Posts Tagged ‘continuing education’

20 Years of Keeping Brains Healthy

March 11, 2013
Ruth Kiralfy and Gerda Smith, who have been memberss of C.A.L.L. since inception.

Ruth Kiralfy and Gerda Smith, who have been members of C.A.L.L. since inception.

When my old friend Gerda Smith retired from her many years of teaching elementary school students, she decided she needed “something  to do after retirement to keep my brain healthy.”  That’s why she became a charter member of the Columbus College Academy of Lifelong Learning in 1993.  Columbus College is now Columbus State University, so, I guess that would have been a little  long for the group’s name so it was shortened t0 the Columbus Academy of Lifelong Learning, or C.A.L.L.

Gerda was happy to be among the current C.A.L.L. members who gathered Saturday to celebrate the organizations 20th birthday.  Since I have been a member for a number of years, I was there, also.  I need to keep my 82-year-old brain healthy, too.

You don’t have to be as ancient as me to become a member.  I think some of our members are in their fifties, mere babes.  If you do become a member, you’ll be offered a whole array of classes that range from Beethoven to current events to line dancing, and lots more, including card games and social events. So if  you are retired, keep that brain active and healthy and have some fun at C.A.L.L.  

For more information go to this link.  


CALL Helps Keep Our Brains as Well as Our Bodies Active

February 5, 2013

The Columbus Academy of Lifelong Learning, also called CALL, keeps growing.  More and more seniors in the Columbus area are discovering a place that provides not only continued learning, but the opportunity to socialize with  others who want to keep their brains and bodies active.

Not only are there classes on subjects as diverse as foreign policy and line dancing, but trips to  places like the Atlanta Aquarium,  tours of the River Center, and lunches  at places like the River Club.  Do I recommend CALL? Well, I have been attending for a number of years. Our classes are conducted at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center for Continuing Education at Columbus State University.

Our Education Crisis – Part 1

October 7, 2010


Sometimes unintended consequences can be good.  Some really bright people are being forced out of their lucrative careers because of today’s economy. These are people who could have done well as educators but decided it just didn’t pay well enough.  Now, they are going to education schools to get their teaching certificates.  Dr. Deirdre Green, Chair of  Teacher Education at the Columbus State University School of Education, says it’s happening at CSU. Some of the best and the brightest are now going into the teaching field as a second career.

In Finland, there is no problem in attracting the best and the brightest as a first career. That’s because in Finland educators are highly valued, respected and paid well.  As a consequence, Finland’s education system is ranked number 1 in the world.  Finland is number 1 in science and math, the United States ranks 17 in science and 24 in math.

I got that information by watching an Education Nation report on NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams. The network decided to do the Education Nation project because our slipping education system threatens our economic position in the world.  Finland understood this more than 25 years ago and decided to pour resources into education.  It has worked for them. In one generation it has gone from a poor agricultural country to a successful high-tech nation.

When I presented this information, and the Waiting for Superman documentary’s premise that the core problem lies with the quality of teaching in America’s public school to a Columbus Academy of Lifelong Learning discussion class at the Turner Center at CSU, I got a lot of push back from the educators in the group. Most members of the group, by the way, are retired school teachers. They had some interesting reactions. 

More coming up. Stay tuned.