Is Sentiment the Cost Now that Freedom Has Been Lost?

The Modern College, a place where students guided by mentors, supported by peers, experiment with adult responsibilities, free to discover their life’s purpose, only impersonates its Pre-COVID self.  To mitigate health risks of the pandemic, in March and again in Fall 2020, university administrators are restricting students’ freedoms, for which they believe they must, yet, in doing so, their actions…

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In the Animal House, Is All Well?

When attempting to make one’s reality that is unfolding dynamically, instead static, then promote that delusion of consciousness as permanent, when its not, yet, then while lost in this contemplation accidentally stumble headlong into an icy cold creek, and although in that moment of clarity doubting one’s seemingly stable state, yet one continues almost chaotically to promote the opposite… If…

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Confidence Slipping, Mind the Gap

Consumer confidence on Main Street, as measured by the Conference Board, is waning, dipping lower than levels at the height of the shelter-in-place orders in April, in direct opposition to the rapidly improving confidence of Wall Street from the lows in Spring 2020. And, yet, that same Wall Street confidence only constitutes 10% of Americans who own 87% of the…

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Diminished Learning from a Distance

The 2020-21 virtual K-12 schooling experiment, born of necessity from the wholesale disruption of the modern educational process and haphazardly planned and implemented by an institutional elite that does not have to practice managing entrepreneurially since the educational industry is relatively monopolistic, is failing for a variety of reasons.  Although I admit that the sample of students I’ve polled (public…

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College Closures Cause Consternation

The hope of a triumphant return to four year college campuses all over the world for the quintissential residential college experience, is quickly being deflated as one after another, college administrators are shutting down and sometimes, sending kids home—University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Michigan State University, and University of Notre Dame just to name a few—due to the rising…

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The Shrinking American Middle Class, Part 5

Caption: Jen Grantham/Getty Images/iStockphoto Although the causes behind the shrinking of the American middle class are complicated, the interdependent, economic relationship with the modern American educational industrial complex is not in doubt.  As academic achievements plateau at the average, middle class families are spending more funds to supplement educational experiences, like extracurricular activities. Additionally, greater middle class wealth is spent…

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The Lessons of Distance Learning

Creative Marbles’ Jill Yoshikawa was a featured guest on Your California Life, a local morning telecast in Sacramento, California, discussing the COVID-related disruption of education on high school and college students, as well as their families. For more information about how Jill Yoshikawa, EdM, a UC San Diego and Harvard alum, helps students and parents navigate the complex college admissions…

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PUT DOWN YOUR #2 PENCILS: THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA ELIMINATE SAT/ACT SCORES, COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW: PART 8

Starting in Fall 2021, without required standardized test scores, University of California (UC) admissions evaluations will likely be more subjective, as the interpretation of an applicant’s qualifications may not be balanced by a more objective test score.  As the suspension of test score requirements will extend through Fall 2025, which includes current seventh graders, potential applicants can prepare for admissions…

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College Blues

As the 2020-21 school year dawns, with the United States mired in the global COVID-19 health emergency with no signs of abating, given vaccines or treatment protocols have yet to materialize, university administrators are scrambling to effectively respond, if even possible, in an increasingly political environment. In the heat of the epic man versus nature battle for dominance, what is…

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The Shrinking American Middle Class, Part 4

The American middle class is shrinking, as educational achievement plateaus at the average level of attainment and more middle class families compensate the lagging educational achievement with discretionary spending on extracurricular activities and supplemental academic support services.  By the late 1970’s, the collapse of American manufacturing sector made way for the meteoric rise of the knowledge-based service and technology sectors,…

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“You can’t always get what you want…”

As the new 2020-21 school year dawns, parents’ and students’ sentiments are mixed. While no one wants to acquire the virus, a source of much misery, distance learning—an oxymoronic concept as knowledge acquistion requires a trust that, initially, is most effectively established when there’s the least amount of physical distance between student and teacher—a continued sequestering, with the attendant sufferings…

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