Do You Hear Me Now?

How much time do people spend listening? People spend between 70 and 80% of their day engaged in some form of communication, and about 55% of their time is devoted to listening.

 Related: Cheap TV Service What’s the average speaking rate? Some people are chattier than others but on average, the typical person utters anywhere from 125 to 175 words per minute. How many words do we listen to per minute? Your ears work a little faster than your mouth. The average number of words you’re able to listen to per minute is around 450.

 How much of what we hear is absorbed? Even though your ears are capable of picking up on so many words, your brain doesn’t necessarily process all of them. Most people usually only remember about 17 to 25% of the things they listen to. 

Are men or women better listeners? Research shows that men only use half their brains to listen while women engage both lobes. If you constantly feel like your partner or significant other is tuning you out, that may be why. How important are the words we say? You might be surprised to learn that your words only convey about 7% of what you’re trying to say. The other 93% is communicated through facial expressions and the tone of your voice. Is there more than one way to listen? There are four distinct listening styles that you can employ, and about 40% of people are using two or more at any given time. LISTENING AND YOUR HEALTH An extensive body of research exists concerning how the things we listen to can affect our mental, physical, and emotional state. We found that listening can correlate to better (or worse) health in several ways.

 Is listening to complaining bad for you? Listening to nagging or complaining for about 30 minutes or more can cause damage to the part of your brain that handles problem-solving skills. That’s something to keep in mind the next time you’re stuck talking to a Negative Nancy. Can listening to music make you smarter? Putting on some tunes while you study can potentially improve your grades. Studies show that listening to classical music while hitting the books has been linked to a 12% increase in math test scores. Will it reduce stress? Several studies have attempted to link listening to music to a more stress-free environment. Listening to music before surgery has been shown to lower cortisol levels and result in less anxiety compared to patients who were given drugs instead. Or help you lose weight? Researchers have shown that listening to relaxing music while eating out at a restaurant resulted in diners consuming 175 fewer calories. If you’re having trouble sticking to your diet, a side of smooth jazz with your dinner may be the answer. Does listening to music increase accident risk? When teens are behind the wheel, 98% of them are likely to commit a driving error while listening to their favorite music. That figure drops to 78% when they listen to something relaxing, like soft rock. (Source: CreditDonkey)

How many people listen to the radio? Even though the face of radio has changed, its popularity hasn’t. Approximately 92% of Americans aged 12 and older listen to the radio at least once a week. How long do adults listen for? Throughout the course of a day, adults listen to just over four hours of audio communications. 

About 52% of that is spent listening to broadcast radio and the rest is divvied between Internet radio, audiobooks, and satellite radio. What do adults listen to most? Country music is the most popular choice among adults, taking up a 14% share of the market. In second place are the news and talk radio, with a 12% slice of the audience pie. How often do teens tune in? Kids consume about 8 to 10 hours of media a day, and 2.5 of those hours are spent listening to music. How do teens access their music? The way kids listen to music varies but on average, they spend 41 minutes on their iPods or MP3 players each day. Another 64 minutes is divided between listening to a standard radio and Internet radio through their computers. What’s the most listened-to song of all time? If you’re wondering what the most listened-to song in history is, forget the Top 40. It’s Disney’s “It’s a Small World,” which has been played roughly 50 million times since its 1964 release. LISTENING AND HEARING LOSS For some people, their ability to listen is hindered by things beyond their control. When hearing loss is a factor, it can have lasting effects on how well people are able to listen and communicate in general. How many people have listening difficulties? An estimated 38 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss. That’s about 12% of the total population. What’s the number one cause of hearing trouble? While aging plays a part, exposure to loud noises is behind 15% of hearing loss in adults aged 20 to 69. Even 15 minutes of listening to loud noise each day can cause permanent hearing damage. Who is most likely to lose their hearing? 

Men are more likely than women to experience hearing loss. There’s a 25% chance of having a severe hearing deficiency by the time you reach age 65. That number jumps to 50% among the 75 and up the crowd. How many children have hearing loss? Approximately 3 million children in the U.S. have some type of hearing loss and just over a third of them are under age 3. About 5 in every 1,000 newborns will be affected. How does it impact their education? Even a mild hearing loss can cause kids to fall behind in school. Studies show that they may miss out on as much as 50% of what’s being said in the classroom. (Source: CreditDonkey)

Now that, you have read this article how much of it would you remember if you only heard it? Americans are still listening every day. So what is your choice on how to become a better listener? What would the results be with our students in the classroom if they had had listening skills improvement?

Pride and Prejudice History of Career Post Secondary Schools

Career Schools have had a long and commendable history of serving communities, employers and our country in time of need. Enjoy the video of the History of Career Schools. After watching this movie I would encourage you to share it with others with you being a leader get to your civic organizations (Rotary, Lions, Chamber of Commerce ) and tell this story. Others can see this video at:

Teacher Methods for Different Learning Styles

In the classroom of all levels of education we experience many different learning styles. Many teachers in career schools have a strong background in their CORE subject but have not had the opportunity to study how to teach to different learning styles in the classroom. Recently I started a teacher and administrator professional development site to give both teachers and administrators the opportunity to take development courses. The courses that will appear will both enhance teachers ability to teach students but will give a greater level of success to student potential. The first courses are related to student advising and learning disabilities you may encounter from students who are in your school. Before coming into the career school sector I had been working with students with learning challenges. From this period of time when I experienced the challenges these students had facing them I completed my masters degree in special education. Now with these experiences I am giving schools the ability to grant professional develpment for their instructors to improve their teaching skills. Pleasec visit our site at Student and Teacher Success Improvement The site will be adding more courses throughout the year. Focus will be continually on school improvement and regulatory compliance.

Short Course on Learning Disabilities

Just the other night I was attending a neighborhood party. During all the conversations we were having I realized one of our good friends had a young daughter who had a leanring disability. For you who know me working with special needs students had been my life for close to twenty years before I entered the proprietary schools. After hearing some of the myths and school IEP meeting struggles I decided to publish an intro to “learning disabilitites” course. Soon you will see the course is available on “”. The URL for my courses are Dr. Carlson’s courses

The presentation is an easy to understand summary of the definition of learning disabilities, assessment value, teaching techniques and teaching approaches that will bring a higher potential for success with special needs students.

This presentation is for teachers at all levels and parents. After my discussion with these parents it stirred me to give some solid proven directions.

My sincere wish is that this can help teachers who have such a wide variety of students in their classrooms. Plus, famialize parents with the process of service.


Educators, Teachers, Parents, Students

Over the past several years education always makes the news when elections are on the horizon. I have now seen seen 12 presidential elections and the politics are always the same when it comes to education and how government can improve its fate. Without question outcomes with our schools has brought about some concern where there used to be state responsibilities for education but now has become more and more tied to the purse strings of the federal government. When President Carter made the statement with commencement of the Department of Education Act with his definition of what it would mean to the American citizens. I have included a link to his direct position on signing the Department of Education Act.

Please read the proposed purpose of creating a Department of Education and you be the judge to decide if  it has worked out as planned? In my days in the 1970’s it was looked upon as necessary to have  have a representation for supporting our schools. Throughout the past 37 years has it become more of a watchdog approach to our communities and states? Has our teachers been given directions that could reduce the ability to be creative with students and allow students to be creative? Are we measuring our schools with standardized testing so they can be praised or punished? How much help has been addressed to schools who are struggling rather than punishing them? My opportunities has allowed me to visit schools all over America and the diversity from one state to another is related to the communities our students grow up and live. As educators we know there is no one approach that fits all.

Our approach of governance has allowed decisions being made for our communities by people we will never meet. Funding for schools becomes a matter of bureaucracy where all schools abide by cookie cutter approaches. The decision making has been taken away from local boards, school leadership and teachers with extreme government oversight. Our USDOE has the opportunity to interpret government legislation and implement their guidance to schools across America. This is true for all schools receiving any type of federal funding. The danger of accepting federal dollars are the strings attached. I have grave concerns when I see schools closing, teacher layoffs, programs being discontinued and sanctions being place on schools who have already been struggling. Through the past seven years we have been more than gracious to bail/out a number of industries but have done nothing but criticize our school performances. Our education system need change. The governmental system and structure has not kept up with the times for our students.

Performance and outcomes for our schools are important. Let’s begin to implement a process where schools can measure the performance and provide the development strategy to improve. Your voice with your candidates and elected officials has never been needed more than now. If you have an interest in our education system in America please let your elected officials know what you are thinking.

Thank you for supporting America’s education improvement.








Chalk Dust Education to New Age

Chalk Dust Education to New Age Education Revolution

By: Gary R. Carlson Ed. D.


Just how difficult is it to see what is happening in our education system? Our population in the United States of America have experienced for well over 200 years an education system that grew out of a growing country’s needs for individuals, communities and civic responsibilities. Through all the challenges and growth pains our society never quit holding education as a necessity for our citizens. It was concluded by most all families and citizens a good education was the ticket to prosperity. From Mayor to President of the United States elections had education of our populous as a major priority. Responsibility remained at the state level and each state would review their needs with a consideration for their own citizens needs. As our economy grew from community to state to country to world wide our view of education became much more global. The value of education went from just a community to looking at world wide education system. In my lifetime I have never heard a politician who was against educating our American citizens at all levels from pre-school to higher education. I’ve worked in education now for forty-six years as a teacher, counselor, special educator, researcher, vice president for incarcerated youth residence and school, president of a college and chief academic officer for one hundred and twenty colleges. This journey has allowed me to work with many individuals, institutions, businesses, governments (local, state, federal), which has been a blessing to discover what we would consider the good, bad and ugly in our schools. The past five years I have been traveling the country working with schools and serving on boards with the goal of improving school’s outcomes for student success and teacher success.


From my perspective it is without question we are in a need for some refreshing and progressive changes in our schools. So much that has been implemented in the past ten or more years has been traditional and without any great success. Why is that? Our system is broke and because of our current jurisdictions of rules and regulations it becomes harder and harder to make any true measurable significant increases in our education opportunities. In our large metropolitan schools with minority populations we are realizing larger dropout rates and escalating crimes committed by school age populations.


Our President of the United State has communicated how important is that everyone needs the opportunity to attend college. Now, I want all of you to think about how realistic and intelligent a statement like this will satisfy the needs of our populations today. This statement makes the assumption that all our youth today need to be geared in their primary and secondary education to prepare for college. It is with great knowledge that not all our students want or plan to go to college. So how does our education system account for these students by accommodating them into other useful endeavors? I have four older children, twin boys, daughter and a twenty-two old son. It would be no surprise to any of you if I said they are completely different. Each of them pursued a life of what would be within their goals of a lifestyle and rewards for their contribution to work. I have two entrepreneurs, a teacher and a laborer. They would be the first to tell everyone college is not for everybody. That being said our schools are in need of some complete reworks for how we approach our students and train our teachers. Our lip service of no child left behind to everyone going to college are both without foundation of knowledge of what our schools are dealing with and what is really going on in our education systems. For as long as I can remember we have used standardized testing to measure our school’s success and with these outcomes have held their feet to the fire. No surprise this has not really worked. We are no longer an agrarian or industrial society. If we are still relying on the way, we always did business we are destined to failure. Our decisions for the future should not be for self preservation with doing the same things all over again. Change is inevitable for us to move forward in our schools at all levels.


Let’s for a moment talk about how the current system implements change. Much of the direction and approval for change is from a top down approach. Ask yourself for those that make these strategic changes to the school systems for change are actually familiar with the real in the ditches at ground level school needs. It has become more and more clear to me the best ideas come directly from the great teachers in the schools. They seem to be creative, innovative and with true vision of who their students are and what they need. When we continue to allow change decisions to come from the most removed participants we hamper our student’s success. We then experience more failure in accomplishing our true goals. Every school or college I visit has tremendous brain trusts that have a great perspective of how to solve many of our ongoing issues. Our U.S. Department of Education is truly out of touch with the local community schools needs and accomplishments.


Methods and materials today in the classroom have needed a compete re-engineering. It is not effective thinking to look at how we were educated and expect that to work today. My seven grandchildren are not the same student I was or my own children. Our schools will always need to be aware of their student clients and make sure they are ready for the current and future society they will live. I know we want the best for our youth to grow them to their best potential. Potential is the key word. It is sometimes best to know exactly what the potential of someone might be before we can act on the path to take to give them an opportunity. Technology today has given us the solution to make the classroom an exciting and rewarding experience for all.


I would be remiss if I didn’t say something about how our critiques of schools by individuals who have no knowledge of how schools work or should work. They criticize institutions but don’t actually know what is going on in the classrooms. The only approach is negative and destructive to the school system. When I speak of this I am including all student levels and institutions offering education. My fortune is to have visited and worked at all types of institutions. It is with assurance that I can tell you that in all instance there are great people in very institution I have been involved. This includes public, private, and for pro-fit schools. It is quite easy today with social media today to produce sensational journalism to attempt to scapegoat a company, institution or organization. Each of us know the outcomes when we scapegoat people who are present in the company, institution or organization are usually immeasurably damaged by comments or destruction. This is evident when schools who have had accomplished great successes with students and top down decision makers had no idea about any of these accomplishments. My request to you is to be sure to be the critique of those who are making the accusations and to dig a little deeper to see who they really are damaging. Every time we put our students out we are damaging a community and lives.


The United States is a great nation and we have the beauty of understanding a country that was always built on diversity. It is now our opportunity to address the needs for our schools and make changes that measure outcomes by growth through appropriate development for our professionals and students. Our performances are based on growing with support that meet the needs of our students. We have need for education and training. Where ever our students fit into this equation we need to offer the opportunity. Not everyone needs to go to college! Our country has great need for college graduates, trades educated people and service industry people. Lets not get so narrow we only look at narrow view of what is possible.


Opportunity in the future is about the identifying an individual’s potential so they can have a life full-filled success. It is now time to stop tearing down but to begin building up.




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