Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Education Department and The Department Of Energy

The origin of this article comes from a short blurb in the December 17, 2010 issue of The Week magazine. The latest survey of student school achievement, which is done every three years by the Organization For Economic Cooperation and Development, found that students in Shanghai ranked first in the world in reading, science, and math. Quite a feat, to be number one in all three. The survey measured the education proficiency of fifteen year olds in 60 countries around the world.
The very bad and sad news is that the United States ranked 17th in reading, 23rd in science, and 31th in math. While the article did not give education expenditure information, it is a good bet that the United States ranked much higher in amount of education dollars spent per student than it did in any of the three categories measured. If this assertion is correct, then we are spending a lot of taxpayer money and getting mediocre performance in return.
Which brings us to the Federal Education Department, a bureaucracy that has been around since 1980 and according to its government website, has a discretionary budget of about $49.7 billion (this does not include the $33 billion or so of Pell grants that it administers). I guess one could make the argument that without the Education Department, the United States would have finished worse than 17th, 23rd, and 31th.
However, it is likely we could have finished this poorly without spending the $49.7 billion a year. In fact, if you look at the Education Department website, it acknowledges that "it is important to point out that education in America is a state and local responsibility." They admit that they are not the main driver of education in this country but still eat up almost $50 billion a year just to fill a supplemental role.
Let's do some fantasy math. What if we terminated the Education Department, what could we do with that money:
  • Since there are 50 states, you could provide an annual supplemental payment to the states, that the Department fully acknowledges has the main responsibility for educating our kids, of $1 billion per state to help improve their facilities and education processes.
  • According to the government's National Center For Education Statistics, there are 93,295 public elementary and secondary schools in this country. If we divide this number of schools into the Education Department's budget, each school could theoretically receive an additional $532,000 per school each year to help educate America's youth.
  • If we purchased the basic iPad product at Best Buys' current price of $499.95, we could outfit over 99 million students in one year with an iPad for themselves. Given today's high tech world, wouldn't iPads (or other worthy technology) be better use of taxpayer funds than a 31st finish in math?
  • Of course, just having a piece of technology is not going to improve an education process but imagine what could happen in education with an iPad. For example, the need for books and the high expense that goes with the school purchase of books could be diverted to hire more teachers, improve school curriculums, enhance teacher training, etc. since bound paper books are more expensive than electronic digital books, a format that that could also be much easily updated. And this is for only one year. With the technology already purchased in year one, next year, billions of more dollars could be spent on other education needs, if we eliminated the Education Department budget.
  • If you are not into helping improve our schools, you could divide the $49.7 billion by the number of U.S. households and give each household an annual check of just over $400. Certainly a better idea than 31st in math.
The point to be made by these math calculations is that the Education Department has done such a poor job of positioning our kids for success in the world that continuing to budget and pay for this non-performance is a farce. How much worse could it be to take the $50 billion or so and try something new with it? Given that the Department is supplemental, what is the worst that could happen? We fall to 32nd in math? The schools and education approach in Shanghai is getting results, why can't we get the Federal government out of the way and let the states find a way to mimic what Shanghai is obviously doing right and our Education Department is obviously not doing at all?
While reading about our poor performance as a nation academically, it appears that another Federal agency, the Department of Energy, is also a total failure when it comes to its charter. Although it has been over 30 years since the traumatic energy crises of the 1970s, we as a nation are not closer to having a strategic, workable, and rationale national energy plan today than we were when the Department of Energy was formed decades ago.
Think about it: name one success story from the Department of Energy that you can come up with without doing some serious research? We still have no national energy policy. I can think of no significant project, program, or technology that the Department funded with our taxpayer money that has born fruit, either with cheaper energy, better energy, or less reliance on foreign energy sources.
If you look at their Federal website,you see that the Department Of Energy's annual budget is around $28 billion, of which just over $11 billion of that is for Defense Department research. If you took that $11 billion and moved it and its staff into the Defense Department, you could dump the remaining parts of the Department Of Energy and save the taxpayers just over $17 billion a year. This would provide an annual tax reduction of about $150 for every U.S. household. What would you rather have: $150 in your pocket or just another government bureaucracy that did nothing it was supposed to do?
These are the types of questions that need to be asked as the country faces this extraordinary and looming budget crisis of skyrocketing national debt. Just because we always had a government program, does not mean we need to continue to have these programs. An Education Department that fails at education and a Department of Energy that fails at energy are not good reasons to continue to have them. Better to try somethng different and less expensive. Again, how much worse could it get when it comes to these two monstrosities?
Just because something exists today does not mean it has to exist tomorrow. Lehman Brothers, Bear Sterns, Montgomery Ward, Service Merchandise, American Motors, Studebaker, GTE, ITT, the Iron Curtain, the Soviet Union, etc. all existed and are now all gone. Given this historical perspective, getting rid of a mere Cabinet Department or two should be no big deal, especially the ones that are expensive and ineffective, the cause for the demise of these past giants in their respective fields.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Online Education Degree Choices

When it comes to online education degree choices, the good news is that there are some fantastic options available to you. Online education has opened the doors for many individuals who are looking for a way to further their education and to still remain active in their lives. If you do not have time to go back to school in the traditional method, you may have the time to do so while exploring online education degree choices.
What can you learn in these programs? You might be impressed that there are so many specialized as well as general options available to you in this form of education. Consider the following, which is only a very small list of choices that you may have.
•    Business management specializations in areas such as accounting, general business, strategy and innovation and organization and management
•    Health care specialization including nursing education, general counselor education, information technology, social and community services, finance, marketing, evaluation, human services
•    Higher education specializations such as educational leadership and management, instructional design, special education leadership, post secondary and adult education, curriculum and instruction
•    Human Capital Management Specializations such as organization and management leaderships, leadership coaching, human resource management, management of nonprofit agencies
•    Information technology specializations such as in  information assurance and security, project management, general information technology, software architecture, health informatics
•    Education specialization K through 12 such as curriculum and instruction, leadership in educational administration, instructional design, early childhood education, sport psychology and educational psychology
•    Mental health specializations such as general counselor education and supervision, training and performance improvement and professional studies in education
These are just some of the options you have in online education degree choices. Students can find online programs for virtually any type of educational goal they have through an online education degree.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Premise Of Further Education

Most Individuals in society seek further Education to raise Their economic levels within a capitalistic society, to live a better Life, but it's not only the education in Colleges, Universities and education systems in a whole that are going to make this Come about. It is Imperative that we understand that it all depends On Ideologies, I have Known Individuals that spent years furthering their education but don't succeed because of their Ideologies.
Let me explain it in easier terms, in 98.9% of Education Institutions in this Country are taught with a Liberal Point of view, if you come from a conservative back ground with extensive education credentials the chances of you working for these Institutions are almost nonexistent. These same scenarios play out on the corporate playing field, have you heard the term "It's not what you know, it's who you know" this is where Ideologies determine whether discrimination is applied.
Have you ever wondered why the lower education system is a failure, lack of education as an Orchestrated Indoctrination, students that have graduated in the last forty years can't read, write or do arithmetic, if the elitists were a part of this group, it would not continue. Most parents would be appalled by what their children are learning in the education system today, there has been no movement to change these practices because the ones that benefit from them don't want it to change, like the slave owners in the earlier history of this country.
Let us look at the State run education system a little closer, what we find is a bureaucratic Entity that is more concerned with their salaries & benefits then the students education, I recall A story that came out in the news some years ago about a school superintend in Antelope Valley. The story entailed a retirement package for this Individual which equaled $1,000,000.00 a year severance package, and this is not an educator, but they continue to advise the public that they don't have enough funds to educate the children.
The tax payer year after year increases the funding for Education even though more and more students graduate with Out the capabilities of functioning in Society, and no repercussions Directed towards the public servants, City, State and federal Governments have become Organized Crime, if this is the Status Quo throughout Society, we have moved further away from the Ideologies of our founding forefathers, and have become a disgrace To the republic and the democracy in which we Inherited.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Education Headhunters

People who work as education headhunters are highly motivated people. They work in this field to locate such skilled professionals who are capable of giving the right value to the education industry actually. The job of the education headhunter is interesting no doubt but then at the same time it requires a lot of dedication as well. Looking for the right person and getting them fixed in a position where they would be best able to extract the goodness and even the position is being able to give and take proportionately is really interesting. Let us take a look at such organizations and browse through some more relevant information pertaining to finding education jobs.
The association of executive search consultants (AESC) works untiringly in order to give this industry of education its due respect by recruiting and helping in the process of recruitment directly as well as indirectly. They have 145 dedicated worker or headhunters who recruit and help in this process by searching for higher education executives. The search consultants or the headhunters mainly recruit for positions as prestigious as deans of any institutes (both private and public). They also recruit presidents and provosts for educational institutions. It is basically a firm constituting of 300 members in total and apart from that they have 6000 executives serving them from various parts and regions of the world. is also a very effective site that can be of some help to you. Their site is really well designed when it comes to helping you finding out higher executive education jobs. Apart from news about such positions where you can really make good use of your skills and degree they also provide help to students and people about how to apply for such jobs in the education industry. There are quite a number of sample resumes and cover letters provided in their site, if you choose to have a look at them then you shall understand how you must present your career graph when applying for such jobs. There are tests for which you can sit online and understand where you stand. The headhunters involved with this association have real good links with educational institutes all over the country. So you can be rest assured that the job provided would be good and effective. is another website that you can choose to visit in order to take the help of their headhunters who can help you locate some really good education jobs there are experienced educator and manager who if not provide you with good links they are sure to advice you on the steps and paths you should follow so that you make yourself capable enough and worthy of education jobs. You might wonder that it is so difficult to lay your hands on good education jobs but, the flaw can be with you as well. So they can help you overcome your problems as well.
Here are lists of sites where you can get in touch with education headhunters who can be of real help in finding out education jobs for you.