Education – What happens after High School ?

The true function of philosophy is to educate us in the principles of reasoning and not to put an end to further reasoning by the introduction of fixed conclusions.

George Henry Lewes Quote

First answer. I don’t know.

College isn’t for everyone. It can be an insurmountable burden from which you may not recoup your investment. A technical trade or an apprenticeship may afford a person with the opportunity to mature and achieve some degree of financial responsibility. It would give them a chance to find mentors in areas of interest. Just as a general education will give one good overall view of the world past and present.

College is not the place to go to find yourself. To a large extent you must know yourself prior to going into the unknown.

Just like a cook does prep work before preparing a dinner or a builder makes plans, drafts blueprints subcontracts with his subs before he digs his footings.

Children need a good foundation, direction and redirecting.

Letting a student find himself in college like pre 1970 may have worked then. I am not sure it works now.

I liked the following article.

I enjoyed my liberal arts studies particularly history and political science. But I think my best education was high school. However mentoring was lacking there.

In college I found mentors in physics and cytology as well as french. By that I mean teachers of whom I asked help.

Tell you children to ask questions and seek mentors who are more successful and experienced. Don’t be intimidated by another’s success.

” Throughout his­tory it has been com­mon for peo­ple to study sub­jects with no im­me­di­ate re­la­tion­ship to their in­tended pro­fes­sions. In an­tiq­uity, ed­u­cation was in­tended to en­rich stu­dents’ lives. Prag­matic ben­e­fits such as rhetor­i­cal abil­ity, log­i­cal rea­son­ing and busi­ness skills were wel­come byprod­ucts of a good ed­u­ca­tion. The phrase “lib­eral arts” comes from the Latin word lib­er­alis, mean­ing “wor­thy of a free per­son.” A lib­eral-arts ed­u­ca­tion gives some­one the free­dom to par­tic­i­pate fully in civic life.

We should up­date the lib­eral arts to take into con­sid­er­a­tion the re­al­i­ties of the mod­ern world. Soft­ware per­me­ates nearly every­thing. All stu­dents, no mat­ter their ma­jor, should de­velop a ba­sic fa­mil­iar­ity with cod­ing tool sets such as true-false state­ments, also called “Booleans,” and if-then or con­di­tional state­ments.

But coders gain, too, from study­ing the lib­eral arts. “The value of an ed­u­ca­tion in a lib­eral arts col­lege,” said Al­bert Ein­stein, “is not the learn­ing of many facts but the train­ing of the mind to think some­thing that can­not be learned from text­books.” Con­struct­ing ar­gu­ments based on his­tor­i­cal ev­i­dence or study­ing rhetoric to im­prove one’s abil­ity to per­suade an au­di­ence has ob­vi­ous ap-plications. Interdisciplinary ap­proaches to solv­ing prob­lems are cru­cial to address­ing mod­ern chal­lenges such as cul­ti­vat­ing re­la­tion­ships in an in­creas­ingly digi­tal world and cre­atively in­te­grat­ing new tech­nolo­gies into dif­fer­ent sec­tors of the econ­omy.

So when par­ents ask them­selves “What course of study will help my child get a job?” they shouldn’t think only about how the work-force op­er­ates to­day but how it will op­er­ate 10 or 20 years down the road. Though no one knows for sure ex­actly what the land­scape will look like, we can be cer­tain that crit­i­cal think­ing will still have value. And in that world, so will a lib­eral-arts de­gree. “

Excerpted from:

If You Want Your Child to Succeed, Don’t Sell Liberal Arts Short

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Is Your Kid Hooked on Smartphones? 


More and more my patients are becoming addicted to their devices. I am concerned that their communication and social skills may be stifled. We are who we are in a large part by what we do. Children and adults who spend hours on devices miss opportunities and to grow as individuals. 

It is best to limit exposure to the internet and social media. There’s a false narrative of what’s real. Unfortunately it is not the curators of the net to assume that responsibility.  As parents and as families it is our role to take over responsibility. 


5 Tips for Parents


Keep devices out of kids’ bedrooms.

Set up online firewalls and data cutoffs.

Create a device contract. 

Model healthy device behaviors.

Consider old-school flip phones for your kids.

Taken from:  Is Your Kid Hooked on Smartphones? 5 Tips for Parents

Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

Facebook ! How much are you sharing?

I am afraid that my patients as well as their parents are naively and freely disclosing personal  information online in mediums that they trust and believe to be secure.  As all the recent hacks of government and corporpate networks that information is not secure. Now it is becoming more evident that the behemoth techno companies  Alphabet (Google) and Facebook (aka Instagram and WhatsApp) know too much about their users. 

What this means is that even more than it is in the advertising business, Facebook is in the surveillance business. Facebook, in fact, is the biggest surveillance-based enterprise in the history of mankind. It knows far, far more about you than the most intrusive government has ever known about its citizens. It’s amazing that people haven’t really understood this about the company. I’ve spent time thinking about Facebook, and the thing I keep cominfg back to is that its users don’t realise what it is the company does. Read more in the following article. 
Excerpt from “You are the product”

Smart Phone – I don’t think so!

I got my first cell phone in 1987 during my first year as a solo pediatrician. It was necessary running between 3 hospitals, home and office any time of the day or night. Now cell phones have become a distraction and as the following article implies an impediment to the growth and development  of adults and children alike,

Social media can if used well can be an asset however as with any asset must be used wisely.

The following are excerpts from an article I read this am.

Acts of Faith PerspectiveThe death of reading is threatening the soul

By Philip Yancey July 21

Books help define who I am. They have ushered me on a journey of faith, have introduced me to the wonders of science and the natural world, have informed me about issues such as justice and race. More importantly, they have been a source of delight and adventure and beauty, opening windows to a reality I would not otherwise know.

The Internet and social media have trained my brain to read a paragraph or two, and then start looking around. When I read an online article from the Atlantic or the New Yorker, after a few paragraphs I glance over at the slide bar to judge the article’s length. My mind strays, and I find myself clicking on the sidebars and the underlined links. Soon I’m over at CNN.com reading Donald Trump’s latest tweets and details of the latest terrorist attack, or perhaps checking tomorrow’s weather.

Worse, I fall prey to the little boxes that tell me, “If you like this article [or book], you’ll also like…” Or I glance at the bottom of the screen and scan the teasers for more engaging tidbits: 30 Amish Facts That’ll Make Your Skin Crawl; Top 10 Celebrity Wardrobe Malfunctions; Walmart Cameras Captured These Hilarious Photos. A dozen or more clicks later I have lost interest in the original article.

Neuroscientists have an explanation for this phenomenon. When we learn something quick and new, we get a dopamine rush; functional-MRI brain scans show the brain’s pleasure centers lighting up. In a famous experiment, rats keep pressing a lever to get that dopamine rush, choosing it over food or sex. In humans, emails also satisfy that pleasure center, as do Twitter and Instagram and Snapchat.

Nicholas Carr’s book “The Shallows” analyzes the phenomenon, and its subtitle says it all: “What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains.” Carr spells out that most Americans, and young people especially, are showing a precipitous decline in the amount of time spent reading. He says,
“Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.”
A 2016 Nielsen report calculates that the average American devotes more than 10 hours per day to consuming media—including radio, TV, and all electronic devices. That constitutes 65 percent of waking hours, leaving little time for the much harder work of focused concentration on reading.

An article in Business Insider studied such pioneers as Elon Musk, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Mark Zuckerberg. Most of them have in common a practice the author calls the “5-hour rule”: they set aside at least an hour a day (or five hours a week) for deliberate learning. For example:
• Bill Gates reads 50 books a year.
• Mark Zuckerberg reads at least one book every two weeks.
• Elon Musk grew up reading two books a day.
• Mark Cuban reads for more than three hours every day.
• Arthur Blank, a co-founder of Home Depot, reads two hours a day.

What is a realistic goal? Charles Chu calculates that at an average reading speed of 400 words per minute, it would take 417 hours in a year to read 200 books—less than the 608 hours the average American spends on social media, or the 1,642 hours watching TV.

Modern culture presents formidable obstacles to the nurture of both spirituality and creativity.

As a writer of faith in the age of social media, I host a Facebook page and a website and write an occasional blog. Thirty years ago I got a lot of letters from readers, and they did not expect an answer for a week or more. Now I get emails, and if they don’t hear back in two days they write again, “Did you get my email?” The tyranny of the urgent crowds in around me.

If I yield to that tyranny, my life fills with mental clutter.

Boredom, say the researchers, is when creativity happens. A wandering mind wanders into new, unexpected places.

When I retire to the mountains and unplug for a few days, something magical takes place. I’ll go to bed puzzling over a roadblock in my writing, and the next morning wake up with the solution crystal-clear—something that never happens when I spend my spare time cruising social media and the Internet.

I find that poetry helps. You can’t zoom through poetry; it forces you to slow down, think, concentrate, relish words and phrases. I now try to begin each day with a selection from George Herbert, Gerard Manley Hopkins, or R. S. Thomas.

For deep reading, I’m searching for an hour a day when mental energy is at a peak, not a scrap of time salvaged from other tasks. I put on headphones and listen to soothing music, shutting out distractions.

Deliberately, I don’t text. I used to be embarrassed when I pulled out my antiquated flip phone, which my wife says should be donated to a museum. Now I pocket it with a kind of perverse pride, feeling sorry for the teenagers who check their phones on average 2,000 times a day.

We’re engaged in a war, and technology wields the heavy weapons. Rod Dreher recent book, “‘The Benedict Option,” urges people of faith to retreat behind monastic walls as the Benedictines did — after all, they preserved literacy and culture during one of the darkest eras of human history. I don’t completely agree with Dreher, though I’m convinced that the preservation of reading will require something akin to the Benedict option.

I’m still working on that fortress of habit, trying to resurrect the rich nourishment that reading has long provided for me. If only I can resist clicking on the link 30 Amish Facts That’ll Make Your Skin Crawl…

ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILREN TO READ 1 HOUR FOR EVRY 30 MIN OF VIDEO TIME. ALSO INCLUDE AT LEAST 30 MINUTES OF EXERCISE. GET BACK TO JUMP ROPE AND RIDING BIKES.

Cell Phone Recycling

Fragile – Conflict and Challenges are good for our Children!

 
“What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” Nietzsche was right, and Nasim Taleb’s book “Antifragile” explains why. Kids need thousands of hours of unsupervised play and thousands of conflicts and challenges that they resolve without adult help, in order to become independently functioning adults. But because of changes in American childrearing that began in the 1980s, and especially because of the helicopter parenting that took off in the 1990s for middle class and wealthy kids, they no longer get those experiences.Instead they are enmeshed in a “safety culture” that begins when they are young and that is now carried all the way through college. Books and words and visiting speakers are seen as “dangerous” and even as forms of “violence.” Trigger warnings and safe spaces are necessary to protect fragile young people from danger and violence. But such a culture is incompatible with political diversity, since many conservative ideas and speakers are labeled as threatening and banned from campus and the curriculum. Students who question the dominant political ethos are worn down by hostile reactions in the classroom. This is one of the core reasons why universities must choose one telos. Any institution that embraces safety culture cannot have the kind of viewpoint diversity that Mill advocated as essential in the search for truth.

Excerpted from:

Why Universities Must Choose One Telos: Truth or Social Justice