Blogging Makes You Smarter

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I bought this t-shirt from Amazon, because I enjoy blogging and I agree with the message.  Blogging is a great way to develop new skills and it can even make you smarter.

  • Blogging increases creativity, since you are always on the look out for new material, stories, artwork, or photography to share with your followers.
  • Blogging improves your writing skills and each post must be edited for grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Blogging requires a certain amount of computer skills.
  • Blogging also results in the need to conduct research and increases knowledge on various topics.

There are a lot of benefits to blogging.  If you have others to add to my list, let me know in the comment section.

The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain

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My favorite quotes from The Wit & Wisdom of Mark Twain:

  • A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs.
  • It is our nature to conform; it is a force which not many can successfully resist.
  • An uneasy conscience is a hair in the mouth.
  • I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.
  • Experience is an author’s most valuable asset; experience is the thing that puts the muscle and the breath and the warm blood into the book he writes.
  • Many a small thing has been made large by advertising.
  • Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).
  • Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.

1984 by George Orwell

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I’ve read “1984” by George Orwell several times.  There is a lot of material in the book that would make for an excellent topic of discussion.  However, in this blog post I want to talk about education.

The book describes how children are taught in the school system.  They are placed in scout type groups and taught the party doctrine.  They also learn the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic, so they will be able to perform basic tasks in the workforce.  They are never taught historical facts, critical thinking skills, or anything that does not line up with party doctrine.  The children blindly accept that Big Brother is always right and one should never question Big Brother.

The entire education system is designed to allow the government to control the population.  Since the children have no access to information that contradicts what they are taught in the school system, they remain ignorant throughout their lives.

An ignorant population is easier to control.

Whatever you do in life, don’t allow yourself to be ignorant.  Spend your time reading and studying a wide variety of subjects, to include ideas that are different from what you currently believe.  It is also important to learn basic principles of logic and critical thinking skill.

We live in the information age.  We have access to a wide variety of information on the internet, at the local library, various bookstores, and  a host of other places.

There is no reason to allow yourself to remain ignorant in today’s world.

 

Paying for College

It’s no secret, going to college is expensive.  However, there are a few things you can do to help decrease the burden of college tuition.

  1. Apply for Pell Grants through your school.  Pell Grant money does not have to be paid back and is awarded based on financial need.
  2. Get a job with a company that offers tuition reimbursement.  For example:  Apple, Home Depot, Publix, Best Buy, UPS, FedEx, Gap, and Verizon Wireless will help pay for their employees education.  Do a google search of businesses in your area to see which ones will offer this benefit.
  3. Attend a community college for the first two years.  The tuition cost at a community college is drastically cheaper.  Taking some of your classes at a community college will reduce the total amount you have to pay for your education.
  4. There are a few colleges that offer free tuition for all of their students.  The students are given jobs, at the school, to help offset cost not covered by financial aid.  A few of these schools include:  College of the Ozarks, Berea College, Curtis Institute of Music, Alice Lloyd College, Webb Institute, and Deep Springs College.

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Make Tomorrow Better

Education is the passport to the future for the tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.  – Malcolm X

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.  – Eleanor Roosevelt

Education is the foundation upon which we build our future.  Christin Gregoire 

There is nothing like a dream to create the future.  – Victor Hugo 

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