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Professional Truck Driver

Without truckers, big rig drivers, 18-wheeler operators – most formally known as professional truck drivers – the United States economy would be in disarray. Supermarket shelves wouldn’t be packed to the brim, carefully “faced” – the term to describe the action when supermarket employees arrange all products so they look nice and tidy in the name of impressing consumers – or be able to purchase almost anything for arguably cheaper than at the vast majority of nearby competing stores.

The US is home to about 3.5 million professional truck drivers. Every two years, they have to report to a US Department of Transportation physical examination to certify they’re ready to go. Conducted by US DOT medical examiners, it’s clear that they’ve got busy, busy jobs.

And That Means They’re Never Running Out Of Work

According to the US Bureau of

No Medical Examiner Is Grounded In Their Career Path

Don’t get it twisted – the path to becoming a United States Department of Transportation medical examiner is long, twisted, and grueling. One of the first and most important steps to hit along the way is obtaining a professional degree to practice medicine. This degree is highly flexible; doctors simply must complete another residency for three years to practice another specialty like family medicine – that’s all it takes to be whatever kind of doctor one wants to be.

Residencies And Fellowships – Fun, Fun, Fun

Medical examiners who work for the United States Department of Transportation are required to follow a residency program of anatomical pathology, a discipline that typically requires three years to complete; afterward, a fellowship in forensic pathology is required – it lasts at least 2 years.

It’s Getting More Popular, Too

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that this position’s demand will grow about 14 percent of the next decade.

DOT medical examiners make more than their fair share of salary – they also rake in major insurance packages, bonuses, local political clout, and solid retirement programs. Their licenses also last for 10 years at a time.…

Advantages of Home-Schooling

Home- schooling as the name suggests is the method of educating children at home under the guidance of their parents. This is a paradigm shift from the conventional way of imparting knowledge to kids at school. A couple of centuries earlier, it was common for many members of the privileged society to employ governesses who were entrusted with the responsibility of teaching subjects such as Mathematics, English, geography and even social etiquettes to their children. Over a period of time, this system became unaffordable and impractical, and conventional schooling became the norm for people irrespective of their relative affluence. The beginning of the twentieth century has marked the re-emergence of the home- schooling trend amongst many people and this time around, it is no longer the prerogative of only the elitist group. Families that decide to educate their children through home schooling are not limited to any particular group, community, religion or area. They come from almost all sections of the society and from various economic backgrounds.

In order to achieve a valuable home schooling experience for both parents and the children, it is very important for parents to be dedicated and possess patience. There must be an interest and an undying passion to teach your child personally. Home schooling when relegated to a sense of obligation or burden can adversely impact the future of your child. Determination is a key factor that guides the culture of home schooling. It is very necessary that you think, plan and analyze new and fascinating ways to engage your kids while teaching them at home. The curriculum and teaching methodology employed should be interesting enough as to ensure complete concentration on the part of your child.

Home schooling has its own share of pros and cons but when carefully implemented, the benefits certainly outweigh the disadvantages in many ways. Some of the pivotal advantages are:

a)It allows you to systematically imbibe the religious/ philosophical convictions that you wish for your child to inculcate.
b)It provides for the development of adequate social skills in the child without subjecting him or her to peer pressure or influence.
c)It ensures that your child inclinations and talent are tapped during the academic process.
d)It facilitates your spending quality time together as a family.

Religious/ philosophical convictions: Convictions are personal beliefs based on our principles that can infuse a sense of enthusiasm in both the children and the parents. Home schooling allows parents to weave the passion for convictions in their children.

Socialization: Home schooling has the benefit of actual socialization in terms of being involved with classmates in a real sense. It is not a superficial and restricted kind of association. In schools, the different variables are controlled in order to maintain the decorum of the school while at home children are exposed to real life.

Academics: Home schooling allows children to work according to their capacity rather than competing with other children. Parents can teach their children at their own pace and not till the bell …

How Does California Traffic School Work?

Most California drivers who receive a traffic ticket have several options;

  • Admit guilt, accept the points, and possible increased insurance rates;
  • Go to court and try to fight the charges and hope that you are persuasive enough and the judge is in a good mood;
  • Hire a lawyer to represent you in court and take the risk that you may still be found guilty and have to pay the fines in addition to your attorney’s fees or,
  • Attend a traffic school and have the case dismissed (along with no points on your record and no increased insurance rates)

For most drivers, attending traffic school, if they are eligible, is the best choice. 

Who Can Attend Traffic School?

The court can order anyone to attend traffic school but, in order to have the case dismissed:

  • The driver must not hold a class A, B or commercial class C license
  • The traffic offense must not have been committed while driving a commercial vehicle
  • The offense must not have been a serious traffic offense such as a DUI, reckless driving, or leaving the scene of a collision.
  • You must not have attended another traffic school that resulted in dismissal of a traffic offense within the last18 months

How to Request a Traffic School

Basically, if you want to attend a traffic school you have to request that the court “order” you to attend traffic school. This request must be made to the traffic court in the county where you received the ticket. You will still have to pay the fines for the offense and any additional fees that the court may impose on you. You will also have to pay for the traffic school. These costs are non-refundable.

Once you have been “ordered” to attend traffic school by the CA Clerk of Court, you will have a certain amount of time (depending on the county) to attend and show proof of successful completion of the course to the court. After the court receives proof of attendance, the judge can then dismiss the case.

If you do not provide proof of attendance within the required amount of time, you will be in violation of a court order; you will be charged with a misdemeanor and the traffic offense will be entered on your driving record.

Choosing a Traffic School – What type of school is best for me?

After paying the fines and fees to the court, you will be given a list of approved traffic schools within the county. Remember, you must attend a court approved traffic school in the county where you received the traffic ticket.

  • Online – Fortunately, most counties offer the option of completing California traffic school online. By taking the course online:
    • You don’t have to travel back to the county where you received the ticket to attend class
    • You have the option of completing the course on your schedule.
    • You can stop the course and pick up where you left off at a later time
    • You don’t

Fix Reading Spelling or Attention Problems Los Angeles CA

3 Myths About Learning Problems That Are Hurting Kids and Families
Part 1 of 3 – By Jill Stowell –

When reading, spelling, writing, or attention are difficult for smart students, school can seem like an endless “black hole.” And often parents and the rest of the family start feeling the same way.

The short article below helps parents begin to understand one of the many myths about why some smart kids struggle in school.

Have you ever gone to the doctor with a headache or other pain, only to be told that there is nothing wrong? How about your car? Ever take it in because it is “acting up?” You know that something is not quite right, but the mechanic can’t pinpoint the problem.

But you know that everything isn’t just right. There is something wrong, but the “expert” didn’t find it. Not yet anyway.

The very same thing happens with kids at school. There are clues that there is a problem…difficulty reading, spelling, writing, or paying attention. But often the “experts” say that nothing is wrong.

Here is the first myth – If you have not been diagnosed with a learning disability, you don’t have any learning issues.

It is un-true. It is false. It is a lie. And it is devastating to kids and families.

Here is what it can look like – Johnny is having a difficult time keeping up with his classmates. Johnny is smart, but can’t seem to read, spell, or write as well as the rest of the class. Johnny’s teacher recommends testing. The testing shows that he is behind, but only by a year. That may not be enough to label him “learning disabled” or to get special help at school. You see, for many schools, kids have to be at least 2 years behind their peers in order to qualify for special help.

Here is the problem – Research tells us that about 30{25d806faf44280f26afacb230ea329c5c4346c949a2c41fee79219f59d19770a} of all capable students will have some kind of difficulty processing information. But only 5{25d806faf44280f26afacb230ea329c5c4346c949a2c41fee79219f59d19770a} to 9{25d806faf44280f26afacb230ea329c5c4346c949a2c41fee79219f59d19770a} get diagnosed as “learning disabled.” The only reason some qualify and others don’t is based on how far they are behind.

But the root causes of the struggles are all the same, whether you “qualify” for special help or not.

Imagine a bunch of elementary school kids playing basketball against an NBA team. Someone comes along and gives extra help to all those kids who are shorter than 5 feet. But the poor kids who are 5’1″ or 5’2″ or even 5’10” get no extra help. They don’t “qualify.”

But would we say they don’t need extra help? Of course not. They have the very same issues as the shortest kids. They just don’t “qualify” for any extra help.

Learning issues aren’t as obvious as height issues. The very same auditory processing challenges, the very same memory issues, the very same executive functioning problems keep all of them from doing as well as they should in school. Missing these …