Herman Berliner

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February 24, 2013
The one very minor positive for me in the current economic cliffhanger is that my vocabulary has expanded to include sequestration and I even find myself unfortunately using this word on a regular basis. In the next few weeks, I may even get to the point of asking friends and acquaintances how they are and how they will be after sequestration.
February 17, 2013
The New York blizzard of 2013 really made an impact.  With a range of snow falls that increased from about 6 inches in Manhattan, to 21 inches in my backyard on Long Island, to 30 inches in the eastern part of Long Island, there were areas even two days after the last flake hit the ground that were still impassable.
February 10, 2013
We are getting close to implementing our Honor Code and Honor Board and I am very excited by the our progress in this critical area.  It is not that our campus is any different from most other campuses. We know that there is academic dishonesty taking place on virtually every college or university campus.  We have just, however, made a commitment to push for a measureable decrease in such behavior.  
February 3, 2013
At the last Board of Education meeting, in addition to dealing with the critical issue of security, we also continued our discussion of FLES — the teaching of language at the elementary school level as well as our discussion of a world languages orientation.  Often, at the college level, students look to minimize their course work in foreign languages. But in a global environment, where English is not the only world language, such an orientation is clearly short sighted.
January 27, 2013
My older daughter and her best friend were going to an ice skating birthday party and I was the designated driver to the rink.  We were ready to leave and my daughter texts her friend to let her know we will pick her up in a few minutes.  But there was no imminent response.  So what were we to do? 
January 13, 2013
At the last school board meeting there were two distinct discussions, both excellent. The first, not surprisingly after the tragedy in Connecticut, dealt with school security and the second dealt with an early exposure world languages program.
January 6, 2013
I usually ease off on reading news stories during the time period between Christmas and New Year’s Day.  It isn’t that the news is less important, it is just that I find this an ideal moment to just relax and enjoy quality family time.  This year was different.  I was focused on the cliff, the ominous fiscal cliff. 
December 16, 2012
My younger daughter decided against having a birthday party for her latest birthday and asked instead that I take her to the One Direction concert at Madison Square Garden. 
December 9, 2012
I am a huge fan of Consumer Reports and consider them the most objective source of product information available anywhere.  Rarely do I ever purchase a product without first checking their evaluation.  So when it comes to buying or leasing a car, I look in detail at the ratings of the type of car I am interested in and able to afford.  But since I am also a car person, I can’t resist looking at the ratings in general. 
December 2, 2012
Both of my kids have been issued iIPads in school and I am convinced they are receiving a better, more sophisticated and dynamic education as a result of the use of technology.  At the same time, I worry about all the screen time that has now been incorporated into their lives.

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