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One Thing To Know When Applying To Law School

Think about any common lists of occupations that are sought-after or otherwise wanted. You’ve probably heard lists starting off with or at least including the two following professions: “doctors, lawyers…”

 

Law school is expensive, requires three years of attendance at minimum, and is incredibly competitive to gain entry to most respectable law schools around the United States.

 

According to the National Association for Law Placement, an American organization related to helping law school graduates find employment upon graduation, the average first-year attorney employed by a law firm with less than 26 fellow attorneys earned a median salary of $67,500. Those finding work with large corporations filled with nothing but attorneys – that means no jobs in the public sector are included in this statistics – typically earn a starting economy of $125,000.

 

With all the above information in mind, consider this – only roughly 60 percent of all law school graduates living in the United States find employment that requires a law degree – a full-time job, that is – a statistic applies to all recent law school graduates here in America.

 

As such, all parents, teachers, family members, and people considering attending a four-year college or university – especially those even remotely thinking about being an attorney or attending graduate school of any discipline – should know about this one thing that is arguably more important than anything else when it comes to applying for law school. After all, history dictates that lawyers do better in their careers if they graduate from more reputable schools, and improving one’s resume will boost the chances of getting into better law programs.

 

According to a recent quote from Daniel Rodriguez, the dean of the Pritzker School of Law at Northwest University, law schools place “strong emphasis on work experience.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. College Meal Plans’ Price Rise Yet Again

Quite literally everybody who have attended college or university and grades K-12 in the United States of America – or even eaten at any of their official on-campus meal halls – can attest that the quality of food at either of the former is many times greater than that of primary and secondary schools.

While exceptions are present across every generalization, most primary and secondary schools’ lunches are far cheaper than their college counterparts.

Many would attest that college meal plans are far more valuable than their younger-enrollee counterparts, though the topic of concern in this article regards the high, sometimes lofty cost of universities’ meal plans all over the United States of America.

Virtually everything related to attending college has risen in cost over the past few decades. While most products and services generally rise in price throughout the years, the price of college has risen so significantly that it greatly outweighs the increase in price of just about any other good or service across the country.

Why has college become so expensive over relatively recent years? Largely because of the FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, a program operated by the United States federal government that allows anybody in the country without prior felony drug convictions to apply for loans to pay for school, rather than limiting attendance to people with middle- to higher-class families. Further, a culture perpetuated in America that makes people feel obligated to attend college has risen demand, thereby causing price to skyrocket.

Full-time students pay an average of $4,400 each school year for their meal plans – but that’s only for public schools. Their private counterparts’ students pay an average of $5,600! All aforementioned data came from the U.S. Education Department.

TEACH Loans Killing Teachers With Personal Debt

Public education is undeniably important in modern society. Not just in the United States, Japan, Australia, Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, The Gambia, Crimea, or any other particular country across the globe – public education is the ground from which future generations of adults, leaders, politicians, doctors, and literally everyone else grow.

Without a solid system for public education and programs that support it, a society is certain – according to research known all around the world – to drop in nearly every measure of comparative greatness and overall performance.

Despite the United States of America formerly hosting one of the greatest public education systems around the globe, its current landscape of public education is dismal, at least compared to its potential.

Recently, the United States Department of Education officially launched an investigation into the status of its grant program for teachers of public schools around the nation.

Grants are sums of money that are given out to various organizations, governments, businesses, and sometimes individuals to help them accomplish various goals. Almost always, at least in education, grants are for very specific purposes that must be proven to be fulfilled. Detailed documentation is the least a civic-minded government can ask in return for literally handing away hundreds or thousands of dollars to people in important positions to take care of various needs.

In the United States, teachers were granted loans over recent years in countless low-income primary and secondary schools across the nation. However, even though those teachers were almost always of low-income households – after all, they worked at low-income schools that inherently have little leeway to pay their hard-working, much-deserving teachers more – those grants mentioned above were switched into personal loans that such teachers are themselves responsible to pay back.

Such TEACH grants helped teachers pay for college degree tuition in order to teach important subjects in low-income schools. Now they have to pay them back just like any other loan.

NPR Education Reveals That U.S. College Enrollment Is Dropping – For The 6th Straight Year

The United States of America is home to unarguably the most fertile grounds for producing the world’s best and brightest academicians and other researchers. Higher education in the United States is widely considered the best in the world. Not only is the quality of the average school’s education higher than the rest of the world, as some of the world’s best schools reside in the United States. Further, those schools are found in abundance.

Most people who attend college in the United States are lifelong residents of the country. As such, they generally haven’t been exposed to the less-great or even dismal higher education environments of other countries around the world. In summary, these prospective college students don’t hop all over the chance to attend colleges in their home country like the color white on proverbial rice because of the opportunities that are close and readily-accessible to them. Rather, they attend college because everyone can receive financing for college through the FAFSA and parents, teachers, and mentors generally pressure kids into attending college.

Further, because enrollment in undergraduate degree programs throughout the United States has risen throughout the many past decades, the culture of feeling college degrees are necessary for success in life is strong in the United States.

Well, the rise of people attending college in the United States has generally increased for many years, though enrollment in programs offering undergraduate degrees has undeniably dropped for six years consecutively.

But why?

According to National Public Radio’s (NPR) Education team member Elissa Nadworny, the central two reasons explaining the gradual decline in college degree program enrollment is due to a combination of two factors: fewer people are being born in the United States, as most countries around the world, making it improbable for more people to enter the college degree market; and the job market is believed to be “stealing” more graduates than in past years.

U.S. Government Contemplates Closure Of School Space Satellite Programs

How many times have you thought about venturing into outer space? As students, most people around the globe – you were almost certainly taught this lineup, too, if you went to school in the United States – are familiar with the eight planets of the Solar System.

For whatever reason, even though humanity’s population continues to rise with seemingly no end, climate change could permanently change the globe, and despite the fact that exploring outer space simply seems cool, primary, secondary, and four-year schools and universities across the United States haven’t made available funding for programs related to satellites, outer space, and other planets outside of Earth – there are some exceptions, thankfully, though not too many.

According to recent announcements from the United States federal government,https://theconversation.com/new-federal-policy-would-hike-student-spacecraft-costs-threatening-technology-education-96388 the highest level of bureaucracy across America, the Federal Communications Commission may soon eliminate programs that have traditionally allowed students in both high school and college to build satellites that literally get launched into space.

If such regulation disappears at the will of the FCC, schools that are unlikely to still be interested in such programs could be forced to fork over a whopping $135,350 each and every year, not to mention a cool $30,000 just to apply.

Even though devices that cost just a few thousand dollars like the CubeSat – a cubic satellite that hovers in low-Earth orbit – are most often used, the cost of such programs could skyrocket upwards of 30 times of their current cost in coming years.

PTSD And Academic Distress Show Link

Described in general, non-medical terms, post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition typically caused by especially stressful events – things like fighting in wars waged between governments, home invasions, getting involved in street shootouts, being raped, or even getting in fights with one another, though some people come down with the condition stemming from far less intense situations – characterized by things like anxiety, depression, unstable emotions, and countless other mental health malfunctions.

People with PTSD – most publications refer to post-traumatic stress disorder by its short, sweet initialism – typically don’t fare as well in their careers, relationships, personal lives, schooling, and nearly every other aspect of life as we know it following their diagnoses.

New research from the established academic journal Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy suggests that people with PTSD – no matter what scenarios prompted the manifestation of the often-severe mental health disorder – typically don’t perform as well in academic contexts as their non-PTSD counterparts.

While post-traumatic stress disorder undoubtedly comes from people’s reaction to subjects outside of war, fighting in armed conflicts is the most popular cause of the common mental health disorder. As a matter of fact, PTSD is remarkably common among people who have defended their countries or other causes in armed combat. Because the majority of people considered in the aforementioned academic study are adults, worthy of note is the fact that children were largely excluded from the literature.

Some 2,000 people who attend roughly 500 universities collectively were polled for the research. Women typically befriend others in an attempt to cope with their conditions, whereas men are typically different-acting.

Rather than academic performance, the study compared “academic distress” with symptoms of PTSD. Those with more PTSD symptoms are typically more likely to experience more and more-intense periods of academic distress.

Tennessee Promise Makes Free College Looks Good

Student debt has plagued both long-term residents and brand-new immigrants graduating from United States colleges and universities with tens of thousands of dollars in debt, if not more, placing significant mental strain on people who thought they were doing the arbitrary “right thing” by attending college.

However, thanks to the FAFSA – the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – and the current 70-odd percent of high school graduates that immediately enroll in colleges throughout the United States, college continually becomes much more expensive, something that literally everyone in the United States is able to afford thanks to nearly unlimited funding, and the value of a college degree continually drops.

In an attempt to combat this issue, the state of Tennessee unleashed a program that effectively allowed gaining college degrees to be free for residents of the Volunteer State called Tennessee Promise.

Tennessee Promise admittedly does sound great, at least on paper. Recently, official research from the state and its colleges has been released regarding the efficacy, effectiveness, and feasibility of the program. Although just one year’s worth of data is floating out and about the World Wide Web, the results look overwhelmingly positive.

This article should make clear that the Tennessee Promise program is for both recent high school graduates and non-traditional students who attend community colleges. Community colleges work closely with the state of Tennessee and typically don’t offer four-year degrees. All students attending college through the Tennessee Promise state program do not have to pay anything outside of fees they incur themselves, like books, parking tickets, etc.

Tennessee Promise pays for up to five semesters and is generally geared towards recent graduates who want to work in technical fields. Statistics indicate that people are about 2.3 percent less likely to drop out, as compared to the most recent class of graduates who didn’t get access to Promise.

Democrats Eye Plans to Improve Education

By the end of 2018, the political landscape in the United States could go through a very big change. Due to the amount of open positions for election in the House and Senate, it appears that there could be a big change in power. If the Democrats end up winning enough spots, they could take over control of the House and Senate and a lot of different changes could be underway. One area of the country that would likely see the biggest change is the education industry.

For the past 20 years, the average teacher has continued to see their compensation decline when factoring in inflation and loss of benefits. At the same time, many communities have had to cut back on funding for education, which requires teachers to come out of pocket to provide students with the resources that they need to thrive in school. The latest push by Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and other Democratic leaders could quickly change a lot of that (https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/05/22/chuck-schumer-nancy-pelosi-democrats-better-deal-teachers-america-column/629509002/).

One of the biggest ways that teachers and education could see a change is through a higher investment in the field. Currently, teachers and schools do not receive nearly enough federal funding. Leading Democrats have already started to plan an investment of an additional $50 billion into school districts across the country. This will provide a school with the ability to increase teacher pay, which should help them to continue to attract top talent and retain teachers for years to come.

The latest plan will also include another 50 billion dollars that will be tagged for the improvement of the actual school infrastructure. This can include investing in the actual building or allowing school districts to purchase additional equipment to allow them to provide a more enhanced educational experience to students in the district.

Girl With Down Syndrome Earns Diploma

Kari Balaz was born on January 28, 1999. She was born premature and only weighed four pounds. She was diagnosed with Down Syndrome shortly after she was born. Despite the fact that she was born with a disability, she would defy odds.

She will be graduating from Hoover High School on Thursday, May 31, 2008. She has a 3.5 GPA. She has overcome many obstacles and has always stayed focused on her goals. Most students who have Down Syndrome have to take an alternative educational route to earn their diploma. However, Kari took the same classes as everyone else.

Kari will also be attending college in the fall. Many people have low expectations of Kari when they see her. She is short for her age and has the typical features that are associated with Down Syndrome. She is also an advocate for people with Down Syndrome. She stated that parents of children with Down Syndrome should put them in the same classes as everyone else.

Sue Tolle is the Down Syndrome of Alabama Executive Director. She stated that only three students with Down Syndrome have completed the general education track. She also stated that general studies can be difficult for someone with Down Syndrome because this condition affects their intelligence.

Kari’s teachers have made adjustments in her curriculum to accommodate her special need. However, she is still like every other student. She looks forward to attending college in the fall and becoming more independent. She is fascinated with horses and plans to study equine science.

Millions of North Carolina Students Get the Day Off as Teachers Rally

North Carolina is the next state in line to experience mass teacher protests. Encouraged by their educator colleagues in Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Arizona, thousands of teachers skipped class so that they could rally in Raleigh. The teachers converged at the state legislative building demanding better pay and benefits and increased spending for each student.

 

Unlike their counterparts in other states, this rally is limited to one day and teachers plan to return to school on Thursday. The long-term goal is to put the pressure on lawmakers as the November elections loom in the distance. North Carolina teachers have a reason to be upset, as their state is ranked 39th in the country in average teacher pay last year, according to the National Education Association (NEA). With an average salary of $49,970, the teachers have actually lost gains in recent years when the figure is adjusted for inflation.

 

The teachers arrived at the legislative building wearing red, the designated color this year as educator protests spread across the nation. Hundreds of schools were forced to close its doors for the day because so many teachers and administrators chose to use a personal day to attend the rally. Among those districts that were forced to close was the largest district in North Carolina, the Wake County Public School System. By the end of the day, it was believed that approximately one million students across the state missed school as a result of the school closures.

 

The educators presented a list of requests including increasing the number of service staff, increased investment in infrastructure, escalated spending per student, and additional funding for teacher pay that rewards educators for advanced degrees and tenure in the school system.