12/18/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at how we can improve communication skills. Verbal expert Dr. Ben Benjamin , co-author of CONVERSATION TRANSFORMATION, says there are red flags to notice when conversations take the wrong course. Complaints and leading questions can start a downhill path. And “Yes, buts” usually put another person on the defensive. More information at www.conversationtransformation.com
Florida's next public university could be Online U.
Depending on how the Florida Board of Governors reconciles several issues with expert recommendations, the Legislature may be asked next year to establish the 13th state university for Internet students only.
Throughout the Great Recession, laid-off workers have been trying to improve their re-employment prospects with college training.
But, once they enroll at their local community colleges, many are finding that that their math, reading and writing skills have atrophied so much they can't continue at the college level without remedial classes.
By Sarah Gonzalez and McNelly Torres and Lynn Waddell
Wendy Pedroso has never liked math, but for most of elementary school and middle school she got B’s in the subject. It wasn’t until ninth grade at Miami Southwest Senior High School, when Pedroso took algebra, that she hit a wall. In particular, she struggled with understanding fractions.
“I kept getting stuck in the same place,” Pedroso, 20, recalled recently. She failed the class, and worried that she’d never get to go to college. Pedroso sought help from tutors, took algebra again over the summer and passed. She went on to graduate from high school in 2011.