Category Archives: Education

The Journey from Poor Procrastinator to Invested Millennial by Jeremy Kho

Reviewed by Timea Barabas

The Journey From Poor Procrastinator to Invested MillenIf you are looking to learn how to achieve financial independence, Jeremy Kho has prepared a book just for you. The Journey from Poor Procrastinator to Invested Millennial will teach you the basics regarding how you should manage your finances and make you curious to learn more. However, the book is not limited to this topic, it can also just help motivate you to overcome your general state of procrastination.

Don’t be scared that the information presented will be too technical for you, it is far from that. With a friendly tone, Jeremy Kho takes you on a journey of self-discovery. He uses a lot of colorful examples to make the economics part more accessible. There are plenty of stories with realistic characters throughout the book containing noteworthy morals. You might even recognize yourself in one or more of these.

It Simply Must Be Said: A View of American Public Education from the Trenches of Teaching by Hank Warren

Reviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

It Simply Must Be Said:  A View of American Public Education from the Trenches of Teaching by Hank WarrenWhy do American schools all too often fail to provide students with a quality education, the kind that broadens their minds, makes them think analytically, and be enthusiastic about learning, and which prepares them for the demands of the job market? Whose fault is it that this sad state of affairs has come about–is it that of our teachers, the society we live in, that of the parents of our nation’s students, the media’s, a sense of apathy among today’s youth, or some combination of these potential factors? Also, how do teachers deal with the pressures inherent in their jobs, and still find within themselves the strength to come to work day after day, intent on trying to make a difference for the better in the lives of their students? These are some of the questions raised and topics explored in author Hank Warren’s stimulating and thought-provoking book, It Simply Must Be Said.

There’s definitely more to teaching than teaching. That may sound strange to anyone who has never been a teacher, but I was one, like Hank Warren. The author’s wife is still a high school teacher, also. For instance, in the chapter with the very apt title “Learning to Swim by Drowning,” the author mentions one of the most important factors one needs to succeed as a teacher in an anecdote he relates about a discussion his wife had with a new teacher “who had completed a brief alternative certification program,”– that is, the ability to motivate the students to participate in the learning process. The new teacher complains: “These kids are completely unmotivated! They don’t want to do a thing!”

What is a teacher to do in a situation like this? Warren’s wife points out “that this is our job as teachers; the daily challenge to get students motivated to want to do something, anything, that will vaguely resemble active participation in the educational process.” What was the fate of the new teacher? The author writes that: “By the middle of the next week, he was gone.”

Public Schools Are Archaic by M. R. Ussery, EdD

Reviewed by Cy Hilterman

Public Schools Are Archaic by M.R. Ussery EdDNot being an educator myself, my thinking on our public schools might not mean much in this review. However, I thoroughly agree with Dr. Ussery that our schools definably need improving in the way students are taught. His suggestions, in general, sound very feasible if they could be implemented in several larger school systems. A small school district such as the one I live in here in rural west-central Pennsylvania would have a difficult task due to smaller enrollment.

To test the intellect of students and assign them accordingly has always made more sense to me than throwing them all in a class where learning levels vary so much. Teaching thirty-five students that have such far reaching aptitudes only creates a longer learning experience for the top “brains” while a teacher has to bring the lower students to a mid-level of learning at best. Testing and grouping by diagnostic skills should separate the math “whiz” from someone ably suited to carpentry; the top English or writing student from the electrical wizard, etc.

In my own schooling as I went through elementary and high school in the 1940’s through 1952, I often wished I was in a class where my strong subjects paired me with others of the same strengths. But it never occurred nor was even thought of as far as I know.