Back to School – Is an Education Really Worth it?

Okay, okay…before you get mad, I realize the importance of a good education. But if you’re like me, you had some definite hits and misses in the ol’ academic department, especially high school.

Let’s start with Home Economics. This was not where I was taught complex equations or a new language. This was where I learned how to make Snickerdoodles and stock my pantry efficiently (labels out and in alphabetical order…what?) I was also taught how to wash my hands the “right” way (yes, there is a wrong way, apparently).

Typing class was a whole other story. We have an excellent, patient teacher and one day, it all clicked, and my fingers were flying! I was typing 40 words per minute in no time. (I’m up to 65 wpm now. Test here.) I still consider typing class to be the most basic, usable skills I learned in high school. (It beat pantry stocking, hands down.)

History and English may have had some merit, but not to this eternally blasé 14 year-old. I needed dramatic re-enactments like Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History (a podcast where I’ve learned more about history than in four years with mean Mr. Combs, who actually yelled his lesson like we were his ex-wife.)

I learned to say “It’s alright” before entering the girl’s bathroom (or the girls in said bathroom would toss their cigarettes in the toilet, thinking you were a teacher) and how to take “sitting naps” during Latin without the semi-blind Mrs. Santarini knowing a thing.

I learned that Algebra actually does have some applications in life, contrary to popular belief. (Have you ever put together a piece of furniture from Ikea? Come on…that’s some serious algebra.)

And of course there was returning to school in September– that always felt so rewarding and fresh. That crisp Fall weather, brand new clothes, notebooks that you’d proudly make your own with tons of doodles…hmmm, maybe it wasn’t so bad after all.

Perhaps we should all “go back to school” in September in one form or the other, whether it’s a classic book you’ve been meaning to read or a class you’ve been meaning to take. Life is an ongoing education afterall, teeming with lessons…and now you get to choose what you want to learn.

If you know a child who could stand a few words of encouragement, take a look at our collection of Back to School eCards.

The tyke seems sad but Mom’s happy again now he’s out of the house!

You can take the typing test at this link:

Here’s Dan Carlin’s podcast:

10 Reasons for Kids’ Summercamp

1. Allowing your kids to get outdoors and enjoy nature.

2. Kids meet new friends!

3. Time alone with husband.

4. Becoming penpals with your own child.

5. Time ALONE with HUSBAND!!

6. Don’t you wish YOU could have learned to play the guitar or to knit placemats at their age?

7. Waging war against mosquitoes, flies, and other summercamp critters, is a great way to build character.

8. Time for ME! Manicure, spa time, reading alone, a bubble bath. Did I mention time with husband??

9. Cleaning the house without it getting immediately dirty again.

10. Giving them a hug when they come home!!

Notes from Leap Day, 2008

Hi again, Chandler here writing on Leap Day, Feb. 29, 2008.

Some of our customers are still buried in snow. Bennett, who writes many of our scripts and is the Gecko’s voice, reports his Mom is expecting to be snowed in New England this weekend by another blizzard. March will come in like a lion. But the funny thing is other customers are feeling a Spring awakening already. My kids here in California just got the season’s first grass stains on their pants yesterday playing in the yard. If any of you reading this have a good inexpensive remedy for removing grass stains, please write in and let me know it!

My youngest, Cooper, has been speaking in sentences since the New Year began (thanks to those of you who asked after him), and my second, Ollie, tells me he will grow up to be the doctor for the whole city. He has the kind of personality that makes me believe he probably will. Otis, my oldest,  seems inclined toward Rock Star. What are your kids interested in? Write in and let us know. HAPPY LEAP DAY!