Fall 2013

August 20, 2013

Sun rising over two piers in Fells Point

Copyright 2013 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

August is inexorably closing in on September and yet the weather over the past few days in the Mid-Atlantic has been delightful-sunny, low humidity, and cooler-than-usual temperatures.  Those conditions are due to change here directly, but it has been a wonderful time to be outside.

Old factory being deconstructed.

Copyright 2013 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

The early morning light provides, in this case, a direct, front light that is especially nice for architecture.  This is an old factory that sat abandoned for years and appears to now be in the process of deconstruction.

Catonsville Library.

Copyright 2013 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

In another case, the sun has not quite cleared another building and creates a shadow on the subject.  This is the library for a local community college and as we continue that slide toward Fall and the oncoming academic year, schools and colleges are gearing up for the start of classes, which means more time inside for faculty, staff, and soon, students as well.  Fall puts the focus back on academics and the preparation of folks of all ages to meet the demands of an ever-changing, very competitive, global community.

As recent Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study data indicate, the United States continues to lag behind several other countries in those two disciplines.  Six years ago Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, made the case that improving the math and science skills of students is one of two areas America needed to change in order to remain at the forefront of innovation, which he considered to be the most important economic issue.  Six years later, test scores would appear to indicate that this has not happened as yet.  While this is a very complex problem requiring cooperation between government, businesses, educational groups, and individual families, the bottom line is fairly simple:  we must do a better job of education.

Perhaps this will be the year the U.S. begins to close that gap.

Take care.

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