On Hold

Posted: 15th May 2011 by EricBierker in Overview of College

The book I have written about the College transition called On the Edge: Helping Students Transition Imaginatively to College is now in the hands of a superbly gifted high school English teacher. Two college English professors have already read the book and provided feedback. Now, it his turn. There will be a look going on […]

Excellence Without a Soul

Posted: 8th May 2011 by EricBierker in Overview of College

Several years ago, a friend of mine who shares a strong interest with me in both issues of college transition and basketball (I add that just as an interesting but irrelevant aside), bought me this book for my birthday. We were buying birthday books for each other for a while and then quit because it […]

Take A Break or Get Broken

Posted: 24th April 2011 by EricBierker in Wellness

One of the most difficult things for successful people to do is to stop doing. Every day is seen as an opportunity to get things done. But all of their doings will paradoxically undo them. The necessity of stopping work of all variety once a week for a 24 hour period is essential to getting […]

OK, I was going to take a break for a bit on the CTG blog. But yesterday, for some mysterious reason, I had more visitors come to the blog than ever before. I have nary a clue why. Maybe it is one of those paradoxical things that when we let something go, it starts to […]

The Book

Posted: 16th April 2011 by EricBierker in Overview of College

We were at a Writer’s Conference last weekend in New Jersey. I signed up for a workshop called Creative Non-Fiction. There, I felt a good deal of confirmation that my book “On the Edge” is truly on track. Creative Non-Fiction actually is a very freeing genre of writing that allows the author to escape the […]

The Khan Academy

Posted: 3rd April 2011 by EricBierker in Academics

Imagine students who go to a website to learn academic information rather than playing a video game…and having more fun doing so? Welcome to the Khan Academy. We are clearly at a time in history where we have convergence among variables that are freeing up the distribution of knowledge. Technology is the delivery modality, interaction with information, […]

The Last Lecture

Posted: 27th March 2011 by EricBierker in Relationships

Randy Pausch was a computer science professor at Carnegie-Mellon University, truly one of the finest higher education institutions in America. He passed away from pancreatic cancer but left a legacy, including the Last Lecture. Here is a written transcript. Read it. It is long but it is brimming with insight. Profound, uplifting, sad, and even […]

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Posted: 20th March 2011 by EricBierker in Relationships

                                As kid, I wasn’t particularly into Mr. Rogers. Maybe I was, it just was so long ago, I don’t remember. I do recall loving the cartoon Underdog. Humble shoe-shiner with a girlfriend named Polly. Although, I read something this morning said […]


Posted: 14th March 2011 by EricBierker in Academics

I was the Test Supervisor, head honcho, for the SAT administration at my high school on Saturday. As stressful as it is for students to take the test, I assure you that being responsible for administering the test is fairly nerve-wracking too. I wasn’t up at 3:30 a.m. on Saturday playing my X-Box.  That is […]

The Moral Compass

Posted: 6th March 2011 by EricBierker in Wellness

I get a feed from Google about articles written about college in some manner. Sometimes it is about mundane topics like which university sport team won. Sorry, I don’t really care about which college team wins or loses. I never went there, don’t know anyone on the teams, and have more important things to occupy […]