Here's a chunk of the final chapter in an assignment done for the post secondary school I've been attending.
I’ve been in many schools and even more classrooms over the course of my journey. I’ve managed to acquire over 100 college credits in English, science, geology and psychology. I was never interested in getting a degree if it meant tolerating an unfair and exploitative system of supremacy and obedience. In other words, if obtaining a degree meant being reminded of middle school, I’d find another way to get trained and earn a living. Which I did, a few times. I’m not impressed by titles, lap dogs, labels or hierarchy. I am impressed by honesty, fairness, efficiency, humility and creativity.
Hopefully by now, you know and understand that beauty school is not a college. It’s a post secondary school. There’s a very big difference. One difference is that people don’t need any college to be an instructor in post secondary schools. In college you’re taught by people who have been taught by people who have worked in many fields and have had many life experiences. They don’t just teach within their bubble from others who have been taught from inside their bubble. is a bubble, within a bubble.
With my “strong, aggressive personality” comes a dedication to honesty.
So, I am willing to tell you my honest interpretation of this and school. I'm writing this not just for me to express my opinions and observations but I share this with you on behalf of all your previous, current and future students.
With my “older student” life experience I can share my observation (it’s not just an opinion) of this class.. My opinion should matter to you not only because of my life experience but because it’s shared by your student body.
“Are we ready?”
Although it was a rough start with the clash of personalities in your class, I got through it without much effort. I mostly struggled to keep my mouth shut and not be challenging. I didn’t put much time into studying after class and as you can see, literally slapped my book together. I knew I’d get through the class. It’s not rocket science or physical geology. Had the class been more cohesive in it’s structural presentation, it would have been really easy. I guess it was easy, I got a without studying. Being belittled by an instructor for my age and then being told, “I was worried for a while” was a bit offensive, but I’m not one of those people who are easily offended or carry a grudge for long. I don’t take much personally even if it’s directed to be. I realize my “aggressive and strong personality” can be threatening and I'm not sorry for that.
Today, there’s a screaming plethora of studies about how homework destroys kids and families; it literally makes learning harder for students. For any educator to seemingly not care or be aware of this is disturbing to me. After dedicating 20 thousand dollars and 30 hours a week (plus driving time) for 13 months, working for free to then be given homework to be completed mostly at home with undocumented hours is seriously unfair. It’s literally like an employer making you go home and work for free off the clock or you’ll be fired. I’ve spent over 40 hours on this book at home and most of the students I talked to spent well over 20 hours on their books; you only have 30ish hours in school on the schedule for this book. Topping this off is the argument that there is no evening or weekend hours (like in a real salon) a time when most students could easily get more experience, make tips and catch up on their lost hours so as not to pay more money (taxpayers) to the school before getting their certification to then jump through the hurdles and cost of the state board. When working towards a certificate based solely on hours at school, I can’t seem to understand how or why an instructor would assign people cumbersome, hairy, assembly projects that requires large work surfaces (family meal tables) to stay organized. Many of your students have small children and families who share space. Most of your students have jobs outside of school in order to earn a living and provide for their personal needs and families. I personally gave up every week to come to your school. I already work nights and weekends to make ends meet. To have to spend any extra time at home contemplating this curriculum is not just annoying but yet another roadblock to my employment and repaying student loans. Everything I’ve highlighted here is precisely the type of issue the de-licensing legislators and the Board of Education are concerned about.
If one were to read a few books on neurology and cognitive development one might understand how the human brain works when learning new information. The human brain does not learn best under duress. What we learn under duress is fight or flight. Believe it or not, hair color has no place in a primitive fight or flight scenario and I'm praying my job in a salon doesn’t either.
It’s not simply that I’m “an older student” and have more difficulty than younger students understanding your curriculum -which is not the case- but I have had many “higher education” experiences to compare to, from beauty schools to UMASS. I found the was much like being given chunks of a numerological puzzle, out of order and then expected to complete the puzzle at every stage without the other pieces. Heck, I’ve got my book 90% complete but I'm still waiting to do chapter 9.
I feel that all educators need to up their game and care more about students lives. I have never, in my years seen so many young people completely melt down than at . That’s not to mention how many quit and never come back. It’s not your job to make us suffer or control us through fear of failure and belittlement. It’s your job to teach us the skills we need in an efficient timely manner so we can get out and work to support our families and pay back our taxpayer funded student loans. Period.
Yeah, they're not too happy with me for this. But the song remains the same, what the media has been reporting on about for profit schools is true; for profit schools adjust tuition to match the amount of taxpayer funded student loans and have devised a way to extract every penny from said loans as students work for free in the schools salon. After 1500 hours and over 20k, students are then expected to wait for the state board to give them another test with more fees before they are fully licensed.