acquired for free, or essentially free. Once the players are on the team, merchandise can be sold with all profits going directly to the school. The profits instead go to the coaching staff and other personal. For example in 1997 the head football coach, Steve Spurrier, for Florida University made 1.1 million dollars, money his players earned, but he received unfairly.

On top of being exploited, players are not allowed to hold part time jobs. Athletes have to dig in the couch for enough change for a slice of pizza. This regulation has recently been eliminated, but it still illustrates the unfairness the NCAA imposes on its athletes. Along with jerseys representing athletes, coaches make shoe contracts restricting the players choice of shoes. For example all the Kentucky Wildcats basketball players have to wear Nike shoes. The Kentucky coach signed the shoe deal and he receives the check from Nike. He is not forced to wear Nike shoes; His players have to wear them, but they do not receive an endorsement.

Do college athletes really deserve to be paid? After all they receive a free college education. Sports are not cheap. Universities and colleges pay for traveling expenses associated with away games. Without the schools support, students would have to pay for rooms at hotels, gas for the buses or planes, and food as well as other expenses. These expenses are a part of sports in general and student athletes should not have to pay those expenses. High school athletes do not have to pay for traveling expenses so it is unrealistic to expect that of college athletes. Ticket sales and television air time deals more than make …

The Value of the Unpaid Internship

After a grueling initial interview, you have reached the second interview stage and you find out the position is going to come down between you and two other applicants. Each of you possess similar credentials from academic academic institutions, held office in a couple of academic clubs, and sport impressive GPAs. The Department Manager reviews the resumes one more time and decides on one of your competitors.

Why did they pick him / her? Because last summer, while you were soaking up the sun and surf in San Diego, your competition was gaining valuable on-the-job experience, volunteering their time through an unpaid internship. Even though all of the paid internships through the Placement Office were taken, there was another little-used option … the unpaid internship . If you are still looking for a strategy that can help your career in the long run, consider these factors about an unpaid internship:

REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE

Training costs are a major factor considered by business entities when making hiring decisions. Department Managers want to be sure that (1) you can be brought up to speed on job duties quickly, (2) you can successfully function in the corporate culture. An internship targeting your career path can provide you valuable real-world experience that your resume writer can use to give your resume the edge over the competition.

Additionally, your future employee only has to check your references to learn that you take direction well and respond to supervisor input … factors many employers wish they had known about recent college graduates before the hiring decision was made.

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

We've all heard the phrase "It's not what you know … it's WHO you know." Being ejected from a bachelor degree program without any connections puts you behind the proverbial eight ball right away. Working an internship gives you the opportunity to build your network within the industry even before you are available for permanent hire.

While your internship employer may not be in a hiring mode at the time, they may be able to point you in the right direction … and even put in a good word for you. Imagine the weight this can carry in a close competition with another graduate.

SHOW YOUR DEDICATION

Want to "WOW" an interviewer? Tell him how you volunteered your time in the summer to learn the industry and position specifics … and that you did it for nothing! Congratulations … you have immediately communicated your dedication and seriousness to your career in the eyes of your interviewer. Now, when you convey to them that you are looking to be a serious player in the company and the profession, it is backed by your willingness to sacrifice your free time to do so.

CAREER COMPATIBILITY

Let's not forget "you" in this equation. How do you know if this career path is for you ? Does the profession have inherent characteristics you would not find out about in a classroom setting? Your internship just might show you that this path …

Millennium Education Development – Ways To Achieve

Dr. Tooley: His conclusions on Private Education and Entrepreneurship

Professor James Tooley criticized the United Nations' proposals to eliminate all fees in state primary schools globally to meet its goal of universal education by 2015. Dr. Tooley says the UN, which is placing particular emphasis on those regions doing worse at moving towards 'education for all' namely sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, is 'backing the wrong horse'.

On his extensive research in the world poorer countries such as Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, India, and China, Dr. Tooley found that private unaided schools in the slum areas outperform their public counterparts. A significant number of a large majority of school children came from unrecognized schools and children from such schools outperform similar students in government schools in key school subjects.2 Private schools for the poor are correspondents for private schools for the elite. While elite private schools cater the needs of the privileged classes, there come the non-elite private schools which, as the entrepreneurs claimed, were set up in a mixture of philanthropy and commerce, from scarce resources. These private sector aims to serve the poor by offering the best quality they could while charging affordable fees.3

Thus, Dr. Tooley concluded that private education could be made available for all. He suggested that the quality of private education especially the private unaided schools could be raised through the help of International Aid. If the World Bank and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) could find ways to invest in private schools, then genuine education could result. 4 Offering loans to help schools improve their infrastructure or worthwhile teacher training, or creating partial vouchers to help even more of the poor to gain access to private schools are other strategies to be considered. Dr. Tooley holds that since many poor parents use private and not state schools, then "Education for All is going to be much easier to achieve than is currently believed".

Hurdles in Achieving the MED

Teachers are the key factor in the learning phenomenon. They must now become the centerpiece of national efforts to achieve the dream that every child can have an education of good quality by 2015. Yet 18 million more teachers are needed if every child is to receive a quality education. 100 million children are still denied the opportunity of going to school. Millions are sitting in over-crowded classrooms for only a few hours a day.5 Too many excellent teachers who make learning exciting will change professors for higher paid opportunities while less productive teachers will retire on the job and coast towards their pension.6 How can we provide millions of more teachers?

Discrimination in girls access to education persists in many areas, owing to customary attitudes, early marriages and pregnancies, inadequate and gender-biased teaching and educational materials, sexual harassment and lack of adequate and physically and other wise accessible schooling facilities. 7

Child labor is common among the third world countries. Too many children undertake heavy domestic works at early age and are expected …

Photo Credit Card Debt – A Bad Career Beginning

Passing out from high school is in itself a great experience. The sense of achievement is high and good career expectations are obvious. But along with it, should also come a sense of responsibility and financial acumen. A mature student will understand how to spend responsibly and avoid getting into debt and further looking for student debt consolidation loans.

The Desires Are Many, But Manage Them Well

The moment, students step into the university, they are flooded with offers to sign up for credit cards. To entice them, they are offered free gifts like T-shirts, DVDs etc. Although for a student, it's essential to have credit card in order to apply for online courses. One should avoid mindless spending on credit cards that result in their falling into college credit card debt. The expenses like pizza outings, beer parties, cigarettes etc. even though looks small, add up to a big amount. The income might be limited at the beginning and needs to be matched up with expenses. The college student credit card debt will appear small at the beginning but will take a gigantic proportion if not managed properly. The bad credit student loans will haunt them their entitlement life if preventive measures are not taken in time.

Steps Need To Be Taken To Avoid Falling Into College Credit Card Debt

The card companies are trying to gain on the students' general behavior of impulse purchase. As per recent statistics, 92% of the students own at least one credit card. Moreover, by the time of graduation, college student credit card debt ranges from $ 1500- $ 3000.

In order to avoid falling into bad credit student loans, one should follow the steps given below.

Students should go for a no charges & low interest credit card. Generally one card is enough. Remember to pay all your bills on time. This will be possible if you budget your expenses with your income sources. Also set your credit limit carefully low, to avoid unnecessary college credit card debt. Moreover, never try to withdraw cash through your card, it works out very expensive. Last but not the least; get a debit card instead of credit card. The debit card will be linked to your checking account. All expenses on the card will get deducted automatically from your account. This will also ensure that you do not exceed your spending capacity.

These few steps will help you avoid bad credit student loans and will build a strong financial base for your future. …

Prospective Reflections on Computers and Technology

The millennium era is the season for information technology, internet and computers. They become the parts and parcel of our daily life. We cannot dream of living without them. In order to honor them, I provide in this article, various prospective reflections on computers and technology.

Here they are:

  • Technology is ruled by two types of people: those who manage what they do not understand and those who understand what they do not manage.
  • Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
  • The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.
  • Information Technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can meaningfully talk about one without talking about the other.
  • Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they are basically good and smart and if you give them tools, they will do wonderful things with them.
  • Every once in a while, a new technology, an old problem and a big idea turn into an innovation.
  • The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.
  • I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They are tools of communication, they are tools of creativity and they can be shaped by their user.
  • Treat your password like a toothbrush. Don’t let anybody else use it and get a new one every six months.
  • The next major explosion is going to be when genetics and computers come together. I am talking about an organic computer – about biological substances that can function like a semiconductor.
  • Computing is not about computers anymore. It is about living.
  • With all the abundance we have of computers and computing, what is scarce is human attention and time.
  • The new information technology – internet and email – have practically eliminated the physical costs of communications.
  • Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.
  • By the time we get to the 2040s, we’ll be able to multiply human intelligence a billion-fold. That will be a profound change that’s singular in nature. Computers are going to keep getting smaller and smaller. Ultimately, they will go inside our bodies and brains and make us healthier and smarter.

Summing up, those are quite a few reflections on computers and technology that speak boldly on their prospects, importance and efficiency.…

What Makes a Person Intelligent?

In traditional intelligence theories when one is asked the question “What makes a person intelligent?” the most common responses will often note a person’s ability to solve problems, utilize logic, and think critically. These typical traits of intelligence are sometimes grouped together under the heading “raw intelligence”. A person’s intelligence, traditionally speaking, is contained in their intellect. In other words, how we each understand, evaluate or respond to external stimuli, regardless as to whether it is a mathematical problem or anticipation of an opponent’s next move in a game, is our collective intelligence. Our intelligence therefore, is our individual, collective ability to act or react in a continually changing environment.

The principal problem in traditional intelligence theories is that they promote “fractured learning”. Many educational reformers have clearly stated that “taking tests merely shows that a student is skilled at taking tests”. At best, traditional tests focus on only about one tenth of an individual’s intellect. Note that Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison, two of history’s most famous examples of brilliant minds, were terrible at taking traditional tests, therefore terrible at “school” in general. Multiple Intelligences theory then, demonstrates that the ability to take traditional tests is almost entirely in the realm of the Logical – Mathematical

intelligence. This intelligence will be detailed later along with the Interpersonal intelligence, which imparts in some students the ability to second guess a teacher’s structuring of a test. Traditional IQ tests predict school performance with considerable accuracy, but they are only an indifferent predictor of performance in a profession after formal schooling.

In an interesting but controversial study conducted during the 1960’s by Biologist Marion Diamond, of the University of California at Berkeley, two sets of rats were raised in different environments; One set had toys to play with, playmates to romp with and a roomy box that was kept clean and fresh. The second set was put in solitary confinement; all alone in a much smaller cage with no toys to enjoy. After several weeks, Diamond measured the size of each rat’s cerebral cortex, the brain area which is responsible for higher nerve functions. The rats in the sociable, clean and stimulating environment grew brains bigger than the rats with the impoverished surroundings. “Does the enriched environment increase the dimensions of the brain, and does the impoverished environment decrease the dimensions of the brain?”, asked Diamond. “The answer, very clearly, is YES.” Similar results were replicated with cats, monkeys and later with humans. So a stimulating, enriched learning environment is crucial to mental development. If we likewise incorporate the varying student intelligences in our teaching activities, our success as well as our students success, will be markedly improved. That each of us possess all the intelligences, that they can each be developed further, that these multiple intelligences work together in a complex manner, and that there are, in fact, many different ways to be “intelligent” are inclusive in a study by Armstrong. Here briefly, in retrospect, are eight of the major intelligences …