October 2010

  • Grammar Gripes from the Readers of the Huffington Post

    Barry Lenson

    The people who read The Huffington Post are smarties who hate really bad writing. That’s why they recently posted some of their pet peeves about English usage in a recent blog on the site . . . Gripe #1: “Flout” vs. “Flaunt” To flout means to treat with contemptuous disregard or scorn. To flaunt means to display or claim an undue amount of public notice. Sample correct sentence: “Though he liked to flaunt his badge to show that he was a cop, he still flouted traffic laws by crossing the street outside the crosswalk.” Gripe #2: “At” One Huffington reader points out that “That's where he's AT” is incorrect. “That's where he is” is fine. Gripe #3: “I could care less” People should say, “I co ...

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  • New Jersey Students Want Cheaper, Better Colleges Near Home

    Barry Lenson

    Several decades ago, New Jersey didn’t have enough colleges to accommodate its own students. The result? Most students from the Garden State had to apply to colleges in other states, which gave them a severe geographical disadvantage in admissions offices. Things have gotten better over the years. Over the last two decades, New Jersey has expanded its colleges – both in number and in size. Enrollment in New Jersey schools - The College of New Jersey, New Jersey City University, Ramapo College, Richard Stockton College, Thomas Edison State College and others – has grown about 40 percent over the last decade. Yet apparently it is still not enough. A recent article in NorthJersey.com reports that New Jersey is still “The number o ...

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  • College Drop-Outs Are Costing American Taxpayers Billions

    Barry Lenson

    Everybody loses when students drop out of high school. The federal and state governments lose, because they have thrown away money that was supposed to educate those students. Schools that can’t keep kids in school lose funding. And students who have dropped out lose the most of all – the ability to earn more and enjoy a more secure future. Now it turns out that colleges have a major drop-out problem too.  According to Finishing the First Lap: The Cost of First-Year Student Attrition in America’s Four-Year Colleges and Universities, a report that Mark  Schneider wrote for the American Institutes for Research,  college drop-outs are costing Americans billions of tax dollars.  To quote from the report: “Most students attend ...

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  • The University of Akron: A Partner College Profile

    Barry Lenson

    As a StraighterLine student, you have the unique opportunity to transfer college credits you have earned to one of StraighterLine’s partner colleges. The result? You attend a great college without taking standardized tests, writing an admissions essay, or waiting by your mailbox for your acceptance letter to arrive. Today, let’s take a closer look at one of StraighterLine’s terrific Partner Colleges. It’s The University of Akron.  You’re probably heard what a great school it is. In fact, The Princeton Review listed The University of Akron among the “Best in the Midwest” in its 2010 edition of Best Colleges: Region-by-Region.  Founded in 1870, The University of Akron is now a vibrant commun ...

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  • The Birth of Distance Learning

    Barry Lenson

    My children, I want to tell you a story from the dawn of time. We are talking about a time when a computer was as big as an elephant, when the Internet did not exist and when a mouse was something you didn’t want in your kitchen. Yet even in those days of bearskins and clubs, distance learning courses did exist, in the form of correspondence courses.  Whatever you wanted to learn, there was a course you could buy. New lessons would be delivered weekly by your smiling mail carrier. You would complete your assignments and send them back by mail. Eventually, a diploma would arrive. Some classic correspondence courses  . . .  The Famous Writers School claimed to teach people to become novelists. This school died a well-publici ...

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