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An OpEdNews editor, Sherwin Steffin is a retired educator, and research analyst. His working career ranged from classroom teacher, university administrator, founder and CEO of two software companies, independent consultant, ending as a research statistician for a large Internet Service Provider.
Although he has some mobility problems, his life continues to be productive and enjoyable.s.
his most recent project is the writing of an online book focused on reforming the curriculum offered to American high school students. Titled, "Getting the Horse to Drink," it is expected to be available before the end of the year.
When Black Swans Fly
While many seek to appoint an angry finger of blame at the Newtown Connecticut shooting, I offer a quite different perspective on this tragic event. We have come to understand that there are many unpredictable and unlikely events which we label, "Black Swan," occurrences. That is what this, and many other mass shootings turn out to be.
A Way Forward
Living in a world largely controlled by psychopathic leaders, I suggest a possible way for activists to approach a solution to the problems caused by them.
Monday, April 20, 2009
The power of friendship
A "Chain Letter," passed on by two who were my students, nearly a half century ago. Unlike other similar letters, this one communicates some worthwhile thoughts
Wednesday, September 17, 2008(2 comments)
A War of Two Worlds Part 1
In this, Part I of a three part series, the author presents a new method to evaluate the potential effectiveness of Op Ed or other expository writings. Part 2 considers the barriers faced by activists as they attempt to influence citizen motivation to participate in the political process. Part 3 looks at the targets of policy change, the Politicians, and the potential for changing their behavior.
Saturday, March 22, 2008(9 comments)
Protests Don't Work
A discussion of the failure of political protest and demonstrations, to affect the war in Iraq, and an analysis of an alternative strategy.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Time for You to Get Overtime Wages Owed to You
If your job involves working with computers, you quite possibly are owed overtime wages. Learn how to get them, here. Make sure you refer this article to anyone you know who may be affected.
What's wrong with American Education?
Everyone is certain that American education is in a downward spiral, but the specifics are elusive. The answer rests with the untaught 'critical thinking" skills, along with two other key problems.
Monday, July 9, 2007(5 comments)
It's Time to Go!!
A suggestion to George Bush that it is in his best interest to leave... Now.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Timing is everything
Impeachment is not going to happen. Instead of demanding it, there is much work to be done in recovering from the disaster of the Bush/Cheney administration. Their time will come.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
A Cancer on the Face of America
The question: Is the nearly universal prevalence of lying, cheating and corruption in American society a cancer that will inevitably end the U.S. as a super power?
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Religion and the Dumbing of America
A discussion of the impact of religion and the conservative orientation in the development of the intellectually incompetent; Consequences and a possible solution are presented.
Sunday, June 3, 2007(4 comments)
I'm not planning to vote in '08
I give my reasons for not planning to vote in the '08 election, and some suggestions for how political control can be returned to the citizens.
Military Recruiting - A Seduction of the Innocent
The process used in recruiting new trainees to military service is compared with that employed by sexual predators in grooming their victims. Specific emphasis is placed on the failure to provide recruits with "informed consent."
Sunday, April 29, 2007(4 comments)
Guns Don't Kill, Bullets Do!
A two pronged approach to prevent tragedies like VT is suggested. Law enforcement agencies to be sole resellers of ammunition, and a theft-proof, secure, national ID card would go far in preventing such crimes.