What’s Your Perspective on Education and Schooling?

Finland. Poland. Cuba. Vocational training. What is the purpose of education? What is the purpose of school?

A short while ago I asked a few colleagues, peers, and friends to share their perspectives on race and money.

Now, we’ll spend some time hearing a few perspectives on education.

Feel free to connect if you’d like to share yours!

Name: Anonymous
Birth Decade: 1970s
Location of Elementary School: Houston, Texas
Location of Post-secondary Studies: Cambridge, MA & Cape Town, South Africa  Continue reading “What’s Your Perspective on Education and Schooling?”

What Did You Learn Today?

The history of daylight savings time. Chain migration. Puerto Rico’s water supply and the controversy surrounding body positivity. What did you learn this week that you didn’t know before?

We can’t always articulate what we learn, but I’m doing my best to document it.

This week I learned 13 things that I didn’t know before.

ONE:
The creator of my favorite YouTube series, Crash Course, is the author of The Fault in our Stars! Did you know that?

TWO:
It’s difficult to have a sincere, balanced, objective conversation about mental health and the best way to provide services and support for those affected by mental health issues.

THREE:
Social media can be isolating, not just for young people, but for people of any age and background.  Continue reading “What Did You Learn Today?”

9 Things I Learned This Week That I Didn’t Know Before

Jot Form. BCycle. Soledad O’brien’s UH visit. What did you learn this week that you didn’t know before?

What did you learn this week that you didn’t know before?

ONE: Jot Form is a website that lets you use their pre-designed templates to complete different types of forms you might need for projects or business needs.

Moreover, templates include things like job applications, scholarship applications, registration forms, membership forms, contact forms, etc. Templates can be modified regularly, and the website is user-friendly for those technologically-challenged, like me.

TWOSoledad O’Brien will speak at the University of Houston’s Rockwell Lecture Series on Leadership and Ethics on October 12, 2018.

THREE: Pinterest groups are supposed to be one of the most useful tools for generating traffic to your blog.  Continue reading “9 Things I Learned This Week That I Didn’t Know Before”

What Did You Learn This Week That You Didn’t Know Before?

Custodial accounts. Certificates of Insurance. The World Cup. What did you learn today that you didn’t know before?

Children are required to pay taxes on custodial accounts that are created by their (adult) loved ones.

Certificates of Insurance are usually required with real estate contracts.

France won the 2018 World Cup.

Lauryn Hill recently became a grandmother.

My favorite baker on Nailed It is originally from Algeria.

If you cosign on someone’s student loans, you’re responsible for paying them back even if the borrower dies with existing debt. DIES!
[See also: 5 Reasons Why You Should Never Co-Sign on a Loan]  Continue reading “What Did You Learn This Week That You Didn’t Know Before?”

What Did You Learn This Week That You Didn’t Know Before?

Cow farts. The Global Rich List. Ayn Rand’s Anthem. What did you learn this week that you didn’t know before?

Cow farts significantly contribute to global warming.

Consolidating student loan debt is permanent and carries with it a few critical caveats: you could lose the benefit of income-based repayment plans.

Some argue that cow burps, not flatulence, is a greater contributor to global warming because their burps release more methane.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson wrote a book called Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. (It’s older, but this is my first time learning of it.)

The Global Rich List analyzes income disparities across the globe. According to their analyses, individuals who earn more than $32,400 annually are among the top 1% of earners across the entire world.

You can visit http://www.globalrichlist.com/ to learn how your annual salary compares with salaries around the globe.  Continue reading “What Did You Learn This Week That You Didn’t Know Before?”

What Did You Learn This Year?

Wakandacon. The inevitability of a sand shortage. The art of potty training. What did you learn this week that you didn’t know last week?

I’m not embarrassed to say that I started these posts so I could take better stock of what I learn each day.

Most days, it seems like I don’t actually learn anything. I wanted to prove myself wrong.

What did you learn this year that you didn’t know last year?

1- Besides its use in making concrete and glass, sand has a wide range of purposes.

Moreover, it’s used to filter water, to make bricks and paint, and to improve traction on railroads.

It’s used to clean up oil leaks, to stop grease fires, and even to make electronics!

2- Young children— as young as 2nd grade, but perhaps younger—can feel stressed and become overwhelmed.  Continue reading “What Did You Learn This Year?”

What Did You Learn This Week That You Didn’t Know Before?

It’s not nearly enough.

What did you learn this week that you didn’t know before, sincerely?

1. I learned that Malay is among the top ten in a list of the languages most widely spoken around the world. Sadly, not only did I not know it was spoken by so many people (approximately 281 million), I had actually never heard of the language!

2. There are approximately 195 countries in the world (or something really, really close to that number). There is also a list of places that are not recognized as countries (presumably for political reasons) by those entities that do the recognizing.

3. Haiti was the first Black Republic. The independent nation of Haiti came about through the largest slave rebellion outside of the United States. The debt the United States owes to Haiti has never been paid.

4. I don’t actually like writing about race. Or rather, I dislike people’s reactions to the conversation– their willingness to respond negatively, first– without actually engaging in the conversation, reading, or acknowledging facts. I dislike the effort, time, and grace that’s required to maintain optimism, hope, and diplomacy. The struggleContinue reading “What Did You Learn This Week That You Didn’t Know Before?”

What Did You Learn Today That You Didn’t Know Yesterday?

Exit tickets. Shiloh. Common Core Standards.

When I was a first year teacher, the veteran 6th grade chair befriended me.

Her class always completed exit tickets, and sometimes students could choose the theme. In my last year of teaching, I tried to model my class after hers.

She wasn’t a counselor, but she had a delicate way about her. Even her posture was wise.

“What did you learn today that you didn’t know yesterday?”

It was a challenge and a call to arms for her students. It was an indictment for me.

Today I learned that my sister and I have the same temperaments, coping mechanisms, and moods.  Continue reading “What Did You Learn Today That You Didn’t Know Yesterday?”