What is its purpose?
How can we achieve this purpose?
Students need to be encouraged and motivated by instructors with an understanding of psychology. Lessons must be linked to the student’s individual needs and life-experiences. Teachers should be life-long learners whose enthusiasm can infect students. Each student should be valued and diversity welcomed as the essence of human experience.
History The goal in the teaching of history is not so much the memorization of important dates, but rather understanding the significance of the events. How did a certain event impact human progress? What were the reactions in the world to a particular event or process? How is history repeating itself today? To teach history from varied perspectives gives students a well-rounded view, rather than one that supports a certain political agenda. The enduring remnants and legacy of conquest, colonialism and slavery should be taught in an unbiased fashion.
Language Children should be encouraged to learn a second language in elementary school, if not earlier, as this is when the acquisition of language is at its peak. In a global environment, children need to understand that all mankind is of equal value. Understanding of different cultures and communication between the varied branches of human civilization is greatly enhanced by the study of languages. It is detrimental to America’s future to make excuses such as “One language is sufficient” or “English is the international language anyway”.
Mathematics Math should be taught in such a way that students see the practical applications, not just the theory. Instructors should point out the order, method, unity and majesty of math, not just the importance of “getting the right answer”. Teach the history of mathematics including the Islamic and Hindu contributions. It is always best to remind students how one subject relates to others.
Anthropology The study of human history should include all known artifacts and literature, regardless of whether or not they fit any particular theory. Scientific and historical mindsets concerning human development are in constant flux and students should not be given the impression that we know with any degree of certainty how things were in pre-historic times.
Science The sciences should be taught with a view to the future. Emerging technologies in environmental protection, less-lethal military weaponry and global communication need to be explored with students. Encourage new ways of thinking about transportation and urban development. Emphasize learning from natural systems and how to emulate the order and co-existence seen in the universe. Students need to understand the scientific method, as this will aid logical thinking in all areas of life. A class project involving FTA satellite TV can enlighten students about electronics and world affairs.
Arts The arts encourage creativity and self-confidence. Including arts in education improves scores in math and reading. The ability to plan and visualize is strengthened. This also enhances empathy and the understanding of diversity and history.
Current events and world affairs To view the news only through one prism and with little attention to certain continents creates an unrealistic image of the world. The strong tendency towards global media concentration in a few hands should be taken into account, as this skews the news and makes objective analysis more challenging. Students should realize that coverage of world conditions is greatly hindered by conflict and political repression. Wars of aggression, human trafficking, starvation and disease need to be considered as obstacles to human development. Discuss how world events often display the result of mankind allowing fear and ignorance to overshadow reason.
Ethics Students need to discuss the impact of human behavior upon society. Consider the causes of the US having the world’s highest rate of incarceration as well as the goals of imprisonment. Explore with students such issues as race, coercive interrogations and the balance between security, due process and privacy. The many ethical and practical arguments concerning the war on drugs and the death penalty need to be discussed. It should be recognized that terrorism, environmental degradation and overpopulation often amount to extreme manifestations of self-expression and self-determination, based on misconceptions. The gender discrimination prevalent worldwide should be discussed as a true human tragedy.
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
- Malcolm Forbes
Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
True education involves reasoning and questioning. Rote memorization alone will not suffice. This helps explain the decline of Islamic civilization from its zenith as one of earths leading civilizations to its present state of decay. Cordoba once shone as an example of dialogue, tolerance and scientific inquiry. Perhaps this mindset is best described in 5:48 of the Quran: “We have sent down to you the Book with the truth confirming whatever of the Book was revealed before it, and guarding over it. Judge, then between them by what God has sent down and do not follow their lusts and fancies away from the truth that has come to you. For each have We appointed a clear way of life and a comprehensive system. And if God had so willed, He would surely have made you a single community; but in order to test you by what He granted to you. Strive, then, together as if competing in good works. To God is the return of all of you, and He will then make you understand about what you have differed on.” The world would thrive should the spirit of Andalus take root on every continent.
Children need someone to show them how to relate to the challenges and dangers they face in life. God wants to guide parents so they can say the right thing at the right time. Don’t wait for them to ask about a topic if you feel the time is right. Teach them that God loves them and that they shouldn’t worry.
Whenever you talk with them about negative things, try to begin and end the conversation on a positive note. Don’t frighten them, but remind them occasionally that some people or activities can be dangerous. Don’t forget to praise your child when she does what’s right. Do what you can to minimize negative influences in her life, but when something troubles her, help her to learn something from it. Show her by example that the greatest joy is found in serving others. Never make her feel insecure by comparing her to someone else. The ideal is mutual respect. Encourage her to be involved in a variety of activities, especially those she enjoys or excels at. Ask her what she thinks would bring fulfillment to her life. Then make suggestions on steps you can take together to make those ideals a reality.
Show yourself trustworthy to your child, doing what you say you will do. When you err, ask your children for forgiveness- they will respect you more. Keep the lines of communication open; never minimize a child’s concerns, for they are important to him. Sometimes a few questions will reveal the true matter that’s of concern to a child. Never suppose that school, house of worship, etc. will do all that is required to educate your child- you will always be his first and best teacher and friend if you keep this as your goal by God’s grace. Don’t assume his problems will always resolve themselves- sometimes a child needs assistance in relating to certain things. Most importantly, always let him know you love him.
If you want to be understood, listen.
U.S. presidents, from Declaration of Independence until the inauguration of George Washington:
John Hancock, Henry Laurens, John Jay, Samuel Huntington, Thomas McKean, John Hanson, Elias Boudinot, Thomas Miffin, Richard Henry, Nathaniel Gorham, Arthur St. Clair, Cyrus Griffin.
George Washington- farewell address, 1796: “Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all.”
"The habits of thinking in a free country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration, to confine themselves within their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the powers of one department, to encroach upon another. The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism."
John Quincy Adams: “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”
Richard Nixon: “If the President does it, it can’t be illegal.”
Abraham Lincoln: "Motivation will almost always beat mere talent."
Lyndon B. Johnson: “…really it’s all of us, who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice.”
Dwight Eisenhower: “Any who act as if freedom’s defenses are to be found in suppression and suspicion and fear confess a doctrine that is alien to America.”
Bill Clinton: “(Global warming is) the only thing that I believe has the power to fundamentally end the march of civilization as we know it.”
George W. Bush: “See, in my line of work, you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.”
Barack H. Obama: “The walls between old allies on either side of the Atlantic cannot stand. The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes, natives and immigrants, Christians and Moslems and Jews cannot stand- these now are the walls we must tear down. ….It is in pursuit of these aspirations that a new generation, our generation, must make our mark on the world.”
Condoleezza Rice: “Let us approach climate change not simply as a looming future threat but as a present opportunity to work together.”
The collapse of the 1250 square mile Antarctic Larsen B ice shelf in 2002 was just one of the more spectacular instances of a phenomenon that is likely to become more frequent in a warmer world. The rate of warming in the Arctic over the last 20 years is eight times the rate of warming over the last century. This refutes the claim made by some that global temperatures are not really rising significantly, but only appear so due to temperature readings made in heat islands (growing urban areas). The vast majority of the climate change deniers are not scientists- almost no climate scientist doubts that humanity is greatly influencing global climate.
The New Madrid seismic zone had four of the largest North American earthquakes in recorded history, with magnitudes estimated to be about 8.2 each, occurring between December, 1811 and February, 1812. Those quakes were felt about a thousand miles away, in Massachusetts. The earthquakes that occur there could threaten parts of seven U.S. states: Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi. In a November 2008 report, FEMA warned that a serious earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone could result in "the highest economic losses due to a natural disaster in the United States".
Perhaps the largest known quake affecting North America occurred on the Cascadia subduction zone, a 680-mile fault that runs 50 miles off the coast of the Pacific Northwest. In 1700, an earthquake estimated at magnitude 9.0 occurred there, unleashing a tsunami which affected areas as distant as Japan.
Probably the most likely source of an East Coast tsunami would be a landslide in the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa. Historical geological evidence indicates at least a dozen major collapses in this volcanic island chain. Scientists estimate a tsunami 10-25 feet high could hit the US about eight hours after a major landslide.
We may be confronted with claims from the coal industry about it's "low cost" energy. However, there are certain hidden costs we should keep in mind. Coal is one of the main contributors to the high mercury levels found in many of our ocean species. Coal workers suffer from high rates of respiratory ailments. Each year air pollution triggers over a million asthma attacks, more than 47,000 cases of chronic bronchitis in adults and 540,000 cases of acute bronchitis in children, and kills 70,000 people. -Transportation For America Health Fly-In Statistics 2009.
Martin Luther King Jr: “Our life begins to end when we become silent about the things that really matter”
Truth and reconciliation
Perhaps the worst form of child abuse is to teach a child to hate others. When we recognize the future as far too valuable to ruin with hate, we consider historic injustice as history. Humanity is divided in many ways; nations, religions, ethnic groups, cities, families, and of course, individuals. What we all need is truth and reconciliation. Without recognition of the true state of past and present affairs, reconciliation is unattainable. Nor can we really see things as they are without reconciliation. This is because whenever we shout out our rights and “their” responsibilities, we’re unable to recognize the rights of our neighbors and our responsibilities. Restitution is important and forgiveness supreme.
In the past 40 years, rich nations have caused $2.5 trillion in environmental damage in poor nations.
There are more than 400 marine dead zones worldwide, up by a third since 1995.
Surpass tolerance- embrace understanding.
"Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never do less." Robert E. Lee
"I will say it again; America needs its own Perestroika." Mikhail Gorbachev
Feb 12, 1809- birth date of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin.
Thomas Jefferson owned and read a Quran
Spending on prevention saves money compared to the costs of treating illnesses. Payoff occurs within five years. http://www.naturalnews.com/024853.html
Which option costs more?
· universal healthcare and education
· disease, crime and wasted human potential
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Discover, Feb 2009:
Alex: “You be good. I love you.”
Irene: “I love you too.”
Alex: “You’ll be in tomorrow?”
Irene: “Yes, I’ll be in tomorrow.”
Irene left the lab for the day. That September night in 2007, Alex the African Grey parrot died.
(Adopting an African Grey or any large parrot species is a lifelong commitment and should not be done on a whim.)