Setting the Standard


I am a real proponent of distance education.  In this electronic age, we blame so much of our electronic use for causing everything from bad habits to addiction and poor eyesight. Our use of phones, tablets, and laptops now turns to help keep education alive when it is unhealthy to have children in physical classrooms.

I did much of my Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training on distance learning.  With a worldwide shortage of teachers, training on the web is a way to help everyone learn.  This connection to knowledge has great potential for teaching all age groups and many skills.

If parents want to impress their young learners, I challenge them to learn something new on the web.  You do not have to enroll in a university.  There are many free and almost free sites on the Internet where you can find something exciting and learn it.  Pick something that you have always had a desire to know.

I know many of us are working from home these days.  Think of what it might mean to your kids if the whole family spent an hour or two a day learning around the table.  Everyone would be working on their classes, and the thought that everyone, even mom and dad learning, could be a real emotional victory.  It might be something that could unite a family and show how important education is for everyone.

One thing I have learned is that we are in an age of continuous learning.  We cannot rest on what we know today, because tomorrow will overtake the old knowledge with new ideas and new facts.  Our knowledgebase grows that fast these days.  What you may teach your kids about learning with an exercise like this may give them an insight that will power them throughout their life.

Thank you for being with me today.  I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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