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“It is a national disgrace that hundreds of thousands of Americans today do not go to college, not because they are unqualified, but because they cannot afford it. This is absolutely counter-productive to our efforts to create a strong economy and a vibrant middle class. This disgrace has got to end." - Bernie Sanders

If you look at historical trends, each recession over the past 40 years has resulted in steep cuts to higher education followed by tuition increases to offset some of the impact. In any case, more cuts = more increases. Cuts have largely been at the expense of our middle class. 

Since 1973, the average public college tuition adjusted for inflation has more than tripled. Meanwhile, the median household income has only increase 5%. It's clear that the current path doesn't support an equitable system with opportunity for all citizens. Have some institutions manipulated the market and inflated tuition rates? Maybe. From my experiences, that's not a norm. Do systems need to keep their costs low and efficiencies high? Absolutely. Do educators work more or less hard than any other industry? Nope. I like to think that everyone is too busy to get into that kind of finger pointing.  

Some of my friends may be surprised to see me sharing commentary by Bernie Sanders. I am still a bit unsure of how I feel about the merits vs. challenges of a completely free system. I think that there is a great value in learners being invested in and owning their higher education path. Money is one form of investment. Something is broken in the core the U.S. education model when that investment often exceeds the rewards.

#edu   #education   #college   #berniesanders   #investment   #fafsa   #highered   #highereducation   #tuition  
Proposed legislation would fund free public education through financial transaction tax
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"As more and more faculty and staff members lead active lives online, publicly sharing their work along with personal opinions, what can colleges do to protect themselves from fallout while preserving the core values of academic freedom and free speech?"

#socialmedia   #edu   #edtech   #highered  
How can institutions protect themselves while upholding scholars’ freedom of speech?
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"Based on climate models the researchers used for the study, there is an 80 percent chance that such an extended drought will strike between 2050 and 2099"
#weather #climatechange

The Southwest and central Plains will experience a dry weather shift 35 years from now, a NASA, Cornell and Columbia study said.
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Technology of the future: More human. More personal.
#woz   #apple   #ai   #geek  
Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak talks about the future of technology that he believes will include new forms of wearable tech, as well as enhanced artificial intelligence. Wozniak spoke at Wright State University in Dayton this week. VIDEO
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"There are plenty of hard-working, well-meaning professionals out there, but most of them are essentially using their intuition and personal experience with learning rather than applying existing science and generating data to help more students and professors succeed."

...and this is why I focused my graduate studies on Systems Engineering and Performance Improvement (PI).

#systemsengineering   #pi   #ieee   #edu   #edtech  
Almost no one who is involved in creating learning materials relies on the evidence from learning science.
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“Life sentences or sentences of an extreme length have a disproportionate impact on children and cause physical and psychological harm that amounts to cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment”

#humanrights   #UN   #kids  
UN report on torture says life sentences for youths amount to cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment
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I have not heard this one before, "Supposedly, some combination of tryptophan, potassium, and beta-blockers found naturally in bananas calms shaky nerves." I learn something new every day.
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#SpaceX leads the charge for private sector space exploration.
After a pair of delays, SpaceX, the space transport company based in Hawthorne, California, successfully launched their Falcon 9 rocket Wednesday, propelling the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) deeper into space than the company had ever ventured before.
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Photographer friends, if you're going to be Mac-based, this may be of interest to you. If you think that you might run with Windows, this might not be the right option. It is interesting anyhow.
A new app will allow all users to store and edit their photos on iCloud.
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Principal Instructional Designer - Epic Revenue Cycle ADT
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Electronic communications strategist, new media marketing and communications. Geek.
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technologist, marketing, communications, new media, e-media, e-business, instructional technology, performance improvement, project management, e-learning, distance education, online education, design, web development, multimedia, instructional design, trainer, presenter, public speaker, mobile web, mobile commerce, social media, illustration, animation, simulations, gaming development and design, emerging technology, emerging industry, innovator, geek, @adambrooks, #barcampclt, #edcampclt, #geekfest
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Education
  • East Carolina University
    MS Technology Systems, 2009 - 2011
  • Wingate University
    BLS Business, 2005 - 2007
  • Central Piedmont Community College
    AS Marketing, 1995 - 2000
  • Olympic High School
    1992 - 1995
  • Crown Christian Academy
    1991 - 1992
  • Pinewood Elementary
  • Sedgefield Elementary
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At least as good as the original location in midtown. It's good, fresh, fast, and inexpensive Chinese food. Worthy.
Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
I do love the selection of Persian goods. The Easter European / Russian sausages are a treat. The shop owners and staff are very friendly.
Public - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 months ago
Let me begin by saying that I am an experienced "sushi snob." I'm a picky foodie and this was my first experience at “The Basil Leaf” Thai and sushi restaurant. I ordered the chirashi sashimi dinner bowl. It was good and I wasn't completely disappointed with my meal, but it wasn't all that memorable either. At most restaurants, this is the type of dish that allows a sushi chef some added flexibility to showcase their creativity and passion. They often have fun with it and the customer experiences that. To me, sushi isn’t just about raw fish, the chef presents a craft. To foodies who read this review, do you agree? In this case, it was an assortment of basic sashimi on a bed of rice. The fish was fresh and the presentation was pleasant though not stunning, but I think that the overall preparation lacked thoughtfulness and creativity. The sashimi was cut quite large when most often I'd expect bite-sized portions; think nigiri. Some of the cuts could have easily been halved. There also wasn't much diversity in the chef's choices. Now, all of this having been said, it wasn't poor quality and the restaurant's overall feeling was clean and inviting. Also, the price point was something like $18 when it's not uncommon to pay $30+ for well done bowl.
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Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
The customer service and blue cheese filet were great.
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
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I took my car in for an oil change and second opinion on some proposed maintenance. They did a great job and provide a shuttle service for AAA members. Though maybe a few dollars more than the some other places, it was worth it. AB
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
This evening was my first experience dining with “Thai Sawatdee” in Winston-Salem. Noting strong online customer reviews, I arrived with high expectations. Honestly, pulling-up to the place is anti-climactic as it’s a small restaurant in an aging strip mall off of a main road. The exterior didn’t give me confidence, but it didn’t stop me either. Once inside, however, the staff were warm and inviting. It’s a rather small place with only seating for maybe 50 people. The decor isn’t extravagant, but neither are the prices. They had two menus with one for Thai and another for Vietnamese options. I ordered an iced Thai tea and scanned the menus. I asked my waitress what was the house specialty? What does their kitchen do well? She couldn’t decide, but after some discussion we agreed on a the red curry duck; a “special” item for whatever that means. Look, I have had some mediocre duck dishes before. Especially when sauces are added, if the duck doesn’t have a crispness to it, the skin just makes the whole dish feel fatty. Folks, the duck was crispy, moist inside and yet not over-cooked. The red curry sauce was creamy, spicy and yet sweet. To my taste, it was a bit too sweet, perhaps with a bit much coconut added, but they are cooking for the American palate and I generally prefer a more pungent curry. The vegetables mixed with the sauce included pineapple, peppers and basil which were cooked and yet still slightly crisp. The rice was semi-sticky and had a solid grain texture, no mush. For around $15.00 or so, this option is a steal. I’d order it again without hesitation. Next time around, I am going to try the tamarind duck.
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Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
I just popped-in to buy a quick cable. The staff were knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. I'll be back.
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago