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Generally Speaking is the Voyageur's forum for columns, cartoons, and letters to the editor. Skeeter Tales by Joel Seibel is our very own locally produced cartoon. Columns include "Wright News" by Jennie K. Hanson, "Villa Vista News" by Renee Klejeski and "Slices of Life" by Jill Pertler. Views expressed in columns, cartoons, and letters represent the views of the authors.

 

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Calendar captain surrenders the helm

Black swans, in theory and in person

Our new garage door

When is a Law only a Suggestion?

Is Everlasting Peace an option?

They said what?

The day they tried corn

Living quiet in a noisy world

The War on Poverty

Will the United Kingdom remain United

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

The 3Rs need the 3Cs

We know the 3Rs – Readin’, ’Ritin’, and ’Rithmatic. These learning concepts have stayed the general focus of education for multiple centuries now – with varying levels of emphasis. While still important if the U.S is going to be competitive in a global environment, there is evidence that these items are not enough.

A gentleman named Tony Wagner, who is the Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard and author of The Global Achievement Gap and Learning to Innovate, Innovating to Learn has proposed a definition of a what he considers a better education. Wagner’s concept is the 3Cs: critical thinking, effective oral and written communication, and collaboration.

Critical thinking – asking the right questions versus rote memorization of the right answers; Communication and Collaboration – defining objectives and then working with others to carry them out (That Used to Be Us, Friedman and Mendelbaum, 2011).

Why does it continue to be important to talk about education priorities? It seems like an intuitively obvious question, but there are statistics that suggest we’re not giving it enough ...

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news photo
Other Columns

Black swans, in theory and in person

Our new garage door

When is a Law only a Suggestion?

Is Everlasting Peace an option?

They said what?

The day they tried corn

Living quiet in a noisy world

The War on Poverty

Will the United Kingdom remain United

An election season interpretive resource

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

Calendar captain surrenders the helm

The household calendar has been my responsibility for 20-plus years. Any human being in charge of his or her family calendar understands the significance of this duty. The calendar is the helm of the family ship. It steers us in the direction dictated by the day’s agenda. A good captain holds tight to the helm and ensures accurate and efficient schedule fulfillment.

Problem is, I’m not much of a captain. I’m more like Gilligan.

If a schedule or appointment can be confused, bumbled, misinterpreted, forgotten or otherwise discombobulated, I am your gal. I did it again today. You’d think after all these years my husband would be fed up with my inadequacy and take over the duties himself – sort of like what I did with him and the laundry.

Who am I kidding? He’s smarter than that.

So here we are, less than a week into the latest youth sports season. Today was the Parent Meeting. Over the years I’ve missed more Parent Meetings than the castaways missed opportunities for getting off that darn ...

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news photo
Other Columns

Our new garage door

When is a Law only a Suggestion?

Is Everlasting Peace an option?

They said what?

The day they tried corn

Living quiet in a noisy world

The War on Poverty

Will the United Kingdom remain United

An election season interpretive resource

Advice on the first day

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

Black swans, in theory and in person

I was tempted to write about the mid-term elections, but my bride suggested that everyone has been driven to absolute weariness by the process. This was mildly disappointing because there was juicy material in the off-the-mark, silly, and even absurd comments this year at various meetings. And, don’t assume they were all on the national or statewide levels. But, I respect my bride’s judgment, and will join in a period of taking a deep breath and hoping that the 2016 presidential election doesn’t kickoff as soon as the pundits predict.

A couple weeks ago we had the opportunity to meet a black swan. More on that encounter later.

Black swans were thought not to exist for many centuries. The term black swan came from the Western belief that all swans were white because they were the only ones accounted for (blackswanevents.org). Events that were unprecedented and unexpected at the time they occurred became known as “black swan” events. Things changed in 1697 when Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh discovered black swans in ...

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