Home schooling: Worth it? Or no?

I have a friend whose son is about to hit school age and she's considering home schooling because she doesn't like the quality of the local public school. She works at home and has a live-in boyfriend who works full time. She tells me that she has friends who've suggested sending her son to public school or a private school anyway because they think homeschooling is too much work. I tried to be encouraging because I think school has its flaws, one of which is that I think ADHD is way over-diagnosed purely because it's unnatural to expect a classroom full of 6-year-olds to be able to sit still and pay attention to the teacher for hours. (Yeah, I know, recess, lunch and gym class, but a lot of parents have gotten visits from CPS purely because their kid just has the fidgets.) So I am not seeing what the problem is with homeschooling when she could easily work that into her day when she isn't working. Her son can actually get a better education purely because there are three state parks within spitting distance where they can go on guided nature tours, learn how to identify the parts of flowers and leaves and stuff, and Chicago isn't that far of a drive if they want to go visit an aquarium and a natural history museum over the weekend. What do you think?

Surrounded By Idiots

There's this one course I'm enrolled in and I LOVE the professor, and I'm enjoying the content and learning a lot, but the other students in my class seem to be at a remedial level. I don't even know how they passed all the prerequisites to get into this class to begin with. I have been good about ignoring this fact but it's been two weeks now and I can't help but think I'd be learning more if everyone else in the class was closer to the same level of competence as I am. I don't want to be the jerk who goes and reports this, but I don't want to waste my time either... What should I do?!

Grad School or No Grad School

After graduating college I decided not to jump straight into graduate school because I was not sure what exactly I wanted to focus on moving forward. I did not want to jump into a 2-5 year long program for something I was not 100% certain I would want to do long term. Since then I have figured out several things I know I don't want to do, as well as a few I am definitely considering. However, I am pretty broke at the moment and want to find some real world experience in the fields I am interested in before making a decision on a graduate school. My problem is that most companies seem to want more experience than I currently have and am likely to get with my current level of education and experience. Should I just focus on getting a job to make money in order to attend a graduate program to gain experience or stick it out and continue trying to get a job in my field of interest?

Are online degrees worth it?

A friend of mine is getting a graduate degree completely online. I didn't realize this was possible. Getting a degree online would definitely be convenient for a working adult, but are they recognized as the same as a degree from a traditional university?

The Post-Grad

I am currently a junior undergrad at UC Berkeley considering fields in health, particularly nurse practitioner/physician's assistant. However, I am not set on what I want to do yet and am still open to other career possibilities, so I don't know if I want to commit to grad school (or which type of grad school) just yet. I have been working a fairly well-paying job for the past 3 years at a publishing company but I don't want to limit myself to an assistant title. I know I will still have a massive amount of debt that I need to pay off somehow, but I don't want to spend another 4-8 years of my life, money and stress in grad school if I'm not sure the resulting career is what I'd want to do for the rest of my life. I've pretty much solidified taking at least a year off after I graduate, but what should I do with it? How should I spend my money (the little of it that I have)?

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