let us educate, part 1

I have ideas about things. You probably know that by now. I’m a big thinker, a problem-solver. And if you want to talk about a problem that needs to be solved, it’s the education system in the U.S.

We’ve fallen behind our European and Asian cousins, and we’ve stayed there. Not cool. But the powers-that-be seem to be at a loss for how to fix it. We’ve instituted programs that have fallen flat. Money has been wasted. But we’re doing the same thing and expecting different results. How ’bout we change things?

I’m taking my org. management degree and applying it to the education system. I’ve been pondering this problem for a while, and here are a few changes, mostly aimed at high school education, that I think would get us started in the right direction:

1. Pay teachers more. I know, right? Seems like a no-brainer. (more…)

rednecks and southern belles

Stereotypes. They’re all around us. They make our lives easier. They’re categories to put people in so we don’t actually have to get to know them as individuals.

And one of the strongest, most-enduring stereotype is that of the typical Southerner. I mean, we all know what a typical Southerner looks and sounds like, right? Having grown up in NC and lived in several states throughout the South, I feel well-equipped to address a few of those pesky stereotypes. Ready? Let’s jump right in.

1. Southerners have a funny accent.

Some do, some don’t. Did you hear that? Let me say it again: some don’t. Are you shocked?  (more…)

lady up

It’s common practice. Women gushing over male celebrities, sighing at their pictures, excitedly discussing their latest looks. It doesn’t seem to matter whether or not the women are married, or the marital status of the men they drool over. Because they’re just looking. That’s completely acceptable.

Or is it?

When a guy checks out or ogles a woman, we usually consider that inappropriate, possibly even bordering on sexual harassment. But somehow, when a woman eyes a man, it’s permissible, even encouraged by other women. In this age of equality, what sense does that make? (more…)