Betsy Devos found in Contempt fined $100,000 for hurting kids.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in contempt of court

STILL Enforcing Loans On Defrauded College Students.

The government will pay the $100,000, and DeVos will not be personally responsible for the sum.

Ten third-party contractors were involved in collecting the loans, and the judge’s opinion notes that the Education Department didn’t do much to make sure it followed the orders, beyond sending a few emails.

It’s rare for a judge to find a Cabinet secretary in contempt of court. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a presidential candidate, has called for DeVos to resign over this issue.

the Education Department was supposed to simply refund all the money borrowed by students who attended Corinthian during the time it was making false claims.

DeVos Won’t stop  collecting loans from former students of a now-defunct chain of for-profit colleges.

$100,000 will go toward various remedies and legal expenses for students who are owed debt relief from the Education Department after Corinthian Colleges collapsed in 2014, according to the ruling.

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Toby Merrill, the Harvard University lawyer and director of the Project on Predatory Student Lending who brought about the class action suit on behalf of 80,000 affected students against the Education Department. Harvard Law School
https://www.newsweek.com/education-secretary-betsy-devos-contempt-court-student-loan-scandal-1467672

https://www.npr.org/2019/10/25/773334681/devos-held-in-contempt-of-court-ed-department-fined-100-000-in-student-loan-case

The Project on Predatory Student Lending represents the students in the lawsuit.
https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/judge-fines-devos-100000-contempt-court-91521

Top Betsy DeVos appointee abruptly quits, calls for canceling $925 billion in student loan debt

Trump’s top student loan official resigns — and immediately calls for ditching “fundamentally broken” loan system.

A. Wayne Johnson was appointed by DeVos in 2017 as chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid, which oversees the more than $1.5 trillion in student debt accrued by millions of Americans. He later moved into a different position, leading an effort to overhaul how the agency handles borrowers and lenders.

A. Wayne Johnson appointed by Secretary Betsy DeVos abruptly announced his resignation on Thursday and called for the cancellation of more than $900 billion in student loan debt.

Johnson told the outlet that repayment trends suggest that much of the outstanding debt will never be repaid and called for an overhaul of the entire student lending system.

Johnson  hopes to be appointed to the Senate seat in Georgia  by Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, but will run for the seat in the next election if he is not selected.

Johnson’s plan would forgive more debt than the plan proposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., which would cancel all debt up to $50,000 for families earning under $100,000 per year. Johnson’s plan, which has no income cap, would fall short of the plan proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who has called for the cancellation of all student debt.

Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.), chairman of the House Education Committee, is threatening to subpoena Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for more documents related to the department’s role in Dream Center’s actions. Scott says the agency has obstructed the committee’s investigation and refused to answer questions, as emails and letters paint a picture of a federal agency complicit in an effort to place profits before students

Trump administration let nearly $11 million in student aid go to unaccredited for-profit colleges

Mounting evidence shows the Trump administration took extraordinary steps to keep two Art Institute campuses accredited after both lost the designation and access to federal student aid. Now one former student is suing the Education Department for violating its own rules.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/facing-insolvency-dream-center-is-unloading-art-institutes/546114/

Turmoil at Dream Center Colleges Spills Open With Seattle “At-Risk” Designation

Balla Kouyaté’s Family Has Been Playing This Ancient Instrument For 800 Years

Balla Kouyaté plays at the National Heritage Fellowships Concert on Sept. 20 at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall in Washington D.C. (Courtesy Tom Pich and National Endowment for the Arts)

As a boy in Mali, Balla Kouyaté remembers playing the balafon to motivate workers on a farm. He was so small, he had to stand on a large rock to be seen by the crowd. An opportunity like that would often provide his family with enough food for at least six months, if not a year. The bubbling, penetrating sound of this African ancestor of the xylophone was an essential part of his upbringing, as consistent as laughter, an extension of himself.

“This is a constant sound in the family,” Kouyaté said during a recent interview, “a constant sound. Like as long as we’re not sleeping, you would hear this instrument.”

https://www.wbur.org/artery/2019/09/27/balla-kouyate-balafon-nea-national-heritage

Orff Schulwerk Music For Children using the bass, alto xylophone and the glockenspiel

On Estonia’s Isle of Women a Colorful Folkloric Way of Life Survives

On Estonia’s Isle of Women a Colorful Folkloric Way of Life Survives

Welcome to Estonia’s Isle of Women
What would life be like without men? On this tiny Baltic island, it’s business as usual. But its colorful, folkloric way of life is threatened by a dwindling population.


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/02/travel/kihnu-estonia-women-unesco-folk-culture-tourism.html

‘Sound Portraits From Bulgaria: A Journey To A Vanished World’

Martin Koenig: “Sound Portraits from Bulgaria and the Balkans: Photographs and Recordings”

Princeton Library
Wednesday, October 23, 6:30 pm
8:30 pm
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
Phone:609-924-9529
https://princetonlibrary.org/event/martin-koenig-sound-portraits-from-bulgaria-and-the-balkans-photographs-and-recordings/

Smithsonian Folkways Presents  ‘Sound Portraits From Bulgaria: A Journey To A Vanished World’ (Out Nov. 1)

Martin Koenig arrived in Bulgaria in 1966 at age 27 with letters of recommendation from fellow recordist Alan Lomax and anthropologist Margaret Mead, an educator and cultural documentarian determined to study the folk dances of rural communities throughout the country. As he travelled, absorbing the culture and speaking with the people he encountered, Koenig became captivated by the earthy and ancient, yet very much alive, music he heard all around him. He recorded the music he was exposed to, and took photographs of not only dancers, but the village singers and musicians as well as those going about their daily lives around these hotbeds of creative expression. Enraptured with the people of Bulgaria, their way of life and the art they made, he returned several times between 1966 and ‘79, documenting everything he could.
Press Release

Sound Portraits from Bulgaria: A Journey to a Vanished World
Thursday, October 17, 2019, 6 p.m.

Program Locations:
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2019/10/17/sound-portraits-bulgaria-journey-vanished-world

Fully accessible to wheelchairs
Free – Online Reservation required

For over two decades, starting in the mid-1960s, ethnographer and Balkan dance specialist, Martin Koenig researched and documented traditional Bulgarian music and dance forms in their original settings. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Koenig comes to the Library to reveal a forgotten and vanishing culture with archival photographs and audio.

Reserve your general admission seat HERE starting  September 17th, 2019.

Free General Admission Ticket
FM assistive listening devices available upon request with one week minimum advance notice.
Call 212-340-0918 or 212-340-0951 to request these devices.
ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing accessibility@nypl.org.

more on Traditional Dance

Roots of Folkdance
Hoedowns are the roots of southern square dancing. Jamison
https://edu-cyberpg.com/Arts/Dance.html

Roots of Folkdance
other world cultures. ROOTS OF MODERN DANCE Performing Arts Dance
https://edu-cyberpg.com/Arts/Traditional_Arts.html

Educational CyberPlayGround: TRAUDE SCHRATTENECKER and Karen Ellis Biographical…
Toronto starting in 1970. Dance creates and develops rhythmical
https://edu-cyberpg.com/AboutUs/bioTraude.html

Educational CyberPlayGround: Motivating children towards music by Greta Pedersen
in the marching band and dance band music of the day, which was
https://edu-cyberpg.com/Music/History_Of_Jazz.html

Women Scientists Were Written Out of History. It’s Margaret Rossiter’s Lifelong Mission to Fix That

The historian has devoted her career to bringing to light the ingenious accomplishments of those who have been forgotten

By Susan Dominus

n 1969, Margaret Rossiter, then 24 years old, was one of the few women enrolled in a graduate program at Yale devoted to the history of science. Every Friday, Rossiter made a point of attending a regular informal gathering of her department’s professors and fellow students. Usually, at those late afternoon meetings, there was beer-drinking, which Rossiter did not mind, but also pipe-smoking, which she did, and joke-making, which she might have enjoyed except that the brand of humor generally escaped her. Even so, she kept showing up, fighting to feel accepted in a mostly male enclave, fearful of being written off in absentia.

During a lull in the conversation at one of those sessions, Rossiter threw out a question to the gathered professors. “Were there ever women scientists?” she asked. The answer she received was absolute: No. Never. None. “It was delivered quite authoritatively,” said Rossiter, now a professor emerita at Cornell University. Someone did mention at least one well-known female scientist, Marie Curie, two-time winner of the Nobel Prize. But the professors dismissed even Curie as merely the helper to her husband, casting him as the real genius behind their breakthroughs. Instead of arguing, though, Rossiter said nothing: “I realized this was not an acceptable subject.”

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https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/unheralded-women-scientists-finally-getting-their-due-180973082/

UK’s National Trust Maintains That Folklore Is “Dying Out” Due to Social Media

“Head of National Trust Doesn’t Understand Folklore Despite Folklorist’s Attempts at Education.”

UK’s National Trust Maintains That Folklore Is “Dying Out” Due to Social Media

Mythical tales about mermaids, warriors and hidden treasure, walnuts to cure brain disease, dead beetles causing rain.
Such folklore has long been passed down from one generation to the next, enchanting children whilst also binding families and communities together.
But the National Trust has warned that advances in technology and social media is causing traditional mythology to die out as it is no longer relevant to modern lives.
It said that in a world dominated by smart phones and the internet, superstitions that were once believed to save the lives of miners and tales of magical blacksmiths were no longer of interest to children who have never ridden a horse or put coal on the fire.
Jessica Monaghan, the National Trust’s Head of Experiences and Programming, called on the public to share its knowledge of folklore from different regions of the UK in a bid to keep it alive.

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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/10/06/folklore-dying-due-rise-social-media-national-trust-warns/

 

Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival

PUBLIC FOLKLORE

This year, Arizona pays homage to California…

the Southwest Folklife Alliance and Alliance of California Traditional Arts

TMY is celebrating it’s 46th edition.
https://www.tucsonmeetyourself.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/191001_SFA_TMYProgram_Final.pdf

WELCOME TO TUCSON MEET YOURSELF,<https://www.tucsonmeetyourself.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/191001_SFA_TMYProgram_Final.pdf>

TUCSON MEET YOURSELF FESTIVAL PRODUCED BY
SOUTHWEST FOLKLIFE ALLIANCE 3 CALIFORNIA SPOTLIGHT

We celebrate the absolute uniqueness of Tucson’s culture and heritage, one rooted in the Sonoran Desert. But we also acknowledge our strong connections to California.
www.tucsonmeetyourself.org

ECP NetHappenings Career and technical education (CTE) in U.S. high schools

Career and technical education (CTE) in U.S. high schools and outcomes for students who participate in these programs.

The data shows that CTE participation — especially focusing one’s studies by taking two or more CTE classes within the same career cluster — is positively correlated with both future employment and future earnings.  Yet, while 77% of students take at least one CTE class while in high school, only 37% of participants focus their studies on a single career cluster.

Eight years after their expected graduation date, students who focused on career and technical education (CTE) courses while in high school had higher median annual earnings than students who did not focus on CTE.

Among 9th-grade public school students in 2009 who went on to concentrate in CTE in high school, 94 percent graduated from high school[5] by their expected year of graduation, and 98 percent earned their high school diplomas within three years of their expected graduation date. Among 9th-grade public school students in 2009 who were non-concentrators in high school, 86 percent had graduated from high school by 2013, and 92 percent had graduated from high school by 2016.

https://www2.ed.gov/datastory/cte/index.html#data-story-title

ECP NetHappenings 15 Schools With High Default rates get Sanctions

Sanctions

Schools with high default rates may lose their eligibility to participate in federal student aid programs. This year, 15 schools are subject to sanctions, including one public, one private, and 13 proprietary institutions.

These schools include:

  • DC – Washington – Bennett Career Institute
  • ID – Burley – Cosmetology School of Arts and Sciences
  • IL – Chicago – Larry’s Barber College
  • KY – Louisville – American College of Barbering
  • MO – Kansas City – Transformed Barber & Cosmetology Academy
  • ND – Bismarck – United Tribes Technical College
  • NJ – Cherry Hill – Harris School of Business
  • NY – Rochester – Sharp Edgez Barber Institute
  • PA – Lancaster – Champ’s Barber School
  • SC – Denmark – Denmark Technical College
  • TN – Memphis – Vibe Barber College
  • TX – Farmers Branch – PCCenter
  • TX – Grand Prairie – MT Training Center
  • TX – Dickinson – K&G 5 Star Barber College
  • WI – Beloit – First Class Cosmetology School

Eleven of these 15 schools are subject to a loss of eligibility based on a CDR of 40% or more for one year, while seven are subject to a loss of eligibility based on a CDR of 30% or more for three years. Three schools are subject to a loss of eligibility based on a CDR of 40% or more for one year and a rate of 30% or greater for three years. In certain circumstances, schools may avoid sanctions by submitting successful appeals.

Four of the 15 schools subject to sanctions in FY 2016 were subject to sanctions in FY 2015, including Champ’s Barber School, Larry’s Barber College, Sharp Edgez Barber Institute, and United Tribes Technical College.

All institutions with a default rate that is equal to or greater than 30% must establish a default prevention task force that prepares a plan to identify the factors causing the school’s CDR to exceed 30% and submit the plan to the Department.

https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/national-federal-student-loan-cohort-default-rate-continues-decline

Mary Smith ‘Knocker-up’ Good Morning Luv

A ‘Knocker-up’ was hired to ensure that people would wake up on time for their jobs. Mary Smith earned sixpence a week shooting dried peas at sleeping workers’ windows in East London in the 1930s

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But who woke the knocker-up?
The knocker-up only went to bed after they’d woken everyone else up. They slept during the day. Worse for the people being woken up at 4AM to go out to work in the cold!