Posts Tagged ‘education’

June 27 Daily Quote

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

If you’re in trouble, or hurt or need – go to the poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help – the only ones.
John Steinbeck



While Mr. Steinbeck may be wrong in saying the poor are the only ones who will help, he is right in assuming they are the most likely ones to help. The poor people struggle through life on all levels. Not just financial ones.

As a result, they are better able to understand need. Those with plenty of resources don’t understand need. Marie Antoinette saying ‘let them eat cake’ in response to complaints that the poor didn’t have bread is a good example. While it may be a myth that she actually said this, it illustrates the lack of understanding rich people have. So you’re out of bread? Well eat your cake! She failed to understand that cake didn’t exist to the poor. Bread was a luxury. This applies today as well even though we have better news coverage informing us of needs worldwide. The rich routinely give to charities believing – and rightfully so – that they are helping. But if someone who had a need were to approach them, they wouldn’t understand. You need money? Get a job! Getting a job isn’t always easy especially for those raised in poverty where education was sporadic.

I would like to see a world where each of us who live in suburbia America spend some time volunteering at the local food bank, or the food kitchen or a local shelter. Or possibly work as a Big Brother or Big Sister. Mostly I would just like to see a world where those with means spent some time interacting with those who live in poverty. Not only would it open our eyes but it would bring a little light to those who struggle to get by in life.

I think, once we knew, we would be more likely to assist others in ways we haven’t in the past. Or, at least, I hope we would.

June 26 Daily Quote

Friday, September 28th, 2012

If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around.
Jim Rohn


This works the same way with our children. If their behavior is putting them on the wrong path, they don’t need encouragement to improve their self-esteem.  They need ‘education’. That means we parents have to provide guidance.  Put up fences.  Impose consequences for inappropriate behavior.  If we want to see true self-esteem for our little ones, we need them to have pride in what they do and who they are.  To have that pride, they need to get it right!  Let’s be the kind of parents to show them how.

March 7 Quote of the Day

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Leap, and the net will appear.
John Burroughs

Of course, if it doesn’t appear, you’re going to splat on the ground. May I suggest it would be better to plan the leap. Practice a little. Learn all you can. Get ready before you leap. That way, you don’t need the net.

Where Should I Attend College?

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Q: I’m only a sophmore in high school but I know I love to write and I don’t know what I’d enjoy more as an actual career, journalism or creative writing. What would be the best college for someone like me?.

A: I did a little Google search for you and found these sites which would be able to answer your questions much better than I could. The sites are:

I was also able to find a site which offers free online writing courses. This might help you get a little head start on your writing classes.

Best of luck to you in your career.

Who Buys 60 Cantaloupes?

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Only in math problems can you buy 60 cantaloupes and nobody asks what the hell is wrong with you. Which basically is the trouble with all word problems in math. They keep asking the wrong questions. Any parent who has helped their child with math problems has probably come up against the two trains traveling in opposite directions. The books always tell you how fast each is going and then wants you to figure out when the two will meet head-on! I suppose there is the one line of thought that would like to know when all the unfortunate beings on the train are going to be wiped off the face of the earth. But wouldn’t it be better to know how to avoid this collision? Wouldn’t it be better to know at what point Train A traveling at 50 mph should switch tracks so that there won’t be a collision with Train B traveling at 35 mph? Somehow I think that the wording of these problems contributes to the normal child’s belief that advanced math is useless in life. To balance a checkbook, all you really need to know is how to add and subtract. To know how many sandwiches you need at a party for 50 people only requires you know multiplication and division. Figuring out the sales price of an article can be done by any 5th grader who has passed the chapter on percentages. But the bleachers they are sitting on during the school football game had better have been designed by someone with a little higher mathematical abilities than your average 5th grader! And I hope the doctors deciding the dosages of the medicine I am giving my children have a more than rudimentary knowledge of math. If we truly want our children to strive for more knowledge in any subject, we need to give them reason to do so. Everyday life can be lived happily without advanced math. For some people, that is enough. For others, it isn’t. I’m not going to be writing a math book any time real soon but I do wish someone would write one that is a little more relevant to the world we live in so that those who are striving for goals that require higher math can get a glimpse of it’s usefulness.


Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Q: My sister wants to home school my nephew. What can we do about this?

A: Go with your sister! Pull out your pom poms and start cheering her on. If you were hoping for a different answer, you’ve come to the wrong person. I am a strong believer in the potential of home-schooling. Anyone capable of home-schooling a child – especially one who marches to the beat of a different drummer – has my admiration and support. A home-schooled child has the advantage of a program specifically designed for them with a teacher in a classroom of one. This individualized program insures that the child will learn without the humiliation of making mistakes that classmates can target. If you are concerned about your nephew’s socialization, let me assure you that home schooling families have banded together in nearly every state to offer extracurricular activities to their children. In my area, home-schoolers have a sports program allowing children to play basketball from ages 9 and up in a competitive arena with other home school groups and with private schools. There is also a band and choir available for students in 5th grade and up. These groups give twice a year concerts. I have heard of individual groups banding together for high school curriculum so that parents not well-versed in math, English, foreign languages, etc., can get together with those who are and trade their expertise. This allows the student to be placed in a small class of 5 or 6 students to learn a subject their parent can’t teach them. This type of training is certainly preferable to the 30 students per teacher in the public schools. If you are concerned that your sister doesn’t have a teaching degree or any college degree, let me assure you that most home schooling parents don’t have those degrees and yet their children routinely rate higher on standardized tests then do their public school counterparts. Finally, if you are worried he will not have the fun of school parties, dances, etc, home-schooling groups again have stepped up to create opportunities for their children. The grade school group in my area meets once a month at a local library where holidays are celebrated. Another group arranges school dances for their students, and almost all groups I know of have graduation ceremonies for the students whose families are in their group. So are there reasons why I think home-schooling could be a bad idea? Yes. The parent who is teaching their child at home because they feel pressure from others to do so will pass on a negative experience to their child. In this case, they should be encouraged to send their child back to school. There is also the parent who has been watching one to many reality television shows and thinks that home-schooling is the chic thing to do. I’m not too worried about their children. Once that parent realizes the huge workload involved, they’ll return their child to the more traditional setting. The biggest concern I would have about home-schooling, is the parent who is hiding their child from public view for some reason. Those are the children who are at-risk in my opinion. If none of those reasons apply to your family, just sit back and be thankful your sister is a committed parent working for what she believes is in the best interest of her child.

Budget Challenged Mom

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Q:  My husband and I decided to go on a budget this year.  How do we explain this to the kids?  It is still a struggle whenever we enter a store with them.  They always want something, even in the grocery department.  It hurts every time we try to say no to our kids.  What should we do when they want something and get loud in the store?  So far, we have not been able to keep to the budget.

A:  Dear Budget Challenged Mom:  Congratulations on taking a truly responsible step for the future of your children. Now the next important step is teaching your children how important budgeting can be. Years ago, in a discussion with one of my adult children, I was told how little she and her husband were making. I was appalled and asked her how on earth they were surviving. Her response was ‘do you remember those envelopes you taught us to use when we were kids?’ I remembered. I remembered that I had taught them to budget their allowances by placing money in envelopes that were marked: birthday gifts; candy; movies; etc. By learning how to budget as a child, she was able to work through some very lean years for herself and her family. While it is difficult for you now to say ‘no’ to your children, it can have immense value to them in the future. Children are concrete learners so they must be able to have a concrete example. I suggest that you have your children separate their allowances so that they have a designated amount for each of their needs. The next time you enter a grocery store and they want candy, simply have them take it from their candy envelope. If their envelope is empty, you will need to be firm with them and explain that your grocery envelope doesn’t cover their candy (or whatever it is they are asking for). Right now, your children just assume you can ‘write a check’ or ‘put it on your charge card’. They don’t understand how important it is that you begin saving for their college education, or putting money aside for a possible crisis. So teaching them as you and your husband have decided to do is a wonderful plan. Stick to your guns!

February 29 Quote of the Day

Wednesday, March 1st, 2000

Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t.
Pete Seeger

This is a very astute way of saying “know what you’re getting yourself into“. Learn all you can from others who have been there. Study the pitfalls that may be hidden behind a glossy exterior. If you do this, you will have educated yourself. It’s that education that will help determine what your experience will be like. The better educated you are, the more enjoyable your experience is likely to be.