Thursday, September 15, 2005

More on self-esteem based education

As an addendum to my earlier post, I think Thomas Sowell talks to the issues in education today more effectively than me.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Advertisers relieved @ slowdown of DVRs

That sigh of relief you heard last week were the corporate ad agencies reading the results of the latest report form Magna Global.

MG has announced that DVR popularity is slowing and predicts that it will *not* become mainstream enough to endanger television advertising. This makes ad agencies, who are overly attached to expensive 30-second commercials, quite relieved, since now they don't have to find out how to actually deliver real results for their clients.

There's a reason why online advertising, event marketing and word of mouth strategies are becoming more popular. TV ads don't deliver, and in fact have increased in cost despite smaller audiences.

The "comfort" of the TV format has made the industry complacent, but eventually, corporate America will wake up and just say "no."

iPod mockery

This little video hit my funny bone today and added some well needed laughter.

Losing out on academic excellence

CNN had a great little tidbit today, a topic I've seen with increasing frequency of late -- that an American eduation is not worth what it once was.

This type of news is very bothersome to me, especially the little quote:
"In all levels of education, the United States spends $11,152 per student. That's the second highest amount, behind the $11,334 spent by Switzerland."

As this line points out, our problem is not related to spending, as the teachers' unions would like to tell you. It's related to our lowered expectations, possibly to protect the "self images" of students, and possibly related to trying to please parents who want to have every child be "exceptional."

What's the matter with challenging, traditional curricula that requires hard work?

Monday, September 12, 2005

Getting an MBA?

After thinking about the idea for a few years, I've taken the plunge and have signed up for an MBA program.

I think I must be absolutely crazy, especially since it has been 16 years since I've been enrolled in any academic program. Sure, I've had my share of professional development courses, and I've even taken a couple of classes at a local community college. But, a real degree program has not been on my radar for a long time, and I may be a little rusty!

Wish me luck! I'll need it.