Importance of Creativity in Education

Creativity can help bolster and re-invent that institution known as education:

Sir Ken Robinson provides an insightful perspective on what education is capable of doing now & in the future in terms of embracing creativity and intelligence.

A fantastic breakdown of intelligence:

Intelligence is diverse.
Intelligence is dynamic.
Intelligence is distinct.

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Education Starts Here

Phenomenal what one small voice can do…

Success in education, whether, primary, secondary, or college – is really driven by one’s belief in oneself & others.

Discovered this video thanks to Andrew Chen and jyamasaki. Dalton Sherman is the charismatic young man who wows the Dallas School District crowd.

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Why I care about college

Education is important to everyone.

This simple statement is the easiest way to summarize the vision behind ReviewSchools.org. My hope is that this project stays true to the mission:

  • Improve higher education – one voice at a time

The reality is your story can make a huge difference for others.

So, do you care? If you’ve already been to college – stop reading and start doing:

Review your college & Tell 5 friends.

Thank You!

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3 Reasons to Review Your College Experience

  1. Your review is valuable to more people than you think. Sharing your own story, rating your college, and reviewing the overall experience can make the world of a difference for potential students who need all the information they can get to make the best decision.
  2. Your review (and many others) is fantastic way to give feeback to your school. By sharing your perspective and encouraging others to do rate their experience, you can keep the colleges and schools accountable to their students. Alumni and students who share their thoughts and opinions help improve the higher education system.
  3. Sharing is free, easy, and it feels good. Whether you have good or bad things to say, getting your opinion off your chest is always a good thing.

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Cost-conscious students look to save on college

Prospective college students and colleges themselves must get creative with how to address tough times ahead. Especially when the word “recession” is in the back of everyone’s mind.

A flurry of articles about increasing community college enrollments & other cost-saving strategies highlight that students are looking for good deals as the economic downturn affects college and higher education institutions.

Some recent cost-conscious headlines:

The 4 Rules of Paying for College in a Recession (US News)

Junior College Squeeze (Newsweek)

Cost-conscious students turn to community colleges (The Tribune-Democrat)

Students Face Challenges Paying for College (The Citizen – Laconia)

Colleges Give New Aid to Keep Students Afloat (Chicago Tribune)

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Dear Change.gov, Our Education…

Change.gov has invited Americans to share their vision of what America can be. Here is our response:

Education, in all forms, affects/influences every other major issue. The short term educational issues that face this country are vast and varied. The decision process will be difficult, and there will be no free lunch. However, the educational system (primary, secondary, & postsecondary) are in dire need of a shift – one that is focused on the long-term.

By simply changing the way Americans interact on/about/with educational institutions, the country can align the entire education system more closely with what is most important to Americans. The highest cost of this effort is time – it requires time and attention from millions of Americans to be effective.

Government regulation is meant to be expansive and rigorous – thus it is slow and not able to quickly change or launch new initiatives. Government, from federal to local, must collaborate with independent vehicles to foster an environment where change is more effective. Government alone cannot tackle the long-term educational change needed to reinvigorate American pride & ingenuity in academics.

The steps needed to shift the status quo:

  • Empower the People / Give them a Voice
  • Provide a Place for Discourse
  • Build Collective Intelligence
  • Share the Knowledge

Empowering parents, students, and alumni brings an almost immediate transparency to the education system. This can result in a real sense of accountability for students, teachers, and the educational institutions themselves. This transparency also spreads the burden upon everyone involved, from students to schools.

Over time and with encouragement, the voices of parents and students will become an invaluable asset. Allowing open discussions and conversations will foster new ideas and push for responsible decisions by people and institutions. Activism by a majority of concerned parents/students will also impact apathetic parents/students who are less interested, less invested.

Collective intelligence already exists. It still needs to be directed, harnessed, and shared. This is where government especially needs to collaborate with others to more effectively support and channel the voices of parents and students.

By leveraging technology and ingenuity, the government and the people can create a powerful force that cannot be diminished by special interests or entrenched lobbyists.

In the long run, the American educational system will benefit greatly from an environment that demands more responsibility and more accountability.

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Career Profile – Electrician and Electrical Technician

electrical technician
Electricians bring electricity into homes and businesses. They install and maintain the wiring, fuses, and other components through which electricity flows.

Electricians connect all types of wires to circuit breakers, transformers, and outlets. They join the wires in boxes with various specially designed connectors.

When installing wiring, electricians use conduit benders, screwdrivers, pliers, knives, hacksaws, wire strippers, and power tools such as drills and saws.

Common responsibilities include:

  • Reading blueprints and determining the best method for installation
  • Installing wiring and circuits to conduct electricity in homes and businesses
  • Troubleshooting faulty wires and circuits
  • Repairing and replacing wires and electrical components

Formal training, an apprenticeship, and licensing is required to be an electrician. Job prospects are excellent for those with advanced skills and training and decent for those who are just entering the field. Electricians earn between $17 and $32 an hour on average.

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

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College Reviews by ReviewSchools.org

How does ReviewSchools.org review Colleges and Schools?

Actually, ReviewSchools.org doesn’t perform college reviews or ratings.  We leave that up to college students and college alumni who know their schools the best.  ReviewSchools.org does ensure that reviews submitted by individuals are respectful and useful.

By breaking down the college experience into areas like student atmosphere, career guidance, and faculty  – submitted reviews are oriented towards measuring colleges and schools on a universal standard.

ReviewSchools.org encourages an open dialog college students/alumni and higher education.

Submit Your College Review Today!

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Career Profile – Massage Therapist

nuclear massage therapistMassage therapists can specialize in over eighty different types of massage, called modalities.

Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, reflexology, acupressure, sports massage, and neuromuscular massage are just a few of the many approaches to massage therapy.

Some massage therapists use exaggerated strokes ranging the length of a body part, while others use quick, percussion-like strokes with a cupped or closed hand. A massage can be as long as two hours or as short as five or ten minutes. Common responsibilities for massage therapists include:

  • Determining the best approach for each individual client
  • Custom massage service for clients
  • Developing relationships to secure new and repeat business

The outlook for jobs in the massage therapy field is very good. Interest in holistic medicine is rising as are health care costs for traditional treatments.

Certification is required in most states and education is offered by over 1500 institutions nationwide. Massage therapists can make anywhere from $10 to $40 per hour.

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

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Career Profile – Diesel Service Technician or Diesel Mechanic

diesel mechanicsDiesel service technicians and mechanics, including bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists, repair and maintain the diesel engines that power transportation equipment.

Some diesel technicians and mechanics also work on other heavy vehicles and mobile equipment, including bulldozers, cranes, road graders, farm tractors, and combines.

Other technicians repair diesel-powered passenger automobiles, light trucks, or boats. Responsibilities often include:

  • Evaluating and inspecting diesel powered equipment
  • Determining the nature of a problem and how to fix it
  • Repairing or replacing broken parts
  • Testing the finished product for defects and scheduling follow up maintenance

Formal education is not required to be a diesel service technician or mechanic but it is preferred by larger companies.

Job prospects in the field are projected to be about average without any dramatic growth or loss expected in the industry over the next decade. Diesel service technicians and mechanics earn between $15 and $27 per hour.

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College and School Programs – Mechanics, Precision, and Construction

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

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