By Jason Middleton
Encouraging STEM Education
According to a new survey of 2,000 Americans commissioned by Emerson, 2 in 5 (40 percent) believe the STEM worker shortage is at a crisis level in the United States.
Who better to evangelize for just such an approach than a YouTube celebrity who specializes in popularizing science?
Dodging Digital Ads
They follow us. They seemingly “know” us. And, they’re relentless. Digital advertising is a duopoly, belonging to Google and Facebook. So, to avoid digital ads, just avoid using Google and Facebook, right?
OK, if that’s a non-starter, then maybe we should add some skills to our digital life-plan. Dr Kit Yarrow is the expert we need in this time of impulse buying and late night browsing. She comes to the rescue in segment two!
Two quick suggestions she offered you can easily start implementing now:
- Use “wish lists” and cool off before buying.
- Don’t let familiarity rule — in other words, just because you see the same ad all the time doesn’t mean you need it.
All jokes about homeschooling are largely passé now. Families need the flexibility for education for various reasons, whether that be hectic schedules because of athletics or extracurricular activities, avoiding a bullying situation, or physical and/or developmental capabilities.
This week on Techonomics, in segment three, former software engineer Amar Kumar from Pearson Research joins us to discuss a new study that shows online learning is a valid augmentation, and sometimes replacement, for regular brick-and-mortar public schooling.
Kumar is a former principal and teacher who is now a leader at Pearson Online and Blended Learnings Research. All the tests and milestones are still met, just on a family’s own, personalized schedule.
Modernizing the VA’s Appeals Process
The headlines over the past few years regarding the Veterans’ Administration have been less than flattering: Long wait times, missed care, bureaucratic shuttling and nonsense.
That’s starting to change, especially with the VA’s medical appeals process. A new system should take wait times for decisions from several years to several weeks!
The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 created a new system in which Veterans can choose a review, a supplemental claim or an appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA).
The Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP) is a program for the aforementioned act that is currently available.
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