Corporate Education: Higher Learning vs. Higher Cost

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The cost of post-secondary education in the United States is skyrocketing. Today, student debt is having a crippling effect on both the economy and the people. By 2018, it is estimated that over 60% of American jobs will require a college education. Many of these problems stem from the public education system.

President Barack Obama talks to students, teachers, Department of Education and Maryland state officials at Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Md. on Feb. 4, 2014 about his next-generation broadband and wireless technology plan for the education system. He has secured commitments from AT&T, Sprint, Apple, Microsoft and others for the deal worth about $750 million. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

President Barack Obama talks to students, teachers, Department of Education and Maryland state officials at Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Md. on Feb. 4, 2014 about his next-generation broadband and wireless technology plan for the education system. He has secured commitments from AT&T, Sprint, Apple, Microsoft and others for the deal worth about $750 million. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The U.S. ranks 36th among nations in education. This is according to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). According to the U.S. Department of Education, American students rank 29th in math, 22nd in science and 20th in reading.

Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education,  speaks about community partnerships in education at East Technical High School on Sept. 7, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. The focus is meant to encourage community-based organizations to be more invested in the education of students.  (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, speaks about community partnerships in education at East Technical High School on Sept. 7, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. The focus is meant to encourage community-based organizations to be more invested in the education of students. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

More partnerships are being established between big business and government as society becomes market centered. When this occurs in public education, it undermines the validity of the instruction students receive.

Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, right, with John Deasy, L.A. Unified School District Superintendent, left, holding a discussion at the Family Source Center in Los Angeles, Calif. on March 19, 2014. Duncan's goal is to discuss community involvement and support in education. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, right, with John Deasy, L.A. Unified School District Superintendent, left, holding a discussion at the Family Source Center in Los Angeles, Calif. on March 19, 2014. Duncan’s goal is to discuss community involvement and support in education. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

President Obama has implemented his ConnectED program, in which corporations including Apple, Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, Microsoft and more will link up with public schools. Bill Gates has spent about $1 billion to influence U.S. public schools.

Children recite the Pledge of Allegiance on April 30, 2014 at Stafford Elementary School in Tacoma, Wash. Due to the No Child Left Behind Act, state school districts will lose their say in how approximately $40 million is used for education. (AP Photo/Ted Warren)

Children recite the Pledge of Allegiance on April 30, 2014 at Stafford Elementary School in Tacoma, Wash. Due to the No Child Left Behind Act, state school districts will lose their say in how approximately $40 million is used for education. (AP Photo/Ted Warren)

Big money is buying American children’s futures. Curriculum is being rewritten. Educators see this happening and some are trying to do something about it.

Mandatory Fun Hits #1

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“Weird Al” Yankovic’s, Mandatory Fun, is the first comedy album to go No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 50 years. The release date was July 15 and it sold over 100,000 units in the first week. This is Yankovic’s first #1 in his career. In a music industry where sales have plummeted 15% this year alone, Mandatory Fun has done very well.

The new album contains parodies of Pharrell’s “Happy(“Tacky”), Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines(“Word Crimes”), Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive(“Inactive”), Lorde’s “Royals(“Foil”), Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy(“Handy”) and more. Eight videos were shot and can be found online. One was released each day, starting the day before the album came out. Most of them have gone viral.

Reaction to Mandatory Fun could be deemed widespread approval from all age ranges. Even the youth, some of which had never heard of “Weird Al” Yankovic before, show interest and find him hilarious. Many didn’t even know that parodies existed before YouTube. Over 45,000 of his fans have petitioned the National Football League to get him to play Super Bowl XLIX’s halftime show.

One of the best places for someone to go who hasn’t heard the new songs or seen his videos is Weird Al’s website. There’s news about him, touring information, a photo gallery, archives of previous work, merchandise, links and much more. Singles of the songs may be found on Amazon and the videos are located on iTunes. Make sure to check them out. Just don’t laugh too hard.

Finger Flyer! Takes Off

Jason Bentley is an independent mobile game developer who has just released Finger Flyer! on Aug. 21 of this year. Finger Flyer! is a fast-paced, arcade style game available now for download in the App Store for iOS products. You can go to this page to read customer reviews, check out game information as well as rate it. The game has already been played in 46 nations around the world.

Finger Flyer! is very addictive and the gameplay is simple. All a player has to do is avoid the green obstacles falling from above by moving the white dot with a finger. Players can gain achievements which increase the point total such as playing the game for 3 minutes without scoring a point, scoring 100, 200, 500 and 1000 points in a game, scoring 300 points without losing a life and playing for 5 min. without losing all lives.

Major gaming developers create the top selling mobile games. This doesn’t mean that those games are better or more fun than any other. It just means that the amount of money they are able to put behind the marketing and promotion of their product is much greater. One way you can help make the industry more competitive is by checking out independently developed games such as Finger Flyer!.

Education vs. Survival

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Today, the costs of going to school in the United States are increasing and the separation between the wealthy and poor has widened. These trends continue to move in this direction and show no signs of retreat. Impoverished Americans are less likely to receive a secondary education due to the extraordinary expense. Tuition, transportation and books are just some of the expenditures that count as barriers associated with the ability to attend school.

Funding for education has been cut. Schools have been forced to remove programs, classes, resources and curriculum. New policy has been introduced, such as the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001, which has forced many teachers to only instruct their students about questions that are going to be on the standardized tests.

There are many more questions about education than we have answers for. How is an individual able to pay off student loans if there is no work to be had? Will gifted students be able to excel or will the lowering of the bar keep them from reaching their real potential? Is it beneficial for parents to go to school instead of providing for their children?

Of course everyone’s circumstances are different. That doesn’t change the fact that it’s become increasingly more difficult for underprivileged people to attain a college degree while being able to pay for it without also amassing a lifetime of debt.

There’s a widely regarded premise that if a person receives a formal education, he or she is more likely to succeed in life. Whereas this may have been true in the past, whether or not it actually holds true now is up for debate.

The Alan Mason Project

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Alan Mason is an instructor at the Los Angeles Recording School, located in the heart of Hollywood, Calif. He is the course director for Introduction to Recording Arts where he teaches sound principles in audio technology. He’s been an educator for five years and enjoys witnessing the passing of knowledge onto his students while caring very much about their success.

Mason’s credits as a recoding engineer range from Eminem to Filter to the Nine Inch Nails, with that being just the tip of the iceberg. As a technician for SSL(Solid State Logic), he traveled extensively while repairing their mixing consoles. He engineered at Conway Recording Studio and also managed Chalice Recoding Studio in Los Angeles. This gives him more than enough experience to be fully qualified in teaching his craft. Another factor that attributes to his vast knowledge of the education system is his time spent in the Career Development department assisting students in finding employment after graduation.

As an expert in his field, Mason is extremely concerned about the condition of education and learning, not only in Los Angeles but also with the nation as a whole. Mason says that parents “have been disheartened by our current education system.” and are now starting to question the validity that sending their son or daughter off to college to get a four-year degree is going to improve their chances of being successful. He adds, “In a lot of ways, I can’t blame them. I think it’s a very confusing time out there. I really think that parents are starting to look at alternatives to the classic four-year degree. It just doesn’t yield what it used to.”

Mason says, “There’s lots of new methods in education that people are trying all over the country… The flipped classroom is where a lot of the instruction happens outside the classroom in online videos and things like that. Then there’s more group exercises in the classrooms with feedback from the instructor.”

Mason is careful to ensure that he’s reaching each and every person in his classes. He tries to make sure that all of his students are involved and paying close attention. He adds, “I think the only way to improve people’s outlook towards formal education is to experience a good educator. The person who’s at the helm of the classroom is the one who’s going to make a difference and the one who’s going to have an impact on a student over anybody else.  I think that if you want to improve someone’s faith in education, you need to improve the education.”

The Longing for More

The Longing is an alternative rock band based out of Los Angeles, Calif. Laura Bradley(vocals and composition), Michael Wallace(bass), Tom Plumb(drums), Yury Anisonyan(rhythm guitar) and James Kloeppel(lead guitar) are the musicians that make up the band. The band’s roots are scattered all over the globe as each member is from a different place. They have just finished a new album that will be available soon. A preview of the first track named “Wicked” can be heard either on their website or on Soundcloud.

Michael found his passion for music at an early age and has dedicated himself to his craft by putting in hard work. When he was first learning how to play the bass, he practiced between five and six hours a day. Now, he’s a sound engineer and teaches audio at the Los Angeles Recording School as well as being a musician. Laura professionally sings both the United States and the Canadian national anthems at sporting events in both countries. She has done so many times in cities such as Miami, Los Angeles and Toronto.

It’s been an interesting journey for The Longing and the ride into the future begins with their newest music on their latest album titled “Bleed.”

Seceding the Crown

Gordon McMillan casually walks to class to give a lecture at the Los Angeles Film School on Friday, July 11, 2014 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Gordon McMillan casually walks to class to give a lecture at the Los Angeles Film School on Friday, July 11, 2014 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Gordon McMillan is ready to see his homeland set free from outside rule. On Sep. 18, 2014, residents of Scotland will vote on whether to secede from the United Kingdom. This will be the second time in Gordon’s life in which Scotland has held an election for independence, the first being in 1979. Political figures and many others have shared their viewpoints about what may or may not happen if Scotland attains liberty. The impact could very well be felt worldwide in many different ways.

Scottish cities are in the top areas in banking and finance, oil, fishing, whiskey exports and academics. Financial institutions are globally networked together and at this moment in time, very unstable. A little ripple by Great Britain could have a substantial impact on the international economy. Another big topic of contention is the nuclear arsenal that the UK government has stockpiled in Scotland.

Play Ball


The Los Angeles Dodgers routed the Pittsburgh Pirates, Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles Calif. by a final score of 12-2. The Dodgers dominated from beginning to end in this game.
Hanley Ramirez singled to center scoring Andre Ethier in the bottom of the 1st inning. Ramirez hit 2- 412 foot long home runs to center field while going 4-4 with 4 Runs and 5 RBIs.
Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched well enough to get the win while surrendering only 2 Runs and striking out 10 Pirates. This brings his record to 6-2 on the season. Brandon Cumpton drops to 0-2 on the year after giving up 10 Runs to the Dodgers in just 3.2 innings on the mound.
The Dodgers are now 30-27 so far this year, which is good enough for second place in the NL West while the Pirates fall to 25-30, keeping them in fourth in the NL Central.