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Study Skills Reduce High School Dropout Rates

June 11, 2018

I was a freshman in college when study skills radically changed my life. I went from struggling in K-12 to “straight As” in college. About six weeks after my first semester of college success, however, I was suddenly overcome with a deep, visceral ANGER. “Why didn’t someone teach me how to learn before!?” I was mentally…

Managing Heavy Material

September 5, 2017

“Wait, I must have read that wrong. They want me to read how many pages? BEFORE class even starts? This is not what I had in mind when deciding to take a summer class in college!” I knew nursing school wouldn’t be easy, but I didn’t think it would be this demanding! My name is…

CTE – Career and Technical Education: Four Steps to Navigate from K-12 to the “The Rest of Your Life”

July 27, 2015

“What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?” Do you remember the first time you were asked this question? My grandfather asked me at age four. With sincere conviction, I answered, “I want to work at Arby’s.” He laughed out loud and patted me on the head. I got the message that my…

Your Super Power Makes You Better Than 95% of People! Show It on Your Resume!

October 3, 2014

This year, 3.8 million college graduates will compete for a limited number of jobs. 8.5% of them will be unemployed, and another 44% will be underemployed (working in jobs that don’t require the degree they earned). I happen to be one of those 3.8 million students looking for a job, but I am armed with…

The Matrix of Study Skills; What if Neo Chose the Blue One?

March 24, 2014

In the movie, The Matrix, there’s a famous scene where Morpheus offers Neo a choice… Red Pill or Blue Pill. If Neo takes the blue pill, it would allow him to remain in his made-up reality of the Matrix and continue living in ignorance. If Neo takes the red pill, he escapes the Matrix and…

We Are Currently Preparing Students for Jobs that Don’t Yet Exist…

August 3, 2011

“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist, Using technologies that haven’t been invented, In order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.” – Karl Fisch, Did You Know When we grew up, the employment rate was fairly stable and our greatest concern was being able to perform just…

How Do We Educate Our Children to Take Their Place in the Economies of the 21st Century?

August 3, 2011

…Given that we can’t anticipate what the economy will look like at the end of next week? As a parent, I am growing increasingly worried that school will sabotage my first-grade son’s overflowing creativity and problem-solving skills. I value those traits in him more than anything else! With his “out-of-the-box” thinking, he may someday discover…

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