The most valuable learning usually occurs beyond the classroom. By taking charge of your own learning, you will discover a world of information that never makes it into the school textbooks, or into the newsroom broadcasts, or even onto mainstream websites. For example, it took my joining the Peace Corps and living in Paraguay, South … Continue reading Life Tip #39
Get out and experience how the other halves live. Most of us grew up—or currently live—in a community where everybody not only looks pretty much the same, but also falls into the same economic and cultural categories. This is the natural way that neighborhoods and communities are built up, like it or not. I would … Continue reading Life Tip #111
How many of us have ever had a "Truman Show" moment? If you've seen the movie The Truman Show, which stars Jim Carrey, you'll recall the end of the movie, when Truman discovers that all his life has been a façade. It was a very powerful scene, where most of the TV show viewers were … Continue reading Question Everything
College is not necessarily the answer to a successful life, if it ever was. While it still feels strange to hear this coming from me, I firmly believe that going to college right after high school (if at all) is not the best option for everyone. It wasn’t for me, it wasn’t for my son, … Continue reading Life Tip #114
The best teachers are our experiences. We often hear the question asked, “Who was the teacher that made the most impact on your life?” When I pondered this question recently, I really had a hard time thinking of anyone. I was not a standout student. I viewed school as a necessary evil, and I probably … Continue reading Life Tip #35
Leave the cave and come to the light. Many of us learned about Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” in high school or college. If you didn’t, I strongly suggest you look it up and read it in its entirety, because its lesson is as applicable today as ever. It occurred to me that today’s young … Continue reading Life Tip #15
A recent article by Professor Jean Twenge on the subject of teen mental health highlights the dangerous effects that smartphones and social media are having on our teens, with studies to back it up. And one of my favorite authors and motivational speakers, Simon Sinek, has been speaking for several years now on the dopamine-type effects … Continue reading What’s Happening to our Teens?
By Kathryn Buschman Vasel at Money Tree January 30, 2014 Turns out, the skills and education recent college graduates acquired during their time on campus might not be serving them well when it comes to proving their worth to potential employers. “Soft skills have deteriorated more than hard skills in the view of CEOs and recruiters … Continue reading The Skills Employers Wish College Grads Had
By Kurt Borne January 27, 2014 One of our great traditions growing up was reading and listening to the timeless Aesop’s Fables. I honestly do not know if many kids today grow up learning the great lessons found in Aesop’s Fables. I certainly hope so. But if your parents weren’t able to share these with … Continue reading And the Moral of the Story Is…
By Kurt Borne November 8, 2013 I recently heard a radio commentator remark on how, with the advancement of the Internet and the changing nature of news and publishing, we all have the ability and the duty to bring forth the truth about all things. I’ve often reflected on how the media and historians attempt … Continue reading Who’s Deciding History?
By Dr. Woody September 30, 2013 We live in an on-demand world where speed is everything and companies better be prepared to keep up, or get left behind. Modern companies are faced with moment-to-moment fluctuations in reaction to market demands that require quick decision-making and agility to adapt to new trends. But these characteristics are … Continue reading Freelancing in America: Rise of the Contingent Workforce
By Tim Sprinkle at The Exchange June 24, 2013 Over 50, underfunded, and ill-prepared for retirement. Unfortunately, that’s an all-too-common scenario for the Baby Boomer generation – those born between 1946 and 1964 -- many of whom are still smarting from the economic downturn and are now looking back at their earlier financial choices with regret. … Continue reading What Have I Done? Baby Boomers Reveal their Deepest Financial Regrets
By Bob Sullivan and Hugh Thompson May 3, 2013 Technology has given us many gifts, among them dozens of new ways to grab our attention. It’s hard to talk to a friend without your phone buzzing at least once. Odds are high you will check your Twitter feed or Facebook wall while reading this article. Just try … Continue reading Brain, Interrupted
Author Unknown There is a story many years ago of an elementary teacher. Her name was Mrs. Thompson. And as she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children a lie. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved … Continue reading Little Teddy Stoddard
Will Our Youth Believe Anything They Read On The Internet? Just Ask The Tree Octopus By Brett Michael Dykes February 2, 2011 Every few months, almost like clockwork, an alarming report comes along purporting to show that the Internet is turning everyone's brains -- particularly the brains of this generation's children -- into mush. It's … Continue reading Youth + Internet = Learning about Tree Octopi
One of cable television's most recognizable characters, Mike Rowe knows a thing or two about jobs, particularly jobs involving skilled trades and manual labor. On his Dirty Jobs program on the Discovery Channel, Rowe learns and then performs hundreds of jobs that require getting down and dirty. If you haven't seen the show, he opens every episode … Continue reading The Vanishing Respect for Skilled Trades
If you haven't seen it yet, "Steve Jobs' 2005 commencement address at Stanford University" is definitely worth a look. Below are some of his memorable quotes on the subjects of connecting the dots of your life, loving your work, and living your own life. "You can't connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect … Continue reading Steve Jobs: How to Live Before You Die
I am currently reading "The Americans - The National Experience" by Daniel Boorstin, Pulitzer Prize winner and former Librarian of Congress. The book is part of his trilogy on the social history of America. In his chapter on how innovative New England manufacturing methods were quickly putting American manufacturing ahead of old England, Boorstin wrote an interesting passage on the training of … Continue reading Early American View on Job Training
I happened to run across this article recently, entitled "Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give." I liked it so much, and agree with it so strongly, that I thought I'd share it with you this week. It speaks for itself. Enjoy!
“We shouldn’t be putting them asleep. We should be waking them up to what they have inside of themselves.” ~ Sir Ken Robinson Here is yet another very interesting view on today’s education system courtesy of TED (Technology, Education, and Design). Sir Ken Robinson discusses our current state of education and where it needs to … Continue reading When Will the Education System Catch Up with the Times?