Tag Archives: Education

Your Values May Not Match My Values

Something I think about is why some conservative people want to make laws that prevent liberal people from doing things that do NOT harm others. Stop imposing your “values” on me and others who simply do not agree.

Gay marriage hurts no one.

If you are a county clerk who objects based on your religion, suck it up and tell god that you only do it as part of your job. Ask him for forgiveness, because that’s what he does – you know?

Same goes for bakers, florists and other types of businesses that might support weddings and marriages. Provide the service and have a talk with god telling him you do not support gay marriage.

But by no means should you deny service or give another person a “holier than thou” attitude. Sure, that lifestyle doesn’t work for you. No one is going to force you into it and you should not try to force anyone out of it if it works for them.

Education never hurts anyone.

I’m going to focus on sex education, but this applies to a broad range of scientific education. Appropriate, medically sound sex education does NOT involve telling kids to go have sex. Studies show that locales with abstinence only sex education have higher rates of teen pregnancy.

The opening paragraph of this government site says:

Using the most recent national data (2005) from all U.S. states with information on sex education laws or policies (N = 48), we show that increasing emphasis on abstinence education is positively correlated with teenage pregnancy and birth rates.

And there are many other organizations that show the same results. So if you are conservative and don’t want your kids having sex, you should talk about your values with your kids and what your expectations are – IN ADDITION to giving them the knowledge on how to prevent pregnancy and STDs if they chose to go their own way. That way my kid can still have his medically sound sex education provided by the school, which would [should] be way more accurate and complete than what I could provide on my own.

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Atheist Fact for the Day: Education & Income

Atheists tend to be highly educated1.  27% of the general population have college degrees, while 43% of atheists claim the same. The more educated a person is, the more capable he or she is at critical thinking2. This of course does not guarantee that education will turn a person into an atheist, possibly due to the fact that many people find comfort in their religiosity.  And then there is the factor of some religious individuals adhering to the beliefs that still make sense in the modern world, but forgoing those that no longer make sense2.

Gallup found in 2010 that the lower a country’s per capita income, the higher their population rates the importance of religion3.

The Question

Is religion an important part of your daily life? (Median responses among countries at each per-capita income level.)

The Results

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Note that the US breaks the statistics with a higher than average percentage of religiosity (65%) compared to wealth (about $49,000).

Source:

  1. http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/11/05/7-facts-about-atheists/
  2. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-human-beast/201402/why-are-educated-people-more-likely-be-atheists
  3. http://www.gallup.com/poll/142727/religiosity-highest-world-poorest-nations.aspx

Boldly Enhance My Career

In response to DP – To Boldly Go…

An impending new year gives rise to reflection and goal setting. What will your goals for 2014 be? It’s never to early to start thinking about self improvement!

I think that 2014 will bring about a career related change.  I don’t know what it will look like at this point, but something must happen in that area.

I am an instructional designer.  That means that I analyze training needs, design the training, sometimes develop it, never deliver it (that is someone else’s job), and evaluate effectiveness.  I like doing most of this.

What I don’t like is the environment.  Very large corporation, poor internal communication, too many people who don’t want to be there (including me), and a TON of negativity.  It takes too long to get things done and there is too much resistance to running training like a business (measuring results that are clearly outlined with stakeholders) instead of like an order taker.  We don’t “do training” right here either.  We skip essential steps and short cut others.  It is a BIG ugly mess that only a handful of people are interested in fixing.  Several people resist fixing the mess, while most are indifferent.

What could this career change look like, you ask?  Or maybe you didn’t ask and it was the voice inside my head.  I’ve been thinking about this for a LONG time.  I love learning new things.  My Via Me report calculated that as my highest Signature Strength.  I also have a great deal of interest in helping people.

With those two characteristics in mind, I have been looking into the possibility of becoming a business, executive, or leader coach.  Coaching is becoming more and more in demand and I believe I have a related skill set in my Instructional Design.  I have teaching experience and didn’t really enjoy that, but coaching is very different.  Teaching is telling, explaining, demonstrating, guiding practice, etc.  International Coaching Federation, an coaching standards organization, defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

Big goal.

School Lockdown

An incident occurred today near several schools in my district.  Here is a news story, for details.  I would have been clueless about this incident to this moment, if I hadn’t visited the district website looking for some calendar information.  I think that I am mostly OK with that, but also a little peeved.

Here is a Facebook post that the district released after the guy was caught and the schools were taken off of lockdown status.  The vast majority of respondents thanked the district for handling the situation so well.  Many complained that parents were not notified while it was happening.

Deep down I think that they handled the situation well.  If they had notified parents right away, the streets around the area would have become clogged.  This situation had a very quick turn around.  I think that at some point it would be necessary to notify parents immediately, but I’m not sure what circumstances would make that needed.

I’m interested in hearing your thoughts.  Please be nice.  If I feel like a comment is an attack or presented in an insulting way, I will not approve the comment.

I Wanna Be A …

In response to Daily Prompt: Back to School

If you could take a break from your life and go back to school to master a subject, what would it be?

Difficult choice.  Too many scenarios that fit “if this, then that.”   Here’s my top three choices, listed in order based on how many constraints there are – lower constraints & high desire on my part are listed first.  Higher constraints & lower desire on my part listed last.

#1 – Veterinarian

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Jake & Sophie Nap Time

Not likely to happen at my age, but if someone wanted to foot the bill I would strongly consider it.  But unfortunately the education benefits at my current job will not cover vet school.  I love animals and this would be an emotionally rewarding career – yet emotionally difficult at times.  Another constraint is that I would give up some really good corporate benefits.  I earn a TON of vacation per year because I have been with my company for 17+ years.  I would likely work independently as a vet – so unpaid vacations.  I took the VIA Me Inventory of Strengths recently and this line of work would be a much better fit for me.  My top strength is love of learning, followed by kindness and love.

#2 – Psychology

This is a close 2nd choice – but again – my age and limited funds.  I am very interested in psychology, but would not appreciate the grunt work that it takes to get to where I would want to be in that line of work.  And then there’s the nastiness of losing all of those good corporate benefits I get right now.  This career would also take advantage of my strengths: love of learning, kindness, humility, love.

#3 – Instructional Technology

My BS is in Workforce Education & Technology and that is the line of work I am in now.  My MS is in Computer Information Systems – but is useless to me.  If I were feeling motivated to move to the next level in my current career (I know I’m not), it would be either another MS or a PhD in Instructional Technology.  And this is one that my current employer would at least partially fund.  This career takes advantage of my love of learning.  But none of my other top strengths come into play.  It is not the best fit for me, but I’m in my mid-40’s now and am not dissatisfied enough to make a major career change.