Sex, Politics and A Gender War!

 

Writer’s note…I was originally going to link the ABC video display of the “Crush on Obama” video, but decided that I did not want to do anything to promote it.  I refuse. I have intentionally not linked the sexy politics link because I do not want to use this statement to make it easy for clicking there either.

 

First of all, I want to extend my apologies to Barack Obama.  Clearly the “crush on Obama” video is a degrading piece of garbage that further identifies America as not being worthy to call itself a civilized society.  We already have enough “sex” associated with politics, but to use it to promote and to link the idea that only R& B, bootie shaking starlet, wanna be’s is the way to get elected is over the top.  I do not know the totality of the whole video, nor do I know too much about the liberal movement behind sexypolitics.com, but I can assure you, I do not want to read it, I do not want to know too much about the approach to use sex as a lure.  Being informed is not sexy, people, it is smart.  What is pleasing to another person aesthetically is not always, “sexy”, actually for some the constant reference to sex is offensive!

I am ready to go away from the concept that “sex” sell.  It also kills, and distorts and destroys when it is not used appropriately.  I am embarrassed to consider myself as a Democrat, an open minded thinker when it comes to education, healthcare, economics, the government’s role, etc.   At this point I am praying that if Hillary Clinton does not get in as the Presidential candidate that a republican wins strictly because I do not know if we can handle a strong liberal front right now.  (Liberal thought is not always immoral pandering!)

Furthermore, this escapade, using a video to minimize, to attract, to defile, (what was the purpose, was it suppose to be funny, is it funny to see an overweight older gentleman hanging on a robust young woman?) the political process has made me more determined to see a woman in the White house.  It is time to stop using T&A to sell. 

I found it absolutely hilarious that the sexypolitics.com actually promotes a book on Feminism, is that a joke or what?  At what point did feminism align itself with reducing women to nothing more that T&A? Or is the newest form of feminism equated to the “sex in the city” thong wearing version?

Isn’t it plausible for Obama to be elected because of experience, intellect, demeanor, conviction, character, do we have to align him so deeply with pop-culture, as in “Obamania?”  Isn’t it enough that he is worldly, a Harvard Graduate?  Do we need to display to the rest of the world Is that really and truly the only version of America that there is? 

Can anyone else see this charade, found in using Hooter-style models to promote politics in the United States is demeaning, and potentially damaging to what we should be doing to encourage, promote and make equal women in this country?

I say one way to bring a positive focus on women is to elect a woman as presidential candidate.  Every father that has a daughter should be thinking about the future of their daughter.  Every mother that has a daughter should be promoting with a firm conviction and end to the use of women as mere sex objects? 

 

Stop the Madness!

See what your gas guzzling SUV’s, extensive square footage homes and excessive need for driving everywhere has netted for the fifth wealthiest petrochemical producing hoarder has done!  Then go fill up and say oh well, “so what’s another $4 a gallon anyway, it is all about me getting around!   By the way, when you can no longer afford to keep the lights on, remember – there is always a car that can’t be driven parked on the street for you and your family to sleep in. 

By the way, can someone tell me why in the world we think it is okay for a family of five or less to have a 5,000 square foot (or more) home?  Can someone tell me why it is necessary to build a monstrosity of a home for three people to live in (look at the newest suburban homes)?  Does anyone see how we have been manipulated into investing in the housing market, when did the debt to income ratio disappear? The person making $160,000 a year and buying homes in excess of $500,000 becomes everyone’s debt as recent history has shown us!  The auto industry encouraging after years of warnings regarding gas guzzling cars to buy “luxury” is a scam, who is the biggest investors into the production of SUV’s? Excessive consumer spending which has glorified into pop culture excessive spending which only has made a few on the top super rich? 

Does anyone understand that if we collectively gave up just one week of income, driving, spending, that we would shut down the powers that be to the point that we could literally bring areas of the economy to a screeching halt?  If small business men and women would all collectively support a job walk off, if corporations that are seriously going “green” would give up the “green” for a week that they would once again regain the control that is necessary to stop the billion dollar madness?  Take action, believe me neither, McCain, Clinton, or Obama can do anything if we do not demand it, and take control.  Let us learn from the Sons of Liberty and take action into our own hands collectively.  It was British control in 1776, now it is the Middle East that controls this, are we sadly becoming a colony of the Middle East, the East?  “Stop now what’s that sound everybody look what’s going down”…that song is a strong battle cry!

Oh, and to all of you who have the gas guzzlers, the oversized homes, the over-run credit cards…just because you make enough money to pay the bill, that does not give you the right to use more than your share!  It is called gluttony and greed!

It is time for the Majority to have a voice, Gender wars rage on!

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The Gender war rages on so it seems. Women are the majority in this country, globally, but yet we remain oppressed. It took until 1920 for women to even get the right to vote, in 1963 an equal pay act was put into place it wasn’t until 2007, that Nancy Pelosi elevated to Speaker of the House, and now we have a strong viable candidate running for the White House. We still are scrambling with issues of sexual discrimination. If you follow the link provided in this blog you will be able to see how we are still a part of a “meat market” so it seems. Oppression, subjugation of women, child abuse, pedophilia in the form of polygamy, (over 500 women and children recently were freed from bondage from the hands of a polygamist colony in Texas) and a decline in the job market for women over the age of 40 along with their incomes is soaring. Poverty amongst women is over 60%, yet their male counterpart is far less. The disparity for women of color is even higher. We have an opportunity to band together and to forge onward as a people and change the understanding of women in our society once and for all and we are contemplating putting another man in the White House? We can forge an alliance and make a strong, bold statement that women do have a voice we are not just T & A! I heard recently that women are out waging men for the first time in history, that is if you are between the ages of 25 and 32 and are single living in the bigger cities. Well, with that said, when you mix in the 25-32 year old women and the many 45+’ers then you end assuming all kinds of discriminations going on, all at the hands of the men who still control the outcome of far too many women. Why are we turning over our rights to yet another man? Hillary Clinton has one huge redeeming quality, (amongst many)! She is a woman! She is dynamic leader, one with experience, a voice, backing, intelligence, articulation, control, and a solid supporter of family. That is more than evident! I say it is time to take the “gender war” to a whole new level. It is time to take control of “OUR HOUSE.” After all who cleans a house, keeps a house better than a woman?

3rd graders seek to punish their teacher!

 

3rd Graders plan an assault on a teacher? Hello, where are parents?

 

There are a few points to cover with this attempt at “soapBlogging.” It is quite possible I should call it soap-flogging, and a few parents and then the children should be in line for it, after that, all of us for being so ignorant! We have thrown out the baby with the bath water when it comes to this concept of moving forward as a human species. Seriously! We no longer care for our young. We believe that “they can walk and talk,” therefore they can care for themselves. Or rather the monitor, whether it is on a computer, a TV, etc., that is the Nanny in most homes! I am amazed at the number of functional people, hardworking people that do not understand that they are functional, successful because they had limits put on them when they were growing up, mostly in two parent homes. Most were limited as to the scope of what they were to watch, listen to, what they were allowed to experience and where they were allowed to go. Now, those children have grown up and they look at themselves in the mirror and honestly believe they can raise their children void of any intrinsic discipline like they themselves had. (Assuming these children’s parents were raised in a quality home environment) They somehow believe that if their mind and eyes can handle it, so can their 6 year olds. “Oh we watch CSI together, Johnny really likes it!” What? I have actually heard garbage like this. The number of first grade students that know more about horror flicks then I did astounded me!

So here is the point: Yesterday it was reported that children in Georgia got mad at their 3rd grade teacher for disciplining a fellow student for standing on a chair. As a classroom teacher it is essential to safe-guard your students, so the teachers response is seemingly rational. It is the irrational response of a group of 9 or so students to was to “take her out” is the big problem! They plotted, planned and were ready to deliver the punishment upon the teacher to the point of labeling it as a strong premeditated movie plot. Did you get that, a movie plot! When will we learn that children will imitate that which they are exposed and desensitized to? So they would trip her, knocking her down, hit her in the head with a glass paper weight, hand cuff her, tape her up…you get the drift. I am astounded!

Yes, there is talk of legal action. There is the possible long term suspensions, etc. How about long term counseling not only for the children, but the teacher who is going to need it? How about arresting the parents of the child that brought in the paraphernalia and failed to recognize that “Johnny” was bringing strange items into school? Doesn’t that make them an accessory to the crime? How about breaking up the little band of assaulters guaranteeing that they cannot communicate in any way with each other? Having been in the classroom that mob mentality will only grow, sad but true.

Now on to another point about all of this: It is time for the nation’s school systems to go to the same level of employment as postal workers, IRS employees, etc. Our schools are not safe, they are not equitable. Teachers work in a high stress zone, it is dangerous. Schools are more dangerous than most places of employment. They are daily in a hostile work environment. This cannot even exclude high performance suburban schools as we know with the Columbine incident. When teachers have to fear for their life by merely going to work they should be able to press the issue of hostile work environments and be protected by the laws that protect every other place of employment. But because there is such a varying degree district to district, state to state, the individual unions are in charge of protection. Because a teacher is only protected once they are tenured, they have no recourse. It is an unfair playing field, in many situations. The No Child Left Behind and its quasi-witch hunt approach has weakened the union voice, thereby weakening the teacher’s voice. The establishment of Charter Schools has limited the power of the union even more, white washing the problem. The Establishment of the Federal government to guarantee equitability not only for our children, but for our teachers is way past due. By placing our school systems under one umbrella, we have a better chance of safeguarding the delivery of education and protection for teachers and innocent students. Potentially making education fair and equitable, the time has come.

So it is time for there to be no variance in the delivery of education, or that benefit that one teacher has over another. It is time for teachers to regain their voice. It is time for parents to be parents and for children to be allowed to be children. They need to be free from those things that will distort and pervert the developing mind. We are heading down a path that will take a few generations to undo if we do not step up and demand change now!

Outsourcing the Family? The American Way!

As I was driving from Indianapolis to Cold Spring New York to spend a month long sabbatical this past weekend I was reminded of my life as a young wife and mother.  It was in that pause to remember that I realized a simple truth about what it is to be a wife and mother, a “homemaker” specifically in the 21st century.  It is daunting at best! What I learned from my experience as a “stay at home” mom is this.  No woman should ever be without her own income stream!  Why do I feel so strongly about that?  It is because of this; to have to ask a man, a spouse (in the event that you are a “homemaker” of the male persuasion) for money for anything. It is demoralizing really.  If a child asks his parent for a dollar to buy a candy bar, they run the risk of rejection.  Rejection is actually an oppressive tool.  To have to ask for money from a spouse puts them over the other spouse.  The one who makes the most money (in most cases) is the one that has the power.  That is the American way, the social model that we are set up on.  So this is how I see it.

At one time in our history a family as an organization had a purpose.  All the members of the organization worked together. They had to! No one ate unless they did.  No one kept warm, cool, hydrated, you name it.  There was a solid purpose to the familial function. Every member of the “organization” had a role and was reliant upon the other.  A man/husband relied upon woman/wife to feed him.  To prepare the food, the home, that was necessary in order to work outside the home in the field, sometimes being gone for days at a time.  Increasingly over the years as women have moved towards equality with men, self-sufficiency has been mandated.  No longer is it necessary to “make home” rather everything that a woman once provided for a man, creating an organization is easily “outsourced.”  If we look at the family as an organization which our Nation was founded, developed upon then we can see the breakdown in the family is equal to that of business. 

The American worker is no longer needed as much as before as it is more cost effective to bring work overseas to lower wage individuals.  So it is with the American family way.  We wonder why divorce is so high, adultery, internet pandering, superficial relationships, etc.  It is because all of the necessities of life are being met through outsourcing. 

The family is no longer an organization based upon need.  So with that I truly believe that it is necessary for every stay at home, “homemaker” to have an income stream so as to maintain balance in the infrastructure and keep up with the times so as to avoid, “outsourcing.”  We outsource our child raising, our house cleaning, our landscaping, gardening, laundry, sexual gratification (not cost effective at all if you look at current rates) even grocery shopping can be outsourced!  But the bigger question is this. Can we really afford the cost in the long run? In the mean time empowerment comes from the ability to walk up to the counter and pay for your own bottled water without having to ask for the money from your business partner.

I Want To Go Back!

I want to go back in time to a place of innocence.  When people that were elevated to leadership status actually were leaders and earned a respectable right to be in the position that they were.  You believed that they must be if they were elected by the people for the people. 

We are currently watching a race unfold before us.  We have three candidates, are any of them what we really need as a nation.  A nation about to lose top billing, a nation that has embraced communism in name of the “big buck” embraced ideals different from that which we were founded upon all in the name of “oil”?  Can we put into a White House two separate people a wife/victim or a husband/victimizer?  Yesterday it came out that Senator Clinton was in the vicinity of her husbands tryst with Monica.  A time back I discovered that Senator McCain has married the woman he had an affair with while married to a woman that had stuck by his side waiting his return from the POW camps.  The article pointed out that he started the relationship the night he met her, was it a marriage of position initially?  Can we entrust a country to people that would put the sanctity of marriage in jeopardy for political gain?

I will not speak of Senator Obama except to say, it clearly at this point and time appears that he is a man who has risen above his own brokenness in family, and is seeking to set it right in his private life, proudly bringing a degree of normalcy into our understanding of the “American” family. 

There is more to this blog than the political arena.  Daily I am sickened by the revelation of how demonic the electronic age is.  My heart hurts over the decay of family life all as a result of the internet, cell phone, text messaging, ease at which we enter deceitfully relationships.  We hide, and the deceit grows out of us like weeds in the abandoned playground of decaying neighborhoods.  We hear phrases like, “go ahead its okay to look” is it really?  Is it really okay to just look?  Is it really okay to just enter into someone else’s home to just share an “innocent” correspondence or two? Case in point; Would any man really tolerate a Joe Shmoe just coming up to his front door and asking for Jane.  “Is Jane home?  I am her old friend, I just want to sit down and talk with her in her bedroom for a while, just turn your head Joe, pretend that this is all innocent banter.  It won’t take long….oh and buddy don’t worry, if your relationship is solid, you don’t need to worry, we are just “friends”!  Do you honestly think Joe would be okay with that?  Should he be? 

How about if Jane just happens into her bedroom and discovers Joe quickly switch screens and wait until Jane leaves a room to enter back into the communication that he was having with an unknown entity?  Let’s translate that into a human to human contact, shall we.  Joe is seen talking with an unknown woman and up walks Jane, the conversation quickly ends.  Joe looks at Jane as if, “yes?”  The unknown woman turns away, Joe carries on light inane conversation with Jane and as soon as Jane walks away, (with no introduction mind you) the conversation proceeds with the unknown.  Tell me how many people would go on their day feeling okay about that one?  But you see, if Jane were to confront Joe over the internet/computer exchange, she would be accused of being paranoid, suspicious, and a comment like “hey, I can have friends, it is just an email!” 

Do you see where this is going?  How many relationships are going to end this year as a result of a communication breakdown as a result of a communication breakdown?  I sit in restaurants, public places and see men and women coming into the establishment and watch as one of the couples sits while the other one is staring at a hand held device, fingers moving quickly on the keys.  All attention is on the small less than 2inch by 2inch screen that manages to hold all the attention away from the person across the way.  As a child I was taught to ignore the person you were with was rude.  To bring the handset of the phone to the table was bad manners. 

Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus, and there is evil, deceit and it is growing at the speed at which one can type and hit send.  For me, I want to go back in time.  To a place where each family had one phone number and it was the family number assigned to the man of the house, because women were preyed upon.  Where women if they did live alone were advised to list first initial only, to a time when people did not hide behind communication devices.  Where men and women understood the boundaries of friendships between people of the opposite sex once they were in committed relationships, to a time when people did not need to be glued to electronic devices, but could actually enter into human exchanges with the people that mattered in their lives.  Have we gone too far?  Clearly I believe we have, and I resent that there is even a need to be concerned about it.   

What do Geraldine, a Madonna wanna be, a heiress, and a prostitute have in common?

Aside from them all being women?

What does a spoiled heiress a Madonna wanna be and a “broken home” little lady of ill repute have in common? Absolutely nothing! Yep, you got it, nothing, Except for the very thing that every woman has; the ability to sexually arouse a man. The very thing that identifies a human being as being a female is being certain biological attributes. Crudely put, T&A. Add in hormone producing organs, glands and there you have it. Please do me a favor, stop the madness. If you are over the age of 22, the age of the little, prostitute, then grow up and let it go. A inappropriately behave man sought pleasure in a woman that is the age of a girl he could have fathered. To me that is bordering on a form of pedophilia, it does makes me wonder. This little girl is going to be made rich off of paid for sex. The last I heard prostitution is a criminal act, immoral act, an act that is not looked upon in any culture as something to glorify. But as the new American way goes, do what you want today, grab the cash and tomorrow you will be held in high esteem. Whether it is a Miss America winner and her oral exploits on Penthouse, only to be elevated in a Very short time as a pop star, or a an intern to a president weeping on National television over her being victimized! WE glorify that which should be tarred and feathered and sent to a nunnery for future rehabilitation.

So now let’s really talk about women. When are we going to stand up and take what is rightfully ours? We sell out to the cheap imitation of woman-hood; we give over to 22 year olds what most of us have had to work our fingers to the bone for daily. We keep on selling out to men daily. Their lust, greed, weakness, only to weaken ourselves, we are the majority, but we act like the minority, we allow others to oppress us daily. The media is the biggest criminal in all of this. I have two more major issues to touch on to get the “soapblogging” bug out of my system.

“Former Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro stepped down on Wednesday from her finance position with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, a campaign spokesman said The decision came after Ferraro, the only woman to run on a major U.S. party’s presidential ticket, said Clinton’s rival, Barack Obama , would not be ahead in the Democratic presidential race if he was not black. Ferraro was a member of the campaign’s finance committee and raised funds for Clinton’s White House bid, the campaign spokesman said. (Reporting by Deborah Charles, editing by Lori Santos”)

Geraldine Ferraro made an inappropriate statement regarding Obama’s color, it is interesting and unfortunate. Ferraro was constantly referred to not as Senator Ferraro, or Democratic Candidate Ferraro, but segregated regularly as being a woman. Hillary Clinton is regularly being isolated as being a woman. If she were the front-runner (Senator Clinton) then the Obama camp would be weeping sad little losing tears over her being a leader because, she is a woman, and he is black and “yada, yada, yada!”

It is time, time indeed for us to stop segregated anyone based on their gender, age, ethnicity, etc. Can we honestly refer to Obama with a “race” label? Isn’t he as much Caucasian as he is African? We are all members of one race, we can interbreed, therefore we of different ethnicities, but not race. Can we please throw the race card away? I feel bad for Ferraro, I guess it is easier to perform criminal acts and get positive outcomes from the publicity then to make an ignorant comment. We must face the next 5 years of people backing down because we cannot be politically correct when we are facing a politically incorrect situation. We have candidates running, a woman and two men. Actually, we have three candidates. Who is the most qualified, the most in-tuned, the most willing to take on the next 5 years of our rapidly failing society? I am not sure, but when I know it I will reference them as President!

Geraldine, you might want to take lessons from the 3 femme fatales at the beginning of this blog, they know how to get out of all kinds of criminal offenses.

The next major issue dealing with women is the sad description of how to keep your man from cheating, by a self proclaimed dating guru was featured regarding the criticism of Spitzer’s wife not immediately dumping the dude. Now understand that part of the article was taken out of context, and does highlight what a man would do if his wife was caught with another man. (Can we please keep in mind that the Governor of New York spent on this prostitute what most New Yorkers make in a month!) http://www.Dontdatehimgirl.com suggests that a wife, please her man in the bedroom. Let him experiment, that men seek sex outside of marriage because they are not satisfied. Okay, she might be right, but how about respect? How about committing to a relationship and working through the inadequacies of each other? Women, it ain’t all about sex at home, it is about making the guy feel like he made the right choice! Security is the key, but that is another blog all together.

The truth is a man who pays $4,800! For a sexual encounter is an addict. There is little to nothing that can be done short of therapy. Let us also note the age of the little lady of ill-repute. I have daughters her age and if I knew that they were in a sexual relationship, paid or otherwise with a man of Spitzer’s age, I would hunt him down and let him know how borderline – pedophilic I thought he was. So, the truth of the matter is, what this all comes down to is further oppression and victimization of women against women, victimization of women by society, and victimization of women by men!

 

 

 

Juvenile Crime — When should age make a difference in sentencing?

 

Question:  At what point can someone hide behind the implicit innocence of being a child?  I ask this as I ponder many situations when we use the term “child” to point finger of blame, or to turn the finger of blame away from someone that has committed a societal wrong, a heinous crime.  Do we go too far in the categorizing of age and the predominance in identifying age as the acquitter or wrong, or a definer of wrong?

I will begin by focusing on an incomprehensible crime against a young boy that brought joy to my neighborhood.  My children were his playmate, and the friend of his siblings.  I was schoolmates with his mother.  Ultimately I would become deeper friends with her and her partner.  My daughters, well unfortunately and honorably they would be his pallbearers.  The young boy was Christopher Meyers, his murderer, Timothy Buss. 

I was told months prior to Christopher moving into our small neighborhood that Timothy Buss was released from prison after serving only 12 years of a 25 year sentence for the brutal murder of Tara Sue Huffman.  I was told by Tara Sue’s brother that he was out and that some of his family still lived in the neighborhood that I lived in.  A quiet small safe neighborhood only 60 miles south of Chicago along the beautiful Kankakee River might no longer be a safe haven.  I remember all too well Tara Sue’s brother warning me to keep an eye on my kids, not to let them roam freely in a neighborhood where a monster might return.  I told my neighbors about it, they told me I was paranoid…

When we discovered Christopher missing, my heart ached, I was sickened.  I told my family that the authorities needed to look for Buss, to find Buss.  I told the Sheriff the same thing as we were all looking and praying for evidence that Christopher was okay, that he was just displaced. Christopher was found on the 15th of August, brutally murdered miles from his “safe haven.”

Timothy Buss was 27 when he returned to his old neighborhood to once again perform unconscionable acts against an innocent little boy.  Christopher was raped, sexually mutilated and stabbed over 50 times and then buried in a shallow grave. Buss murdered Tara Sue Huffman when he was 13 years old and she was only 5.  He raped, sodomized and bludgeoned her to death then stuffed her into a barrel in a landfill. He only served 12 of the 25 years he was sentenced.  He was viewed as a child? I say he is a monster.

Now he is serving out his sentence, he did receive the death penalty, and additional counts added on. This time the court made sure he will not ever be released.

Now before us is another case a heinous crime against not one, but three, a husband, wife and an unborn child.  All murdered in the safety of their own home.  The crime against this family, the devastation of the woman’s sisters, parents, nieces, nephews, friends for generations to come is real, it is as alive as it was the day they received the unfortunate news. The man’s family and friends for generations to come is alive and haunting them as they are all facing the reality ~ the murderer is about to be released.

Nancy Bishop-Langert and her husband Richard Langert along with their unborn child were shot to death by a 16 year old neighbor boy.  Originally sentenced to life without parole this is now being overturned and the family is facing the release of this man, who is being released because he was a “child” at the time of the murders. The details of the crime are relevant in that it was cold-blooded and calculated.

So the question remains, at what point does age matter?  Are we delusional in our society to determine how we treat mentally ill adolescence?  On one hand we say that a child past the age of 12 is unable to receive child services in the same manner as when they were dependent children.  Then we say it is acceptable and fair that a young woman 16 year old has the right to seek an abortion.  Depending on the issue, we determine what age is appropriate.  Should age be the determining factor in the punishment assigned to a heinous criminal, a monster? Yes, they are human, but clearly we are surrounded by the potential of repeat offenders.  Timothy Buss is an example, we risk every day exposing ourselves to violent offenders when they are released from a prison sentence when there was a heinous crime against humanity.   

Please visit my dear friend’s website and see the work that she is doing.  In this election year, ask yourself “are you truly protected in your safe zone?”  Be informed!

http://www.illinoisvictims.org/   go to the juvenile LWOP and read more about it.

    

Virtual Classroom? Sign ME up!

 

Can you imagine?  A child sitting in the classroom, visibly bored, trapped in the mundane.  The clock ticks, one, two, three…Mrs. Smith announces, “Sally Smith, your mother will be picking you up at 2:05 for your orthodontist appointment, please proceed to the office…” The mind of the fidgeting 4th grader races to the game boy sitting in his book bag back in his locker.  He thinks of nothing more than beating his last score, when all of a sudden it happens… Ms. LaLuna is suddenly standing before him, looking him straight in the eyes.  He shakes his head, pinches himself, wonders, “am I imagining, is a figment of my imagination, am I in one of my gameboy games.  This is cyber-dude!”

His mind is now captivated, no longer thinking beyond the classroom, beyond the moment.  Mr. Chorak said there would be a visitor, I imagined someone to tell us about standardized testing and how important it is to “try your best, test matter!”  But this, this is unreal!”

No this is not unreal this is possible. It is plausible. It is necessary.  Imagine for just one brief moment how transforming it could be.  A virtual teacher, no a virtual specialist dropping into a classroom to take over the lesson to teach about a concept that children of all ages struggle with, whether it is fractions, the Revolutionary War, a literary device…it matters not.  What matters is that the classroom is keeping pace with the world around the child.  We must move to the point that we recognize that we do not teach math, science, reading, history, but we teach the child, the individual. 

The business world spends thousands upon thousands of dollars to initiate best practice in delivery forms that will intrigue, enhance, capture the adult student, yet we ignore what best practice in education for children, adolescence and maturing adolescence.  We are ignoring research on how the mind of a young person works.  The biorhythms of our students, how we learn must be at the forefront of education. 

Virtual teachers, it is plausible, technologically possible, and probable.  The time has come.  This will never do away with the primary educator in the classroom, but it will further the instruct ability of children around the world.  Teachers in the classroom in the “real” are necessary as facilitators, but to expect any one person to deliver day in and day out all the information and instruction that a pupil needs in the course of a school year limits the overall development of a child at any given time.  We can embrace the tendency of the human capacity to learn.  Research shows that most humans learn best through visual delivery (videos, media, etc) of information.  The engagement of this type of process is forthcoming and as an educator I am thrilled at the idea of being delivered to a classroom in Beijing on a Friday afternoon to share poetry with a group of 12 years old students!  Now that is cyber- DUDE, Scotty beam ME up!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/582475.stm

 

Beam ME up, it is all “virtually” amazing!

 

Can you imagine?  A child sitting in the classroom, visibly bored, trapped in the mundane.  The clock ticks, one, two, three…Mrs. Smith announces, “Sally Smith, your mother will be picking you up at 2:05 for your orthodontist appointment, please proceed to the office…” The mind of the fidgeting 4th grader races to the game boy sitting in his book bag back in his locker.  He thinks of nothing more than beating his last score, when all of a sudden it happens… Ms. LaLuna is suddenly standing before him, looking him straight in the eyes.  He shakes his head, pinches himself, wonders, “am I imagining, is a figment of my imagination, am I in one of my gameboy games.  This is cyber-dude!”

His mind is now captivated, no longer thinking beyond the classroom, beyond the moment.  Mr. Chorak said there would be a visitor, I imagined someone to tell us about standardized testing and how important it is to “try your best, test matter!”  But this, this is unreal!”

No this is not unreal this is possible. It is plausible. It is necessary.  Imagine for just one brief moment how transforming it could be.  A virtual teacher, no a virtual specialist dropping into a classroom to take over the lesson to teach about a concept that children of all ages struggle with, whether it is fractions, the Revolutionary War, a literary device…it matters not.  What matters is that the classroom is keeping pace with the world around the child.  We must move to the point that we recognize that we do not teach math, science, reading, history, but we teach the child, the individual. 

The business world spends thousands upon thousands of dollars to initiate best practice in delivery forms that will intrigue, enhance, capture the adult student, yet we ignore what best practice in education for children, adolescence and maturing adolescence.  We are ignoring research on how the mind of a young person works.  The biorhythms of our students, how we learn must be at the forefront of education. 

Virtual teachers, it is plausible, technologically possible, and probable.  The time has come.  This will never do away with the primary educator in the classroom, but it will further the instruct ability of children around the world.  Teachers in the classroom in the “real” are necessary as facilitators, but to expect any one person to deliver day in and day out all the information and instruction that a pupil needs in the course of a school year limits the overall development of a child at any given time.  We can embrace the tendency of the human capacity to learn.  Research shows that most humans learn best through visual delivery (videos, media, etc) of information.  The engagement of this type of process is forthcoming and as an educator I am thrilled at the idea of being delivered to a classroom in Beijing on a Friday afternoon to share poetry with a group of 12 years old students!  Now that is cyber- DUDE, Scotty beam ME up!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/582475.stm

 

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