Source: FRWL, Wikimedia, CC 2.0 More than ever, we view education as the magic pill. As individuals, we continue to place faith and lots of dollars into getting that degree, or third degree, in hopes that will levitate us from the stack of applications for a good job. As parents, we too spend heavily on our kids' education. We may move to an expensive area so our kids can get "good" public schools. We may even spring for private school and college, which today costs a staggering amount of money. A child paying sticker price at well-regarded private schools K-16 costs--when all is added in--almost a million dollars: $30,000 a year x 12 and $70,000 a year x 4. And that assumes s/he'll graduate in four years. 45.5% don't, even if given six years. And that's just to get to the bachelor's degree. And that's just for one child. Sure, there may be financial aid, but much of that is loan. That has to be paid back, with interest. As a society, at least publicly, we tout education as … [Read more...] about How to Get a Great Education for You and Your Child
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The word “parent” wasn’t used as a verb until a few decades ago. In fact, some experts argue it was only in the 1990s that the idea of “parenting” really became a full-fledged “thing.” By that time, at least for members of the middle class, being a parent didn’t just mean serving as an authority figure and a source of sustenance and support for a child—it meant molding that child’s life, flooding her with opportunity so she could have a competitive edge in the long-term, and enriching her with all kinds of constructive experiences. “Raising children,” my colleague Ann Hulbert wrote in her 2004 book Raising America, “has rated very near to sex—and to success—as an American fixation.”That fixation, at its most extreme, can have dire consequences—but it’s hard to deny that basic parenting practices benefit children. Putting your 3-year-old in Kumon might be overdoing it. But reading … [Read more...] about The American Obsession With Parenting
As a parent, you always dream to see your child’s success in whichever career they opt for in their lives. And to help them succeed, you provide them all the facilities starting with the best education so that they can achieve their career goals timely and in a right way.However, with today’s rising education costs, in reality, it is tough for many parents to pay for the best education. What if you fall short of money when you actually need to invest in your child’s higher education? What if something happens to you in the middle of the way and your child’s education get stuck? To take care of such situations, proper financial planning towards education goal is a must.Why is financial planning needed?Close If you have not projected the amount you will be needing at the time of paying higher education’s fee of your child then in that scenario the rising cost of education day by day can actually create tension and become a cause of worry not only to you but … [Read more...] about Have you planned your children’s future well enough? Here’s how to do it
10.31am GMT Late reaction I asked Martin Taylor, managing director of plastic packaging manufacturer Sharpak, whether he felt the supermarket industry was driving innovation in packaging. Not surprisingly he told me his clients were: "Committed to reducing food waste and they realise that packaging plays a large role in ensuring food is maintained at the highest quality. Without the support of the retail industry we would not be able to manufacture meat packaging which has the potential to counteract the large scale waste of food across Britain." For those interested in how packaging is evolving, Sharpak says they are focussing on developing anti-microbial packaging, which "eradicates the harmful surface bacteria present on raw meat products". He said: “The packaging industry must demonstrate exactly how it can drive home the importance of reducing food waste. For example, offering packaging which enables consumers to reseal their fresh meat products will drastically … [Read more...] about Why do we still waste so much food at home?
As the recession bites, the importance of financial education has risenup the political agenda. A Government document leaked earlier this yearrevealed that Ministers wanted to increase financial education,particularly in primary schools, with children being able to convertcurrencies and use spreadsheets to manage money by the age of 11. JOTHORNHILL visited two primary schools that are already teaching theirpupils about money matters. The six smiling youngsters at the after-school Entrepreneurs' Club are having fun, which is a bit surprising as they are working through a new booklet called A Bird's Eye View! that has been developed by mutual insurer Royal Liver to help educate youngsters about the vital world of money. It is not usually the kind of subject to enthral children, but A Bird's Eye View! uses a character called Joe who lives in Liverpool and wants to start his own photography business. Eight-year-olds Jordan Dempsey, James Devine and Daniel Ventre, ten-year-old Eve … [Read more...] about Money making scheme: The after-school entrepeneurs (and an aspiring astronaut, aged 11)
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy TapesDirector - Joe BerlingerRating - 2.5/5 “Extremely wicked, shockingly evil and vile.” This was how the judge described serial killer Ted Bundy’s crimes, before he sentenced him to death. These words, taken in the same order, will also serve as the title for an upcoming film about Bundy, directed by Joe Berlinger.Berlinger is somewhat of a pioneer in the true crime genre, having burst onto the scene in the early ‘90s with his Paradise Lost trilogy, which he co-directed with the late Bruce Sinofsky. Those movies, told over the course of a decade, literally helped save the lives of three young men, convicted of the murder of three children. They are, to this day, despite the overabundance of exhaustively researched podcasts and lavishly crafted documentary series, the gold standard of true crime.Watch the Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes trailer here With the … [Read more...] about Conversations with a Killer review: Netflix takes stab at profiling terrifying serial killer Ted Bundy