Quite A Week That Some Wish Wasn’t . . .

And so it continues: Commentary:

It keeps happening and we keep vacillating. By ‘we’ I speak about the rest of the world who seem to be caught in the headlights of the vicious, cowardly and disgusting murderers known as ISIS. It sickens me to even write their call letters but I wouldn’t want to get them mixed up with their puppet masters who we call our business associates and in some cases our friends and allies. Saudi Arabia, Iran and Afghanistan are some I mention. These countries we protect or buy off who use the resources that we give them so that they can turn around and murder us as we sleep. They are little more than undignified, felonious parasites who seem to think that they will win this struggle by slaughtering innocent children and families.

Even more disturbing to me, however, is the realization there are people out there who are so morally bankrupt they can celebrate the destruction other human beings with screws and nails in a bomb that is meant to tear flesh off of the bones and bodies of any one close enough. This is really some god they follow.

I am not a violent man but the time is coming dangerously close for the rest of the world to stand up and say enough is truly enough. If our leaders don’t have the ‘brass’ to make that move in conjunction with a ‘free’ world declaration of need then they should be replaced. There is no room for anyone on this planet who would treat others like this. I guess there may be times when we will need to match horror with horror to rid us of the cause of the horror. Have we not learned our lessons from Nagasaki and Hiroshima?

Someone on Facebook had mentioned that the Muslims of the world need to be more outspoken than others against the murderers of those people who were just going to work or coming home to their families-those who were thinking about how they were going to spend Easter or getting together with friends. Damn right they need to speak out more loudly than others not because they are to blame for any of this but because they need to tell the world they are no more pleased or forgiving than any others about recent events and that they will do whatever they can to assist the free world when bringing these criminals to justice. They need to align themselves with us–they need to pick a side so that we continue to see that not all Muslims are the same-that there are Muslims who prize their freedom just as we do. Unfortunately the world has become a place where if you are not speaking out against these atrocities then you must be ‘OK’ with them. I don’t agree but the world is demanding this happen. People are seeking a gesture of clarity at a time when there is so much darkness, hate and suspicion.

Anyways, that’s how I see it–Jim


Parenting Tip: How to keep our kids in school: 

This seems to be an issue that school boards don’t want to talk about. The easy answer to the statement above is make school interesting enough and the information fun to learn and there will be no problem keeping your kids at school. Everyone knows this of course but the problem has always been how to do that. There are great differences of opinion concerning this. Some boards would tell you that they are already doing this. In truth they are only reaching about   70 % of the students in the classroom. The course of study is not set up to satisfy the learning needs of the bottom 15 % or the top 15% of the students.

Instead of having the teachers be the experts and dictate what and how things will be learned we need to encourage the kids and the parents be more involved in setting the agenda. The teachers then become mentors–a resource centre. That’s where the real teaching would take place. The system then becomes a children focused experience and when kids can have more of a say in how their days are spent they will become and stay much more interested. Get rid of standardized testing and allow kids to learn at their own speed. This will reduce the stress that many of our children are feeling. Not all kids learn, process and apply their new found knowledge at the same rate and they need to understand the information before they can move to the next level with confidence . Industry needs to play a larger role in what is taught. They will be the employers of our kids and they understand better than most what skills their future employees will need to be the innovators and creators they will require. It’s a new paradigm that is needed not more of the same 150 year old approach.

Agree? DOn’t agree? Let me know at either  jimclopughley.com


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