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Mid Week Inspiration- Passionate Living

Alarm goes off. Time for work. Dragging to get ready and make it on time. Physically there but mentally somewhere else. There is always some point in our lives when we have a job that we are grateful to have but don’t love. We get stuck in having a good job that supports our financial needs but does not satisfy our passion. It may seem hard but your passion and talents can work for you. Dont allow a job to steal your purpose from you. A job is work but a career is worthwhile. Love your position but plan your promotion.

Follow the signs that are placed in your life. It doesn’t matter how old you are, your education or financial situation. Passion is limitless and free. If you could do anything, that wouldn’t feel like work, regardless of how much it paid what would it be? What are you most passionate about? Think about your talents, the things you love to do, or the people you want to impact. I personally struggle between my passion and what’s practical. But I have realized that being practical and safe isn’t always whats best. Living passionately can be done by merging the hearts desires with the minds practicality.

Discover your passion and embrace it. Take baby steps. Volunteer, start a part-time home business, continue your education, travel, take every opportunity. Do what makes you happy and satisfied. Do not settle for mediocrity. Learn to fly.

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School’s In for Summer

As the month of July comes to a close most children in the traditional school settings will be returning to their classrooms within the next 2 to 5 weeks.  Some have been reading or going to different camps and others have probably spent a large portion of their summer in front of a Wii or Facebook.  Summer is a great time for parents and other mentor like adults to make the biggest impact on students.  My parents made sure I was well prepared for the world and the classroom before the next school year rolled around by enhancing our informal education and setting high standards.

Each summer my mother would take us out of school approximately two weeks before the year started or two weeks before the year ended.  Most parents wouldn’t dare trying this especially since we would be home all day for the summer and “needed” to spend every moment in the classroom.  Well my mother didn’t agree with that philosophy at all.  She preferred to nurture our minds with experiences outside of the classroom.  No TV in the bedrooms, limited TV if at all during the school week, lots and lots of reading, went fishing with my dad, camped in the back yard, played all kinds of instruments, and often museum visits.   We played a lot with each other and even made our own home music videos.  Each summer my family would use those extra weeks towards our annual trips up and down the East coast with anywhere from 6 to 9 of my siblings in one vehicle.  One summer we even drove from South Florida to Canada.  These trips were most exciting and continued from the time I was in elementary school until my junior year in college.  We would stop along the way and learn about the states we were passing through, the history of our culture in each place and visit family.  My most memorable stops were always Savannah, GA, Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA.  Reading was simply a requirement.  The books we read were mainly about our culture and successful people around the world.  I think that was when I began to develop an interest in non fiction, especially biographies.  I cherish those summer trips and learning experiences I shared with my family.  I know these trips along with some very special teachers are what sparked my interest in education.  The American school systems miss the mark in almost every subject across the board, so my summer trips helped to pick up the slack.

Now I spend my summers traveling, studying other schools systems and getting ready give my students a richer education each year.  I do this because I see each child as a new opportunity to make a positive difference in the world.  Tests, evaluations, salaries nor achievement gaps deter me from giving my best to any child.  We must continue to take our childrens’ education seriously, as early as two years old.  It’s not just about teaching them the test or making the deans list every semester.  Children must know that someone cares about their educational success and they have to be groomed to compete on a global level.  I plant seeds of success, faith, dignity, integrity and a love of service to the community in every child I teach.  By imparting quality information and a positive attitude I feel like I am paying it forward.  They know within the first lesson that I have high expectations because I know that they can ” be the change they want to see in the world” M. Ghandi.

This is a short list of films every teacher, mentor and parent should see.  Try a movie night with friends or other parents.  Netflix has #1 and #2.

Top 3  Films

1. The Lottery

2. Waiting for Superman

3. The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World’s Most Surprising School System

The Reality of a Teachers Worth

 

 Now whats wrong with this??

Rebel Spotlight

The word rebel to some has a negative connotation but to us a true rebel stands up for what they believe is right. To rebel is to resist to a constituted government such as the educators and students in California fighting for the right to have an affordable education.

California students and faculty have been protesting state budget cuts that could lead to larger class sizes, higher tuition, and lower enrollment. Rallies, marches and teach-ins were scheduled at all 23 California State University campuses. Similar events are planned at campuses in Michigan, Massachusetts, New Jersey and other states where legislators are cutting education spending. Thirteen of the 23 CSU campuses attended a rally to the Sacramento capital. They are San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, San Diego State University, California State University, Channel Islands, Chico, Dominguez Hills, Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, Maritime Academy, Northridge and Sacramento. Preliminary figures reported that 5,000 to 7,000 people marched and participated in the rally. The governor’s budget proposal aims to cut $500 million each from the CSU and UC systems and students can expect up to 10% increase in tuition. $100 of that cut may come from UCLA alone.  In 2001 students paid $3,700 in tuition fees. In 2011 that number will increase to $11,600 and could shoot up between $20-$25,000.

Last year California spent $9 million incarcerating illegals, $700 million to medically treat illegals. California recognizes ‘drug addiction’ and “obesity’ as disabilities for which they’ll send a monthly check with no expectation that the recipient ‘get healthy and work their way out of the system’. A lot of the consensus is for California to support education and try to cut budgets elsewhere. Cut the bad programs that do not work, cut the overpaid salaries, cut the unequal distribution of funds (more funds go to wealthier communities), and increase the emphasis on overseeing expenditure records.

In Washington the education system is experiencing cuts all across the board but approvals for projects such as a $4 billion highway tunnel, which is a 10 year commitment and obstruction to traffic was approved and should start relatively soon.

These budget cuts reduce access to education and the ability for educators to address student needs.  Each year states have increased tuition fees making it harder for students to pay for college. The cuts toward education seem to get drastic every year. The art programs were first to go and now school curricula have become completely test- driven. A quality education is being sacrificed for a quality budget. In the past few months students and teachers across the country are letting their voices heard in the demand for less budget cuts. These cuts are happening on every level of education from elementary school to college. More schools are closing and teachers jobs are disappearing and this has a negative impact on the education system.  So many of the people making the decisions would not be where they are had they not gone to college and acquired the credentials they have.  By limiting the accessibility to education and creating enormous debt for those who can really afford to attend college?  In our society the concept of each one teach one is very important but a foundation and a degree is usually validates one’s ideals in the professional world.

What can we do to assist  in this detrimental situation?

GET INVOLVED.

Lots of rallies have been held across the country to promote awareness about the budget cuts, tuition increases and the effects on all parties involved.

When voting for anything or anyone be fully aware of the their stance and ideals regarding education.

Find a local community center or radio station that posts information regarding rallies/protests and PARTICIPATE!

Write your local and state government officials

Go to the school board and make some noise.

Start support groups who will go into the community and express their concerns and move towards a solution.