5 things cycling taught me about writing

5 Things Cycling Taught Me About Writing

This summer marks my 8th year of road cycling. I know this because my daughter was prepping to leave for college that first year of riding when I managed to break my pelvic bone in a spectacular skid, thump and crash. I had logged less than 400 miles on my odometer. So that year stands out.

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Common Core for Business

Why Businesses Need to Know About the Common Core State Standards

When you were in high school, did you ever ask your Algebra II teacher, “What has this got to do with anything?” or your history teacher, “Why do I need to know the date of the Battle of Antietam?”

Kids of today’s generation have even more reason to wonder at the necessity of knowing dates and math minutiae. They’ve got Google. Who needs to know it when they can look it up?

When you produced your first case study or annual report, did you fall back to senior year Lit class to structure your report? Did understanding Catcher in the Rye help?

Was high school a complete waste of time?

Most wouldn’t go so far as to denigrate every lesson in every class. But many will question the worth of what they felt forced to learn. Continue reading

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The Common Core Standards will fail to feed our workforce unless…

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.

~ from Common Core State Standards Initiative

Finally, educational standards that make sense for the real-world.

But the way I see it, there’s one huge gap in the conversation. Business people. Continue reading