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Pros and Cons of the US Education System

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There was a time when education was considered a luxury. But today, it is one of the essentials every person should benefit from. It not only serves as a way of attaining knowledge but also a path towards success in the current society. 

How education is imparted differs in various parts of the world. So are the ways it is put to use. However, the standard remains more or less the same, whereas the opportunities regarding training vary.

Taking the United States into consideration, here we will cover the main pros and cons of the educational system in this country. Let us start with the advantages. 

The Pros 

Global Acceptance 

America is home to some of the most prestigious institutions in the world. The academic excellence delivered by the country is unmatched with many universities ranking top among the best. This has made the system more attractive to the rest of the globe. 

Simultaneously, this is one thing that has put weight on the students as well. The demand to excel and the high competition adds lots of pressure. 

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Global Diversity 

The US is a country with a globally diverse community of both learners and teachers. In 2014, the country hit a demographic milestone by having the majority of school pupils with diverse ethnicities.

The projection for 2023 shows that there will be approximately 55 million students of color enrolled in the public schools of America. This has created a distinct environment, including exposure to various cultures and learning possibilities. 

College Experience

When you put together all the good factors, it is clear that the students are offered an enriching experience. This concerns not just the academic field but also the interactive campus life. 

English being the primary language makes it more feasible for international students, providing them with choices in courses that are unparalleled elsewhere. The universities are all partnered with high profile companies opening new doors of opportunities to widen your network or pursue a career. 

Nevertheless, much like anything else, the US education system also has its drawbacks. 

The Cons 

Tuition Cost

The high standards also come at a high price. The tuition fees in many popular schools and colleges are on the hefty side and rated among the highest in the entire world.

As public schools receive less government funding, the fees are set to rise even more in the future. This has made the deal a lot less appealing for not only American nationals but also many international scholars. 

Discrimination Issues

America has come a long way in making everyone feel inclusive. However, there are still discrepancies that students face based on their family’s income and race. According to a recent study report, certain schools even assign punishments for learners based on their race. 

As disappointing as this is, one can only hope that the younger generation will have a different viewpoint from their school days. This is the period that shapes youngsters’ values for the rest of their lives. 

Disparities in Courses

With each state and college following different curricula, there are tremendous gaps created in the standard of education across the country. A student of one major attending the same program will not receive the same standard of learning from two different universities. This has also resulted in a set of particular institutions being preferred by employers while hiring. 

Admission Requirements 

Getting into the renowned colleges in America is indeed very tough. One has to be outstanding not only in academics but also in extracurricular activities. The standardized tests are another major issue that you need to solve even to send the application.

International students have to prove their language proficiency and take-up other exams depending on the program chosen. While it is almost necessary to have such exams to filter the applicants, this has also added pressure right from the school level. 

Final Words

To conclude, education is imperative for the advancement of any individual. Such a country as the US, with its strong foundation principles, offers an exceptional place for students to educate in.

The system could still be improved in many ways, though it has its credits. By working together to overcome the inconsistencies, and learning from the errors, it definitely could be efficient and effective. After all, that is what education is all about. 

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Ridgewood Schools Will See Big Jump in State Aid for 2020


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Ridgewood NJ, Governor Murphy today announced state school aid funding for his Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal that provides record levels of support for New Jersey schools.

The Governor’s proposed budget would provide $15.4 billion to support schools, a record level for New Jersey education funding.

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Does anyone believe that Fishbein and Gorman are the right leaders for our schools? Are they capable of driving the innovation and dynamic change needed to improve our schools, and help prepare our students for the challenges of the world and workforce ahead? If the answer is no, why are they still employed?

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Ideas to Check Accreditation for Online Programs

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Ridgewood NJ, Before pursuing any online degree, make sure to check its legitimacy. Your selected degree must offer marketable credentials. Accreditation is a primary indicator of legitimacy. In accreditation procedure, outside authorities ensure that a particular degree program, whether online, on campus or blended, meet specific standards of quality. Accreditation has numerous advantages, such as validates an online program to other universities and colleges. Students find it safe to get an online degree from reputed universities, but there is no harm in checking a degree program for its legitimacy.

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If you are obtaining an online degree from an unknown online school, research accreditation to decrease the chances of scams over the internet. A site like EDsmart can help you in search an accredited college for your online degree. Follow these steps to find an accredited online college.

Verify Accreditation of an Online School

Before choosing an online degree program, you have to understand the levels of accreditation. Two accreditation levels are available, such as institutional and specialized. Institutional accreditation applies to the whole university or college. Specialized refers to a particular school or program focusing on specific disciplines.

You can trust an accredited institution that offers financial aids to their students. Financial subsidies are available in shape of work-study, loans, and grants. To check the accreditation of an institute, start with its website. Several universities mention the authorization of their institute in “About Us” or similar pages on the official site of a college. Make sure to verify recognitions made by Higher Education Council and Education Department Accreditation. You will get a list of accredited universities.

Check for National and Regional Accreditation

Make sure to check national or regional accreditation of your school. This information is necessary for your educational and career goals. These factors can help you to determine the quality of an online college. International accreditation is free from legitimate things. Some fraudulent programs claim spurious things. Make sure to check the national or regional certification through council or department’s website.

Check the Accreditation History of Online School

You can’t blindly trust even a famous school because sometimes they may endanger their accreditation. To avoid this risk, make sure to check the accreditation history of your selected school on the council or department sites. This information will be helpful for you to judge potential weaknesses.

Determine the Programmatic Accreditation of Your Discipline

Depending on your selected field, make sure to check programmatic accreditation of your discipline. For instance, the Commission on Nursing Education Collegiate accredits all graduate and undergraduate UT’s nursing programs.

Programmatic accreditation is limited to specific career fields, particularly licensed program. Potential students can see the recognized agencies to learn about a program. Online research can help you. Moreover, you can talk to a professor or faculty person in your desired field.     

Check the website of degree programs for their specialized accreditation. They can verify if the council or department recognizes an accreditor. Directly search on the council or department website or contact the institution to learn more. Once again, check the accreditation history of a program, if available.

Compare Duration of a Program

An online bachelor’s degree completes in 3 to 4 years. A graduate-level program takes almost 2 to 3 years, based on the nature of a program. A doctoral program may vary in duration. Some online programs may take longer than ten years to complete as compared to others that need 4 to 5 years. Before selecting an online program, you have to consider its duration and analyze it with a similar program in a physical school. Some variations are expected, but if you notice drastic fluctuations in the duration of both degrees, avoid this institute or online program.

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What to Do for High Score in Microsoft 70-761 Certification Exam?

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Ridgewood NJ, With the use of the internet spreading all over the world, companies such as Microsoft have become some of the best in the world. Microsoft creates software and hardware that are used in most of the companies and industries. This is why there is a need for the Microsoft technicians. The need for the IT professionals who can handle Microsoft network processes is increasing day by day. With the increasing job opportunities, there is also an increase in the candidates for a job. For a person to secure a job in any company, it is very important to have a grasp on their skill and have certification to prove it.

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Moving Out Costs New Jersey Big

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September 25,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, The Garden State saw a net decrease in population, with the number of people that moved out of the state of roughly 33,700, costing New Jersey about $2.6 billion in taxable income between 2014 and 2015, according to a USA Today Network analysis of IRS migration data.

New Jersey is constantly ranked as the worst business climate in the USA and the state the leads the nation in people wanting to leave .

According to OpportunityNJ, New Jersey ranks dead last in national rankings on the impacts of our four most significant taxes: property, income, sales and corporate business tax.Outmigration of New Jersey residents has had a significant impact on the state’s economy. High taxes and numerous barriers for business operations are causing people to leave the state which has led to the loss of income, economic activity and job creation.

OpportunityNJ (ONJ) is a non-partisan, grassroots coalition comprised of New Jersey interests representing employers, employees, business, trade groups, community organizations and other concerned citizens in the State.

This exodus has become so concerning to New Jersey business leaders that they have championed a campaign to make the state more affordable for its residents and more attractive to out-of-state residents on the move.

“We are at the bottom of every tax ranking. We have an affordability issue. We know why people are leaving,” Michele Siekerka, president and CEO of New Jersey Business and Industry Association.

Her organization estimates that New Jersey has lost over $21 billion in adjusted gross income since 2004 from people leaving the state. That translates to about 87,000 jobs, $13 billion in lost economic activity and $4.6 billion in lost labor income, Siekerka said.

Addressing the affordability issue would help keep seniors and millennials, both of which are the leading demographic groups leaving New Jersey, Siekerka said. When seniors leave, they take with them the bulk of the lost income. But when millennials flee, they take with them a life time of potential earnings. It’s a hit to the state’s future workforce, which means the state sees no benefit from roughly $250,000 per student in public education spending.“We invest in our K-12 education system significantly to have a good product,” Siekerka said. “When millennials leave New Jersey, we aren’t getting a return on that investment.”

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A new ‘manufacturing caucus’ looks to explore what companies need in terms of employees, education, training, and business opportunities — and help make sure they get it

Although not as dominant an industry as it was several decades ago, manufacturing is still a major part of the New Jersey economy, and a sector where a majority of employers have indicated they’re still looking to hire.

To help foster what could be a manufacturing renaissance in New Jersey — a state with a rich industrial history that dates to colonial days — state lawmakers are launching a new “manufacturing caucus” that will focus specifically on figuring out ways to craft policies that lead to increased productivity and growth for manufacturing.

The formation of the new caucus, which will involve lawmakers from both the Assembly and Senate, and from both political parties, was announced last week by Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester). The panel will hold a series of hearings this summer to help inform a legislative agenda that will be pursued in the fall as lawmakers return to the State House following this year’s legislative elections. The effort will be led by state Sen. Robert Gordon, whose own background includes working in his family’s yarn mill in Paterson.

“I think (manufacturing) is critically important to the state,” said Gordon (D-Bergen) in an interview with NJ Spotlight. “Manufacturing is still a very important component of our economy.”

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Trump Rolls Out His first 100 Days of Historic Accomplishments

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April 27,2017
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Washington DC, GETTING GOVERNMENT OUT OF THE WAY: President Donald J. Trump has done more to stop the Government from interfering in the lives of Americans in his first 100 days than any other President in history.

President Trump has signed 13 Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions in his first 100 days, more than any other President. These resolutions nullified unnecessary regulations and block agencies from reissuing them.

Since CRA resolutions were introduced under President Clinton, they’ve been used only once, under President George W. Bush.

The Wall Street Journal editorial: “So far the Trump Administration is a welcome improvement, rolling back more regulations than any President in history.”

TAKING EXECUTIVE ACTION: In office, President Trump has accomplished more in his first 100 days than any other President since Franklin Roosevelt.

President Trump will have signed 30 executive orders during his first 100 days.

President Obama signed 19 executive orders during his first 100 days.
President George W. Bush signed 11 executive orders during his first 100 days.
President Clinton signed 13 executive orders during his first 100 days.
President George H.W. Bush signed 11 executive orders during his first 100 days.
President Reagan signed 18 executive orders during his first 100 days.
President Carter signed 16 executive orders during his first 100 days.
President Nixon signed 15 executive orders during his first 100 days.
President Johnson signed 26 executive orders during his first 100 days.
President Kennedy signed 23 executive orders during his first 100 days.
President Eisenhower signed 20 executive orders during his first 100 days.
President Truman signed 25 executive orders during his first 100 days.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed 9 executive orders during his first 100 days.

A SLEW OF LEGISLATION SIGNED: Despite historic Democrat obstructionism, President Trump has worked with Congress to pass more legislation in his first 100 days than any President since Truman.

President Trump has worked with Congress to enact 28 laws during the first 100 days of his Administration.

President Obama enacted 11 laws during his first 100 days.
President George W. Bush enacted 7 laws during his first 100 days.
President Clinton enacted 24 laws during his first 100 days.
President George H.W. Bush enacted 18 laws during his first 100 days.
President Reagan enacted 9 laws during his first 100 days.
President Carter enacted 22 laws during his first 100 days.
President Nixon enacted 9 laws during his first 100 days.
President Johnson enacted 10 laws during his first 100 days.
President Kennedy enacted 26 laws during his first 100 days.
President Eisenhower enacted 22 laws during his first 100 days.
President Truman enacted 55 bills laws during his first 100 days.

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It was the hardest year yet to get accepted into Princeton


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PRINCETON — Flooded with a record-high 30,056 applications, Princeton University accepted just 1,890 students in its Class of 2021, a record-low 6.1 percent admission rate, the university announced.

The decisions, available for students to track online beginning at 5 p.m., leave thousands of top students rejected. More than 12,000 applicants had a 4.0 GPA in high school, according to the university.

Princeton accepted 6.4 percent of applicants last year.

“The admitted students will bring extraordinary talents, achievements and motivation to the Princeton community,” Dean of Admission Janet Lavin Rapelye said. “Their diverse range of skills, ideas, backgrounds and beliefs were evident to the committee as we gave careful consideration to each application.”

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‘U.S. News & World Report’ Best States Ranking; New Jersey Ranks a Respectable 14th


March 3,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, in a recent ‘U.S. News & World Report’ Best States Ranking, New Jersey ranks 14th.New Jersey beat out New York, Florida, California, Hawaii and Pennsylvania in the overall rankings.

According to the study, the Best States ranking of U.S. states draws on thousands of data points to measure how well states are performing for their citizens. In addition to health care and education, the metrics take into account a state’s economy, the opportunity it offers people, its roads, bridges, internet and other infrastructure, its public safety and the integrity and health of state government.

What’s amazing is the rankings not only consider such categories as health care(pricey in NJ ), education (forgetaboutit ) but  the “state’s economy(ugh), the opportunity it offers people (live with mom), its roads, bridges (total disaster), internet and other infrastructure (public rest rooms), its public safety (cops everywhere) and the integrity and health of state government( your kidding right).”

The Top 10 states in the overall rankings include (in order):

1.    Massachusetts
2.    New Hampshire
3.    Minnesota
4.    North Dakota
5.    Washington
6.    Iowa
7.    Utah
8.    Maryland
9.    Colorado
10.   Vermont

The Rankings noted the state’s “world-class universities, leading technology and biological science firms and one fast turnpike,” out of 50 states, the report lists New Jersey 2nd in education, 8th in health care, and 27th in opportunity.

In other categories, you guessed it New Jersey comes in dead last in the category of government, which takes into consideration such things as “Fiscal Stability” (ranked 49th in the country), “Budget Transparency” (29th), and “State Integrity” (18th) Scary New Jersey placed 18th.

The good news in the rankings, New Jersey leads the rest of U.S. states with a zero-percent over-capacity of its State Prison System. New Jersey comes in 2nd place for “Public Transit Usage,” and its low property crime rate ranked 3rd out of all 50 states.

Meanwhile, New Jersey ranked well in overall household income (4th), low suicide rate (2nd), fewest nursing home citations (4th), and pre-school enrollment (1st).