What’s Your Desert Island Book?

This post was inspired by a recent post of a fellow blogger, Beth. Beth wrote how yesterday (January 18) was National Thesaurus Day and paid homage to Peter Mark Roget, creator of the famous Roget's Thesaurus. Since I didn't know about his Thesaruas beyond the basics, I went out to Wikipedia and found the following: … Continue reading What’s Your Desert Island Book?

Are You Smarter Than a 15-Year Old? Depends What Country the 15-Year Old Is From

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD ) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) examines what 15-year old students know in reading, mathematics, and science, and what they can do with what they know. It provides the most comprehensive and rigorous international assessment of student learning outcomes to date. Results from PISA indicate the … Continue reading Are You Smarter Than a 15-Year Old? Depends What Country the 15-Year Old Is From

Some Thoughts on Summer Reading Lists for High School Students

This post was triggered by an essay in the Wall Street Journal by author Ann Patchett in which she notes that as children, many of us were forced to consume books over school break; as adults, we can enjoy those assigned classics without the academic burden. Here is the paragraph that resonated with me the … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Summer Reading Lists for High School Students

How Do You Compare – the Annual American Time Use Survey

Yesterday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the results of the American Time Use Survey (ATUS). These data include the average amount of time per day in 2018 that individuals worked, did household activities, and engaged in leisure and sports activities. Additionally, measures of the average time per day spent providing childcare—both as a … Continue reading How Do You Compare – the Annual American Time Use Survey

I’ve Finally Found a Use for Instagram!

I've had an Instagram account for a few years, and to put it mildly, I am not an active user. But today I read about something that may turn me into a true Instagrammer (@jborden119). Before I could try out this new feature, I had to get familiar once again with the Instagram interface, since … Continue reading I’ve Finally Found a Use for Instagram!

Reading at the Dinner Table

This is the 13th in a collection of newspaper ads written by Harry Gray, then CEO of United Technologies, that appeared in the Wall Street Journal from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Here is the original ad. Tonight  at the dinner table, read something out loud to your family. Tomorrow night, let another member … Continue reading Reading at the Dinner Table

Have You Looked in Your Backyard Lately?

This is the 12th in a collection of newspaper ads written by Harry Gray, then CEO of United Technologies, that appeared in the Wall Street Journal from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Here is the original ad. Dr. Russell Cornwell of Temple University once delivered a lecture in which he  told of a … Continue reading Have You Looked in Your Backyard Lately?

Why I Love DonorsChoose.org

Imagine making a donation to a cause that you really believe in, one that you believe will make a difference. Then imagine getting personalized hand-drawn thank you notes like the one above, telling you how awesome you are. Well that pretty much describes how the online charity DonorsChoose.org works. Its mission is  to "engage  the public in public … Continue reading Why I Love DonorsChoose.org