Thursday, August 26, 2010

Mongtomery GI Bill = $51,300

According to Military.com, the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) rate will move to $51,300 as of the new fiscal year on October 1, 2010. The monthly rate will move to $1,432 up 4.2% over the previous year.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Dumb as we wanna be

I caught Thomas Friedman on a morning show lamenting the fact that the United States is a "dumb as we wanna be". Our politicians will not make the tough decisions that need to be made on critical issues and we are just going along, fat, dumb and happy, just as "dumb as we wanna be". He likens it to falling off the top of a 30 story building - the first 29 floors are great - it's the sudden stop that is the real buzz kill. And we are dangerously close to the bottom.

As I travel the country, I have had more conversations in the last few weeks about just how dumb we are as a group. This country is sliding into a moronic stupidity that will rival that of so many other lost civilizations. No one wants to take responsibility for their own stupidity. The mortgage crisis was certainly greed - but the greed wouldn't work if people didn't flock to mortgages that they could never afford. The sheep blindly follow entertainers acting as political prophets to the point that 25% believe that President Obama is a Muslim. People are calling 911 because they didn't get their french fries or their water tastes salty.

Politicians nurture this ignorance so that they can continue to feel important and these so-called leaders are leading us down a hole so deep that we can never get out.

The only hope is education is key. As Jefferson said; " Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government"- the fact that we continue to be as "dumb as we wanna be", is proof of the dismal state of our education system. The future of America as a nation depends on fixing our education system.

Please.....I am begging you America.....WAKE UP!!! Start local and demand a better education system so that we can start this school helping American become as smart as we want to be.

Monday, August 9, 2010

For Profits = more scrutiny

Following all the brew-ha and hub-bub on the GAO College report is a new report that For-Profit Education is dominating the $9.5 billion funding from the Post 9/11 GI Bill. No surprise here as for-profits dominate online and military members want online courses.

But Congress wants to make sure if it is investing that kind of money, that they are getting a solid return.

too bad they don't do the same with K-12 dollars.

Viagra vs Student Learning

If you are in Milwaukee - the teacher's union believes that Viagra is a critical element in meeting the teachers needs. I guess the logic is that a flaccid teacher is an ineffective teacher. Without their viagra paid for by the city, students could suffer.

Since local governments are flush with cash right now, why shouldn't they get their Viagra for free!

Once things start flowing again, we can look for an immediate and significant rise..............in student learning.

Friday, August 6, 2010

For Profit College Going DOWN

A dire prediction about the for-profit education industry being the next big bubble in this article about Steve Eisman who made 2-3 boatloads of money shorting the market before the big collapse.

"Until recently, I thought that there would never again be an opportunity to be involved with an industry as socially destructive and morally bankrupt as the subprime mortgage industry. I was wrong," Eisman said. "The for-profit education industry has proven equal to the task."

With a quote like that, and the recent GAO For Profit College Video it seems our industry is really going to tank and Steve will be right. Then American Military University / American Public University reports quarterly earnings and says that they could be off 25% on the revenue forecast this year.

WOW - Steve is looking to be right again. The industry is in serious trouble and not doing a damn thing to clean it up.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The GAO Video: For Profit College Scams

The last video is horrific. These for-profit colleges should be on probation or shut down. It is time to stop the for-profit college scams now.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

GAO Report on For Profit Colleges

OUCH! The new GAO report on for-profit colleges is just plain awful. There is some serious scamming going on by the BIG BOYS and it is brings a pall across the entire industry. I really am glad to see a crack down coming.

There are many great online colleges that are cost effective like New England College of Business and Finance and American College of Education - so do your homework before you invest in your future.

As to the other online colleges and universities - clean up your act!

See the GAO for-profit colleges video