Sunday, August 26, 2012

Alternatives to Education Meltdown

Why is it that education is never geared towards the majority?
Does that sound harsh? Well, that's certainly the impression you would get if you listened to the latest debate about education in England. Check your daily newspaper right now, and you'll see it concerns our Conservative Party's reluctance to endorse the idea of building new Grammar Schools. I know all about them, all right. At the tender age of 11 I was thrown into the '11-Plus' Exam that we had in Britain at the time. For some reason, maybe more good luck than judgement, I did well. That allowed me into one of the top Grammar Schools in my city, where I stayed for the next 7 years. Later, my mother proudly told me, 'Son, you managed to get into the top 2 per cent in the test'.
Hey, that's great, but how can you build an education system around the needs of the top 2 per cent? That leaves - how many? - out in the cold. Yes, 98 per cent. Damn, that's a lot of people, most of them directed towards a pretty second-rate schooling in what were then called 'Secondary Modern Schools'. They were 'Secondary', because that's schools for the 11 to 16 year olds, and they were 'Modern' because they got re-designed in the 1950s to meet the new needs of industry and commerce. They didn't last long. In the 1960s a new government came along, the Labour Party, and they promptly invented 'Comprehensive' schools, that is, schools that cater for everyone, at all levels.
Confused? You should be. While all this was going on, the real top dogs, the people who grew, went to school and ended up running the country, ignored the topsy-turvy policies and carried on doing what they always have done - going to what we Brits call 'Public Schools', (what the rest of the world might think of as private schools). Don't know what they are? Think about the film 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' and just take it for granted that all those posh speaking men in the movie would have been educated in English Public Schools. That will give you some idea.
So, British education comes out in levels. At the top level is the Public Schools, where rich people send their children to make sure they turn out like them. Next level down is the Grammar Schools, which we've still got! Yes folks, the Labour government said 'Let there be Comprehensives' in the 1960s, then forgot to abolish the Grammar Schools, so they carried on. They had to rely a bit on charity and a few floundered, but quite a lot milked the government for grants and survived. The Comprehensive Schools spread out into every parish and town, and Secondary Moderns disappeared, mainly by turning from the latter into the former. A change of name, some new buildings and 'Comprehensive' became the norm.
For 'most people'. That's the point. For most young people in Merry Old England, the vast majority, in the last forty years, would have attended a Comprehensive School as a child. For some that worked out well, a few hated it, and most got by. Why aren't we arguing about that? For two reasons. One, the rich and famous avoided the debate altogether and kept right on using Public Schools. Second, the local Comprehensive schools - who took in everyone from their locality, right? - soon found that their catchment areas varied, the type of parent and pupil they received varied also, which meant that some schools did well, some didn't. If you start with good grapes you can get champagne, if you have trashy grapes, you can end up with vinegar. No surprise. Pushy parents saw what was happening and moved house, usually into an area that had a well-performing school. Their enthusiasm made the 'local' school even more successful, and it attracted the brightest kids and got the best results. Oh yes, those schools were 'Comprehensive' all right, it's just that some performed better than others. They weren't all the same, as the original planners somehow imagined they would be.
So we debate that, don't we? No, we don't. The current row that's raging is about Grammar Schools. Remember them? We almost forgot about them back when things changed in the 1960s. The Conservative Party, just to prove that they have their finger on the pulse and is bang up to date with people's needs, is saying now that the country 'doesn't need any new ones'. So what? We'll just 'make do' with the ones we've got? Well, maybe, but that could be bad news for the layer of people slightly below 'rich and famous', the 'fairly well off and well connected', perhaps. They aren't happy. They can't afford to send their kids to Public Schools, and they know - since many of them went to Grammar Schools - that the Grammar School is just about the next best thing.
It's a terrible shouting match, and means problems for the real debate that should be going on about education in Britain. And that is, what's the best way to educate the 98%? Because, if we can't solve that conundrum, we aren't just letting down the vast majority of our children, we're also laying up trouble for the future, since we aren't tackling the real issues that are leading - right now - to teacher burnout, administrative lack of confidence, and a vision that looks increasingly like educational meltdown.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Find Financial Education

In every college and university all over the world there are specific degree plans and departments that cater to financial education. There are some programs that are more prestigious than others but the importance of finances is clear. In spite of its importance, a Finance College, which is solely dedicated to financial education, is rare.
The reason there might not be many schools of finance is that not many colleges and university see the need to specialize in this one area of education. It has been widely accepted that having a finance department is just effective as having an entire college dedicated to the study and impact of finances.
However, with the recent boom in finance and the globalization of economic trends, many are questioning their blanketing acceptance of this mode of thinking and are reconsidering the importance of a quality, specialized education in the area of finance. This insight has invited the growth of finance colleges in the small world of specialized colleges.
Finance College as its name implies, focuses mostly on the study of finance. Courses range from financial certificates to PhD degrees in Finance. The courses at a Finance College center on finance while including a wide assortment of economics, accounting, and law and business management to provide the best finance education possible.
The new standard for financial training encourages upcoming analysts and advisors to seek specialized finance schools to earn their degree. This trend towards specialized training is impacting some colleges who previously kept finance under the umbrella of a broader department to broaden their horizons and open a full-fledged finance school.
Technology has also paved the way for an explosive growth of online education and the finance college. Many schools may provide an online education offering an associates degree or two year certificate of finance. These schools team up with other colleges and universities to help students pursue their specific goals towards finance certification and/or a degree.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

SAP Education Benefits

The main objective of SAP Education Benefit was to achieve a successful technical upgrade. This SAP Education Benefit article was mainly focused on changes in the project level. The project management approach permitted the orange county public schools to achieve the successful upgrade from SAP 4.0 to 4.7.
Regarding the project management, some impressive numbers were also disclosed by the consultant. Mr. Jerry veal, the managing consultant of this project said that in a year 200,000 hours of manpower was saved. He also says that $ 750,000 runtime hours in an annual year were also saved.
If arithmetic is performed, it even adds up the saving of millions of dollars in a year. This is what we have heard from other school systems with successful enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementations. Another important factor is that OCPS has already worked out with change and project management strategy which is upcoming functionality expansion.
The destination is same for OCPS to take its own way. For instance, OCPS avoid the big bang approach to implement, placing a phased approach into play. This OCPS has some financial procurement, HR, payroll, plant maintenance, teacher certification, and some other modules.
Sap's on Demand Version
SAP previews the on demand version in his back office some software product like enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) at a recent analyst summit.
Mr. David Bradshaw says regarding this preview: he says "Each consumer will have their separate case of the software running on a separate server blade, with a separate database for storage of data. The SAP will maintain this software directly, fixing bugs and providing updates without taking the system down."
In such a situation, the on demand versions of SAP software will be preconfigured for certain verticals. The SAP service-oriented architecture (SOA) approach will allow consumers to squeeze the functionality. Customization started increases for mid-market CRM and ERP, so that it will increase or improve the technology development.