Recent Polls Show Four Year Colleges Are Not for Everyone

Recent Polls Show Four Year Colleges Are Not for Everyone

A college degree is central to most people’s conception of the “American Dream,” but the dearth of good jobs resulting from the economic downturn has people re-evaluating exactly what a college degree looks like.

The Associated Press and Stanford University teamed up to poll over 1,000 adults nationwide; the poll measured their opinions of educational quality in four-year colleges and universities versus community colleges and technical schools.

The vast majority of those polled, nearly 70%, said that many community colleges offer an education as good as one from a four-year school. The majority of respondents also noted that it’s “sometimes better for students to pursue a diploma or certificate from a two-year school than aim to enter a four-year college.”

Larry Wyse, one of the adults interviewed for the survey, said that the traditional mindset that “every student should attend a four-year college,” is frustrating. Wyse, who holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, chose instead to pursue a technical trade and has run a heating repair and plumping business for almost 30 years.

Says Wyse, “not every student who graduates from high school has the capability or the financial means or the intestinal fortitude that it takes to complete a four-year degree. There are a lot of skilled trade and technical service type jobs that are begging for applicants.”

The results of the AP and Stanford poll appear to reiterate this sentiment as more Americans are choosing community colleges, trade schools, or online universities to earn a certificate or degree in a specialized field of study or trade.

When asked if college degrees prepare students for the workforce, 62% of respondents answered “yes” for community colleges while 68% responded affirmatively on behalf of four-year schools.

The close proximity of these figures is telling and supports the rise in popularity, prominence and educational equality of community colleges, trade schools, and online universities versus their four-year, traditional counterparts.…

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Special Education Does Not Mean Not Learning

Special Education Does Not Mean Not Learning

Most learning disabled students enter special education, because they are not learning at the same pace as their peers. To be eligible for special services, students take many special tests determined at a preeligibility meeting. The students’ scores must be statistically significant for him/her to be eligible.

Many administrators, psychologists, teachers and “experts” believe that special education students make little, if any, progress from year to year. The unchanging nature of those students is the logic behind administering eligibility (excluding academic) testing every 6 years instead of every 3 years. That is the primary reason given, but another reason is money. Since psychologists or teachers on special assignment (TOSA) are expensive, there is motivation to reduce the demand for their time. Realistically, there is usually no need to continually waste instructional time by having students miss classes to take repetitive tests that essentially mean nothing except determine eligibility.

The academic evaluation tests are what determine whether or not the student is making progress. Usually, professionals are “happy” to see the student make 1-6 months gain over a year. They are happy to see those types of gains because they are typical for learning disabilities students. Unfortunately, most learning disabled students do make those types of gains, with a typical ceiling of progress between 3rd and 4th grade levels of performance.

Having a learning disability does not mean the child can’t or won’t learn. It means that the child learns differently and/or at a different pace from others. Many students’ problems can disappear with specific, direct instruction. This does not mean reading from a script for instructional purposes in a scientifically researched program. It does mean finding ways to teach both the strengths and the weaknesses of the child.

Rarely do educators, either special or general, sufficiently understand learning and developmental theories and practices to impact deviant learners’ instruction. General education teachers are required to teach out of prescribed texts and at a pace allowing them to cover all the content required for that grade/class level. Even more rarely do special education teachers understand the difference between a cognitive delay and an inability to learn content presented in any way.

The shame in education is that assigning a student the label of special education (whatever designation) usually condemns that student to lower expectations (parental and teachers’) and poor quality and pacing of instruction. Students learn to believe those lower expectations, giving excuses that they can’t or are disabled or unable to learn, and perform accordingly. It becomes a self-perpetuating cycle that need not happen.

Poor performances by learning disabled students should not be acceptable to the student, the parents or the teachers. Yes, they will have difficulties learning to read or do math, but that doesn’t mean they can’t or won’t. It does mean it might take them a little longer. It does mean they might need some special interventions or strategies. It does not mean giving up and accepting what has always been because it has always been …

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Is Enough Done For Education in Rural Areas?

Is Enough Done For Education in Rural Areas?

The rural refer to the region of a country where the dwellers have limited or no access to basic amenities, utilities such as electricity, proper sanitation and water supplies. In addition to that, rural citizens also have limited education and learning opportunity. Consequently, it has created an educational gap in between the rural and the develop city which is unhealthy for a countries unified and integrated education system. Therefore, it is crucial for the government of the country to start to pay attention to the rural education level and implement various steps and policies immediately.

First of all, more experienced and well-trained teachers should be available for the rural areas. Various acts and regulations should be introduced to ensure a teacher to serve in a rural school or rural areas for a period of time before undergo they further their teaching career in the cities. Besides that, all the teachers should be well equipped with the certain special skills such as proficiency in native language, excellent adaptation towards culture conflict and differences in order for the teacher to be able to blend effectively with the rural students.

Besides that, various educational and basic facilities should be made available for the students. For examples, more rural public schools with sufficient and clean classrooms should be constructed in order to provide a conducive learning environment. Other than that, a good school is also able to provide the teachers a better working environment which could also helps to allured more well trained teachers to be willing to serve in the rural areas for a longer term. In addition to that, information technology should also be introduced into rural areas as the accessibility toward information is very essential in education. For instance, increase in the accessibility of TV sets in African family has successfully reduces illiteracy, promote writing and simple arithmetic.

Furthermore, the rural students should not be disdained or alienated in every aspect. Rural students should be given equal and fair opportunity in accessibility of learning materials, social welfare and tertiary education rather being the victim of the double standard applied in certain educational institutes especially in the country such as India, China and Africa whereby human rights is greatly damaged by the social and economic gap in the hierarchy of the society. Therefore, it is very common to see only the riches or groups of higher social status are enrolled in the local institute of learning in those countries.

In conclusion, the work of developing and improving the education level of the rural should not be neglected anymore. Other than humanity purpose, the effort to develop the rural education will also helps the country to discover new talents and human assets that are able to bring tremendous contribution to the countries’ social structure, politics and economics.…

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Features And Advantages Of Mobile Learning

Features And Advantages Of Mobile Learning

Learning is a progressive work that never ends at any stage. There are many new things that are being created daily with the advancements in the field of Information and Technology, Rocket Science and Research and Development. Thus there is no limit for the learning process.

Initially the learning process was experienced only at the schools and colleges. Later on with the advent of the internet there was the possibility for any person to refer any kind of data by sitting at home. And now with the advent of the latest technologically advanced mobile phones one can say that the phenomenon of m learning is really an exciting one. There is the possibility for the immediate access of data anytime and anywhere just with the presence of the mobile. Here we can have the discussion about the evolution of the process of mlearning.

The workshop which took place in Birmingham in the year 2002 would not have thought that the content of that workshop would have transformed that much. Yes, the first learning workshop as held there only. There have been several of these kinds that have been happening in the recent past. The latest one was the 6th workshop that was held at Melbourne in Australia. There has been the tremendous growth that has been experienced in the field of mlearning since 2002.

It is a simple concept that can be developed into all the latest technologically advanced mobiles. There is the linking with the internet that makes the mobile as a learning tool. One can also say that in mobile learning, the mobile is only used as a tool to project the information. Since mobile is a common device that is available among all it has become a huge hit. The internet serves as a perfect base for this learning.

There are several advantages when it comes to mobile learning. The instant availability of data is the main advantage and hence preferred by many. Also the latest possible data is plucked on from the web and provided which makes it more reliable. There were several themes that were followed in each of the mobile learning workshops. Some among them are “Significant potential availability”, “New Possibilities”, “Learning in your hands”. With these themes in mind the development of mobile learning has happened in the past. Hence we can expect more and more advancements in the coming years.…

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Dental Assistants Combine Work and School With Online Education

Dental Assistants Combine Work and School With Online Education

Oft time they are known as a dentist’s second pair of hands. They stand by the chair, applying suction when necessary, handing the doctor the implements and normally keep the patient from bolting out from the office like a wounded deer. They are also assisting make sure Americans have superior dental hygiene. So it really is no wonder the dental assistant is among the quickest developing occupations inside the U.S. and no wonder lots of new assistants are education by means of on-line education.

Though most dental assistants can obtain jobs with only a high school degree, there are nevertheless items they really should know. Ahead of acquiring out of higher school 1 should really take classes in biology and chemistry, be knowledgeable with computers and have, for lack of improved term, a very good chair-side manner.

Nonetheless, sooner or later, they’ll must advance their education if they seriously choose to make this a profession. Every state calls for qualified certification, but every single also has its personal standards. So consulting having a profession counselor is really a very good idea. From there, you’ll find two techniques towards becoming an assistant.

The initial is having hired straight out of high college. Just note that every dentist has his or her own way of carrying out points, and also the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an assistant will need to have a couple of months understanding that. From there, the assistant ought to visit school to get a degree and certification. This indicates enrolling in an online college so one keeps the job. It really is not uncommon to obtain credits out of the deal, too.

The second way will be to reverse the order; visit college initially. Applications for assistants are presented by almost 300 distinctive institutions recognized by the Expert Dentistry Association, a lot of of them from more reasonably priced online colleges and vocational schools. The plan typically requires 1 to two years of classes, understanding such things as the tools from the trade, techniques and terminology. These schools also support when it comes time to get state certified with test simulations. So you can find some alternatives on the market.

As it stands, the demand for assistants is so high, many can easily find and hold down two jobs at the same time. There are that many openings. Also, and this is important for working parents, it’s quite common to be able to get part time positions, so one can also raise a family.

The Bureau estimates the average dental assistant’s salary at slightly over $32,000. They state the upper 10% bracket to go considerably higher, over $46,000. Over 90% of all assistants work in dentist’s offices, but they can find work in hospitals and other similar institutions.

The biggest news is, again according the Bureau, that while there’s over 300,000 dental assistants in the U.S. as of 2008, there is a need for an additional 36% – slightly over 100,000 – more by 2018. …

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