College Out Of Reach For Most Americans?

According to a survey by Pew Research most Americans think that college is too expensive and out of reach for our children.

In the survey, 75 percent of U.S. adults said college was unaffordable for most Americans, and almost half said that student loans had made it harder to pay other bills. – Bloomberg

That is an outstanding number of people in our country. The problem is that having a college education is worth about $20,000 a year more than a high school education. So, we have a quandary here, do we continue to fork out outrageous costs or do we try to have our government try to help fix the skyrocketing costs? Honestly, I don’t think it is going to get any better, but we will need to try to find ways to save or work around the system to give our children the best education we can. That means not doing some things that we want to so that we can save that extra money for their future education costs.

Interestingly enough, the college presidents are passing blame to the high schools as not doing a good enough job of preparing our children.

Some 58 percent of college presidents said public high school students arrive at college less well prepared than their counterparts a decade ago, according to the survey. – Bloomberg

That’s just pass the buck and the standardized testing that the government thinks is the way to improve our children. Merit pay, No Child Left Behind, FCAT and other standardized testing is doing more damage than good to our children. Lets work on what we are teaching, funding education and helping the teachers instead of fighting against them. The state of Florida has declared war on teachers with our new Governor Mr. Scott. That is not the way to help, it’s just a way to make Florida the worst state in education. Add to this in that the legislature has for more years than I can count taken money away from the education system because they can’t find a better way to balance their budget deficit. Soon we will be 51st in the US:

Florida is 41st out of 50 states and Washington, D.C. when it comes to the amount of  ”public revenue per student”  it spends, according to annual rankings compiled by the National Education Association. – Orlando Sentinel


FCAT Information You May Need

Update 4/27/09:

How and when are student FCAT results returned to students?
Individual student FCAT results are shipped by the test-scoring contractor to school districts in early May for distribution to schools and students.

Update 4/30/09 – FCAT Write 2009 Scores CLICK HERE

Yes, this week starts full FCAT testing in our district on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It also continues next week on Monday and Tuesday for Science. I have seen the hits on my blog increase for my previous FCAT posts and thought that this updated post may help people go to the Florida Department of Education site to get their one stop information fix.

If you are searching for any information on the FCAT, please click here for the FDOE FCAT site.

For the testing schedule please click here for the 2009 schedule PDF.

The results will be published later next month. They will be available at the main FDOE FCAT Site.

Good luck to the students taking the test.