Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sharing an article about teacher preparation programs

“Steep Drops Seen in Teacher-Prep Enrollment Numbers”

“California and other big states particularly hard hit, raising supply concerns”

“Massive changes to the profession, coupled with budget woes, appear to be shaking the image of teaching as a stable, engaging career. Nationwide, enrollments in university teacher-preparation programs have fallen by about 10 percent from 2004 to 2012, according to federal estimates from the U.S. Department of Education's postsecondary data collection.”

“Some large states, like heavyweight California, appear to have been particularly hard hit. The Golden State lost some 22,000 teacher-prep enrollments, or 53 percent, between 2008-09 and 2012-13, according to a report its credentialing body issued earlier this month.”

“Though the decline is probably due to a multitude of factors, the reason topping many analysts' list is the budget crunch that hit the nation in 2008. In California, Ms. Sandy believes that the state's layoffs of some 30,000 teachers during the Great Recession sent a clear message to potential candidates that the profession was no longer a reliable one.”

The question I want to ask here is: what do teachers think is causing this trend and when it will it reverse?
If you do the math, at some point there will be a massive shortage of teachers because people will retire. How do we make sure Schools and more importantly students’ needs are met?

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

Monday, October 20, 2014

Another interesting article on Adjuncts, but does anyone care?

“The Adjunct Crisis Is Everyone’s Problem”
“In 2012, I got my Ph.D. and left academia with no regrets. Like all decisions based on financial stability, it was not so much a decision as a reaction.”
“Academia, I had discovered, was not an industry in which one works for pay but one in which you must pay to work. New Ph.D.’s are expected to move around the country in temporary postdocs or visiting professor jobs until finding tenure-track positions -- financially impossible for me as a mother of two – or stay where they are and work as adjuncts with no job security and an average wage of $2,700 per course. While making an income below the poverty line, a new Ph.D. is expected to spend thousands of dollars on job interviews at conferences in expensive cities and write paywalled papers for free.”
“Labor exploitation is not the new normal. Adjunct professors are distinct from other low-wage contract workers only by virtue of degree – that is, the Ph.D. Like other exploited workers, adjuncts are told that their low pay and mistreatment are the deserved consequence of poor choices. While low-wage workers without college degrees are told to get an education, adjuncts are asked what they thought all that education would get them. The plight of the adjunct shows one can have all the education in the world and still have no place in it.”
This is not a new issue and in my opinion, it is getting worse. There is an underclass in an industry that should be more enlightened.
What do we do?
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Use common sense when dealing with Ebola not fear. #ebolafear

No doubt Ebola is a deadly disease, and no doubt some countries are suffering from this (more because of the inconveniences). However, since when did we become afraid of our own shadow in the United Stated? Since when have we reacted so badly to every possible scary thing that passes us? Educators should know better, but we are not immune to the chicken disease it seems (yes I said chicken).

“Rejecting All Nigerians?”

“Nigerians and others are expressing outrage after letters surfaced from Navarro College, a community college in Texas, saying that all applicants from countries with confirmed Ebola cases were being rejected.”

“The letters were sent to several applicants from Nigeria by Elizabeth Pillans, director of international programs at the college. The letters said: "Navarro College is not accepting international students from countries with confirmed Ebola cases."”

“Idris Bello, an advocate for Africans in the United States, circulated copies of the letter on social media, where they have attracted anger from many. He wrote on Twitter that "it's wrong to discriminate in admission decisions based on #EbolaFear."”

Fact: Nigerians students have a reputation for excellence.

Fact: CDC has not recommended this kind measure at all.

Fact: The school handled this badly and is now backtracking and dissembling.

Educators, we are better than this. Change your underwear and move on!

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Gender equality amongst the G8 countries

While this article I am going to share is about just one of the G8 countries, the sad thing it is that is a G8 country. Yes, there are inherent strong cultural things affecting this; but surely some progress can be made/

“Japan's Missing Female Scientists”

“Too many female scientists are leaving Japan because they do not feel they can get ahead in its “male-dominated” society, a senior university leader has said.”

“Michinari Hamaguchi, president of Nagoya University, one of Japan’s leading universities, said that he was deeply concerned by the exodus of talented female researchers to overseas institutions.”

“Hamaguchi, who is vice president of the Japan Association of National Universities, said that he was shocked to learn that 60 percent of the 24,000 Japanese researchers working overseas are women. “In our own country, only 10 percent of researchers are women,” he told an audience at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in London last month.”

Brain drain can happen really quickly in a country that is not paying attention, and Japan should really be concerned about female role models in science for future generations of young girls.

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Keeping your head held high after professional disappointment

Since the recession, professional disappointment has almost become the norm in education it seems. We get disappointed in students performance, our bosses, raises, our jobs, etc. If we are not careful, it can soon lead to wallowing in self-pity, and that is an awful way to drown!
I do not have all the solutions, but I would like to share what has worked for me personally:
  1. Stay busy! Write, read, research, and exercise
  2. Take stock of what you do have and be grateful for it
  3. Do something that you are passionate about (for me it’s riding a motorcycle)
Stay positive my friends, it can only get better!
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam