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Why I Think My Sister Is Brilliant

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Amy and MeI had an enlightening conversation with my sister the other day. She works for a company in Calgary. She really understands the industry (realizing this after many probing questions of course) she’s worked her way up to a point where she’s quite valuable in the company, and she still doesn’t know how smart she is.

She isn’t lazy, hates being board, and understands that a stressful, hectic, growing company is much better to be working for than a stale, easy to do job, at a company going no where. The way she thinks is simply refreshing. A great person to have on the team. She truly wants to see her company grow and has a pretty good handle on how to go about doing that.

The best part? She doesn’t have a University degree. Nor do I think she needs one, I think she’s brilliant.

School was never her thing, so she couldn’t pay attention in class and learn, just like many kids back in the day and even more so today. She probably would be diagnosed with a mild version of attention deficit hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). But she’s so intelligent in how she thinks. She understands how actions
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Episode #19 – Judging a Newspaper By Its Cover With Dan Nicholls

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The "Dan Nicholls"Episode #19 – Judging a Newspaper By Its Cover With Dan Nicholls

I met Dan Nichols when he was working at Squareflo a long time ago, we have a lot in common and think the same about a lot of things so we’ve been great friends ever since.  Dan has since moved to the fine offices of Oh! Media (a division of Phoenix Group Advertising), a website design and development company in Regina, Saskatchewan. 

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Episode #16 – How Do You Teach “Business” in High School? Feat. Jordan McFarlen

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Episode 16 – How do you Teach “Business” in High School Featuring Jordan McFarlen

Jordan mcfarlenI met Jordan McFarlen in High School, we won a city championship on the same volleyball team.  We still play volleyball together on, arguably the best beach volleyball team in the city, the Volley Lama’s.

Jordan has always been very smart and just a really a fun guy to be around.  Now all grown up, he’s one of the most progressive teachers in the Regina Public School system.  He’s a great guy and an inspiring teacher,  I think he’s going to do something amazing in this world.

You’ll enjoy what he has to say.

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A Freakonomics Radio Podcast

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Freakonomics PodcastHow Is a Bad Radio Station Like Our Public-School System? (A Freakonomics Podcast Encore)

The Freakonomics Radio Podcast is one of my favorites by far (subscribe here on iTunes).  The show’s about Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner exploring the “hidden side of everything”.  Along the same lines of their two wildly popular books, Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics (I highly recommend reading both).

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How Can We Expect Students To Love Reading?

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If we forced kids to play boring video games all through school and into University they probably would hate video games when they graduate.

If we forced kids to play boring sports all through school and into University they probably would hate sports when they graduate.

How can we expect kids students to love reading when we’ve forced them to read boring textbooks all their lives?

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Educate Yourself

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Albert EinsteinWant to have an opinion on a topic?  Easy, read a few books on said topic, you’ll have plenty of material for your next cocktail party.  Don’t like reading?  Buy an audio book on iTunes.  Don’t like books? Read blogs.  Don’t like reading blogs?  Listen to Podcasts.  Don’t like Podcasts? Watch as many videos on Ted.com as you possibly can.

True education is not institutionalized learning, that’s the bare minimum of education (school). 

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