The Assault on Education Continues

The recent vintage of the Republican Party has a problem with education, more specifically public education. At the federal level, this is often shown in their disdain for the Department of Education, a very important – at least if you care about having smart people in your country – executive office that dictates education policy in this country (pretty straightforward, I know). Nevertheless, the “states’ rights” branch of the Party thinks that education should be controlled by the states, with a former Republican candidate for president declaring that he would shut down the Department if given the chance. Utah Congresswoman Mia Love made the same goal a huge aspect of her run for office. At the state level, Red and Blue State governors alike often view education cuts as the quickest way to balance bloated government budgets.

The final straw may be the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as President Trump’s Secretary of Education. Her nomination was pretty controversial from the beginning. A daughter of a billionaire married to a millionaire, she never attended public school or had to send her children through the public school system. She was never a teacher and had no school administration experience. Her only qualification seemed to be the massive amounts of money she donated to Republican politicians that ultimately confirmed her nomination and her contributions to groups that sought to “privatize” public schools by giving students vouchers for private charter schools, while also stating that education reform was a way to “advance God’s kingdom” by prioritizing public education funds for parochial charter schools. Continue reading “The Assault on Education Continues”

Thoughts on Grad School, Part 2

I already talked about going back to graduate school in a previous post, so I’ll let you go read that if you want the total background of what led to my current choice.

If you’ve been following me on Twitter — at this point, why aren’t you on Twitter? — you would have seen the following tweet:

The tweet announced my final six choices for pursuing my masters in finance. I’ll get to them in a minute. After being humbled Tuesday night taking a pretest in my GMAT prep course, I realize that I have some work to do to get my score in the vicinity of 650, which I think would make me competitive for admission at my currently-targeted schools.  Continue reading “Thoughts on Grad School, Part 2”

Thoughts on Grad School

I was having a discussion recently with a friend on his first day of college at a new school. In the course of our conversation about the women’s soccer team and girls in yoga pants, he asked me when I was heading back to school. It got me thinking about his question. In a perfect world, I would like to be back in school by next fall, but going to graduate school is a little more involved than just signing up for school. I’m sure I could easily get into an online college if I wanted, but if I do go back to school, I would like to go to an actual college campus. While I enjoyed my experience at Post University getting my degree in accounting, I think graduate school would be better in person, enabling  collaboration with classmates and whatnot.

Despite not really knowing what I want to do with my life and even if a graduate degree would fit in, part of the reason I want to go back to school is to use the rest of my Post-9/11 GI Bill that I earned for my service in Iraq with the Army Reserve. It seems silly to waste this, and it would enable me to complete at least 50% of a degree for no cost. With a lot of student loan debt already, I am wary to go back to school if I need to take a loan to go to school again. Hopefully, if I do get back to school, I’ll be able to go full-time, using proceeds from my GI Bill and writing a bit to cover the cost without another loan. Continue reading “Thoughts on Grad School”