The GED and Budget Cuts

The GED and Budget Cuts

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In a difficult economy, where money is tight for governments as well as individuals, GED programs face cutbacks. The state of New York is considering a substantial cut in funding for GED programs, from $3.9 million to $2.4 million dollars, because they cannot find other areas to cut the budget. It’s a 38 percent cut in a program that directly impacts many people’s lives and their ability to find better jobs and improve the economy. In the scope of a $9 billion dollar budget deficit, the benefit is minimal. In a state that ranks 48th out of 50 in the GED pass rate, the budget cuts will only make the state’s GED problems worse.

Still, budget cuts affecting GED programs don’t stop in New York. The Conejo Valley Adult School in Thousand Oaks, California is facing a 40 percent budget cuts, and that means increases in fees and decreases in classes. Ultimately, it means a less well-prepared workforce. GED preparation classes are endangered at Cochise College in Nogales, Arizona because of a budget bill that cuts state funding for adult education programs. The problem is widespread. There is a drive to save money, right now, at the risk of sacrificing future benefits.

Where is the solution? No one wants a budget deficit, but it’s undeniably important to have a better prepared workforce to fuel economic recovery. Adults without a GED or high school diploma are the first to become unemployed and the most dependent on government aid, causing … Read More

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Believers Increasing at Such an Alarming Pace Across the World?

Believers Increasing at Such an Alarming Pace Across the World?

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Persecution of Christians across our world has been increasing at an alarming rate. Why is this happening? Why do people want to oppose and attack and torture and persecute those who have met the risen and living Lord Jesus Christ and who know Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord?

Normally those who believe in Jesus Christ wish to serve and minister to people with the love of God and to do so as graciously and meaningfully as they know how. But, we have to face reality and persecution has been present since the birthing of the Church of Jesus Christ.

Peter and John were thrown into a Jerusalem jail a few hours after Jesus baptised one hundred and twenty women and men in the power of the Holy Spirit. All Peter and John did was to heal a cripple in the name of Jesus.

For over 30 years I have been involved with those ministering to the suffering Church, and by that I mean, believers who are suffering simply because of their faith in Jesus Christ. One organisation called Release International does a tremendous work in this vital area, and they have informed me of what is happening. There are various others working in the same area.

Recently I was given the news of a Christian teenager in Somalia who is reportedly being abused and held prisoner in her own home after she refused her parents’ demands that she return to Islam.

The Muslim parents of a 17-year-old … Read More

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Forex Training – Becoming A Successful Forex Trader

Forex Training - Becoming A Successful Forex Trader

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Achieving success in the forex world is never easy. Losses are a constant norm in the market and it is inevitable. Ask veteran traders and they will tell you that they have experienced losses in their career as a forex trader. Being able to prepare yourself mentally on this scenario, you will be able to overcome the fear of trading in the forex market.

Forex training can help you face good or bad situations that you will encounter while trading. Because of the intense competition and unpredictable nature of forex trading, it is therefore a great advice to get good forex training before entering the forex world. But how can you find the right forex training?

There are a lot of things to consider in having forex training. If you are just starting up your career, then what you need is a basic understanding of how forex trading works. Training courses that offer the basics are available in the internet. There are a lot of companies that offer these courses for free because there is no money involved yet. They can provide you with essential information in order to start your career. You can sign-up on these website and study how forex trading works.

After learning the basics of forex trading, you can now opt for a much advanced training course. In order to get the best forex education, you must search for these companies thoroughly and check their credentials. A lot of courses and training materials are … Read More

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Lessons on Education and Learning in the 21st Century – Part 4 – Going to the Well

Lessons on Education and Learning in the 21st Century - Part 4 - Going to the Well

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I ended part 3 of this series with the wall of “I can’t” that blocks a lot of people an dthat really needs to be followed by the path of “I can.” So this is what you have to figure out what works for you. (Sorry, I can’t do it all from this side of the screen.)

The joy of the 21st century is that the well is deep and wide and you can’t possibly empty. It’s just finding the right source to slake your quest for knowledge. Now what the heck does that mean? I mentioned briefly that we all have different learning styles and back in school you were lumped in with every Tom, Dick and Mary, and that system might teach you some things, but for the most part it doesn’t teach a love of learning. Some people take a long time to get over the revulsion of learning that formal schooling sometimes installs onto your “operating system.”

So the challenge is finding out what works for you. This isn’t about what works for me or my neighbor, it’s all about you. I can use a search engine and read articles and books that I find there on any particular subject I am interested in. That’s step one for me, but then I need to move to step two which is finding videos or webinars that can clarify what I’ve read. For you step one might be finding the videos, or maybe books on tape … Read More

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Get Your Teen to Love Learning

Get Your Teen to Love Learning

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The world is changing rapidly. It is important your child can keep up. Learning is not an option. As long as we live, we must learn in order to survive. In fact, continuous learning is considered an essential life skill. As such, it is important you teach your child to have fun with learning.

Often time’s learning sounds like hard work and even a bore to a teen who just wants to explore life. After all, who wants to sit and write poetry or work on a complicating math problem when other things sound like more fun? Learning, however, does not have to be boring and does not have to be done at the kitchen table with books opened and spread everywhere.

If your teen does not show signs of being interested in learning, there are a number of things you can do to motivate him/her. The most important part is that you demonstrate patience with your teen. Here are a few tips to use.

7 Tips to Encourage Your Child to Learn

Inspire your teen: Give your child the opportunity to speak to people from a variety of professional backgrounds and interests. There is nothing more inspiring than speaking to individuals who enjoy their job and speak positively about their journey, including all the challenges. Overtime your child will develop a more positive outlook on learning and welcome new challenges.

Find out their learning style: There are many different learning styles, including verbal, logical, audio, visual, or … Read More

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