The True Value of Twelve Years of Free Public Education: A Fortune Geatly Devalued

As it currently stands in the second decade of the 21st Century, most of the adolescent and preadolescent boys and girls attending public schools in the United States sadly don’t grasp the meaningful value of the 12 years of free education offered to them. The most comfortable and technically modern classrooms and laboratories are, in most cases, provided by approximately 99,000 public schools in approximately 16,000 school districts across the country for the physical bodies of these, approximately, 50 million elementary, middle, and high school students. The reason I’ve said bodies, and not minds, is that around 70 percent of those millions of students don’t particularly find going to school, free of charge, mentally stimulating and educationally rewarding. These physically healthy school-age children attend school primarily because it is required by law, and when they do come to school, they park their bodies in the comfortable classroom desks, leaving their minds somewhere else, but not at school.

It’s quite thought-provoking to realize that the greater percentage of all the 18 year-old adolescents in the USA, who graduated from American high schools in 2012, actually graduated on a cumulative 10th grade-level. That’s right. From the first-grade to the twelfth-grade, American students are given the freedom to learn as much, or as little, as they have the desire to do; but as the old expression goes, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” For the last 40 years most high school seniors in the U.S. have been graduating on a 10th grade-level, some on a 9th grade-level. Strangely though, from 1920 until around 1969, the exact opposite occurred. For those students who attended public schools during those years, 80 percent of all elementary, junior high, and high school students did well academically, and most of them finished 12 years of education and graduated on a 12th grade-level. The dismal decline in learning that started around 1970 was evidenced by the fact that most high school graduates began needing remediation in the basic learning skills (reading, writing, and mathematics). This disturbing trend has rampantly continued to the present day, as approximately 68 percent of the total number of American high school graduates, in 2012, had to remediate the basic academic skills (reading, writing, and basic finite math), which they should have learned during the elementary and middle school years, if they wanted to qualify academically for admission at a major university. Sadly, only a staggering 32 percent of all graduating high school seniors, in 2012, qualified, at the time of graduation, to attend four-year universities.

These dismal figures are understandable only when they are viewed objectively in relationship with the concomitant variables of public education, which I have discussed in great detail in previous essays. These dependent variables are those directly, and primarily, associated with the types of parenting received by the millions of school-age children from their mothers, fathers, and alternate care-givers while at home during the years prior to 1970. In a nutshell, there has …

Tulane University History

The history of Tulane University is a particularly unique one when compared to the stories of universities of a similar age.

The private college located in New Orleans, Louisiana is known today as Tulane began with meager beginnings as the Medical College of Louisiana in 1834. Interestingly, modern day Tulane University owes its existence to a fear of yellow fever and smallpox – two diseases largely considered to be eradicated in the modern Western World. It was fear of outbreaks, particularly of the diseases just mentioned, that inspired New Orleans residents to open what was at the time only the second medical school located in the South.

In 1847 the school expanded its curriculum and officially became The University of Louisiana with a law school being added four years later. While some devote Tulane fans and alumni know that the school was established in 1834 fewer realize that the school has not run continuously since that time. The then titled University of Louisiana closed its doors during the civil war from April 1861 through April 1865, as did numerous schools during the time. Following the civil war the school faced a smorgasbord of financial issues that culminated with an agricultural crisis that was due in no small part to inclement weather. At the time of the school's most dire financial hardship Paul Tulane was a man that successfully owned both a clothing and dry goods business. Mr. Tulane's successful business endeavors equaled him the ability to donate sizable amounts of real estate to the ailing university.

It would not be until half a century after the school was established that in 1884 pledges from Paul Tulane would allow the university to become privatized. It was at the time of the privatization that the name was basically changed from The University of Louisiana to Tulane University. To this day Tulane remains as the only instance in American history of a university shifting from a state sponsored public institution to a private college.

While numerous milestones were reached during the twentieth century none compared to the devastating effects that Hurricane Katrina had on the community in the early part of the twenty first century. In August, 2005 Hurricane Katrina forever imputed the New Orleans landscape and Tulane University was no exception. In trying times character is revealed and one notable positive effect of the catastrophe is that Tulane became the first high research institution to mandate that a public service fulfillment would be a prerequisite to completing an undergraduate degree.

While no one can predict the future with absolute certy it seems safe to say that considering Tulane University's history of overcoming adversity, future prosperity is all but a sure thing. …

Suggested Careers For Myers Briggs Test Personality Types

During times of a major economic downturn many people decide to change their career. Usually a major career change will require that you go back to school. Going back to school can be a tough decision especially if you have already started your career. To help decide which career type you should follow we have created a list of careers that are best suited for each of the 16 Myers Briggs personality types.

ESTJ

Military, business administrators, managers, police/detective work, judges, financial officers, teachers, sales representatives, government workers, insurance agents, underwriters, nursing administrators, trade and technical teachers, mafia dons. Natural leaders, they work best when they are in charge and enforcing the rules.

ISTJ

Business executives, administrators and managers, accountants, police, detectives, judges, lawyers, medical doctors, dentists, computer programmers, systems analysts, computer specialists, auditors, electricians, math teachers, mechanical engineers, steelworkers, technicians, militia members. Similar to the ESTJ, they have a knack for detail and memorization, but work more behind the scenes instead of up front as a leader.

ESFJ

Home economics, nursing, teaching, administrators, child care, family practice physician, clergy, office managers, counselers, social workers, bookkeeping, accounting, secretaries, organization

leaders, dental assistants, homemakers, radiological technologists, receptionists, religious educators, speech pathologists.. They do best in jobs where they can apply their natural warmth at building relationships with other people.

ISFJ

Interior decorators, designers, nurses, administrators, managers, secretaries, child care/early childhood development, social work, counselors, paralegals, clergy, office managers, shopkeepers,

bookkeepers, homemakers, gardeners, clerical supervisors, curators, family practice physicians, health service workers, librarians, medical technologists, typists. Tradition-oriented and down-to-earth, they do best in jobs where they can help people achieve their goals, or where structure is needed.

ESTP

Sales representatives, marketers, police, detectives, paramedics, medical technicians, computer technicians, computer technical support, entrepreneurs, comedians, agents, race car drivers,

firefighters, military, loan sharks, con men, auditors, carpenters, craft workers, farmers, laborers, service workers, transportation operatives. They have a gift for reacting to and solving immediate problems, and persuading other people.

ISTP

Police, detectives, forensic pathologists, computer programmers, system analysts, computer specialists, engineers, carpenters, mechanics, pilots, drivers, athletes, entrepreneurs, firefighters,

paramedics, construction workers, dental hygienists, electrical engineers, farmers, military, probation officers, steelworkers, transportation operatives, hit men. With the ability to stay calm

under pressure, they excel in any job which requires immediate action.

ESFP

Actors, painters, comedians, adult entertainers, sales representatives, teachers, counselors, social workers, child care, fashion designers, interior decorators, consultants, photographers,

musicians, human resources managers, clerical supervisors, coaches, factory supervisors, food service workers, receptionists, recreation workers, religious educators, respiratory therapists.. Optimistic and fun-loving, their enthusiasm is great for motivating others.

ISFP

Artists, musicians, composers, designers, child care workers, social workers, counselers, teachers, veterinarians, forest rangers, naturalists, bookkeepers, carpenters, personal service workers,

clerical supervisors, secretaries, dental and medical staffers, waiters and waitresses, chefs, nurses, mechanics, physical therapists, x-ray technicians. They tend to do well in the arts, as well as helping others and working with people.

ENFJ

Teachers, consultants, psychiatrists, social workers, counselers, clergy, sales representative, human resources, managers, events coordinators, politicians, diplomats, writers, …

The Art and Science of Book Promotion – To Delegate or Not to Delegate

Backward glance

I introduced to you the concept of handling your book promotion project like a small business in its start-up stage. We also got down to the basics of one of the important tools in the small business start-up process-capitalization. In this article, we will delve into the second tool-delegation-through which you will learn wherever, what, why, and how to delegate particular tasks in book promotion.

To Delegate or Not to Delegate

In an article from entrepreneur.com, "delegation" is described as something that is easy to talk about but difficult to do:

"… it's a critical decision, mainly because some tasks should be handled only by you but others, which take up your valuable time, can easily be handled by someone else."

Organization psychologist and entrepreneur, Dr. David G. Javitch, states that one of the common reasons why entrepreneurs refuse to delegate tasks is the fear of losing control over the project. Although it is a common mentality among starting businessmen to think that they are "the 'best' or 'only' person who can do the job right," the excuse is not sound, logical, or practical when huge chunks of time, effort, and money go to waste because the boss does not want to involve or trust other people. Delegation of tasks, however, plays a significant role in business operations and must there before be learned.

To instill the idea of ​​task delegation in your book promotion business, let's start with a number of things that have to be done in order to get the delegation system running like a well-oiled machine. There are three categories that need to be considered: things you are already good at; things you have no idea and never will have an idea of ​​how to do on your own; and the unknown in between the two, or what we'll call the "I dunno" category. Unfortunately, that third category takes up the largest portion of the picture.

You do not need to be a book promotion expert to gather a list of the most common 15 or 20 book promotion activities or services; the aforementioned Taleist survey is a good start. You can go to the websites of a number of firms that offer promotional services to authors. It would also be smart if you look for firms that work for traditional publishers in the area of ​​promotion and publicity, as they are relatively competent, but unfortunately very expensive. You may find them out of reach, but the goal here is for you to do your own "guerrilla" research. There are also promotional services by freelancers who can help you build your list, although the vast majority are so too expensive, and as you hire freelancers you start to have to do much more research to vet them. The point is for you to try to learn about every promotional effort on your list, no matter how silly it sounds, so that you are not a 'mark' for unscrupulous providers.

Once you have your list, …

Best Way to Effectively Grade Students and My 2 Cents on Health Education

To start off, I am a strong believer that in order for a teacher to grade a student, the teacher must grade themselves first. Grades can only be deemed as fair if the teacher possesses enough intangibles for each student to achieve a higher level of learning. Grading must be OBJECTIVE, not subjective. Subjective point of views only leads to irrational thoughts that reflect the grading system. Grades are direct factors that prove if a teacher is effectively teaching his / her students. If there is a student in my class that failed in some way, it is me as the teacher to go back and reflect on what I could have done better for that student to receive a higher grade. I am teacher based upon respect in and out of the classroom and I believe that is the strongest grade someone can give out and receive. What do I mean by respect? Respect is earned. If there are students that are struggling in my class but show effort through my assessments and evaluations, then by the power invested in me, that student will be given the benefit of the doubt. Respect is a larger grade then a multiple choice test. I want to mentally, physically, and emotionally see a student is trying and not base their grades off of exams or traditional evaluations. When I do have exams or quizzes, they will be valid and reliable so there grades will certainly reflect true achievement.

Learning is the ultimate goal of taking my class, not getting a grade. If it was up to me, I would not assign grades but unfortunately students are not motivated without grades. Therefore, grades are needed to be given out as a means of representation of who the students are. It is my belief that individuals deserve real feedback, not grades and parents deserve to know more about their child's progress than an "A" or a percentage.

From my own growth and experience, it is extremely important that in order to grade, I have to make my assessments and evaluations authentic not traditional. All assignments and activities will be tied to the standards and objective that can be translated by the students if there was an evaluator grading me. The standards provide a proposal for development, education, and assessment that echo the effective ways of learning. Each standard reflects to life situations and opportunities that are imperative to a student's growth. It is my job as a teacher to create lessons that best define and reflect the standards.

Effective grading practices start from my teaching philosophy that respect student differences and reflections individual growth. I must grant the curricular landscape in order for student to succeed and design strong learning experiences to guide them through the next learning stage of their lives. My true philosophy on grading is that grading should coexist with assessments and evaluations in physical education. A grade should not be separate and isolated but instead a useful way into shaping …

A Good Choice For Home Education – Online Home Schooling

Many parents today make home schooling their choice method of educating their children. There are numerous benefits a child can enjoy. Often a parent decides that their child would excel much better or faster than being taught at home while receiving their undivided attention. Sometimes, children who may have had difficulty in learning or other significant problems in school, will be much more successful being taught at home by one of the parents.

If you are trying to decide if such method of study is right for you and your child, rest assured that there are unlimited courses available on the internet that contain curriculum from grades second through twelve. A good example of this is the Global Student Network. There are more than eighty courses available. All the class material that your child will require, is presented through the internet and they'll have the finest libraries, museums and informative sites in the world at their disposal.

Home Schooling Curriculum

The course of study for internet home schooling is flexible and changeable, and also very interactive. The curriculum is always kept current with the latest and pertinent material. The lessons which are offered online, essentially encourage reading, but assist the child to psychoanalyze, conceive and then vocalize their ideas. Online access is twenty-four hours a day and 365 days a year. It is completely internet secure, and congruous with all internet characteristics including parental mastery.

Numerous American families residing overseas, choose online home schooling as an educational option for their children. Because the total realistic courses of study are from grades two to twelve, the option of classes in the syllabus, may offer much more diversity than in a local school. Some of the available online home school materials, are very cost-effective and all-inclusive.

The Advantages

One of the biggest advantages is time. You decide your schedule and the hours your child will be in a school room setting. Through the online school mentioned previously, the 80 courses are for one calendar school year. This would be available three-hundred and sixty-five days a year, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. This curriculum offers many features so that each child can have an individualized learning plan. Likewise, at the same time, according to the needs of each student, the curriculum can also be customized for the appropriate subject and grade level which is normally taught in the public school system.

Audio And Video Help With Home Schooling

Some of the best features for online home schooling are the audio and video components. The audio component is able to read texts to students and show video clips for many of the courses. The curriculum is absolutely web-based and is delivered entirely through the internet. No CDs or books are required. The material also may not be downloaded.

The courses offered for online home schooling stick to strict regulations presented by the National Curriculum standards and are presented in a way that they will be of benefit to all learning styles, …

Escape Plan For a Sucky Job

Maybe it's because your boss or client is a jerk; maybe because you can not stand the people you're working with; maybe the commute is killing you; maybe the money is not enough; maybe it's a dead end; or maybe you just got a better offer. Whatever the reason, you want out of your job. Learn how to cut the ties without burning bridges.

Do not pass GO, do not collect $ 200

Once you've established that you really, really want to leave your job, go directly to your boss before you do anything else. Going straight to the top accomplishes three important objectives: 1) Your boss will know exactly where you stand rather than hearing about it at the water cooler; 2) You allow your supervisor to offer other options to you and potentially to effect changes that will make you want to stay; and 3) You learn exactly what you need to do to go about tying up loose ends, including completing projects, organizing your files, and notifying your business contacts.

Talking to your supervisor will also give you the opportunity to offer to help find and train your replacement. If you have a friend or associate who has expressed interest in your job, ask your boss if you should put that person in contact with him or her. You may also want to recommend a specially skilled coworker to follow in your footsteps – your boss will appreciate the suggestion, your pal will appreciate the support.

If your position has changed significantly since your hire, or if you have made major improvements or implemented new systems in your job, suggest that you and your boss sit down as soon as possible to re-evaluate your job description and summary of responsibilities so the person coming in after you will know what's going on.

Start spreading the news

After you've spoken to your supervisor and agreed upon a date for your last day, it's time to start letting others know of your plans. Even if your boss makes a department- or company-wide announcement, spend a few minutes with each of your coworkers and business contacts to tell them personally that you will be leaving. Let them know when your last day will be and how you'll be preparing for your departure.

If you work closely with a college or client on a regular basis, this is the time to work out a game plan for completing up any outstanding projects and passing your notes and files on to your successor. And do not forget to provide your new contact information so members of your professional network can reach you down the road.

As you prepare to share your news with your officemates, be sure to think carefully about what you're going to say. Letting folks know of your plans does not mean sharing every little detail of what you hate about your job. Be careful not to say negative things about your boss or coworkers or to play a …

Is an Interior Design Career Right For Me? – And Where Do I Start?

"How do I get into Interior Design?" There's no one-size-fits-all answer (thankfully!). Few careers require such a unique blend of artistic and technical skills, but Interior Design comes in enough flavors to suit diversity skill sets and personalities.

In General, the profession falls into two distinct categories: Interior Decorating and Interior Design. They are both completely viable avenues and there are many professionals with successful careers in each.

"Interior Decorating" : If you prefer residential interiors, and enjoy focusing on furnishings and decor rather than space planning and codes, there are many satisfying and profitable options to explore and Interior Decorating may be your perfect fit. Image is not Required, (but you need to be aware of the laws regulating the practice of ID in your state). Some great options: Decorating for individual home owners, home staging, interior re-design, working within a design / decorating firm or on your own, working for or with builders preparing model homes, or apartment / condo / townhome leasing companies to name a few.

So how do I get there ?? – As with anything, the key to your success will be your motivation and commitment! The more you are willing to put in the more you will achieve. The most straight forward way to start is to take classes at a university or community college, but if you are not in a position to go to school right now, there are still some very practical steps you can take. The Hardest Part is Just Getting Started – SO …… GET STARTED !!! There are many paths, but here's a suggested 6-step Action Plan to get you going:

  1. Self-Study – not an online degree (Avoid those completely for Interior Design), but rather to use the available free and low cost resources in a focused, disciplined, and intentional way in order to familiarize yourself with design concepts and to develop practical skills . These resources will not, of course, replace a university degree … but they will help you to explore real issues and topics which designers face on a daily basis (not the 'fluff' seen on TV and in magazines). Some of these skills can legitimately be included on a resume as you seek entry-level design jobs in order to set yourself apart. This is a great first step for those anxious to get started towards their dream, but who can not yet leave an existing job … or for an at-home parent to learn skills on your own schedule … Some examples of free study options are: learn 3d modeling and rendering with Google Sketch-up; learn AutoCad basics – get a starter book, even buy it used, then download a 30 day Acad trial; There are some well done free CEU opportunities aimed at Architects and Designers, but you do not have to be a professional to take them …
  2. Read – Read anything that catches your interest incorporating design. This can be library books, grocery store magazines, websites, etc … Fluff is

Developing a Classical Piano Repertoire and Building a Music Library

One need not be a concert pianist to take the time and effort to develop a substantial repertoire. What does “repertoire” mean anyway? In short, repertoire is a body of works or songs that forms the pianist’s core or foundation. (Technically, a “song” has lyrics while a “work” or “piece” has no lyrics. The word “song” is often misused.) Many pianists believe that one must keep all pieces “under the fingers” or readily playable at all times and that this constitutes one’s repertoire. I believe, however, that repertoire implies something more all-encompassing. Let us now examine the term and explore the most efficient ways to develop, expand, and nurture it:

Five Golden Rules of Building a Substantial Piano Repertoire

1. Practice, practice, practice

2. Micro-cycle works you are currently practicing

3. Macro-cycle works throughout your life

4. Consider that no work is ever “finished”

5. Constantly add books and sheet music to your library

The first rule of practicing hardly needs explaining. To become better and more proficient at anything, one must do it, do it often, and love doing it with all one’s heart and soul. Tiger Woods did not become a great golfer by nibbling on snacks and watching TV. The world’s best surgeons did not get there by hanging out in bars and drinking beer. Likewise, an aspiring pianist wishing to have fun and success playing hundreds of songs or works will never get there by neglecting to practice on a regular basis. Ideally, one should practice not out of obligation, but rather out of the love of music and heart-burning desire to improve.

The second rule of micro-cycling works constitutes the pianist’s short-term plan, which may range anywhere from a few weeks to several months or perhaps a year at the most. This is what most people imply with the word “repertoire”, since it is the timeframe in which one could sit down at any time and play (preferably from memory) a set number of works. I have found the best results for micro-cycling by focusing on about five works at a time. For example, I will often spend an entire week practicing exclusively one work (like a Joplin rag), the next week exclusively another work (like a Mozart sonata), and the next week exclusively another work (like a Liszt étude). Then, I may not even touch them at all for two months and, upon returning to one of them, it feels like “meeting an old friend” which accelerates its re-learning phase. What once took a week to accomplish now takes only a couple days. Ideally, the pianist should strive to learn, forget, and then relearn works in monthly, weekly, and daily cycles. This is the eternal and never-ending plan I follow when practicing and preparing for my YouTube videos.

The third rule of macro-cycling works constitutes the pianist’s long-term plan, which may range anywhere from one to ten years. A thirteen-year-old just starting out usually does not realize that what is learned in these formative …

Online Education – A Haven For Cheating?

Online degrees and distance learning are increasing in popularity. Easier accessibility for a growing range of subjects, as well as recent government calls for a push in e-learning, highlight the fact that more and more students will be studying from home in the future and partaking in this more economic and ecological method of higher education. But does being away from the watchful eye of teachers and teachers mean that there is an increased risk of cheating among students? And what are the measures to stop it?

In their article, Probing for Plagiarism in the Virtual Classroom, Lindsey Hamlin and William Ryan discuss the notion of plagiarism, passing off another persons work as one's own, in the context of online education. They describe how e-learning does not seem to make plagiarism any more tempting or easier for students to carry out in comparison to traditional learning, and suggest that this is an age old problem of education generally that can be stopped by any relative institution implementing the correct measures. They also offer details of anti-plagiarism software specifically for online education institutions.

Neil Rowe continued this discussion in his article, Cheating in Online Student Assessment, by offering his argument that other forms of online cheating need to be monitored from plagiarism. The notion of students being able to receive answers before completing online exams is Rowe's first worry. With students not being tested simultaneously, Rowe identifies that a method to prevent this would be for institutions to write enough random questions to ensure a suitable ratio between number of questions and number of students, in order to minimize the chances that two students will receive the same questions.

Rowe also highlights the opportunities that students, if unhappy with their performance during an online test, may be able to start again (after conference with external sources) by claiming that they are experiencing connection problems and have lost their answers. Similarly, he also expresses his biggest concern as relating to what exactly is answering the questions during an online test and the possibility that bright students may complete the tests of less capable students, or at least be called upon for help.

Rowe cites GJ Cizek for countermeasures against online education cheating. Cizek suggests promoting and teaching the value of honesty above simply employing measures to stop cheating when it happens. One such idea: 'Students could be asked to read and sign a policy statement like an honor code or integrity policy at the beginning of the course', seems an effective starting point, alongside minimizing the temptation for students to cheat by giving them overly easy Egypt overly difficult exams. …