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bahamut's Avatar Picture bahamut – November 15, 2008 09:46AM Reply Quote
a thread about our spawn.

bahamut – May 13, 2018 10:01PM Reply Quote
Thanks guys,

Well we had a conversation with her. It was kind of nice that she knew she couldn’t say anything or we would come down hard. Listening wasn’t comfortable but she listened. Baby steps, I guess, or teenage ones.

johnny k – May 14, 2018 12:15AM Reply Quote
That's good. Sounds like you've planted some idea of consequences in her. I have to remember to be spare with my Angry God voice so that it still works in those teenage years.

bahamut – May 20, 2018 09:05PM Reply Quote
Eldest daughter was having a facetime conversation with friend in car today while I was at a store. She continued conversation during which I heard her disuading said friend from riding bicycle inside her house (e.g. destroying everything). She surprised me with her voice of authority (You should NOT do that. / You disappoint me). I worry less now.

El Jeffe – May 22, 2018 04:05PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
I actually caught myself starting a FaceTime call while driving before even THINKING "WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING!?" ... it was a strange feeling.

John Willoughby – May 29, 2018 11:16AM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
I... made the mistake of getting Mario Kart 8 on the Switch for my kids. I may never be able to watch TV on my family room set again. They've never taken to Nintendo-style games before, but this one got its hooks into them fast and deep. It leaves me utterly unmoved.

(Yes, they could play on the Switch screen, but they want to race each other and the TV is better for that.)

El Jeffe – May 29, 2018 05:09PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
As an aside, I can't believe Frys has 65" 4k screens for $399.

bahamut – May 30, 2018 10:24PM Reply Quote
The boy (12!) took the train into the city today (with transfer to subway, then return via the bus because he missed the last train) in order to meet and have books signed by Bryan Lee O'Malley (World ns Scott Pilgrim). He survived. A big day in this household.

I used to ride my bike five miles from the near north side to the loop in chicago and back during 1979 (was 11) so this isn't a big deal in my book, but still a milestone.

El Jeffe – May 31, 2018 05:45AM Reply Quote
What a journey.

YDD – June 24, 2018 06:14PM Reply Quote
A certain small person of my acquaintance just discovered that shower curtain rods aren't quite built to the same specification as the monkey bars at the playground.

ARL (Moderator) – June 24, 2018 08:28PM Reply Quote
It happens to the best of us...

El Jeffe – June 25, 2018 04:26AM Reply Quote
What a journey.

bahamut – August 12, 2018 11:26PM Reply Quote
The wife just informed me that the boy is here all week. Ok... now you tell me? My concern is his addiction to games and YouTube. I had an addiction but it involved wandering in the woods and programming as well. And I wish my parents had let me read comics but since they didn’t I had to settle for books, which sometimes meant sci fi and sometimes meant Solzhenitsyn or Dostoyevsky.

Any thoughts on how to push him that little bit extra? I’d like to take him to a comic book store and say ok dude, buy whatever, but he’ll barely even read those prior to heading back online... arg...

John Willoughby – August 13, 2018 10:05AM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
That's hard. Maybe books about his interests? Does he have any interest in making/streaming videos? He might be interested in approachable books about video production. Maybe books about the gaming industry (not programming, higher level stuff)?

I'm embroiled in a similar struggle, with little success as yet.

bahamut – August 13, 2018 09:44PM Reply Quote
He went through the making and streaming video phase years ago. Wish I could get him to program not just consume...

El Jeffe – August 14, 2018 05:50PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
best of luck. On the opposite side, my son's new girlfriend told me she's spent her last week coding python. not getting paid, no class... just coding python.
I pulled out my 1982 HP-41C ... said I spent summer coding that puppy! :) Yes, I still have my pristine 1982 HP 41.

El Jeffe – February 07, 2019 11:19AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
El Jeffe

I have honestly come to the conclusion that, except for some of the truly top tier universities, college has become too expensive to justify itself.

again, i've said for years, BIG ED BUBBLE... pop... can't be sustained...

I found this discussion to be good. What brought ME to this was Dr. McMahan is President of my son's school.

Washington Post (“WAH-PO”)
Jan 17, 2019



I paraphrased and OpEd-ed a bit here...

* University Ventures Co-Founder Ryan Craig
* Kettering University President Robert McMahan (My son attends and has had Dr. McMahan as in instructor)
* Sanjay Rai, Montgomery College Vice President of Academic Affairs talk about the collegiate alternatives students are seeking to prepare them for the workforce.

Ryan Craig :
Crisis of affordability 1.5 trillion debt
If every graduate entered into a $60,000 per year, we would NOT have a problem
It’s affordability against EMPLOY-ability.
The crisis in really EMPLOYABILITY.
Under-employment is over 40%. Digital economy has changed opportunities and entry level jobs.
Major problem

HOST: (what are the) Pathways to SUCCESS.

Dr. McMahan - President Kettering University
Kettering University is 100 years old
“Future of education, built a century ago.”
Aspirational goals for integrating theory and practice.

* Curriculum is 4 1/2 years long.
* We have no major summer/winter holidays; we go 12 months a year.
* 12 week on / 12 week off - rotation (school vs work)
* 100% of students work.
* They rotating into their field of study.
* They are normal employees, with pay and benefits.
* They advance their CAREER (jobs) as they advance in their school.

Unprecedented in US Higher Ed.
Our students vary in employability from 99% to 100% ! :) (tongue in cheek)
One of the lowest Debt Default rates of any institution in the US.
They have the ability to address/afford the debt.

Ryan Craig
Vast majority of higher education schools, their (only) interface into the post-graduate world of employment is “Career Services”… only one small part of their overall school machine.
Only about 50% of 4 year students even attempt to use these services.
Usually they are only aided by someone that has ONLY sat behind a desk in career services, instead of working in the industry the student is looking for work.
US Higher Ed does not take seriously the employment of the students.
TIRED LINE: We prepare you for your FIFTH JOB, not your FIRST JOB. And this fails us.

Sanjay Rai - Montgomery University
US Education system is still far superior to many
We have challenges with the globalization of the economy.
Needs to be more accessible, more affordable, and produce more employable graduates
Our college is affordable, $6,000 a year.
We work closely with industry for accredited and non-accredited programs.
CyberSecurity jobs are vast, and are affordable for getting credentials.
Uniquely American are our country’s community college offerings.

Dr. McMahan
In order to educate the whole person, you need to create an equivalence; education and employment.
Both are equal in importance. Each informs the other.
Same time spent in the discipline (job) as in education of the discipline (school)
This also informs the others in the class/room.
Instructors ASK the STUDENTS about how their jobs apply the theory they are covering in the classroom.

Ryan Craig
That is so HARD to do… and why others choose to simply repeat their lectures and not engage in bi directional discussion. (aka taking the easy way out)
How do US employers match students to jobs across all the education system?
Some employers will NOT hire anyone UNTIL they have SOME experience. Period.
How do you get experience without experience?
“last mile training” - post secondary are not good at this.
Marketable SKILLS.

What does that mean to Philosophy majors?

Ryan Craig
Faster, cheaper alternatives that incorporate last mile training.

Dr. McMahan
Our liberal arts is large. We have bands, and music and arts, and can interchange with STEM disciplines.

Ryan Craig
Get what you need, WHEN you NEED IT. Faster, cheaper, post secondary training.
Working that (first) job with little to no debt. Then look around and see what you want to do next and need to get to move ON and move UP. Then you should do THAT.
Eventually, the COGNITIVE and HUMANITY skills can still be developed. (referring back to host’s Philosophy question).

Community colleges still for the most part put DEGREE ABOVE EMPLOYABILITY.
We need a new paradigm, certificate programs for workforce.

Sanjay Rai
We still need to develop critical thinkers.
“Last Mile” in knowledge economy (GIG ECONOMY), the last mile becomes LONGER THAN A MILE…

How to decide what’s best for the student?

Ryan Craig
Data shows there are not many schools that place large numbers of graduates into $70,000 plus jobs upon graduation.
90% of graduates find they need to enroll in post secondary school to address their inability to afford their first degree with their first job.
Schools need to HELP THEM GET FIRST JOBS (more/better).

Dr. McMahan
Skills development is not distinct/apart from education.
Employers look for a set of attributes.
75% of “STUFF” a student learns, quickly becomes OBSOLETE. (year after graduation)
Employers want a student who can solve problems with demonstrated success.
Traditional Higher ed ignores this.

Cloudscout – February 22, 2019 09:50PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
We said goodbye to the oldest of our three dogs tonight.

Utterly devastated right now.

tliet – February 23, 2019 12:39AM Reply Quote
Sorry to hear CS.

ARL (Moderator) – February 23, 2019 02:02AM Reply Quote
Sorry, CS.

El Jeffe – February 23, 2019 08:15AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
Chin up. Sorry.

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