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Schmeelkie wrote:7-year old Pumpkin has a pretty good grasp on geography starting with his interest in snakes. One book had little maps showing where each type is found.'
Off the shore of Brazil, almost due south of the heart of São Paulo, is a Ilha de Queimada Grande. The island is untouched by human developers, and for very good reason. Researchers estimate that on the island live between one and five snakes per square meter.
That figure might not be so terrible if the snakes were, say, 2 inches long and nonvenomous. The snakes on Queimada Grande, however, are a unique species of pit viper, the golden lancehead. The lancehead genus of snakes is responsible for 90% of Brazilian snakebite-related fatalities. The golden lanceheads that occupy Snake Island grow to well over half a meter long, and they possess a powerful fast-acting poison that melts the flesh around their bites. Golden lanceheads are so dangerous that, with the exception of some scientific outfits, the Brazilian Navy has expressly forbidden anyone from landing on the island.
Higher education in America, historically the envy of the world, is rapidly growing out of reach. For the past quarter-century, the cost of higher education has grown 440%, according to the National Center for Public Policy and Education, nearly four times the rate of inflation and double the rate of health care cost increases. The cost increases have occurred at both public and private colleges.
Like many situations too good to be true–like the dot-com boom, the Enron bubble, the housing boom or the health care cost explosion–the ever-increasing cost of university education is not sustainable.
piqaboo wrote: so she's stuck w the cost of her education instead.
piqaboo wrote:Here too. We can save in one place or the other, and retirement wins.
Grandparents arent in the contributing money to the college fund mode.
dai bread wrote:Tell me about the UC system, Piq. UCLA is well-known here, and as far as I'm aware has a good reputation. Are there other colleges that don't?
California has parallel and intertwined state University, College, and Community College systems: tuition for state residents is reasonable for the state colleges but higher for the University system. Various campuses have varying reputations, and specialise in different fields of study. F'r instance, Humboldt seems to specialize in cannabis propagation and distribution as well as veterinary science: it may be the surrounding forest cover that makes that a convenient sideline?
Unless the law has changed, it was a full free ride if the student was the dependant of a veteran with a service-incurred disability. This was useful when my sister attended Revelle.
Military.com reported that due to the fact California state operated colleges and universities do not charge tuition to undergraduates, the tuition benefits from the Post 9/11 GI Bill for a prospective military student in California is zero.
The state's renowned master plan for higher education, which in 1960 established separate roles for the University of California, California State University and the community colleges, also declared that the public institutions "shall be tuition free to all residents."
3. Reaffirmation of California's long-time commitment to the principle of tuition-free education to residents of the state. However, the 1960 Master Plan did establish the principle that students should pay fees for auxiliary costs like dormitories and recreational facilities.
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