Top Jobs for 2009

Fast Company: Top Jobs for 2009
Top 5:
1) Nursing & Medical Services

Perhaps the best bet in 2009: Becoming a registered nurse or medical technician. With over 50,000 new nursing jobs to be created this year alone, med techs and nurses will have their pick of jobs and salaries, the latter averaging about $57,000 per year.

Social services jobs will see a boom too, as a swelling number of retirees check-in for medical care, says the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report. But not all health care jobs will see equal growth. "The growth here will be more about the services and delivery people--nurses and technicians--than administrators," Varelas explains. "Hourly workers interested in changing roles should get into any role that services the elderly," she suggests.

2) Computing & Engineering

Computer-related jobs are projected to grow by more than 20 percent in the next decade, and 2009 will be no exception. Software engineering is particularly in demand, with network systems and data communications analysis also booming. These jobs also had some of the highest median salaries in 2006, according to the BLS, with computer software engineers earning a median income of $79,000 a year.

These positions are expected to grow at nearly double the rate of other types of jobs, but that won't last forever. "As the software industry matures, and as routine work is increasingly outsourced abroad," fewer computing jobs will be available in the next decade, the BLS notes.

But for now, technology workers are still in high demand, says Varelas. Most of the open positions will be found at smaller companies, where employers will be looking for a versatile, multi-faceted worker that can fill more than one role. "You have to be a business person who's also a tech person," to be an ideal candidate, Varelas explains. That could give an advantage to seasoned workers over recent grads.

3) Education

"To a great extent, education is recession proof," says Roy Krause, President and CEO of recruiting and staffing company Spherion. In 2009, roughly 38,000 of our economy's new jobs will be created in colleges and universities nationwide. As more students wait out the recession in college and graduate programs, the need for teachers, administrators, assistants and other staff will expand.

The demand for primary and secondary-school teachers will be booming as well. "There always seems to be a shortage there," says Krause. Some of the most in-demand teaching roles will prepare workers for the most in-demand jobs. "There are literally not enough educational programs to generate the volume of health-care workers we'll need," Varelas explains. As high schools and universities expand to meet demand for nurses, computer engineers and teachers, the demand for teachers and professors will grow commensurately.

Post-secondary teachers can expect a media salary of about $56,000, according to the BLS, while kindergarten through 12th grade teachers can expect between $43,000 and $48,000.

4) Green Jobs

So-called "green" jobs haven't been measured in BLS reports to date, but some experts have predicted they'll shake up the list of the fastest-growing jobs before the end of the decade. "More and more companies are adding dedicated staff to focus their environmental efforts," says Alison Doyle,'s Guide to Job Searching. Green jobs are arriving in two breeds, she explains: some will be at specialized firms that reduce human environmental impact, like environmental consultancies; others will simply be jobs at environmentally-friendly companies looking to improve their eco-image by hiring specialized "green" officers to audit and improve the company's environmental impact.
Do any of these surprise you? Did you see your career on the list?

Chronicle Blog Post: Best Posters of WWII

In honor of Memorial Day, the Houston Chronicle online edition had a blog posting that focused on best posters of WWII. Very cool. Check them out here:
We Remember the fallen world war 2

Memorial Day is an important holiday to remember those soldiers who have paid the ultimate price to keep our nation free.

I hope you were able to spend a few moments today remembering those soldiers.

Band of Brothers - D-Day Drop

Remember the sacrifices that young men and women have made for this country to remain free. A perfect example? The D-Day drop from Band of Brothers. A very gripping scene.

The Meaning of Memorial Day

The Meaning of Memorial Day 1:45
Carl Azuz explores how a day to decorate the graves of Civil War troops became a day honoring all of America's fallen.
Please remember our veterans:

Eagle Baseball... Rockin' through the playoffs

Rosie The Riveter

Who was Rosie the Riveter?

This song in 1942 started the popular understanding of Rosie as a symbol of the working American woman during time of war: How Rosie became "The Riveter." (Linked from this site: American History Through Folktales.

Norman Rockwell's painting of Rosie the Riveter was auctioned by Sotheby's on May 22, 2002 for $4,959,500. The painting is 52 by 40in. (132.1 by 101.6cm.) and signed Norman/Rockwell, l.r. oil on canvas. Painted in 1943.

Check out this image at the very bottom. Rosie has her foot against a copy of Hitler's Mein Kampf. Sweet.

How Hitler Lost the War

This is a great PBS documentary (about an hour long) called "How Hitler Lost the War."

Some very great points. Especially concerning Dunkirk, the choice to not invade England, Changing targets in the Battle of Britain, Invading the Soviets during winter and dividing his army, and even information about the top secret weapons of the war that the germans developed. Great stuff.

You will find the next part of the series (7 chunks of 10 minutes) in the 'related video' portion of the Youtube page here: Part II - How Hitler Lost the War

World War II Notes - Part II

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Kursk - Greatest Tank Battle in History

The battle of Kursk is the greatest tank battle in the history of warfare. The video below is from Youtube and shows the might of the German tank and how they were used during the blitzkrieg. Kursk was the last strategic offensive the Germans were able to mount in the east. The resulting decisive Soviet victory gave the Red Army the strategic initiative for the rest of the war. The Battle of Kursk was the first battle in which a Blitzkrieg offensive had been defeated before it could break through enemy defenses and into its strategic depths. More info here at Wikipedia

Test Podcast

FDR Fireside Chats

Franklin Delano Roosevelt used what was called "Fireside Chats" to bring information, influence and education to the American people during the Great Depression.

I found this really cool resource here with all the fireside chats:
FDR Fireside Chats

He only did 30 of them during his very long term as president. He was very worried of "over exposure" and the people losing their grasp of what he was trying to say by saying too much.

President Obama has had to preside over some difficult financial times as well. He has decided to do his weekly radio broadcast (that Presidents have done for years on Saturday mornings) and turn them into Youtube videos. Here is an example:

White Weekly Address

Do you think Obama risks being "over exposed" and the public growing tired of his voice? Or do you think it is absolutely necessary to speak directly to the people in this way?

Career Project due on Monday

Project is due on Monday, May 18th. A few tips from the rough drafts that have been emailed to me:

First, start with the essay. That will give you the answers to your three questions - 1) Where am I going to college? 2) What will my major of study be? and 3) What kind of career would you like to purse.

Next, find your thesis. Underline it.

With the resume, keep it to one page only. There is no need for multiple pages. A student handed a resume to me two years ago that was 5 pages long. You will not be given MORE points for more pages. Keep it to a page. That's what prospective employers would want.

Remember, the resume is written as a college senior and it will be 6 years from now. So the present date on the resume would be 2015.

Also use reverse chronological order. Start with 2015 and work back down the page. To accomplish this, most students prepare a rough draft that goes in chronological order and then reverse it for the resume. It's easier to start with summer jobs in high school and work your way through college.

Be creative. I can't assert this strongly enough. Have fun with this. What summer job do you think would best prepare you for your career... imagine it, then go ahead and do it! Lying on a resume is NEVER a good idea... but when you are "making it up" for me... this is your one chance! :)

Lastly, show me your rough drafts. Send them to me in email. Or come in for tutoring. Don't be shy.

Careers Project Careers Project David Duez

Miss You Zach.

3 years ago, I lost a student. Zach Jones passed away on this day three years ago because of rabies. He had come into contact with a bat that was infected.

Zach was in my first period class. I'll never forget the last time I saw him... he had the BIGGEST smile on his face. When he was absent, I knew something must be up... because he was always there.
Zach passed because he came into contact with a a bat that had rabies.
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Miss you Zach. Your passing taught me to enjoy every day with my students. I always regret not having had a chance to see you grow.

Next Two Weeks - WWII

It'll be face and furious down the stretch here. Only 2 weeks of instruction left.

Tuesday - Introduce the Great Depression
Wed/Thu - Finish Great Depression, Introduce Hitler and the Rise of Dictators
Friday - The course and beginning of World War II

Next Week:
Monday - (Project is due) Stalingrad, D-Day and major battles of Europe.
Tuesday - (Homework is due) Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima/Nagosaki and the major Pacific battles.
Wed/Thu - (Quiz) End the War & the Holocaust. Review for Test.
Friday - Test on The Great Depression, WWII and the Holocaust.

Following week:
Monday - Memorial Day - no school
Tuesday - Thursday - Review for Final, Present Projects and our Year End Video!
Friday - Finals begin!

Chapter 24 and 26 - WWII - Targets

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Chris Jordan dot Com "Contemporary American Culture & Art Through Statistics"

Laura S. from 5th period sent me this link today:

It is very amazing art. Here's what it says on the website:
Running the Numbers
An American Self-Portrait

Running the Numbers looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. My hope is that images representing these quantities might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone, such as we find daily in articles and books. Statistics can feel abstract and anesthetizing, making it difficult to connect with and make meaning of 3.6 million SUV sales in one year, for example, or 2.3 million Americans in prison, or 32,000 breast augmentation surgeries in the U.S. every month.

This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs. Employing themes such as the near versus the far, and the one versus the many, I hope to raise some questions about the roles and responsibilities we each play as individuals in a society that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming.

~chris jordan, Seattle, 2008
Definitely worth checking out. The one piece that jumped out to me was the children's blocks representing kids in America without insurance. Staggering.

Would You Want A Kindle?

Wall Street Journal: Amazon to release Kindle for texbooks

Would you trade your textbooks for a Kindle? The price would be a great deal smaller for a school district that would be purchasing thousands of them. Interesting.
NEW YORK (AP) — Inc. will release a larger — and more expensive — version of its Kindle electronic reading device that is geared toward periodicals and textbooks.

During a press event Wednesday at Pace University in New York, Amazon founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos showed off the $489 device. It has a grayscale screen that is 9.7 inches on the diagonal, up from 6 inches on the regular Kindle. The new Kindle DX also includes a QWERTY keyboard like the current Kindle.

The announcement comes three months after Amazon revealed a slimmer, updated version of the original $359 Kindle, which wirelessly downloads books. Some analysts have said the unit needed must-have content like textbooks to become more of a mainstream gadget.

Three textbook publishers said they have agreed to sell books on the device.
Would you want a Kindle instead of having to carry ALL of your textbooks?

World War I Notes Part III

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Passchendaele The Movie

I came across this tonight. Passchendaele the movie. You can see the trailer below:

Their website is:

The website has some GREAT stories and shorts about the making of the film. Really good stuff. The film was done by Paul Gross, a Canadian film maker. He created this movie because of the stories of his grandfather Michael Dunne. Gross tells that Dunne was involved in a fire fight where every one of his men dies and he is left alive. He puts his bayonet on the end of his weapon and runs up over the trench towards the Germans. Only one German remained. The German extended his hand and said, "Comrade." Dunne bayoneted him in the forehead. Gross played that scene out in the opening moments of the film.

There is a nice part of the site that is 12 letters from Dunne. The letters are narrated by his grandson (and producer of the film) Paul Gross.

I'll probably buy the movie over the summer and check it out. You can find scenes on Youtube by searching for it. But, the language is such that we can't show it in class.


Passchendaele or the Third Battle of Ypres, Belgium was one of the worst battles on the Western Front in World War One. Passchendaele has become synonymous with the misery of fighting in thick mud. Most of the battle took place on reclaimed marshland, swampy even without rain. 1917 had an unusually cold and wet summer, and heavy artillery bombardment tore up the surface of the land. Though there were dry periods, mud nevertheless feature of the landscape; newly-developed tanks bogged down in mud, and soldiers drowned in it.

These lyrics are from a song by the British metal group Iron Maiden. The song appeared in their 13th studio album in 2003: Dance of Death. During the song "Paschendale", lead singer Bruce Dickinson would sometimes wear a traditional British Infantryman suit as worn during World War I and act out his death onstage during the song.

In a foreign field he lay
lonely soldier unknown grave
on his dying words he prays
tell the world of Paschendale

Relive all that he's been through
last communion of his soul
rust your bullets with his tears
let me tell you 'bout his years

Laying low in a blood filled trench
killing time 'til my very own death
on my face I can feel the falling rain
never see my friends again
in the smoke in the mud and lead
the smell of fear and the feeling of dread
soon be time to go over the wall
rapid fire and the end of us all

Whistles, shouts and more gun-fire
lifeless bodies hang on barbed wire
battlefield nothing but a bloody tomb
be reunited with my dead friends soon
many soldiers eighteen years
drowned in mud, no more tears
surely a war no one can win
killing time about to begin

Home, far away. From the war, a chance to live again
Home, far away. But the war, no chance to live again

The bodies of ours and our foes
the sea of death it overflows
in no-man's land God only knows
into jaws of death we go...

Crucified as if on a cross
allied troops, they mourn their loss
German war propaganda machine
such before has never been seen
swear I heard the angels cry
pray to God no more may die
so that people know the truth
tell the tale of Paschendale

Cruelty has a human heart
every man does play his part
terror of the men we kill
the human heart is hungry still

I stand my ground for the very last time
gun is ready as I stand in line
nervous wait for the whistle to blow
rush of blood and over we go...

Blood is falling like the rain
its crimson cloak unveils again
the sound of guns can't hide their shame
and so we die in Paschendale

Dodging shrapnel and barbed wire
running straight at canon fire
running blind as I hold my breath
say a prayer symphony of death
as we charge the enemy lines
a burst of fire and we go down
I choke I cry but no one hears
feel the blood go down my throat

Home, far away. From the war, a chance to live again
Home, far away. But the war, no chance to live again
Home, far away. From the war, a chance to live again
Home, far away. But the war, no chance to live again

See my spirit on the wind
across the lines beyond the hill
friend and foe will meet again
those who died at Paschendale Paschendale by Iron Maiden

Crisis of Credit - Understanding Why American is Having Economic Problems.

We watched part I of this video today in class. It does a great job of explaining in a straight forward way what the credit crisis in America is all about.

The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.