I was born in Cleveland, Ohio to my excellent parents, Peter and Mary Farage. I have two younger brothers, Mark and Chris, also excellent, except of course for Chris. My brothers, with a bit of help from their wives, gave me 5 (yes, excellent) nieces and nephews, except, of course, for my nephew, Eric.
of December 28, 2007, I have completely lost my sense of humor. This is because my once beloved nephew, Eric,
had the temerity to beat me in one of those idiotic video games. (Wii Tennis, if you must know). This is the first and only time I have ever
lost at anything to anybody.
parents were born in the US, but all four of my grandparents were born in Syria or Lebanon. They came to America in the early 1900's and helped to start the
first Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Cleveland.
paternal grandmother tutored Algebra while she was in Syria, and could keep scores in her head, so I credit her
for my math genes.
parents were and still are devout Orthodox Christians. My father also was
a student of the Rosicrucian Fraternity
as am I. It was from him that I got a 'save the world' passion that has
never left me.
graduating from Parma Senior High (in the Cleveland area), I went on to
get my undergraduate degree at Case Western Reserve University, where I
graduated Magna Cum Laude. I majored in Math and Psychology, and minored
in Physical Science and Philosophy and also received state
certification to teach Math.
I later received an MS degree in Computer Science
(Magna Cum Laude) in 1985 from The University of Texas at Dallas.
you ever looked around and said, "We can do so much better than
this"? Well, I've had that feeling since I was about 12, and my main
passion is to figure out the best ways to do this - the best ways to raise and
educate our children, the best economic and governmental systems, the best ways to
grow spiritually, etc. This passion has shaped
almost every part of my life - at least the parts that I’m proud of.
this in mind, in 1975 I moved to Stelle, Illinois, an intentional
Christian community whose purpose was to do exactly that - to build a
community that attempted to live by God's Laws in every way possible. I
eventually became the director of the school there (The Stelle Learning
Center), and that was a wonderful experience - one of the best in my life.
of the core principles of the school were:
Mastery learning (a student did not move onto new material in a particular area
until he or she mastered the current material).
Love of learning (we believed that it is natural for students to love to learn,
and it was our responsibility as teachers to foster this).
Self-paced and self-directed learning (to the extent we could, we would allow
students to learn at their own rate, and to pursue topics that were of interest
still agree with these principles, and now, with the Internet, it is easier
than ever to realistically apply these principles.
1982, I was asked to start a branch of the Stelle Learning Center in Dallas, so
I moved there that summer, and started the school in the fall. Because of disagreements with one of the
administrators, I left this position, with great sadness.
this time, I met my future wife, Jimmye, a true ‘Mother of the World’, who
surprisingly said, ‘yes’ when I asked her to marry me. She says that she still doesn’t regret it,
although people that know me find this hard to believe. We have one beloved daughter, Amanda, born in
1990, whom I could brag about for pages, but I’ll be kind enough not to. But if
you insist, she….
spending some time doing real estate renovation, I got a job as a software engineer at the Raytheon
Company writing digital signal processing software for the Department of
Defense. I then went over to do some more software engineering at Inet Technologies, a company that monitors and manages
signaling systems used by telecommunications carriers. At Inet
Technologies, I was the team leader in the GeoProbe
software division. This software monitored the SS7 system, collected call data,
and presented statistical analyses of this data to the telecommunication
carriers in order to improve their systems.
2000, I became a full-time Senior Lecturer at UT Dallas’ Computer Science
department, where I remain to this day.
I most frequently teach the
various Discrete Mathematics courses, and Automata Theory, which I love teaching.
have been honored to receive the President's
Outstanding Teacher Award and the Computer
Science Excellence in Teaching Award.
I was also nominated for the
University of Texas Regents Outstanding Teacher Award.
from my teaching duties, I received a grant to help create online
educational materials for UTD. I love
doing this because a great online lesson can be used by anyone, anywhere in the
world, and at any time over the Internet.
Online education also allows for students to learn by mastery, and can
foster love of learning if done properly.
my passion for education, I have a blog devoted to building a better world – that is, building a world that lives according to
God’s Laws (also called Natural Laws). Topics range from the importance of strong families, to good government,
free-market economic systems, and rational environmentalism. My blog related to this can be found at www.timfarage.com.
I am also responsible for the Rosicrucian Fraternity's blog at www.veracity.org.
am both a scientist and a Christian and believe that there can be no
contradiction between the two, because there is only one truth about the
world. Because of this I have spoken
about the scientific evidence for God.
truly wish to assist in the United States becoming 'One Nation under
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