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Category Archives: Training

My Experience, Our Story

November 19, 2010 at 03:57

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Every Sunday millions of Americans sit in a hard wooden pew to attend church. Regardless of the denomination the session culminates in a pastor of some kind delivering his sermon. It’s a learning situation emphasizing morals and what is expected of someone within the church community. The message is delivered usually in one of two […]

Lulled Into a Sense of Ever Improving Job Prospects

September 22, 2010 at 02:19

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Autumn begins at Wednesday September 22, 2010 at 11:09 PM ET, but I’ve already felt it. I recently sat at a family friend’s bare dining room table. I looked out the window to avoid seeing the pain in
his eyes. The setting sun created an epilogue hue – uneasy and fated.

My friend was mentally torn down. He said “I don’t know what to do? I’m 51 years old and without a job.” I slowly nodded my support. “I wish I had known.” His words trailed off and a deep breath was
taken.

He’s a divorced father of two: a boy who’s six and a daughter all of nine.

Taking On Tests

September 14, 2010 at 02:19

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I’ve been on an education kick lately since it’s back to school time. I often comment that I believe tests are overused as an evaluation tool. I think they have a time and place, but programs like No
Child Left Behind are making the test the apex of the curriculum.

I often argue that most tests are designed to assess memorization and not problem solving. I’d like to see students create something. That is how the world improves, through the value of creation.
This effort requires the student to apply the learned material plus it reinforces real world skills like managing time and resources.

Tests have positives though.

Teachers Often Go the Extra Mile for Their Students – There’s a Means to Help Them Get There

September 9, 2010 at 21:39

Ben Leeson

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It’s back to school time. Parents have spent precious dollars getting their kids backpacks, notebooks, new clothes, and other supplies. But I’ve observed first hand that many teachers also spend getting ready for school. Often times there’s the perfect lesson that needs this or that to be perfect. Or there’s a student or two who […]

August 2010 Jobs Report and Wages

September 8, 2010 at 21:09

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Here are the job market and compensation numbers for August 2010 (based on the job report): Net loss of 54,000 jobs in the month (revised to a loss of 57,000 workers) Census workers accounted for a loss of 114,000 jobs as they rolled off the federal payrolls (143,000 census workers were released last month) Private […]

July 2010 Jobs Report and Wages

August 6, 2010 at 21:33

Ben Leeson

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Here are the job market and compensation numbers for July 2010 (based on the job report): Net loss of 131,000 jobs in the month (revised to a loss of 66,000 jobs) Census workers accounted for a loss of 143,000 jobs as they rolled off the federal payrolls Private sector payrolls increased by 71,000 Analysts expected […]

“The Gap is Between Doing Nothing and Doing Something”

July 22, 2010 at 02:16

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Clay Shirky in the video below hits on themes that run throughout this blog. His 13:08 of audio/video is time well spent. He mentions: Free Time Couch Potatoes Good at Consuming Creativity – People like to create Cats Intrinsic Motivations Kenya Design for Generosity Tacit Information Crisis Map Communal Value Civic Value Humor http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf […]

What Do You Know about Your Produce?

July 17, 2010 at 01:40

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My last entry talked about how the unemployment numbers were not evenly distributed across education bases. I don’t imagine anyone thought it would be, but my point is that those who lack an education, especially younger workers who lack experience, should be the focus of job programs. I’d like to see education and training programs help this group get meaningful jobs .

But the second part of my last entry was about how many illegal immigrants are doing agricultural work, specifically field work. There’s an idea that illegal immigrants take jobs from American’s. It’s true, but not in every case. The farming example is one where many unemployed American’s haven’t applied.

What I observed about my own thinking on the subject is that I had little idea how produce reaches my grocery store. Some of it could come from local growers and some can come from China or somewhere like that. I’m not trying to sound ridiculous, but for some reason I also think of farming like I do manufacturing – automated. For grains that is probably true, but for fruits it isn’t. Someone has to bend over and pick the strawberries, blueberries, or tomatoes.

Matching a Job Opportunity with the Appropriate Labor

July 14, 2010 at 01:31

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We are in earnings season and so it’s a reasonable time to take the pulse of the economy. Three stalwarts – CSX, Alcoa, and Intel – have already reported strong results and the expectation is for it to continue. If earnings are strong, the next question is when will jobs return? But is it the […]

Opinions on the Economy for Today and Tomorrow

July 10, 2010 at 03:16

Ben Leeson

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The jobs report came out last week and it left me utterly befuddled. It wasn’t good, but it wasn’t as
terrible as it appears (relatively speaking of course). There’s a certain segment of employment that has shrunk and is never coming back. A CNNMoney.com article claims it could be almost 8 million jobs. But conversely there are certain types of jobs that are going unfilled because the number of
candidates to fill them are few. For instance, last week the NY Times published a story about manufacturing companies struggling to find candidates who knew how to work a sophisticated computerized machinery. And now I’m reading about something called rural sourcing. It’s mostly the same advantages as outsourcing, but it’s hiring or setting up facilities in small towns in the
US. At one point taxes were such a monetary consideration that places like China and India were no brainers.