Coaching Institutes Role in Higher Education and Need to Seek a Remedy

Coaching institutes plays a major role in training students for entrance examination to higher education. The reason is that curriculum in schools and colleges do not equip students to appear for entrance examinations.

Educational system in schools and colleges
The educational system is schools and colleges do not match with the expectations of higher education institutes. Premier institutes like IIT, IIM test students’ ability, that how far they have understood the concepts and whether they are able to apply concepts in practical.

But in educational institutions students are taught in examination point of view. System of education in India is more examination oriented. There is a system of examination and there is no system of education in India. Students memorize the concepts and reproduce in the examination. Examination tests students’ memory power only.

Role played by coaching institutes
Coaching institutes teach students the concepts in science, mathematics and similar subjects. They teach students how to apply concepts they have learned, in practical situation. What students should learn in schools is taught in coaching institutes. With the knowledge gained in schools, students are unable to get through in the entrance examinations of higher education.

Problem with coaching institutes
Of course through these institutes students are trained well in learning science concepts. But the fees they are charging are exorbitant. A report says that nearly 5000 million rupees is spent together by all students getting training in these institutes. Coaching institutes also cannot be blamed for these high fees, as they are paying handsome salary to their faculties.

Moreover as these institutes are located in cities, rural students are denied this opportunity.

Remedy to this issue
The curriculum in education should be restructured, so that it improves students’ comprehensive ability, making them to understand the concepts well and attend the entrance tests of premier institutes. Government may consider starting boarding schools having separate curriculum, where talented students are selected, admitted and trained to appear for entrance examinations. Government may consider giving subsidy to these schools and nominal fee may be charged from students. Changes in pattern of examinations should be done. Objective type questions can be introduced, to test whether the students have understood the concepts.

This may be considered as a reform in higher education in India.

Education and Training Requirements for the Cosmetology Operator Program

People all around the world have always been concerned about how they look. Beauticians and their work can be traced as far back as ancient Egypt and India. Modern times are no different: people still need cosmetologists to do their job. Modern times call for increased regulation, and these days you need to be licensed by the state you want to practice in. If you wish to become an expert beautician, then cosmetology school is the place to be in order to get the required training. Formal training is required in order to take and pass your state exam.

In order to get started, enroll in an accredited cosmetology school. Complete the required hours of study in your field of specialization as the hours vary, depending on your choice of: hairstyling, coloring, nail technician, etc. With basic training, you can join a salon, and continue your cosmetology education through online programs or at school.

Cosmetology schools provide you all the basic training that you need to work as facial specialist, hairstylist, cosmetologist, or other speciality areas you choose to focus on. Keep in mind that most spas prefer applicants with more than one skill: it is much easier to get hired as a nail tech and massage specialist than just a nail tech. Once you are through with your training, you can decide how to best use your knowledge and skills to take you to where you want to go. Cosmetologists can work in salons, spas, movie and stage sets, and even cruise ships.

Your cosmetology training should incorporate theoretical knowledge, which is the basic underpinning of your education; practical experience which includes hands-on practice of your knowledge; and last but not least, some professional business-building skills, essential for your future if you decide to open your own business. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for a career as a hair stylist or technician, makeup artist or a salon owner.

While some students pursue a certificate program that can take about eleven to twelve months to complete, others choose a more comprehensive associate degree program that can take approximately two years. Students can choose to focus on hair styling and design, makeup application, manicuring and pedicuring, and more. The length of a beauty course depends on the exact specialty you choose, the specific beauty school, and the state in which you will practice.

With numerous beauty schools and colleges offering courses in cosmetology, it can be difficult to judge the course quality. The best way to look for a reliable school is its accreditation.. Accreditation makes any course more valuable. Employers prefer candidates who have attended an accredited school, and will have more trust in the quality of education provided there. The professional skills that an accredited school provides you will prove to be much more useful while building a career.

The job outlook for cosmetologists is excellent.

Review of the Best Online Professional Development for Educators and Teachers

Professional Development for Educators

Professional development is an essential way for teachers to refine their strategies, methods, and understanding of their work. In order to provide educators with the tools they need, a market in professional development (also known simply as “PD”) has developed around online and offline tools built for teacher training.

This list is a guide of the major and minor players in the PD field. Our analysis of each competitor shows PD 360 from School Improvement Network to have the most tools and training videos in the industry, and they are also one of the most inexpensive. Teachers can buy individual licenses to PD 360 for $125, but the most inexpensive method is to purchase a license for an entire school or district, which often drives the price well under $100 per license.

Each school and district must determine what their needs are and what is most effective. We hope to have been as open and objective as possible in the following analysis.

PD 360 – School Improvement Network

PD 360 has 1,500+ videos, training from 120 experts, 97 topics, a community of 700,000, new content added daily, and a year’s complete access costs around $100 or less per teacher. The platform also integrates with an observation tool equipped with prescriptive technology, Common Core Standards training, and a unique product for Title I schools. PD 360′s community is closed to the public.

Pros: You get the most bang for your buck. PD 360′s entire platform costs less per teacher than one course from any of the competitors.

Cons: The platform is currently built in Flash.

Bottom line: School Improvement Network provides a true tour de force that is unstoppably effective and cost efficient.

EdWeb

EdWeb has a K12 Educator Store that sells eBooks and teacher aid materials, but it is not presented as a focused resource for teacher improvement. The store and its products are open and available to anyone, though the main product seems to be the online teacher community. The number of users is unpublished.

Pros: EdWeb sends out weekly emails to help subscribers stay up-to-date.

Cons: The community is open access, meaning that one does not have to be a teacher to participate in the forums. The user interface is very difficult to navigate and participation in the community is small.

Bottom line: EdWeb’s site only provides forum capabilities-no professional development is connect to the community. EdWeb sends helpful emails, but the community is difficult to navigate.

Schoolnet

Schoolnet focuses on improving education through data analysis and positions itself as “the leader in data-driven education for K-12 school systems.” They have an open-access community, and their website seems to provide professional development solutions la carte. The number of experts, users, and community participants is unpublished. Pearson Education purchased Schoolnet in April 2011.

Pros: Pearson Education will likely be able to expand Schoolnet’s resources.

Cons: The community is open access. Their products are not one comprehensive whole.

Bottom line: Schoolnet provides free resources on their website to assist educators as much as possible. They have connected tools to their community, and Pearson Education will probably be able to expand Schoolnet’s resources.

Edutopia

Edutopia is backed by the George Lucas Educational Foundation. Edutopia provides 150 free videos that average four minutes each, a community of over 100,000 members, and other free resources for educational professional development. The community is open access, so the public can and does participate in the forums.

Pros: The free materials are high quality and the community has good participation.

Cons: The materials and resources are limited, the community is open to the public, and the community is relatively small.

Bottom line: Edutopia may be one of the best free resources available to teachers, but the resources are very limited.

SimpleK12

SimpleK12 offers a community as the main professional development solution. The community does not have free registration as all other communities have in this competitive analysis; a registration fee of $297 per year will give a person access to the community. SimpleK12 claims to serve 500,000 worldwide and offer 500 hours of classroom technology how-to videos on the community.

Pros: If the community serves 500,000, then there could potentially be good participation.

Cons: There is no way to test the product without buying it, and it is quite expensive.

Bottom line: SimpleK12 is expensive and veiled.

Knowledge Delivery Systems

Knowledge Delivery Systems (KDS) has eClassroom, mVal, eWalk, and custom PD programs for some of its main products. KDS does not provide a community, but it does provide a way for educators who are following the same course to communicate with each other. The product eClassroom is the platform on which educators follow courses which they buy one at a time. The mVal product is an evaluation tool, and eWalk is a classroom walkthrough tool. KDS offers approximately 760 hours of training videos from 55 experts.

Pros: Educators have up to 760 hours of content from which to choose and evaluation tools that work effectively.

Cons: The observation and evaluation tools are not integrated with a professional development platform, KDS offers no community, and districts and teachers buy one course at a time.

Bottom line: KDS offers primarily specialty courses from which educators can gain college credit, but they are not meant to be a district-wide solution.

Teachscape

Teachscape offers courses that a school or district must buy one at a time. They offer 108 courses from 12 experts as of July 2011. Teachscape’s tour de force is the 360-degree camera technology they employ with their classroom observation platform.

Pros: Teachscape boasts a 360-degree camera for their observation technology.

Cons: Teachscape’s professional development, much like many other companies in the industry, is only available one course at a time from only twelve experts. They also do not offer an online professional learning community.

Bottom line: Teachscape provides extensive training, and any training must be universally applied.

ASCD

ASCD is a nonprofit organization that serves 160,000 educators in 148 countries with myriad products. ASCD offers several levels of membership, from a $25 student membership to a $219 premium membership (as of July 2011). ASCD offers several professional development solutions, including PD in Focus, a professional development platform with 90 hours of video and 49 experts. The community is theoretically open to all, but the group facilitator must approve each member.

Pros: ASCD has many resources at their disposal, meaning that users have the opportunity to access many resources in one place.

Cons: The resources are spread thin, and the actual PD training is minimal at only 90 hours, 55 hours, and a small community.

Bottom line: ASCD is affordable due to their membership breakdown. There are good resources, but those resources are spread thin.

PBS Teacherline

PBS Teacherline provides 130 graduate-level courses for teachers. They have recently added Peer Connection, their own online community. The courses and trainings are available one at a time, and separate licenses are purchased for each user.

Pros: The number of graduate courses available is tempting for anyone looking to advance in school while in his or her career.

Cons: The community is not free, and educators must pay for each resource that they use rather than having an open library. The licenses make providing specific training to multiple educators a logistical challenge.

Bottom line: PBS Teacherline is a good option if educators want to work toward a higher degree.

Learner.org

Annenberg Foundation has created Learner.org to provide free educational resources online. Learner.org has great resources for the average learner, but the site is not built for professional development on a district- or school-wide scale.

Pros: It’s all quality, and it’s all free.

Cons: Learner.org is not a viable resource for specific training as its PD content is limited.

Bottom line: Learner.org is the professional learner’s dream, but it is not a source of training for classroom management or teaching techniques.

Staff Development for Educators

Staff Development for Educators (SDE) coordinates both traditional and online professional development. SDE does not provide a community on which to collaborate, and online courses are only available with individual licenses. Educators can choose any one of 54 courses to buy and follow online.

Pros: It is simple and straight-forward: each teacher buys a course and finishes it.

Cons: SDE does not provide a library, a community, or a true PD platform.

Bottom line: SDE started as a traditional PD company, and they have retained that model even in their online endeavors.

Please feel free to leave comments about aspects we may have missed, companies you have seen or used, and your honest-and respectful-opinion about what has worked for you.