Dumped Into Adulthood, What Now?

Image Grads: Are you better off than you were 4 years ago? Unfortunately for many, the answer is a resounding "no." Hordes of college grads have not acquired any skills that will enable them to get a decent job. And if that were not bad enough, they're saddled with a mountain of debt that will be an albatross around their neck for decades to come.

With no prospects for the future, is it any wonder that so many college grads feel lost. This is not the way it was supposed to be. Higher education was supposedly to be the best investment one could make to guarantee a solid future. Any wonder that they feel cheated?

What now? Dumped into adulthood, with no job prospects, many decide to double down on their education. Go to grad school. Get an advanced degree. But will more education pay off? Or will it simply dig a defect debt hole? No guarantee. Even many with graduate degrees are unemployed or underemployed.

The importance and value of a college education has been sacrosanct for many years. But things change. Remember when owning a home was the guaranteed path to building financial security? Paying rent was supposed to be throwing money down the drain. Then came the housing bubble. And we all know how that turned out for scores of homeowners.

Might it now be time to open question question the value of a college education? With the walloping non-stop increase in tuition costs, it sure seems like we've entered an education bubble that will leave many in mega debt with no prospect for even an ho-hum career. Latest reports indicate that 53% of recent college grads are either unemployed or working at a job that does not require a college degree. There are more than 100,000 janitors in the US with college degrees and 16,000 parking lot attendants.

Many families would do well to consider other types of post-secondary education for their kids. Perhaps learning a marketable trade is the way to go. There will always be a need for auto mechanics, electricians, carpenters, beauticians, make-up artists, and workers with other hands-on skills. These jobs will not disappear and can not be shipped overseas. Or, one might consider investing in a small business or franchise. Become an entrepreneur. Pursue your culinary skills. Follow your artistic dreams. Or, attend college not as a four year vacation with beer parties, drug parties, hooking up and easy courses as the main attraction. But pursue your degree with the primary goal of learning marketable skills.

But what about the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčeducation for education's sake? Is not that what college is supposedly to be about – making you smarter, more savvy, more cosmopolitan? Ideally, yes. However, in today's world, anyone who wants to become smarter and savvier does not need to attend college. The Internet can provide you with an amazing low cost or free education.

Several companies, including Coursera and Khan Academy, offer lectures taught by world-class professors. You …

Early Childhood Education – Some Basic Facts

Since the last decade of the previous century, with the advent of Internet in a big way, societies all round the world have undergone a sea change. With the shifts in career preferences, education has largely become a life long process of learning. Even then the value of early childhood education remained unchanged; it is said, the things that a child learns in her first eight years of life have lifelong influence shaping up her personality and career.

Definition of early childhood education

In order to realize the significance of early childhood education, first we have to know its proper definition. Early childhood education refers to the combination of physical, intelligence/cognitive, emotional, and social learning of a child during the fist six to eight years of her life. While parents and primary care givers play an important role in the child’s acquisition of such knowledge, in a more specialized sense, a professional early childhood educator offers early childhood education to the child. However, a good educator will always involve the parents in his/her early childhood programs to get the maximum benefits from the program.

The basic premise of early childhood education

Advanced psychological researches have concluded that children learn at the fastest pace when they are between 0-6 years of age. Based on this notion, the early child educators design their program that helps boost up the child’s natural learning process. Now, a scientific child development program is not all; it must be accompanied by proper nutrition, parental/caregiver interaction, and stimulus and in the absence of any of these factors, the child is bound to lag behind miserably in the latter course of his or her life. Thus, side-by-side of a well chalked out early childhood curse, it is equally important that the children must receive due attention, a respectful treatment and lots of affection from parents or caregivers in the absence of parents.

The designing of the curriculum

There are a number of early childhood education programs that are based on different theories ranging from maturationist theory propounded by Jacques Rousseau and Maria Montessori to behaviorist theory developed by John B. Watson, B. F. Skinner and Edward Thorndike. The current pre school educational scenario is dominated by the ideas and curriculum that incorporate the features of all the leading theories. However the entire current pre-school education curriculum has one common characteristic: all of them are designed to cater to the individual needs of a child and all of them aim at developing the self-esteem of the child.

To summarize it all, a good pre-school program will

  • Involve the parents or the caregiver in the learning process.
  • It should place an emphasis on learning through play.
  • The program must place equal importance on the physical, cognitive, emotional and social development of the child.
  • In general, the entire learning process must mean fun for the child and not something forceful.