Educating our school kids

I was thinking about something my wife mentioned last night and it bothers me. One of our sons had a backpack full of folders and books that weighs probably 20 – 30 pounds.  Why?

Why do our future leaders need to be stuck in an “old school” mentality of carrying  6 books to 6 different classes. Aren’t we in the year 2011?

We have technical devices that we can put 10,000 songs onto items that are smaller than our phones.  We have phones that probably have more applications on them than our PC’s if we have PC’s. Our corporations are integrating IPAD’s, ThinkPad’s and many other small, application heavy products that weigh less than 5 pounds into corporations so people can work anywhere. But our schools are still in the stone ages of handing out books that weigh more than some of the kids and then having lockers in the schools but the kids can’t use them because they don’t want “issues” to start in the halls.  WHAT ARE WE THINKING?

We need to have CORPORATIONS adopt schools to help subsidize current technology that will alleviate these issues. You hear about corporate profits going up and school budgets getting cut. We give corporate officers huge salaries and bonuses for “level” earnings, yet our teacher’s salaries don’t change and the cost of everything goes up by 20 – 30 %.  Corporations want people who understand this new technology yet schools can’t afford to look at the technology or think about implementing it.  THIS HAS GOT TO CHANGE!

 Why not get several corporations to adopt schools to implement some new technology like Kindles, so the kids can have 1,000 books on  one device that weights less than 1 pound and fit in their backpack. Or IPAD’s that the students can collaborate with other schools globally on projects, with teachers if they are absent and have all the necessary reference materials on one device. All at the low weight of a few pounds.

  Our corporate society wants educated people but our school systems get thrown to the curb because of budget cuts. If corporations want educated people, let’s put our money where it is needed, into the schools and the education of our future leaders.

  Educating our youth is critical for our future. Education is needed at our elementary levels to set the disciplines and knowledge expectations for college levels. Education – it’s not just a word, it’s a way of life.

Lets help our future society!

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Think Like a Champion

I received this artcle today and I thought it was a great idea since school started today for our kids. It is a great reminder for adults as well.


1. Champions Expect to Win – When they walk on the court, on the field, into a meeting or in a classroom they expect to win. In fact they are surprised when they don’t win. They expect success and their positive beliefs often lead to positive actions and outcomes. They win in their mind first and then they win in the hearts and minds of their customers, students or fans.

2. Champions Celebrate the Small Wins – By celebrating the small wins champions gain the confidence to go after the big wins. Big wins and big success happen through the accumulation of many small victories. This doesn’t mean champions become complacent. Rather, with the right kind of celebration and reinforcement, champions work harder, practice more and believe they can do greater things.

3. Champions Don’t Make Excuses When They Don’t Win – They don’t focus on the faults of others. They focus on what they can do better. They see their mistakes and defeats as opportunities for growth. As a result they become stronger, wiser and better.

4. Champions Focus on What They Get To Do, Not What They Have To Do – They see their life and work as a gift not an obligation. They know that if they want to achieve a certain outcome they must commit to and appreciate the process. They may not love every minute of their journey but their attitude and will helps them develop their skill.

5. Champions Believe They Will Experience More Wins in the Future – Their faith is greater than their fear. Their positive energy is greater than the chorus of negativity. Their certainty is greater than all the doubt. Their passion and purpose are greater than their challenges. In spite of their situation champions believe their best days are ahead of them, not behind them.

If you don’t think you have what it takes to be a champion, think again. Champions aren’t born. They are shaped and molded. And as iron sharpens iron you can develop your mindset and the mindset of your team with the right thinking, beliefs and expectations that lead to powerful actions.

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10 Ways to Maintain the Faith of Your Convictions

This is a great post I received from one of my LinkedIn groups.  I have read several items this morning that offer great value but I felt this should be noted first.

These items are posted by Seth David and I feel that otehrs should be aware of this list so they can have a great day, week, life.

Here are 10 simple ways to maintain your faith and to follow your truth when you hit speed bumps and road blocks along the path to happiness and fulfillment.
1.  Accept – Your life is perfect, and you are exactly where you need to be.
2.  Chill Out – Don’t take life so seriously. Remember, it all works out in the end.
3.  Slow Down – The ultimate destination of this physical journey is death – so what’s the hurry?
4.  Take Responsibility – Focus on what you can control – release everything else.
5.  Meditate – Breathe, take a walk, and reconnect with your inner truth.
6.  Rest – Take a nap, go to bed early, be kind to yourself.
7.  Believe – Don’t ever let go – you are here for a reason, and that reason is defined and guided by your inner truth.
8.  Take Action – Don’t stagnate – make a decision and propel yourself.
9.  Connect – Open your heart, embrace those around you.
10.  Be Strong – Find courage, face your fears, and move yourself forever forward.

I would say #11 would be – Remember, you are not alone in this world.

Have a great day.

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How Wasteful the Older Generation Was

I received this article from Tawra Kellam that I thought was good to share.

One of the big pet peeves for mom and I is the big “Green” movement because people spend so much time telling you that you have to be respectful of the Earth like it’s something new when it has been called “common sense” for ages. I received this email from a reader and just loved it!! Mom has been saying this for years!!!

      -Tawra Kellam “Living on a Dime” Newsletter 

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bag, because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized to him and explained, “We didn’t have the green thing back in my day.”

The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. The former generation did not care enough to save our environment.”

He was right. That generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.

  • Back then, they returned their milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled so the company could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But they didn’t have the green thing back in that customer’s day.

  • In her day they walked up stairs, because they didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks.

But she was right. They didn’t have the green thing in her day.

  • Back then, they washed the baby’s diaper, because they didn’t have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a clothesline, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts – wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that old lady is right, they didn’t have the green thing back in her day.

  • Back then they had the one TV, or radio, in the house – not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief, not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen they blended and stirred by hand, because they didn’t have electric machines to do everything for them.


  • When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.


  • Back then, they didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she’s right, they didn’t have the green thing back then.

  • They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty instead of using a throw away cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled their writing pens with ink instead of buying new pens, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But they didn’t have the green thing back then.

  • Back then people took the streetcar or a bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or rode the school bus instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. They had the one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

Isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful the old folks were just because they didn’t have the green thing back then?

So has having “Green things” really benefitted us?

International Enjoyment

Well, I have gotten busy with everyday things like work and running people around to activities so I haven’t posted updates with our foreign exchange student.

If you ever have the opportunity to do this, go for it. This has been a great experience for our family. Our  student experienced American daily life and got to see several different shopping establishments, The Rays and help raise funds for a car wash.  At the end of this week the whole group had an “International Fair” where they brought finger foods from their countries. We got a chance to try things from Spain, France, Russia and China.  All pretty good.  I won’t miss many opportunities to eat food.

After the food the students put on some presentations to the host families. This group was appreciative and very enthusiastic about singing and dancing for the most part. I think out of all the groups the kids from Spain really enjoyed the music and entertaining.  The were very involved and enthusiastic to get all around involved as well by finishing with a Congo line.  Who can refuse that.

I am appreciative of the opportunity to learn about different cultures and have my kids experience that as well.  I think my middle son really enjoyed the enthusiasm all these kids had and saw how to be more social. We’ll see if that is a good thing or not. 

I believe we can all learn from the enthusiasm these kids had, coming to a different country and showing how music and song can liven up a group of strangers so everyone get’s involved to have a great time. Perhaps we can try to be more enthusiastic to meet and greet people so we can get to know others to improve our world.  Why not try?

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