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Re: Expanding the envelope
  • 11/30/2017 2:24:49 PM
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And by "stifle the rest of their lifestyle," do you mean have to chose among paying rent, groceries, car payment and/or health insurance?

That's subsistence, not a lifestyle.

Re: Expanding the envelope
  • 11/30/2017 2:17:01 PM
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The old boys' network is very much alive and well among applicants to and alumni of Ivy League institutions, not to mention Stanford, USC and a few others. Money still talks now that higher education is very much a for-profit industry.

Re: Expanding the envelope
  • 11/30/2017 2:13:27 PM
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The regulatory and business frameworks for student loans are appalling in their reach and abuse of goodwill. A real shame that Congress has neither the stomach nor the political will to take this on as part of the tax overhaul effort.

Re: Expanding the envelope
  • 11/30/2017 2:03:30 PM
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You're right, impactnow... I hadn't thought about the impact of test scores on real estate, but it makes perfect sense. While I'm all for adding value, I'd like to see that value get distributed across an entire school district and not just in its wealthier sub-parts.

Re: Expanding the envelope
  • 11/30/2017 11:21:54 AM
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Yes and the new tax code changes will stifle those students even more! The college degree has become the high school degree with a huge price tag and many graduates are having a hard time securing salaries that justify the costs of their education. They find themselves saddled with huge loans that stifle the rest of their lifestyle.

Re: Expanding the envelope
  • 11/29/2017 11:52:45 PM
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I think you've seen a challenge to the 4 year degree but largely not ina good way. Since we're a capitalist society driven by profit motive, the challenge has come from for profit companies playing off cheap government student loans. The result has been worse educational models built around students going deep into debt and either not finishing degrees or not doing anything productive with the degrees they earn on "practical" majors.

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  • 11/29/2017 3:42:48 PM
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broadway sadly both are still alive and well in our country. I am glad I learned early that taking tests is really a game of knowing the test strategy most standardized tests are a process of learning te test not acquiring the knowledge. I knew many that did very well on the SAT and could not succeed in an actual career since that includes more than a good test score!

Re: Expanding the envelope
  • 11/28/2017 11:15:11 PM
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In the US economy, education seems to be stuck in a rut of "this is how we've always done it."

Admittedly, it's not all bad. But I'm surprised that we don't see more of a challenge to the traditional 4-year college degree given the availability of so many more cost-effective options.

Re: Expanding the envelope
  • 11/28/2017 11:06:52 PM
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Test taking is so tied to meritocracy in this country, and in other countries, that is hard for us to understand that there is a lot of innate bias in the system. How can tests "lie" or be biased? On the other hands, test taking is still the lesser of two evils when compared to the old boys network of who you know.

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  • 11/27/2017 1:57:17 PM
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Very true but an entire infrastructure has been built around test taking and results. The entire real estate industry is driven by school test results perpetuating the educational inequality in our country. The issues are many with testing but no one has come up with any other mechanism for measuring the capabilities of students and their ability to perform in college.

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