August 1999, Volume 2.12
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Message from the President

"Turn Down That....."

Make Time for Reading

Decide Now, Plan Later

Stressing Out????

Summary of the World

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Message from the President

We have been working with several businesses this summer that want to move into the educational arena. They are dedicated, conscientious, hard-working people who have the interests of children at heart. Their ideas sometimes have trouble getting off the ground because they think that all "education" is the same, or they have an idea that just doesn’t move the envelope far enough. In other cases these businesses will do well, because they have the support to keep going. As parents and educators, we often support them when we don’t take the time to carefully examine the service or product, instead we are persuaded by the glitz. We don’t know the right way for businesses to serve education......their probably isn’t one. We do know that education has had its share of "shufflers" over the years. Merely moving the parts around, is not going to get the job done in this era of information. Profound change, through business or the public system, will probably scare us to death, but I believe it will be necessary to prepare our young people for a world that is constantly changing.

As summer draws to a close, I feel most fortunate to have had a steady stream of visitors pass through my home. This is the year that my family has arranged their schedules and planned their vacations to visit Chicago and Marty’s house. What fun it is to share what I have with others. My only regret is that the visits are not long enough or frequent enough. But, none the less, this is the summer that we will put in our ledger book, and as we get together in the future, we will pull out these legends to laugh and enjoy, once again, the fun times we have had.

M. Angulo

 

 

 

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Message from the President

"Turn Down That....."

Make Time for Reading

Decide Now, Plan Later

Stressing Out????

Summary of the World

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"Turn Down That....."

Can a teenager really learn while the radio’s blasting? If your teenager says he or she concentrates better with music in the background, what is meant is the teenager is in the habit of studying with music on.

What can you do? Try phasing out the music over a week or two by turning down the volume a little at a time. If your child complains about needing the music to drown out the TV or people’s talking, examine the noise level in your household. Perhaps you can designate quiet places or quiet times.

Make Time for Reading

The average elementary student spends less than seven minutes a day reading silently at home. These same students spend an average of 130 minutes each day watching television. Make sure your child has time to read by setting firm limits on television viewing.

Decide Now, Plan Later

The way top leaders make decisions is different from what you might expect. Three surprising facts have emerged from research:

  • Leaders plan actions early on as they consider problems. By contrast, less effective managers usually want to gather all the facts before acting.
  • Top executive often take an action, then consider the results. One leader described his business approach this way "first I toss the bomb, then I ask questions about what happened."

    Why? Given the great uncertainty of many of the management and business issued they face, managers often institute a course of action simply to learn more about an issue. They experiment as a way of "testing" what may or may not work.


 

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  • Top managers sometimes bypass rigorous, analytical thinking altogether. When a problem is difficult, tangled and novel, leaders often feel their way and go with their gut feelings.

    But what if they are wrong?

    "Whenever I make a decision, I start out by recognizing that there is a strong likelihood that I’m going to be wrong." Said Fletcher Byrom, shortly after he retired from the presidency of the Koppers Co. "To worry about it puts obstacles in the way of clear thinking."

Daniel J. Isenberg, Harvard Business Review, 617-496-1449

 

Stressing Out????

Next time you are feeling the stress of a difficult situation, ask yourself how your favorite cartoon character...perhaps Bart Simpson....would handle it. This might cause you to pause and chuckle.

SUNY Health Science Center, Syracuse, NY

 

Summary of the World

If we could, at this time, shrink the Earth’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look like this:

There would be 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 from the Western Hemisphere (North and South) and 8 Africans

 

 

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  1. 70 would be nonwhite; 30 white
  2. 70 would be non-Christian; 30 Christian
  3. 50% of the entire world wealth would be in the hands of only 6 people
  4. All 6 would be citizens of the United States
  5. 70 would be unable to read
  6. 50 would suffer from malnutrition
  7. 80 would live in substandard housing
  8. Only 1 would have a college education

When one considers our world from such an incredibly compressed perspective, the need for both tolerance and understanding becomes glaringly apparent.

Submitted by Marilyn Belcher, 5th Grade Teacher
Brookfield, Illinois

 

As we continue to grow our business we have met with some skeptics. We find the following helpful when someone has tried to "pop our balloon." It is far better to give an idea a chance....or at least to not immediately shoot it down....than to be one of those who always says "Won’t work," "Bad idea," or "Too risky;" and so, never doing anything great!

  • This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us." Western Union internal memo, 1876
  • "The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?" David Sarnoff’s associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920's.

 

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  • "The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a ‘C’, the idea must be feasible." A Yale management professor in response to Fred Smith’s proposal for an overnight delivery service. Smith is the founder of Federal Express Corporation.
  • "A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America like crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make." Response to Debbi Field’s idea about starting Little Debbi Cookies.
  • "We didn’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." Decca Recording Company rejection of the Beatles, 1962.
  • "I I had thought about it, I wouldn’t have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can’t do this." Spencer Silver on his invention of the Post-It Notes
  • "So we went to Atar and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or, we’ll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we’ll come work for you.’ And they said, ‘No.’ So, then we went to Hewlett-Packard and they said, ‘Hey, we don’t need you. You haven’t gotten through college yet.’ " Apple Computer Inc. Founders, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
  • "Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools." 1921 New York Times on Goddard’s revolutionary rocket work.
  • "Everything that can be invented has been invented." Charles H. Duell, Commissioner of the U.S. Office of patents, 1899.

Phi Delta Kappa

 

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Message from the President

"Turn Down That....."

Make Time for Reading

Decide Now, Plan Later

Stressing Out????

Summary of the World

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