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I am borrowing this from Stay Alive and Free.

Race to Nowhere: Open Discussion on Education

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A colleague of mine sent me the following link Race to Nowhere Trailer to watch the trailer for the documentary “Race to Nowhere”. While watching the trailer, I saw some issues that have come up in recent discourse with higher education and K-12 professionals regarding pressures placed on K-12 and especially 7th-12th grade students by the government and colleges to be a “near perfect” student in order to succeed in an education system that is broken and yields very little promises for a successful future upon completing college….Though I have been discussing and debating my beliefs and thoughts regarding these issues frequently for the last couple of years, I wanted to put this out there to see what others think…

Is our education system in the country truly broken? If so, why? If not, why not? Is the federal or state government responsible for the improvements? What part does higher education (colleges) play? If you have some thoughts, please share….

 

Wellness Recharge

 

A new year brings new opportunities for change. In a fast paced world with political struggles, an economy still in need of much repair, violence, social media wars, weather disasters, and recently another flu outbreak, taking care of yourself and overall wellness is becoming increasingly important. One of my goals this year is to take an active stance in increasing and maintaining my overall wellness. That means more attention and intentionality in the way of my finances, career, physical and mental health, , spirituality, and in my personal life.

 

I recently read in article by Gina Roberts-Grey that included some great advice and tips on recharging the mind, body, spirit and maintaining wellness. Below are some of the tips from the article:

 

One of the first steps in recharging yourself, if getting a clear and honest understanding of where you are now. This means taking some time to assess your overall wellness. One way to do this is to create a personal roadmap by doing the following:

 

  • Take four sheets of paper and label them with the following: “Relationship”, “Health and Wellness”, “Business and Finances”, and “Spirituality and Faith”. Make two lists for each of these categories. One list should contain things about that area that you do not love or things that need to change. From that list circle the first two things that you want to being making improvements on. It can be the two things that are most important to you. Then on the other list write down the steps that you need to take to help you achieve those goals.
  • Find an accountability partner that you can trust to keep you on track. Share your roadmap with them and establish a system of accountability. Be sure that they know that no matter what, they are to help hold you accountable!
  • Set short-term goals and checkpoints of the course of a quarter. Be very specific and realistic about these and be sure to inform your accountability partner.
  • Remember that each time you accomplish one of your short-term goals or successfully pass through a checkpoint. CELEBRATE! It is ok to boast about your success. This will motivate you to continue.

 

Personally, I have decided to use the next week to create my road map and find an accountability partner. Then I will begin on my journey to wellness!

 

Source: Essence Magazine, January 2013.

Election Reflection

“ If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal”, then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal””. – JFK 

As I reflected on this year’s presidential election, I formulated a few thoughts that I am delighted to share.

1. We are truly a divided nation, and this will cost us greatly if we cannot come together- last night, on all of the news stations and in the messages of both Governor Romney and President Obama, there was a clear message of understanding that we are divided as a nation in terms of ideas and moving forward politically, and this must change. I truly hope that both sides will be able to come together to make decisions that benefit us holistically, regardless of bias, personal agendas, and bigotry. It is time to go beyond all of these and pay attention to the needs of our country and the people in it; we need the change that started 4 years ago to continue, and the only way to do it…is to have a united front.
2. Too much money is spent on elections– I am anxious to see if Romney will be the blame for the large price tag on the republican side for this election…but one thing to consider is the way that we as a nation of Americans must be persuaded to vote. It should come more as the expectation of a social responsibility that we have to continue with the progression of our nation and should be less about mudslinging, and who has the best campaign announcements, commercials, galas etc. Money raised for this election could have benefited us in a greater way.
3. We need a movement to transform our society and shift our norms into modernism…it is time! – it amazes me how as a society we can be so progressive in some areas, and so delusional and stunted in others… last night on CNN, I heard a good argument that was made in terms of a regression by the republican party over women’s issues…leaving the “abortion” issue and focusing on “birth control” as a new human reproduction regulation method that turned into an absolute nightmare and embarrassment for conservatives. It is ideals and policy like this that will continue to harm us…it is time to be understanding, accepting, knowledgeable, adaptable, and afford people the opportunity to make decisions that best suit their own health and well-being. In my opinion that is the free will that God allows for…stop using religion, faith, and God as an EXCUSE to deem what is and is not acceptable. GLBT issues and equal marriage rights are another issue, but I will digress for now.
4. I believe in Barack Obama…enough said on that one!
5. Young people are paying more attention to what is going on than we think, and the change that we need will start with holding their attention and keeping them active and engaged- from our generation of youth who will soon become old enough to vote, to our traditional college-age population of 18-22, our working class young people 18- 35 and all others between the ages of 18-35 need to invest in, and become an active part of the movement.
6. Education is still the key to a successful future. We need to change it, endorse it, and provide equal access to opportunities for all of our citizens. –more thoughts/info. On this will continue to come because of course that is what BBS is all about.
7. In the next four years, we need to pay more attention to: the Middle East; immigration reform; our economy; the private business sector; and public policy and programs.- these are the hot button issues/topics. I am interested to see how they will manifest themselves into our ideals, policies, and how the media will react and respond to them.
8. Barack Obama has made history once again!! Congratulations to him, his team, his family, and supporters all over the world 

Finally, I will close with a quote regarding the being a “liberal”. I think it is fitting because I believe this is the new “movement” that is taking place in our society, and the geographical shifts in voting during the last election and this one, prove this to be true.

“ If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal”, then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal””. – JFK