April 2014

Parent Tip – Reading at Dinnertime

Reading at Dinnertime

A message adapted from the Wall Street Journal 1980


At the dinner table

Read something

Out loud

To your family,

Tomorrow night

Let another member

Read something:

A news story,

A Bible verse, 

A poem,

A cereal box panel, 

History, Humor, 


Each night

Kristen HarperParent Tip – Reading at Dinnertime
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“How to Sell Anything!” seminar on Apr. 26th!

Patrick Valtin -croppedPlease join us this Saturday, April 26th from 10am – 2pm for Patrick Valtin’s seminar on

“How to Sell Anything!” 

Join Patrick for an intense training with invaluable tips on how to:

• Beat aggressive competitors and make sure your sales strategy is spot on
• Turn tough buyers into your most loyal customers by learning WHY they buy
• Master the Golden Rules of negotiation by knowing the KEY buying factors!

The seminar will be held at the Community Learning Center located at 1411 N Fort Harrison Avenue in Clearwater, FL 33755. Tickets are $75 or you can come for FREE if you are a $50 or more monthly sponsor of the CLC.

Please call Kristen at the Center at (727) 441-4444 ext. 1007 if you are interested in attending this fun and informative training!

Kristen Harper“How to Sell Anything!” seminar on Apr. 26th!
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Interesting article about psychology in our schools

How Psychology Made Its Way into Our Schools

Written by Sharon Hillestad, Director of Tutoring

William James, psychologist

William James

William James, 20th century philosopher, wrote, “The teachers of this country have its future in their hands.” Assuming William James is correct, we should be concerned not only about what our teachers are teaching, but also what they are being taught. Since college professors are the teachers of teachers, any examination of teachers should start with them.

William James had a mighty impact on American public education. He advocated professional training for teachers based on the then new “science” of psychology. He, along with John Dewey, forwarded “Progressive Education.”

Normal schools for teachers were established in 1835 and training to become a teacher only lasted a few weeks.  By 1859, these training centers were mostly controlled by those followers of John Dewey who were indoctrinated in German psychological theories. Training teachers became a longer affair. It stretched to two years.

I attended one of the last Normal Schools in Wisconsin.  I was certified to teach all eight grades and all subjects when I graduated after two years. Since I was aware that teachers would have to have a college degree soon, I decided to continue training at a state university.  I earned a four year degree in 1966; I was certified to teach grades one to four! Two more years of education and I was certified to teach half as many grades.  

Kristen HarperInteresting article about psychology in our schools
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