12 posts categorized "Education"

May 25, 2018

An Old Dog, Scratch, and Python

As a programmer I’m a very old dog – been doing it since 1962. Lately I had to learn some new tricks: Scratch for my grandkids and Python to manipulate some astrophysical data with my son. These days communities grow up More...

May 03, 2018

A Good Use of One-Time Funds

Vermont Governor Phil Scott has proposed using one-time funds from various sources to fill a $58 million gap in the state education budget. Normally using one-time funds to paper over a problem in a spending program which has grown beyond affordability is a bad idea. However, Scott’s proposal is More...

February 01, 2017

Tough Love in China

Recently I visited my 18-month old grandson and his parents in Lanzhou, China. The sign below is from the playground school he goes to a couple of times each week.


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November 03, 2011

Fast Off the Mark in China

In the US we have countdown timers on green lights to tell us how long we have left to get across the street. In China the red lights count down so you can be fast off the mark when the light turns. More...

January 09, 2009

If You Can Get Level Funded, Take It

In the bad old days of inflation, level funding a government program was a way of reducing the real dollars it had to spend without "cutting" – something politicians don't like to do. In deflationary times, level funding is actually an increase in spending power. However, the various constituenci More...

June 10, 2007

Being Globalization Ready

The generation of kids who are now in high school could be hurt by globalization.  More...

March 05, 2007

Paper Is Too Flat

Galeal riffs in NextBlitz on what schools might look like if classwork and homework were More...

January 21, 2007

What’s an E-state?

As regular readers of Fractals of Change and Vermonters already know, Governor Jim Douglas proposed More...

January 04, 2007

Vermont, The First E-State

Vermont Governor Jim Douglas in his inaugural address today in Montpelier: “I propose that by 2010, Vermont be the nation’s first true ‘e-state’ – the first state to provide universal cellular and broadband coverage everyw More...

February 01, 2006

Internal Protectionism

If you’re a fan of free trade and globalization as I am, then you should have liked the President’s renunciation of isolationism and protectionism in the State of the Union Address.  More...

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