Homeschooling By the Numbers [infographic]

December 21, 2010 |  by  |  Education  |  29 Comments
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I remember when I first met my home-schooled neighbors. I was in about 3rd grade and my neighbors were twins. I would get to hang out with them after school and I could never grasp what it would be like to be home-schooled. They’d talk about how they got 2 and 1/2 hours for lunch where they could go on the computer, watch tv or go outside. They could eat whatever was in the fridge and didn’t have to wait in long lunch lines for bad food. I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t being home-schooled.

Now I noticed that homeschoolers must really enjoy their parents’ company, but it can’t be as good as all of the friends I made at public school. Sitting next to someone all year is an easy way to get to know them. I guess that there must be some homeschool meet-ups around town where home-schooled kids can find other homeschoolers to hang out with. I’m sure they aren’t awkward…

Another bonus for homeschoolers is having parents who can help with your school work, which would be pretty awesome. I mean if my parent was my teacher, I would’ve made straight A’s. Instead my parents tried to help me with my 6th grade algebra, but that’s okay. I just got done with the last math class of my life last semester, so my parentals don’t have to worry anymore.

I know a lot of parents want to homeschool their kid to get them ready for college. I feel my public school career prepared me more than enough for my time at University. It wasn’t anything the school district did to prepare me either, solely the quality of the teachers I’ve had. [Via]

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TSA Gone Wild [infographic]

December 20, 2010 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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With several people traveling in the coming days to visit family over the holidays, I thought this infographic would be appropriate. Never having been on a plane, shocking I know, I have never known the troubles of airport security. However, I have been the chauffeur of several pick ups and drop offs and know that security has made it to where you, the passenger, have to arrive anywhere from two to three hours ahead of take off.

Airport security has changed so much, that even I, someone never having been on a plane, can notice the changes. For example, when I was young I remember walking my aunt all the way to the gate. In the post 9/11 world, family good byes must end within what seems like the 30 feet behind the entrance. While from the outside there seems to be only a few changes to airport security, the passenger is the one who appears to be suffering the most.

Not only have prices to fly gone up in the recent years, airport security has made being a passenger a burden. Many argue the ethics of the new airport methods of security, but their intent is to keep us safe. The evolution of airport security has been an interesting one, beginning with drug dogs and resulting in full body scans. Thanks to Gizmodo, many of these images were released on the internet, raising questions as to how much we can really trust those trying to protect us. If those trying to protect us can’t protect their files, why should we allow them to treat us the way they do? [via]

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10 Things To Know About Torture [infographic]

December 17, 2010 |  by  |  Politics  |  No Comments
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Torture has been around for hundreds of years, but only recently have governments actually tried to stop the use of torture. It hasn’t really stopped it, but acknowledging that torture needs to stop is a step in the right direction. [Via]

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The State of Cloud Computing [infographic]

December 16, 2010 |  by  |  Tech  |  No Comments
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Today, everything seems to be moving into the cloud. In 2005, investment in cloud computing was about $26 million. But in 2009, the investment grew to $370 million, more than 10 times of what was invested in 2005. What is most impressive is Gartner’s prediction that investment will soar to a whopping $148 billion by 2013.

Cloud computing, also known as Internet computing, provides us with much convenience. As long as you’re connected to the Internet, you can access your data stored in cloud. But the rapid growth of cloud computing gives rise to storage shortage problem. In 2009, 35 percent of digital content created couldn’t be stored in the cloud due to storage shortage. IDC estimates that this figure would rise to 60 percent over the next decade. [Via]

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Where College Students Spend Money [infographic]

December 15, 2010 |  by  |  eCommerce  |  2 Comments
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It would be so nice if I got paid to go to college. [Via]

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