July 30, 2015
Yesterday, I spent the entire afternoon on the computer and the phone doing some research about how to get a doctorate degree. Yes, at 71, I am considering a doctorate!
I spoke with two universities about their online programs that would lead to either a D. Ed. (Doctorate of Education) or a PH. D. (Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology/Education). Since I love research and creative endeavors, I have been doing a lot of thinking and writing.(Including my memoir Grace for Gypsy Girls, under my pen name Ann Naedele)
My question to myself is this: At my age do I need this degree for some higher purpose, or do I need this degree to satisfy ego for the lifelong work I have done in education over 38 years of teaching?
My answer: If I could effect change in our approach and implementation of a new educational system by any other means than acquiring a doctorate, I would feel fulfilled in life.
In conclusion, a doctorate degree costs between $42,000 and $100,000 which I do not have nor know how to acquire. Therefore, I am going to use my blog and eventually a scholarly book to prove that the educational system of today can be better for all children under my plan.
So readers, be prepared. My blog is going to take on a new topic soon. I know there are tons of retired educators out there that have great ideas about this issue. Perhaps with some collaboration and creativity we can set the world on fire with a new philosophy of education. My first blog will give you my mission state.
Please feel free to share or comment.
One word describes July in Vero Beach: HOT! I guess all of you know about HOT. The country has been dealing with the heat, storms, floods, and tornadoes for months. I can only imagine what August will bring. Personally, I am hoping for the “rapture”…can’t wait to see my heavenly home, shed this body for a new one, and maybe become a blond…I’ve asked but haven’t heard back on that request! I did ask for God to let me bring along my Chihuahuas! I think he’ll give me that one.
Sorry I haven’t posted lately. I have been reformatting my eBook for paperback copy. It is DONE! You can now get a real book from Amazon.com! Our memoir, Grace for Gypsy Girls, is a great read about all the adventures and misadventures of RonnAnn, my daughter, and me. We’ve lived in lots of different states and have had to deal with a lot of adversity over the years, but in spite of it all, she managed to marry and become a doctor. With all the hype about single parent families, I think we came out on top, not the bottom. I managed to hold a job in teaching most of the time and kept us out of harm’s way.
You’ll enjoy the ride, so please read it and let me know what you think about my writing style. I also have a young adult short read available. If you have teens, I would love for you to let them read it and rate it for me. I want to be sure it is something they would enjoy. It’s called Milligan Mayhem by Ann Naedele…my author names are different, but it’s mine!
Coming soon: I am going to post some more articles about education; schools will be starting soon and I hope you are ready for all the things your children will be facing this year. I am going to address gender and sexual orientation. Stay tuned!