My parents refused to have a VCR in their home, but they each read several books a week. Many children today don’t even know what a VCR is because it was thrown out before they were born, and don’t read books voluntarily, but they have an Xbox and had their hands on computers long before their formal education started.
The tools and toys of life may have changed dramatically, and will continue to do so in rapid and unknown ways, yet education remains the best way to prepare for an uncertain future. That doesn’t mean it has to be in a classroom, from one to many – and increasingly, with “Web 2.0″, it’s becoming many-to-many – but it does mean that it doesn’t stop with a degree or certificate. “Life-long learning” is no longer a concept or goal, but a necessity for those who want to advance, or keep the jobs that are changing underneath them, or simply want to be able to do interesting work.
For me, it’s a good day when I learn something – and an even better day when I help someone else to do so.
MY EDUCATION & TRAINING
- Master of Education, adult education, University of Central Oklahoma, 1995. Minor in international economics. Graduated “With Honors.”
- Broadcast Production for Television, two-year program, Rose State College, Oklahoma, 1992 – 93. Functioned in all production positions; edited on both analog and digital systems. Dean’s Honor Roll.
- U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College, Air University, 1977 – 78. One year of post-graduate study in political science, finance and management. Received Special Research Award, for research on alternative energy sources judged to be “of significant contribution to the Air Force.”
- All-but dissertation for a doctorate in resource geography: completed all coursework, and oral and comprehensive examinations, Oregon State University, 1977. Elected to Phi Kappa Phi, scholastic honor society.
- Master of Science, physical geography and land use, Oregon State University, 1973. Graduated “With Honor.”
- Bachelor of Science, social science and economics, Michigan State University, 1964. Graduated “With Honor.”
- Software & instructional courses: Certificate in web design, April 2010, with courses in HTML, Dreamweaver, and E-Biz, 2009, and courses in Advanced HTML, Advanced Dreamweaver, and Flash, 2010; Advanced Photoshop courses, 2005; Macromedia Director course, 2003; Advanced Instructional Design course, 2002; U.S. Department of Defense courses in academic instruction, 1986, Instructional System Design (ISD), 1980, and computer science, 1966; computer programmer training with Systems Development Corporation (UNISYS), 1967.
- Military systems training, 1972 – 92: Naval Air Forces Air-Air Warfare Interoperability; The NATO School (SHAPE), Armed Forces Europe Staff Officer’s Course; Air-Ground Operations School (AGOS) Combat Operations Specialist; AGOS Battle Staff; Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS); Army Helicopter Training Simulation; Army Air-Land Battle Simulation.
“Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it, and above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.”