Wednesday, July 1, 2015

"Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Recently an acquaintance said to me that I was the only person who acknowledged him. I jumped into action by asking my peers to level up and talk to one other person..about the weather, the grandchildren, anything.
My thoughts were echoed by friend Lady Mei, who asked peers to converse with others, be the light in their lives, acknowledge others.
Today, I read with pleasure a pertinent post by Angela Maiers
And then as if the heavens conspired, I read this from my friend Deyna

By Antonio M. Mora GarcĂ­a March 2010
The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God - if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That's what I think.Maya Angelou

So I am thinking that all this universal conspiring on several platforms is clearly telling me to be more, to jump higher, to run the course better and faster.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Bookmarks of Note (weekly)


Posted from Diigo. The rest of BackPorch Bookmarks group favorite links are here.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Ty & Truck's photographer caught me enjoying the performance at Oz on June 25 -> Check out the entire album HERE


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Le concours de danse d'Elite

Frank's Elite Jazz brings you another great event this Sunday, June 21st!
Le concours de danse d'Elite This Sunday June 21 9 pm - 12 am Frank's Elite will hold a couples dance contest for club members. Then from 11 pm to 12 am staff members will have an opportunity to enter the contest. Many prizes will be offered. Join Frank's Elite and enter! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Franks%20Place%207/132/48/26


Bookmarks of Note (weekly)


Posted from Diigo. The rest of BackPorch Bookmarks group favorite links are here.

Friday, June 19, 2015


Frank's Elite C.U.T.S. Friday, June 19 at 8pm SLT will feature a tribute to SuperTramp, a British rockband featuring songs like, "Give a Little Bit", "Take the Long Way Home", and "Breakfast in America". This group was cofounded by Roger Hodgson, who wrote many of the songs and sang in the band as well. These take place at Frank's Elite Jazz Club just out back as the pool area becomes transformed. C.U.T.S. are a members exclusive event. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Franks%20Place%207/114/208/29

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Purpose of Education


Dewey (1938) claimed the purpose of education is to prepare youth for citizenship in our democracy.  Fast forward those convictions seventy some years and the purpose of education becomes to prepare youth for citizenship in a 21st century global society.  Tyack & Cuban (1995), authors of Tinkering toward utopia:  A century of public school reform, echoed that view.

Stated another way, both Tyack & Cuban and Dewey assumed the purpose of public education is to prepare an ethical, informed, and literate citizenry to carry forward the aims of this democratic nation.  Their views are similar concerning the purposes of public education and both books emphasize that reform is needed, one in 1938 and the other in 1995.  Both books raise arguments that are still relevant in today’s atmosphere of educational discontent.  The citizenry now need to possess the tools to practice those ethics, the ability to locate and evaluate information, and the ability to understand and convey messages through many channels of communication.

Tyack & Cuban also felt the purpose of education was to change society (p.58).  Society in this country upheld NCLB legislation, still endures SAT testing of our children, and supports traditional school buildings where students are mandated to attend classes that do not prepare them to be ethical, informed, or literate in all mediums.  These are classrooms where they are bored.

So why tell you all this?  The change is here!  Periods of social change in education happen during eras of unrest or “crisis” as Tyack and Cuban (p.43) refer to them.  We are in such a period of crisis in our education system now.  We need to engage minds with projects that demand creativity, asynchronous communications, research, critical thinking, organization, and leadership skills.  

References

Dewey, J. (1938). Experience and education. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.

Tyack, D., & Cuban, L.  (1995).  Tinkering toward utopia:  A century of public school reform. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

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A reposting of something I wrote during the Tyack and Cuban course at Walden  - one of my favorite courses!