How to Make $700 More Per Month – Get Your High School Diploma!

Most employers today require individuals to have a high school diploma or equivalent. If you don’t have your diploma, then you understand just how many doors are closed to you – at least as far as employment is concerned.

Not only can getting your high school diploma open up many opportunities for you, it can also greatly increase your annual income. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, people with a high school diploma earned an average of $704 more per month!

Education Level                                 Monthly Median Earnings
 
Less than a high school diploma……………..$1,712

H.S. graduate…………………………………………… $2,416

Some college…………………………………………… $2,732            

Associate degree……………………………………… $2,960            

Bachelor’s degree…………………………………….. $3,948
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey2007
 
The personal and financial rewards of going back to school can be great. You will quickly realize how having your diploma can enhance your life. You will be in a much better position to pursue jobs in a variety of fields, as well as more prepared to obtain specialized career training. You’ll also gain a sense of pride and accomplishment in achieving your goals.
 
Thousands of people go back to school every year to get their high school diploma. The reason why you didn’t finish school doesn’t matter. What matters is that you’re ready to achieve your educational goals….and you can! 

Fortunately, there are credible programs out there that are specifically geared for returning, adult students. Distance learning correspondence schools let you study at home, so going back to school won’t interfere with your current job or busy lifestyle.
 
Some schools even let you accelerate the program and graduate in as little as six months, or take up to two years to complete their program. The tuition for these programs is generally affordable and most schools allow you to make monthly payments.
 
So, what are you waiting for? Before you know it, you could be a high school graduate and on the path toward earning $700 more per month!

Requirements For Setting Up an Accredited Home School

If you are considering setting-up an accredited home school, there are certain minimum requirements that you, as the parent, or legal guardian of your child must meet. At the very least, parents who teach their children full-time, must possess a high school diploma or a GED. According to data published by the National Center for Education Statistics in February 2006 (researched in 2003), white children who learn in an accredited home school are four times more likely to be educated full time in the home than are Hispanic students. The rate of homeschooling for black children is about half the rate of white children. However, children and/or households who identified with racial groups other than white, black, or Hispanic, had a much higher combined ratio of 1.165. The ratio for white children was 1.0, black children — 0.538, and Hispanic children — 0.230.

Because homeschooling is not regulated in the same sense that traditional schools are, homeschooled child learn from a combination of traditional and non-traditional sources, albeit they must attain the same minimum standards as children who attend an organized school. Sixty percent of all curriculum materials used to teach children at home came from traditional text book publishers approved for public education, but not specifically tailored for the home school model. Approximately, 78 percent of parents obtained their curricula from a public library, although the majority of these same individuals subsidized their children’s education with materials from commercial sources, such as a homeschooling catalog and retail bookstores. Homeschooling organizations supply approximately fifty percent of the curricula and books to children who learn in an accredited home school. Approximately thirty-seven percent of parents surveyed said that they obtained their educational supplies and curricula from a religious institution. The report does not indicate whether these materials were affiliated with any particular educational program administered by their religious organization. However, approximately 23 percent of parents who did derive the majority of their educational materials from a religious institution also supplemented them with materials from their local public library or school district. Approximately 16 percent of classroom materials were obtained from secular private schools.

Additionally, approximately 41 percent of all students learning in an accredited homeschool also derived their education online or by some other means of distance learning. Twenty percent used television, radio, or other magnetic source, such as video or DVD to supplement their child’s education. Less than half of them — approximately 19 percent of students received instruction through the Internet. Additionally, computer software is growing in popularity and variety, and besides being used in the home, most schools use it as an individualized learning tool. The growing integration of correspondence schools with computer and other based media channels is also on the rise. At the time of this survey, about 15 percent of homeschooled students were engaged in some sort of correspondence course. No noticeable difference in testing scores was recognized between those students who participated in a correspondence course and those who did not.

While setting-up an accredited home school might, at first, spark the determined parent’s imagination with tremendous enthusiasm, homeschooling is not for everyone. There is much more involved than obtaining the educational material and resources – especially when it comes to family dynamics and emotions. Even the most skilled teacher may find it an almost impossible task to teach his or her own child – especially as that child reaches adolescence.

Art School Online – A Viable Alternative?

I remember the correspondence art schools of the dark ages before Al Gore invented the Internet, thereby making it possible for you to “attend” art school online. There would be an ad in a magazine with a professionally done pencil drawing and the question: “Can you draw this?” – as though it were some sort of entrance exam where the better you did the better your chances of being “accepted” to enroll in Famous Artists School. I shamefully admit that I totally fell for it, never bothering to figure out that if I really could draw that well, I probably didn’t need their art school.

It worked much like art schools online work now, except slower, because you had to use the Postal Service and then wait for a response from a “famous” artist you had likely never heard of who had no trouble dismantling your work with surgical precision and a callous critique to match. It was, looking back, a shameless way to make money in art without really trying. It’s a wonder I didn’t give up the pursuit entirely.

Now, of course, you can receive the same sort of impersonal callous treatment at a much faster pace with the added bonus of EMF exposure. Other than that, not much has really changed. Art schools online are just as happy to separate you from your money as the old correspondence school versions were. I suppose for a really driven reclusive neurotic agoraphobic with a need for some sort of creative expression and sense of self-improvement, this sort of approach might work well.

However, after I dusted myself off, picked myself up and forged ahead anyway, I found that I learned a lot more from personal contact with not just the instructor, but my classmates. In fact, I rather enjoyed watching the different personalities either blend or clash with each other. Clashes were much more interesting and in an odd sort of way inspirational. I did some of my best work under my most stringent instructor. Had the same man been my online tutor, however, I think I would probably have been reduced to tears much of the time and given up.

As it was, I figured out by watching other classmates screw up and get thrown out of his class, (which he had no problem doing,) how to communicate with him in a way that would not invoke his ire. Basically, all I had to do was shut up and nod my head in agreement with anything he said. It makes the man sound like a tyrant – and sometimes he was – but his critiques were always dead on and when I followed them always resulted in improvement. The man knew what he was doing and only became abusive if a student dared to challenge his assessment.

Call me crazy, but I’d rather put up with a temperamental art instructor in person than be filleted without the benefit of at least getting to know who the person is that’s doing the carving. Art school online impresses me as a modern day version of mail order diploma mills. If you just want a piece of paper and don’t have an interest in people per se, then I suppose it’s a viable alternative. Personally, I’d rather reap the benefits of sharing real life enthusiasm and energy for the art I love.