Category Archives: Education

Just in case you were wondering.

I am willing to bet some of you woke up this morning wondering, “What is a hapax legomenon?”

Fortunately, you subscribe to my blog.  And, fortunately, a word loving friend of mine sent this article to me this morning.

And, so, fortunately for you… you no longer have to worry.  You can now find out what a hapax legomenon is.

How to tick me off.

I spent twenty years in the classroom.  What a silly place.

And, I hate the word silly.  I never use it.  Unless I am looking at academia.

In school, we punish kids for failing.

In life, we learn by failing.

One of my favorite quotes is by Richard Branson, founder of Virgin airlines:

“You don’t learn to walk by following the rules.  You learn by doing, and by falling over.”

In school, we are taught the exact opposite.  We are taught to follow rules.  Line up.  Sit down.  Raise your hand.  Be quiet.  Finish your paperwork (homework).  Turn in your papers (homework).

Education needs a reminder.  Here’s one from Theodore Roosevelt

“The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.”

Want to tick me off?  Just tell me to line up.  Tell me to sit down.  Tell me to raise my hand.  Tell me to be quiet.  Tell me to turn in my paperwork.  Tell me not to fail.

Fat chance. Oh well. It’s the thought that counts.

“Three years ago, our local football team here in Seattle won the NFL championship. Leading up to the Super Bowl game and afterward was an orgy of celebration, a non-stop display of team jingoism. Every other car, home, and shop had a “12th Man” banner. Half the population had a T-shirt or a cap with the team logo.

OK, I get it. Pride in the home team and all that. But could we display maybe 1% as much pride when a local author wins a National Book Award or a local scientist wins a Nobel prize?

When was the last time we had a parade for them, or for so many who contribute so much to make this world a better place: teachers, librarians, researchers, scientists, authors, poets, and others.

If I had my way, I’d make a teacher’s salary on par with a football coach’s salary, at least in public institutions. You want to pay the football coach more, sure, go ahead, as long as those who teach also get a pay raise. Why not? Whether you’re a football fan or not, you’d surely agree that teachers make a bigger contribution in this world.”

Anu Garg.

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At least it’s free!

It astonishes me that we believe the people who run the Department of Motor Vehicles are qualified to educate our children. 

But, hey!  At least it’s free!  Kind of.

Oh, wait a minute… I have paid $1500 a year in property taxes for 20 years.  Most of that goes to the government schools.  Let’s see.  That’s $30,000 for a product I have never used.  

But, other than that, it’s free!  

Summary of the Millionaire Next Door

Years ago, I read the Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley.  I remember thinking… “Is this a commentary on the book of Proverbs?”

This morning, I ran across a summary of the book.

Investment writer Mark Skousen wrote this:


According to “The Millionaire Next Door” and the sequel, “The Millionaire Mind,” wealthy American millionaires are good people. Here are the results of his survey of more than 1,000 super-millionaires (people who earn $1,000,000 a year or more):

  • They live far below their means and have little or no debt. Most pay off their credit cards every month; 40% have no home mortgage at all.
  • Millionaires are frugal — they prepare shopping lists, resole their shoes and save a lot of money — but they are not misers; they live balanced lives.
  • 97% are homeowners; they tend to live in fine homes in older neighborhoods. (Only 27% have ever built their “dream home.”)
  • 92% are married; only 2% are currently divorced. Millionaire couples have less than one-third the divorce rate of non-millionaire couples. The typical couple in the millionaire group has been married for 28 years and has three children. Nearly 50% of the wives of the super-rich do not work outside the home.
  • Most are first-generation millionaires who became wealthy as business owners or executives; most did not inherit their wealth.
  • Almost all are well educated; 90% are college graduates and 52% hold advanced degrees; however, few graduated at the top of their class — most were “B” students. They learned two lessons from college: discipline and tenacity.
  • Most live balanced lives; they are not workaholics. 93% listed socializing with family members as their #1 activity; 45% play golf. (Stanley didn’t survey whether they were avid book readers — too bad.)
  • 52% attend church at least once a month; 37% consider themselves very religious.
  • They share five basic ingredients to success: integrity, discipline, social skills, a supportive spouse and hard work.
  • They contribute heavily to charity, church and community activities (64%).
  • Their #1 worry: taxes! Their average annual federal tax bill: $300,000. The top one-tenth of 1% of U.S. income earners pays 14.7% of all income taxes collected!
  • “Not one millionaire had anything nice to say about gambling.” Okay, but his survey also showed that 33% played the lottery at least once during the year!

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