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The MySpace Generation

Posted on May 23, 2006 | Last Updated Nov 9, 2011

Thoughts on the social media phenomenon and its effect on the current young generation. Originally written with MySpace in mind, but valid for other sites like Facebook.

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myspace.com, myspace, facebook, social media, internet, online, parenting, education, web

My Schooling

Posted on Jun 4, 2003 | Last Updated Nov 19, 2011

Essays and personal accounts about my education.

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Subjects in the Classroom and Life

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

A discussion on the utilitarian value of the subjects our schools teach. This editorial on education was one of the last pieces Shawn Olson printed as a Messenger writer.

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educational subjects, subject relevance in education

The Price of Learning: Gradecard Dilemma

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Aug 16, 2013

There is a paradox concerning a parent's push for good grades. The kids don't care about learning.

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misplaced values in education, gradecard dilemma

The Happy Worker

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 30, 2011

An essay on the coomon person's role in the workforce.

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worker, life of work, toiling for money

How to get better teachers.

Posted on Jan 27, 2003 | Last Updated May 31, 2007

There is only one way to get better teachers. Pay them more.

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education, salary, money, teacher, standards

Rock Music IS Folk Art.

Posted on Dec 7, 2003 | Last Updated Nov 2, 2011

Essay tracing path of folk music to modern rock.

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music, folk, rock

It Takes A Village

Posted on Jun 4, 2003 | Last Updated Nov 19, 2011

Essays on community life, parenting and modern society.

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Life and Death

Posted on Jun 4, 2003 | Last Updated Nov 19, 2011

Essays about life, old age and death.

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Using the Internet

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

This editorial on education was printed as a Chalkboard column in the Messenger.

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how people can use the internet, internet value
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