Education, Parenting

college not for everyoneCollege is Great–But Not for Everyone

Dear Mr. Dad: While I appreciate your recent column about the benefits of education, I encourage you to add the option for a career technical education (CTE) degree and/or certificate to possible educational endeavors. Not all students are destined for a four-year degree. Without the burden of substantial debt., large numbers of students can have a full or part-time college experience while preparing for a living-wage and above job. Community College graduates frequently earn substantially more than students with a BA while performing important and critical work. Also, employees with a Community College CTE degree can position themselves for a supervisory or management position.

A: Excellent suggestion. There’s no question that a traditional college education isn’t for everyone. And there’s also no question that two-year community colleges and vocational-technical training programs offer some great alternatives. However, my main point in the article was to give the father information that he could use to encourage his son to finish high school. While I acknowledge that traditional schooling environments aren’t for every child, it’s important to understand that without a diploma or at least a GED or other high school equivalency certificate, their options are severely limited—as are their chances of having a successful career and a long, healthy life. Earning one of those documents is a lot easier to do at 17 or 18 than at 30 or 40.

To start with, as several other readers pointed out, many union apprenticeships—which are often a path to well-paying jobs—are open only to those with a diploma or equivalency. The same goes for joining the military or enrolling in many community colleges and vocational-technical programs, in particular those in fields such as mechanics (repairing everything from cars and air conditioning units to jet engines) and medical fields, where knowledge of technology is essential). One reader, a restaurant owner, said a high school diploma is important even in food service. When she has a choice between a candidate who has a diploma and one who doesn’t, the one with the paper will almost always get the job.

Again, it all comes down to this: Finishing high school is the smart play. While a diploma or equivalency isn’t a guarantee of success, not having one is almost associated with low earnings and poor health outcomes. And one of the major benefits of having a diploma or equivalency is that it allows teens and young adults the option to go do college, should they choose to do so (which I highly encourage).

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Anxiety, Depression, Stress

daydream meditation breakThe Break that Heals the Best

You know the saying: Good things come in small packages. Like jewelry. Ah, but good things also come in large packages. Like time-off from work. But breaks from work don’t always need to be big to be good. Small ones do just fine, really.

A Break in Plans

Do you worry that if you take a break from work that you will lose your momentum? Keep on truckin’ it till its done, right? Truth is, we actually have a pretty limited ability to concentrate over long time periods. Our brains just get tired. And I don’t mean yawn-tired, I mean that we get easily distracted. Distracted, you ask? Sure, ever do any of these during your day: videos, gossip, and social media? Even more convincing: guess what time of the weekday Facebook users are most active: 3:00pm! Your mind is not made for marathon work sessions.

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Nutrition, Parenting

Childhood Health Habits It's Time To Let Go OfHereditary Habits: Three Childhood Health Habits It’s Time to Let Go Of

If you’re like some adults, there are still a few habits that you have carried over from childhood that are simply too hard to let go of in life. It’s important to make sure you are constantly assessing your habits and working on those habits that aren’t necessarily beneficial for your health or well-being. Take it one step at a time and don’t get too discouraged if some habits are harder to break than others.

Not Taking Medicine

There are times when you have to take medication in order to feel better or to rid the body of a virus. Most children avoid taking medications because they don’t like the way that they taste or smell. As you get older, this is a habit that you need to break so that you can be as healthy as possible, especially if the medication is prescribed by a doctor for a specific illness.

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Legislative, Public Policy

How Can Medical Personnel Protect Patients' Sensitive InformatioHow Can Medical Personnel Protect Patients’ Sensitive Information?

The proper ways for handling a patient’s health records are set forth by the government at national and local levels. All healthcare organizations must have systems in place to comply with these legal requirements, referred to as HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996). The penalties associated with not following the laws and regulations associated with handling patient medical information can be avoided. There are certain things that can be done to make certain a healthcare organization is compliant.

Formal Policies

Maintaining the legal standards for patient medical record privacy is only possible when the work environment of a healthcare organization is focused on compliance. This focus involves the organization’s workers and management. It is suggested that management develop an ability to effectively communicate the importance of its compliance policies. They can do this by being an example and demonstrating commitment with their behavior toward compliance.

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Education, Health, Parenting

lack of education can killLack of Education Could Kill You

Dear Mr. Dad: My son just finished his sophomore year of high school and has decided that he doesn’t want to graduate. My wife and I never finished high school and we’re doing okay—she’s a waitress and I’m an auto mechanic. Some of my friends (the ones who have college degrees) are telling me that it’s a mistake to let my son drop out. But I’m not convinced. What do you think?

A: Your friends are right. At the risk of being dramatic, the lack of a high-school diploma could actually kill your son. According to a recent report by the Population Reference Bureau, a 25-year old male without a high school diploma has another 44 years to live. But a high school grad can expect to live 51 more years, and a college grad will be around 57 more years (all of those numbers are about six years higher for women).

Sounds pretty crazy doesn’t, it? Well, here’s how it works. In general, if your son has a college degree, he’ll probably get a better-paying job than if he drops out now. Having a degree also increases the likelihood that he’ll have health insurance, which makes it more likely that he’ll get regular physicals, get age-appropriate health screenings, not smoke, exercise more, and see a doctor if he develops a health problem later.
To give you some specifics, people who don’t graduate high school are more likely than those with a college degree to suffer from depression, be missing their natural teeth, have two or more chronic health conditions, and be obese. Michael Grossman, who has done extensive research into the connection between education and health, sums it up quite nicely. ”Years of formal schooling completed is the most important correlate of good health.”

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