Education

NYMA

From cadet to hippie

In 1966 my mom was having problems with my asshole step-dad. She decided that I needed some positive male influence and spoke to my father who had his own concerns about my being brainwashed by parochial school into wanting to become a priest. Their solution was to send me to military school, New York Military Academy was the choice. I immediately loved the idea. I was a happy Boy Scout, had been a Cub Scout and was very comfortable in uniform and acclimated to the idea of ‘rank’. I had grown up on war movies and had absorbed the idea...

School Daze

Charter Schools and Dirty Crooks

One Little Girl’s Harambee Summer

When CDF Freedom Schools Came to Our Town

This past summer, my daughter registered my seven year old granddaughter for the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program. The six week course was held in the elementary school building of our small town – a town where the population...

Go Fund Me campaign

IFZ needs YOU!

I really hate to ask but, our Angel investor has had to pull further funding of the IFZ website... Obviously this news coming so unexpectedly has got me scrambling to save our ‘home’. This puts us in a precarious...

Drama Bomb

Borderlines are called Borderlines because they are on the edge of being called psychotic. Everyone has had that one (or two) people in their lives that constantly make up drama around them and then act like they hate drama. Why...

Collecting Books

Bibliophiles and the people who love them.

Auguste Reading to Her Daughter, Mary Cassatt - 1910, public domain Bibliophile: noun 1. a person who loves or collects books, especially as examples of fine or unusual printing, binding, or the like. That would be a pretty good definition of...

Teachers, Mentors, Educators

Inspiring us to reach our goals, known and unknown.

You never know who you will affect. Recently I was reading an interview of Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, on the website, ‘Achievement Academy’ and I read this sentence: “I had really good teachers in high school. Probably...

What Instructors are Looking For in College Writing

Writing is hard. Getting started is always painful.

Whether we are outlining a scholarly book or article, an opinion piece or a personal story, all our writing is pulled out of our guts. That's why writing is hard. Getting started is always painful: the self-confrontation under a single...

RICHARD YBARRA BRINGS VISION TO THE BRAILLE INSTITUTE

Braille Institute

  A few years ago, when Richard Ybarra was undergoing the extensive interview process that eventually would result in his being appointed as Executive Director of the San Diego Braille Institute, he was beset with a bit of anxiety. The...

Students Need Help from Us All

student loan problems

Perhaps you are a student or perhaps your child is a student. It has probably not escaped you that college tuition is expensive and many students have large student loans to pay back. According to Mark Kantrowitz of Edvisors, “the...

HORSE-DRAWN EDUCATION

School, education

Transportation is the movement of people or things from one point to another. Animal power in transportation was replaced by machine power. Education is the transfer of information to people. Although we seem not fully aware of it as yet,...