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2208, 2016

America’s Schools Are In Crisis: Here Are The Biggest Challenges They Face

By |August 22nd, 2016|Education, XPC|Comments Off on America’s Schools Are In Crisis: Here Are The Biggest Challenges They Face

Most parents are concerned about the quality of education in the US. Those feelings are reflected in a Gallup poll of parents about their top concerns for US schools today. Here’s what it found out.

Lack Of Funding

Number one on the list was a lack of funding. Over 23 percent of Americans said that they thought that lack of funding was the greatest issue that schools faced. And compared with rural schools, urban schools tend to be doing much worse. According to the figures, 30 percent of Americans said that their local urban school was underfunded.

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Recently, we’ve seen a spate of problems relating to the lack of education funding. Many schools have not been able to afford textbooks. And some districts have laid off thousands of teachers in an attempt to make ends meet. According to the figures, by the summer of 2012, 351,000 teachers had lost their jobs. And even today, numbers are still more than 297,000 lower than what they were before the recession.

Lack Of Discipline

According to Gallup, 17 percent of Americans believe that schools are not disciplined. What’s more, the evidence appears to support that notion. Over recent years, discipline problems in schools have gotten worse. According to the NCES, 38 percent of schools are victims of vandalism every year. And now schools are having to use particular methods for removing grafitti, spending millions in the process. Recently, five teens were arrested in Arlington, Texas, for spray painting a rival school’s premises as part of a prank. The cleanup bill was more than $20,000.

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Overcrowding

Overcrowding in schools has always been a big issue, especially in inner city districts. But thanks to cuts in the budget and an expanding population, overcrowding is getting worse. It […]

1708, 2016

Murphy Seeks Return to District 5 School Board

By |August 17th, 2016|Education, Politics, School Board|Comments Off on Murphy Seeks Return to District 5 School Board

Kim Murphy has announced her campaign to return to District Five’s School Board in the Richland County portion against Robert Gantt, who is seeking a fifth term. Murphy, a married mother of three daughters who graduated from District Five, is anxious to return to the board after what she believes was an unjust removal in the middle of her term in 2013.

“Their assertion that I was not a Richland County resident was wrong and that is why I was able to file for the seat with the Richland Election Commission. I am a resident and have been since 2000. I believe I was wrongly removed because I stood up to the board on key issues. Thousands of people who entrusted me with their votes were also disenfranchised. They lost their voice. I am ready to get back and work for the students, teachers and taxpayers.”

Murphy, who has served as a volunteer in the District and surrounding community for 16 years, said that upon returning to the board, she will make openness an immediate priority.

“If elected, during the first meeting I will once again propose live-streaming – bring the board meetings to the public. Parents and taxpayers deserve to know how important decisions are made regarding their children’s education and how their hard-earned tax dollars are spent. I want you to have a voice.”

Murphy believes her background in accounting, time spent as an investigative citizen reporter for the SC Policy Council and a meeting attendance record better than the elected trustees will give District Five much-needed oversight and guard against future procurement violations.

“With a $174 million operational budget and millions upon millions disbursed to contractors for new school construction and other capital expenditures, my accounting and […]

1705, 2016

What Can Teachers Do To Motivate Children To Learn?

By |May 17th, 2016|Education|Comments Off on What Can Teachers Do To Motivate Children To Learn?

There is no doubt that teachers have one of the most difficult jobs in the world. They are in charge of young people’s education and their academic development. But, children don’t always want to learn as they prefer to socialize with their friends. Sometimes, they just don’t have the motivation to learn. Teachers, however, can’t just sit back and let them go down the wrong path. It is their job to try and help them learn as much as possible before they move onto the next chapter of their lives. So, what tools do they have at their disposal?

Create A Creative Work Environment

When people stop and think about it, they realize how important their environment is to their productivity. It is never an easy thing to spot because most people take it for granted, especially kids. However, it does have a subconscious effect on their ability to work. A light, warm, exciting classroom is much more conducive to their education. With that in mind, teachers should consider DIY classroom decorating ideas. Not only will it help them focus, but it teachers can also incorporate it into their lesson plans.

Include Lots Of Variety

Kids are notorious for being different and learning at different speeds. The best schools understand this because they have the best teachers. Teachers that are good at their job will figure out that some kids need a different platform. A good example is that some children learn theoretically while others like a hands on approach. With a lot of variety, teachers can see which kids respond to which teaching methods. When a teacher has this information, they are more likely to make progress with their class.

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Relieve Boredom

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1405, 2016

Is College Education In A Bubble Right Now?

By |May 14th, 2016|Education|Comments Off on Is College Education In A Bubble Right Now?

For years, governments have been trying to increase the enrollment rate at our nation’s colleges. Why? Well, if you trust the government, you see it as a way to invest in our young people. After all, they’re the future. And as technology advances, the available jobs will become more technical and reliant on skills.

If you don’t trust the government, you see higher college enrollment as a way to line the pockets of greedy universities. Universities have been charging students more and more money every year. And as the costs rise, so too do student debts. At some point the system has to break, doesn’t it?

It’s an interesting question. And one that has attracted the attention of some of the most curious minds. Is college education in a bubble? Let’s have a look first at how we got into the present position. Back in the 1970s, students didn’t take out loans to go to college. Heck, their parents didn’t even have to save up for the cost of education. In fact, most students could pay for their tuition by working a part time job at the weekend during term time or working a full-time job during the summer.

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But colleges realized that they could make more money from students. Ever since the Higher Education Act of 1965, students didn’t have to pay market rates of interest. They could take out enormous loans, knowing that the government would subsidize their repayments. This meant that colleges could start upping their asking prices. Price rises were modest to begin with. Even by the 1990s, college was still relatively affordable.

But lower interest rates soon led to problems. Colleges figured out that they could start charging pretty much whatever they wanted. Sure, […]

2604, 2016

The Top Qualities That Make For A Good School

By |April 26th, 2016|Education|Comments Off on The Top Qualities That Make For A Good School

It can be hard, sometimes, to know what to look for in a school. Many people the world over face this problem every year. It is an issue faced by parents and teachers alike. The fact is, there is no one best school in the world – or even, probably in your area. Many schools vy competitively, simply because there are so many elements to making a great school. What one may have in abundance, yet another might lack altogether. And yet, the latter school might provide a better overall experience. If you are currently choosing between schools, then you are probably already a little stressed. But don’t fear – there is help at hand. Regardless of whether you are looking for yourself or a child, this should help you to some degree. Here are the top qualities that make a school great.

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Dedicated Teachers

This first quality almost, one would hope, goes without saying. Yet, it is so essential to a school’s rating, that it needs mentioning first. It goes without saying that the quality of education which a school provides is probably is major determining factor. That’s why it is so important that the teachers are of sound quality. But the one quality which most people really want to see in their teachers is dedication. Dedication is what really sets apart the best from the rest. A teacher may well be good at giving a lesson or two – but a lot of people could do that. What makes a teacher great is that they do not ever give up on any student. This is the kind of drive that anyone should look for in their teachers. If the teachers lack this, there is […]

2104, 2016

3 Ways To Encourage Children To Use Their School Libraries

By |April 21st, 2016|Education|Comments Off on 3 Ways To Encourage Children To Use Their School Libraries

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It’s important that all children learn to enjoy reading from a young age. Indeed, that’s why the government has a policy of making sure there are always libraries in schools. However, many teachers and parents struggle to encourage their kids to use the facilities. For whatever reason, they prefer to spend their break times outside playing with their friends. We’ve come up with three suggestions that could help to turn the situation around. If you’re working in a school at the moment, try these concepts and see if you can spark their imaginations. Most of the people reading this post will have loved reading when they were young. It’s about time we helped the next generation to feel the same way.

Make the library seem like a fun place to be

The layout and design of your school library could play a role in how many students visit the room. So, you might like to spend some time thinking about how you can make it more enjoyable. Some people think the academic achievement system is beyond repair. Even so, we believe more reading could help to turn things around. Altering your shelves and library counter design is a good first step. However, you should also try to make the space colorful and fresh. You can do that by hanging student artwork or placing poems on the walls. Also, make sure you keep all the most popular books in separate locations. That way, the children will have to search to find their desired publications. Hopefully, that will encourage them to find something new along the way.

Run workshops in the library after school

Some students want nothing more than to go home at the end of […]

1104, 2016

The Academic Achievement System Is Beyond Repair

By |April 11th, 2016|Education|Comments Off on The Academic Achievement System Is Beyond Repair

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When we look at the world, we know that we’re all different. We don’t act the same and don’t look the same. Our brains don’t work in the same way, in unison. If it did, then there would be such thing as free will. We’d all function based on the equivalent of computer code in our mind. But that’s not how the world works, and we accept that. We cater to the different people, ideologies and unique differences between single individuals. With one notable exception. We don’t change the game when it comes to academic achievement. To achieve academically, you either pass the test or you fail. You either get a great grade in that essay, or you fail. This is how we judge people through school life and onwards into their college career. Sure there are other factors at play here. If you exceed in a sport or social activity, you could win a scholarship to college with average grades. But this isn’t true everywhere. In most cases we determine the future of a school pupil based on the end of year grades.

If they fail, they hard work they might have completed the rest of the year is virtually wiped out. In the time it takes to answer a, b or c, their future could be down the toilet. Now, you might think this isn’t an issue. After all, there has to be a grading system otherwise no one would be able to achieve anything. It would be the end of capitalism as we know it. Before you call me a communist, allow me to present one important fact.

As I said, we’re all different. We don’t learn in the same way. Some people […]

703, 2016

Innovative Ways People Are Improving Their Schools

By |March 7th, 2016|Education|Comments Off on Innovative Ways People Are Improving Their Schools

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All across the country, educators are making simple changes to the way their schools are run. The results of these changes can have tremendous advantages for both teachers and students.

The aim of the game is to acquire more money and improve education quality. Unfortunately, these resources aren’t falling into the laps of educators. Changes have to be made. Here are some of the things you could do to improve your school.

Partnering with researchers

There are many university faculties out there who are working to develop educational innovations. These include classroom lesson methods and new educational technologies. Scientific researchers study the way people learn in order to improve education across the country.

If educators partner up with specific research faculties, they may be able to take part in these innovations at an early stage. They may be able to try out a new kind of math curriculum that the researchers have found to be particularly effective. They could even get to pilot new technology like educational smartphone applications.

Saving energy to buy new equipment

Energy conservation at schools is more important than you may think. Think about it. You have thousands of kids and adults in the same place, all using the same facilities. Water, gas and electricity bills go through the roof. There are also the costs of trash management to consider.

You could get energy inspectors to assess the building. They will be able to locate areas where you could save energy. You can even get inspectors to ensure schools are properly shut down after hours. This means ensuring the proper shutdown of the electrical equipment in the IT department, for example.

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These considerations have had massive effects in schools. The Facilities Division in the Clark County School District […]

2302, 2016

SATS 101: The Changes to SATS in 2016

By |February 23rd, 2016|Education|Comments Off on SATS 101: The Changes to SATS in 2016

In less than a week, SATS are going through the
biggest upheaval since the changes made in 2005.
If you’ve got children at school, are you aware of the changes? Do you know how they will affect your kid’s results? The College Board have made significant alterations to the how SATS are presented and scored. In doing so, the are ensuring that the tests are an even more reliable measure of competency in examinations. The new updates are also designed to make sure students are equipped with the right skill sets for the future.

In 2005, the top score was set to 2400 from the previous figure of 1600. It’s returning to the original 1600 in this redesign. Many educational consulting experts felt it should never have been changed in the first place.
Fewer questions. 16 less overall- one of the biggest complaints since the 2005 changes were that students just didn’t have enough time to answer all the questions.
Multiple choice answers are being reduced from five options to four. This gives students a higher chance of getting the question right.
No more Hidden Testing. Up until now, papers have had an additional question that had no score value. This was to test new styles of questions, but is ceasing with the new changes.
There will no longer be penalties for giving a wrong answer. In the current system, you’d be marked down for a being incorrect. It’s now worth taking a guess to gain an extra mark.
More familiar presentation. The exam papers and notes will bear a closer resemblance to the resources they use in school. Papers will use clearer, easier to understand language.
The essay component of the exam will now be optional. It will be marked separately from […]

1111, 2015

The Brainwashing of Multiculturalism

By |November 11th, 2015|Education|Comments Off on The Brainwashing of Multiculturalism

The latest video by Neel Kolhatkar titled
Modern Educayshun
exposes the infiltration of
multiculturalism in public education.
This is truly one of the best videos I have ever seen on YouTube. The video does a fantastic job of exposing what is really going on and does so in a very entertaining fashion. It comes across as satire, yet it’s not. You will want to laugh but you can’t because you will realize that tragically this is very true.

The acting done by those playing the students and teacher is incredible and impressive, especially Penelope, who had some of the best lines:
“We don’t ask questions, questions are offensive.”

“We haven’t added our privilege points yet, don’t you know anything?”

“You think you are so great with your math and your science and your facts…”

“You are so violating me with your different opinions.”

“If you don’t stop verbally assaulting us, we will be forced to attack you in self-defense.”
This may be a European-based production, but none-the-less it is completely relevant in regards to where the US public education system has been moving. Where most other cultures are finding it in their best interest to educate students on how to compete with the world, the federal government takeover of education in Western Society is mostly geared toward social engineering.

We can use a multitude of labels: Political Correctness, Feminism, Social Justice, Neo-Progressivism, etc. We have already had an entire generation divested of their capacity for independent thought and soon the beast will have consumed another generation as well.

For several decades a fight over public education has been raging.  We’ve had plenty of well-meaning people fight for school choice an other methods to free children from this tragic environment.  Now that we have been witnessing for years as […]