Sunday, October 12, 2008

Is the Economic Recession Getting You Down?

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When you’re unprepared for the impact of recession on your life and your business, the consequences can take you completely by surprise.

The economic recession brought on by over eager lenders, under-prepared borrowers, and overzealous government and an economy that cares more about its bottom line than its citizens has been pummeling Americans from coast to coast, and it doesn’t show any signs of going away any time soon.

Are you sick and tired of counting your pennies? Looking for a way to be free of the constant fear that one day you’re going to walk into your office and find a pink slip sitting there waiting for you? Would you like, just once to be the once sitting back and making a profit instead of the one worrying about whether this will be the week your business is going to have to close its doors?

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Did you know that economic recessions aren’t anything new? The lifecycle of the business world very closely resembles the lifecycle of the average insect-it circles around, and around, and around, and…well, you get the picture. There are many stages inside that circle that keep business flowing smoothly and the wheels of progress turning the way they’re meant to.

An economic recession is only one of these stages.

Economic recessions are a vital part of the well being and health of our economy, and a study into our history will show that they actually happen on a fairly regular basis-and they usually don’t leave much damage behind. Why, then, do we panic so badly at the thought that this time might be our turn to weather an economic recession?

Because we don’t know what to do about it!

Business magnates understand that economic recession, a time when consumer spending is going to decrease for one reason or another and have a negative impact on the life and health of their company, is a necessary stage of life. From the moment they step into their corner office they’re carefully grooming and preparing the company for the moment when recession is going to rear its unattractive head and take a bite out of their profits.

Those of us who haven’t finished our MBA usually aren’t that well informed.

Without being aware of the necessity and the inevitability of an economic recession, most of us don’t realize that sooner or later recession is going to happen, and it’s going to impact all of our lives. We’ve been lulled into complacency by the constant boom and growth of the American economy, and we’re so focused on finding instant gratification for our desires that we don’t see when recession starts to creep up until it is far too late.

  • Strings of layoffs
  • Dramatic dips in the profits of your company
  • An increase in outsourced labor
  • The disappearance of expendable cash
  • A crashing housing market
  • Rapidly falling stock prices
  • Decreasing values of 401Ks and other retirement accounts
  • Companies going bankrupt

Everyone knows about the negative impacts of an Economic Recession. But what about the positive ones?

When you’ve walked into an unemployment office and seen hundreds of people filling out paperwork in the hope that somehow, someway, someone in that office will be able to help them find a job, it can be hard to believe that there are actually benefits to an economic recession. They are there, however, and if you’re a savvy business person you’ll be able to figure out how to take advantage of them. How do you think so many companies manage to stay in business when recessions happen at least once a decade?

Major corporations around the globe has learned how to weather an economic recession and keep making a profit, and now you can do it too! Regardless of whether you’re an entry level janitor or the CEO of a major corporation, the recession is going to have an impact on your life personally. The question is, what are you going to do about it? Are you going to let the recession bowl you over and leave you struggling for a way to keep your job and pay your bills? Or are you going to look at it as an opportunity to expand your horizons, stretch your wings and show the world what you can really do?

That was a choice I had to make for myself not too long ago

Two years ago I was sitting pretty. I had a good government job working as a contractor for the military, a good retirement plan, a salary that more than met our needs and an insurance program that kept my kids in antibiotics and vaccines.

All in all, life was looking pretty good. Then the recession hit.

I don’t know if any of you out there were unfortunate enough to be a part of this, but over the last two years military contractors have been steadily laying off hundreds of employees in an attempt to trim the fat from their bottom line and help them stay afloat as government contracts began to be canceled left, right and sideways. Because I had just accepted a new position within the company I was considered to be the new kid on the block, even though I had been working for them for years, and my job was among the first to go.

I was devastated.

Suddenly there I was, with a family to support and no income other than what I had coming in from our investments. I’m not ashamed to say I panicked at first. I couldn’t see how, at my age, I could possibly pick up and start all over again in another job. I’d invested too much time and effort to get where I had been, and the thought of having to climb that ladder all over again was enough to make me want to lock my door and hide for a year or two.

My general fondness for eating on a semi-regular basis got me out the door soon enough, however, and it wasn’t long before I was roaming the streets looking for another job. I was fortunate. I had remained in touch with many of my old college buddies, and one of them happened to work for a firm that had just lost one of its key employees and was looking for someone qualified who would be able to fill his place-quickly.

My friend’s recommendation and my own experience had me inside a new job within a month, but over the course of that month I saw hundreds of other contractors I had worked with who weren’t as lucky. They were out of work for months, many of them taking jobs that were far below their skills, their education and their experience just to have a paycheck.

And then there were a few of them that decided to start their own companies and offer their services to the private sector. A few of them started new careers in real estate. When I first heard what they were planning I thought they were out of their minds, but it wasn’t long before they started turning a profit-a big one.

I was astonished. If the U.S. government was losing money hand over fist and having to shut down its operations, how on earth were these little start-up companies managing to not only survive, but to thrive?

They were able to do it because they figured out how to take advantage of the recession!

I would never have believed that there would have been anything about an economic recession that would allow a company or a private entrepreneur to thrive, but as I talked with my old friends I realized that there was a side of the recession that we never saw-and that side could make the difference between surviving and thriving in the middle of an economic recession.

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Young and Jobless: The Effects of Economic Recession on the Youth

Economic recession not only affects those who belong in the working class or the generation involved in labor. Children and the youth are getting affected by economic recession and poverty so much, that these children sometimes never acts their age or sometimes so insecure of their surroundings.

According to the United Nations World Youth report, youth (with ages 18- 24 years old) is 18 percent of the world population. Meanwhile, the youth is also 25 percent of working age population. Last 2007, there were more than 1.2 billion people in the world who belonged to this age group.

Youth are two to three times more likely than adults to be unemployed. The situation is particularly critical for young women, who suffer higher rates of unemployment than young men in the majority of economies. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), youth in both industrialized and developing countries are more likely to be working long hours, on short-term contracts, low pay and with little or no social protection at all.

Youth who enter the workforce with limited prospects, like underdeveloped and inadequate education, have the high probability of facing unemployment, whether it is short or long term, intermittent spells of unemployment and low- wage jobs.

There are more than1 billion youth people aged between15 to 24 are unemployed. A large percentage (85 percent) would be from developing countries. There are 160 million people unemployed globally right now, according to ILO, and nearly 40 percent of this number comes from the youth sector.

Most of the employed youth would be working with short term employment. The casualisation or contractualisation of the youth sector or making the youth work shorter terms affects the benefits or social protection they get from employers. This explains why many of the employed youth are working without or little protection.

Most of the world’s youth are working in the informal economy. In Latin America, almost all newly created jobs employing youth are in the informal economy. While in Africa, 93 percent of all new jobs are also informal. Workers in informal sectors usually work long hours, low pay, with poor working conditions. They don’t have access to social protection or benefits and any freedom for associations, organizations or unions and collective bargaining.

There are also recession effects on the college students. During recessions, the economic out put is decreasing. What the government do is that they reduce taxes, while increasing the government safety net on spending. Because of this, education budgets were harder to make.

These government safety net on spending, constraints the daily education of the students. Course offerings, programs, and student activities may suffer budget cuts as programs compete for less education funds. Funding opportunities for student loans, scholarships, school employment, and aid may also weaken. During budget cuts, less education budget will lead to higher tuition fees to finance the missing funds. This case is particularly true for state subsidized institutions and public schools.

Due to poverty and difficult times, there are numbers showing that the youth are forced to enter low-paid and high risk jobs with little social protection. Faced with poverty and better job opportunities, our youth are forced to gamble their health and physical strength.

There can be numerous ways for an economic recession to deeply cut on our youth. There is a large number of young people currently unemployed, and unemployment greatly affects even the attitude of our youth. Unemployment can to marginalization, exclusion, frustration and even low-esteem.

It is important to save our youth from the impeding crises. Establishing youth employment policies and sound economic policies are great ways to start it.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Teaching your Disabled Students about Time Management

Time management is setting your priorities, which include all your activities, task and rituals that you do everyday of your life. It helps people spend the day in organized ease Things are done on proper timing and proper ways.
It is the proper techniques for planning all your daily activities and work. It maximizes the time available by making use of it in all the possible ways.
Time management is a strategy used to maximize the time in every daily routine. If you use it properly, you will be having much time to spend and much time to rest. You will be avoiding stress as you planned for your daily activities.
People who are using this particular technique usually write down all the activities they need to do. You can also make use of it. You can make your own checklist of your activities for the day. Put a check on all the activities you performed for the day. You will notice all the things you have not yet accomplished.
In this way, you will recognize all the things you can do and the things you cannot do for a day. However, planning time and writing all the things you can do also consumes time, you only have to do the basic so you need not need to write down all your activities daily.
Time management is also used for setting goals. You have to put a deadline to achieve all your set activities. By this, you will be focusing your self to the work you are doing other than focusing yourself to other activities.
Time management can be an easy task to individuals living with a normal life. It is easier to prioritize thing if you have normal thinking and normal skills. However, have you ever wondered how disabled people manage their time?
It may be difficult for disabled people specially students to cope up with the norms of the world. They have difficulties in attaining their goals because of their disabilities. However, you can be a great help to them by giving your extra time to manage the activities they fail to accomplish.
You have to expect that disabled students are poor when it comes to the learning and skillful activities. Specific learning disabilities are due to the condition of lacking a portion in the brain necessary for the deficient function to perform. This particular problem can cause serious developmental deficiency, which may result to disabilities such as blindness and certain deficiency.
This is where learning disabilities take the place. A student is not able to learn and cope with the pressure that the normal people can easily deal with. Through out their life, this underlying frustration is one of the major problems they experience.
Disabled students take time to finish a task since they do not have all the abilities to finish it. This condition affects the self-esteem, vocation, socialization, education and activities of daily living.
You can be a great help to them by introducing time management to disabled students. You can also do the following to help them attain success in their learning skills.
• Provide the disabled student with activities that they should accomplish in a day. Do not give them the same task that normal individuals have, they may find it difficult to finish.
• Specify all the expectations before they begin with their activities. You should keep them aware of all the things they need to do.
• Speak directly to the disabled students and avoid words that are hard to understand.
• You can also give home assignments to practice their knowledge and skills even at home.
• Provide them with the things they need to learn more. Books and other reading materials can be given to facilitate faster learning skills.
• Keep a realistic goal; never try to make them do the things that you know they cannot accomplish, but always give room for improvement of tasks.
• Never expect too much from them, learn to appreciate the things they have accomplished.
You will need to do these things to be able to teach disabled students on how they can handle their time well. You only need to be patient, as it requires long period for you to accomplish the success of your guidance.

Appropriate Time Management for Student Athletes

In every game each second is very important. Anything can happen. A team can win or lose a crucial match within a matter of a few ticks of the clock.
Just as well as for a student athlete, time is very critical. Each day should be productive. Being a student athlete is difficult. Their mind is divided into several goals. Their attention is also separated by other conditions like practice, championship games, curricular activities, examination date, and maintaining a good GPA (General Periodical Average).
Learning time management can help the student athletes to become more efficient. Practices, classes, games must have an allocated time. For most of the student athletes, time commitment must be viewed on different aspects.
Student athletes should know and realize that they have extra responsibilities. The student athletes should excel not only in sports but in their course programs as well. The academic progression is being monitored by the school administration and counselors. So, if the students fail to maintain their GPA, the school will automatically remove them from the team.
Setting goals and managing time can help the student athletes in adjusting their time and schedule. It can also increase the level of self-esteem.
To further discuss about time management for athletes. Here are some of the important insights that will give idea about the significance of time management.
• The athletes must divide its time properly to maintain their progress academic report. The academic report is a very important basis. By having a falling grade on the academic report the coach can recommend the student for further evaluation. • Time management can also assist athlete students on how to have a solution about poor attendance. Poor attendance can affect the status of the student’s academic level. • As a tool, time management can boost up the intensity of the students in academic excellence.
There are several schools and universities that have specialized curriculum to help student athletes. In normal ways, the school have different program in order to encourage athletes to develop their talent. Even though the student athletes are very busy, the school should assist them in managing their school hours and goal setting.
For example, there are some universities that offer a peer student athlete-tutoring program. The selected co-athletes balance their time to become mentors of other athletes.
Aside from that, in the United States, student athletes have a typical form of time management record. The school administration keeps a continuous observation about their academic and athletic environment and schedule. If the student needs assistance, the school can give an academic trainer.
Issues on time management is not an easy “immediate repair” or a one minute solution. The student must undergo a long intense procedure. The proper skill and techniques must change a student athlete’s life for the better. Here are some basic ways on how to balance the time of the athlete students.
• Where does all the time go? The student athletes should monitor the time properly. There should be enough time for practice, classes and games. • Picture out goal and life objectives. As an athlete and a student as well, the individual should know what he really want in life. Is it to become a professional player, or the other way around? By asking this question the student will know what particular field he will concentrate on. • Make use of the word “no”. The student should have the ability to be more responsible. If the coach wants them to practice on Saturday and an exam was also scheduled the same day, he must make his own prerogatives.
The learning process of time management
As a student athlete, one of the major responsibilities is to recognize the strength and weaknesses of goal setting. Having enough of motivation techniques and skills can accomplish those set of goals.
Here are some essential directions in order to improve goal establishment and time motivation.
• The very first thing that a student should do is to analyze the time control style. Time must be spent wisely. The athlete must discover some skills in achieving their goals. • Learn the basic time development issues. The student must know how to practice motivation. Aside from that, managing stress and conflict can also increase development strategy. • Decision making is very important in learning the methods of time management. Through decision making, the student can evaluate strategy and essential setting standards.
A student should know the proper way of time management. Successful time management does not mean that every minute must be monitored. It only means one thing, use time wisely.

Time Management of Adult Students: Preparing for College

You are already an adult. You have a family, a decent job, and a home of your own. However, you want to finish your college education. You have enough money for it and your wife is supporting you to continue your education.
It might be for unfinished college courses or for a degree. Anyhow, the biggest problem you will encounter is time, it may seem like there is not enough time to do everything at once.
Juggling work hours and family time is stressful enough, adding school is unimaginable. The first thing you have to do is choose a university or college that is near your home.
You need easy access to work, home and school for this to work. Ask your boss that you will be attending school and that you need time adjustment for your shifts.
Going to college when you already have a decent work and family to take care of can be very hard. What you need to do is time management. You need to work, take care of your family and go to school on time.
It will take you many adjustments to be familiar with the routine of working and taking care of your family once you have entered college.
Before entering college, learn how you spend your time on a daily basis. List down the number of hours for each activity you do at work, home and your personal leisure activity.
Here are some examples of what you should list down:
• At WorkTotal number of hours each dayDriving time to work and going homeTime spent working at homeOther activities such as breaks
• Leisure ActivitiesNumber of hours spent watching TV or MoviesReadingSocializingHobbiesOutdoor activities
• Your Everyday LifeEatingPersonal GroomingHouseworkAttending your children’s activitiesCookingShoppingHome maintenance
Find out what you need time on and keep them then find out what are time wasters and scratch them off the list. All people waste time, you spend too much on TV, playing computer games taking care of the garden, or just napping.
If you are planning to go to college, spending too much time on these activities will just spell failure. Learn to sacrifice a little of your leisure activities.
Instead of watching TV or reading fiction novels, it is better to use these time wasters for studying. You have to make room for your college education. Try to determine which of these activities are time wasters and scratch them off the list.
Learn to do two things at once. If it is possible to do this then do it. Remember 15 minutes time is already valuable since you will be entering college education. It is important that you save much time as possible. Instead of making two trips to do two things, try to do one trip and accomplish the two things you needed done.
You can ask your wife or husband to take care of the little things like doing the laundry or washing the dishes. Remember that time is important and since you are entering college, it is important that both of you as a parent should support each other.
Small things, which are not too essential for your home, now can be scratched off your list or priorities, like tending your lawn or polishing your car. You can use these extra times to study.
Effectively organize your activities by buying an organizer or scheduler. A written form of schedules is very effective in time management. List down things to do and priorities, by doing this you will not easily forget what you need to do.
You can buy an organizer in office supplies store and will have different varieties. You can also buy the electronic version to organize more effectively that the manual version.
The key to success as an adult college student is to write or store everything down in your organizer. You have to take everything down from class schedules, library research, exams, due dates for essays or projects, class meeting, work schedules, family time and more.
As an adult student, time management is one of the most important skills you have to master. Mixing school or study in your already busy life is very challenging but can work.
All you need is a little patience and time. It is just a matter of how you plan your life as an adult student.

Time Management Tips for Graduate Students

During the first months in the graduate school, you feel so excited about the level of your studies. But later on, you seem to be discouraged and very much stressed. Graduate Students will always complain that they have plenty of things to do but very little time to accomplish them. How are you going to keep your sanity if you are full of course requirements, teaching, researches and the demands of your life?
In order to be free from being burned out and drained from your energies, you should do something in managing your time, that is, you will have to note down your days and make a progress report of your goals. It has been said that time is gold. Time is one of the most valuable resources of man. You are supposed to use it wisely. When you lose it, it will never come back again. Make the most of it. This is where time management will apply.
Time management will have a key role for your success in the graduate school. When you use time management, it does not mean you will be able to slow down or speed up the time. The success of time management lies on you. It is actually how you manage yourself.
Moreover, you will be using techniques of time management in order to be organized. If you are not organized, then everything will be in disarray. It is then necessary to put things in order so as to achieve efficient and effective performance. And this will encourage you to be more productive and contented. Time management simply pertains to your responsibilities and the choices you have made in using your time.
We have the following time management tips for graduate students.
1. You will have to make use of a calendar and school planner. Put some space where you will record your appointments, lists to do and assignments. Make use of a yearly, monthly, and weekly calendar.
You are required by the graduate school on long term perspective of time. Formulate a plan at least two years ahead with a yearly calendar which will be divided into months.
2. Take your time in planning and organizing. Everyday make it a point to check your calendar, take note of your future assignments, and your lists must be updated.
3. Divide the tasks and assignments into smaller parts. It will be manageable and easier to accomplish.
4. You should be able to identify your set of goals and the deadlines to achieve them. An example for this is when you set deadlines which are realistic for every phase of finishing a large assignment like the term paper.
5. You must classify your tasks and lists according to priority. The total picture must be taken into account. You decide which is the most important among your tasks and lists. Which assignment will be due this week? Which assignment is not easy?
6. You must be flexible all the time. Be aware that there will always be distractions and interruptions which will hinder your daily schedule. Make room for necessary adjustments of your time.
7. You should be able to know the time wherein you are very productive. Identify your biological highs and lows. Are you at your best in the morning? Or are you an afternoon person? Plan your whole day properly. You must reserve the most difficult task during the time when you are at your best to do something.
8. Do not be ashamed to say no to a person if you unable to do it. It is something that you are honest with him. There are occasions wherein you will be given additional courses, responsibilities of job, activities which outside your schedule. Try to examine carefully how relevant they are to you, before you decide to accept them.
9. The time wasted must be used properly for productive purposes. Are you aware that you spend so much time while commuting, standing in lines waiting for your turn, and waiting for your doctor, adviser or a friend.
Always bring a pocketbook so as to utilize the time which will be wasted. Take with you a minor assignment which could be done easily. You could use the time to make some changes in your planner and for self organization. With the additional number of minutes, you will be able to achieve more.

Time Management for Student Nurses

Are you one among the people who have trouble in dealing with all your daily activities? Are you tired because you fail to manage all these activities?
Keep that frown away. You can manage your time in ways that are more useful in many ways. Read this article and learn how to deal with time management
Typical person got many activities to do everyday. These things should be done to facilitate living. People however need to work to survive life. Earning for living is one among the major task of every individual. It is never easy to gain money; everyone should work hard for it.
It is not only the working people who experience busy lives, but almost all people including the ones that lives at home, they are the ones who do all the house hold shores. Students as well, they also live busy lives. You, as a student, know how busy a student life is. Schools have so many activities and task to be done.
Sometimes these activities are even brought home. Students are pre-occupied with these activities almost everyday of their lives. If they will not manage it well, they may neglect some of their activities that also need attention.
These activities are also worthy to our life, like bonding with family members, spending time with friends and mingling with other people. A student may need to know how to handle all their tasks well to be able to manage it properly. How are they going to manage all these task well?
Being a nursing student is also a hard task. Nursing students deals with study of care to the people who need it. Nursing is the care for the sick and healthy people as well. It deals with activities such as feeding and caring for infants, promoting growth and development, promoting prevention to all the diseases, to preserve injuries and promote health faster wound healing and promoting good health to the entire citizen.
A student nurse should learn these tasks. These students are learning how to deal with diseases that are not easy to learn. As you know, science is never an easy subject but most of the subjects in nursing course are under the curriculum.
In nursing course, students need to learn many skills that are important for practicing the nurse profession. With all these activities, student nurses are not able to do some of their tasks other than learning nursing alone.
Student nurses may need to prioritize all their activities to provide more room for other activities that are important as well. Time management maybe the best tool for student nurses.
Time managements are one of the most important techniques that everyone needs to learn. This is a technique used by many people to facilitate better management of time. Activities are done in an organized manner. With the use of time management, these nursing students will be given the chance to perform other useful activities other than the nursing course itself.
These are the suggested techniques that should be followed by the student nurses to manage time in a systematize manner.
First thing to do is to organize all the activities to do. Make a checklist of the tasks with proper prioritization. After the end of the day, check off the completed or accomplished tasks. This is a great help in the identification of the tasks not yet done over a day.
Begin to focus on the activities giving less priority to the things you do not need to do. Before venturing in to the activities that are not included in the list, your priority tasks must be done first. Avoid interruptions such as chatting with classmates and doing unnecessary activities. You can entertain these activities after your tasks are done.
Avoid the activities that will suck all your time. There are many activities that needs so much attention but with less productive outcome. Things like watching televisions, sending emails, chat on internet and telephone conversations are just some of the less important things you need to do for a day. Never give so much time on these activities.
With proper time management, student nurses will be able to do other activities that also enhance their personality. Things like dealing with other people and establishing rapport during meeting other people.
It is also healthy that people like student nurses give themselves a break from all of their activities for the day. This will be a great help to manage the precious time.

Time Management Simulations for High School Students : Learn by Example

The high school students may or may not be the next batch of college students. The tradition of sending high school graduates immediately to college right after the year they graduated has already been abandoned.
Nowadays, it is up to the student if they still want to continue on a college education right after graduating or if they opt to occupy themselves with work first. It is quite important that high school students already know how to effectively budget their time and make use of each minute of their lives doing valuable things necessary for a successful future.
In as much that high school authorities would like to have high school students enjoy their leisure years, indeed they would do well to emulate the examples of college students in proper time management.
High school students are not entirely devoid of a whirlwind of activities. Nevertheless, the students do not have much heavy responsibilities yet, even in their homes. Heavy-duty time management practices might be beyond their league yet.
Still it is a great help to introduce, early on the simplest simulations of time management practices, that is applicable enough for high school students.
Here are some simulations of time management tips for high school students designed according to the pattern of activities by high school. This will help hone high school students’ reliable organizing talents.
The time management simulations are presented as advices for controlling time and organizing high school life. The time management simulations will also give high school students an idea on how to handle classes, homework, projects, and extra-curricular activities while still managing to squeeze in a boyfriend/girlfriend and spend time with them and their family.
1. Having a list of things "To Do" daily – Making this should be quite easy. The things considered as very important must be on the top of the list. Next are the least important ones. Aside from a “To Do” list, one can also maintain a planner or a calendar of activities. Using planners will help keep track of all tasks to accomplish.
Check off every item accomplished or completed, everyday, too. Rewarding or indulging oneself to relax, relaxation or other types of entertainment is a great thing to reward yourself of accomplishments.
2. Precious spare time are rare, use them wisely. Get small but profound tasks finished during intervals between classes, or while waiting in the bus stop.
3. Do not give in to peer pressure. Learn to say no, quickly and politely. Turn down friendly invitations for social activities, which you do not want to attend because it will get in the way of your more important tasks.
4. Know the best time of day when your energy level is at its highest and you are bound to be more productive. This is the perfect time to accomplish or finish important projects. However, you can still perform small tasks of lesser importance during the time of day when your energy level is not at its best. This way, you will not waste any time.
5. As a student it is necessary to take down lecture notes and review them every day. This practice will further advance and reinforce what you have already learned and may even help in adding new knowledge. You will also be ready for any surprise quizzes your teacher might give.
6. You deserve a good night’s rest, every night. The maximum hours required for a good sleep is eight hours. Having a good night’s sleep and rest will keep you bright and fresh in each day you face.
7. Set up a schedule you can open to others so that they can avoid disturbing you unintentionally. Set a time on when you will allow yourself the distraction of social calls from friends. Set a daily schedule for your everyday routine.
8. Plan other projects by identifying the free time you have each week. Manage this free time well by using it to do other activities and projects you have failed to finish before or have just recently took on.
9. Stop worrying and instead get on with living. Worrying only cause serious health implications, stress and lack of appetite. Nothing can be gained from worrying. Instead of spending your time agonizing and procrastinating, you can accomplish more productive activities.
10. Finally, always keep a good perspective of things. Do not set unrealistic goals that will just lead to failure. You can identify your ultimate goals in life early on. Set possible ones.
This is but a form of time management simulation for high school students. By considering the tips, instructions and profound irrevocable knowledge in this simulation, you can personalize them according to your habits and character.
These time management simulations will greatly help in improving high school students’ lifestyle and outlook in life and assist them in reaching their goals in life.

Calendar Time Management for Working Students: A Necessity

At last you are now in college! Only a few more years and the career you have been dreaming to achieve for years is already within your grasp.
However, the path is not easy and wreath with beds of roses. Lack of financial means to pay for your tuition, books and other necessary expenses can be an aspect to make your college student life miserable. Of course, you can get a part time job to and support yourself, but it will be precious time away from your studies.
You need accomplish also other college activities in successfully finishing your course. Notwithstanding old and new friends which will surely invite you to social events.
Well then, you need to hone up your time management skills and draw up a time management calendar. Having a Calendar of your activities will help you get through the difficulty of balancing your time between study and work, extra-curricular and social activities with friends.
More and more State Universities and Community Colleges are aware of the fact that college students have to work in order to survive and finance their college education. Because of this insight, these schools adjust their class schedules to meet every student’s needs.
However, administrators and advisors in the office find a hard time of scheduling and managing classes for working college students. This is because there are too many people to schedule and manage and few people to draw up the class schedules.
College working students like you who practice effective time management strategies can be a big help. You can assist university and community colleges administrators in drawing up class schedules that are effective for working students. Professionals at college need your definite schedules so that they can draw up a fair enough class schedules.
You can work out by yourself an efficient time management schedule, which takes into consideration your studies, and part time job schedules. In the end, with an effective time student calendar time management plan, you also save money.
Here is a great method of setting up your calendar of time management schedule:
1. First off, you must have a semester calendar. Universities and other colleges provide students with blank semester calendars. You can obtain one through online or create one according to your own liking.
2. In the semester calendars, enter your class schedules, project due dates, registration dates and other important dates. These important dates may come from your class syllabi and the school timetables provided in their brochures and announcements. Enter each date as you find them into your semester calendar.
Set up your own due dates for each phase of a big project, like term papers and projects. You can also add personal commitments to social and personal events
Maintaining a semester calendar as your time management method will give you a view of what commitments you need to fulfill. It will help you plan before a given schedule. This way, you will avoid last minute disasters.
3. You can also set up a weekly planner. There are available weekly planners provided by institutions you can obtain them online or get them at the registration office during enrollment. If you want to, you can also buy or create your own.
In the weekly planner, you need to enter your regular class schedule and other obligations on a weekly basis, like work, club or church meetings and assembly. Make it a point that you insert ample time for review and reading before and following each class lecture you attend.
Take note of it in your planner. If you are wondering the enough time to put in for a review, have a general rule to plan two hours of study for each hour a lecture transpired.
Plan your regular time off from work and school. Enter bed and wake up times in your planner. Meanwhile, for projects, exams and other personal commitments, leave off blank slots
4. Tally out your weekly planner and semester calendar every Friday night or late afternoon. This will enable you to check out the things you have accomplished for that week and adjust on the activities that you still need to do for the following week.
Incorporating these other commitments can be done by placing them in the blank time schedule you have on your weekly planner. Then add new items you are committed in for the incoming week. Enter new things and schedules as new obligations, commitments and engagements come up.
You can have your weekly planner to check out before saying your affirmation to a commitment or engagement. If you find you have a previous entry on the said date and time, then it is best to turn down the invitation early on.
5. Every night create a daily "action list" for the following day. Use your weekly and semester calendar to do this. You can even put in categories to set your priorities straight. Having a calendar for effective time management will reveal its importance when you reach your goals. The main purpose of maintaining it is that it will help remind you of the key goals you have set forth to achieve.

Time Management Tips for College Students

College years cannot be forgotten easily. Why? Because it is one of the hardest and the toughest stage in a person’s life. It entails lots of preparations and adjustments.
College life is full of challenges. College students are faced of mountainous confrontations and obstacles that must be faced. These students must work hard to prove not only to themselves but to other people that they are worthy of getting into college and finishing successfully.
To do and accomplish all the challenges and dares that are facing the college students, proper time management is necessary. College student should know how to manage time properly and how to consume time for worthy things.
The ability to manage and schedule time wisely makes college life easier. Missing important deadlines and appointments may cause difficulty and complications to both the academic and social life of the student. These things can also result to guilt, anxiety, stress, frustrations and other negative feelings.
The following are some of the tips for college students on how to manage time their time successfully.
• Learn how to prioritize. Prioritization is one of the most important aspects of time management. Proper prioritization of engagements and responsibilities is very necessary. There are too many college students that are ignorant and do not know how to set prioritization. This can often lead to procrastinations.
• Make use of ‘to do list’. This does not necessarily mean making a schedule. This is only listing the things that are important to be done. List things according to their importance.
• Stop being a perfectionist. Nothing is perfect. God created no perfect things and individuals. When you try to be perfect, you are only setting your self up for defeat. Many difficult and hard tasks lead to avoidance and procrastinations.
• Set goals. Setting goal is good in managing the time of college students. You should set goals that are not only attainable but should also be challenging.
• Try to combine several activities. Trying to combine many several activities in one sitting. Example of these are the following:
when watching a sit-com, try to compute your bills in between commercials; when taking a shower, list in your mind the things that are needed to be done; while you are commuting on the way to school, listen to taped notes. These things can save you some of your time that could have been set aside for other things.
• Survey your personal time. Making personal time survey help in estimating how much time is consumed and spent in many typical activities. This is very important if you are wanting to manage your time properly. Do these by tracking the time you spent for a day or a week. This gives you an idea on how much time you are consuming in different activities and things. This will also allow you to realize and identify the time wasters.
• Make a daily schedule to be followed. There are many different styles of time schedules that you can use. Try to make use of the time schedule that can fit into your personality. The common styles of time scheduling are through engagement books, cards, a piece of poster board tacked to a wall and many other styles. Once you are know what style to use, construct it soon. Put in the time schedule all the things that are necessary, including your personal needs.
• Take some notes and review them before the end of the day. This will help identify the things that you have done properly and the things that you have failed to do. This can help you develop proper time management skills.
• You should learn how to say no. There is nothing wrong in saying no in some instances and cases. For example, somebody invited you to watch a movie at a time when you have got something to do. Leave out the movie and prioritize your task. You can do that later on.
Learning proper time management for college students is very important. Learning these things early on will prepare them for the life that lay ahead of them. These will be their tool in achieving the life they are dreaming of.

Balance your Act: College Student Tips for Time Management

Being in college is a situation that warrants steady nerves and good time management skills. Indeed, college students are dangerously prone to stress and pressure. What with attending classes, studying, working a part-time job, doing extracurricular activities and finding time for social functions and interactions with family and friends, you might find it hard to balance your time properly.
You cannot afford to concentrate on just one particular activity and lose track with the others. You must distribute your time well and avoid tipping over the precarious balance of activities once you have established them.
It is easy to say that you need to balance your act and find time for every responsibility you have engaged in. Still you need a supreme hold over your time management in order that you can balance your college schedule properly.
Here are several college student tips for time management. These will help you stay balanced and stress-free as you go about your everyday obligations as a college student.
1. You have to set up your goals. In Steven Covey’s "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, he shared a very good story of big rocks in a jar wherein the moral is that you need to set out your topmost priorities in life, or your big rocks, first. This way, you will clearly define your ultimate goal and not have to neglect it once other smaller goals or priorities (small rocks, sand and water, in Covey’s story) pile up to occupy your time.
Once you have put in your ultimate goal, then you can set out to determine particular goals. For example, define your academic goals, extracurricular goals and social activity goals. By doing so, you can determine what you want to accomplish in a day, a week, a whole semester and even a whole school year.
Setting goals will help you become more inclined to follow through with them and check them off one by one as you accomplish each.
2. Set your priorities straight. Once you determined what your ultimate and particular goals are, then you will know what to accomplish. Getting your priorities straight means figuring out which tasks you must accomplish foremost in order to achieve your set goals. You can set up a list everyday on what are the activities that warrant your most attention.
3. Get organized. This is a time management discipline and the key to completing your tasks in a timely manner. Identify each goal you have and determine the schedule when they need to be accomplished. A weekly calendar is called for.
Here, you must list your class schedule, set a few hours of review, mark social events, club meetings, exercise time, and any other necessary activity essential to achieving your ultimate goal. . For each activity, make sure you have included the inclusive period for them and deadlines or due dates of accomplishment.
Look up faithfully in this calendar for you to develop a regular routine while managing to balance your time on numerous tasks.
4. Remember that procrastination is a deficiency. When you allow procrastination to seep into your being, it will cause you to fail miserably in balancing your time. Once you have set out to accomplish a task or plan on doing an activity, by all means, do so. Do not ever neglect a schedule or forget a due date.
Beware of the habit of putting off for tomorrow what you can do today. This kind of attitude will result to stress and excessive pressure on your part, which is not healthy. 5. Make use of each extra minute wisely. You can accomplish small tasks during some situations when you find yourself with nothing to do, like waiting for the bus or sitting idly in between classes. These circumstances are good opportunity to accomplish simple tasks that will constitute the completion of larger tasks.
6. Identify the time of day when you know you are most productive. By identifying the time when you have more energy to work, you will know when to start and finish challenging or demanding tasks.
Meanwhile, during the time when you have less energy to work, dedicate them to less challenging jobs. Implement this time management strategy and see how you will get more tasks accomplished in each day.
Develop a well-maintained time management plan involving these tips and you will achieve better time management skills as you mature. You will also become a balanced all-around college student!

College Students and Time Management

You all know how difficult it is to balance your studies and other activities in school, especially in examination weeks. It seems like you should do everything all at once. Students, especially college students, find it very hard to balance their hectic schedule.
If you are a college student, there are probably many things to do in school that you almost have no more time to study or miss spending time with your friends. This can be very frustrating and could lead you to get bored on your studies.
Knowing how to balance your time can and will work to your advantage. You can perform all your school activities and spend time with your friends when you know how to manage your schedule or time.
Having time management skills is very important for college students. With effective planning of your schedule, you will not get bored on your studies.
Exam weeks are probably the most hectic schedule you will ever have as a college student. You will be very busy on your studies and need lots of time with your books. However, there are also activities you need to do outside your school like, going to the laundry, or driving to town to buy groceries or eat.
If you listen to music while you are driving then you can study while driving by listening to audio study tapes or CD’s. You can record your entire professor’s lecture in a cassette and use them for study purposes.
This method is very efficient and very useful. Just name all tapes about the topic and date. This will be easier to understand than reading.
You can also try to attend seminars where speakers can teach and advise you on time management. Remember that scheduling and time management is important for you as a college student and as an individual.
Just imagine missing an important appointment and deadlines for projects, it can be very frustrating and can cost you your grades and social life. Imagine the frustration this will give you, that is why time management is very important.
Time management does not necessarily mean that you have to study more and socialize less. It will give you an idea on how to balance both and how to make use of your time that will fit your need.
Time management will also show you how to set your priorities straight. Some college students tend to forget about their important duties and priorities in school and ends up getting frustrated.
To start managing your time you first need to know how much time you spend on each specific activities you do.
First, you have to take note of all the activities you do for a week and list down how much time you spend on each typical activity. Doing this will help you prepare more efficiently on a specific subject or class of the day, and it will also help you identify which activity is a waste of time.
Set more time studying on subjects you know that you have difficulty on. If you think a particular subject is easy for you, try to take one hour of study time from that particular subject and add that extra hour on more difficult subjects.
Try to stick to your schedules as much as possible. College students are easily tempted by social activities like gathering of friends in a bar for a drink. Learn to say no to your friends. This is very important to avoid failing in classes. If you are invited on a school night to go out and have fun, tell your acquaintance that you are studying and could not afford to fail in the particular class.
Sometimes, it is very tempting that you should join your friends. You might think that you can pass up studying for today and you can always study the next day. Students make this common mistake college, if your schedule says that you should study, and then you have to study. Of course, you need to socialize, but do it in your free time.
Knowing proper management of your time as a college student can further help you in your future as a professional.
With this knowledge, you can easily adjust to the world of offices and work. Always remember that there are times for studying and there are times for having fun.

College Students, Strengthen your Time Management Skills Research!

It is but natural for college students to find ways of strengthening their skills in time management. It is an essential aspect for them to achieve a successful life. College students are aware of time management skills through research and practical means.
Time management is an important skill for college students because they typically need to juggle many different activities in a rather unstructured environment.
Many college students struggle to maintain a productive and balanced time in order to accomplish all their goals and the tasks involved to achieve them. Most college students lives evolve in attending classes, working a part-time (some even full-time) job, allocating quality time for families and friends, and striving to find time for their own needs.
With proper time management skills and researching effective methods and system, these ongoing tasks will not become heavy burden for college students.
Once college students go to a class with a positive attitude and still manage to accomplish their other tasks with ease, their time are spent wisely and their whole disposition will turn out positively. If they lack time management skills, they will likely procrastinate, become too stressed out and pressured then end the day in a sour mood with nothing accomplished.
Now do you see the importance of knowing time management skills? If you have little or no experience in managing your time do a time management skills research. If you cannot do this, you can also talk with an accomplished professional who is experienced in time management.
In your part-time or full-time job, you are also likely to meet someone who can support you and share with you valuable time management system. You can even go outside your campus and research on how fellow college students in other universities and community colleges struggle with time management.
There are time management courses designed for college students that can provide a good foundation developing the time management skills, strategies, tools and methods. This will help strengthen college student’s resolve to create an effective time management system to aide them through achieving their life’s goals.
College students can also research on other time management skills resources online for further knowledge on how to create significant and efficient time management skills.
In the course of your time management skills research, you are likely to learn of making plans. Plans are the steps in setting up a time management system according to your college routine, whether academic or non-academic. Plans may, can, will, and has failed, though. Still, knowing ample time management strategies can teach you how to be flexible in putting up an action plan, scheduling and listing of priorities tasks.
Setting your priorities straight is also an important aspect that you need to learn and research about in time management. As a college student, you need to set priorities and work hard to achieve your goals. Doing this will further strengthen your skills and even your character and resolve.
College students are often struggling, simply because many of them procrastinate, or have difficulties in a course and refuse to ask for help. Do not fall victim to the habit of putting off for tomorrow what you can do today.
Alternatively, proper research of time management skills will also give you more ideas on how to manage your other affairs outside of college. These affairs include social entertainment activities with old and new friends.
Failure to balance out your college student activities and your social activities outside of college can distract your mind and lead you to over-choice and over-commitment. This will tip the precarious balance you are struggling to maintain.
You can strengthen your skills by looking at the situation and realizing that these distractions are mishaps waiting to happen. Do not be proud enough to reject help. Refusing assistance or refusing to admit that you need assistance will lead you to a road of disaster.
You will also find out in your research about time management skills for college students that procrastination is not an option if you are striving for success. Procrastination is a considerable waste of time and energy. It will only pile you up with additional tasks you already had on your plate.
Finally, through research and healthy practice of time management tips, you will learn that the key to strengthen your time management skills is to move obstacles out of your way. You have to run over the outward obstacles head on without having to suffer complications.
As a college student, you need to further your research and improve your time management skills. Learn it well by doing and you find out that experience is a good teacher.

College Time Management- Access to a Good Career

“Son, remember that the journey to a thousand miles always begin with a first step.”
James is getting irritated with this usual reprimand of his father. Every morning when he wakes up late, instead of scolding him, the father always utters this friendly advice to his son.
Are you like James? Wake up to reality dear college students.
College life is very different from spending your time in high school. It is the point when people are expecting much from you. You are bearing greater responsibility.
It is a period of maturity, you are accountable in every decision you take.
What do you think is the greatest factor that hinders your everyday task as a college student? Is it peer pressure or the burden of school projects?
Most of the students are complaining in the duration of their college life. It seems too long for them. They have many things to do. Group discussion today, project tomorrow and examination the next day, all these sometime make you freak out.
Have you ever had a time of reflecting within you? Did you ever ask yourself about the real reason behind the problems you encounter?
Well, you had better do so. Perhaps, this is the time for you to assess yourself and make a difference.
The reason behind all the problems that you encounter during your college life falls on one key factor, time management. It is most important than what you think.
Managing your time properly is just associated with your dedication and commitment. If you do so, it will simply mean that you are starting to become more responsible individual.
Time management is a very essential practice for every college students. This will help you to lessen the pressure you feel. This will also prevent you from cramming. It will make things work lighter for you, little by little.
Here are some tips for you to manage your time accurately:
1. Be organized; make a timetable.
When you are just getting started, this is a bit time consuming. You need to provide yourself with a handy notebook where you can place the date, time and your scheduled activity for the day.
This will teach you to become organize. You can allot your time properly. If there are necessary adjustments that you will do, at least you can easily check it in your timetable.
2. Be goal driven- tack a goal for every activity.
There is always a time for enjoyment with your peers. However, in every activity that you do make sure that you are tracking a particular goal.
Every move that you take should be base on your personal objective. This will make you grow as a person.
3. Set your priorities.
Important activities should be settled first above other minor actions. If you have examination tomorrow and it was the birthday party of your friend, better go on with your exam first.
You can ask your friend to go out maybe on the weekends. If he is really a true friend for you, he will understand you.
Your priorities will also be reflected on your timetable. Your entire schedule that can be set aside should be place at the bottom. Usually, for a college student the common activities that you need to prioritize are those that concern your school.
Those are just simple tips for you. The kind of life that you will have in the future will depend upon you. If you continue to mismanage your time, expect that you will also have a lesser chance to succeed.
You must grab all the opportunities offered for you in your college life. Make use of every second that you have resourcefully. This will serve as your initial step in tracking a good future.
Time management is your doorway to success. This is your first pace towards the thousand miles. Do not be annoyed when your parents are scolding you when you are always late. They always know what the best is for you. This is for your own sake.
Keep in mind that whatever you are performing now will determine the kind of person that you will become in the future.

College Students’ Time for Study and New Friends: Balance Them Out Nicely

College students really have a time of their lives during their university or college years. It is a time when there is a whirlwind of activity, piles of obligations and responsibilities and an advent of fresh faces and personalities to meet.
Do not think that once you become a college student you are deprived of making new friends in favor of study and work. If your goal in life is to successfully finish your college degree and become a professional in the career you chose, then it is doubly important to gain new acquaintances. These new associations will be a great help in achieving your goal.
First, new college friends are the ones who would primarily understand the pressure you are going through. They can be a great help when it comes to sharing lecture notes and project perspectives. They can also introduce you to new activities, which will serve as stress busters.
While your old friends are worth treasuring and still on hand for traditional activities you have shared over the years, new friends in college will pave new avenues for much improved college social life.
However, this does not mean that you will have to spend the whole lot of your time hanging out on social functions with them. Between your goal of making good as a college student and meeting new friends, you need a good time management plan in order to keep track of your foremost responsibilities.
We all know that new friends mean new social commitments, another addition to your college class schedules, important dates and other social functions with old friends. Sometimes, if you fail in efficiently setting up a time management plan, you might find yourself drifting off from one social activity to the next. It will get that way until it time gets too crowded to permit more time for browsing lecture notes and reading materials, accomplishing your projects and reviewing for exams.
Indeed, the advent of new friends for college students may mean incessant interruptions and sets awry your carefully planned schedule.
Here are several time management tips to prevent you from heading off to the destructive path of carelessness and jovial abandon.
1. Use a time chart as a tool in finding the best time for different types of activities. Since as a college student, you have a unique time management challenge in certain portions of your schedule, you also need to have a more disciplined time management tracking. One feature of the uniqueness of your schedule is the fixed classes and ample free time in between each. Rest is also much wide open, allowing you to commit to other social endeavors with friends.
As a college student, you can avoid getting swamped up with not-so-important commitments by having a time chart to help you add some additional structure to your schedule. You can base this time chart according to the different time and different types of activities.
The time chart will help you discover your peak times for mental concentration and studying. You will have to schedule study hours for your most difficult classes during these peak times.
Once you have written this off in your chart, you will know that you cannot be available for any other activity. You can decline politely from invitations by new college friends, then.
Maintaining a time chart can also help you balance your schedules. Avoid focusing much of your time just studying and not getting out of your way to make new friends. As much as possible a proper balance of study and leisure is needed to keep your mind and body alert and receptive to learning.
2. Do not indulge yourself in a common time management problem called, over-choice. College students can choose among many different activities.
Understandably, it is natural to become more inclined in a certain activity though it does not have significance whatsoever on gaining your goal in life. Even if it would mean meeting new friends, things that will cause you to lose priority are not good.
3. Remember that every time you take on something, like going out with your new friends to an excessive degree, you are automatically rejecting everything else you could have done with that time.
That’s why, aside from over-choice, guard against over-commitment and the overwhelming attempt to do too much.
Your college life as a student can effectively function if there is a significant amount of interaction with new friends. Nevertheless, do not overdo yourself. Remember the important time management tips and balance your commitments according to what is necessary to achieve your ultimate goal in life.

Monday, May 12, 2008

So-Called Education Intentionally Dumbs Down Americans

Sunday, May 11, 2008 by: Heidi Stevenson

As Mike Adams' wonderful analysis of the current state of the world shows in "The Biofuels Scam, Food Shortages and the Coming Collapse of the Human Population" ( , something is deeply wrong in America and the world. It's as if the vast majority of people have given up. Given up caring. Given up thinking. Given up common sense. Given up everything but gluttony.

But why? What has brought us to such a state? Could it have just "happened"? Or was it intentional? To call it intentional, it's necessary to demonstrate planning. Fortunately, John Taylor Gatto, who was once named Teacher of the Year in both New York City and New York State, has explained what happened, when it started, and why.

Perhaps you were like me as a child. You loved learning. You'd spend hours and hours studying something of interest. Yet, you hated school. It was unutterably boring. It was rigid. It stifled original thought, even punished for it. Give any answer other than the prescribed one, even if you had clearly demonstrated a full understanding of the subject, and you were given a bad grade. Disrupt the class –- meaning that you questioned the teacher –- and you could expect time in detention, even more grinding boredom. Standing out from your classmates made you "different". You'd be ostracized by the other kids. The school itself supported such behavior. It sponsored things like cheerleading, another term for a popularity contest, where the kids from the right families were nearly always elected.

To survive through it all, you either had to get out –- a daunting prospect for a child –- or stuff your creativity, your spark. You probably thought of yourself as an oddball. After all, it was you who was different from all the others. It probably never dawned on you that most of the other kids were just as miserable –- and just as fearful of speaking out. It probably never dawned on you that many of your teachers felt much the same way. That is, they did if they really wanted to teach.

What Created This Monstrous "Education" System?

We think of our school system as something that has always existed. The reality is quite different. In the U.S. expecting all children to go to school a certain amount of time every day for a certain number of months and a certain number of years didn't come into being until the early twentieth century, 1905-1915.

Hardly any of the greats of American history went through much formal schooling. That includes Thomas Jefferson. George Washington. Benjamin Franklin. Thomas Edison. Herbert Melville. Mark Twain. Margaret Mead. Admiral Farragut. And so many more.

Obviously, formal secondary schooling, at least of the type we now have, is not a requisite for learning, creativity, or greatness.

Let's ask who benefits when the great mass of people becomes complaisant, unable to think, unable to entertain themselves, and interested only in possessions. The answer is simple: corporations. When the mass of children are forced to go through a system that destroys creativity and rewards group-think, they are prepared to fill their predestined roles in a lockstep workforce and unthinking consumption corps.

What are Americans good at? Buying, of course. Having the latest and greatest of... well, of anything and everything, as long as the media tells them they should have it. It's how Americans measure themselves, how they determine their success. Who cares if someone can carry on a good conversation about the state of the world? Who even wants to listen? It's so depressing. Let's talk about the cool super-fast car that Joe just bought or the fancy house Jim and Mary are getting for no money down!

Go into any supermarket and look at what's surrounding the checkout aisles. Publications -- if you can call them that -- telling about the clothing of some super model or the antics of an actor or actress, anything but factors that will affect them, like how the planet is heating up because of overuse of natural resources, overpopulation, over-consumption, burning fossil fuels, and all the myriad of other things that really matter. Pseudo-food, filled with petroleum products, sugar, sweeteners as bad as or worse than sugar, colorings to make them appealing, hydrolyzed this and phosphorylated that -- virtually nothing that nourishes. And the junk sells!

The only beneficiaries of this purchasing rampage are those who own and run corporations. The masses of people work in them at soul-numbing, mind and health destroying jobs. Running on treadmills at just the proper, accepted speed. Wearing just the right fashion and makeup. Commuting in latest style vehicles, purchased for that reason. Returning to the overpriced homes that they'll never have the time to enjoy just so they can say they live in them, since they'll almost never actually own them. Doing jobs that promote the destruction of their environment and their health for these dubious benefits. Unable to think that there might be another way.

As John Gatto wrote in Harper's, "There were vast fortunes to be made, after all, in an economy

A Brief History of Modern Schools in the U.S.

To achieve the needed unthinking production workers and consumers, the major corporatists of the late 1800's, such as Carnegie and Rockefeller, pushed for compulsory schooling of the masses. It was, of course, sold as being for the benefit of the people.

Prussian culture, the predecessor of 20th century Germany, created a system of schooling designed to produce nonthinking masses. It was this system that supplied the concepts for America's compulsive pseudo-education of the masses.

The Prussian system was first introduced in the United States during the 1840's. In 1918, Alexander Inglis, for whom a Harvard lecture hall was named, published the definitive book, Principles of Secondary Education, which defines modern schooling. He specifically stated that its purpose is to support a command economy and society. This book describes modern "education's" design.

James Bryant Conant, president of Harvard from 1933 through 1953, wrote The Child, the Parent, and the State in 1959. In it, he delineates and approves of Alexander Inglis's ideas to inform other members of his class that following this system of training is the best possible way to keep the masses in their place. He stated that the creation of the American school system was a "coup de main", a surprise action against the enemy, in this case, the general American populace. He further stated that not continuing with the same type of training of the American public would result in, "A successful counterrevolution."

Before 1910, there were almost no high schools in the United States. A seemingly grassroots movement to open public high schools resulted in massive production of them between 1910 and 1940, at which point it became routine, and even compulsory, to attend high school.

One should always be cautious at the concept of a grassroots movement. As we often see nowadays in patient support groups, an apparent groundswell of support for something, as often as not, is the result of an influx of money and propaganda from a wealthy, usually corporate, source. In the case of public eduction, it was manufacturers in need of two things: Dumbed-down masses as cogs in their production facilities and sponges to soak up the message that they needed to buy the dross pouring out of them.

How Compulsory Schooling Is Designed to Work

According to Inglis, there are six functions filled by the new mandatory "education" system:

1. Adjustive: Creating reflexive, fixed responses, as opposed to creative thinking.

2. Integrative: Making children conform, making them be predictable and easy to manipulate in a large labor force.

3. Diagnosis and Direction: Schools are intended to identify and enforce each child's role in society and the labor force.

4. Differentiation: Once diagnosed, children are trained as far as their role in labor has been determined.

5. Selection: Children are tagged with punishments, poor grades, poor classroom placement, and any other humiliation that can be thought of. The purpose is to separate out those the system determines to be unfit and allow them to be treated as inferiors by the rest.

6. Preparation (called propaedeutic by Inglis): Those few deemed to be leaders, often only by their birth, are taught to be the controllers of the masses described in the other five functions.

In the 1922 edition of Public Education in the United States, Ellwood P. Cubberley, a textbook editor at Houghton Miflin, wrote:

Our schools are... factories in the raw products are to be shaped and fashioned... And it is the business of the school to build its pupils according to the specifications laid down.

There you have it, from one of the major textbook editors during the buildup of secondary schools in the United States -- a clear, concise statement of the purpose of those schools.

As John Gatto wrote:

We have become a nation of children, happy to surrender our judgments and our wills to political exhortations and commercial blandishments that would insult actual adults. We buy televisions, and then we buy the things we see on the television. We buy computers, and then we buy the things we see on the computer. We buy $150 sneakers whether we need them or not, and when they fall apart too soon we buy another pair. We drive SUVs and believe the lie that they constitute a kind of life insurance, even when we're upside-down in them. And, worst of all, we don't bat an eye when Ari Fleischer tells us to "be careful what you say," even if we remember having been told somewhere back in school that America is the land of the free. We simply buy that one too. Our schooling, as intended, has seen to it.

What it All Means

Today, there is so little critical thinking that almost anything can be sold. In the arena of health, it's now possible for purported research to make claims that vitamins are unhealthy. And people believe it! Immunization programs that cause death for diseases that carry little harm to healthy people, such as RotaTeq for gastroenteritis in children. And parents rush out to have their children inoculated! Agrobusiness pig growers destroy entire watersheds, even to the point of creating dead zones in the ocean. And hardly anyone cares.

This is what has been wrought by our anti-education school system. We are seeing what happens when a populace has been so dumbed-down and made complaisant that the only thing they're capable of doing is shop.

"Shop 'til you drop" has another, far more sinister meaning than usually intended. We're in the early stages of a rapidly accelerating collapse of civilization –- all brought on by a population so blind and complaisant it couldn't see the obvious: What can't continue won't continue.


Harper's Magazine, September 2003, "Against School", by John Taylor Gatto. Reprinted at ( .

The LINK, Homeschool News Network, Vol 5, Issue 6, "A Conspiracy Against Ourselves", by John Taylor Gatto.

based on mass production and organized to favor the large corporation rather than the small business or the family farm. But mass production required mass consumption, and at the turn of the twentieth century most Americans considered it both unnatural and unwise to buy things they didn't actually need."

About the author

Heidi Stevenson
Fellow, British Institute of Homeopathy
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The author is a homeopath who became concerned with medically-induced harm as a result of her own experiences and those of family members. She says that allopathic medicine is the arena that best describes the motto, "Buyer beware."
Iatrogenic disease is illness, disability, and death caused by medical practice. It is common, resulting in huge costs to society and individuals. It's possible - even common - to suffer an iatrogenic illness without realizing its source. Heidi Stevenson provides information about medically-induced disease and disability so members of the public can protect themselves.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Will New Bill Help Lower College Costs?

The Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act of 2008, passed by the Senate on Wednesday (April 30th), would let parents and students borrow more from the government. It could also boost grants for some needy high achievers.

The House has passed its own version of the bill. Here's a rundown on the proposal and how it could affect you:
  • House and Senate leaders agreed to provide more government backing for so-called unsubsidized Stafford loans. This is likely to save students millions of dollars by letting them forgo costly private loans.
  • The bill is projected to make money for the government -- $450 million over five years. Lawmakers agreed to use those funds to boost grants for needy students.
  • Parents now can borrow under the Parents Loans for Students program, known as PLUS. The catch with a PLUS loan is that borrowers must start repaying within 60 days of disbursement. This legislation would let parents defer repayment while their child is in school. The bill also broadens the definition of parents with an adverse credit history, allowing more parents to be eligible to help their kids.

To read more about this Act and to keep up on the changes being made, go to:

Friday, February 29, 2008

Get ALL Four Years of College Paid For!

The Jackie Robinson Foundation awards four-year scholarship grants to African American high school seniors who are outstanding students and have a financial need. The program also offers hands-on mentoring and leadership development, bringing graduation rate of students receiving funding to a very high 92%. Contact Jackie Robinson Foundation, 3 West 35th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10001; 212-290-8600; Fax: 212-290-8081; or Email:
Income Eligibility: varies. Contact the program to learn specific requirements.

Up to $75,000 for Research in Arts, Humanities and Social Studies

These grants are for established scholars,artists,or writers who have attained distinction in their fields. Applications are welcome from researchers of all nationalities. The program consists of two areas: 1) The trust provides nonresidential grants to support scholars throughout the world, as well as residential fellowships at the Getty Center. 2) Research Grants for Institutions: The trust funds educational and cultural institutions, including museums, libraries, and universities, to develop a variety of basic scholarly resources, as well as publication series. The trust is particularly interested in funding model projects that make significant scholarly resources available via electronic means. Grants For Scholars: Getty scholars are in residence for the entire academic year. A salary-replacement stipend is awarded equivalent to the applicant’s current academic base salary, up to a maximum of $75,000. The grant also includes an office at the Getty Research Institute, research assistance, airfare to Los Angeles, an apartment in the Getty scholar housing complex, and health benefits. Grants For Visiting Scholars: Visiting Scholars are in residence for shorter periods of time, usually three months. A monthly stipend of $3,500 is awarded, pro-rated to the actual dates of residency, up to a maximum of $10,500. The grant also includes an office at the Getty Research Institute, research assistance, airfare to Los Angeles, and an apartment in the Getty scholar housing complex. Contact J. Paul Getty Trust, 1200 Getty Ctr. Dr., Ste. 800, Los Angeles, CA 90049-1685; 310-440-7374; Fax: 310-440-7703;
Income Eligibility: None

$65,000 to Study History, Philosophy, PoliSci, and More

Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars are open to scholars engaged in long-term, unusually ambitious projects in the humanities and related social sciences. Appropriate fields of specialization include, but are not limited to, archaeology, anthropology, art history, economics, geography, history, language and literature, law, linguistics, musicology, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology. Proposals in the social science fields listed above are eligible only if they employ predominantly humanistic approaches. Proposals in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary studies are welcome, as are proposals focused on any geographic region or any cultural or linguistic group. The ACLS will award approximately nine Burkhardt Fellowships per year to recently tenured humanists at institutions in the U.S. and Canada. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $65,000. Contact American Council of Learned Societies (also known as ACLS), 633 3rd Ave., Ste. 8C, New York, NY 10017-6795; 212-697-1505; Fax: 212-949-8058;; Email:
Income Eligibility: None

$5,000 to Pay Travel Costs when Studying Overseas

Offers grants for students to help pay travel costs and studying in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa; must demonstrate academic preparation and financial need. Grants are generally around $1,000 to $5,000. Contact Council on International Educational Exchange, 7 Custom House Street, 3rd Floor, Portland, ME 04101; (800) 40-Study or 207-553-7600; Fax: 207-553-7699;
Income Eligibility: None

Law Students Receive up to $34,500 for Research & More

Fellowships are awarded to junior scholars who have completed all requirements for their Ph.D. within the past two years, or who are currently in the final stages of completing their dissertations, in order to encourage original and significant research on law, the legal profession, and legal institutions. In exceptional cases, candidates with a J.D. and substantial social science training may apply. Fellows receive a $30,000 stipend, fringe benefits for 12 months, and up to $3,500 for research support. Relocation expenses of up to $1,000 may also be reimbursed upon application. Fellowships are renewable for a second year, subject to satisfactory progress and participation. Appointments are full-time, and fellows are to remain in residence at the American Bar Foundation, where they will have access to the libraries of Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, as well as having personal computers. In addition, Summer Research Fellowships for Minority Undergraduate Students are awarded to four sophomore or junior minority undergraduates interested in graduate study in the social sciences. Students must have a 3.0 GPA. A $3,600 stipend is provided for each student. Contact American Bar Foundation, 750 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60611; 312-988-6500; Fax: 312-988-6579 or 312-988-6611;; Email:
Income Eligibility: Determined on a case-by-case basis.

Ivy League University Lowers Tuition for Some Students

Brown University has announced that it will offer lower tuition for those who are relying on loans to fund their education. Beginning in the fall of 2008, students from families with incomes of less than $100,000 will no longer have loans as part of their financial aid packages, and most parents who earn less than $60,000 will not be expected to make a financial contribution to fund their child's Brown education. This new financial aid policy will help current students who receive financial aid as well as those entering as freshman in the fall of 2008. To read more on this tuition drop, go to: