Building a Better Student: Pace Car

Over the summer I took a road trip, an experience that is as much a part of my DNA as my brown hair. A good portion of my youth was spent in the back seat of a Ford Galaxy 500 as my parents criss-crossed the country, and I’ve never outgrown my love of the road. […]

Building a Better Student: Spell Check

One of my co-workers at the radio station said something interesting to me this week. He said, “Spell check made me into a good speller.” At first I thought he was kidding, but no. He told me that he was horrible at spelling when he was younger, but through the years spell check taught him. […]

Building a Better Student: Circles From the Air

The flight from Austin to Denver was routine. We pulled away from the gate right on time, the guy next to me had already drifted off to sleep with his earbuds snugly tucked, and I settled in with a million-page Michener novel. (Is that redundant?) After so many years of choosing window seats, the view […]

Thoughts on the Whole Homeschool vs Public School Debate

Longtime readers are certainly aware that I spent many years homeschooling all 4 boys, and then about 4 years ago the older ones began attending public school. To be precise, TechnoBoy went to 8th grade and then The Mercenary joined public school the following year. They’re both in 11th grade now and we agree that […]

Building a Better Student: The Ladder Gets Longer

Our company recently hosted a team building session for about thirty employees, where we focused on creating a stronger internal bond. If you’re going into battle – even corporate battle – it helps to know the people around you on a more intimate level. During one emotional segment, a guy on our team told us […]

Building a Better Student: Intellectual Arrogance

I never thought I’d write an article like this. After working with students for more than twenty years to help them embrace the idea that Smart is Cool, I have to call out some students who have abused the notion. This might sting a little. We know that many bright kids throw away their education […]