Questions and Answers
The questions and answers are here for visitors to see how the books here can benefit the people.
1. Why do I call myself The Language Guy? Because for about seven years I taught and studied languages six to seven hours a day. I taught and studied languages in Europe for three years, the first year of which was in complete poverty. Since 2004 I’ve continued to teach and study, although not with the intensity of the early years.
What has added to my experience with language instruction is that I taught at language schools first and grammar, middle and high schools later. What that means is that in the language schools I experienced programs in which the focus was for students to actually learn to read and speak the language.
Now I emphasize that any school that commits itself to having fantastic language programs can do so, regardless of money. What I know is that awesome language programs can have a positive effect on everything.
2. What is the ultimate goal of Critical Infrastructure for Children? To act as a resource for parents, students and educators, because I believe it is their attention and energy that will enable us to respond effectively to current challenges. The 162 questions in the book address what’s working in education, what could be working better and key information that most people don’t know.
3. What is one situation that CIC responds to? A recent statement by UMass Lowell president Jacqueline Moloney, when she said ““The manufacturing industry in Massachusetts is facing a critical shortfall in skilled workers, with jobs currently unfilled and more expected to open up over the next 10 years,” said Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney in her remarks before the partnership’s signing ceremony. Moloney cited a recent report that projects that over the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled, and the skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled.”
If we’re at risk of losing 2 million jobs nationally, then I figure that that’s about 80,000 in New England, which is totally unacceptable. CIC explores multiple tactics for us to assure that we keep these jobs here.
3. Why did I write the letter A Mystical Vision of Wild Wes“A Mystical Vision of Wild Wes?” To make the point that the “green” platforms of many schools and organizations in New England are lacking in two major areas; conservation and reduction of animal cruelty. I also wanted to show
4. What role can CIC play in the restoration of the middle class? I focus on tactics to maximize learning at community and state colleges. It highlights the role that these colleges can play in boosting farming, manufacturing and mental health in New England.
5. What are presentations of CIC like? I do a presentation called “Forty Blessings” in which I run down forty points that parents students and educators should be aware of. Of course no one can remember all “Forty Blessings”, but that’s what the book is for; the presentation is simply an introduction to the book.
6. What do I hope for in conservation in New England? I hope that the participation in planning for protection of our natural resources will include a large part of the population, including students and older people. CIC gets into what some colleges are doing to this end.
7. What do I think about the future of New England? We can improve every aspect of life if we work together.
8. What is the idea behind having a New England Farming playlist? For people to learn about some of the new trends in New England farming. It also supports the overarching goal in the book Critical Infrastructure for Children, which is to explore ways colleges can boost farms and farm employment in New England.