I recently saw some interesting information on the blog “The Switchboard” about the value of education (http://theswitchboard.me/2012/06/07/so-you-think-your-bachelors-degree-is-enough/) and wanted to share the graphic. Click on it to go to the original, which is larger and easier to read.
07 May 2012 5 Comments
Published 1925 in Collier’s, the National Weekly
It’s a bit hard to read, so here is the text:
If I Want To Be a Happy, Useful Citizen I Must Have:
Courage and Hope
I must be brave—This means I must be brave enough and strong enough to control what I think, and what I say and what I do, and I must always be hopeful because hope is power for improvement.
I must act wisely—In school, at home, playing, working, reading or talking, I must learn how to choose the good, and how to avoid the bad.
Industry and Good Habits
I must make my character strong—My character is what I am, if not in the eyes of others, then in the eyes of my own conscience. Good thoughts in my mind will keep out bad thoughts. When I am busy doing good I shall have no time to do evil. I can build my character by training myself in good habits.
Knowledge and Usefulness
I must make my mind strong—The better I know myself, my fellows and the world about me, the happier and more useful I shall be. I must always welcome useful knowledge in school, at home, everywhere.
Truth and Honesty
I must be truthful and honest—I must know what is true in order to do More
23 Apr 2012 1 Comment
Since we homeschool I learn all sorts of fascinating things, so I plan on using this new widget to share carefully selected interesting, informative, uplifting, humorous, and almost inevitably “educational” things I find.
- The first video betrays my new-found geekiness (“Strange Charm” – what a great name!), but it makes a potentially complicated subject easy to grasp and so much fun you want to learn the words.
- The second and third are entertaining explanations of how to avoid embarrassing yourself by saying things “wrong.”
- The fourth compares metric vs. imperial measure.
When I first taught my kids the metric system, it was so easy I didn’t teach them imperial measurement until (a few years later) it became obvious it was time to know it. BTW, NO student should EVER have to waste time doing silly conversions – use calculators or computers for such pointless busy work. Why? When you use system of measurement you USE it and don’t waste time converting back and forth – and if you must, certainly not on paper! Seriously, just know and use one or the other. Period.
20 Mar 2011 Leave a comment
We complain about education, but did you know there was/is a plan for our educational system? Yep, around 1914 there was a change in the objectives of education and the roosters are finally coming home to roost. Don’t think that I am some crackpot mumbling some wild conspiracy, this one is actually very well documented, and if affects us all as either participants or parents of…
Here is the official link to a free pdf of the book “the deliberate dumbing down of america” by Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt, who served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education. Read this and be educated.
In case you find a whole book too much, you can read the transcript of a radio interview with her: