Stepping Stones Blog

The Future of Education

Darrin Erb - Wednesday, February 04, 2015

My grandfather was an extraordinary man.  He had the ability to glance at a field and by simply looking upon the land he could tell you the acreage, how much seed to plant, what yield would come from the crops, and the profit from the sale after taxes.  What makes him extraordinary is that he could do this all in his head.  My father’s generation was not asked to learn in the same way.  With the invention of the calculator, my father was able to do complex equations with a piece of paper and his trusty Texas Instruments calculator by his side.  By the time my own generation came along, we were not required to do much more than learn the difference between standard and metric measurements above learning how to multiply, divide, add, and subtract by memory. See More

Clone or Creativity

Darrin Erb - Monday, November 04, 2013

One of my students said that wanted to come to school as the scariest thing they could think of on Halloween, so the student dressed up just like me!  When asked why he thought I was the scariest thing he could think of, the student replied, “Because you are mean!”  The other students laughed and I asked them, “Is it that I am mean or that I am strict?”
It launched an important conversation within the group.  The question arose as to the purpose of being strict or firm with students or children.  From the start, the students rejected rules and regulations in favor of perceived ‘freedom.’  The more we discussed the cost of anarchy and rebellion, the more the students began setting their own standards and expectations. See More

Computer Networking

Darrin Erb - Monday, September 09, 2013

We all know the social importance of networking.  Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube have made millions of dollars by giving voice to a culture that feels it necessary to share what individuals ate for breakfast, how they feel about Miley Cyrus’s VMA performance, or why their ex’s should suffer and die.  But do you know the importance of the physical network that allows your most passionate thoughts to be shared with the world? See More

Common Core for the Common Good?

Darrin Erb - Saturday, September 07, 2013

The new standard in education these days is called, Common Core.  Common Core was developed because the educational standards of each school throughout the United States vary.  In an effort to unify education, the developers of Common Core sought out a solution:  Teach each student the same curriculum in the same way.   See More

The Power of ‘NO!’

Darrin Erb - Friday, August 23, 2013

The difficulty so many parents are facing these days is a child that refuses to listen.  Can you imagine the pain of watching your child that you raised for years growing up to stand in absolute defiance to your rules?  The child that you kissed goodnight, comforted when hurt, and bounced on your knee has grown up to resent your authority.  Yelling and screaming only seems to make the issue worse.  Grounding is of no use and threats go unheeded.  These parents are facing pain and suffering unlike they ever thought possible.  How can a parent regain control of a child that has flipped them off time and time again?  The answer is found in the power of ‘NO!’ See More

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