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  2. Pop! Goes the Law School Bubble

    The era of twenty-somethings blindly stampeding their way towards law school seems to be finally, mercifully, drawing to a close.

    This past admissions cycle, amid a constant drumbeat of bad news about the health of the legal industry, it appears that fewer students sat down to take the LSAT than at any time in the past decade. In the last two years, the number of tests administered has dropped 24 percent, down to 129,925, from a peak of 171,514 in 2009-2010, according to the Law School Admission Council. (Graph courtesy of the LSAT Blog.)


  3. Wages for Americans age 25-34 have decreased 5% since 2001 while tuition rates have increased 8% PER YEAR on average.

    (via think-progress)

  4. Today knowledge is ubiquitous, constantly changing, growing exponentially… Today knowledge is free. It’s like air, it’s like water. It’s become a commodity… There’s no competitive advantage today in knowing more than the person next to you. The world doesn’t care what you know. What the world cares about is what you can do with what you know.

    Creating Innovators: Why America’s Education System Is Obsolete

    Over two year of research involving interviews with executives, college teachers, community leaders, and recent graduates, Wagner defined the skills needed for Americans to stay competitive in an increasingly globalized workforce. As lined out in his book, “The Global Achievement Gap,” that set of core competencies that every student must master before the end of high school is:

    - Critical thinking and problem solving (the ability to ask the right questions)

    -  Collaboration across networks and leading by influence

    - Agility and adaptability

    - Initiative and entrepreneurialism

    - Accessing and analyzing information

    - Effective written and oral communication

    - Curiosity and imagination

    (Source: wilkinsky.us)

  5. It’s not about an education.  It’s about learning how to do something.  You must have a trasportable skill.

    "There’s a special place in hell reserved for women who don’t help other women," says Wurwand, sharing her favorite quote from former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

    Multimillionaire Entrepreneur Jane Wurwand on Self-Reliance [video]

    As a passionate advocate for mentoring and entrepreneurship, Jane writes and speaks frequently about the specific financial needs of women, especially in the developing world. Within the context of the skin care profession itself, comparatively modest licensing requirements and initial capital investments costs offer many women unusual access to financial independence. This experience is further enriched, socially, culturally and politically, by the fact that 98% of all professional skin therapists are women, and that these professionals attract a clientele which is 92% female—literally creating more woman entrepreneurs than any other industry in the world. [Founder of IDI]

    (Source: wilkinsky.us)

  6. Charles Blow in the NY Times today:

    “A big part of the problem is that teachers have been so maligned in the national debate that it’s hard to attract our best and brightest to see it as a viable and rewarding career choice, even if they have a high aptitude and natural gift for it.  A 2010 McKinsey & Company report entitled “Closing the Talent Gap: Attracting and Retaining Top-Third Graduates to Careers in Teaching” found that top-performing nations like Singapore, Finland and South Korea recruit all of their teachers from the top third of graduates and then even screen from that group for “other important qualities.” By contrast, in the United States, ‘23 percent of new teachers come from the top third, and just 14 percent in high poverty schools, which find it especially difficult to attract and retain talented teachers. It is a remarkably large difference in approach, and in results.’” (via Will Richardson)

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  7. I loved my internships. I wouldn’t be where I am without them. But I also recognize that my parents’ income afforded me those internships. Without their summer cash, I would have had to seek work at Best Buy, or Starbucks, or another place that paid more than zero dollars an hour. As students of privilege cluster in posh unpaid internships that open doors while lower-income students cluster in retail and food preparation jobs, income inequality yawns. Having extra money allows for unpaid internships, which lead to jobs that pay yet more money. Even if unpaid internships are a win-win for employers and students, this is not what egalitarianism looks like.

    Derek Thompson in The Atlantic (via inthecac)

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  9. There are two huge problems facing the America in the future:

    1)  “Baby Boomers” are retiring from the work force at the rate of 10,000 per day, and will do so for 17 years.  Most of them don’t have enough pension or 401(k) assets to support retirement for their life expectancy (15-20 years).  Too few employers will hire these older folks, with their potential problems of age—reduced stamina and more health-related problems (and higher health care costs).

    2) In recent decades, American parents have raised a “Generation of Sissies”—of spoiled, lazy, pampered and over-rated youth—who are highly educated, but in things that the world doesn’t value very much (and thus won’t pay for).  The top 25% may be as good, as bright, as motivated as ever, and will likely be as successful as ever.   The vast majority of this generation consists of formally educated, but spoiled, soft post-adolescents, who will struggle to be self-sustaining as adults.  Because of this, they will not be able to support the massive wave of retired “Boomers,” who will be going broke in their later years.  In eras past, the elderly were supported by the coming younger generation(s).  Those days are gone.

    Members of this “Generation of Sissies” have been the victims of being coddled, babied, pampered, misled, misguided, and under-educated so badly that their “take care of me” upbringing cannot be sustained as they move into adulthood.   The parents, who did this, also share in the responsibility for the failure of America’s educational system.

    … from Forbes - A “Generation of Sissies” [read]

    (Source: wilkinsky.us)

  10. FACT: The number of students who have to go into debt to get a bachelor’s degree has risen from 45% in 1993 to 94% today.

    (Source: think-progress)

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  12. Kindergarten Teacher Earns $700,000 by Selling Lesson Plans Online

    Deanna Jump, a kindergarten teacher from Georgia, has made $700,000 selling her lesson plans on Teachers Pay Teachers, an ecommerce startup where teachers offer their lesson plans to fellow educators.

    (Source: wilkinsky.us)

  13. Top 10 cities for job-seeking college grads right now, in terms of overall career happiness in conjunction with the average cost-of-living-adjusted salary.

    1. St. Louis, Mo.
    2. Salt Lake City, Utah
    3. Jacksonville, Fla.
    4. Memphis, Tenn.
    5. Indianapolis, Ind.
    6.  Orlando, Fla.
    7. Houston, Texas
    8. San Antonio, Texas
    9. Oklahoma City, Okla.
    10. Birmingham, Ala.

    (Source: wilkinsky.us)

  14. Do Entrepreneurs Need MBAs to Succeed?

    What’s right for you?

    Let’s use investing as an analogy for risk-taking: Taking a corporate job is like investing in fixed-income securities (e.g. bonds) that offer a steady and predictable return, while starting your own business is like investing in stocks — there is unlimited potential, but also a higher risk profile. Miss the mark and you’re left with nothing. With this perspective, having an MBA in your back pocket doesn’t sound so bad after all, right? Not so fast…

    [read article]

    Do you think Entrepreneurs Need MBAs—or even a college degree—to Succeed?

    (Source: wilkinsky.us)

  15. "It's Not About You"

    “Today’s grads enter a cultural climate that preaches the self as the center of a life. But, of course, as they age, they’ll discover that the tasks of a life are at the center. Fulfillment is a byproduct of how people engage their tasks, and can’t be pursued directly. Most of us are egotistical and most are self-concerned most of the time, but it’s nonetheless true that life comes to a point only in those moments when the self dissolves into some task. The purpose in life is not to find yourself. It’s to lose yourself.”

    David Brooks’ Op-Ed about college graduates has an extremely contentious title (because who ever said, verbatim, “It’s all about me”? And who could claim that young people are more self-centered when it’s aging Boomers who are demanding more actual tangible federal funds?).

    That said, the essay is pretty benign and actually, um, insightful at times?