Economics, particularly macro-economics
Reformed and Evangelical Christianity with associated Biblical studies
Physical sciences (astronomy, physics, engineering)
Pursued general studies leading for a transfer to Humboldt State University, as well as many science and technology classes that were interesting.
This is an interdisciplinary degree putting emphasis in understanding non-Western countries, their peoples, cultures, politics, general historical contexts, and geographies. The Chinese emphasis focused specifically on China, with historical relationships with other Asian and western countries.
The studies involved teaching methods, content creation, pedagogical theory, and curriculum creation pertaining to how to teach English conversation, reading and writing skills to non-native English speakers.
Kevin has studied how to teach English to anybody who doesn’t know it but wants to learn it and give everybody a fun experience at the same time.
Kevin has an MA degree in Education, and he has worked for over 13 years in both the Chinese and American education systems, which have given him unique perspectives from which to critically examine contemporary pedagogies and educational theories. He also experienced his personal education from the perspectives of both a disabled student and a researcher. It took him over 37 years to obtain his BA degree because of various life issues, and then another four to get his MA. He has witnessed some tremendous changes in higher education during those years.
Kevin has had a lot of experience from the University of Knock'm Hard'm. He has discovered that he can gain as much wisdom from a homeless person as he can from a Harvard-graduated Rhode Scholar professor, if not more. Life is the best school in town, even if it does not translate into pieces of paper recognized as a "diploma." That is one of the reasons private industry relies upon independent certifications more than it does upon college degrees. He can go on and on concerning those issues…
Whenever Kevin gets a chance, he likes to research medical areas where there is controversy. This may apply to abortion, cancer sources, the misuse of statistics, misrepresentations of supposed medical "facts", et cetera. This usually requires having current access to online university science journals so as to make use of the latest research findings directly from the original sources.
Kevin's whole life, in one way or another, has centered upon the issue of communication and the transference of knowledge. His teaching experience, his volunteer work with the Amateur Radio Emergency Services, his fluency in Mandarin Chinese, and both his BA and MA degree subjects, all reflect his passion for communication. It could even be argued that his IT specialty, which was computer internetworking, is also another form of communication.