So here we are again, adding things up, reliving the week’s research and hoping that doing so will unearth even more blogosphere gold.
I spent quite a bit of time this week looking at the financial industry. But I came across this site when I visited a blogger who had been brought to my attention by wordpress.com’s new “automatically generated related tags”. I seem to remember there was some lamenting at the state of financial literacy in school age children. This project called, Banking on our Future, has several strong memes: Urban education, political correctedness, and the real effects of a true financial education on our children. The Board of Directors smacks of money, and the articles on the blog lead one to believe that in money matters god may be on your side. Hope floats. Ah well, who knows maybe the $836,000,000 they’ve spent of educating 228,000 kids will change the world.
I guess you can tell, dealing with the money men and women this week has left me cranky. This next tag came about because there appears to be a species of search engine which crawls the sphere looking to link you up with an ad for their business. This one came in looking to lead me to his business blog about MLMs. His comment was easily recognizable as a car salesman’s hello. But then I shouldn’t complain, right? Traffic is traffic. Plus, you might actually be interested in finding someone to invest in your home business so why not at least take a look. Just remember to cross reference your Google search so you see all sides.
As you might have noticed, I do have some thoughts about the coming election and the effect the new president might have on the economy. I could spend time commenting on this type of news report but something about Obama’s reaching out to new voters, and thinking voters at that, makes me less concerned about this foolishness than I used to be.
Which leads me to this last little link. Marc Prensky’s name came up in a discussion about media, learning, and writing at Nicola Griffith’s blog. I had never heard of him but as a veteran of the education system and the ongoing battle to make it computer literate I could feel myself certainly responding to his message. Why are kids still carrying 30 lbs of textbooks when the money spent on them could be used to deal with the ongoing economic crisis in our classrooms. Fear of the machine and the loss of power it would bring about in the corporate atmosphere of America’s staid and true education system are real issues and I am glad someone’s addressing them because the 50% drop out rate doesn’t mean necessarily that students are failing, it may mean schools and their resistence to change may be failing the students.