We saw a sign for a CCC memorial just off I-75, so we stopped to see.
As an out-of-state car, it cost us $8 for the short visit, but it was
worth going to see. My father was in the CCC and they planted
trees so I feel a special connection in two ways. The
monument is in a quiet place with lots of trees. The day
was beautiful, cool and sunny. I feel comfortable but a
little sad in such places. Bittersweet is the word. They
remind me of good things past and gone.
Continue reading Civilian Conservation Corps.
Brazil is becoming an agricultural superpower and it is growing
bigger all the time. I look forward to seeing the changes,
but until I get there, I am studying through the Brazilian media. I
have been reading a lot about mechanization of Brazilian agriculture
and the expansion of the agricultural frontier.
Continue reading High-Tech Countryside.
Brazilian public schools are not good. Denise Aguiar, director of the Bradesco Foundation, said that Brazil is essentially decades behind the United States, and who is happy with American schools? Finding qualified worker is one of the biggest challenges facing the country that has one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
Continue reading Education Reform in a Diverse Country.
The most successful 20% of the population behaves differently from the
bottom. They are more likely to be married, less likely to
have children out of wedlock, more likely to work long hours, more
likely to attend church regularly and less likely to abuse drugs or
alcohol. In 1960, there was little difference between the
top and the bottom on the indicators measuring those things above. Today
the differences are stark.
Continue reading Habits of Self-Control and Self-Determination.