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Blog : Chris Richards

One Giant Leap : Part 2

Read One Giant Leap : Part 1 » The designers of the rocket used to go to the moon had to change their plans often.  The lead designer, Wernher Van Braun, originally wanted to build a rocket called the “Nova” with eight giant engines (the eventual rocket we used, the
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One Giant Leap : Part 1

“Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.” Wernher Von Braun   In October of 1957, a small metal ball named Sputnik changed the world.  With its launch, the gauntlet was thrown down and the Space Race had begun.  For the next decade, the US and
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Christopher Columbus meets indigenous people in the "New World."

Why We Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day

“What’s in a name?” As far back as the 16th century, people have weighed that question. As much as Romeo and Juliet fought against it, their names mattered a great deal. Names serve as a first impression and a lasting reminder. A name can be overshadowed by the identities it’s
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A GED student works on a packet

Learning Disabilities & Adult Education

Undiagnosed or unmanaged learning disabilities can be a detriment to adults returning to school. Especially for older adults, for whom learning disabilities were not as openly talked about or readily diagnosed while they were school-aged, learning disabilities can be a silent challenge they’ve dealt with all their lives. These adults
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James Garfield used education to raise himself out of poverty and into the presidency.

James A. Garfield & the Power of Education

You might not realize it, but President’s Day is the perfect holiday to talk about literacy. Most people know that Abraham Lincoln was a largely self-taught reader. His education came from a few random sessions with teachers, but he mostly was left to himself. The fact that such a brilliant
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A tutor helps an evening GED student.

“They Don’t Have Tutors Like You Do Here.”

A former student who had earned her GED® credential came into my classroom last week and asked me if she could come back. There were, she told me, a couple of tutors that she wanted to talk to. When I started asking her which tutors she wanted to work with,
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A Seeds of Literacy tutor grades a student's work.

What’s a Standardized Test, Anyway?

It’s nearly impossible to talk about education without the words “standardized tests” coming up, but what exactly is a standardized test and why are they such a big deal?   What is it? A standardized test is a test that can be given under identical conditions and scored consistently over
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10 “Star Wars” Tips for Earning Your GED®

  Put down your blaster and hold your calls from Jabba (yes, we’re nerds). We’ve got 10 Star Wars inspired tips to make sure the force is with you on your way to a GED® credential.           1. “Don’t get cocky.”  – Han Solo Many people
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A voter guide at Seeds of Literacy

3 Things You Need to Know about Civic Literacy

Civics affect you every day, but they’re among the most-often ignored subjects in traditional education.   It’s important to know what the rules are for how our government works, and more importantly, how we can be a part of it. Giving people the power to have a voice in their community
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The periodic table of elements in Seeds of Literacy's GED classroom.

Why Do I Need to Know Science?

By Chris Richards There are not many times in life when you’ll be asked to identify the difference between an exothermic and an endothermic reaction.  Your life will likely never rely on you knowing the importance of adenine, thymine, or cytosine. Because of this, there are many people who believe
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