Posts tagged education
Posts tagged education
This is the state of higher education.
Here’s my financial aid calculation for the last semester of my undergraduate career. After federal financial aid was severely restricted, I lost the Pell Grant for the spring. It was slashed in the fall from a full Pell award ($2775) to what you see above.
The University of Wyoming estimated that it will cost me $17,726 to attend for the 2012-2013 aid year. My expected family contribution is $0 because of my income bracket. I was awarded $7,985 in financial aid. Now, the estimated cost of attendance is a little higher than what it actually costs me to go to college because of cost-cutting measures I take myself. However, that still leaves a difference of $9,741 — which, of course, exists even though UW and the Department of Education are basically saying, “You’re too poor to be expected to contribute anything towards this cost.”
The difference is worse for low-income students not attending a school as cheap as UW. Our tuition is heavily subsidized by the oil and gas industry.
So when folks like to write in and castigate me for being a drag on the U.S. taxpayer by going to college, I’m not sorry. I’m barely hanging on, and what little aid I do get is going to enable me to finish. I may not get to eat three meals a day, but I will graduate.
There are other students who have it rougher than I do. But there’s way too many people who think we’re all living it up on federal aid dollars and we’re definitely not. If that’s all a student has for college expenses, trust me — they’re not living it up so much as trying to not wind up homeless.
Oh, Ohio. You never fail to disappoint. Arming custodians at taxpayer cost… From the story:
"The school district will pay for the employees to undergo a two-day training class in mid March, when instructors with the Tactical Defense Institute of West Union, Ohio, will give them a defense class on handgun use in Montpelier."
It’s not enough that custodians already have a shitty, typically underpaid job. My dad did it for several years. Two days of training and *POOF* now you’re expected to be the first line of defense against gunmen AND vomit.
They’re trolling us now, right? RIGHT?
"But even worse is the way some textbooks are pushing the liberal agenda," Fox News host [Eric Bolling] explained, pointing to an algebra worksheet that Scholastic says gives students "[i]nsight into the distributive property as it applies to multiplication."
"Distribute the wealth!" Bolling exclaimed, reading the worksheet. "Distribute the wealth with the lovely rich girl with a big ole bag of money, handing some money out." Co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle explained that the algebra worksheet had put her on "high alert" for the liberal agenda in her 6-year-old son’s curriculum.
DISTRIBUTING THE WEALTH? Oh, it’s just a math lesson though… taught by leftist indoctrination centers!
For the record, here’s the worksheet. So if it were apples and a first grade class, would it then be teaching them to rely on handouts for food like FOOD STAMPS OMG instead of pulling themselves up by their bootstraps?
Here’s a Fox News math lesson:
Teacher: “If I have three apples, and I give Jimmy one apple, how many do I have left?”
Eric Bolling: “Why doesn’t Jimmy have his own apples? Why can’t he be responsible for himself?”
Kimberly Guilfoyle: “YEAH! He should bring his own!”
Teacher: “It’s just an example, folks. He uh, didn’t have one because his parents were out. Now let’s continue with —”
Dana Perino: "— Why don’t they have apples? Because they spent all their welfare on DRUGS and now JIMMMY expects a HANDOUT?!"
Teacher: ”*sigh* Class dismissed…”
Greg Gutfield: “Oh, now you’re starting a leftist ‘class war’ and saying we shouldn’t have class? MARXIST!”
Yep, that’s exactly how it would go.
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did cutting pell grant funding REALLY save money? isn’t education like. the Very Best Investment?
You’d think that. Let’s get a little perspective. From FY2001 to the end of FY2012, taxpayers spent $1.4 trillion on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. That’s $1,400,000,000,000. If you were to pile all those dollar bills and stick it on a scale, it would be about 1,543,235 tons. Or about 289 Chevy Silverado pickup trucks.
That’s pretty heavy.
You know what else is pretty heavy? Thinking about what we could have gotten for that money instead. Check it out:
You might say, “But that’s all the war spending! That’s not fair!” Here’s a few other comparisons. First, U.S. Defense spending for FY2012. That’s $544.3 billion. Here’s what we could get instead:
Oh, but we need defense spending, right? Let’s examine weaponry. From 2001-2011, the U.S. fired over 11,000 Hellfire missiles in combat operations — keep in mind, this doesn’t count non-combat operations or testing. Each Hellfire costs roughly $68,000. That’s $748 million, or one year of full, $5,500 Pell Grants for 136,000 students.
Each F-16 Falcon Fighter costs $47 million. Or, 8,545 students could have Pell Grants of $5,550 for one year.
Each soldier in Afghanistan costs roughly $1.2 million per year. For that, we could give 218 students a full Pell Grant.
It’s not a question of cost. It’s a question of priorities. In FY2012, we spent $33.4 billion on Pell Grants — or six percent of the Department of Defense’s FY2012 budget.
But there’s always money for war, right?
Wyoming Country Party nominee for the U.S. Senate, Joel Otto, at tonight’s PBS debate regarding public schools.
Scientist Bill Nye (the Science Guy) on not teaching your children to deny evolution for the good of America.
In summary, creationists are hurting future America. Bill Nye thinks you should stop that.
This is the only education issue the anti-gay, anti-choice PAC WyWatch cares about enough to put on its candidate questionnaire.
I’m not even going to tell you how many others support this because I lost count.
That’s it. I’m proposing using Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter as an elective because it could have happened. You guys don’t know! You weren’t there!