Friday, October 30, 2015

Education in your corner: October 29, 2015

Good Morning Readers!

Here is another education in your corner post. However, I do want to say this about the news that happened yesterday. Well, the news I covered yesterday, to be honest.

One of the topics were child brides. How do you feel about your daughter being married off at the tender age of 9 or 10? Isn't that bad enough? Well, how about your daughter being married off at the age of 9 or 10 with no education? Yes, in India that's what is happening with these poor girls. However, at least in their culture, the girls are a burden to the parents because she is going to live with her husband and his relatives.

The story I covered was about a boarding school that takes child brides and gives them an education to make them more valuable in life and to their husbands.

The next topic I covered, had to do with why Germany gives out free college education while we in America do not. Well, you will be surprised that not many German people actually go to college. Nonetheless, it was very interesting to see why they get free education and we do not.

Here are the links to the articles for the above topics.

Why is a High School Education Important for Child Brides?
In India Veerni Insitute is where child brides and girls alike go to get their high school education. Sharma explains what it is like at the Institute.

Why Can You Get a Free College Education in Germany, But Not in America?
While the United States still struggle with affordable college education, Germany gives free college education to the people residing in their country.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Education in your corner: October 27-28, 2015

Ah, time got away from me yesterday. I completely forgot to post the daily education in your corner post. However, you will get two days in one; that is so exciting!

Just wanted to say it looks as if Common Core is not what the states want. In the last week, Common Core was rejected by Arizona and was the key factor to test scores declining in New Jersey.

Nevada is having issues of their own with ACLU and the national test averages declined also. Is there a link to all of this? Possibly! Stay tuned and I will update you on what I find.

U.S. Performance on National Test Drops
The 2015 results are in and revealed there was a decrease in passing the reading and math National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Nevada School Choice Program Challenged by ACLU
The ACLU is challenging the Nevada school choice because it is in violation of using taxpayer dollars for religious schools.

Common Core Standards Rejected in Arizona

Arizona voted Monday morning to reject common core standards with a vote 6-2.

There you have it guys another editon of Education in your corner! Stay tuned tomorrow for another update!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Education in your corner: October 26, 2015

Good Afternoon!

I do want to say this, to me it seems as if states are shying away from Common Core. It seems as if they want to make children feel smarter as they not holding them to high standards. I don't mean having ridiculously high standards, but hold them to standards that is attainable. 

Granted, when I was a kid (and it wasn't that long ago) we dealt with FCAT year after year. Do I think that really helped us be who we are? Well, no. Then again, you are talking to a girl who sucked at the test. Should that tell your teachers, parents, and community about how smart you are or how dumb you are? No. Just because someone is better at testing than others should not dictate anything. 

Enough off of that. Here is the latest education news. 

Nicky Morgan approves the first Grammar School in England. This is the first Grammar School in the last 50 years.

Northeastern University is offering siblings and parents 25 percent off tuition costs for their graduate programs.

There you have it guys, the education news for October 26, 2015. Stay tuned tomorrow for another Education in your corner. 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Education in your corner: October 25, 2015

Good Morning!

Here is your daily update on what was going on in the education department! I hope you like it because I enjoyed writing it. Leave us a comment, if you will.

Common Core The Key to Test Scores Declining?
When New Jersey implemented the Common Core Standards for their 2014-2015 they saw a decline in their test scores. Does that have to do with Common Core higher standards? Is Common Core worth it?

South African Students Fight for Free Education
South African students were promised by the  African National Congress back in 2007 that within the next 7 years they will receive free education. On Friday, when President Jacob Zuma announced there would be a zero percent increase to their tuition, protesting started.

There you have it guys, the news that were trending yesterday. If you have a piece that you would like me to cover, or have a piece that you want me to feature here, feel free to email me!

Again, this is another edition of Education in your corner!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Education in your corner: October 24, 2015

Hey readers/fans/subscribers!

I am doing something a little different, these "Education in your corner" posts will be a round up of all educational news that I covered the day prior. For those that don't know, I write education news not only on this blog, which can be found here, but I also write education news for Examiner and The Daily Voice.

Unlike the educational posts, I post on here, which tends to be more about college, since I am a college student, these posts will contain anything from political debates on education to what new online courses they may be offering.

I guarantee if you are an educational buff like myself, you will love the variety of news, I will bring to you every single day!

Without further ado, here are the education news for October 24, 2015.

China starts online classes to have power
China is turning to online education to have more power globally.

Education is a "civil right"issue, according to Boehner
Boehner, Speaker of the House believes education should be a civil right issue. He stated this during his weekly address on October 24, 2015.

Obama capping standardize testing to 2 percent
Obama's administration says students are spending way too much time on studying and preparing for standardize tests that it needs to end.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Is making higher education affordable possible?

There is no doubt about it that the cost of going to college is skyrocketing, and politicians are not helping the cause. For example, Clinton’s “New College Compact” basically, the plan is to spend more tax dollars, so we can make college debt-free. However, she is proposing to spend nearly $350 billion throughout the course of 10 years to fund college tuition and reduce student loan payments.

Yet this solution is not really a solution at all when you think about it. It would be a Band-Aid to the entire problem. This solution does not address the skyrocketing tuition costs: how much federal funds will go into higher education and lacks an alternative to the customary four-year degrees. 

However, it does broaden the higher education space and has room for innovation.

Needless to say the Higher Education Reform and Opportunity Act, also known as HERO would pick up the slack that Clinton’s “New College Compact” lacks in. HERO was introduced by Sen. Mike Lee.  The HERO Act defines their own accreditation standards and includes alternatives to the customary four-year degree. Access to these alternatives through the accreditation reform will lessen the frustration of rising tuition and student loan debt.

This burden has been growing alongside the government spending on education. The federal Pell Grants have increased from $2.5 billion in 1980 to nearly $30 billion in 2015. Needless to say, the cost of college also skyrocketed over 500 percent since 1985.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York conducted a study that revealed that every dollar that was added to the Pell grants caused the tuition to jump by 55 cents, while on the other hand every dollar added to subsidized loans causes tuition by 65 cents.

In other words, the more money the government puts into education, the more expensive the tuition costs. Basically, the connection between the government and tuition costs are the reason for the affordability issue. The promise of the taxpayers funding the schools gives the schools enticement to increase prices, knowing that there will always be someone to foot the bill—you the taxpayer.

Basically, if we go back to what Clinton wants to do and increase the federal funding, what will that do for college students? That will just raise the prices of how much it will cost to get your degree. The average student loan borrower in 2015 will need to pay nearly $35,000 in student loan debt. College student and even graduate students cannot afford that on their income.

Rather than sticking to the old ideas about funding education, reformers should really work towards a complete makeover on how to fund education, since the old ways are not working. That means more choices and alternatives to customary four-year degrees.

So that is where the HERO Act comes into play. It will reform the federal accreditation standards used to organize which schools are legitimate. This entire process is vital, determining whether the credits can be transferred from school to school. Sadly, the process does more to protect colleges that are already established for the competition to promote high-quality, affordable education.

Needless to say, this is a step in the right direction. It is paving the way for more options to get a better quality, affordable education system rather than a difficult and costly spending education system we have now.