When I went a semester to College of the Siskiyous near Mt. Shasta, California I had a professor that taught logic. One of the things he shared was, "Public High Schools have become babysitting services and reformatories all over this nation." Many of the students in the class debated him regarding this but I didn't. The reason was that this was also my personal experience in going to public school. I couldn't disagree with him even though I wanted to because of my loyalty of going from kindergarten through my Junior year in High School in public schools. And in Los Angeles my parents had even moved to Glendale specifically because they had the best public schools in Los Angeles County at that time. (1950s and 1960s). So I felt bad at not being able to argue with my professor about this. But what he said was true when I went to school and it was much worse now around 50 years later.
So, if people ask me, "How should I educate my child I will tell them, 'Don't send your child to public school, whatever you do.' Either home school them or send them to a really good private school or a combination of both if you want them to love learning for life. Loving to learn for life is actually the key to success. Boredom is the key to failure in school. If you aren't excited and interested in what you are studying there really isn't much point in going to school until you find something you love to study.
There is a great book
called "Dumbing us Down" that I greatly recommend. In that book he
points out that anyone who wants to read will learn "When he or she is
ready". To force people to learn things they don't want to or aren't
ready to learn is to kill the creative spark in them sometimes for life.
This is my experience as well. I'm very grateful that I had a few
teachers in public school that inspired me. I can count them on one
hand. Mrs. Krell in 4th grade that pointed out to the class what a great
writer and story teller I was. Mr. Addison who let us watch John Glen
go off into space on TV in 8th Grade Science Class and demonstrated cool things like Electrolysis by breaking water into hydrogen and Oxygen right there in front of us with 12 volt direct current so oxygen boiled off of one electrode and hydrogen boiled off the other in glass tubes, and various English
Teachers and Social Studies teachers that made English and Social
Studies(U.S. ,California and World History) interesting to me. Those
were the main teachers that inspired me to enjoy learning, to always be
curious, to always ask questions in classes both High School and College
and the last most important thing, "There are no dumb questions so just
keep asking whatever questions you have." More than half the time in
both High School and College I noticed thankful looks from students when
I asked questions because they were afraid to ask that particular
question and it was pivotal to whether they understood both the material
and knowing what the heck was going on in class or in regard to their
homework or tests. So, "Just keep asking questions and stay interested
in life enough to stay alive. Sometimes I think I stay alive just so I
can see what happens next in my life, my kids lives and what happens in
the world. Life is very interesting! If it isn't you might not be around
very long. That's kind of how life really is!
Shawn Henry, who is preparing to leave the FBI after more than two decades with the bureau, said in an interview that the current public and private approach to fending off hackers is "unsustainable.'' Computer criminals are simply too talented and defensive measures too weak to stop them, he said.
His comments weren't directed at specific legislation but came as Congress considers two competing measures designed to buttress the networks for critical U.S. infrastructure, such as electrical-power plants and nuclear reactors. Though few cybersecurity experts disagree on the need for security improvements, business advocates have argued that the new regulations called for in one of the bills aren't likely to better protect computer networks.
Mr. Henry, who is leaving government to take a cybersecurity job with an undisclosed firm in Washington, said companies need to make major changes in the way they use computer networks to avoid further damage to national security and the economy. Too many companies, from major multinationals to small start-ups, fail to recognize the financial and legal risks they are taking—or the costs they may have already suffered unknowingly—by operating vulnerable networks, he said.
"I don't see how we ever come out of this without changes in technology or changes in behavior, because with the status quo, it's an unsustainable model. Unsustainable in that you never get ahead, never become secure, never have a reasonable expectation of privacy or security,'' Mr. Henry said.
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I have often wondered about this too. Where does it all end? If I am logical there are more billions of people who might earn a living hacking around the world than any other group. Because of this potentially, as long as networks are global in actuality no matter what others might say, protecting information, privacy and even money in various banks appears to just be more and more problematic worldwide every day.
For example, it is a well known quoted fact that American businesses presently (not tomorrow, now!) lose about 1 trillion dollars a year to hackers from around the world right now! This means that you and I pay more for everything because who in the end pays for this hacking directly? That's right. You and I as consumers pay in everything we buy in the U.S. So who pays that 1 trillion dollar loss per year? American consumers do in everything they buy! So, one either considers this the true cost of doing business or we junk the internet for Business?