Online Education Vs The Educational Industrial Complex

Have you noticed that the traditional college admissions process is designed to keep you out and suck money from your pocket, not let you in and give you the power to keep the price down?

Stop to think about it. On the day you decide to start college, obstacles keep jumping up in your path. First you have to fill out an application form, a financial aid form and pay a hefty fee. Then you have to provide transcripts of previous coursework. Then you take expensive standardized tests. Next, you pester three people for letters of reference. (What’s the point? Don’t colleges know that you are only going to ask for reference letters from people who like you?) Then you write essays explaining your philosophy of life and why you want to enter that particular college. And you’re still not done. If the college wants to interview you, you have to put on your best Sunday clothes so an interviewer from the college can give you a final once-over.

And if you jump through all those hoops, guess what? You are then allowed to start writing big checks and go into debt to pay for what is, essentially, a service. Also, if you had college credits from another college or from taking a test, colleges will hem and haw about whether they will recognize your past work.

Yet as a growing number of eager learners are discovering, there is a better way. It’s called online study. More smart people are choosing it, for some very compelling reasons…

A streamlined application process. In most cases, you can start taking college courses online immediately, after filling out a brief online application, charging a credit card or even paying with PayPal.
A quick start. School doesn’t begin in September or January. It starts every day.
Self-Pacing.When I took College Algebra, I had to sit in a classroom for four months even though I’d taken 70% of it in high school. I could have been done in a weekend if I could have taken it at my own pace.
Lower costs. Providers of accredited online college courses, charge as little as $99 per month to start college course. The result? You can complete the equivalent of one year of undergraduate education – between eight and 10 courses – for under $1,000. This is cheaper than most community colleges, not to mention the $50,000 or more that some private universities and colleges charge for tuition plus living expenses.
Transferable credits. In many cases, you can transfer the credits you earned online if you decide to finish your college work at a traditional college or university. The result? You can dramatically slash the costs of that education. (The student at the next desk paid $50,000 for a degree from Posh Posh University, but not you.)
A variety of other benefits. As an online college student, you can study at any time, from anywhere. You can study, even if your work requires you to travel. You can lighten your course load when there are other demands on your life, then ramp it up again when your life quiets down.

Those are only a few reasons why online institutions of higher learning are shaking up the education industry.

So, are tweedy traditional colleges with their ivy-covered walls going to disappear? Probably not. But the bigger question is, do you need them at all?

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Application of Interactive World Maps in Education Industry

Although the basic purpose of maps is to distinguish and provide divisions between two different countries, the use of world maps and atlas has spread through various walks of life.

Maps can be used to depict the wide variety of various parts of the world. One can represent the diverse cultural, geographical, traditional, industrial and many other variations of different places. Interactive world maps are used in various websites of political organizations, tourist and travel, educational institutes and various corporate bodies.

The education industry has now become global. Most of the universities across the world take up various initiatives to attract foreign students. Foreign students are of huge diplomatic interest to various governments across the world. The most popular destinations are Australia, United Kingdom and United States of America.

Universities across the world have come up with the concept of using interactive maps in their official websites to depict the surrounding regions for the benefit of traveling students. Say for example, a student is traveling to Australia from India. Now we can definitely presume that the interested student would not have enough information about the place if he is traveling for the first time, which normally is the case.

Using interactive maps in the official website of the desired university would help the student to collect all information that he requires. Ranging from accommodation facility available around the university, to food outlets or emergency services like nearest hospital, police station or even the nearest embassy of his nation; all information would be easily available to the student without any difficulty.

Thus nowadays a lot of universities have started depicting such information through the use of maps. Many even present their map in the format of a flash mapping game. This has inevitably increased the traffic and students can now feel confident and safe that they have almost all the information about the place they are relocating for few years leaving behind their family.

Maps are also used in educational subjects like geography and history and even economics. Gone are the days when maps were only related to geography. Now even economics can be taught using interactive maps. Depicting diverse information about various places becomes a lot easier and user-friendly and learning becomes entertaining. Climatic difference, agricultural difference, industrial difference and many more important aspects can be easily made understandable through the use of maps.

Most importantly learning through the use of colorful interactive maps is much more interesting and every student can easily trace whatever information he wants by toggling around the map with the mouse. Thus, we must say the use of maps is slow and steadily crossing barriers.

Mankind has always been curious to learn and know about something that is unknown or is actually far off. But with the advent of modern technology, virtual maps have made the world a smaller and a much more connected place.

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Flagship Carpets – Teaming Up With the Educational Industry for the Development of Kids

The toddler industry is very dynamic. This is mainly because its target market, the toddlers, is very dynamic as well. The demands of kids change a lot. Add this to the fact that their wants change a lot as well and we have a market that’s hard to follow. This is why only the greatest companies survive if they choose to manufacture products for the toddlers. They need to have an ever-changing line of products in order to cope up. If they don’t, then they’ll be left behind in the dust.

However, there are some companies that have found niches. These niches are the products that are staples in the needs and wants of kids. Parents realize their importance and this is the reason why there will always be demands for them. A good example is Flagship Carpets. They’re popular for their educational carpets and parents now recognize the importance of these carpets. They know that in addition to helping them put up great rooms for kids, they also help with the mental development of kids.

But that doesn’t mean that the company is not dynamic. Take a look at their designs and you’ll see that they have a long line of available designs. This is because they recognize the importance of providing variety. Because of this, parents and their kids have the power to choose.

The educational industry is another dynamic industry. We’ve seen educational institutions come and go. This is because it’s very hard to manage one. If you’re a parent, then you probably recognize that taking care of a child’s development is a huge challenge. Now, can you imagine being directly responsible for the development of a group of kids? This is basically the challenge of the educational industry. They have to set up institutions that can help parents with the development of their kids.

This is why it’s very common for owners to spend a lot of time, effort and money to make sure that they set up great institutions. If they don’t, then parents will just move on and they won’t be getting any businesses. Soon enough, they’ll close shop. On the other hand, the institutions who took on the challenge the right way will succeed.

The recipe for success has one very important thing. You have to make sure that you’ll buy products that can help your group of kids. A good example is educational carpets. You can check out a company like Flagship Carpets and you can fill your rooms with several of these carpets. This way, groups of kids can learn about geography, letters, numbers, shapes, colors and even sign language! It’s basically a combination of two very dynamic industries. Make sure that you choose the right company and you’ll succeed.

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An Independent Learning Manifesto Against the Education Industrial Complex

Americans have been undergoing a systematic process of educational brainwashing. We have all been led to believe that we must give up our intellectual life to assembly line education. Formal education has become an industry that supports textbook companies, test writers, psychiatrists, nutritionists, other aspects of the food industry, the legal profession, the police, the courts, all employees of the courts, municipalities through the fines collected by the courts, the training professions and many other things.

I am reminded of the military industrial complex President Eisenhower warned us about so many years ago. I now say to you beware of the education industrial complex that impacts every aspect of our children’s existence. Schools now outsource what used to be counseling, teaching and discipline to the police and the courts. Whole industries, bodies of law and regulations are being built on the backs of our children. Americans, indeed, have been convinced that on the education industrial complex can educate their children.

Nothing could be further from the truth. The time has come to take back control of your own or your child’s educational development. Americans have bought into the propaganda that would have us all believe that learning is hard. And, Americans have been trained to believe that the only people who can teach kids are certified teachers; members of the education industrial complex. On the contrary, learning is natural, easy, and cannot be avoided.

We are well and truly brainwashed. Eric Weiner tells a story in his brilliant book “The Geography of Bliss”. The story concerns and experiment in which a dog was placed in a cage. First, One side of the cage was set up to deliver an electric shock. The dog would then go to the other side of the cage where it found safety. Then the dog was put in a cage where he would be shocked by both ends of the cage. Weiner tells us that the dog was returned to the cage where he could not escape the shock but there was a low fence which provided escape to a completely safe cage. The poor dog did nothing. While there was safety on the other side of the cage the dog could not comprehend it. Americans, the most independent creative people on the planet, have accepted their educational fate and that of their children.

The safe ground of independent learning is over that low fence. But we have been so brainwashed that Americans have come to think that there is no hope so they stay in losing situtations and appallingly bad schools.

The time has come for a new “manifesto of education against the education industrial complex.” And so we begin stating the Manifesto.

Formal instruction is not the best way to learn. Children in school are held to the pace mandated by the school district whether they are ahead, behind, or right on track. The fact is that we learn best when we are developmentally ready to learn. The child who learns to do long division at eight and the the child who learns long division at twelve are equally skilled at the age of fifteen. But the one who learns at twelve is often labeled learning disabled or slow. That label sticks with the kid. The kid even believes it. The label then defines the child instead of the actions of the child providing the defining characteristics of the child.

Age means nothing when it comes to learning. Never believe that there is a single right age to begin learning any particular subject or skill. Nothing matters less than if a skill is learned at ten or fifteen. The end result is the same. But there are children who need to start later at something than they could if they were in school. Nothing is wrong with them. But, the education industrial complex will tell them something is wrong with them. They will receive the latest label so the school can get a bit more money for that category.

School often destroys the most creative and effective people; both teachers and students.
We are in the era of the standardized, high pressure test. Even the most brilliant teachers are told exactly how to teach, when to teach, and how to teach. There is no room for creative teaching techniques because of the pervasive belief that you can force feed all children the same educational diet at the same time. Children are excruciatingly bored because the work is invariably simplistic, unreasonable, and is being done for an exterior motivator only; the good of the school through the test scores.

There is no limit to what can be learned independently. Teachers do not actually teach anything. The best ones use the natural novelty of a subject to motivate someone to learn. They can also tutor motivated students. But they cannot actually cause learning. The worst ones destroy all motivation to learn. Bad teaching may cause a child to become so damaged that the child may come to believe that learning is impossible.

Independent learning’s best friend is a good library Libraries contain everything needed to facilitate any kind of learning. One can locate texts, original sources, serious books on a subject, popular books on a subject, magazines, dvds, videos and computer resources of all sorts.

Follow the question All learning evolves from a question. Each question leads to many other questions. Following the question leads to the entire world. Develop new questions as you answer other questions. The process works like the internet. Questioning leads out into a web of learning the will only stop when you want to stop.

Concentrate on the story Subject matter like history is best learned by focusing on the story. Dates are wonderful. But we remember facts in a context that has meaning. A few years ago I saw the movie “The Patriot”. I can almost recite the story. I can also see the scenes, feel the emotions portrayed and quote some of the lines. Facts out of context are almost never retained. Facts in context presented in an entertaining way contained in a web of connections are almost always retained.

Concentrate on the practical use Recently I met a young man who had failed algebra miserably. He could not make any sense of the use of equations. They had no practical purpose in his mind. We started with something very simple. I had him set up a simple equation to determine how much a fence repair job would cost. He had to determine how many boards would be used, how many nails would be used, and calculated the cost of the job by setting up an equation. At the end of the session he understood they why and how of equations. He had a practical use for Algebra.

Teachers can’t actually teach anything, they can only coach Just forget the idea that anything is taught. You are the only one who can learn. Every individual now has the power to select the way he or she best learns. After thirty-six years I know that I never taught anyone anything. I did coach and tutor. But at best I was an information provider. When the era of high stakes testing came into being I knew the joy and fun of learning was over. The next step in my growth was the realization that no matter how many notes I gave, how brilliant my lectures were (and were they ever brilliant), or how elegant my lesson plans were I really didn’t teach anyone anything. I realized that my best function was that of a coach, guide and tutor.

The world is now the classroom In the not too distant past there were few options to learn a new skill. Now the options are almost limitless. The internet brings the entire universe of knowledge into each and every home. Certainly, you won’t learn to perform brain surgery from the internet. You learn that from a coach. Formal settings still exist for information best learned with a learning coach. Libraries are now available free of charge in every community. And they are no longer your dad’s library. They provide films, cds, programs, computers, classes and a wealth of other resources. New and used bookstores, eBay and stores such as Amazon provide access to anything ever published. And digital projects like Project Gutenberg provide rare resources that are difficult to acquire anywhere else. Then there are natural areas like parks, refuges, historical displays and many other things. Yes, the whole world is now the classroom.

The learning singularity is here now. A singularity occurs when many different pathways converge on one point. The pathways to learning any discipline or skill represent a spider’s web. The center of the web is that which you want to learn. The strands represent the myriad paths one can use to reach the singularity which is where and what you learn. Now, I think I will travel this strand right here.

John McGeough is a professional teacher, change agent, and child advocate since 1973. John has had the career of a renaissance man. He has been a professional trumpet player, a professional conductor, a successful music instructor, a biology teacher, a successful middle school music and science teacher. He is now a youth pastor serving children of all types from his ministry. He is committed to making the world a better place for children from all backgrounds. John believes that the era of mass education is dead. It just hasn’t laid down yet. John believes in the concept of the independent American responsible for himself, making decisions for himself without the help of pervasive government interference.

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