Evaluations and assessments are great tools to assess learning growth but are not made to be a definitive conclusion of a student’s learning ability. What are some informal ways you assess your students?
Do you agree with the assessment you use for measuring and assessing their learning ability? And why or why not?
Is alternative schooling such as homeschooling or Trust/Open University concepts better than traditional? How can we combine the real world with learning? Reflect on your own experiences
Financial aid and student loans can be very stressful for several students. Please watch the following video and reflect on how you feel as a student hearing this information and how this makes you feel going into the field of Higher Education. What solutions would you propose to those in charge?
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In the text, Paying the Price, author Sara Goldrick-Rab (2016), makes the following statements:
“Decades ago, many Americans got a pretty good deal. With family support, some work, and perhaps a modest Pell Grant, college prices were such that those who did go could usually make ends meet. And they entered a job market where a college degree conferred a bonus, but was not required. There were a fairly large number of good-paying jobs available to people who were not college graduates.”
“In the 1970’s, targeting financial aid to only the poorest individuals made sense – after all, most people didn’t want to attend college, it wasn’t required, and college prices were low enough that the Pell Grant largely covered the bills. Today, that same model fails: the vast majority of the populace wants access to affordable, high-quality public higher education, it is required, and costs are so high that grants and scholarships provide only a meager discount to only a fraction of the students with financial aid.”
What are your thoughts on these ideas? Do you agree, disagree, or find yourself with questions? Do you think that misconceptions surrounding the financial aid system come into play? Is there a specific component that you would like to discuss?