Thought of the Weekend

Though people may make it difficult to get a good education, find a good job, and place many other obstacles between non-whites and success, they are not stopping anyone from doing anything.
No one is forcing kids to drop out of school, no one is forcing people to commit crimes. Perhaps what we should be thinking about is why are these such a popular choices?

Thought of the Week

It is not so important to know everything as to know the exact value of everything, to appreciate what we learn and to arrange what we know- Hannah Moore

The Tale of an HBCU with a 90% White Student Population

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One of the most interesting stories regarding Higher Education that I have come across recently is about an HBCU, Bluefield State (Historically named Bluefield Colored Institute), that now has a 90% White student population. I must admit, that I have never come across any other stories on the history of the declining Black student population at this institution, nor have I ever heard much about it at all. But it was both shocking and sad to learn what has come of the legacy of this institution. Below is the link to what I read about it. I encourage you to read it and comment if you would like to share your thoughts!

The Whitest Historically Black College in America– Link

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Algebra 2 doesn’t factor into the new Texas Curriculum

from the associated press: Trend-starting Texas drops algebra II mandate

I hated Algebra II, but I took it, passed it and it was done and dusted. Never thought twice about it except for when other people were about to take it and wanted to scare them…

Anyway, the Texas Board of Education has decided that Alegebra II doesn’t matter as much as it used to. They say that skipping it will allow for flexibility in curriculum choices and help prepare students for higher paying jobs that don’t require it.
This only applies to those who are not in honors classes. This also does not mean that students won’t be taking it, as school districts can still mandate it.
Some say it’s dumbing down the curriculum and others say that it will better correlate with what is needed in the workforce.
Some also say that Algebra II is a powerful predictor of those who will go to college, and others say that forcing students to take it, is causing kids to drop out.
here is a quote that I believe speaks volumes:

“Officials in Washington state recently compared school districts with and without more strenuous requirements and found no correlation between graduation rates and higher standards”

The reason why this is important is because Texas (despite how it ranks) tends to set the trends for education across the country, the unfortunate part is that judging from recent history Texas is not interested in a quality education for all students.

Thought is so powerful it can alter your genetic makeup

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Scientists Finally Show How Your Thoughts Can Cause Specific Molecular Changes To Your Genes
This is a fascinating article on the power of thought

10 Facts about The Affordable Health Care Act AKA “Obama Care”

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  1. The official name for Obama Care is the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” or ACA
  2. The ACA has 2 Major Goals: (1) to provide more Americans with access to affordable, quality health insurance, and  (2)  to reduce the growth in US healthcare spending.
  3. Private health insurance will not be replaced by the ACA. Medicare or Medicaid will not be replaced either.
  4. Many of the provisions of the ACA have already been enacted! The rest of the program will be implemented between 2014 and 2022.
  5. Over 100 million Americans have already benefited from many of the provisions.
  6. The plan includes provisions that prevent insurance companies from dropping you when you get sick, or if you make an honest mistake on your application.
  7. The plan includes provisions that prevent gender discrimination, regulate bad practices on the part of the for-profit health care industry, and prevents unjustified rate increases or hikes.
  8. Under the ACA, employers must cover people with pre-existing health conditions.
  9. Most Americans will have to obtain health coverage by 2014, get an exemption, or pay a fee. This is called an Individual Mandate.
  10.  Open enrollment will take place from October 1st 2013 until March 31st 2014. People can enroll in their state’s marketplace. You can find your state’s marketplace here http://obamacarefacts.com/state-health-insurance-exchange.php

 

Additional Information and details on the information provided above  can be found at http://obamacarefacts.com

A discussion: Will Black Actresses Ever Catch Up?

Kerry Washing, Issa Rae are winning, but what about other Black Women in Hollywood?

It was a big deal when Kerry Washington was revealed as the cover girl for Vanity Fair’s August issue. An actress who’s been around for more than a decade and who has finally hit big as the star of the hit ABC political drama Scandal, she is the first black woman who’s not Beyoncé to pose solo on the front of the mag since 1993.* And since this is the publication whose annual Hollywood issues tout the “next big things” and the A-list elite, the significance of this (along with her Elle cover in June) cannot be overstated.

Interesting question…