This summer at the university, I decided to audit a 1000 level college algebra class. Why you ask???? Well, I would like to take the GRE exam for graduate school sometime in the fall of this year and my university offers a GRE Workshop in Sept. That being said, the last college Algebra class I took was in 1973 [(That’s 1973!!!!) that’s only forty years – but, whose counting.] … and to tell the truth, I didn’t want to appear totally ignorant – a little maybe, just not a lot!!

BUT, THAT’S NOT REALLY WHAT THIS STORY IS ABOUT.  The young people I sit in class with are anywhere from in-coming freshman to sophomores. All, but a few, are having a nightmare of a Term: B in this  CORE class.

The instructor, a middle-aged woman from China with a doctorate in Math appears to be very astute  and concerned that the large number of students are having such trouble getting through this basic calculus. (It’s important to remember here that this is a summer-class and all the material is compacted from a 3-month semester time period, into a one month “crash” course; so, the heat is on and the amount of information to be covered is considerable.) The professor takes the time everyday to totally go over the material which is then backed up by the appropriate homework. As a side note; in the Math bldg, there are tutors for math and science available from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. everyday. The text-book, covers in detail explanations in theory and the problems to be addressed. (Due to the time of a summer class – five weeks total many of the students don’t bother to purchase/rent the text due to the price).

My question: At what price is knowledge worth??? Students and parents alike think nothing of paying for apartments, cellphones, great clothes, a very useable vehicle and membership for cultural Orgs on campus; all these things are for an entertaining university experience. So, at what price is education worth? The price of a “keg-o-beer” will rent a student a calculus textbook for summer semester B. Also, basic college algebra is a “core” course – YOU HAVE TO HAVE IT TO GRADUATE. 

Everyday I hear people complain that the instructor is doing a bad job at explaining the problems. Everyday, I hear the same students talk about their nightlife, etc.. I realize I’m considerably older than my student peers ….well, a lot older actually.

And then I wonder….. was I like this in 1973 – my freshman year at GSU???

Evidently so ….. I FLUNKED OUT MY SECOND QUARTER!!!!!!

I would like that to be food for thought. I’ve chewed that “cud’ for 40 years. The taste of crow leaves a lasting taste!!!

Well, once again I’ve had my sae. Thanks so much for visiting me and if you get a chance …check out my other website in the Blogroll section under comments.

Till next week. All be blessed and help someone to understand better the world in which they live.

Best!

G.

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My dog and I went to our local farmer’s market today. There was lots of local produce, some other vendors of odds and ends, my local university had a booth along with a few local religious organizations. I’m starting to see more people of varied faiths offering native foods and ideals to this somewhat small south Georgia, U.S. community.

I remember back fifty years or so past when the farmers market here would have looked nothing as it is today. How we as a community have grown, and for the better I would like to think.

“The friends of the Library,” an organization of which I’m a member, were giving away free new children’s books – subjects and story content – varied to all ages and ethinic groups. That would never had happened way back when I was a child. HOW FAR WE HAVE COME! And we still, as a community and nation, have such a long way too go;  but, not as far as it was!!

All – have a greatdae!!

G. 

I’ve decided on this subject, the day after the Fourth of July – our Independence Day, in my home country of the United States of America where we CAN go to school: at any age, being of any race, and any gender or religion – to say – Jezzzzz: “HOW FORTUNATE WE ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

This is probably “ol’ hat” to some folks and I’m sure at lot of the people who live in this land take this simple act of becoming educated as a given right, but we should all remember – it hasn’t always been this way. The lives that have been given in battle both on foreign soil and here at home to allow us this “gift.” During the decades of racial inequality of all colors not only black; this dicriminatory issue of our ongoing quest of who as a nation we are. Look back on the days of women’s suffrage (I can’t imagine my mother not being able to read or write – her cursive penmanship: an art she was so proud of), child labor, and other things that should have never been in our history. How far we’ve come and how far we have to go!!

If you want an experience in moving forward, the reality is only a “click” away. Sense the  people all over the world through the simple act of “blogging” being able to tell of their hopes , dreams, and imaginations to anyone who cares to look. Jezzzzzzzzzzz “HOW FORTUNATE WE ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Everyone should celebrate their good fortune of being literate at any level. Dream to learn more, imagine more, and share more! I’ve the good fortune of being a student at university and taking my own small opportunity to endow scholarships for my peers I attend class with. But, one of my biggest quests is being involved with my local city library where the people there provide such great services to my surrounding community with: reading programs, visiting authors, teaching programs for the illiterate in english (U. S. citizens and non-citizens alike), book giveaways, and so much more. YES, HOW FORTUNATE WE ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How VERY fortunate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gooddae 2ya!

G.

Maybe my parents felt that way about me; and their parents, them. As a student/ senior citizen/ late voter in the 2012 presidential campaign/ general consumer, etc; I’m starting to wonder about the young peoples of today that will someday run this nation. When I was my university peer group’s age, the era was 1968 thru 1970’s; an epoc of time that was one of the most sociallly controversial of our nation next to our War of Independence. The “hippies and political junkies” of then … ended up … running this nation … now.

How scary is that?

Everywhere I look now, people are constantly “plugged in.” Whether it’s cell, texting, Facebook, Skype, and many other electrical, wizardly wonders of the techno-world; one things for sure, … we are growing a culture that may have no need of a “vocal” language.  The computer I’m printing this on can change this English “font” into most any language at the touch of a key-stroke. What a wonder that is. We as a culture have defeated the Tower of Bable. At what stage do we take on the etheral – or maybe we already are!

Pardon, I wander in my argument.

I wonder about the halls of University – that hallowed ground. “Most all” students are plugged in. Their eyes are pointed on nothing, they’re lips move w/out saying anything. They walk in a predetermined fashion to an understood point. They acknowledge their friends by a nod or smile; at times, they stop to talk – the ear buds remain in place.

I go to visiting speakers, individuals that have made an impack within their life’s mission. The PAC (The Center for Performing ), a very large university setting – the accustics are excellent.  At the height of a speaker’s auditory – a “musical ringtone goes off. I mean really, how rude can you be? 

Can people NOT live “plugged-in” for 1-2 hours?

And, what do I say when I watch a patrolman, in his patrol car, set through a green light … texting?

Everyone have a greatdae!

G.

***P.S.   Be sure to look both ways when crossing they street, it’s getting dangerous out there.

I’m sure most of us have thought what our personal world would be like if we were illiterate. At most, we don’t really give it much thought unless we work or are associated in a field with folks that are illiterate.  I know for the most part, I don’t!

I have a yard man (guy that does odd jobs for me) that is illiterate. He is 66 yrs old and has worked in “pulpwood” in south Georgia all his life. Hard dirty work! Started when he was just a boy cause his family needed the money. Raised a family, has grandchildren, got hurt on the job some years ago and nobody cared, now he just picks up odd jobs; and can’t read a “lick.” If I buy a new tool with any type special instructions, a weird on/off switch, I have to explain how it works. He gets really frustrated about it. (I know! I know! We as a society have programs for folks that have “fallen through the cracks.”

But, sometimes the net doesn’t catch everybody.

Actually, this post isn’t about my yard guy; it’s about the students that are graduating from schools now that don’t have “passable” reading, writing and math skills. The year is 2012. We have hand-held gizmos that can tell us the distance to Saturn faster than I can write it. And we have students that CAN”T READ OR WRITE!

We have money to sponsor “THE DOGS OF WAR,” but, won’t pay our teachers in my state a decent wage, so they won’t  leave and go elsewhere. My university professors haven’t had a raise in 7yrs, but … we can build a new football stadium??????????

Look at the money spent on this upcoming election. BILLIONSSSSSSSSSSS THATS  WITH/A “B”!!

I don’t know, there just seems to be something awfully “STINKY” here.

Illiteracy …. blessing or curse????

Either way, it needs our attention!!

COURSE …. THAT’S JUST MY OPINION.

Gooddae!     G.