Thursday, January 11, 2018

Did school prepare you for the real world? 2 on 1 #2

This weeks topic asks the question "Did school prepare you for the real world? ". My answer is no, not at all if the school discussed is everything up to and including high school.

School did very little beyond teaching me to read and write. Granted, those are important skills required for any level of success in
life but they stop far short of preparing anyone for success.

Somehow our schools need to find a way to inspire students to discover what interests them and points students in a direction that leads to a career. In my high school there were vocational classes that focused on blue collar careers like
welding, auto mechanics and carpentry. Sadly, those have not been available for decades. No budget for them.  That is, in my opinion, rediculous.

Students need more elective classes to inspire interest in fields that are useful and more needs to be done in developing interest in math and science. We need to fill our colleges with math and science students from here, not from around the world. We need to take advantage of the educational opportunities we currently provide students from other countries.

Our college system does offer the tools necessary to launch a career. The trick is to get into college and then graduate without a crippling mountain of debt. My BA cost me a total of about a thousand dollars. I attended a state university that was essentially a commuter college - and also a community college (also called a junior college). There are opportunities available, our students need be aware of them.

That brings us to the students. Today's world is unlike any previous. The pace is faster, changes more frequent and information more readily available than ever. Along with that information is its evil twin, misinformation. Now more than ever it is critical to verify information and that is equally important when it comes to education choices. It starts with the parents, flows to the student and finally the educators.  Garbage in, garbage out definitely applies. You get out exactly what is put in, and now more than ever students need to be prepared.

While it may not be possible to earn a 4-year (well - six in my case 🎓) for only a thousand dollars like mine, it is possible to earn that degree and start a career. It requires hard work, and whether or not today's students are  up to the challenge is a topic for another
week.

I picked this week's topic and so Ramana will choose next week's. Be sure to check Ramana's take on this week's here.






Thursday, January 4, 2018

Museums. 2 on 1 #1

This week is the first weekly post from 2 on 1 - the dynamic blogging duo otherwise known as Ramana and shackman ☺. Ramana selected Museums as our first topic.

Museums come in all sizes and subjects. My particular favorite is the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.. I visited the museum on July 6,1976. That was a particularly good time to visit D.C. and the museum, being our bicentennial year. Just seeing the selection of flying machines hanging from the ceiling and sitting on the floor is mind boggling.
As you can see by the image, the museum has a substantial footprint. Not only is there much to see, there is much exercise to be had.

Museums offer a place to preserve artifacts and history, and can preserve aspects of history that may be offensive to some but should be preserved. An example of that is the display of Confederate icons of the Civil War as statues on public grounds. Some are offended by the public display of the supporters of slavery while others say we should not deny our history. A reasonable solution seems to be displaying those icons in museums open to the public. It is an example of political correctness that might work for everyone. Of course it can be carried to extremes if you consider that our country was founded essentially by white slave owners.
Like life in general, things are more often shades of gray, not simpler black and white.

Another favorite place of mine is Mesa Verde National Park, where you can explore Anasazi cliff dwellings and visit the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. Click this link if you are interested in seeing related info Mesa Verde.

Prior to our interstate highway system becoming s network of freeway systems, there was Route 66. Route 66 passed through the myriad of small towns and past an endless array of small, local musems. Though its glory days are long gone , there are still many Route 66 museums to visit - Route 66 Museums.

That's a quick look at this week's 2 on 1 topic. Be sure to check Ramana's entry here
Ramana