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


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.

Not Only Teachers Should Look at Online MBA Programs

While this particular blog will post primarily on issues facing educators and teachers there are times when pointing out real options for other professionals to continue their education online will be highlighted.
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Traditional MBA Degree Programs With a Variety of Specializations

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  • MBA/Management
  • MBA/Marketing
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  • MS Information Technology
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  • Teacher Unions and Preparing for the Future

    Over the past few months and the last few days there have been large headlines and many high profile fights brewing over the role of public employees and how their compensation should be measured against that of private workers. To be sure there can be valid arguments made that while a country, state, or municipality is suffering budget issues that public employees would have to make adjustments to salary, furloughs, benefit packages, or pension plans.  Teachers and other public employees will correctly say that over the past fifteen years in negotiating their contracts that concessions were made concerning short term gains in exchange for better pension plans that are now under assault. There is very little a lone teacher can do to fight against these winds of change which means that a teacher’s best option is to do the best they can to prepare for what these changes could mean to the career path they have chosen.

    For years teachers had achieved additional standing and compensation by gains a Masters Degree. In the past this was a negotiated salary increase that was built into collective bargaining agreements with the state or city. Now many teachers are considering not continuing their education because the financial payoff within their chosen career might not be realized. While this may be true with plain Masters Degrees in Education, that is not the case with teachers who get a Masters of Administration, or Masters of Curriculum and Instruction.

    Masters Degree such as these can not only prepare a teacher to prosper within the teaching profession, it also offers teachers a range of career options both within the field of education, and also in the private sector. These Masters Degrees can help teachers transfer from a classroom work environment into a many other opportunities.

    Higher education, Human Resources, Corporate Training, and even Museum Curator are all career opportunities that can become options to teachers with the correct education. This does not even include the option of moving into a more administrative role within the education field. Principal, assistant principal and other fields in the administration of public and private schools become realistic career options.

    So while the politicos and cable TV speaking heads go on and on about the future for public employees, now is not a bad time to make sure teachers prepare themselves for an uncertain future. In any other career be it technology or the law, professionals must make adjustments to changes in the market. If teaching is going to become an even less respected, and less compensated field in which to earn a living in the next few years, teachers, just like RPG programmers learned HTML and Java over the last decade will have to prepare to the changing market.

    Scholarship Available for Teachers

    If you are thinking of getting a Masters Degree why not save a few dollars?

    Dominican University, in partnership with University Alliance, is proud to announce the availability of the Bisk Foundation Teacher Education Scholarships for students newly enrolling into one of the three online Master of Arts in Education programs. Dominican’s MAEd degrees are designed for working teachers committed to gaining the skills needed to teach in today’s classroom. Bisk Foundation Teacher Education Scholarships supports the ongoing career and professional development of teachers who have already made a difference in the lives of others. Apply today!

    The Bisk Foundation Teacher Education Scholarships will award five (5) scholarships each session for one year (six sessions in the 12-month year) commencing with Fall I 2010, then again in Fall II, Spring I 2011, Spring II, Summer I and Summer II. The scholarship is valued at $435.60 per course
    , which represents 33%