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Institutionalized Organizational Inefficiency in Schools 

It’s always difficult and realize how inefficient some schools are, especially ones that you work at. Once you come across more organized schools, it’s a lot easier to make the comparison. It can be quite shocking how inefficiently run most schools are. I’ve also come across something quite balking. Schools that penalize hard workers. This is something very difficult to understand. Part of the problem when you work hard is that you make others look bad. This can especially be true when owners or others are lazy. 

There’s a problem when the people running the schools aren’t business people or educators. They just do what they think is best. This often comes from trying to deal with problems with short term thinking. There are plenty of ways of making schools grow. Only idiots don’t apply these short term measures, which generally end up hurting the school in the long term. It’s surprising how many times I’ve come across this in schools in Taiwan. 

Once you get through the lies, the “giving face” BS, you’re left with the cold hard truth, and from what I’ve seen recently, it’s not looking good. 

I’ve started working in a really big kindergarten school recently. They’ve got their school really organized in some facets. They know that the graduation show is a giant advert, so they run it like the army, ensuring that everything goes according to plan. My contribution to all this is quite minimal, as it should be. The managers know this and everything is already prepared for you. 

Smaller schools are generally a hit and miss affair. I’ve worked at some where it’s great, until something changes, like a new teaching director or a new owner. Others start off good and end up circling the drain, due to short term thinking and planning. When it comes time to the “graduation event”, smaller schools generally rely on their English teachers to come up with everything. I’ve come up with plays, songs, and more BS to placate the management. The result is never the best due to lack of time, resources, competence and organization from the owners. 

Ultimately, smaller schools need to look at bigger schools to see how more professional organizations go about running their businesses. There’s a reason why they grow even more. 

4 Months In Training

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After the first 1.5 months of training, I started adding elliptical trainer workouts to add more miles. The elliptical is really good for me because it doesn’t stress the joints at all. My knees get sore after running, especially the back. It was part of a process in order to get a lot fitter.

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2015 KTM Super Duke 1290 R Month 5-6

The weather has been wet over the past two months, so I haven’t been taking my bike out that much. However, when the weather is good, I have taken the time to get out of the city, and ride the SDR. Whenever I get the chance, and the weather permits, I take my bike on the Beiyi Road to Yilan. It’s one of the more challenging roads that near the city.

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Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens Review

It has been years in the making, but finally, this Christmas another Star Wars movie hit theaters. Since George Lucas wasn’t in charge anymore, and that they had managed to snag JJ Abrams to direct, I had high hopes.

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2015 KTM Super Duke 1290 R & Quick Shifting

I was a bit sad to realize that the Super Duke’s engine cannot support any kind of quick shifter. There have been reports of engine blowouts once these have been used with quick shifters, and the warranty is voided once you fit one on your SDR. BMW, Ducati, and MV Agusta have models that come with quick shifters that will do up and down shifts without needing to use the clutch. BMW started it on a S1000R, then they disseminated it amongst the models of their line, including the S1000RR and the R1200 GS. The Ducati Panigale 1299 also comes with one, as does the MV Agusta Brutale Dragster 800 RR.

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Seveneves By Neal Stephenson Notable Quotes

I managed to finish The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly last night and read 174 pages of Neal Stephenson’s new book, Seveneves. I’ve been waiting for this book for a while. I get the feeling that I will finish it quite quickly.

It was with great trepidation that I heard that Neal Stephenson was going to write another science-fiction novel, finally. I still regard Anathem one of his best novels (of which I have at least 3 different versions, 2 physical, 1 digital), but he has written so many great ones over the years.

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Blood Work Vs The Poet By Michael Connelly

It was with slight misgivings that I started reading Blood Work again. I had read it after the movie based on this book was released. I wasn’t that impressed with Clint Eastwood’s interpretation of Terry McCaleb, but there was something about the plot that was stirring. Clint Eastwood’s portrayal of someone who had a heart transplant boiled down to him rubbing his chest a lot, where the scar would have been.

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