For as long as I can remember, educators, parents, and society in general have promoted the importance of a college or university degree. Degree promotion has been so effective that nearly everyone thinks obtaining a diploma is a necessity.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, college and university enrollment of 18 to 24-year-olds increased by 35% between 2000 and 2011, and enrollment of students age 25 and older increased 41% over the same period. Okay, so more people are going to college. Isn’t that a good thing? Shouldn’t everyone want a diploma from a prestigious university? Continue reading
On Jan 6, 2007 (has it really been over 7 years ago?) TEDTalks YouTube Channel published a talk by Sir Ken Robinson that explores the apparent flaws in the way we approach creativity in education globally.
I stumbled across this today and felt it was worth sharing again. This video has over 6 Million views which seems like a lot, but Rebecca Black’s Friday video has enjoyed over 67 Million, and I’m fairly certain this talk is more valuable and loads more entertaining.
If you have 20 minutes or so to spare, I urge you to watch this presentation. It is thought provoking and really makes me wonder how many more creative solutions may have been developed if our education system nurtured the arts and creativity with the same ferocity with which we emphasize the sciences. Let me be clear. I said “the same” ferocity. I certainly do not advocate elevating the arts above the sciences necessarily, but perhaps a more balanced model could be more effective than our current approach to education.
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For several years now, the VCE or Visual CertExam file format has been the popular choice for running certification test simulations. Whether you approve of the practice of studying brain dumps or not, they are an effective way to prepare for a certification exam. That fact is undeniable. Any certification instructor who wants to give their students the best possible chance of passing an exam will provide them with information and resources outside of the official curriculum, such as Visual CertExam and the very often free VCE files that are available for download from multiple sites such as examcollection.com. Continue reading