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In this issue, we seem to be a bit political, without intention, however. Our first article “Regaining the Spirit of the Pioneers” by Dr. Mary Hood inspires us to forge ahead with courage and boldness. The second article "Bringing the Legislative Process to Life" might give us some guidance as to what to do with that courage and boldness! As always, thank you for reading our publications.

Michael Leppert

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Regaining the Spirit of the Pioneers
By Mary Hood, Ph.D

In 1982, our family faced a dilemma. My five-year-old son, Sam, who had been relatively happy during his few experiences in pre-school, was supposedly "ready" to move on to first grade. I had been given many warnings of an impending problem over the years. You see, I'd made the "mistake" of letting our young son learn to read before it was educationally appropriate. So here I was, with a five-year-old who could read (on almost an adult level), but who, in all other respects, was a typical little boy, not really ready for a school-like environment.

"Don't worry, Mrs. Hood", the principal smiled condescendingly. "He will probably test into our gifted program in April." (This was August!) …"And then he will receive two full hours of special instruction a week. In the meantime, it won't hurt him to go over some things again." Let's see, I mused, which would Sam prefer... phonics or Jules Verne (his favorite author). It didn't compute in my mind, so I knew it wouldn't work for Sam, either.
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Career Choices & Changes - Book & Website

The changing fortunes of our economy have caused a renewed interest in career planning for all of us. Thinking about what you do for a living - or want to do -- is not the exclusive domain of young people in high school or college, but now relates even to middle--aged workers who have suddenly been tossed into the realm of unemployment and no return to their former jobs.

Academic Innovations has published an extremely helpful - even vital - book to aid anyone in thinking about career choices and solving the attendant problems. While anyone can use the book to their advantage, this book is particularly focused on high school and college age students. However the exercises and discussions in the book and website, My10yearPlan.com, are tremendously helpful in self-assessment for anyone. And young people who enter college with a career focus and education plan are much more likely to graduate.
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Bringing the Legislative Process to Life (real life, that is) for Students
by Elaine Larson

Every American citizen at some point in his or her education learns about how a bill becomes law in the U.S. legislative system. Often that lesson depicts a linear process starting with bill introduction and ending with the President's signature. And often that lesson is less than stimulating to students. But anyone who watches the evening news or reads the daily newspaper observes a process that is actually less tidy, often more contentious, and significantly more dynamic than that linear model suggests.

According to Lee Hamilton, former Congressman and Director of The Center on Congress at Indiana University, "The standard textbook diagram of the basic legislative process…is accurate…as far as it goes. But to get a truer sense of how a bill really becomes law, you need to probe deeper. The actual process is far more dynamic, complex, and challenging. The standard diagram cannot possibly convey the obstacles, the strategies, the hard work, the defeats and victories, and the sheer excitement that attend the legislative process."
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The Adventures of Charlee Rae and Billy True
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This story of two young adults coming of age in the frontier Southwest of Arizona Territory, captures the beauty, mystery and rugged nature of the land and the people who brave it. It is a romantic story not only of two people, but of many others around them, and their love affair with the unique lonely solitude and freedom that makes the Western U.S. so different from the East – or anywhere else on earth.
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