Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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lachatte in Asbury Park is doing 13 things including…

fix the state of public education in america

36 cheers

 

lachatte has written 4 entries about this goal

Done?

I’ve decided to mark this goal as “done” for the simple reason that there is NO possibility that it can ever be ‘done’. Coming up with ideas is one thing but implementing them is another thing,,,and that is out of my power. One can only hope that taxpayers and parents will come to their senses some day soon.



Curriculum

One of the local public high schools recently did a revision of the curriculum for the English Dept. They made the decision to cut a number of the classics based on the fact that “nobody reads those old things anymore’. DUH. One of their choices was to replace “Pride and Prejudice” written by the incomparable Miss Austen. The book they chose to replace it was a selection from Oprah’s Book Club. Need I say more?



Step Two

There are many fine teachers in our public schools. However, there is also a serious amount of “dead wood” in there, also. Primarily this is because of the concept of “tenure.” Is there another profession in the world where as long as you can hold on to the job for three years it is yours forever. Unless, of course, you have sex with a student. If tenure were abolished, it would not affect the good theachers. They could have jobs anywhere. But it would weed out the bad ones by not guaranteeing them unlimited future employment.



Step One,,,

,,,,uniforms for all,,,from kindergarten to 12th grade,,,first day of school to last,,,schools that have tried this report improvement in both grades and behavior,,,



lachatte has gotten 36 cheers on this goal.

 

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