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Paper Petals Photo

I love the little things in life, and these guys are especially little.

I’ve been working on my self branding and during the excitement of printing research material and organizing my process binder, the floor got covered with delicate pieces of paper dots. I absolutely love them.

They make me feel like I’m in the middle of a paper garden with flower petals covering the floor.

The Swap-o-Matic

This is an awesome concept. I would love to get to use this machine on a regular basis. Chattanooga TN needs one in every part of town. Ok, you can tell I’m overly excited.

This, in a way, relates to my new year’s resolution: I will not buy presents for friends and loved ones on spacial days unless I find something that is a good fit for them. I will not buy junk, just for the sake of having something to hand them on a day of the year when it is socially expected to present something.

Clicking on the image below will take you to the article. Some great points on consumerism and instant gratification are made in it.

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“The brain didn’t evolve to see the world the way it is. We can’t. Instead, the brain evolved to see the world the way it was useful to see in the past, and how we see is by continually redefining normality. ” –Beau Lotto

I love this quote because it goes hand in hand with my senior thesis and the social issues I’m interested in exploring. This TED talk is a must watch.

Creating the Future of Education and Work

link to video

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Thanks to Jessica Jack Wyrick for showing me this amazing video.

A is for America

I wrote a children’s book.   🙂   Would love to hear your thoughts.

Form One City Out of Two

Written by Dr. Brian Fikkert

Form One City Out of Two link to article

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Should we fire bad teachers, and close poorly performing schools?

I went to see Geoffrey Canada’s speech at UTC on February 15. What he said left me feeling both motivated and depressed. He spoke about inequalities and gaps in education, the unpreparedness of the US government for a solution, and the fact that there are many people who simply don’t care enough about America’s children.

A recurring issue in his speech was to hold educators responsible for children’s learning. It is also the reason behind his opinion that bad teachers should be fired, and poorly performing schools should be closed.

I enjoyed Mr. Canada’s analogy to the math problem involving two trains going from point A to point B at the same speed, but leaving at different times of the day. When is train B going to catch up with train A? – Never. It is the same way with students who are behind grade level. Extra accommodations are needed.

A child’s ability to stay focused and retain information can be affected by something as simple as not eating breakfast before going to school, or not being dressed well enough for cold weather. These are just two examples of the simplest possible reasons for a child’s underperformance on a given day. This is why schools should be better prepared to take care of children. I believe a school should be like a second home to a child. There should be accommodations such as meals and snacks, extra clothing, and extra time in the day to accommodate teacher preparation and difference in children’s learning speed.

I agree with Mr. Canada’s opinion that bad teachers should be fired. I also think that some of them should be offered a chance to succeed in a better school environment – such as a charter school (unless it was somehow proven beforehand that their lack of success is due to a total lack of care toward their job and the students). Just as we want our doctors to care about us as patients and devote their full abilities to solving a problem, we want our teachers to care about our children, and be willing to spend more time on their job. As it was mentioned in the movie The Lottery: Time should be the variable – Achievement should be the constant.

It is true that teachers should not be the only people responsible for a child’s success. Parents should be involved not only at home, but at their child’s school as well. Unfortunately, not all parents are made equal, and not all parents have the time needed to devote to their child and school. The government can take action against a teacher’s under-performance, but not much can be done about busy or uncaring parents.

For more information on this topic:

Harlem Children’s Zone
http://www.hcz.org/

Waiting For “Superman” Movie
http://www.waitingforsuperman.com/

The Lottery Movie
http://thelotteryfilm.com/

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