Archive for the ‘Education’ Category


January 21, 2012

What is the Work  Ethic? There are at least two perceptions of this concept;  the first, and oldest, is that “work is a moral good” (Merriam-Webster dictionary), or  “there is moral value in work” (The Free Dictionary. These two definitions place Work into the philosophical realm and are sometimes referenced as “the Protestant Work Ethic”, but do little to provide a practical application to the real world. And, as is not unusual, definitions and perceptions change over time, and current usage would more accurately describe the Work Ethic as “that cluster of behaviors one brings to a task or career which enhance the likelihood of success”(my definition!), and which are easily observed and objectively evaluated. (more…)


January 21, 2012

Making Learning a Constant

In 1970, my wife and I were part-time instructors at Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado, while I worked toward my doctorate. Mary was teaching Biology-related classes; I taught General Anthropology. At the beginning of the school year, we were fortunate to have two days of professional development under the direction of Donald Stewart, an educator who had become frustrated with “traditional” approaches to education and had carefully thought out a new direction to investigate with the intent of improving student learning. (more…)

Student Success

January 19, 2012

Student Success:  Family, Motivation, and Patti Fiasco

One of the rewards of having had a long career in education is seeing many former students achieving success at the highest levels. I can think of numerous examples; one student who became a top assistant to the governor of our state, several serving as county attorneys, another who designed the orbital programs for the Magellan and Jupiter Space Probes, and has his own space engineering firm while also being a full professor at a prestigious state university, and on and on. These were all good students, some of them coming from single-parent homes, some from the “traditional” family structure. But all of them achieved, and benefited from strong support in the family arena.   (more…)

Middle School Kids

January 10, 2012

If you’re the parent of a middle school child, you have already discovered that they don’t come with an owner’s manual, and that there may be some questions for which you want some input. We’ll look at a few items of information, and maybe even some suggestions!  We’re looking essentially at kids in grades 5-8, but 4 and 9 may also benefit.

Why don’t they listen to me? (more…)

Education In America—Is It That Bad?

January 10, 2012

Education in America—Is it THAT bad?

The next time you hear on a television news report how American education compares with that of other countries, you really should have the opportunity to ask a few questions. Here are a few, with explanations—

  1. 1.       On what basis are the comparisons being made? (more…)