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  •  My Grandfather was a teacher. (9+ / 0-)

    After he finished with the Army, taught High School History.

    Twice he had what was called a Sabbatical.  Yes, they used to give those to high school teachers.

    Took his entire family to Europe and the Middle East.  Explored, learned, became refreshed and came home.

    His teaching always improved, he said, whenever a breath of fresh knowledge was taken.

    Ignorance and cost cutting breed only ignorance and jealousy.

    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 12:53:15 PM PST

    •  Yes - imagine that! (3+ / 0-)

      Everyone could use an educational Sabbatical, but in today's world, if you can't do it for free, on your own time, without impairing your ability to generate profits for The Man, forget about it.

      Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

      by cassandracarolina on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 12:55:42 PM PST

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      •  Back in the day (not too long ago), even (2+ / 0-)

        businesses had sabbaticals: Intel did it.  Not sure if they do still, or if anyone else does.  Admittedly, rare in the business world.

        I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

        by tom 47 on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 01:53:32 PM PST

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        •  Now we'd be lucky to attend a 90-minute (2+ / 0-)
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          Webinar. No sabbaticals that I'm aware of. Training budgets were among the first things slashed. It's a huge problem for some of us with professional licenses that require continuing education credits to renew. Fortunately we put on a bunch of internal Webinars (which we were able to accredit), but recycling our own knowledge was no substitute for infusing NEW knowledge.

          Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

          by cassandracarolina on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 01:55:47 PM PST

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      •  Not even that. (2+ / 0-)

        If you save enough money, QUIT your job, take the time for yourself on your own tab and increase your knowledge and sophistication, then when you go looking for a new job, you have a dreaded Employment Gap.  You were (gasp!) NOT WORKING for six months.  You DARED to take time for own needs, paying your own way.  You are no longer employable, because you demonstrated independence from the expectations of others.

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