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Many people mistakenly believe that the "1812 Overture" is associated with the War of 1812 between England and America. However, Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," composed in 1880, commemorates Russia's defense of its homeland against Napoleon of France. Still, it is a common accompaniment to Independence Day fireworks displays in the USA, especially since Arthur Fiedler's 1974 Boston Pops concert. Expect to hear cannons! Read more here and here.
One thing I know: They need life skills! I've had eight teenagers grow up in my
house. Four of them have moved out on their own, and two of these are married with children. Even after all that experience, I still have a long way to go with instilling life skills in my remaining kids! I've got some serious work to do here. I am thankful that it's not all up to me. My husband has taught them a lot, and so have mentors and other teachers.
Just a few thoughts...
Education is not just about stuffing
information into the brain. We need to know what to do with it, how
to apply it in daily life. No matter what careers our children choose and no
matter how technology changes, they will need some basic life skills.
Occupations may come and go, but in my opinion there are certain work skills
that will never become totally obsolete. They are applicable for both men
and women in almost any life pursuit. We must teach them to our children,
largely by our own example, but also by specific instruction. Let’s train
General Life Management: how to manage time, set goals, evaluate options,
make decisions, plan details, use discernment, organize resources and space, control impulses
Communication and Leadership: how to converse pleasantly and effectively, use
proper body language, write clear correspondence and reports, give oral
presentations with visual aids, debate logically and persuasively, offer
direction to colleagues and subordinates, and appeal to those in authority.
Finances: how to earn money, budget, manage a checking or savings account,
make wise purchases, avoid scams, stay out of debt, stretch and conserve
resources, interpret financial and economic data, make wise investments, do
personal and/or business bookkeeping, and most importantly, maintain
contentment in a materialistic society.
Study Habits & Computer Skills: how tomaster comprehension skills, find a quiet study
environment, organize study time, take tests effectively, use highlighters and
flash cards, do word processing and spreadsheets, send e-mail, locate reliable
information on the Internet, study in a group, participate in a group
presentation, submit on-line assignments, back up information to a flash drive,
design a blog or web site
Job Skills: how to fill out an application, write a resume, go for an
interview, make an appeal to a supervisor, know what kind of behavior and
conversations are appropriate in various kinds of work settings, assess
strengths and weaknesses, explore long-term career options
Home Care: how to perform basic household chores that they will need now to
contribute to the family and in the future to care for themselves: cooking,
laundry, dishes, cleaning, organizing, lawn mowing, gardening, household
Transportation: how to take a public bus, drive safely, understand traffic rules, read a map, plan a route, fill a car with gas, add air or change a tire, check and add fluids, call for roadside assistance, perform basic auto repairs
Health Care: nutrition, exercise, sleep habits, personal hygiene, body
change, avoiding substance abuse, mental health awareness, taking medications, monitoring health symptoms, basic first aid and nursing skills, caring for young children