Friday, July 30, 2021

Expanding Freeways vs self-driving taxis

Dallas News frequently reports on expanding freeways, but are we overbuilding multi-lane freeways?

Within the next decade self-driving taxis will be normal. With your smartphone, you can call for a ride. The computer will know where you are. You only need to say where you are going and when. This data will be centrally collected with an instant assignment to the self-driving taxi nearest to your location, picking up people in your area, if you want to pay less, and driving to the same general area of destinations for this group.  If money is no issue, you can have the taxi to yourself.  Meanwhile, you can make calls, eat, work, or play during your trip.

As this technology expands the self-driving taxis will perfect the use of platooning lanes on the freeways dedicated to self-driving vehicles only.  Traffic congestion will be lessened. You will be able to take a taxi at a tiny fraction of the cost of driving on your own car, and you can work, eat, or play as you travel.

Our transportation needs are shifting from more freeway lanes to constantly better commuting software for self-driving vehicles connecting with customers. 

New commuting is coming within the next decade.  If Dallas handles the transition well we will go from being the most dangerous city in the nation for commuting to the most efficient and the safest. Accidents can become past history. 

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Dallas ISD Stopping Suspensions with the creation of Reset Centers

With the second reading of the 2021-22 DISD Student Code of Conduct at the 6/24/21 Board Meeting, a major step toward the elimination of the Suspension alternative has been taken.  It will hopefully be finally approved at the next meeting.  See the draft being considered at$file/2021-2022%20Student%20Code%20of%20Conduct%20(Draft%20%236).pdf
In that document search for the word "reset" and you can find the changes being made with this wise addition.

In those secondary schools with School Time Capsule Projects re-activated since the pandemic, they will have a strong tool Reset Center Coordinators can use in helping students refocus on their own life goals they have documented for themselves and the dreams their parents have written about in their letters to them.

It is recommended that all Reset Center Coordinators be very familiar with the School Time Capsule Project in their school and have access to open the vault to retrieve letters to use with the students who had written them.  This may be a time that the student can update their letters and even ask each parent or other relatives to write a new letter to help in the refocusing process.

Time in the Reset Center could be well invested in helping a student refocus on their own personal goals and again updating those goals in their envelope in the School Time Capsule.

For an update on the project go to