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No Post Today

In Uncategorized on December 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm

There will be no post today due to the busyness of the holiday.

Monday will be a special Christmas post and the last part of my discussion on Education will be posted on Wednesday.

In the mean time, enjoy the archive and merry Christmas!


Improving education without rejecting the system Pt 1

In Education on December 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Monday’s post took a very simple approach to solving our education problems. However that solution is a best-case scenario and not everyone will be able to chose that solution (and some just won’t).

There is also going to still have to be some other option for those who can’t or won’t chose to take responsibility for their own or their children’s education.

There is also going to have to be a period where we transition from the current system to something new.

So what other solutions do we have?

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My solution for formal education

In Education on December 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm

The last three blogs I posted talked about my dislike for our formal education system. The longer I wrote, the more strongly I felt like it is a major problem and one we don’t really recognize. We all know the system is flawed and even broken, but few recognize the extent of damage it’s causing.

The good news is, I don’t just have problems in my head. I also have solutions.

In the simplest terms, my solutions is this: reject the system. In other words, self-educate.

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My case against formal education Pt 3

In Education on December 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I was going to post about solutions today, but a couple of recent comments on my blog have me thinking more about this problem.

Perhaps today’s title is wrong, since my issues today are less about formal education and more about the current system, but I still think they should be addressed.

Even if we could fix the inherent problems in the current system (cost, status and a failure to teach critical thinking and independence), we are still left with a few really big problems. It’s also really important to remember that the system itself has these problems almost built-in, and somewhat by design.

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My case against formal education Pt 2

In Education on December 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm

My last post introed my beef with formal education. I specifically focused on college, but said that my issues were not limited to the 4-6+ years spent at a university.

For hundreds, if not thousands, of years, people were pretty much self-educated. There were periods of woeful ignorance and periods of formal education, but the modern system is fairly unique.

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My case against formal education Pt 1

In Education on December 12, 2011 at 10:29 pm

There is a huge push for increased formal education. Fix the K12 public school system, figure out how to make college more accessible, more affordable, get everyone a 4-year degree and emphasize math and science and… POOF!… we’ve fixed all our problems.

Ok, maybe no one is claiming that, but there is a big push for more high school and college graduates.

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Inseparably Connected

In Current Events, Education, Politics, Religion on December 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm

On Wednesday I posted a blog that talked about a really frightening and frustrating element of American corruption.

The only solution for it is an informed and constantly watchful electorate.

I believe, as I have for as long as I can remember, that the strength of America has always been her people.

I also believe that that is the weakness of our country as well.

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What’s SO WRONG in Washington

In Current Events, Politics on December 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I’ve never been a proponent of term limits, but I learned something recently that started to change my mind.

First, I have to preface this with some background.

If you don’t know anything about stock rules, here are the basics:

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Moving to the Right

In Current Events on December 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I recently listened to an interview of a Tea Party leader and a question was asked about the Occupy Wall Street.

The movement has caused a lot of frustration among American conservatives. It’s irritating to us to see the media champion Occupy groups – or simply give a pass to them – while continuing¬† to bash the Tea Party (which they in nearly the same breath say is the same sort of organization – which they are not).

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Action shows gratitude

In Holidays, Religion on December 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm

My last post talked about my inclination towards laziness. Unfortunately, I would much rather rebuild Rome on my computer than I would type up blogs.

However, with the recent Thanksgiving holiday I’ve been thinking a lot about how the choices I make reflect my attitude about what I have.

See, I tend to believe that the choices I make reflect the way I feel about or the importance I place on the things I’m making choices about.

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