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Comment Wrong place to ask this... (Score 1) 317

Lots of people on this site will have an opinion, but most of them are worthless.

A better way to find out would be to scan the ads for your area and see how many people are asking for various certifications, and to ask reasonably reputable headhunters and/or hiring managers (whoever you have available) in your area to see what's in demand (assuming you want to stay in that geographical area).

Best of luck to you.

Comment Your snippet is completely misleading (Score 1) 523

They aren't giving up teaching "handwriting". They are giving up teaching CURSIVE.

Half of the comments are from people who don't realize that.

That being clarified, teaching cursive in a school is no longer a good use of time, any more than teaching shorthand is a necessity. Schools can't (or at least shouldn't) choose their curriculum based on people's fear or tradition, they have a very limited amount of time to teach a huge number of skills, and many competing interests.

I think this decision is a good one - MANY U.S. schools have already removed cursive from their curriculum. It's simply not used anymore.

The fact that incredibly old history books are written in cursive has no bearing. Have you ever tried to read that crap? It's illegible - not because of bad handwriting, but because the way people spoke and wrote then was completely different.

Comment My advice would be.. (Score 1) 451

My general advice would be to ask these questions of recruiters and hiring managers, not the mostly non-hiring community of slashdot. There's tons of really bad advice in these comments. Having switched tracks a few times, I can tell you that in my experience it generally involves choosing an area to specialize in, taking some classes and/or getting certifications, trying to get some hands on experience if possible, and then marketing yourself well.

Comment Re:I'd say Great Idea (Score 1) 192

I'm not sure I agree. If you were being filmed, would you *bank* on the fact that your corrupt officials would erase it if you acted improperly? After all, they could just as easily use you as the sacrificial lamb. I think just the knowledge that everyone they're doing is being filmed would cause you to act differently.

Comment Here are some suggestions (Score 1) 796

* For younger kids: Charlotte's Web What the Witch Left The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe * Older/Young Adult/Adult: The Eye of the World (they also have an edited version for younger readers) In Defense of Anarchism (actually a very intelligent and thought provoking critique of democracy) Tao te Ching The World According to Garp The Stranger, by Camus Immortal Poems of the English Language (a great compilation) Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy Neuromancer On a Pale Horse Map of the World Where the Red Fern Grows Joy Luck Club

Comment Re:yeah no (Score 1) 682

You don't seem to have actually read the post. But, if you have and just don't understand, there are a lot of different custody situations with children that are possible, and when you throw a hostile ex-spouse in the mix, it's really pretty easy to see why having a way to communicate with your child in that way, if the other person will agree to it, could be very good for the child and parent. It could have something to do with having an opportunity to talk to the kid when he's not actively being monitored; it could have to do with the kid being able to call the other parent if they're being abused. It could just have to do with wanting to be able to stay in touch with your kid when they aren't with you, and have a video call before they go to bed at night. It's not a perfect solution, and it raises a different set of issues, but in the context of a weird custody situation it's easy to understand why it might be desirable.

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