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Memorial Day
May 25, 2011
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(Holidays) MemorialDayRemembering.jpgIt's Memorial Day Weekend, a time to teach our children a little history and to honor those who served in our country's armed services with parades, flying the flag, visiting memorials and gathering together with family and friends.  There are not many from WWII left with us, however, children of those men and women are among our senior population.  Ask them what they remember of that war.  Help the children ask questions, "what was it like when..." 

I have a few images: a neighbor soldier in uniform, home on leave, who lifted me up to "walk on the ceiling", getting to squeeze the orange dot in the margarine so it would look like yellow butter, my parents taking their turns to watch for enemy planes.  Fast forward 20 years.  The entire year my brother was in Vietnam it felt as though I were holding my breath for his return (he did!).  Many families today have a loved one serving overseas and some have lost a loved one.  Veterans are among us who have lost limbs and worse, who are challenged with living a normal life.

I recently listened to a gentleman give a cogent and impassioned argument that WWII could have been prevented had many of the parties to choices had a greater command of history.  It was the first time that I had been exposed to his "facts".  The interview triggered a renewed interest in history --how we learn it, who teaches us and who taught the teachers, what's in the text books and who decided what goes into them-- valid questions for parents to be asking. Let's encourage the "Why's", the "How's" etc., the critical thinking.  Let's model for our children, "Let's investigate, let's question, let's read this historian, and this one who differs with the first one, and this one...."  Fortunately, today, information is more available than ever.  Will we help our children make good use of it?  Will some of them become historians and statesmen who help our country make wise choices?  We hope so!

Have a thoughtful Memorial Day and good family time, Parmalee

 

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  ClubZ! In-Home Tutoring - A 7 Year Success Story for Students and Owner!

How can we best help struggling students? Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a magic wand or one-size-fits-all approach that works for all students. Each child is different and his or her struggles are unique. The best answer seems to be a personalized approach. Since 2004 Lisa Peterson has been working on addressing this problem, one student at a time.

(Site Photos) TutorandTeen.jpgWhen Lisa opened the Santa Cruz office of Club Z! In-Home Tutoring, she was looking for a way to help individual students and their families find customized learning programs. She hired a staff of well-qualified tutors and custom-matched them to students based on grade level, subject matter and personality. The tutors loved it because they could really connect with the students and families on an individual level and cater their instruction to the interests of the child. The students made incredible progress having their own special teachers. The parents loved listening to the sessions and getting progress reports after each lesson. Classroom teachers started seeing improvement in the classroom. One teacher raved about the progress: "[The student's] math abilities are so much better since her tutoring. I thank you! Today she came up to the board to "teach" a problem to the rest of the class, something she NEVER has done in the two years I've had her. A real success." It was a win-win-win-win formula!

Word spread and Club Z! In-Home Tutoring grew. It was a great solution for families who could afford private tutoring, but what about families who couldn't afford it? Fortunately, Club Z! Tutoring was approved as a tutoring provider for California Supplemental Educational Services. Lisa took the same personalized approach to these programs. She hired highly qualified teachers and assigned them to work one-on-one with students. Struggling students now had a personal tutor to help them catch up in school. In addition, because the parents were present during the tutoring lessons, the tutors could mentor the parents and give them strategies for working with the students in between tutoring sessions. Parents felt empowered and students gained the confidence and self-esteem vital to academic success.

(Site Photos) TutorandGirl.jpgLisa learned a great deal by seeing the various struggles of individual students and how tutors were able to address those needs by creating customized learning programs for each child. The key really seemed to be in the personalization. But how could she expand the model to reach even more students? In addition to her background in education, Lisa also had experience with web development and thought harnessing the power of technology might be the answer. She applied to Stanford University's "Learning, Design and Technology" Master's program and has been accepted for the fall of 2011. Although she will miss working with individual students through Club Z! Tutoring, Lisa looks forward to designing customized software to meet the personal needs of students. She witnessed the power of one-on-one tutoring and looks forward to expanding that model through interactive lessons, games and virtual tutoring for students. We wish her the best as she transitions to her new career and as she looks for a new owner to continue the tradition of excellence for Club Z! In-Home Tutoring here in Santa Cruz County.

If you are interested in owning and managing Club Z! In-Home Tutoring in Santa Cruz, you may to contact Lisa Peterson at lpeterson@clubztutoring.com or at 831-662-2506) She welcomes your inquiries.

  Daily Citron with Viva: Free Concerts: Frugal Fun or... Not?

(Icons/Graphics) LemonGirl.jpgWhen my husband and I heard that someone from our town (James Durbin) was in the Top 10 of American Idol, we couldn't help but tune in. We were disappointed when he was eliminated just two weeks before the finale, so when we found out he'd be playing a free homecoming concert on the beach we thought it would be great fun to attend. And it was. But the question here is whether I would recommend free concerts as a frugal activity, and the answer is... sort of.... continue for the challenge and solution!>>>>>

  Education for Everyone

(Site Photos) SukiRedHead_138.jpgI noticed a few pieces that came down the education news pipeline in the last few days decrying the state of our college education system. OK, so we apparently have beaten down our K-12 system enough, and we're going on to bigger fish. Not only are our kids getting a crappy education leading up to their high school diploma, but they're just carrying the tradition forward.

Well, I beg to look a little bit closer at what we're talking about.

As has been very well documented, there was a huge change in American higher education post World War II. Before that, few men had gone to college, and even fewer women. But returning vets suddenly got college offered to them, and it was enticing.

On top of the GI Bill that got tons of vets into college who before would have gone into a trade or their fathers' business, we had feminism. Suddenly women, who had tasted the independent life when they worked during the War, wanted to go to college, too.

The percentage of our population going to college suddenly skyrocketed. As time went on, politicians started talking about how getting a college education was necessary. Fast forward to present day, and the goal is to get all kids to college.

This seems like a really great and noble goal, but it's terribly misguided.... continued>>>>

 

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(Holidays) MemorialDay_HomeoftheUnknownSoldier.jpg"Memorial Day was originally a solemn day of mourning, a sacred day of remembrance to honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. Businesses closed for the day. Towns held parades honoring the fallen, the parade routes often times ending at a local cemetery, where Memorial Day speeches were given and prayers offered up. People took the time that day to clean and decorate with flowers and flags the graves of those the fell in service to their country."  With the advent of the three day weekend, it changed.  Perhaps we can incorporate some of these are traditions into our day of remembering...


• by visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes
• by visiting memorials
• by flying the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon
• by flying the 'POW/MIA Flag' as well (Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act)
• by participating in a "National Moment of Remembrance" at 3 p.m. to pause and think upon the true meaning of the day, and for Taps to be played
• by renewing a pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of our falled dead, and to aid the disabled veterans

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