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Trump Shows Further Education Support

One of the biggest challenges that the nation’s economy is facing right now is the pending student loan bubble. Due to the continued dramatic rise in the cost of college, more students than ever before are forced to take out debt to pay for school and a large percentage of this debt is guaranteed by the federal government in some way. Unfortunately, many students are not able to pay back this debt as agreed due to low entry-level salaries. This has led to a higher rate of default in student loans.

 

While it was unclear how this problem would be handled by the new administration, another recent news story (http://www.parentherald.com/articles/93215/20161212/usa-directs-50-billion-loan-portfolio-funds-education-philanthropy-investing.htm) has confirmed that the Trump administration looks forward to continuing to support the higher education needs of young adults.

 

This past week, the US Aid Funds announced that it would be able to continue to support its loan partners. The US Aid Fund is a federally sponsored entity that guarantees a significant amount of student loans. In total, this entity, and others like it guarantee over $50 billion. One concern that many people had was that the new Trump administration would no longer support these loans, which would have ultimately led to a much higher cost of borrowing. Fortunately for students, they have showed more support recently.

 

Beyond the recent show of support, the Trump party has given indications that it would like to offer relief to those that have high student loan payments. These could include forgiveness of debt, interest rate reductions, and extended repayment terms.

Trump to Focus on Student Debt Reform

Having a college degree is a practical necessity to be able to get a job in a professional setting and achieve financial success. Unfortunately, getting a college degree now costs most people well over $50,000 to go to a public school and far more to go to a top private school. Since many families cannot afford the high cost of school, many students end up graduating with a lot of student loan debt, which at times is unaffordable.

 

The current student loan crisis is becoming more significant every year as more and more students fall behind on debt. According to a recent news article (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/college/2016/11/17/money-101-heres-everything-we-know-trumps-student-debt-plans/94017770/), Donald Trump is working on a plan that would help to alleviate the concern and allow those in debt to receive some relief.

 

While the plan is far from being formalized, Trump has given some indication about how he could tackle the issue. One of the suggestions offered so far will make students only pay their loans for a limited period of time. In this situation, student loans would be due for the first 15 years of the term and then be eliminated and waived entirely after the 15th year, if all payments were made on time leading up to it.

 

Another option that is being considered is providing more relief based on need. Today, there are very few ways to reduce your loans, even if you are in financial duress. The plan will take more of a look at each debtors needs to determine a reduction.

 

An Intellectual Quest to Find the Most Proficient Secretary Of Education for the United States

New brooms, they say, sweep clean and the 45th President of The United States of America, Donald J Trump envisages to be the new broom that the Americans ostensibly deserve. In his quest to sweep clean, Mr. Trump recently appointed a new Secretary for Education, Mrs. Betsy DeVos. This appointment sparked intellectual tantrums across the U.S.A; there erupted a battle of wits regarding the propriety of the appointment of Betsy DeVos as the new Education Secretary.

 

The appointment of Betsy DeVos has been fervently lauded on one hand and vehemently disproved on the other hand. On the hand that vaunts for the appointment, there is Senator Lamar Alexander who has voiced his support for Betsy DeVos. He portrays Mrs. DeVos as a woman of impeccable character and exceptional personality. He further affirms that that Mrs. DeVos is not an educational extremist and as such she deserves the job.

 

On the other hand of the spectrum is the camp which opines that appointing Betsy DeVos as the education secretary was not only wrong but also disingenuous. In the critical eyes of this camp, Betsy DeVos jeopardized her credentials of being the education secretary when she blatantly refused to answer questions posed by a conglomerate of elite government officials during her confirmation and hearing.

 

Other affiliates of the anti-DeVos appointment are a caucus of 1000 Calvin College alumni who have come up strongly to dispute her appointment. The disapproval was set off by the group of alumni signing a letter sharing their reasons for not supporting Betsy DeVos. Among the key deficiencies in Mrs. DeVos’ portfolio were that she was not qualified for the job, she hardly had any experience and commitment to public education. They also pointed out the fact that she never worked in any educational institution as an administrator.

 

Irrespective of which side of the coin one lies, it is a matter of fact that the appointment of the Education Secretary of the United States of America is a delicate issue that must be dealt with meticulously. It is an issue that touches on the futures of many and prosperity can only be attained mutatis mutandis.

 

 

Calculators: Permitted in High School, Banned in College

You could enter just about any high school classroom in the United States and find students using a calculator. A number of students use expensive calculators with advanced features, like the ones from Texas Instrument, which are pretty commonplace in the classroom, usually starting around middle school. These mini computer, which often run for about $100, are also found in a number of home offices, and some calculators serve as mementos for students who have recently completed their SATs or Advanced Placement calculus exams.

 

However, when it comes to using calculators in college, professors can’t seem to get on one accord. A number of college instructors wants students to use pencil and paper in math class to ensure they understand the concepts. According to a national survey from 2010 by the Mathematical Association of America, about 50% of all Calculus 1 college professionals don’t all students to use graphic calculators for exams.

 

The calculator debate has been going on for about forty years, which is almost as long as modern calculators have been around. Previously, the abacus was the counting tool used for accuracy, and in 1958, Jack Kilby from Texas Instrument invented the integrated circuit. This made is easier to use affordable and extremely small computer chips in many of the handheld technological devices we use today. Later, Kilby won the Nobel Prize for physics. Prices for graphic calculators have gone down slightly as well; from about $100 to around $80.

 

Those who support the use of technology in the classroom say that calculators with algebraic symbols reduce the need for students to memorize certain mathematical formulas. This could make figuring out math problems less time consuming. However, others in the educational system think that depending on calculators will reduce students’ understanding of mathematical algorithms.

 

Key Figures in the Education Sector

The governance and control of schools are distributed among different departments of the government. President-elect Donald Trump nominated Betsy DeVos to be the U.S. Education Secretary. However, DeVos will not be the only influential figure in education matters. Below are five candidates who could influence the American education system:

 

Tom Price

Price has been nominated for the U.S Secretary of Health and Human Services position. The Administration for Children and Families falls under his docket. He will be in charge of Children’s Welfare Bureau’s welfare initiatives, federal foster care money, and funding for Head Start. It facilitates early-childhood education to low-income children.

 

Jeff Sessions

Sessions has been nominated for the U.S. Attorney General position. Many activists and civil-rights groups have proposed that the Education’s Department’s Office for Civil Rights be moved to the Department of Justice. Sessions said that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was objectionable. The act was developed by the Obama administration to help students get work permits at universities.

 

Ben Carson

Carson has been nominated for the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development position. The link between his docket and education seems to be less perceptible. However, the current Housing and Urban Development Secretary and Education Secretary have work on numerous projects like racial diversity and absenteeism in schools.

 

Ryan Zinke

He has been nominated to be the next U.S Secretary of the Interior. He will be influential in classroom matters through the Bureau of Indian Education. The department is responsible for ensuring tribal children receive education and grant money.

 

Rex Tillerson

Tillerson has been nominated for the U.S. Secretary of State position. His docket is in charge of federal funds, international scholarships, and corporate cultural-exchange programs.

 

Randi Weingarten Opposes Betsy DeVos’ Appointment

The President of the American Federation of Teachers Union (AFTU) criticized Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of Education. Randi Weingarten stated that Betsy DeVos was the most anti-public education nominee to be chosen in the department’s history. Weingarten said that DeVos is not qualified for the job. Moreover, she said that the businesswoman has no experience to serve in the powerful docket.

 

Weingarten continued by saying that DeVos’ attempts to privatize the education sector was a destructive move because it would negatively affect public schools and the success of children. She said these remarks at the National Press Club.

 

The union had endorsed Hillary Clinton for Presidency. Weingarten and Clinton have been personal allies for a long time. The union was critical of DeVos’ appointment because she has never served in a public school. Weingarten showed a lot of support of the new Every Student Succeeds Act that is set to replace the No Child Left Behind Act. Weingarten continued by saying that if DeVos’ confirmation was passed, she would oppose the new act. Her actions are likely to undermine public schools.

 

DeVos has been criticized heavily because her billionaire family has funded charter and private schools in the state of Michigan. In 2000, the DeVos Family was at the forefront of an initiative that was meant to allow students to attend private schools. The initiative was to be funded by taxpayers money. DeVos has also invested a lot of money in expanding charter schools in Detroit. Many people have criticized her support for charter schools in Michigan because they perform poorly on national tests.

 

Weingarten asked DeVos to spend more time and resources in public schools. DeVos’ confirmation is set to be postponed until the Office of Government Ethics reviews her financial holdings.

 

Why Ideas About Modern Education Fail to Work

An education researcher in Australia has reached a concerning conclusion about the state of education in Western societies. According to a news report published by National Public Radio, the researcher delved into a thousand ideas and concepts developed in the 20th century about education, and it turns out that these ideas have not worked very well in practice.

 

Professor John Hattie of the University of Melbourne explained that his longitudinal research looked at the academic lives of 250,000 students around the world. Professor Hattie identified five modern practices that are failing to get the desired effect:

 

1 – Achievement exams: Some of the most successful academic institutions in the world do not require too many standardized test from their students. It is more important to provide teachers with constant feedback to improve upon their profession and their classroom performance.

 

2 – Class size: Smaller classrooms are not as effective as they are believed to be. Some private and public classrooms in Japan comfortably sit 35 students and regularly get high marks from educational analysts. It is more important to train teachers adequately and to give them tools and feedback.

 

3 – Academic standards: Minimum academic standards can easily backfire because there will always be some students with learning disabilities while other will be gifted. Standards should only be set at the lower grades; after the third grade, the progress of students should be individual.

 

4 – School choice: Parents are often misguide in their decisions about the schools their children should attend. In the private school sphere, parents often fall for marketing schemes.

 

5 – Education budgets: Some of the best performing nations in terms of math, reading and science do not spend too much money on public education. The difference is that some countries encourage student-teacher collaboration to improve the classroom experience.

California’s Cheap Community Colleges

California has many colleges and universities. However, not every student can attend them because they cannot afford to pay for their high tuition fees. Numerous community colleges are affordable. It is not advisable for students to take loans to pay for their tertiary education when they can easily attend community colleges. You should also remember that many community colleges have high acceptance rates and offer financial aid to the incoming students. Below is a list of the cheapest community colleges in California:

 

Cypress College

The college has approximately 16,000 students enrolled in their various degree programs. Cypress College charges a tuition fee of $1,135 per student. This amount is easily affordable. The college is an excellent choice for students seeking the traditional associate degree.

 

Las Positas College

The college has a population of 8,500 students. It is located in Livermore and covers 147 acres. Las Positas College charges $1,140 for tuition fees.

 

Yucaipa College

It is a great college for students seeking to pursue radiology courses. Many students earn a degree at the beginning of the year from Yucaipa College. Each student pays $1,126 as tuition fee. The college has enrolled approximately 5,549 students. It is also a great institution and a cheaper option for students taking political science.

 

Antelope Valley College

The college has enrolled 14,324 students. Its tuition fee stands at $1,114. Antelope Valley College is a good selection for honor programs. The school offers live discussions of important topics to enable the students to grasp concepts of critical issues.

 

Barstow Community College

It is a good institution for students interested in arts. The college recently opened a performing arts center. The tuition fee is $1,232. There are approximately 3,455 students enrolled in the institution

How Much Should a School District be Forced to Pay for Special Education?

Did you know that a critical court case involving education law is being argued in front of the Supreme Court? It’s true! The outcome of this case could change everything for school districts across America. Basically, the case involves the rights of disabled children. For example, it is considered unconstitutional to simply refuse to educate a student who has a disability. The school district is responsible for educating all students. This means school districts often have to hire additional staff and splurge for extra resources to help certain students.

 

For the most part, districts are happy to provide extra money for special education services. Naturally, this seems like the humane thing to do. However, a family in Colorado felt that the services the school district provided for their autistic son weren’t enough. In protest, they removed their son from the school, and they placed the student in a private school that employed a host of experts and plenty of resources for their son. Not surprisingly, the parents felt their son did much better in this private school.

 

The case before the Court is about who is supposed to pay for this expensive school. The tuition for the school exceeds $70,000 a year. The parents feel the school district must pay for the tuition, as they stress it is the school district’s responsibility to educate their son. The school district is arguing they already offered more than enough support, and it is not realistic to expect the school district to pay for such an expensive school based upon the preferences of the parents and their child.

 

So far, the justices seem to struggling as to how to rule. They understand students should be helped, but school districts shouldn’t be forced into bankruptcy to do it. What do you think the ruling should be?

 

What Does The Every Child Succeeds Act Mean For Public Schools?

The discussions began the minute President Obama signed the Every Child Succeeds Act back in 2015.

 

The act is a stark opposite to Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act. The new act will go into effect the start of the new school year beginning in 2017 and will give educators a unique opportunity to try new ways of reaching student’s potential.

 

The most talked about aspect of this new act is that it allows the school leaders the power to create their own measure of success. The act was built around the idea that every educational system is unique and has different issues.

 

Of course, educators from struggling schools see this as a chance to finally find a way to help their students succeed academically. They will no longer have to cater their curriculum around quarterly standardized testing, Instead, they will be able to teach their students in whatever style seems to work for the specific demographic of their particular school.

 

So, how will schools deal with this new change when the time comes? Some teachers argue that while the new act has great potential, educational leaders might not be open from allowing teachers to deviate from the curriculum that has been used for years. This could hinder any progress to be made from the new measures.

 

It is important to note that schools will still have to report student’s progress, especially those that are considered undeserved, such as special education students. Schools will also need to create goals and report on the progress they have made to reaching them throughout the school year.

 

It will be interesting to see how the new measures will play out in public school districts across the country.