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Merit Pay Demise

- The dispute surrounding merit pay for teachers has existed for decades in many countries across the globe. The debate has been particularly heated in the United States. Since the 1920s, public schools began awarding pay mostly according to title, and seniority rather than merit. Numerous attempts have been made to introduce merit pay systems throughout this period, but it never gained widespread popularity on a national level. Now, however, political leaders such as Barack Obama have supported merit pay for teachers....   [tags: teachers, merit pay systems, american schools]

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Sanctification through Merit and Grace in Canto 28 of Paradiso Beatrice

- In Canto 28 of Paradiso Beatrice explains, “the measure of their vision lies in merit, produced by grace,” (112-113). A balance and interplay can be found in the elements “merit” and “grace” because they are an allegory of the entire book in which the whole focus of the sanctification of Dante, and all souls for that matter, is based upon merit and grace. Beatrice’s representation of God’s grace is reflected by her radiance in that she plays an image of nobility, virtue, the Redeemed Life and, to a certain extent, of God Himself....   [tags: merit, grace, allegory, sancitification]

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Is Merit Pay For Teachers The Answer?

- When it comes to education, everyone has an opinion. But, does anyone truly have the perfect solution. One proposed solution bringing about debate in the last few years has been merit pay for teachers (Wright, 2003). As we know, teachers often receive the brunt of criticism from the public when it comes to the failure of education. But is merit pay the solution. Wright (2003) states that although there may be some validation to the idea of merit pay, there are also some serious concerns. As more public gains concern for the quality of education, the more interest the public has in teacher accountability and performance....   [tags: Education]

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The Importance Of Merit Pay For Teachers

- When it comes to performance-related pay or in other words, merit pay, I believe that most people are familiar with this concept. This method of payment means that with more labor, better performance, and results, people can get a higher salary in return. It is very common in many industries, such as in sales or on production lines. However, whether it should be applied to the teaching profession is always a controversial issue. Some people think that it would be unfair for teachers, but others think that this can help increase competition, thereby improving the quality of teaching....   [tags: Teacher, Education, School, Profession]

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Against Merit Pay for Teachers

- I. Introduction The dispute surrounding merit pay for teachers has existed for decades in many countries across the globe. The debate has been particularly heated in the United States. Since the 1920s, public schools began awarding pay mostly according to title, and seniority rather than merit. Numerous attempts have been made to introduce merit pay systems throughout this period, but it never gained widespread popularity on a national level. Now, however, political leaders such as Barack Obama have supported merit pay for teachers....   [tags: Education System, School Performance]

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Politics and Merit- In Chinese Society

- Identifications 1. Merit- In Chinese society, Bing demonstrates that if citizens obeyed the rules and were given the opportunity to prove themselves, and could do so successfully, they would progress in society. In all reality, this sort of meritocracy made sense for the Han dynasty to want the best and brightest helping run the country. Being the younger son of a farming family, his father tells him that his older brother will be inheriting the farm. “When my time comes, your older brother will have the right to take it over....   [tags: Wu Zhao, mongolia, china]

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Financial Aid: Need or Merit?

- It is a universal fact that college is not a cheap investment, and acquiring aid to help with the cost can be hard to come by. Due to the recent drop in the economy, it is almost necessary to have a college degree to get a job. The rising cost and necessity of a college education has raised a debate on the eligibility of financial aid and who exactly should obtain the aid. The main focus in the financial aid debate is whether or not aid should be based on merit or need. A simple way to put this is should the student from lower income families receive aid because money is tight, or should students with the best grades get money for working hard and gaining high grade point a...   [tags: college, education, grades, tuition, economy]

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Capitalism and Merit, Ability and Achievement

- The world’s economies continue to be divided on by whom their means of production benefit, supply, enrich, and protect. Many debates and altercations have been a result of disagreements between capitalists and socialists. Socialists believe the government is essential in providing equality for all and the allocation of capital goods. But the strength of capitalism can be attributed to an incentive structure based upon the three P’s: (1) prices determined by market forces, (2) a profit-and-loss system of accounting and (3) private property rights....   [tags: Economy, production, Benefit]

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Measuring Merit: Pay for Performance

- Introduction The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB, 2011) has made increasing student achievement and reducing inconsistencies in the dissemination of teacher qualifications a national priority (Guarino, Brown, & Wyse, 2011). Classic fixed salary schedules that consider only a teacher’s education and years of experience have been popular since the 1920’s (Koppich, 2005). This traditional system was developed to counter gender and racial discrimination that was allowed at the time by more unrestricted systems (Dee & Keys, 2004)....   [tags: Educational Issues]

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Merit Pay For Teachers For Many Reasons

- I have never seen a topic that contains two words that strike as much fear and diverse opinions in teachers as merit pay. There are two distinct sides to this topic. On the pro side are usually state officials and some administrators, on the other are teachers. I chose the topic of merit pay for teachers for several reasons. The first is I enjoy reading the different economic theories that both sides use in arguing their points on merit pay. It is very interesting to see how some basic economic concepts are misused and misunderstood when money is at stake....   [tags: Economics, Capitalism, Salary, Supply and demand]

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Merit Pay Demise

- The dispute surrounding merit pay for teachers has existed for decades in many countries across the globe. The debate has been particularly heated in the United States. Since the 1920s, public schools began awarding pay mostly according to title, and seniority rather than merit. Numerous attempts have been made to introduce merit pay systems throughout this period, but it never gained widespread popularity on a national level. Now, however, political leaders such as Barack Obama have supported merit pay for teachers....   [tags: Education ]

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Exploring the Possibility of Merit Pay for Teachers

- President Obama’s recommendations for the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and his education plan include provisions to award merit pay to teachers in an attempt to obtain and retain effective teachers as measured by student academic achievement. These proposals are supported by budgeted funding for the 2011 fiscal year with additional funding included in the optional, competitive 1.35 billion Race to the Top Fund. A number of different merit pay systems exist. Some reward entire schools or districts when passing rates on standardized tests are achieved, while others reward individual teachers for passing rates....   [tags: Education, No Child Left Behind, ]

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Teachers' Merit Pay

- President Barrak Obama’s administration has come up with a solution to the teacher merit pay problem. The administration has stated that this program will give teachers the incentive they need to perform at the top notch quality the nation wants (Gratz). Teachers all around the United States have had issues with the new proposal but they have also found it very beneficial. Merit pay for teachers will largely be based off test scores, which means the students will have a large impact on the teacher’s career....   [tags: salary, education, test scores]

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Financial Aid: The Problem with Merit-Aid

- There was a time in the United States when moving north was a decision that could profoundly change one’s way of life. Specifically, this choice would impact southern dwelling African-Americans. The socioeconomic and cultural effects were great. The decision was made by many who were seeking a better life and new opportunities: two million African American migrants. Today, for many young African-Americans, pursuing the move from secondary education to collegiate education has those same benefits and more....   [tags: Higher Education ]

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Merit: Why Do We Value It?

- First, merit has numerous meaning and different types. Merit acquiring desert, to gain value; to receive benefit, to profit, to earn by service or performance; to have a right to claim as reward; to deserve; sometimes to deserve in a bad sense; any admirable quality or attribute, or be worthy. The Greek define merit is any feature or quality is the basis for distributing positive attribution, such as praise, rewards and prizes (Pojman, 1999). The different merit, awards, is for the performance has been acquired....   [tags: Society Sociology Psychology]

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Merit Based Scholarships

- My mom and dad always taught my brother and I about the importance of going to college to complete our education. My parents themselves never went to college, but worked hard to become upper middle class and always wondered “what if” they had received a college degree. When my brother applied to college, it proved much more difficult than he'd imagined to get the money to help him out, and now that I am planning on completing my college education in the near future, I am faced with the same difficulties....   [tags: Higher Education, college]

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The Use Of Merit Pay And Incentives

- The Use of Merit Pay and Incentives The purpose of this paper is to explore the use of Merit Pay and Incentives as motivators for increased productivity. The key focus is the system at Richmond Memorial Hospital. To do so, one must begin at the beginning….. The use of financial incentives (financial rewards) paid to workers whose production exceeds some predetermined standard was popularized by Frederick Taylor in the late 1800s. As a supervisory employee of the Midvale Steel Company, he had become concerned with what he called "systematic soldiering"....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Literary Merit of Animal Farm

- The Literary Merit of Animal Farm       The year of 1945 marked a great turning point in world history.  The end of the Second World War, the detonation of the atomic bomb, the beginning of the Cold War took place during that year.  Also in 1945, George Orwell published Animal Farm, The book drew wide interest due to its scathing commentary on the Russian communist movement at a time when Britain and Russia were still allies.  The body of criticism relating to the novel is among the greatest of twentieth century literature.  Attacking the work from a variety of angles, every detail has been poked and prodded, but the consensus is still out on how best to judge Orwell's book.  By analyzing...   [tags: Animal Farm]

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Merit-Based Utopia

- People are the building blocks of a society. The society is perfect only if each individual achieves happiness through his/her own satisfaction from achievements. In order for that to happen, the society should be merit-based. A place where people have an incentive to work for themselves without harming others will ensure a safe, respectful, and successful community. Unlike our society in the twentieth century, people are actually encouraged to strive for success and get rewarded according to the level of accomplishment in this utopia....   [tags: motivation, success, incentives, society]

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The Literary Merit of A Lesson Before Dying

- The Literary Merit of A Lesson Before Dying Ernest Gaines was born during the middle of the Great Depression on January 15, 1933. He was the oldest of twelve children. At the age of nine Gaines worked as an errand boy on the River Lake Plantation, the same plantation his book A Lesson Before Dying was set in. Gaines was raised by his Aunt Augusteen Jefferson, much like Grant, the protagonist in the novel, was raised by his Aunt Tante Lou. At the age of fifteen Gaines rejoined his immediate family in Vallejo, California because there were no high schools for him to attend in Louisiana....   [tags: Lesson Before Dying Essays]

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Should We Include Merit Pay as a Part of Educational Reform?

- Should we include merit pay as a part of educational reform. These days, merit pay for teachers becomes a very arguable topic. Merit pay, also known as pay by performance, is a payment schedule for teachers that design to motivate teachers and improve our education. However, although more and more schools and states begin to try this new payment schedule, only a few of them get some significant results. Because of that, more and more people begin to doubt the effectiveness of merit pay. Should merit pay become a part of our educational reform become a serious problem for everyone to think about....   [tags: pay by performance]

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Government Financial Aid For Students Should Not Be Based Solely on Merit

- Scholarship money is a type of financial aid, awarded to students for their academic merit based on a mix of GPA, SAT scores, and class rank (How to get a scholarship 2011). Scholarship is not easy to get or apply nowadays as the requirements are high and based on the merit. The awards are almost always for top students. According to the statistic from The University of Virginia, 318 students applied for scholarships and only 83 are awarded scholarship (Scholarship Statistic 2011). The scholarship mentioned above was a merit based scholarship and had caused such a low percentage of students able to get a scholarship....   [tags: Higher Education ]

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The Literary Merit of Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange and Exploring Reasons Why it Was Banned

- There are many books that have been banned or challenged, but the one that is being presented in this paper is Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange. The topic of this paper is to inform you of many things and when you have finished it will have you leaving asking yourself one question. First, a summary of A Clockwork Orange will be shared with you, so that you can have an insight as to how the rest of the paper relates to the book. Second, you will find out where, why and when the book was banned and/or challenged and you will discover what the book contains that would “offend” people....   [tags: A Clockwork Orange]

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Political Judgments Should Be Based on Merit and Performance Not Political Labels

- The statement you issued on April 6 was indeed interesting. Apparently you consider yourself a socialist and have some deep seated sensitivity regarding the definition of the word itself. Judging from the tone of your letter you also apparently subscribe to "identity" politics and place great importance on labels. My wife and I are not from the Midwest and can not understand why so many people in Milwaukee continue to focus on race, labels, and political party identities. We prefer to make our political judgments based on individual merit and performance regardless of what label someone chooses for themselves....   [tags: Politics]

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How Scholarships Can Pay for Your College

- Merit scholarships are contests that require you to win something based on your sport, or academic accomplish. A need based scholarship helps you with your tuition if financial aid does not cover everything. Merit, and need based scholarships can help you pay for college. A need based scholarship can be a loan or federal money given to you every semester. A merit scholarship can be award to you if there are good grades, or an athlete’s talent involved. In everyday life you have to earn rewards. For example scholarships are built on hard work....   [tags: Merit scholarships, scholarships, college, ]

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Effective of Incentive Pay on Employee Work Performance

- Introduction Today, competition between the organizations is extremely high thus organizations need to find the ways to be competitive. They need to prepare best market strategy to improve the company performance and the ways to keep their employees motivation on the highest level to perform well within the competition. At that time, several incentive pay programs play important role for every organization to perform well within the competition. Creating and implementing of incentive pay system supports to resolve organizational problems for to align the preferences of organization and employees....   [tags: Incentives, compensation, merit]

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True Heroes: My Version of the International Mt. Rushmore

- Mount Rushmore stands as a testament to the accomplishments of those it depicts. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln were carefully chosen to represent the good of the American people. If I were able to develop an international version of Mt. Rushmore, I would choose to create the four faces of Mother Teresa, Marie Curie, Nelson Mandela, and Winston Churchill, because of the versatility of their actions, nationality, and merit. To begin, Mother Teresa stands as a strong activist from India, who deserves recognition for her tremendous actions....   [tags: actions, nationality, merit, versality]

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Market and Government Failures in Reducing College Cost

- There was a time in America where college was based solely on merit, higher education and pursuing the American Dream to obtain a career and gain social status to be successful in society. According to the Economist newspaper, rising fees and increase of student debt, shared with dwindling financial and educational returns, are undermining at least the perception that university is a good investment. Now due to high cost of an average good university, students are leaving college owing back over $100,000 and are not getting the job of their original dreams....   [tags: merit, american dream, career]

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Methods of Selecting Judges

- The judge is essential to the courts as are prosecutors and the attorneys of defense. The text states these are the three key actors of court if either one of the three are not present court will not proceed to session (Walsh and Hemmens, 2014: 104). In this essay I will discuss the three ways in which judges are selected, the advantages and disadvantages of the three methods used, and which selection method is most equitable. Judges are paramount to the court system without a judge court would not be functional on the average day to day....   [tags: appoinment, election, merit]

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Literary Merit of John Gunther's Death be not Proud

- Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther is a classic work of literary merit. The genre of the memoir is one that will never die. The life of young Johnny Gunther takes place in the 1940’s, but the courage and wisdom he portrays can be understood forever. The message Johnny sends will endure the test of time. Johnny Gunther goes through countless surgeries, hospital visits, and painful illness. Yet, despite his troubles, Johnny is surprisingly upbeat and optimistic. It is not that he is naive, it is simply that he does not want to show his anguish to the people around him....   [tags: essays research papers]

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An Investigation of Software Piracy in China - Software Piracy Lacks Ethical Merit

- An Investigation of Software Piracy in China - Software Piracy Lacks Ethical Merit “Well, sir, from the sound of it, you've got yourself some pirated software. I'm afraid there's nothing we can do to help you.” 1. BSA Statistics 30 1. Introduction Software piracy is a rampant global problem, according to the Seventh Annual Global Software Piracy Study by the Business Software Alliance. The rate of software piracy varies significantly across the world, though no country is without it. Vietnam was rated the largest trouble spot in 2001 with a whopping 94% piracy rate, with China and Indonesia not very far behind (at 92% and 88% respectively)....   [tags: Ethics Legal Research Papers]

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Should Teacher Pay Be Based On Student Test Scores?

- For years, educators and government officials have argued what the most effective system of payment is for teachers in the United States. Government officials state that a “merit pay” system, where teacher pay would reflect the students’ test scores, would be the most effective and would increase teacher performance. Teachers, on the other hand, see the merit pay system as a threat to their salaries and fear that they cannot control student performance. The debate will continue for years to come....   [tags: merit pay systems, performance pay systems]

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Pojman's View on Merit

- In this paper, I will attempt to elaborate on situations where actions have a fitting response to deeds performed. It is my understanding of Pojman's view of which I agree, that "Every action in the universe has a fitting response" (Pojman, 1999, p. 96). I also agree that "Evil deeds must be followed by evil outcomes and good deeds by good outcomes" (Pojman, 1999, p. 96). Take for instance if you commit murder, I feel that you should be put to death. Yes, I know some people may argue this fact but just think about the grieving family of the person who is no longer alive, they are in pain and they suffer while the person who committed murder is still alive....   [tags: Philosophy, ethics]

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Bonus Pay: Not Needed for Me!!

- BONUS PAY 2 By definition, bonus pay is a term that describes pay above stated compensation and may include performance-related pay. Bonus pay, as a part of a merit pay system, can provide rewards for workers who perform their jobs at, above and beyond measurable criteria as stated by policy makers. Used predominately in service-oriented careers such as teaching or sales marketing, bonus pay can richly reward employees for hard work but can also create various work-related issues at all levels of the organization....   [tags: merit pay system, pre-assigned goals]

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Do Works of Literary Merit Both Reflect the Spirit of the Time and Challenge It?

- One way that we gain knowledge about the past is through historical documents. However, literary works can also tell us a lot about the past and help expand our perspectives on a topic. Using stylistic features, authors manage to reflect and challenge the spirit of our time. Two writers that have managed to do that are Chinua Achebe in his novel Things Fall Apart and Marjane Satrapi in Persepolis. Achebe manages to express and show the reader what times were like during African colonization and disputes the previous assumptions that Africans were wild animals....   [tags: religion, power, colonization, revolution]

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The Judiciary And The Judicial System

- The Judiciary (also known as judicature or the judicial system) is made up of the different courts in a country that applies and interprets the law created by the sovereign body, which in the United Kingdom is Parliament. The court doesn’t make the law; their duty is to interpret them after they have been created. This process is defined by the separation of powers, which states that each government should have a clearly defined function in order to prevent confusion or abuse of power. The Judiciary is very essential to the English Legal System....   [tags: Law, Judge, Judiciary, Separation of powers]

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Should Federal Aid Only Benefit Need-Based Students?

- Financial Aid is a factor that is taken into a great accountability when discussing college. The majority of U.S. citizens rely on financial aid to afford college expenses. College is a very expensive aspect of education. And although it will pay off in the end to have a college degree, most families cannot afford to send their children to college. There are two types of financial aid students may qualify for: Need-Based and Merit-Based. However it is known that the majority of financial aid is need-based....   [tags: financial aid for higher educaiton]

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Lack of Diversity in the Judiciary

- It is widely acknowledged that the judiciary within England and Wales is not representative of the wider society. The composition of the judiciary is regularly subject to criticism on its apparent homogenous identity’ being largely comprised of elderly, white male barristers educated at Oxford or Cambridge. This ethos has prevented diversity within the judiciary, particularly the upper echelons of the judiciary. Academics such as John Griffith have suggested that the narrow range of the judiciary threatens to undermine public confidence in the judicial system....   [tags: Society Representation, Reforms, Constitution]

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Preserving Capable People Through Incentive Plans

- The major objective of incentive plans is to preserve a company most capable people. In order to maintain the competitive edge, companies have to award incentive plans and bonuses that are similar or greater than other companies. The retentive of the best talent is merely a one benefits with offering incentive plans, when employees receive incentive for their work production tend to increase along with the company’s profits. This author can remember when his former company offered profit sharing for achieving production and it was motivation to do better job....   [tags: bonuses, stock option]

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The Pros and Cons of Using Web-based Compensation Tools

- Technology and the Internet has made many business functions easier, faster, and expanded the reach of many processes. e-Compensation is one of those processes that has benefited from technology; it has made knowing what similar job salaries and compensation easier to access and for management to determine what it should take to retain vital talent within an organization. This paper will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of web-based compensation tools, how it supports the job evaluation process, the advantages and disadvantages to centralized approach to merit pay programs, discuss integrated analytic features needed for compensation planning and decision support in e-Compensation s...   [tags: Pro Con Essays]

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Theory Of Knowledge : An Unethical Action

- THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE ESSAY NOVEMBER 2014 PRESCRIBED TITLE #6 “We may agree about general standards in the arts but disagree as to whether a particular work has artistic merit. In ethics the situation is reversed: we may disagree about ethical theories but we all know an unethical action when we see one.” Discuss. CANDIDATE NAME: Shaelyn Chung CANDIDATE NUMBER: 002109003 WORDS: 1,515 In this essay, we will discuss the statement “We may agree about the general standards in the arts but disagree as to whether a particular work has artistic merit....   [tags: Ethics, Deontological ethics, Virtue ethics]

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Social Problems Of Higher Education

- Social Problems in Higher Education After watching the film the “Ivory Tower” I realized there is a negative view of getting the college experience. There are numerous problems throughout higher education. Throughout the film I realized that what the movie depicts is quite consistent with my experience as an Assumption College student. I believe that the biggest social problem we have at Assumption College and among other colleges is the rising cost of tuition. The cost of tuition is not only be a private problem but as a whole is a public issue....   [tags: University, High school, Higher education]

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Classical Theory of Justice

- The Classical Theory of Justice is definitely a complex issue to ponder. Although its definitive words seem simple, such as, “one good deed deserves another,” or “justice consists in rendering to each his due,” the interpretation of such justices is not clear. Because there is no such thing as a black and white system or world, I cannot simply say that all people will receive what is due to them. In fact, life appears to be much more of a gamble than a certainty. Example, ten people who reside in ten different locations could all perform a noble act....   [tags: Justice]

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Differences Between the Laity and Monastic Worshippers Within Buddhist Tradition

- The differences between the laity and monastic worshippers within Buddhist tradition are distinguished by the extent to which these two groups are willing to follow the middle-way as taught by Buddha. Typically, in order to have a functional Buddhist society, there must be the devout, and those who support the devout, giving aid in the form of food, monies, shelter, transportation, etc. The devout who sacrifice the purity of a true monastic lifestyle in order to support the community (who in turn are the recipients of merit or punya; a bank of ‘good’ actions tied to ‘good’ karma) (Gethin 101), from the monastic worshippers, are called the laity; upasakas (men laity) and upasikas (women laity...   [tags: Buddhism]

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Effective Teachers are Inadequately Rewarded in the United States

- Effective teachers are inadequately rewarded in the United States. School districts, such as those in California, are just starting to implement merit pay. According to a study conducted by the National Center of Performance Incentives (NCPI), only about 500 school districts out of the 14,000 districts in the US implement merit pay for teachers. These numbers do not include private schools. Unfortunately, teachers, parents, and students hurt because many schools, private and public, base teacher pay on seniority and degrees rather than achievement and performance....   [tags: rewards, education, schooling]

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Walla Walla University and Oregon Institute University

- ... They offers majors in: Diploma, Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s. The top ten majors taken at WWU are, Bachelor’s: 21%Health Professions, 13%Business/Marketing, 13%Engineering, 6%Biology, 6%Education, 6%Foreign Languages and Literature, 5%Public Administration and Social Services, 5%Visual and Performing Arts, Associate: 50%Business/Marketing, 33%Visual and Performing Arts. The minimum requirements for attending WWU are: Need to have completed an SAT or ACT exam, Must have scored at least Above 450 in the separate areas of the SAT and at least a 21 on the compiled ACT exam, must have a 3.00+ GPA, and must have taken 4 yrs....   [tags: tuition, location, activities, majors]

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Performance Based Pay for Teachers

- "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle On February 17, 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was signed into law (US Dept of Education). According to the Executive Summary of the US Department of Education’s website the purpose of this act was to stimulate the economy, create jobs, and provide funding for education. To encourage education reform at the state level, the competitive grant program, “Race to the Top,” was implemented....   [tags: Education Tests]

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Social Equity and Accountability in Human Resource Management Functions.

- There have been times where applicants and employees have been dishonest about their disability which they need to be held accountable for. The Equal Pay Act was created in 1963 to ensure that no matter whether a employee is a male or female, that both would be paid the same for the same work. When the Act was created woman were making fifty-nine cents on the dollar compared to man (U.S. Department of Labor, n.d., p. xx). Now woman are making eighty-one cents on the dollar compared to man according to the Department of Labor (U.S....   [tags: equal pay act, civil rights act, title VII]

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What Role Should Higher Education Institutions Play

- What role should higher education institutions play in its students’ lives. This is a question that many ask and debate. As Brighouse and McPherson ask, “should they simply teach students skills and academic knowledge or should they play a role in shaping character”…, (Brighouse and McPherson, pg. 2, 2015). Even though this is a debate that has gone on for so long the answer seems eerily simple. One aspect of students’ lives that higher education institutions should play a role in, is shaping its students’ characters....   [tags: Higher education, Education, Student, University]

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Justification of Choices of Polemic Arguments

- Supporting Legal Gay Marriage There are two texts being considered for inclusion in the ‘should gay marriage be legal’ arguments section. Both texts support the argument for gay marriage to be legal with specific attention towards children and parenting in gay couples. The texts analysed are ‘Gay couples: A close look at this modern family, parenting’ by Sharon Jayson for USA Today and Children of Same-Sex Couples Do as Well as Other Children by Linda Little for Medscape News. The article published in Medscape news hold more grounds and would be a more valuable asset for inclusion in the web page then that of the article in USA today....   [tags: Homosexuality ]

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The Second Goal Of This Program

- The second goal of this program is to motivate students to do better in classes, learn more, and create a more knowledgeable youth. Although there has been an increase in GPAs due to these programs in the states in which they are implemented. Studies show that these changes may not be due to increase in knowledge but rather due to students trying to cheat the system. Students try to take fewer credits, take easier classes, drop out of hard courses, choose easier majors, and petition poor grades to maintain their merit aid....   [tags: University, College, Education, State]

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Ragged Dick, by Hoatio Alger

- Wouldn’t it be nice to have it all. Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a society where everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed in life. No one looks at race or anything of that nature just solely on merit and no matter where you come from or what you go through you have the same opportunity as the next person. Merit is the quality of being particularly good or worth especially so as to deserve praise or reward. Well, this is the message that Horatio Alger gives to his readers that some people feel as though it’s a myth as oppose to others thinking it’s great guidelines or a great blueprint to success....   [tags: Argumentative, Dalton]

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Government Economic Intervention

- Government Economic Intervention Introduction The United States began its existence as a country newly free of the British Colonial ways and quickly adopted capitalism and its free market, Laissez Faire, ideology. As the economy grew, so did the government and their desire to influence or control the economy, as a means of maintaining equilibrium and fairness in the market place. More than two centuries later, the people of the United States began to doubt their Governments growing desire to intervene in the economy, which has gradually evolved the US into a mixed market economy from the pure free market capitalists we once were....   [tags: economy, federal government, economics, US]

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Comparing The Ideas And Philosophies Of The Great Political Thinkers Of All Time

- Introduction Throughout this paper I plan to compare and contrast the ideas and philosophies of two of the greatest political thinkers of all time. Thucydides and Aristotle have separate opinions of the idea of democracy, originally created by Plato. However, these two have a positive assessment of this idea of majority rule of the people. My paper will provide each of their points of view. At the end I will determine, in my opinion, which of these two philosophers give a better case in favor of a democratic form of government, and give the reasons as to how I came to that conclusion....   [tags: Government, Democracy, Tyranny of the majority]

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Lincoln Electric, A Company Based Out Of The East Side Of Cleveland

- Lincoln Electric is a company based out of the east side of Cleveland, OH. Being a Manufacturing company, they mainly deal with welding materials and electrodes. The company was started by Lincoln himself back in 1895 with a little inspiration and his second patent on an improved motor. It has been recognized as one of the most stable and great company 's to work for over the years through multiple different associations. However, what contributes to such success. In this essay, I will go through the aspects of the company and what has added to it 's growth, development and most importantly, it 's success....   [tags: President, Management]

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Has Free Access to Education Created a Meritocratic Society?

- This essay will attempt to determine whether access to free education for everyone in the United Kingdom has led to the creation of a meritocratic society. A meritocracy is a social system whereby success depends solely on the skills and efforts of a person rather than their social status or gender. It is an ‘extension of a general system of rewarding merit’. (Sen: 2000: 8). Any person, no matter who they are or where they are from can achieve their goals by working hard. In the education system, the rewards are qualifications, these allow a person to advance to further stages of life and so are essentially a vital form of social mobility....   [tags: success depending solely on skills and efforts]

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Meg Bogin's The Women Troubadours

- Meg Bogin's The Women Troubadours What is Bieiris de Romans’ speaker seeking from the woman, Maria, about whom Bieiris writes. More generally, what are female troubadours as a whole seeking from their loves, and their craft. Meg Bogin, in her The Women Troubadours, asserts that “their poems were addressed to women… to whom they vowed eternal homage and obedience. In exchange for their prostration, the troubadours expected to be ennobled, enriched, or simply made ‘better’” (Bogin, 9). Is the poetry of female troubadours less about the women being addressed and more about the troubadours themselves....   [tags: Meg Bogin Women Troubadours Essays]

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Iago: One of Shakespeare's Most Misunderstood Villains

- Iago is one of the most misunderstood villains in Shakespeare literature. We side with Othello from the start because his name is on the cover of our paperback, we read Othello when learning about heroes, so we expect Iago to be a villain, a ruthless manipulator. We don’t know why, he doesn’t state it plainly or in simple English, so we assume that he’s evil, that he’s just a disgruntled sociopath out to exact his exaggerated revenge on good and noble Othello. Iago’s misunderstood reputation is a result of not truly examining his character, and answering the “why” factor behind his actions....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]

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Missouri's Nonpartisan Selection of Judges Court Plan

- During the 1930’s, the community became more and more displeased with the growing role of politics in judicial selection and judicial decision-making. Judges were inundated by outside pressures due to the political features of the election process, and dockets were overcrowded due to time the judges spent campaigning. In November 1940, voters amended the Missouri constitution by adopting the Nonpartisan Selection of Judges Court Plan. This plan was placed on the ballot by initiative petition. The acceptance of the plan by initiative referendum resulted from a public repercussion against the widespread abuses of the judicial system by the political machine in Kansas City and by the political...   [tags: Justice System]

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Incentive Pay, Employee Performance and Employee Productivity

- Introduction Today, competition between the businesses is extremely high thus companies need to find ways to be competitive. Organizations prepare the best market strategy to increase the company performance and the ways to keep their employee motivation on the highest level to perform well within the competition. At that time, several incentive pay programs play an important role for every organization to perform well within the competition. Creating and implementing of incentive pay system supports to solve organizational problems to align the preferences of business and employees....   [tags: motivation, employees, sharing, stocking]

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Creating and Implementing an Incentive Pay Program

- Introduction Today, competition between the organizations is extremely high thus organizations need to find the ways to be competitive. Organizations prepare best market strategy to improve the company performance and the ways to keep their employees motivation on the highest level to perform well within the competition. At that time, several incentive pay programs play important role for every organization to perform well within the competition. Creating and Implementing of incentive pay system supports to resolve organizational problems for to align the preferences of organization and employees....   [tags: employees, organizational problems]

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Michigan State University and Texas Christian University

- ... The score of IELTS’s test is 6.0. Regular admission needs SAT critical reading scores which is 480 or higher. Academic merit scholarships are provided by MSU to attract the number of students to attend in. Alumni Distinguished Scholarship is awarded to the top 15 candidates who have intellectual performance and participation in the MSU Alumni Distinguished Scholarship competition, and these scholarships include tuition, fees, room and board, and $1,000 annually. There are several scholarships related to Alumni Distinguished Scholarship competition....   [tags: campus, cost, programs, sports]

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What Makes a Successful Children's Book?

- Northern Lights and Tom's Midnight Garden which are both prizewinning, children's books will be discussed in relation to David Rudd's 'defence' of the work of Enid Blyton. This will be achieved by answering the following questions and tying them into Rudd's essay. How can the success of a children’s book best be quantified. What criteria are used for judging children’s books. How do the chosen texts stand up to this criteria. Who are different groups that judge children's books and what criteria do each of them have....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Sociological Theories Impact on Education

- Education is the most important part of a person’s life. According to Vissing, social institutions impact educational structures, processes, and outcomes (Vissing, 2011). Education help people gain knowledge and skills to function in everyday life. Educational institutions are designed to transmit information, provide skills, shape attitudes and beliefs, and instill norms and values (Vissing, 2011). Education is important in the functioning of state and local governments. Functionalism, conflict, and interactionalism are sociological theories that are important for people to know....   [tags: Sociology, Education]

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The Free Is All Too Real

- nything is possible. In the land of the free, anyone can be anyone they want or have anything they want. No matter the skin color, no matter the gender, even if one was born into poverty, the potential for anyone to rise exists and the potential to obtain fame and fortune is all too real. As long as one works hard and long enough, as well as takes risks and initiatives, then this American Dream, this hope for a better future, can become a reality. Many Americans cling onto this promise like rats press a lever in Skinner’s box; rats will continually press the lever for a chance at food just as Americans will continually hope for a chance at living big....   [tags: Working class, Social class, Poverty]

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College Is Worth It Or Not?

- With tuition rising every year, students face the challenge paying the debt achieving a college degree comes with. “Student debt surpassed credit-card debt in June 2010 for the first time in history, rising to about $830 billion — or nearly 6 percent of the nation 's annual economic output”(Clemmitt, Marcia). Not everyone has a ton of money just laying around. Being that financial trouble is the biggest problem for students, they begin to question whether college is worth it or not. In recent years, students have taken out loans to help with expenses....   [tags: College, Higher education, University, High school]

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Wheatley's Patriotic Poem

- American independence was achieved through the unification of colonists against the British crown. This unity required cooperation among the colonies and support for the newly formed Continental Army. George Washington was the general of the Continental Army and was expected to meet the expectations of colonists eagerly awaiting freedom. To encourage the general in his endeavors, poet Phillis Wheatley wrote “To His Excellency General Washington.” Using literary devices in the poem, Wheatley promotes the merit of the American Revolution....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]

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Montesquieu's Greatest Mark on Philosophy

- Doubtless, if Montesquieu were forced to choose a favorite mathematical formula, he would pick the average function. For even among the great thinkers of the French Enlightenment, the baron de Montesquieu stands out as an especially impassioned advocate for moderation. Montesquieu, of course, left his greatest mark on the philosophy of the governance through his great work The Spirit of the Laws. Though certainly his earlier work The Persian Letters sowed the seeds of many of the ideas featured in his chef d’œuvre....   [tags: Philosophy]

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High-Stakes Testing in American Schools

- The NCLB Act has obligated the government to find a way to keep track of progress, which, in their minds, is administering high-stakes tests. High-stakes testing is scrutinized all the time, since some believe it is the only indicator of tracking students and teachers. They seemed to have been ridiculed by many and favored by few; nonetheless there are significant disparities in the public’s and government’s opinion. According to Dunne (2000), “Tests aren't just tests anymore -- at least not high-stakes tests, which are being used in some states to determine which students stay back a grade, which high school seniors receive diplomas, which teachers get bonuses, and more.” The National Educ...   [tags: public Education, NCLB, achievement tests]

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Affirmative Action: The Discriminatory Effect

- Throughout history, people have been categorized into different groups. These groupings were based on certain characteristics people shared, whether it was their ethnicity, race, gender, or religion. Society is notorious for distinguishing among different groups and favoring one or two of them. Undoubtedly, this separation of peoples, led to increased tension between various groups. As time progressed, the conflicts intensified, and it became apparent that a change was necessary. At this time, places all around the world began experiencing revolutions of people that were working towards earning their rights....   [tags: Civil Rights]

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Racial Bias in College Admission

- Racial Bias in College Admission Racial preference has indisputably favored Caucasian males in society. Recently this dynamic has been debated in all aspects of life, including college admission. Racial bias has intruded on the students’ rights to being treated fairly. Admitting students on merit puts the best individuals into the professional environment. A university’s unprejudiced attitude towards race in applicants eliminates biases, empowers universities to harness the full potential of students’ intellect, and gives students an equal chance at admission....   [tags: discrimination, education disadvantages]

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College Admissions Public Relations Campaign

- ... Although this strategy has yielded adequate results, the process of actually choosing a college begins at the freshman level (Flemming, n.d.). This is the focus of this PR strategy, to target high achieving 9th and 10th grade high school students for early college admission. Public Relations Plan The objective of this public relations plan is to increase enrollment of high achiever students. The goal is to accomplish this increase through an early enrollment plan. The college will offer full and partial scholarships to qualified 9th and 10th grade students that continue to maintain high academic standards through high school graduation based on need....   [tags: marketing for prospective students]

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The Stratification System Of America

- In America there is an upper strata sought to climb; in capitalism there is the illusion of a vertical circulation that does not partake in any anarchical character thus there is a mechanism which controls the process of vertical circulation in America. This mechanism begins and is continually fueled by the American School system, which falls from the systemic influence of institutional racism, gender inequality, and an unequal distribution of wealth fueled by socioeconomic contingencies. The school system is part of the stratification system of America thus it is a piece of social machinery which tests the abilities of the individuals, wish sifts them, selects, them, and decides their prosp...   [tags: Education, Social class, Middle class, Sociology]

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Monetary Rewards

- Monetary Rewards Almost thirty years ago more and more companies started looking at pay for performance to increase their bottom line and gain productivity. Slowly these general pay increases gave way to merit pay and other forms of monetary incentives. These types of monetary rewards can be grouped into two categories: individual and group incentive plans (Appelbaum and Shapiro, 1992). The literature suggests that merit raises are used the most as an individual incentive and profit sharing is widely used by organizations as a group incentive....   [tags: Economics]

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No Taxation without Representation

- Taxation is an extremely controversial topic in the United States because in order to continue to enjoy the American comforts of healthcare, social security, national and neighborhood defense, and regulated clean water and air, to name a few, we continue to increase the demands of our government without wanting to pay for the supply of services. Remember, money is a currency and can be used to consume, invest, save, pay loans (including credit cards), or pay taxes. If asking various families what it means for American’s to have life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as described in the Declaration of Independence, the responses will vary drastically....   [tags: U.S. Government ]

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Opposing Affirmative Action

- Inequality: the battle still rages on in our country, hidden just below the surface. Is inequality occuring when a minority individual fails to achieve admittance to a job/university. Is it occuring when more qualified majority members of society are coming in second to under-qualified ethnic groups. Admittance should be based on individual merit rather than ethnicity. However, Affirmative Action stands in the way. Stand firmly in opposition to Affirmative Action, I say. Support its abolishment before it does any more damage to society....   [tags: Equality]

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Managing Compensation Systems

- Managing Compensation Systems In our current business environment, there are several types of compensation programs for employers to choose from, and numerous combinations of these programs. Each plan is valid and valuable, but different companies, departments, and positions require different compensation plans. No matter what compensation program a company chooses, the program should balance internal equity and marketplace competitiveness. Before choosing a compensation program, a company should evaluate its culture and needs and perform a SWOT analysis before designing a roll out program....   [tags: Business Environment, Compensation Programs]

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Guest Lecture Reflection

- The guest lecture by Peter Johnson, last Thursday, was highly informative for many reasons. Peter Johnson brought in a vast amount of Maine political knowledge. Mills spent time in both the Maine Senate and Maine House of Representatives and recently ran for Governor of Maine. Today Mills is the executive director of the Maine Turnpike Authority and was chosen for this position by Governor Paul. The most important insight that Peter Johnson left us was his opinion and rationale for paying teachers more....   [tags: political, legeslature, taxes]

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My Father's Recent Death

- Is There Any Additional information You Would Like to Provide. Since my father's recent death, I have been serving as a member of the board of directors of Servina Bank, the nation's first and largest private sector bank. I have earned this position not by merit or professional qualities but by replacing my father who was the founder director of the bank and was an architect of the debut of private sector banking in my country. Other than attending board meetings once every month or two, I have not taken an active role in the bank's affairs....   [tags: MBA College Admissions Essays]

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Economics of Market Failure

- Market failure has become an increasingly important topic for students. In simple terms, market failure occurs when markets do not bring about economic efficiency. There is a clear economic case for government intervention in markets where some form of market failure is taking place. Government can justify this by saying that intervention is in the public interest. Government intervention occurs when markets are not working optimally i.e. there is a Pareto sub-optimal allocation of resources in a market/industry....   [tags: Government Intervention]

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