The Past Week–The Short Version

Commentary:

When I look at the image at the top of the page I see a place that is peaceful as it spins around on its axis. It’s difficult to tell that there was so much violence and destruction that has just past-at least for now.Whole countries have been decimated-people have been killed by nothing more than a severe storm of amazing magnitude. For many, this is a blip on the screen of life. Better them than us I heard someone say and sadly there is much truth in that. But have we really stopped our busy lives long enough to consider just serious and how devastating the past events have been for so many who were already powerless to change the quality of their lives and now they have less than what they had before which was not very much. One thing for sure is that I marvel at the stamina, tenacity and sheer bravery that all those islanders and those in Houston and Florida have shown. They are the true fighters and lovers of the gift of life. ¬†But not much has changed for many of us. Perhaps a few words to describe the difference between self-care and being self-centered would be in order?

In true fashion, we grumbled, although not for long, because the oil companies decided to ‘cash’ in on the horror of it all. Perhaps I would not be quite so ornery if the oil companies had jacked up the price of fuel but instead of looking for the government to shoulder the whole¬†financial responsibility to provide aid and some basic comforts had said they would donate the proceeds from the increased pump and fuel prices to help provide things like clothing, housing, schools, hospital services, decent food and fresh water for those in true need. You know-the necessities of life. After all their own citizens were being crushed as well. I guess they haven’t made enough money this year–got to take care of those pesky shareholders don’t you know.

What a sad lot we are. ‘Nuff said I guess.

A Forward-Thinking Program: Preparing and Educating Our Children For The 21st Century:

The formal text is done and the formatting is being done. Soon we will be out in the community ready to inform those who are interested in how our kids will adjust to the new approach and thinking that will be necessary if they are to have a chance at competing for good fulfilling, creative and exciting careers in the new global marketplace. There are many major changes on the horizon. We can only hope that the government stays away from commenting on how those changes will be instituted. Their job should be to fund and otherwise make the inevitable changes possible to implement to ensure that all the ideas and energy that are sure to be presented are given the time and interest they deserve. They need to leave the creativity, critical thinking and innovation part that will surely be necessary to develop a vision of what is needed to the people who are actually qualified and experienced to do that kind of work. Boards of education need to support and champion the new days and ways of educating our kids. The mentors and coaches and other professionals need to be free to create the ‘how to’ part (new curriculum) so that the real consumers in the system-the students/learners will receive the best, most interesting and challenging system possible. If everyone can swallow their egos and commit to work together for the realization of a common goal, do the part that they are responsible for and set aside their distorted beliefs that they and they alone know better than the folks who live in the trenches regarding what’s best for everyone there is a good chance that we can make this work to the betterment of the real group (the kids) who have been trying to tell us for quite some time now what has to change in order for them to get excited about attending school again.

The task of the government should be to provide all the resources necessary to make the inevitable changes possible and to ensure that all the ideas and energy that are sure to be presented are given the time and interest they deserve. They need to leave the creativity, critical thinking and innovation part that will be necessary to develop a vision of what is needed to the people who are actually qualified and experienced to do that kind of work. Boards of education need to support and champion the new days and ways of educating our kids. They need to support and encourage the mentors, coaches and other professionals to be free to create the ‘how to’ part (new curriculum) so that the real consumers in the system-the students/learners will receive the best, most interesting and challenging system possible.

If everyone can swallow their egos and commit to work together for the realization of a common goal, do the part that they are responsible for and set aside their distorted beliefs that they and they alone know better than the folks who live in the trenches regarding what’s best for everyone there is a good chance that we can make this work to the betterment of the real group (the kids) who have been trying to tell us for quite some time now what has to change in order for them to get excited about attending school again.

Let’s start with one of the main underlying principles that will have to change. Any new system will have to be learner-centered meaning that the learners will decide what they want to learn depending where their interests and skills lie and not the system which strives for conformity but little in the way of creativity.

More to come in the following weeks. We are planning to offer some public forums like town hall meetings around the peninsula in the fall. Our hope is that parent groups, single-parent groups, teachers and union reps, trustees, business owners and any other interested parties will want to know more so that they can help support the work and the learners. Our goal is to to be to produce the best educational system and approach on the planet. Currently South Korea, according to most, holds that distinction.

That’s me done for the week, all the best and thanks for stopping by. Send me a comment if you like–jim.lifechoice@gmail.com

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Jim

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