Posted tagged ‘students bound for college’

Bianca, You Animal, Shut Up!, by John Taylor Gatto

August 27, 2010

We first heard Mr. Gatto at a Florida Parent Educators Association annual conference. Don’t remember when, but early in our career of parent directed education of our daughter.

Ask yourself, why should the government have your child for the compulsory attendance period of 900 hours per year?

Bianca, You Animal, Shut Up!, by John Taylor Gatto.

A Big Step on The Road to Ruin « Monty Pelerin’s World

June 27, 2010

An interesting take on the recently passed financial regulations.

A Big Step on The Road to Ruin « Monty Pelerin’s World.

Going “green”

May 30, 2010

This article and some of the comments are very good.  They expose some of the beliefs (as opposed to facts) of a certain movement. Enjoy the article, John Stossel is always a good read.

John Stossel: Going “green” | Washington Examiner.

Study Reports that Students Dissatisfied with High School Guidance Counselors « Murphy College Consultants LLC

March 7, 2010

Reference the article below for some interesting statistics on high school counselors. They are spread mighty thin. Not the fault of the counselors, they don’t hire additional counselors when the work load is too large.

We were at an ACT seminar last year and the figure for Florida varied by school district, but they weren’t any better than the statistics in the article. Some districts were worse.

Study Reports that Students Dissatisfied with High School Guidance Counselors « Murphy College Consultants LLC.

Do Big Endowment Fund Losses and Extended Graduation Time Effect Scholarship Levels?

September 8, 2009

A resounding YES to that question.

College endowments have taken big hits this year. Harvard’s  funds and Princeton’s are down 30% and Yale is down 25% according the the “Communique’s” Alexander Green, Investment Director, The Oxford Club. He further stated that their real world returns were probably even worse because their investments are fairly illiquid. Therefore, it is very difficult to fix a fair value and maybe even find a buyer. If these three major  colleges and universities are doing so poorly perhaps no endowment fund is doing any better and most will probably be worse.

What does this portend for college applicants? Lower college endowment funded scholarships is the most likely scenario. If your capital was reduced by 30% you would also reduce your expenditures if you had a choice. Particularly in tough times like now. The last time we had a really bad depression or recession it took about 16 years to recover with the government intercessions. Are we going to do any better this time. The government’s involvement is much greater this time so maybe it will last longer. They seem to be following the policies of FDR which didn’t work until after about 1946 and WWII. Here are the results of a recent economic study that supports the assertion that Obama’ s plan doesn’t work  and is making the same mistake as FDR’s plans.

Not only will the endowment fund losses potentially effect the size of endowment financed scholarship. Another matter that effects your college and university costs that seems to be coming to the front is the time it takes to get a four year or bachelor’s degree. The American Enterprise Institute has published a report on diplomas and dropouts. This a fairly lengthly report and appears to cover most institutions and their record of graduating students with a four byear degree.

College Bound Seniors 2009 SAT Results

August 27, 2009

Looks like the SAT scores students have earned have remained about the same this year as last.

The big deal this year is diversity as it has been for many years. As the scores are about the same, there is nothing to celebrate nor is there a need for excuses so there is even more diversity celebration.

Included below are a couple of links. Interested in Florida overall results?  There are 15 pages of statistics, but couldn’t find an overall picture for Florida.

See press releases College Bound Seniors 2009.

See results for your state

“Dumbest Generation Getting Dumber”

July 23, 2009

Dr. Walter William’s article (the above title is his) reminds me of some of the reasons we have become involved in the education process. Our involvement started when our sons were in grade school. We were living in “Middletown USA” (for those of you old enough to remember where that is).

Middletown has a teachers college (from which I graduated), and at that time produced more teachers for our children than any college except Columbia.

While driving through the campus I caught a broadcast from the college radio station where a student was interviewing an assistant dean of the school of education. The college official being interviewed had input into what the student teachers were being taught about what they should teach your children. The schools at that time were pushing a math method called “new math”. They continue pushing this, however, they change the names of the classes. The student asked the college official what was wrong with the “old math”? The college official answered, “There are those of us in the education community who think there are needed social changes in the USA and the quickest way to bring about those changes is to lessen the influence of the parent over the child”.

Many of you may have taken “new math” classes or the same thing with a different name.

We run into people who have had to participate in these classes during their public school student careers. We meet these people as we interview students and parents for enrollment in our private school in Florida.

Why does Dr. Williams call this generation the, “Dumbest Generation”? I think it is not because the members of that generation are especially dumb. His article uses some test scores to determine that this generation is the dumbest. What has caused the test scores to be so low. Of course, the test results are determined by the questions asked and the students exposure to those subjects while in school. Could it be that the tests do not test what has been taught? We know that some of the tests have been “re-centered”, that means to add points to the student score to keep the scores higher. Another reason could be the mandatory subjects that are covered, but do not belong in the typical core course categories.

At a meeting in Florida with one of the testing companies the public school teachers were complaining about the ten subjects that they had to teach along with all the regular classes. The two courses that were mentioned most were “Anti-bullying” and “Aggressive Girls”, these are real money makers for the people who produce the course material. These courses do not come home with the student to complete, that is why public school students have more homework each day. Many parents and students we interview complain about the loss of time to do extra curricular activities or family activities due to new greater amounts of home work.

Dr. Walter E. Williams, who is on the faculty of George Mason University as a John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics, an author, a columnist, and other activities. Dr. Williams article below was published on

Walter E. Williams : Dumbest Generation Getting Dumber – .