Month: September 2008

The Future of Education

My First Long Blog Entry
I’ve been writing down a few topics in draft form and adding to them as I have time.  That may be good news or bad news depending on if you like to read long posts.  Please know with all blog posts that my ideas are just that, ideas.  Society tends to want to think the way it has always been taught but change is inevitable.  Bruce Barton said it best with his quote: “when you are through changing, you are through”.

My Educational Experiences
It is no secret I love technology and sometimes you can’t help but wonder how it will continue to change our lives (for better or worse).  I look back at my education and the teachers who had the daunting task of trying to teach a dunce like me a thing or two.  I never really enjoyed school, in fact the day I graduated high school has to be one of the best days of my life. My wife and I have a son who is fifteen months old at the time of this writing.  After talking with a coworker who asked if I had started saving for his college yet I replied I hadn’t but in the back of my mind I get a “spidey sence” I should.  Part of the reason I haven’t saved for my son’s college is because we have other financial priorities at the moment but part of me also wonders what college will be like for him in another 17 years.  By not saving for his education I am taking a calculated risk that in the future education will be nothing like it is today.  After going through 12 years of public education in 7 schools I hope it will be very different!

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Rolloff Farm Pictures 2008

My parents, brother-In-Law Mike, my cousin Evan and sister Jennifer went to the Rolloff farm in Oregon today and my dad just sent the pictures.  If you are not familiar with the Rolloff’s, they are from the TV show Little People Big World.

The Great Gadzoni

My dad emailed me this story so I Google’d his name hoping it was true but it doesn’t look like it is. Great story though, it can be applied to several things in life.

Several years ago the Great Gadzoni had just completed a challenging tightrope walk across Niagra Falls. The wind was howling and stinging rain pelted him as he inched across the rope. Met with enthusiastic applause on the other side the Great Gadzoni was wringing the water from his cape when an excited fan approached, urging him to make a return trip but this time pushing a wheelbarrow, which the fan just happened to have with him. The Great Gadzoni was hesitant, having barely made the first trip across in the high winds and pouring rain. But the spectator insisted stating that he knew the Great Gadzoni could do it. “You can do it. I know you can” the fan insisted. The Great Gadzoni thought for a moment. “You really believe I can do it?” “Yes, definitely” the fan responded. “OK said Gadzoni. Get in.”