Is Getting More Education a Must for Job Security?

With younger workers entering the workforce every year, and each of them with increasing well-glazed qualifications, many old-timers in the workforce are feeling the pressure of losing their jobs. Most people believe that to compete with fresh faces, further education or retraining is a sure-fire to keep them relevant.

After all, you have more experience than recent graduates, and now, you have degrees like they do. Plus, if you always show up on time and have good relationships with coworkers, there is no way you will be out of class by some beginners. Or, at least, that’s what most of us like to think.

But if you look at the details of why older people are losing their jobs, you would see why getting an extra degree may be all just about giving yourself a false sense of security. People need to feel that they are in control of their lives, or at least, they need to feel that they are putting in an effort to change their fates. The truth, however, couldn’t be further from what they think.

Staying Relevant

First like talk about staying relevant. Unless you are in an industry that is facing revolutionary changes in technology, such as in the 80s when computers began to replace most of the paperwork processes in the economy; You can’t be irrelevant in your work when you actually do it every day (well, almost).

An engineer who works every day, but without the last degree from college; less relevant than recent graduates? If you are the boss, will you really rely on new graduates? Of course, a company needs to constantly bring young blood, but the new man will need training from the old man, that’s for sure. Whatever it is, a financial diploma or MBA will not make engineers …

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All Masters Programs in Education Are Not Suitable for Everyone

All Masters Programs in Education Are Not Suitable for Everyone

Each prospective teacher has their own ideas about the type of instruction they want to pursue. This is the main reason there are large number of Masters Programs in Education, all of which are focused on different levels of experience and skills. In addition, teacher can start to take one path and decide to take different direction later in his career. If different programs are not available, it is not possible for future students to learn all the things they want to learn during their school and college years.

What about teachers who are not sure which way they want to be able to pursue some Masters Programs in Education before they make final decision. That doesn’t mean you can’t change your direction in any way, but students can save lot of time if they make the right decision the first time. The best way for students to make sure they are choosing the right one is to review number of programs that they find interesting. They can even choose to take some of the classes needed to graduate with the education program and develop taste for the type of career they can expect.

The Master of Education program is designed to provide good start for students who wish to pursue teaching careers in the fields covered by the chosen Master’s program of students. Be it early childhood education, post-secondary education, English or other areas of expertise, students will be able to contribute to the learning experience of every student who enters his classroom. Choosing one that suits the teacher’s interests will ensure lifetime commitment to the subject matter and students who are committed to learning.…

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Finding Friends for Kids Living On The Road

Afterschool activities, homeschool get-togethers, and coffee with friends while the kids played were a large part of our pre-travel days. Melbourne has an abundance of activities, excursions, and groups for homeschoolers, spoiling us for choice of activities to participate in. We usually went along to along to a few each week. Then there were the afterschool activities; swimming, tennis, drama, pottery, gymnastics, dancing, violin lessons etc that we did at various times. How would we go without these?

We have missed the homeschool get-togethers, and gatherings at friends’ houses. There isn’t actually a substitute that we’ve found for them ‘on the road’. HEA have a wonderful resource on their website for finding other homeschool groups as we travel. We haven’t actually done much of this, though, there is the potential there when we feel the need. There have been phone calls and emails at times back to friends in Melbourne, who are still thought of as if we had seen them only a few weeks ago.

We thought that kids would probably appreciate being able to converse with other travelling children. That’s a bit harder to do than say, as travelling families in Australia are spread out across the country. Therefore, the ability to have an online chat in a protected environment for registered users only here is a promising new resource. It has been organised for the kids to be able to chat at 9am on Friday mornings, and 5pm on Monday nights (Melbourne time) We are homeschoolers, even before we started travelling, but have tried schools a few times so that the kids can interact with some other children. Peter and Susan tried two different country schools in Victoria for two weeks each to have a play. Peter really liked one of them, and found that …

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Science Educational Toys Popular With Kids Today

As children grow the best things for them to learn and play with include things which are geared toward more science educational toys. They can learn and have fun at the same time. Educational toys help younger children brains develop at a faster rate. Science teaches them not only how things work or how things can be made but also how things in nature and the Earth works and why. These can be fun for the entire family to enjoy and join in on the creating and the building.

One fun and colorful scientific wonder toy is that of special brightly colored sand which when placed in water stays dry. Once it is in the water your child can then have the task of creating different shapes and forms with use of a straw. Another sand related activity is being able to play at digging of cosmic rocks. These are made from Tektites which are meteorite fragments that your child can actually dig into and explore.

They can also grow there very own crystals easily by a kit which includes everything they need. The chemicals within dissolve once they are added to water and then turn into brilliantly glowing crystal like formations. This only takes a few minutes for the chemicals to take affect, then your child can enjoy there new crystal display for weeks even months to come. This helps teach them a little about chemistry and how certain things combine together.

A classic educational toy which also habitats living things is that of the Ant Farms of the early days and still high in popularity today as well. Only now these great farms have new technology to make them even better. Some have illuminated LED colored lights to let your ants live in color. This also …

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How to Balance Your Decision to Raise Thinking Kids With Schools Requesting Over-Involved Parents

How to Balance Your Decision to Raise Thinking Kids With Schools Requesting Over-Involved Parents
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When my child was in the 2nd grade, and her teacher asked me why I didn’t sign her “homework” notebook, I told her it was because I was raising a “thinking” child.

It’s the same reason I didn’t:

  • Go through my kids backpacks every day
  • Pick out my child’s clothes
  • Decide if they would bring lunch or buy lunch
  • Make their lunch if they decided to bring it
  • Sit in the classroom and “observe”
  • Make a special trip to school to drop off a forgotten instrument, pair of cleats or science project
  • Talk to the teacher about my child’s “performance” without my child present
  • And 100 other decisions I made about my role in my child’s educational experience

I believed my primary job was to prepare my kids to leave home at 18 with the confidence necessary to make hundreds of decisions each day, the ability to overcome whatever challenge or obstacle they encounter and to do so with a sense of courage, curiosity and enthusiasm. That is how I defined my job as a mother. I made that decision when my first child came home from Kindergarten with a list of “expectations” the teacher had of me.

Truth be told, when I sat down with my children’s teachers and explained my philosophy, they were, for the most part, supportive. So I have nothing to complain about.

But recently, some of my closest and smartest friends have been struggling with balancing their decision to raise thinking kids and with the school expectations that parents play an “active” role in their child’s educational experience.

Here are a few tips on how to balance your decision to raise thinking kids (who are often, late, messy and leave their stuff behind in the car) with the schools request for over-involved parents.…

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Money Skills For Kids

The education system today may be fantastic at teaching our children reading, math and writing skills, but when it comes to teaching them about real world issues like money, it gets a failing grade. Where did you learn about money? Did you have rich parents that taught you everything? Did you read about it? Or did you learn by trial and error in the real world? As a parent, the best gift you can give your child is knowledge about these basic money management strategies

Pay yourself first

Managing money and building a secure financial future is not all about rates of return and investment amounts but more about habits. As soon as your child is old enough, and starts dealing with money, start teaching them one of the core principles of wealth creation, pay yourself first. We all know if we take the route of paying all the bills and then investing what is left over, there never seems to be any left over. So instead, take the alternative approach of paying yourself first. Teach them to get in a habit of setting aside 10% of whatever they earn and put that money aside for long term investing. They are to treat this like any other bill the HAS to be paid. This money can then be invested to start the little miracle of compound interest working for them. By starting them with this habit at a young age, they will continue the habit into their adult lives when they actually have bills, but with the confidence they can actually pay their bills.

Dollar cost averaging

This is another habit strategy to teach your children. As children are entrusted with money, even if it be a small amount from an allowance or money from a part time …

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