Relish the Valley: Life in the Low Points

What if your low point could be a high point? What if this time of desperation could be a time of spiritual growth and increased understanding unlike any you have experienced before? It certainly won’t be, not if you’re lusting for the mountaintop.

The thing is, even when you summit the mountain it won’t deliver the thrill you have longed for if you get this wrong.

My life experience has taught me to laugh at adversity, so this is my message I pass on to all dropouts I meet in my volunteer work. Yes leaving high school is not the best step, but everyone can still take online classes and pass the GED exam.

With the GED diploma in hand, they are back on track.  I’m still learning but a little personal schadenfreude goes a long way. If it’s possible to laugh at something, why give it the power of calling it a tragedy?

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A Stagnant Nation?

Recently, the campaign unveiled an original analysis and report card showing the lack of progress in the school reform movement since the release of the landmark report, A Nation at Risk, written by the National Commission on Excellence in Education 25 years ago.

Our schools have been underperforming for 25 years. America is slipping farther and farther behind the rest of the world academically because we have been unable to enact meaningful reforms or substantially improve student learning in the last quarter century.

We know that the American public supports education reform – the missing piece is leadership – on national and local levels. Without vigorous national leadership, states and schools cannot significantly improve their antiquated education systems. Students in our nation’s schools deserve a robust and world-class education that offers them a pathway towards the American dream.

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The Role of Corporate Universities in Canada

“To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.” — Steven Wright

It has been at least some thirty years since companies first became aware of the vast potential of universities to serve as de facto R & D units. Rather than spending millions of dollars investing in infrastructure and personnel, pharmaceutical companies set up ‘collaborations’ with universities in order to save on development costs.

Academics would perform some of the basic research, and the company would carry the product to market. While this arrangement was not completely without benefit to the university and its researchers, the bulk of the profits were to be enjoyed by the company.

The argument has been made that it is far more efficient to do so. After all, if university laboratories are performing research (be it in biochemistry, computer science, or in genetics) along the same lines as private companies, why should the two not combine their efforts? The answer can be gleaned by examining the underlying motives of the two sectors.

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How to learn Conversational Spanish fast

The Spanish language is so-called “the new English language” and is the third-most-widely spoken in the world according to some sources. Not only that it is vastly used in many countries, but it is a language you can learn just for fun or for an understanding of all these romantic Spanish songs.

The good news is that you don’t need to spend a fortune on expensive language courses to learn conversational Spanish. A language so simple and pleasant, Spanish can be easily learned at home. Here are a few tips on how to become a good Spanish speaker and gain a comprehensive understanding of the language in about a month.

Don’t get discouraged – Spanish is pretty simple as many words have the same or very similar spelling to any Roman language (English, Italian, etc). The pronunciation is pretty simple as well because 90% of the words are pronounced just the way they are written, so no heavy pronunciation rules (like in French for example).

Browse the web – you will quickly find a lot of free recourses providing basic Spanish lessons. No matter what you’re interested in conversational Spanish you still need to know the basic spelling and grammar rules.

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