Tag Archives: school

The Problem with America’s Failing Education System

I am on the way to becoming a college teacher so I don’t expect to encounter this very often. But I have many friends who teach elementary school. Their stories seem very much like this video created by Sleepyprincesszzz. If you are a teacher, I am sure you understand…

Are too many young people going to college?

A college education was once regarded as a first-class ticket to a better life.

But the rising costs of higher education, the burden of student loans and a less-certain job market have left many wondering: Are too many young people going to college?” — SOURCE: Wall Street Journal

College education is very important, but with the current tuition rates it appears to be a financial liability that outweighs the financial benefits. What do you think?

Oregon College Education is Broken (and Broke)

Many students do not think about the loans they will be paying back, at least not until after they graduate. But tuition rates in Oregon are projected to go up again.

For Southern Oregon University the tuition increase is to offset a $2.5-million budget shortfall. For Portland State, the combination of tuition and fees is going down slightly… partly by allowing students who do not have health insurance to opt-out of health insurance if they do not want it. At the University of Oregon, the most expensive public university, tuition and fees are expected to exceed $9300.

According to the Gazette Times, “OSU’s anticipated tuition increase is still less than what it saw last year, when it rose 8.1 percent. The tuition increases are partially due to the decreasing share of state allocations. The Oregon University System received 16 percent less in state funds for the 2011-13 biennium compared to the last biennium, or $691 million compared to $824 million.”

How are professors supposed to assign a textbook to read for class when the student tuition and fees are already so high? Textbooks add to the problem because the cost of textbooks has risen at a pace of 4-times the rate of inflation.

When is enough ENOUGH? California has been devastated by the college tuition crisis, and it feels like Oregon is following the same model. People of Oregon… demand better from your state’s leaders. Demand better for your children.

Frequent Flyer Miles

Anyone have experience in transferring Frequent Flyer Miles from one person to another?

My research is a comparison of poverty in the United States and other countries. Using frequent flyer miles would certainly help offset the cost of the research.

Dear Monday, Life Really Tests my Patience

Dear Monday ~

Yes Monday, because I love Jesus… I forgive you. But Monday, let’s be honest… you’ve shortchanged me again. Honestly I’ve got more than enough patience… but waiting stresses me out and I need results NOW!!

~Ish Ism


re: Dear Monday, Life Really Tests my Patience


Dear Ish Ism,

Please see below:

Definition of patient: steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity.

Thank you for your time. Have a nice day.



re:re: Dear Monday, Life Really Tests my Patience


Dear Monday,

Welllll, if I had less difficulty and adversity my patience would REALLY SHINE!!

1.) Still looking for my summer research site

2.) Wife still looking for a job

3.) The sun is out but I am stuck inside working (as usual)

Would you like me to keep going Monday? Life is not cheap Monday… and life is short.

~ Ish Ism


re:re:re: Dear Monday, Life Really Tests my Patience


Dear Ish Ism,

I understand fully your frustrations.

However, you are doing fine. You have a beautiful wife, your bills are all up-to-date, you are healthy, you have food, you live in a nice little house, you have friends who love you, and you have family who loves you.

So stop your whining! Thank you for your time. Have a nice day.



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Monday… why do you have to ruin a perfectly good rant!?!!?