Jun 17, 2009
There will be an hour of talk radio dedicated to discussing the general state of public education in the US airing tonight, Wednesday, June 17th, at 10pm EST on RFCradio on Dr. Melissa Clouthier’s “The Right Doctor” show.
The Right Doctor has an exciting guest for the evening – me – and we’ll be talking about all sorts of topics related to education: a bit of legislation, some teaching, some local school administration/governance.
You can listen to the show by going to www.rfcradio.com and clicking ‘Listen.’
There will also be a live chat as the show airs – I’ll be in the room, along with the Doctor and many others, to discuss elements of the show or any related topic that comes up. You can access the chat by going to www.rfcradio.com/chat .
See you there – and if you can’t make it, I’ll link to the podcast [which includes about 15 minutes of additional content] when it’s available.
Jun 4, 2009
Oh, what a charming way to put it. It’s an unfortunate reality for too many students – and now there’s a program to help out those with pocks, blemishes, and downright disasters on their credit reports.
SpendOnLife.com describes their scholarship program for the ‘credit challenged‘ as follows:
“It’s our desire that every young adult has access to higher education. Unfortunately in today’s society, students are finding it tougher to secure financing because of the credit crunch and past credit issues.
In an effort to assist students affected by the stricter lending practices for student loans, SPENDonLIFE is proud to offer our college scholarship program to those denied a student loan due to the recent credit crunch or their personal credit history.
We will award up to 10 college scholarships a year ranging from $500 to $5000. We hope this program will help to educate young adults about both the benefits and pitfalls that using credit can pose.”
They’ve got the usual information – FAQ, Guidelines and the Application – at the links below.
Pass it along if you know someone who can use it. In this climate, we can all think of a few.
And don’t forget – there’s always someone out there willing to give money. The blue-eyed, the kid with that unique Eskimo/Botswanian heritage, the 7th best cornhole player in Western/Southwestern Iowa, etc. All you’ve really got to do is find’em and ask nicely.
Jun 4, 2009
I’ve written several times that foreign languages aren’t my strong point. I try to keep active a network of people I can go to when I need some sort of translation into English – or when I’m attempting to write something brief in a language other than English and I need to ensure that I’m not completely embarrassing myself.
I still manage to do that too often, though I wouldn’t be so bad if the rest of the world spoke and read Latin.
Bothering those Italian or French or Russian experts takes up valuable currency, so I use online resources – forums, translators, etc. – when I can. I came across CorrectMyText.com and bookmarked it for those non-emergency foreign language needs.
The format is quite simple. You submit your text and someone fluent in that language corrects your mistakes or affirms what you’ve written. You can do the same thing for others. Here’s an example, a passage written in English about learning at school:
“People are learning at any time when they are awake. From they are born to when they are death, people never stop learning, maybe they do not realize it. A infant learns the world by touching things he can reach or biting everything he can get. When we read book we see a world describe by the writer and it is the world that we never know.”
Not too far from accurate, and I’m sure that some of you teachers out there wish you got paragraphs that solid.
So, we’d sign up to CorrectMyText, log in and post the following correction:
“People are learning any time they are awake. From the time they are born to the time they die, people never stop learning. Maybe they don’t even realize it. An infant learns about the world by touching things he can reach or biting everything he can get. When we read a book we see a world described by the writer, and that is a world we otherwise would never know.”
There ya go, folks. Correct some text or be corrected – it’s handy either way. Very neat site.