Education: the good news and the absurd/ Time to THINK!

1, NYTIMES 12/10/12. To steer students toward jobs, Florida may cut tuition for selected majors. The idea for a. $10,000 degree started with Rick Perry of Texas. Next, Florida took on the challenge which has been lauded by business groups. THough there is opposition , the goal is a noble one, put cash back in people’s pockets and help the Community. LOOKING FOR CHANGE ? A GREAT IDEA…

2. Major renter to students to pay millions for civil fraud. ERIC SCHNEIDERMAN the NY State AG has settled a case with the non profit organization supplying rental units for students in NYC. George Scott , along with his wife, have agreed to pay $5.5 million in a settlement for siphoning money personally, when they had a fiduciary responsibility to Educational Housing Services. Their company has been in existence since 1987. Since, the Board supported the Salaries and Personal expenditures of the founders, no one is criminally responsible? Makes you wonder, when does fiduciary responsibility begin?

” Last month, the Chronicle of Higher Education published a damning investigation of college athletes across the Nation who were maintaing their grade point average by going online to take cheap easy courses from obscure junior colleges.” When do we question practices and standards that deprive students of a real education and more importantly the ability to think?

4. LOL Last item at the Times $50 Billion for STIMULUS / THE NATION? Maybe The Times is in error? $50-60 Billion was requested by NY for rebuilding. THE REAL STIMULUS NUMBER IS CLOSER TO SEVERAL TRILLION . THAT’s a major infrastructure rebuild all across the Nation which would automatically trigger a housing boom and so much more…. Better education and jobs for our kids and grandchildren . I’m not dreaming, if we’re Serious about climate mitigation everything is possible. We can let go of the status quo.

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