Category Archives: Education

Unfinished Business


I love being 50, and I don’t have time to waste anymore time. I have unfinished business to take care of.

How many times can you start or stop a goal or project? I refuse to count. Well, I’m starting again and by that I mean school. I have to get my college degree no matter how many obstacles I encounter; it’s a goal I will reach. My degree for me is my new beginning, it is my life, it is my career, and it is my B.S. in Public Relations!!

I often wonder how many others in the 50’s club are trying to get their degree and like me get sidetracked and off course when things come up or go down.  Hey, let’s keep it moving and vow to get our degrees together.

To be able to attend college is a blessing with endless opportunities to learn new subjects and soak up all that wonderful knowledge.  The entire college experience in your 50’s is awesome, because you realize that you still got what it takes to grasp new concepts, adding a little of what you know from past experiences and BOOM there it is, more knowledge .

When I graduate I will set out to get the job that is meant for me, because whatever job is meant for me is for ME and that is the only job I want. I will apply what I have learned and share it with others. Pay it forward is what people say, which is a good thing and so it will be done.

To all the 50 something year olds out there writing papers, taking mid terms and finals, and doing group projects, I wish you much success on your college journey.  May you receive good grades; get those assignments turned in on time, rest when you need it and eventually your dream job after college life!!

Going to college at the age of 50, talk about challenging myself, this is it!! And I’ll do it and then look for some other “WOW” thing to do. Can’t let the mind become lazy, that is not an option.  But first I have some unfinished business right in my view and it is a top priority and that is becoming a college graduate. Oh and I can’t forget to set a time frame in which to achieve this goal….I am going to graduate in the spring of 2016!!

Education has no age boundaries.

Good Luck college students!!!


Armed Janitors in Schools to Protect Our Children

Ohio sure knows how to get attention, remember the saying you can’t win the White House without winning Ohio. Well, here we go, the Montpelier, Ohio school board thinks it’s a great idea to have armed janitors in the school to protect our children. I disagree. I don’t think there should be guns in schools for any reason. But I am just one person with one voice, so I will say this loud and clear, schools are not the place for guns. I want our children protected too, and I’m sure if the Montpelier, Ohio school board and other groups around the country sit down and think about this a little more, we can come up with other options.

Not only do I disagree with having guns in school, I do not feel a sense of security having janitors walking the halls of our children’s schools armed with guns. Why janitors? If I were in favor of armed security in schools,and let me say it again, I am not, I would choose those who already do this as a profession, police officers, SWAT, and secret service agents, never janitors.

I might be accused of adding to our problems, but I have to wonder how was it decided that janitors should be shields and protectors for our children? Is it because when it comes to the level of education and salary of most janitors their lives are not that important? If we lose a few janitors in the cross fire it is okay, because we can always replace janitors and their median salary. Replacing police officers who may lose their lives protecting our little ones is more costly and saving money is the name of the game. Choosing janitors for protecting our children over police officers…cost savings is written all over this.

Janitor – U.S. National Averages Base pay only

10th% 25th% 75th% 90th%

$19,005 $21,768 $28,498 $31,861

The median expected salary for a typical Janitor in the United States is $24,803

Police Patrol Officer – U.S. National Averages Base pay only

10th% 25th% 75th% 90th%

$34,355 $42,027 $59,528 $67,790

The median expected salary for a typical Police Patrol Officer in the United States is $50,454.

Janitors may think of it as an honor if asked to defend and protect our children, and if the intentions of those doing the asking are doing it for the right reasons then yes, it can be an honorable position to have, but it is not necessary. We have men and women right now, who carry the badge and swear to uphold the law and protect the citizens of the United States and that would include our children too. We shouldn’t allow guns to enter our schools and we shouldn’t use janitors in this capacity. I give the school board credit for trying, but I would like for the Montpelier, Ohio school board to go back to the table and try again. Ohio is known for great outcomes, and I think Ohio is the one state that can solve the gun control issue.

Put It Back On The Parents

On the issue of kids not doing well in school, teachers have taken the blame for way too long. Let’s be honest, parents need to do more to prepare their children for the 21st century’s innovative, tech savvy, world and beyond. Before children our introduced to their first outside teacher, there are lessons to be learned in the home.

Emphasis has to be put on the foundation of the learning process, and if this is not taken seriously, it could make or break a child’s future opportunities. Our teachers shouldn’t have to prepare the educational path and teach our children as well.

It is not the responsibility of the teachers to teach children to count to 100, tie their shoes, potty train them, teach them their ABC’s, to learn self control, to use their manners, to know their right from their left, and their colors. Teachers should not have to teach children how to write their first and last name and to know their address. Children should recognize certain vocabulary words and be able to read some books. These are just some of the things kids should know before the first day of school and do it well, with some heavy duty parent involvement.

I have never understood the “blame the teacher and blame the school system” no, blame the parents. Don’t get me wrong, I know there are parents who make sure their kids are ready on the first day of school and kudos to them, but we need to have more parents with that same vision and goal for their children.

My solution to the education crisis is that all pre-school children would have a Kindergarten curriculum, and parents would have to show before the first day of school that their child has mastered the necessary skills to enter Kindergarten. Next, kids in Kindergarten would have a first grade curriculum and by the 12th grade every student would be taking freshman college courses. The results would have us with the best of the best educated young people ready to take on the competitive job market.

I can only imagine what it would be like to have a multitude of parents participating in the education factor- which begins at home. From this day forward, when we send our children out to face what’s ahead let’s guarantee they are ready.