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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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

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. One of the best sites offering information about the GED and free online classes is the website

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 … Read the rest

Are There Recession-Proof Degrees?

Choosing a college degree and a career path is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. But with the repeated economic downturns we’ve faced in the last few years, many companies have downsized to stay afloat and given pink slips to thousands of otherwise qualified workers. So if you’re thinking of picking up a degree to make you more attractive to employers, consider a line of work that won’t disappear with the next market slump.

Jobs Always In Demand

In general, think of goods and services that people are less likely to cut when their finances are hurting. For example, many consumers reduce their spending on luxury items and non-essentials when their paychecks take a hit. But they are less likely to cut back on goods and services that are basic to their survival and livelihood. Consider some of … 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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How to Build a Long Term Relationship with Clients

download-50Businesses can take several different approaches to marketing. The most traditional models involve communications and branding focused exclusively on direct sales.

These companies use promotions, aggressive advertising and constant merchandising or product development to maintain a high level of sales. A more modern approach attempts to build long-term relationships with customers in an effort to increase customer lifetime value and reduce churn.

This type of relationship marketing focuses less on direct sales and more on providing a consistent and valuable experience for the customer. Companies that use relationship marketing have higher long-term revenues since the cost of retention is significantly lower than the cost of new customer acquisition.

Regular Communications

Businesses that are focused on long-term relationships need to supply sales leads and existing customers with a reason to include the brand in everyday life. One effective way to do … Read the rest

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

Welding Schools in America

Graduating from welding school can lead to a lucrative and stable life-long career. Often students are not aware of all the different jobs available in the welding industry. Attending welding school allows people to learn about and explore the various career options in the field. Just take a look at this Kentucky Welding Institute video:

Welding is also referred to as fabrication. Originally, the only material that was welded was metal. Moreover, the only welding technique up until the 19th century was something called forge welding. That was the type of welding used by blacksmiths. They heated the materials and then hammered them on an anvil to join iron and steel together.

The process of welding now usually involves joining materials by melting the pieces being worked on while adding a filler material. That results in a pool of melted … Read the rest

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

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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