Dept. Of Education Fail: Teachers Lose Grants, Forced To Repay Thousands In Loans : NPR Ed : NPR

The TEACH grant helps future teachers pay for college or a master’s. Many say that when they started teaching, they were forced to pay it back. A study obtained by NPR suggests thousands are affected.
— Read on www.npr.org/sections/ed/2018/03/28/596162853/dept-of-education-fail-teachers-lose-grants-forced-to-repay-thousands-in-loans

This is just crazy. I hate to say it, but I think we’re witnessing the start of Ideaocracy. How? By limiting quality education to the wealthy-ier parts of the population. This is partially achieved by — as the article alludes to — squeezing out quality teachers dedicated to low-income areas. Oh, they’ll still be getting an education… But will it be from people who care about their students and those children’s futures or people who are simply working to collect a check?

Which would you want for your children?

Dept. Of Education Fail: Teachers Lose Grants, Forced To Repay Thousands In Loans : NPR Ed : NPR

THIS.

I rarely agree* with bloggers that “legitimate” news sources peddle as “journalists”, but this time one of them got it right.

READ.

Comcast Just Trolled Us All on Net Neutrality
(via Time, by Alex Fitzpatrick)

* Author’s Note: I rarely agree because news, even if slanted, should not be biased; it should simply be reported.

THIS.

My thoughts on Women in Tech

Let me be honest: Some of my best ideas were either started by or honed through conversations with my fiancé. I find that I have to keep a notebook handy just to make sure I don’t lose gems she doesn’t even know she’s dropped. And she’s no where near a coder; in fact, some people probably wouldn’t consider her a techie at all.

[SIDEBAR: Those who have known me long enough know that my love affair with the Visual Studio IDE was started by a woman named Sara Ford.]

This morning I saw this article: This Is What Tech’s Ugly Gender Problem Really Looks Like (from WIRED via Nuzzel). It outlines a small sliver of the issues concerning women in tech. Said bluntly, there is a fount of mental and literal wealth tied up in the women we regularly interact with. In keeping with points raised during the keynote at Tampa Code Camp 2014, we owe it the community (and ourselves) to encourage them.

We need to encourage our female acquaintances, coworkers, friends and family who are in tech — both implementers and facilitators — to be as vocal and visible as possible in their respective bailiwicks. Doing so doesn’t cost us anything more than a passing mention when we see them… maybe 5 total minutes per person? And even that would be spread out over time. Think months or years.

The harvest that could come out of something so inexpensive, however, is priceless.

Just my 2¢.

My thoughts on Women in Tech

American Journalism, oh how far you’ve fallen

It’s amazing (and very sad) to watch the downfall of American “journalism”. #smh.

I’m calling it “journalism” because that’s what they insist on calling it. I mentioned “American” because I don’t regularly visit other countries so I can’t speak on the quality of their news. What I do know is that the major purveyors of news in this country have apparently sold their journalistic integrity in order to ATTEMPT to stay relevant to NEW readers.

You know, “generation ‘N'” and the like. The same kids who aren’t reading the news anyway.

For a while now I’ve been becoming more and more jaded with the landscape and priority of retorted news. If it isn’t death, murder, destruction, sports, politics or the weather then it probably won’t be reported. The prattling that the New York Times peddles as “journalism” gives me hives and makes me itch to the point where I want to pour bleach into my brain and scratch my eyeballs out. We won’t even talk about CNN.

This is getting long-in-the-tooth, so let me finish up by saying that I really hope the people who SELL NEWS will go back to the glory days of true investigation, caring about the intellectual impact of their product and making a difference in our lives… Rather than focusing on how many retweets they can get on Twitter.

American Journalism, oh how far you’ve fallen

Love the Internet? Then get involved, FAST

I just stumbled upon this eye-opening piece regarding the discrepancies of a lot of things… most noticeably the games that politicians play and who their real constituents are.

You can read it in all its glory here: How the FCC Plans to Save the Internet By Destroying It: An Explainer (via Medium)

Please do take the 5 or so minutes necessary to quickly skim the article. Once you’ve done that, get involved. Trust me when I say that the quick skim will likely be enough for you to want to get involved. I’m going to try to figure out a relatively easy way to do this for as many people as possible but you really shouldn’t wait on me.

Just why is our participation in this one so important? Because everything you (think you) know, understand, expect and love about the Internet (with its easy, fast and relatively affordable access to everything) is about to drastically change. And all because elected officials pander more to the companies that lobby and pamper them than the people who put them in office. Please note that the people who need “the courage” (as pointed out in the article) are appointed by those we elected, *not* elected themselves. What’s more, they are charged with keeping things fair — and I think they are on their way to a failure of truly epic proportions.

It’s important to point out that I’m not making any party delineations here. ALL parties are guilty on this one.

Please do get involved; stir up the pot by pestering your political representatives to take the action WE VOTERS, nay, REGULAR PEOPLE want — and not the vote that big businesses are trying to buy. Once I figure out how to do this expediently I’m going to put those ideas in another post. Again, DON’T WAIT ON ME; this it’s one effort we don’t want to come up short on.

Love the Internet? Then get involved, FAST

Talking about Katrina victims may have to repay money – Life- msnbc.com

 

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You know, I don’t see what is so hard about this. It’s roughly THREE YEARS  since the hurricane happened, and we as a country still can’t get our act together?

Where’s the difficulty? Somebody verifies that John or Jane Doe used to live in the house that got destroyed. Simple; access the Louisiana DMV records and look at their license or some other State ID. They don’t have ID, "Sorry… no can do; we can’t verify you. Here’s a list of other possible sources". Check. They have ID, and the person matches the photo, "Here’s your money; sorry about the delay." Check.

Am I missing something?

Now some people may have to pay back some or all of what they were given. I see where this may only be those who weren’t eligible in the first place, but doggonit, how in the heck did those folks get anything in the first place? This ISN’T trying to put someone on the moon! And they did THAT with slide rulers!

Give me a break, America. When are we going to get it together?

Talking about Katrina victims may have to repay money – Life- msnbc.com