ABC Lesson 34

Today I learned about the trivium (grammar, logic, rhetoric.) The trivium has been around for hundreds of years and was first promoted by a woman named Dorothy Sayers. The talked about it in her essay titled, The Lost Tools of Learning which she wrote in 1948.

  1. A theory of curriculum
  2. A theory of educational development

The medieval curriculum

  1. Grammar
  2. Logic
  3. Rhetoric (persuasion)

Educational development

  1. Grammar (ages 9-11)
  2. Logic (ages 12-14)
  3. Rhetoric (ages 15-16)

Ron Paul High School Curriculum

  1. Logic combined with mathematics
  2. Rhetoric
    1. English
      1. Autobiography (9th)
      2. Western Literature (10th, 11th)
      3. Writing: advertising (12th)
    2. Social sciences
      1. Government (3)
      2. Economics (2)
    3. Business
      1. Introduction to business
      2. Advertising (English, 12th)

Applying the trivium

  1. Literature
  2. Advertising

What to conclude from this?

  1. The trivium is consistent with education
  2. The trivium is consistent with comprehension
  3. The trivium is consistent with business
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Grade 9 Business Lesson 49

Today I learned about part four of the Pareto‚Äôs 20-80 principle. I watched a lecture by David Rothkopf, he wrote one of the most important books. His book is titled Superclass and it is about the 6,000 people who are the richest and most powerful people on earth. As for the lecture it’s right here.

Grade 8 English Lesson 116

Today I started reading The War of the Worlds by H.G Wells. I also had to write a 1-2 page essay.

Today I will write an essay on the following topic. Is having too many choices a problem. As always with these questions you have to look at it from different perspectives. When you have a lot of choices, you can find the right whatever which fits you. Instead of having to choose between A, which you kinda like but it doesn’t fit you. B which has some aspects that you like but is mostly trash. And C which is the best of both worlds. You get all the letters of alphabet and more to choose from. You don’t like Q because it’s missing the one thing you need most? Why not pick Y, which is Q but with the thing you need. So having many choices gives you variety and lets you choose which one you would most prefer.

How about the cons. Well simply put, too many choices. What do you want for Christmas is a question asked a lot this time of year. But what would you think if I put it like this. Well out of the billions of things you can order on Ebay, plus another billion for Amazon, and at least a thousand for all the local stores, what do you want for Christmas? There is a word for questions like that, overwhelming, which is exactly the problem with too many choices. If you’re a penny pincher, then the question is, where can I go to save the most? You’ve got this coupon from this store, but this store has relatively low prices and will go even lower if there is a coupon, oh yeah, internet shopping. I’m not saying it isn’t worth it to get the lowest price here and there, but it’s a hassle, which is why some people don’t bother. Personally I might be one to hassle for a good price. I haven’t done it yet, but looking at my mom zooming from here to there, iPad to computer, I might not. I think I’d rather go with more choices than less. Because I’d find what fits me best out of the choices and begone, walking past the guy thinking even harder choosing between the few choices.

ABC Lesson 33

Today I learned about time management. Every tool can become a chain.

  1. You gain power over nature.
  2. You are a part of nature.
  3. You gain power over yourself.
  4. The tool helps you achieve control.
  5. The tool becomes your master.

How to defend yourself from the tools?

  1. Sovereignty: “Who’s in charge here?”
  2. Hierarchy: “To whom do I report?”
  3. Ethics: “What are the rules?”
  4. Sanctions: “What do I get if I obey?”
  5. Time: “Does this strategy have a future?”

Time management strategy.

  • Something is better than nothing.
  • A bad plan is better than no plan.
  • You can revise a bad plan.

Task-based time management.

  1. Which task must be done today?
  2. Which task can be postponed today?
  3. Which task can be postponed indefinitely?
  4. Which tasks are leisure-based?

Deadline-based time management.

  1. Mini-deadlines are laid out in advance
  2. System of reminders/review
  3. Report to others of your progress

Long-term projects time management. These are normally associated to your calling.

  1. Input-based (unknown time requirement)
  2. Output-based (known time requirement)

Daily schedule requirements

  1. Deadline-based tasks completed first.
  2. Output-based tasks completed second.
  3. Input-based tasks completed third.

Write it down.

  1. Time-minder system
  2. Notebook
  3. Desk calendar
  4. Digital reminder

What to conclude from this?

  • Adopt a system that you can handle mentally.
  • Make it systematic.
  • Write it down.
  • Budget time for getting sidetracked.
  • Review your progress at the end of the week.

Grade 9 Business Lesson 48

Today I learned about part three of the Pareto’s 20-80 principle. I learned about Ziph’s law. It is a very eerily accurate law that states that the second most commonly used word is used half as much as the first, and the third used one third as much as the second. Basically a word is used, in terms of a fraction, 1 over it’s rank in terms of uses. If you still don’t quite understand, it’s a very hard thing to understand without visuals. But for example, the fifth most commonly used word will be used about one fifths as much as the fourth most commonly used word. So how does the Pareto’s law fit into this? Directly is the answer. The most frequently used 18 percent of words account for 80 percent of word occurrences. Over centuries of research have been put into trying to solve this mystery, but yet no-one has found the answer to this. If you want to know more about this, VSauce, Michael here will tell you.

ABC Lesson 32

Today I learned about my next three years. the ticking of the clock. There comes a time in everybody’s life where you realize that time goes by very quickly. Aplying these principles:

  • What do you want to accomplish?
    • Academics
    • Specific skills
    • Part-time job
    • Insight into your calling
  • How soon do you want to accomplish it?
    • Set a deadline.
    • Write down a timetable.
  • What are you willing to pay?
    • Time per week
    • Money saved per week
    • Leisure activities foregone per week
  • Write it down.
    • Write it down
    • Put it where you can see it.
    • Review them daily.
  • Three-year deadline
    • Courses taken
    • CLEP exams taken
  • One-year goals
    • Five courses passed.
    • One CLAP or DSST exam
    • More than
    • One CLAP or DSST exam

For applying these principles.

  • Set a three-year goal.
  • Set a one-year goal.
  • Write them down.
  • Review them daily.
  • Post them where you can see them.

Grade 9 Business Lesson 47

Today I learned more about the Pareto 20-80 law. An example of the 20-80 rule in one of the videos I watched went like this. The guy had people from other sites visiting his website and soon was overwhelmed with content to make. He found out from his analytics that for every 1000 people that came from Reddit, only 60 came from Pinterest, and only 20 from Twitter, forums, and other social media. So he cut out all of the people from the websites with the least effect and only wrote articles for those from Reddit. From doing that he found he could write quality articles.