Monthly Archives: March 2009

Returning to School and College Majors

For some adults even the idea of returning to school is frightening. I know, because I am one of them. I had been out of school for many years and working in an industry I thought would last forever. As time past things changed, many people started to turn to the internet to find the type of services we provided. As this happened I realized that if I wanted to be able to compete in a job market I better get my college degree, after all I was not getting any younger. I was very pleasantly surprised as I walked into each and every one of my classes that I was not the only adult. It has become such a common thing that you do not even get any funny looks or snickers. Silly me, I thought I would be the laughing stock of the campus. And there are people even older than me. Adults return to college for many different reasons. No matter what your reason may be, or how old you are, or if you never finished high school, or what excuses you have used in the past if you have ever considered going back to school you should do it now.

Once you decide to go to college you will need to choose a college major. But don’t sweat it if you do not really know what type of degree you want. Just choose one of interest to you. If it doesn’t wind up being something you like or you find a passion or interest in another area, change it. The important thing is you pursue your education. Our article on the most popular college majors may surprise you.

Our Education World

The education world as we know it in the United States is about to change. President Obama has put education reform at the top of his priority list. He has stated, “In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity, it is a prerequisite.”
This is a bold statement to me, it tells me if we are going to stand strong as a country, and be able to compete intellectually on a global level, we have got to start taking education seriously and make some significant changes.
Our most recent article addresses some of the education reform issues such as; school choice (public, magnet, charter), school financial reform, standardized education, and more…

General Education Diploma – GED

Education has always been an important part of American society. With the current economic crisis and many people losing their jobs people are realizing how important it is to have an education. General education development classes and testing for the general education diploma have experience a huge spike and are in high demand.

We recently posted an article on GED vs. High School Diploma on educationbug.org. The article reviews the requirements for both the GED and high school diploma, and discusses some new changes coming for the GED.

A high school diploma is typically preferred by most colleges and employers but many accept GED’s as the equivalent. It is recommended, if you are able to get your high school diploma that you do so. But, if you never got your high school diploma do not think it is too late. It is never too late to go back and get your General Education Diploma.

Education Funding

Education funding has always been a topic of debate. With the financial crisis of 2008 many more topics and issues have come up. In our recent article posted on educationbug.org we discuss some of these issues.
Do we have equitable education funding? Do we have adequate education funding? Should education be funded by property tax? What about school vouchers? Our latest article discusses some of these issues.
You may find our other articles about financial aid interesting as well. Click on the highlighted links to learn more.

School Dress Codes

School dress codes are often a topic of debate. Although every school and/or school district has their very own set of specific dress code rules/standards there are a few things that are usually standard or common amongst most schools including:

  • Limited or no sleeveless shirts
  • The midriff cannot be visible
  • Skirts/shorts must meet a certain length requirement
  • Limited piercings
  • No underclothing worn on the outside of clothing
  • No sunglasses indoors
  • No designs, decorations, symbols or words than imply symbolism, racism, profanity etc…

All of these things are considered to be within reasonable guidelines of allowing students to show their individuality yet providing safety and respect for themselves and others around them. All the while providing an education environment that is not distracted by students appearance. There is often the argument that these things may interfere with a students first amendment rights of expression. However, in many cases across the country judges have ruled time after time that although it may limit one form of expression these guidelines are still reasonable.

Obama’s Call to Higher Education

I have recently been reading a number of articles about our President’s new call to higher education, asking every American to pursue some form of education beyond high school. Which has led me to to some research on standardized testing and college placement exams. In the next few posts I would like to share some of what I have learned about these tests.
Advanced placement courses were introduced in 1955, in just over 100 schools nationwide, as a way for high school students to take more challenging classes that would prepare them for college. The advanced placement exams are now offered in over 15,000 schools across the U.S.. There are currently 34 advanced placement courses available including calculus, English, several foreign languages, physics, economics, biology, economics, and psychology. Each test currently costs about $86 but there are a number of grants available for low income students.
In order for the student to get credit for the AP course they must score at least a 3 out of 5 points. These scores may be reported to colleges to provide them with information about a students educational abilities. Most students who take AP courses take more than one and often take them in their junior and senior years of high school. It is proven that students who are encouraged to take AP courses and do well will continue on to college.
There have been some criticism about the AP testing and courses not being as fair, or as available, to lower income students, African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans.
College Boards have taken an interest in auditing and overseeing the AP courses to insure they are held to a higher standard than national standardized testing. These courses are designed to be more challenging, prepare students for college, and reward them for taking their education seriously.