Posts from November 2016

BEWARE OF CHARTER SCHOOLS

November 30, 2016

November 30, 2016 While it is too early to panic, the subject of Charter Schools is about to hit the headlines. It is up to all of us to stay informed on this issue as it will have a direct impact on the educational future of the nation’s children. ConnectUS summarizes the issue: Some of the Pros: They offer flexible options for families. They encourage competition. They foster innovation. They carve out...

NUGGETS FOR REFLECTION

November 28, 2016

November 28, 2016 ILLITERACY STATISTICS from the Literacy Project Foundation reveal some disturbing numbers:  “Illiteracy has become such a serious problem in our country that 44 million adults are now unable to read a simple story to their children; 50% of adults cannot read a book written at an eighth grade level; and, 45 million are functionally illiterate and read below a 5th grade level.” YEP, IT’S BUSINESS OBJECTIVES!  After many years...

DO IT THE RIGHT WAY

November 16, 2016

November 16, 2016 As I’ve written many times, if you wait for community colleges to effectively train your workforce, you’ll be waiting a long time. Without an emphasis on simulations and media-based instruction, few of our current crop of young people will ever learn enough from the traditional “lecture-reading-testing” teaching model that still prevails in many community colleges. In most cases, you’re going to have to do it yourself. So, how should...

DESIGN FOR THE LEARNERS

November 14, 2016

November 14, 2016 “Many people working in training and instructional design came to it through side doors .  .  .  There are heated debates about whether everyone working in the field should have formal training, as well as discussions of the pros and cons of academic instructional design programs. I’ve seen great designers who had no background at all in the field; I’ve seen terrible designers with every certificate under the sun. ...

LEARNING MOVES FORWARD

November 9, 2016

November 9, 2016  I would maintain that, regardless of subject matter, education is very late in “coming to the party.” It’s no secret that most teaching in the classroom continues to be a “lecture/reading/testing” regimen — in spite of the undeniable fact that the learning culture of our young people is centered on their smartphones, tablets, and gaming. Most people are multi-sensory learners when it comes to skills acquisition.    ‘Seeing’, ‘hearing’, and...

ROOT CAUSE PROBLEM SOLVING

November 7, 2016

November 7, 2016 The ultimate test for instrument technicians, electricians and electronic technicians, as well as mechanics and millwrights will be their troubleshooting skills. Troubleshooting, using its simplest definition, involves determining the causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about them. While most maintenance tasks in a plant are routine, knowing how to systematically think through a problem is vital to a plant’s operating efficiency. Acquiring troubleshooting skills equips the...

EDUCATION IS OUR OBLIGATION

November 2, 2016

November 2, 2016 We often read stories bemoaning the high cost of college education and the attendant baggage of debt that haunts our college graduates. Seldom, however, do we read articles as to the “why” this is occurring.  The following excerpt from “Your Alma Mater’s Biggest Rival?  Stingy State Government” by James Carville sheds some light: “ .  .  . Today, government investment in public colleges is less than half of what...