Schools can’t make up for poor parenting. Period.

The public-relations deck sure is stacked against the public schools. Whenever the subject of poor academic achievement is discussed, nine times out of ten the discussion assumes that the root of the problem is the schools—the teachers, schools administrators, district administrators, or state officials.

Some kids take to school work and homework like second nature. Some kids need a gentle nudge, especially in the early years of grade school. And with other kids, a parent (or someone at home) needs to round ’em up, sit ’em down, and help with the homework sheet by sheet or it’s not going to get done. It’s in these years that good study habits are formed. Bad study habits take a lot of work to undo. Nowadays, online education help students get back on track but parenting skills are hard to replace.

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Navy Teaches Deaf Students

Final adjustments are made; the safety harness and tending line are secured; the diver lowers himself into a hole cut through the ice. The water is 28 degrees F, one degree above the temperature at which salt water freezes. Another diver is already under the ice, video camera in hand. On the ice, researchers prepare to begin the experiment; one holds a cell phone, his back to the wind. Class is in session.

Research divers from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), Newport, RI are working with the Army’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab (CRREL) in Lyme, NH to test a prototype radio communications antenna that someday may accompany submarines operating in the Arctic.… Read the rest

What is Online GED?

The GED (General Education Development) program was initially established by the US War Department during the 1940’s to assist military personnel in getting additional education and work options.

These days, the GED program is used by tens of thousands of adults to give them a second chance to become better educated. In the US there are roughly 40 million people who, for some reason, never finished high school, and the GED program is primarily designed for them.

The GED exam cannot be taken online, although you can use many good and free internet sites to become well prepared online. If an organization offers the GED tests (or the diploma) over the internet, the organization is fraudulent. The 2014 series of the GED exam handles four tests in the subject fields of Language Arts (reading and writing combined), Math, Science and … Read the rest

Social Media For A New Startup

When you launch a new website for a new business or a startup you might have a lot of questions, and it can be overwhelming when you’re getting involved with social media.  There is so much information out there, some good, some bad and some just downright stupid; it’s often hard to determine what will actually work for you.

It’s important to do your own research and speak to the experts that can give you accurate and proven strategies to launch your social media campaign.

Usually, offerings include 3 “products”, or steps:

The 1st step with any marketing/social media campaign is research.  You need to speak to your target audience and ask them a whole host of questions to find out their interests, motivations, aspirations, and hopes.  You can then leverage this knowledge and incorporate it into your marketing.

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Would You Cut Up Your Credit Cards?

So I’m very fortunate in that I’m about to pay off all of my credit card debt. This will leave me with student loans and a mortgage (possibly a car payment in the future but that’s another post).

There are a lot of frugalistas who shout cut up your credit cards, but it’s a debate here. Many who advise cutting up credit cards say it’s so you don’t go into debt again. There’s a part of me that believes that if you are capable of going into debt again, you will find a way. I don’t think having a credit card will make the difference, it just makes it more convenient.

I do like credit cards for the fact that it puts a barrier between my bank accountant and most of my bills. For example, I do automatic bill pay … Read the rest

Here are 8 good reasons to obtain your MBA diploma online

I’m working as the educational consultant and often my friends ask me about MBA vs online MBA, I thought it’s a good topic for a blog so here it’s what I think.

Here are 8 good reasons to obtain your MBA diploma online:

1. Stay on the job
If you will earn your MBA online you will be able to keep on working and keep your income. You won’t have to leave your current position for two years and miss out on learning experience and pay. Additionally, you will be able to put into practice immediately the things you have learned.

2. You can stay where you live
You don’t need to relocate to obtain your MBA degree at the school of your choice. This will save you from the hassle and cost of moving.

3. Be more flexible
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New Year, New You

There is always a big push around the New Year to make resolutions. Resolutions can be a wonderful thing, but they shouldn’t be based around a complete life change or overhaul, they should be based around smaller changes that often have a bigger impact.

Making too big of a goal often causes the goal to be completely disregarded when you’re not able to keep up with it. If you set a smaller, more obtainable goal, you’ll feel a true sense of accomplishment when you achieve it and often that will spill over into other accomplishments.

Looking for some ideas of ways to embrace the new year with a new attitude or new you? Here’s some of our ideas:

Make School a Priority
Bear with us on this one … we know you feel you do your best at school and … Read the rest

It’s Sad That You Need a Sign Like This

 

We went camping this weekend, which was lots of fun – it was the first time in my life we ever went camping WITHOUT mosquitoes! We didn’t miss them at all!

I was at the beach and playground with some kids by the lake when I noticed this sign here:

It made me laugh, but also kind of worried that they would NEED a sign that tells people not to go hunting on a playground!

THIS IS HEADLINE NEWS…

One of my friends recently shared with me two things she saw on the front page of MSNBC.com:… Read the rest

Blogging as a Business Tool

Blogging has become a business tool for communicating and sharing knowledge and expertise with customers or employees. It is also a great way to get the word out to consumers about your product or service and it can even be useful for inspiring employee loyalty. Think about blogging as a way of unlocking knowledge that’s typically stored in your head.

The key to having a successful business blog is keeping your goals clear and concrete. You should also have a strategy and a vision of what you want to achieve.

Write up an editorial plan for how often you will update your blog, how you will promote it and retain readers, whether you will feature photographs or video, and any other aspects of your blog, and then stick to it. The results will come faster than you could expect.

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Is Your Personal Brand All About You?

Ah, the day of love and frillyness is upon us but before you run out of the office, or underground lair in my case, to make those dinner reservations I want to take a second and reflect on your business, particularly if you’re building a brand around yourself. Are you giving your customers enough love, or is your brand all about you? When you’re on Twitter are you talking about you, or talking to them, when you talk about online learning is it about your experience or benefits for them? Are your blog posts lectures that show off your genius, or are they helpful and genuine? It’s a fine line, but one worth considering.

You And Your Brand Are Still Here For Them

I’m here for you, cliche as that sounds. My business exists to help you make building your … Read the rest