We all know how expensive graduate school can be. I, and a lot of my friends, are applying to grad school right now. We beg and we plead to be accepted to schools, but more than that, we don’t want to go into anymore debt than we have to. Students apply to grad school with the most desperate and self-congratulatory essays ever written, so I wrote one from an imaginary English major from Wisconsin named Julia (THIS IS NOT ME! I'M NOT QUITE THIS DESPERATE). She really needs the money:
Unfortunately, because nearly everyone in this country was in a classroom at some point in their lives, nearly everyone feels they have some insight or perspective into the problem, and thus some notion of how to fix it. This may piss some people off, but for the vast majority of you, you're wrong. Having been a student in a classroom, or having children that attend, does not qualify you to address public education's systemic issues. I would lump individuals that feel they're qualified because they have an MBA into that category as well. That brings me to our topic today; Steve Brill, founder of CourtTV and American Lawyer has written a book on education reform entitled, Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools.
Like many of my peers, I live in a constant state of fear about performing well, whether it is in a class, in a musical ensemble or even in a social setting. Because I grew up in this kind of atmosphere, I often fear many of things--like making connections with students and being prepared enough to teach—when thinking about being a teacher in the future. This is probably an unhealthy fear, but I think there is a distinction between a healthy and an unhealthy fear, especially in teaching.
Studying abroad when I was a junior in college was one of the best decisions I ever made. I studied in Vienna, Austria for four months during my junior year. I was intrigued by the region’s language and culture, which incorporates more historic and artistic elements in everyday life than American culture does. I wanted to immerse myself in the people, the buildings, the arts, the food and the education systems of Austria so I could be a part of the culture rather than just an observer of it.
I never get why people seem to have to buy so much for school every year. I used to reuse many of my supplies, though teachers often told me that I had to buy new things for their class—such as a binder (I always hated using binders!) or some other stupid thing.
integrated itself into the Department of Education they've nearly got it bought and paid for, and their reforms are being promoted on a national scale by our own government. Politicians and business-leaders, likewise, have rallied behind the Gates Foundations and others that support taking a private industry approach to educating our children.