Good Reasons for Teachers to get Masters Degrees

With the way the political climate is today it is difficult to imagine a time when professionals made the decision to enter the field of education. While teachers unions in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, and around the country are fighting for their lives it can be hard to imagine what a teaching career will look like five or ten years from now. Despite the difficult times teachers are currently going through it can still be important for educators to consider their careers through long term thinking, and to work towards getting a Masters Degree. There are still a number of reasons to get a Masters Degree including the following. Read more of this post


SeaWorld Orlando offers free passes to teachers

Florida schoolteachers can go to SeaWorld Orlando for free for the rest of the year, under the “Study Pass” offered by the theme park. The Study Pass comes with unlimited admission and no black-out dates in 2011.

Participants must bring their Florida Teaching Certificates, a pay stub from the past 30 days and a photo ID that matches all those.

This is the 13th year that SeaWorld has offered free admission to teachers. A new element this year is that those teachers can buy up to six single-day tickets that are discounted by $20 for friends and family. That offer is good through May 31. Read more of this post

California Teachers Union Looking at Large Lay Offs

As teachers look at options for careers outside of a classroom it is clear that getting a Masters Degree in Education; at least today, is not the best choice. Today getting a masters in curriculum or administration might be the way to go. This way if the career in education stalls during these economic times a move into the private sector might be easier. Becoming a training expert for a private company, or finding work in government developing plans on how to do more with less are becoming possibly the best options.
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Union: 19K teacher layoff slips so far in Calif

School districts in California have issued nearly 19,000 layoff notices so far to teachers amid uncertainty over the state budget, the California Teachers Association estimated Tuesday.

The union announced its estimate of preliminary notices on the day school districts must let employees know they could lose their jobs.
Some districts had yet to fully report how many warnings had been distributed as they prepare for worst-case budget scenarios. The union said it expects to have a final count Friday.
Its early estimate includes almost 500 school employees in San Francisco, 540 in Oakland, nearly 900 in San Diego, and about 5,000 educators in Los Angeles.
The situation is not unique to California. School districts throughout the country are warning of cutbacks involving teacher and other employees, as state legislatures seek to close massive budget shortfalls by cutting education spending.

Will Obama Improve No Child Left Behind?

Over the last few years there has been hundreds of discussions among educators concerning the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Law. The one size fits all law has had its share of detractors. It will be interesting to see if there is any way for compromise legislation to make it through these days.
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Obama to Reiterate His Call to Overhaul Bush’s `No Child Left Behind’ Law
President Barack Obama will
reiterate today at a school in Virginia his call to overhaul the
sweeping education legislation enacted by his predecessor.
Obama wants to replace former President George W. Bush’s
“No Child Left Behind” with a new plan for tracking student
progress and teacher training.
“We need to fix this law now,” Arne Duncan, the secretary
of the Department of Education, told reporters on a conference
call yesterday. “We want to create a new law that is fair,
flexible and focused on the schools and students most at risk.”
Duncan said current legislation is too punitive and “one-
size-fits-all,” and that new legislation is needed to provide
proper incentive to schools and teachers to prepare students for
college and careers.
Obama is involved in a series of speeches around the
country concerning the importance of education in assisting the U.S. economy to compete with other nations.

Interesting Quotes on Edcuation

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. — Benjamin Franklin

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. — Henry Ford

Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. — George Bernard Shaw

Chance favors the prepared mind. — Louis Pasteur

Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance. — Albert Einstein

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people…They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty. — Thomas Jefferson

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a cup. — Socrates

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. — Nelson Mandela

Facts are stubborn things, and whatever may your wishes, your inclinations, or the dictates of your passions, they cannot change the state of facts and evidence. — John Adams

I began my education at a very early age – in fact, right after I left college. — Winston Churchill

If ignorance is bliss, why aren’t more people happy? — Thomas Jefferson

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it? — Albert Einstein

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science. — Charles Darwin


Teacher and Public Unions Have a Bad Day

Because of how laws have been set up over the last 30 years getting a union ratified is no easy task now. That is what makes the breaking of unions so important to conservatives. Teachers do not just bargain for vacations in the Caribbean, the color of their BMW’s, and all the other perks they get. They also bargain for different school programs such as the arts, sports, and other programs that benefit students. Yesterday was a bad day for students maybe even more than for teachers.
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and His Allies Drop All Pretenses
There’s a sports saying that comes up whenever a player signs a huge, multimillion dollar megadeal: When they say it’s not about the money, it’s about the money. A similar principle holds true in politics. When a politician says that something is just about the budget and not about grinding ideological axes, it’s really grinding ideological axes. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his allies on the right made that abundantly clear on Wednesday when the state legislature passed Walker’s “budget-repair bill” stripped of its budgetary pretenses leaving only its union-busting ideological nub.
How to break the impasse? Simple: Drop the pretense that this was about the budget. They stripped out all the actual fiscal items from the law and hastily passed a bill that simply went after the unions.
This was just the final step in removing any doubt about the true nature of this fight.

Online Ed Challenging Traditional Universities

Schools offering Masters Degrees Online like Scranton and even the larger schools like Duke over the next few years could challenge the way many people think of education.
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Does online education put traditional universities at a ‘grave risk’?

Christensen, a Harvard Business School professor and author of The Innovator’s Dilemma and The Innovator’s Prescription, delivered the keynote address to an audience of higher-education officials March 7 at the American Council on Education’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
Christensen outlined the ways upstart, innovative businesses have toppled the giants of industry—such as Toyota’s rise coinciding with American automakers’ downfall—and how that model might translate to colleges and universities.
While online college classes have grown more available and affordable over the past decade, Christensen said a major shift had not yet occurred in higher education. Not until online learning grew in popularity was higher education even “amenable” to a major “disruption,” he said.