I vividly remember my elementary school years. (Oh, wait. I’m old enough that this meant K-9, although some programs were K-8.) Our schools gave us homework every night, quizzes at least once a week, and tests every two weeks. Nowadays, that is considered bad form. For all the wrong reasons.
The IRS is being squeezed. Part of this is a result of the insane concept that Republicans perpetrate about the deficit. (OK. I have a post coming up soon about this. Suffice it to say, all that hoopla how the deficit was the biggest bugaboo we needed to address a few years ago- well, the looming deficit problem is basically gone. Not because we cut the budget- that was only going to work over 10 years. But, because, as most sentient beings recognized at the time, the large deficit was simply a factor of the moribund economy. The economy picks up- the deficit problem is erased. Voila- we’re magicians.)
For almost ten years, I’ve been traveling around with a USB device that, when it works, is pretty fantastic. Of course, two of my (four) devices have not worked in 2 years- and the company basically has provided me the middle finger of tech support. In a nutshell, that explains the operations of Magic Jack.
I admit it. It’s been years since I had a little baby around routinely. That doesn’t mean I don’t recall how it was when those first few words and sounds emanated from my precious child’s mouth. (It was the same feelings with my grandson, of course.) And, there are tons of babies who come into “my” coffee shop, where I am the surrogate grandpa.
I was reading about a “new” program being started at Lehigh University and Delaware. This program lets students pursue their own projects with no set curriculum for some of their education. Lehigh is calling their program “Mountaintop”, where the students request equipment and advice- but get to choose the concept they wish to devote a term or two to achieve. The underlying premise is that research, work experience, and independent long-term projects tend to foster innovation, collaboration, persistence- and amplify the knowledge the students have acquired in previous classes.