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Is Private School Better Than Public School?

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If you have children or plan on having children, one of you biggest concerns should be making sure they receive a quality education.  While we  never really considered school districts before we built our house, we later realized that the elementary school our daughter is supposed to attend is not ideal. Luckily, we have been able to enroll her in an out of district public school. We have been pretty happy with the school this far, but what if there were a better one? There is a new charter school opening next fall and I’m always curious about private schools. We don’t really have other school options unless we move, but I’m curious if private school is better than public school? The New Montessori School Next fall, some very determined parents have gotten a charter approved and received grant funding for a Montessori K-8 charter school. I’ve never been a huge fan of Montessori, but to be fair, we’ve never been in a program. I always wondered how the concept applies to the real world. You can’t exactly decide to do your job at your own pace and work more on the things you feel most comfortable with, but maybe they ...

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Solving the World’s Problems From Kindergarten

We’ve almost made it to the end of our daughter’s first year of school. It still seems like she should be toddling around with a pacifier, but she is almost a kindergarten graduate and ready to move on to the big time world of first grade. While, I’ve certainly spoken out about some issues with public school and the guilt trips that get thrown your way (please buy a t-shirt, water bottle, pizza kit to support our school!), it really is amazing what a year in kindergarten can do for a kid. Wow, Mom, I Can Read That Yes, my kindergartener has been reading since this past winter. I’d love to say it’s because we’ve  read to her since she was one day old, but kindergarten really takes credit for this huge achievement. She knew some letters and basic words going in, but now she can read and write just about anything. As you can see from the signs she leaves all over the house, the spelling hasn’t quite caught up, but I’m sure it will come later. She is super excited to come home almost daily with new words that she can read and recognize.

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Are Graduate Degrees Worth the Money?

cost of an optometry school degree

When I was growing up, there was never a doubt that I would go to college. My mother made that a priority. I also knew pretty much from junior high on that I would receive an advanced degree. I wanted a really good job. That was how I thought you got one.  Over the past few years, I’ve begun to wonder if an advanced degree or any degree at all is necessary for financial success. We’ll look at myself and my husband as examples. Health Professional Degree My undergraduate degree was in biology. Luckily, I received scholarships to cover tuition and living expenses. I came out with no debt, but a biology degree doesn’t really get you very far. Unless I wanted to teach, I can’t think of many other things where this degree earns a decent salary. Even to go into university teaching or research, you’d have to get at least a master’s degree or Ph.D. Medical, dental, optometry, chiropractic, and pharmacy schools are all four year programs. As with any degree, costs vary according to things like state vs private schools or in state vs out of state tuition. Unlike DC at Young Adult Money’s post about MBA’s ...

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Inspired by Malala Yousafzai, 14 Year Old Hero

Since I started this blog in August, I have  been out of touch with local news and world happenings. There are only 24 hours in the day, and unless I can find a way to give up sleep, my waking hours are filled with family time, work, exercise, household jobs, and now blogging. I’m sure most bloggers can relate. I can’t remember when I watched the news or looked up the CNN website, but an article in People magazine, of all places, caught my eye this past week. Before you start thinking I’m a bad PF role model because I subscribe to People magazine,  it was my office copy for the reception area. The short article was about 14 year old Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl who was targeted and shot in the head by the Taliban for “promoting secularism.” In reality, all this girl did was love ice cream, speak near perfect English, and blog anonymously about her experiences trying to get an education and live life under Taliban rule when they took over her area of Pakistan in 2009.  You can read her story at the BBC blog, Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl. Her identitity was revealed in 2011, after the Taliban was ...

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A Valedictorian’s Advice On How to Raise a Scholarship Kid

What is the dream of every parent? I would imagine that it would be something to the effect of making sure your children become honest, productive members of society. Aside from that, wouldn’t it be wonderful if your kid went to college with a scholarship? Not every child will or should attend college, but if you want yours to have the best possible opportunity to go to college on a scholarship, you have to start early. I am not one to brag about myself, but after reading Do You Flaunt It? on My Money Design, I thought, why not? I am not very musical, terribly creative, or athletically gifted, but I always did well in school. When I was a freshman in high school, I decided I would be valedictorian and get a scholarship for college, and that’s what I did. My parents started grooming my sister and me for college since before we can remember. College was like 13th grade, and we never considered not going. Both Sis and I now hold doctorate degrees, and I thank my Mom and Dad for being tough on us. As a mother, I hope to do the same with my daughter. Here are some steps you might consider if ...

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