Category Archives: Education

What I learned in prison fills me with dread

It is seldom that I have seen articles or stories written as firsthand accounts of the consequences of mandatory sentences that mix youthful offenders in the same prisons with hardened criminals. Then throw them into a prison with a poorly … Continue reading

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Scrambling for college funds? What to know before applying for private loans

This is one of those cases where if it looks too good to be true then most likely it is not true.  ‘….The website for Discover’s student loans says it can help: “Cover up to 100 percent of your college … Continue reading

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Students sink futures into subprime college educations

Education can be the key to a meaningful life for those coming out of prison or it can be another albatross hanging around their neck. In today’s editorial page, George Will points out again that 29 percent of those that … Continue reading

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Drug-resistant gonorrhoea has spread across the world, say health officials

Have been watching men and women getting out of prison for some 15 years now and almost to a one there is a strong urge to test their plumbing and sexuality upon release. In all to many cases, they choose … Continue reading

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Adults Out of Control: The Spread of Stress Reactivity

Stress is a problem but it is a disaster for kids. ‘What is particularly harmful is stress reactivity. Stress reactivity means that you are threat reactive–that you have a low threshold for threat, and perceived threat triggers a stress response. … Continue reading

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Colleges’ bank deals saddle students with big fees

This is a very good link that explores many of the traps of student loans that are set by banks and colleges to maximize profits at the expense of students. Colleges’ bank deals saddle students with big fees

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College is too difficult

Here are some considerations in how to plan for college. ““My college education,” wrote Robert Benchley in 1927, “was no haphazard affair. My courses were all selected with a very definite aim in view, with a serious purpose in mind … Continue reading

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Fed: Student loans soar 275% over past decade

 For those coming out of prison, college loans can be an important first step in the re-entry process. However, an incredible amount of caution is urged. There has to be clarity on the purpose of college as well as an … Continue reading

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FCAT writing scores plummet

 The average educational level of those that go to prison is about the 6th grade. That is too low to even be considered for GED programs. The state of Florida ranks at the bottom of the nation both for money spent … Continue reading

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Community colleges challenged as numbers rise in tough economy

This is a good over view of the community college situation but even better viewpoint on the stats of successful completion. ‘…Nationally, of students who started in 2007, 22.5 percent graduated after three years….’ It is easy to walk away … Continue reading

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