Divided We Are Weak and Crumble, but United We Are Strong and Stand

Unity, Division, Learning

We are deafened by the unrelenting noise of divisiveness and evil tremors that shake our spiritual core. To speak with the tongue of the learned and to hear with the ear of the learned, we cannot turn away, flee from or rebel against the light of righteousness.

We walk in the fire of our gifts to listen, seek, learn, teach and embrace. If we do not live in a united front, we shall die in a divided pit.

The poetry of togetherness.

Hey Library Lovers, this Month is for You!

Library Lover's Month, Library, Books, Research

While the Internet has given us faster access to our queries, do you still visit your local library? Throughout the month of February, we are observing Library Lover’s Month. This vintage poster made by the Illinois WPA Art Project Chicago highlights the source of the art of continued learning. “For greater knowledge on more subjects use your library often!”

Don’t forget about those great research institutions that are free to access and where we still find a bounty of books on every subject imaginable. Many of us still remain card-carrying members of our local library. Check out a public library near you!

Happy #LibraryLoversMonth

American Education Week

American Education Week, Classroom, NEAHow can we help our children be successful in school? November 16-20, 2015 is American Education Week. It is imperative that parents form a close partnership with educators, particularly in the public education sector. We are so fortunate to live in a country where everyone, regardless of race, creed, gender or financial status have the freedom to get a good education.

This week all Americans have the opportunity to celebrate and support public education, while honoring individuals who are helping to make a difference by ensuring that every child gets a quality education. This year’s American Education Week’s theme is “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility.” Here is a lineup of weeklong celebrations and observances in education:

Monday, November 16: Kickoff Day
Tuesday, November 17: Parents Day
Wednesday, November 18: Education Support Professionals Day
Thursday, November 19: Educator for a Day
Friday, November 20: Substitute Educators Day

For more information about American Education Week and the National Education Association, visit http://www.nea.org/. Be sure to show your educators and education support staff your appreciation. Happy Learning!

The U.S. Educational Bombshell: We Slipped How Far Behind?

A Latin phrase, scientia potentia est, whose translation “Knowledge is power” is attributed to Sir Francis Bacon, English author, courtier and philosopher. When I think about this phrase, it reminds me of the 5th verse in Proverbs 24: A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength. (KJV).

As I listened to a recent speech given in Winston Salem, North Carolina by President Barack Obama, he echoed some tough facts about the United States’ educational standing and its impact on economic growth. He warned of a future where the United States of America could lag behind other nations. He told his audience of teachers and students that it was time for an  American “Sputnik moment” – referring to the 1957 Soviet satellite launch, that jolted the United States into starting its own space and science programs. “Right now the hard truth is this,” President Obama said, “In the race for the future, America is in danger of falling behind. That’s just the truth. And if you hear a politician say it’s not, they’re just not paying attention.”

There continues to be much discussion among school boards around the country, where school districts are making painstaking budget cuts that are seriously affecting our educational objectives. Should we just throw in the towel and call it a day as a result of these cuts? Is this the end of a good education? Absolutely Not! This is where parents and guardians must become “more” proactive about what they can do to increase their children’s opportunity to learn. Education goes beyond the boundaries of the classroom walls. There are so many things parents and guardians can do to make sure their children are performing with excellence. In order to ensure that our children succeed educationally, it behooves us to be accountable for supplementing their education with increased tools of learning, in spite of any budget cuts regarding the classroom.

Below is a link to an article that I hope rattles your spirit if you are not proactive in the voice of your children’s academics: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2008/11/19/US-slipping-in-education-rankings/UPI-90221227104776/. Are daily unproductive habits or other distracting routines causing our children to sit on the sidelines of educational complacency? We cannot settle for “whatever” and not be in partnership with the school system. Our children have to be supplemented with increased tools of learning, in and beyond the classroom. Their lives and future is at stake if the winds of change blows their way and they are not prepared to interact with diversity circulating throughout many aspects of their lives.

We already know that the United States ranks dangerously low, but there is so much that we can do right this minute. Be sure to read this story as well, released by OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), Education: Korea and Finland top OECD’s latest PISA survey of education performance http://www.oecd.org/document/12/0,3343,en_2649_201185_46623628_1_1_1_1,00.html.  


“Human knowledge and human power meet in one; for where the cause is not known the effect cannot be produced. Nature to be commanded must be obeyed; and that which in contemplation is as the cause is in operation as the rule.” – Sir Francis Bacon