Thank you for Serving


PBS on For-Profits and GI BIll

There is a new PBS documentary on the aggressive recruiting tactics from for profit colleges .  With 1/3 of all $10 billion military dollars going to for profit schools, this is a major concern.  The last time they aired an expose, Congress started hearings.

There is so much money - of course non-profits will go after the military.  Veterans have to beware and make the right decision. 

See Educating Sergeant Pantke:  for-profit colleges promise veterans a high quality degree - - but do they deliver?


Navy to Invest $100M in STEM Education

Rear Adm. Nevin P. Carr recently held a forum to discuss that lack of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skill in America's youth. 

The facts:
  • US is 48th in the quality of STEM education in high school
  • US is 27th in industrial nations in share of scholars who take STEM degrees in college
  • Non-Americans constitute 57% of college grads in STEM majors
So the Navy is going to invest $100 million to help our schools fix this problems so that they can have better recruits through programs like STEM training for teachers.

More to come!


Schools near Military Bases

Laying the Foundation is working closely with the National Math and Science Initiative to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education in schools near military bases.  The teachers below received the training last week.  This is really going to be great for military families!!


The value of your degree

You are investing a lot of time and money in your degree. Even if the government is picking up the tab, you need to make sure you get the value for your time.  Ask any other service member about the time committment and  believe me, you don't want to end up with a crappy degrees after many years of effort. 

So has a little help:
Degree value : Degrees by salary
Courtesy of:

Definitely worth a look so that you can choose wisely.


Delta Welcomes Home Soldiers

Way to go Delta - soldiers get screwed by Delta and they charge $2,800 out of pocket.  COME ON!  The military has a contract with Delta which the person chose to ignore.  After an 18 hour flight defending our country you do this!!!  We better see a damn big apology and soon!


D-Day thought

One of my classmates from the Naval Academy posted this on his facebook to remember those, like his father, he secured our freedom at Normandy.  They were the most amazing men - doing their job.

Eulogy for my Father

By Mark Powell

"We have come here to honor the memory of my father, Lawrence McClellan Powell, "Bunny" Powell.

My father was born October 5th, 1923. Over 73 years ago. He was a loving husband to my mother for over 49 years, a great father, a wonderful grandfather, a caring friend to many, a decorated veteran from World War II, a patriot. Dad was a man that believed in his country, in his family, and, most of all, in God and his son, Jesus Christ.

During the summer of 1994, my mother and I were sitting at our kitchen table having a quiet lunch together with my father. My father never spoke at length about the War and his participation. It was not his nature. He was involved in several major Amphibious Assaults with the Sixth Naval Beach Battalion. The most noted of these was on June 6th, 1944, D-Day. His unit arrived early, before the main invasion. Their task was to clear the beach of all obstacles. His unit sustained great casualties in some of the most intense combat of the war.

As I have previously stated, Dad never talked much about the war, but, on this summer day, he spoke at length about that event. My mother and I were stunned when he described in detail, the carnage and devastation. We were horrified.

At one point in his narrative, I looked at Dad and asked, "Were you Afraid?"

He paused, thought about it for a brief moment and answered, "You know, it is funny, you are afraid for the first 15 minutes and then you 'Do your Job'. We did our job …"

As the years have passed and I have had an opportunity to think about my father's life, this statement is a fitting metaphor for him. "We did our job."

The only addition that should be made: Bunny Powell did his job, with HONOR. For many years my mother has posted a quotation in our house: "Honor is the presence of God in Man." Honor was an important part of my father's life."

Thanks for passing this along. 


Military Teachers of Pre-AP classes!

There is a blog just for Pre-AP teachers and since so many military find a passion for teaching - we wanted you to be aware of this great resource.  Tune into the LTF Training Blog and learn more about the resources and training available to teachers who want to ensure a college-ready climate in their classroom. 

Enjoy and join in the discussion!