Monday
Sep162013

Education Bubble Bust

I have long thought that the educational bubble that is due to burst is soon going to be upon us. A high school diploma is no longer considered to be enough, and college and university education is not giving value for hours or dollars. We are living in a pressured economy.

The student of today has little work related skills, large debt from college and or university, and only entry-level opportunities for jobs. Employers are having difficulty determining the level of competency of anyone coming from the education sector. The Grade Eight, Twelve and University graduates often read and write below the level the employer needs to prepare letters, articles and web sites. As the employer manages, through the applications, to sort out education levels, they deal with yet another issue in the work place, that being a prevalent condition among applicants where attitude has been eroded with liberal school leniencies.  

The employer could be motivated to support a more educated, engaged populace, yet by the time the student has four years of University, or three years of college, they suffer from deep debts with student loans to repay. They have mostly secured their education on their own, but the educational facilities take no credit for student bungling or enormous loans. If a student wants to switch to another college, there is no real granting of equivalency or recognition of subjects where they have successfully obtained passing grades. Instead, the facility can make more money on running the student through another set of preliminaries for their chosen career. They can also make more money taking the international student, so because their English is not so good for an undergraduate, the level of their studies towards becoming an undergraduate are reduced to get the higher fees, while Canadians are being bilked for not only the educational costs for our own students but also for the level of education.

Billions of dollars are at stake in student loans, with debt climbing to  higher levels and there being no chance for the student to even go legitimately bankrupt because of their student loans. Wages are not keeping pace with inflation. Some graduates are emerging with degrees and excessive life time debt, and often unemployment or underemployment.

There’s nothing illegal about degree inflation. But this pattern of inflation of governments in Canada hiring only degrees, and not competencies, determines job market pressures, and lessens the opportunity for competency. As in the housing bust of the United States, the degree inflation in Canada is part of the complex chain effect that is threatening to drag down an entire generation of youth. Today education is like a balloon that is about to burst.

In the situation of the Personal Support Worker, we have government regulating and abusing Personal Support Workers who are paying at a college level for 300 hours of academics, and giving $5000.00 in non-paid work hours to nursing homes run by our government. Education institutions are charging $5,000 to $6,000.00 for 350 hours of elementary education, while offering no health care training, such as Anatomy and Physiology, the cornerstone of health care and working in front line health care. 

Tuesday
Jun252013

CARE and SERVE

God uses people and God is passionate. He gives you passion for something to care about deeply so you can be a spokesperson for him in the world. It may be a passion about a problem, a purpose, a principle, or a group of people. Whatever it is, you'll feel compelled to speak up about it and do what you can to make a difference.

Talk About It

What passion has God given you?

What are you currently doing to pursue that passion?

Do you believe God wants you to do something more or different to accomplish his goals?

How can you support the godly passions of your friends and family?

Call CCS or visit us at www.creative.on.ca and click on the link Volunteer and find your passion to serve. 

Tuesday
Jun252013

CARE and LEARN

As told by Shirley Collins to Gail A Acton

For seven years Aggie fought for life experiencing three near deaths and three strokes. She fights to maintain her life in an alcoholic home without CARE. Being able to visit her gives us both hope that life can be better. Recently, she was able to secure better medical care and this led to the discovery of her condition called Vasculitis. What is Vasculitis

Vasculitis is a general term that refers to inflammation of blood vessels. When blood vessels become inflamed, they may become weakened, stretch, and either increase in size or become narrow -- even to the point of closing entirely. Vasculitis can affect people of all ages, but there are types of vasculitis that occur in certain age groups more often than others.

Tuesday
Jun252013

CARE and SHARE

As told by Reha Cameron to Gail A Acton

I visited a blind lady today who was facing the end of life issues.  It was a God Moment and an opportunity for me to sing a hymn, " Deep and Wide," a classic action hymn I learned at summer camp.  We sang a couple of verses together and then she shared with me that an Angel had visited her in her room. She was thoughtful, and with an expression of regret about her last few years expressing that she did not know where she was going after death.  She understood as a child but then had left a path of faith and now was at a crossroad.  I was able to assure her that God never leaves you. I was blessed in that moment, as I was able to be present while she rediscovered God in that small room in a nursing home sitting alone and making decisions about where she would go after death. God never left her and I was blessed in that shared care moment.

Sunday
May262013

Pay It Forward CARE Services - Stories of Influence

As  told by Pastor Danny of the First Baptist Church of Orlando, May 26, 2013, Memorial Sunday.

A gentleman, travelling on same flight as Danny,and everyone wanting to arrive at their own destination, and on time, to be with family friends, and to attend social and business engagements, had a young stewardess who was overwhelmed with demands from all passengers on the flight she was serving. It was clear that she was in distress trying to meet the needs of all the people on that flight. Some were chronic complainers looking out only for self, some with genuine needs, and some paying their way and deserving of and demanding service.

Towards the end of the flight, a man sitting beside Danny called this same attendant over and, with hand gestures, asked her to come close to him as though he also wanted to present a need. INSTEAD he pressed a twenty dollar bill into her hand. She exclaimed, "NO SIR", we cannot accept gratuities and he insisted, this is just a gift not a tip. He pressed the twenty dollar bill into her hand.

When the flight landed the stewardess came to him to ask why he picked her to give $20.00 that day and that time.  The quiet gentleman responded that  God impressed on him that he needed to find someone to pass on PEACE AND CARE. You were the one.

The stewardess on her knees stated to this gentleman that he surely did not know how much this act of kindness and care meant to her. "I had domestic problems and arrived at work late, my boss was angry with me for my lateness, and then everyone was angry with me at preloading, so I cannot believe you could do this for me.

YOU CHANGED MY DAY.

MAKING DEPOSITS OF CARE INTO THE LIVES OF OTHERS IS WHAT THE CARD IS ABOUT. SIMPLY CHECK THE BOX AND PASS THE CARD TO SOMEONE YOU BELIEVE COULD BENEFIT FROM AN ACT OF CARE.

EACH TIME YOU PASS THE CARD FORWARD, TICK THE BOX, AND IF YOU WISH TO TELL YOUR STORY OF CARE WE WOULD LIKE TO PUT THEM INTO OUR BLOG on www.creative.on.ca. SIMPLY EMAIL TO gail@creative.on.ca

One of the beatitudes states: Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.