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Pathways Giving College A Run For The Money

“Your money or your life” was a popular hold-up phrase in old westerns, but it also applies to the feeling most students and their families have today regarding the long road to a college degree. Either put up the money for all the stuff leading up to a college degree or give up the opportunity […]

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Education Parenting Personal Growth

The Real Cost of a Meaningless Education

Viktor Frankl was right. In 1965, the world-renowned psychiatrist and author of Man’s Search For Meaning described the U.S. system of education as ‘mechanistic’–a system that treated students like machines rather than human beings. He warned that ignoring the essence of their humanness would create feelings of meaninglessness and cause a void in them that […]

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Careers and Job Markets Parenting Personal Growth

The Five C’s to Success in the New World of Work

I believe my job as a parent is to teach my children to leave me. If I do my job well, they will have a strong sense of self, find meaningful work that makes a difference in the world and discover personal fulfillment through their connection to others. (Of course, I hope they’ll want to […]

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Careers and Job Markets Education

Preparing Students for Success in the New Economy

Times have changed. Not just normal evolutionary change, but a dramatic reshaping of our lives. The World Economic Forum calls it “the greatest transformation human civilization has ever known”.  We are entering a cyber-physical world where the number of corporations is declining and person-to-person commerce is increasing. Old systems are crumbling, while new ones are […]

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Education Parenting Personal Growth

The Vaping Epidemic: Asking the Right Question

I recently attended a lecture by two police officers discussing vaping. They brought all sorts of confiscated vaping devices. There are now over 15,000 different types, including clothing. They talked about the intensity of the nicotine in each pod, the carcinogens released when the battery-operated devices are heated, and the increasing use of THC oil […]

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Careers and Job Markets Education Parenting

No Time to Lose: We Must Broaden Our Children’s Exposure to the Real World

We have entered “the greatest transformation human civilization has ever known” according to the World Economic Forum.  This Fourth Industrial Revolution is eliminating millions of jobs while simultaneously creating millions of new types of jobs. The pace of change is astounding and can be seen in the unfamiliar job titles listed as today’s most promising […]

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Careers and Job Markets Education

A Generation of Students Caught Between Two Worlds

The Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries created a cultural shift from rural farms to factory-filled cities. Imagine the confusion of parents, trained in agricultural livelihoods, trying to understand this new future for their children. It would have been frightening to realize that the systems that were familiar to them were no longer […]

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Parenting Personal Growth

Modern Parenting: The Downside of a One-sided Balance Sheet

When my first daughter was born, I wanted to do everything right. I bought a book about positive parenting and read it cover to cover. I didn’t want to say the negative word “no” so I would say “not for Emily” when she reached for an electrical outlet or anything related. If I could have […]

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Careers and Job Markets Education

The Dollars and Sense of a College Degree

  I never thought I’d be in the restaurant business: it’s risky, I don’t like to cook, and I know very little about the industry. But I believe in investing in people and a few years ago, my husband and I helped fund two very talented restaurateurs who dreamed of opening a Spanish restaurant. We […]

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Careers and Job Markets Education

Preparing Our Children to Pioneer a New Frontier

  For most of my years as a parent, I subscribed to the college-for-all mantra like the rest of my generation. I saw it as a basic degree needed to operate in the world similar to what a high school diploma once represented. I differed in my focus on the importance of social skills and […]