The 85% / 15% Un-solution: What a Technique!

Here’s an interesting paradigm to ponder: the 85/15. If you spend any time at all following political or social debate in America, you have experienced 85/15. You might not realize it, but you have probably succumbed to it many times. It doesn’t mean you’re dull-witted or even easily fooled. It means that 85/15 is potent […]

The Fortress of “Everybody Agrees With Me”

What’s the biggest social problem facing the western culture?  Is it poverty and class warfare?  Is it overpopulation?  Is it economic inequality?  Maybe it’s secularization or religion.  Perhaps it’s militancy.  Not sure what the biggest problem is, but a very big problem has to do with the “polarization of ideas.” It appears one of the […]

Parents (Teachers): You Have Responsibilities, Few Rights, and Not Much Power – Part 2

In part 1, we hypothesized that both parents’ and teachers’ effectiveness has been undermined by significant and long-term efforts to disempower both groups.  We stated that this disempowerment did not diminish the responsibilities heaped upon teachers and parents nor ameliorate subsequent blame.  In fact, blame directed at teachers and parents  has increased.  We further hypothesized […]

Parents (Teachers): You have Responsibilities, Few Rights, and Not Much Power – Part 1.

I just retired – as of this school year – from approximately 31 years of teaching.  I haven’t retired from 25+ years of parenting.  Being a parent and a teacher causes a strange kind of schizophrenia including multiple personality (dis)order (for those of you who are running or 35 watts, this is hyperbole).  Think like […]

If They Have Self-Esteem – Everything’s Possible – Maybe

You know when something doesn’t feel right, right?  When my boys were in Little League and soccer during their elementary years, a couple things would happen.  Everybody would get a trophy.  They would ask what the final score was and nobody would answer. Even in school, things that didn’t make sense happened.  Everybody would get […]

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