Economizing Education Through Entrepreneurial Thinking

Globally Competitive Unit/Lesson Plan:

This sample education leadership unit and lesson plan was inspired by Marian S. Moore. She is a Business Education Consultant, Instructional Designer, and a Globally Competitive Coach at Compete With Purpose, LLC.

Focus:  “Economizing Education Through Entrepreneurial Thinking”

Objective: Students or Education Leaders will be able to analyze the critical areas that impact the school system’s balance sheet in order to develop a cost effective economic plan with innovative ways to implement an equitable annual budget.

21st Century Subjects, Themes, and Skills Applied

The book and informational text explored in this unit plan is, Good to Great, by Jim Collins which can be used to provide an interdisciplinary lesson. The following core subjects, themes, and skills are explored in this unit plan:

Core Subjects:

  • Mathematics – Financial and Statistical data are analyzed throughout the reading.
  • Social Studies/Economics – Corporate case studies and historical events are provided.
  • Science – Psychology of Business and Leadership are discussed. The information covered in this text is based on research.
  • English, Reading, and Language Arts – The use of analogies to describe career concepts or competitive characteristic traits are evaluated.

21st Century Themes:

Global Awareness, Financial, Economic, Business and Entrepreneurial Literacy, Civic Literacy, and Health Literacy

21st Century Skills:

Flexibility and Adaptability, Initiative and Self-Direction, Social and Cross-Cultural Skills, Productivity and Accountability, Leadership and Responsibility.

Common Core Standards That Will Be Met:

English Language Arts Standards: Reading Informational Text Grade 11-12; English Language Arts Standards: Writing – Grade 11-12; Speaking and Listening – Grade 11-12

Mathematics Standards: High School Statistics and Probability Interpreting Categorical and Quantitative Data ; Making Inferences and Justifying Conclusions

Lesson Plan Motivation & Open Discussion:

School Systems Accounting Equation

Reflective Thinking: Think about scenarios in your life when you’ve lived paycheck to paycheck. Biweekly, we often spend money without paying attention to the details of our daily spending. Some of us over time, will apply for credit and ask our creditors to help us pay for our impulsive spending without analyzing the benefits or costs of each product or service. Additionally, we often spend based on our immediate “wants”, not prioritizing our financial needs into the equation.  Should we compare cost or demonstrate patience while determining what to purchase? Should we examine whether the latest trendy technology is worth buying, when there is a cheaper alternative that will provide us with the same advantages? Yes, I agree, we should consider the “opportunity cost” when making purchases personally and professionally!

So as education leaders, do we want our personal spending habits to carry over into our school system’s annual budgets? Do we want to manage the school system’s budget as if we are living paycheck to paycheck or by impulse? As education leaders,  can we come up with innovative ways to increase revenue for the school system that will help balance the school system’s budget increasing its net worth and financial stability? More importantly, I believe we should address the brutal facts associated with our liabilities in order to prevent biased financial decisions to impact the net worth or reputation of our school systems. Examples such as institutional racism which includes lack of equal employment opportunity or inequities in schools based on lack of equal access to resources should be factored into the equation because often education leaders’ resignations are due to these types of working conditions. Therefore, these examples I just shared with you demonstrate that education can be an expense, not an investment when political and racist decisions are being made by our education leaders as well as policy makers. Furthermore, I predict that these “Liberal” Liabilities will lead school systems toward a Doom Loop, a concept acknowledged by Jim Collins in his leadership book, “Good to Great”. To further inform you, I encourage you to read page 183 to analyze the scenarios of the Doom Loop and the Flywheel Effect in Leadership. After reading, please discuss and identify with others examples of your school system’s Doom Loop and Fly Wheel Effect. So I believe that as community members, we should try to continue the game plans that are working and help solve critical educational problems together as a team!

Introductory Lesson: Flywheel Effect vs. Doom Loop

Reading Informational Text: “Good to Great”: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Other Don’t written by: Jim Collins.

Interdisciplinary Vocabulary Explored: Assets, Liabilities, Owner’s Equity, Acquisitions, Permutations, Cumulative Value, Bankruptcy, NASDAQ, Operating and Capital Budgets

Leadership Concepts: Flywheel Effect, Doom Loop, Hedgehog Concept

Lesson Summary: After Education Leaders are fully engaged with the opening discussion about the accounting equation in small groups as well as an entire group, they will be encouraged to read an informational book about leadership. This opening activity will create an opportunity for participants to make academic and professional connections with not only the financial accounting equation, but new leadership concepts, such as the Flywheel Effect and the Doom Loop. Students are encouraged to choose any team concept such as a marriage, family, sports team, executive team, club, business partnership, or leading an organization as a personalized model in order to scaffold into their group discussions.The leadership scenarios that support the Flywheel and the Doom Loop are described on page 183. Each scenario listed could either positively or negatively impact the school system’s annual budget and overall organization effectiveness. Therefore, this will give students and education leaders an opportunity to make an academic connection with their school system in a new and meaningful way.

Instructions: Students or Education Leaders will read in groups, “Chapter 8: The Flywheel Effect and the Doom Loop”. Students or Education Leaders are encouraged to highlight, take notes, and write down questions or concerns, throughout the reading. After completing the chapter, students will discuss in groups the topics that were covered in chapter 8. Then they will create a graphic organizer on their papers or device to further discuss the chart on 183 by providing educational or professional examples that relates to each concept. This outline or graphic organizer will be  used as the foundation for the unit plan, which will help students and education leaders with their final performance assessment.

Performance Assessment Introduction

Application Project:  Before we work in teams,  Students and education leaders should be encouraged you to read the following passage for homework about “Knowing and Understanding Your Role as a Team Member”. This topic will be discussed in the beginning of the next class. The facilitator should encourage students and education leaders to use a historic sporting event, such as a March Madness game or even a little league game, to support my personal narrative entitled “Know and Understand Your Role as a Team Member.pdf”:

This globally competitive passage I decided to write will provide the facilitator with an analogy to promote dialogue with students and leaders in order to prepare them to collaborate on a challenging real-world application project. As a globally competitive coach, it is important to address team issues beforehand to encourage sportsmanlike conduct before, during, and after team projects.

Performance Assessment

Throughout the unit, students and education leaders will use their information, media, and technology skills to gain more knowledge and resources to expand their educational experience.

For example:

1. Jim Collins Flywheel Effect and Doom Loop

Article: How To Go From a Good to Great Team

Video: Flywheel and the Doom Loop

2. The Accounting Equation Resources

Article: Accounting Basics: Financial Statements

Video: An Introduction to the Balance Sheet?

3. The Difference Between an Operating and Capital Budget

Article: Differences and Similarities of Capital and Operational Budget

Video: Types of Planning: Strategic, Tactical, Operational and Contingency Planning

Note: Allowing students to engage in watching educational videos motivates self direction because some students will seek additional videos or articles that are helpful for their project in order to become more of an expert on the subject matter.

Application Project: “When the Classroom Meets the Real World”

School Systems Accounting Equation

Creative and Critical Thinking: View the Accounting Equation illustration once again and read the summary below that includes open ended questions in order to devise an economic plan that would address the costs and benefits of annual spending for your local school system.

“Now in a community, people invest in the education system each year by paying taxes. This is very similar to shareholders or stockholders who invest in a public company. Our local board of education, like the board of directors of a company, makes policies and decisions that impact the well-being of our citizens and the productivity of our communities. Therefore, if we are pooling our money into an education fund like investors pool their money into a mutual fund or a particular stock, then the economic benefits depend on the investor’s participation.

If your voice isn’t heard, then your child’s voice isn’t heard. If your child’s teacher voice isn’t heard, then your child’s education advocate has no power in the school system’s decision making process. Therefore, we, as a community, should become more involved in the budgeting process of our local school system. Our children, neighbors, family’s futures, local economies, or the safety of our neighborhoods are impacted by something as simple as an annual proposed budget. So with that said, I encourage you to get involved in analyzing your local school system’s expenditures.

Maybe after reading your school system’s budget, you will determine perhaps that your local superintendent’s budget team should provide the community with more information that support each expenditure or provide financial ratios that shows how the investment of technology affects costs such as summer schooling. You may notice a trend in summer schooling cost reduction due to technology investments, which will create more opportunities for money to be reallocated for more engaging projects during the normal school year. It is important that you keep track of trends like this so you can suggest where the school system’s funds should be redirected.

In addition, be fearless and ask your school system to become transparent about employee turnovers and provide financial ratios due to job dissatisfaction or even discrimination. Maybe the department of human resources should provide more quantitative and qualitative data that provides a cost and benefits analysis related to employee turnover as it relates to equity, the department leadership in which the employee resigned, or the way in which administrators evaluate their employees. We all know that a healthy employee yields a healthy organization. So students as well as employees who are directly affected by leadership can be a cost or a benefit to the organization. Therefore, the community has the right know how our school leaders are impacting the school system’s annual budget, along with their employees and student’s well-being.

More importantly, if the public becomes more active and views its local school system’s budget online, they will see a visual representation of how their tax contributions are being allocated. After viewing the itemized spending, I am sure, the community would like to provide input and suggest some simple solutions. This is the overall purpose for this unit and lesson plan. Therefore, instead of privately complaining to each another about teachers, the quality of education, or even the cafeteria food, I urge you to become public local leaders, change agents, and more involved in the decision making process by speaking up about your local school system’s financial activities.”

Now it’s time to take care of some business! So can you collaborate with others and develop an economic plan that will decrease the funding amount requested from the local, state, and federal government annually? How can we increase funding in the private sector to leverage out the costs invested by the government? How can you devise a plan that economically stimulates the school system’s financial stability?  Use your local school system’s FY Annual Budget plan for your reference and model for your economic plan. In addition, ask yourself: “Is my local school system developing solid economic systems generating more global business partnerships and recurring revenue in order to fund academic initiatives appropriately?

Here is financial planning source that shows how the personal financial decision making process can be used for personal and corporate finance. Our students can use this 6 step process in a business education class as well as our education leaders when preparing for an operations and capital budget.

Source: The Financial Planning Process

Additional Academic Challenges for the Unit:

1. Corporate Reports: Students can further research the companies mentioned in the Good to Great book by examining the annual reports for each company. Some of the companies mentioned in “Good to Great” were: Abbott, Circuit City, Fannie Mae, Kimberly-Clark, Walgreens, and Wells Fargo. This particular activity would allow students as well as education leaders to play the exact same role that Jim Collins and his team of researchers did by analyzing the good and great companies featured in his book. Perhaps during this corporate research activity, the achievements, challenges, and future plans explained in the annual reports of U.S. companies could help students to evaluate the fiscal budget of their school system better. I believe this project is a great opportunity for Common Core to be executed by students as well as education leaders making sure their financial and management decisions are aligned with globally competitive corporations.

2. Hedgehog Concept Public Speech:  Read Chapter 5: The Hedgehog Concept. Next, create with your leadership team a simple concept in three circles that will change your school system from “Good to Great”. The Hedgehog concept includes the following three questions: (1.) What are you deeply passionate about? (2.) What you can be the best in the world at? (3.) What drives your economic engine? Then, compose a 3 minute public speech pitching your team’s “Hedgehog Concept” to your local board of education. Remember to keep it short and concise!

3. Avatar Leadership Style: Read Chapter 2: Level 5 Leadership. This will be your opportunity to customize a leader digitally! Use character traits of several leaders that you admire or traits you believe would make a great leader in order to digitally personalize your ideal leader. Think about the type of leader you aspire to be and create an Avatar. You may use www.voki.com or any other technology tools to personalize an Avatar that meets your expectations. Use an audio media program to recite the characteristics of an effective leader. Then upload the file to the online Avatar program. You also have the option to create a video presentation and give yourself a leadership fashion makeover while providing to your audience a description of an effective leader.

Conclusion:

Now that we have adopted the Common Core standards, it is time to devise a complementary fiscal plan that includes a balanced investment between the public and private sectors. Currently, I am working on an economic plan for the education system that will create an ongoing partner network of support from stakeholders input that will empower our global society’s output. The overall objective of this unit and lesson plan is to encourage students and education leaders to not allow discriminatory and political decisions negatively affect our education system’s annual budget. This will inspire all school systems nationwide to help shift from “good and great” so that our future workforce will be prepared for their colleges and careers.

In conclusion, I’ve applied real world lessons similar to this in my high school classroom. My business students researched public corporations and even analyzed federal spending, which had given them a competitive college and corporate advantage. As an education leader, I believe relevant lessons like this will have a progressive impact on our society if we promote as well as integrate financial economics in our monthly communication with our students as well as community.

© 2015, Marian S. Moore, All Rights Reserved

My name is Marian Moore and I discuss topics like this in my eBook, “Can I Inspire You With My Imagination?“. Thank you, in advance, for reading and I look forward to establishing global partnerships in education in the near future! Take care!

Sources:

Collins, J. C. (2001). Good to great: Why some companies make the leap–and others don’t. New York, NY: HarperBusiness.

http://www.jimcollins.com; http://www.investopedia.com; http://www.beginnersinvest.about.com; http://www.investorwords.com; http://www.study.com; http://www.championshipcoachesnetwork.com; http://www.smallbusiness.com; http://novella.mhhe.com; http://www.nolo.com, http://www.accountingcoach.com; http://www.corestandards.org; http://edglossary.org/; http://www.merriam-webster.com; http://www.voki.com;

This Letter is History: To Celebrate or Liberate a Woman

 Updated February 28, 2016Globally Competitive Woman Intro(7)

Dear Wise Men,

I appreciate your existence and it feels great to know that you can assist with celebrating or liberating women; For the grandfathers, fathers, brothers, sons, uncles, boyfriends, and husbands who love, respect, and protect all women, thank you so much for your efforts! For those men who help raise children and take time to mentor them, please keep up the great work! Furthermore, I am truly grateful for men, who help fix what is broken, assemble what needs to be put together, clean up messes, or help carry the heavy loads for women and children! I Honor You! I value your time given to us! More importantly, to the spiritually and emotionally connected men who keep us grounded and balanced with words of Godly wisdom, may you and your lives be blessed with abundance! You are beautiful souls!

But there are a few concerns I have to share with some men across the world because now is the time to make some radical changes. We are currently living in a global and domestic war zone. So right now I do not feel at peace without sharing this candid message with you to remind you that “all” women should be celebrated or liberated more often and willingly. Women need love and attention, just like you – and I want to come to a fair consensus with you all! So please listen to my authentic thoughts:

As a woman, I often wonder if I want to be celebrated or simply liberated; As an appealing woman, I can be celebrated while simultaneously be denigrated; As a powerful woman, I can be given the right to be totally liberated yet feel segregated; As a woman without power, I can feel hated or eliminated. So can I be treated like or feel like an equal when compared to a man without a debate? Can I advance to the top or score a basket without doing a figure eight? Can I feel respected by men for my contributions to humanity? And when I demand respect, can my critics not interpret my words as being arrogant or judging my emotions as insanity?

I’m not asking you to be vindictive towards me, non-responsive, or treat me like I am out of my league. Nor do I want you to ignore my game, defame my name, or acknowledged by you as a woman who needs to be tamed. Celebrate me by liberating me, not competing with me or providing for me materialistically! You cannot buy my love, but I would love for you to buy into my mentality. Maybe you should try to think like a woman – tap into your feminine side; Be vulnerable and allow me to be your spiritual guide. Love me with loyalty; Be gentle and make sure that you reflect what you desire from me – mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Don’t misuse me sexually or abuse me verbally in order to support your insecurities or inferiority;  Please note, I don’t need you to surrender and try to remedy my pain by marrying me because we cannot cover our complex issues up with a prenupt. It is important for you to know that I don’t want to give up my total freedom or be too subservient. However, I love to give and I’m down to earth, but I also know my worth. So I want to rise up and collaborate and if my game is taking me to a higher level, I don’t want us to split up, but continue to team up or when the game gets challenging, I don’t want us to give up on each other, but build up one another. I don’t want to compete against you but compete with you!

Sometimes as women we may push you away, knowing in our hearts that we need you to stay – active in our lives and our children lives even if you feel like you are not good enough or when times get rough; Also, when you feel defeated, we know your value and realize that there is a prize that lies within you! It is vital as Queens to humble ourselves to this truth instead of being aloof; However, I am woman enough to say, “I am not all that my child needs”; I will say it again – I am woman enough to say, “I am not all that my child needs.” I know it takes both genders to help our children succeed. I believe men just have to stop running from or getting offended about the truth. Take it like a man, like we take it like a woman and let’s change our traditional point of views – letting go of the status quo; letting go of our egos! Allow our visions and dreams to reach new heights because you know we cannot elevate by constantly having “battle of the sexes” fights.

So let me share with you why it is urgent that we should unite and stand up for what is right. There are often too many women – grandmothers, wives, aunts, or mothers – who feel frustrated and angry because they sacrifice so much without receiving compassion from others. If she’s irresponsible or exhausted from raising a child, she’s committing a crime – Yet men often get away for being absent and irresponsible all the time.

For example, a man can be a father at his own convenience and finds comfort in knowing the mother will take care of his child or children. A husband can get upset and leave his wife with his children carelessly, sometimes use his career as a reason to be free from household responsibilities. An unmarried father can pretty much hide and figure out ways to express why he can’t provide. Consequently, women, wives, and mother figures play both parenting roles – at times putting their dreams on hold. When her circumstances are causing her a lot of stress, others may laugh and talk about her behind her back even when they see her trying to do her best. Yes, the woman who gives birth and sometimes loses her identity in order to be a “good mommy” or “supportive wife” – tries to remain balanced in order to maintain an abundant life.

She occasionally suffers silently because she cannot be spontaneous unless she has family, friends, or even her own children to help her order her steps. This woman is always trying to make a way out of no way by magically turning dark nights into brighter days. Although it’s hard to put or place herself first because while giving her best, she is sometimes treated the worst. Is this the reward she gets for her dedication and stewardship? I can guarantee you that this is not what She was seeking in a relationship. Sometimes She feels like She can’t win this political game yet you depend on her sacrificial leadership. Moreover, this champion of a woman is often leading the race, yet feeling like she is in last place in this globally competitive race. She even smiles and compete with a winning attitude, when those who are competing against her – are cheating her or forcing her to be subdued.

Now please do not misinterpret my expression as dishonoring or blaming men, who often have the flexibility to do what he wants, how he wants, and when  –  because of his role in his family or society. In fact, I support men and I write this message in order for us to acknowledge our truths, disappointments, and faults in order to support our equally created male counterparts.

However, as a woman, I believe that my dreams matter, my life matters, and my role is not to always to serve you with a platter. Although, I love to serve and it’s truly in my nature; I will serve you to a degree, but I need a major – So I can live my life’s purpose and be viewed by the world – for more than the curves that outline my surface.

I deeply desire for you to listen and consider my inner wisdom so we can both succeed –  Honoring both of our essential and evolving needs. So for what reasons can we celebrate women? Does she have to endure a traumatic experience for you to celebrate her? Do you celebrate her because of the many sacrifices she makes in order for you to be happy? Do you celebrate her because when you feel weak, she makes you feel strong? Do you celebrate her because she is right most of the time and you’re mainly wrong? (Just Joking, My Kings – Your Highness)

Do we celebrate her because she demonstrated her strength when she was mistreated – or the fact that she stood up to you because your competitive desires caused her to feel defeated. Sometimes it seems like we celebrate a woman for what she has overcome instead of celebrating her because She is a woman – not a weaker vessel or the half of your whole; Just someone for you to unconditionally love and to honor her soul.

It’s great to be celebrated, but we desire to be liberated and freed from the boundaries you set or your lustful love limitations. Today’s women globally are ready to get more involved in leading and shaping this nation. In fact, there was an important time in ancient history when women were honored as deities in the community – valued and praised for being spiritually wise and looked upon as a political prize. Even when she was feisty and dogmatic, she did not have to apologize for how passionate she was about life and how she wanted to serve. She was honored globally with the respect she deserved. She was known for fighting for love, respect, and unity; battling the enemy for her king, children, and the empowerment of Her society. More importantly, just the fact that she had the power to create life was a miraculous mystery. Even strong majestic men admired her powerful alchemy and she thoroughly enjoyed and adored their chivalry.

So what happened over time? Did mankind keep his ego, forgetting his humility? – with social influences conquering Her power, disrupting Her tranquility. Is She now at peace when we celebrate Her while She is constantly trying to break barriers, often feeling doomed? Does She feel like royalty or entrapped by society rules – when you often hinder her progress by waning her moon? She would much rather shine her light on the darkness we often bring toward one another or radiate rainbows of universal color – highlighting and complimenting each other.

However, we celebrate the centuries that she has endured in this world of MANipulation; Cheering as her royal rights were seized by war and defeated by his competition. She lost her rights because he did not want to be wrong. She became the weaker link because he wanted to be in the record books as the one who was strong. The more he wanted to be God, the less significant was Her position. Well, I believe now he should assist Her with becoming “more” respected as his new life’s mission.

So do we celebrate milestone events of the past out of guilt and for our lack of compassion?

As of late, we often hope that the Civil Rights Movement and Selma bridge the equality gap. We encourage women leaders to right wrongs when she often leads from the back. We’ve been chanting: “Black Lives and All Lives Matter, Yes Wives and Battered Girlfriends Matter”. So let’s continue to rebuild our nations with equal opportunities instead of being influenced by some of the biased media chatter; Allow our words to be actions or demand people in power to be accountable for their unjust reactions.

Let’s not forget, while we are on this movement, not to continue to kill or sabotage her children’s future so she can live a life without anxiety because She’d rather feel content knowing her children can safely contribute to society. In some countries, She can populate, but not participate. Some villages rather that She not have a voice, a vote, an education, or victory. Is this the way we want our society to dominate democracy? The media speaks out about her courage, strength, and her strides to make an upward bound, but lawmakers are shutting down the government when She stands her ground. Every political debate is based on control, territory, and money, but when She tries to intervene, others may judge her prolific thoughts as funny. So what about the serious topics such as celebrating her health and wealth. Maybe less gossiping or discouraging her when she stands up for herself.

The Great Mother, Wife, Sister, and Daughter – should be loved and respected. Her needs should not be ignored and her human rights should be eagerly protected. Do not compete and leave her behind; Respect her as an equal and allow her to shine;. Walk side by side with her until she can confidently lead the way. Watch her from the back ensuring nothing or no one gets in the way. Love her by empowering her to do her best. Revere her as a Queen; plan for her success. Protect her dreams, comfort her with your affection. Help her proudly with the heavy weight that she hauls; Carry her over life’s puddles and pick her up when she falls; Mentor and watch over her children – do not treat her sons and daughters as if they are bandits. Don’t forget to make sure you make her laugh until she can’t stand it! Then, at the end of the day, she should fall to her bed at night not feeling exhausted from what you didn’t do, but satisfied with how you treated her by standing up for her right – to experience being accomplished, a goal she often pursues!

Sincerely,

Marian Serena                                                                                                                                    Compete With Purpose, LLC

Copyright © 2015 All Rights Reserved, Marian S. Moore

HAPPY WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH!

Globally Competitive Woman Conclusion(7)

Wishing my global girlfriends a lifelong experience of liberation – Loving who you are as a daily celebration! Continue to journal your mental and emotional journey – writing your life’s story into history! Your thoughts, your voices, and your efforts matter! Thank you for all that you’ve done and will continue to do. May all of your hopes, aspirations, and dreams come true!

Read and Keep the Spirit of African American History Alive 365!

Yes, we “ALL” need to do better when it comes to studying our African American History! Sometimes we can be so busy seeking instant gratification that we do not invest the time to plan and organize initiatives that will educate and empower ourselves as well as our loved ones. How much time do we take to invest in educating ourselves? Why not give yourself an honorary degree of knowledge without being indebted by tuition! Pay yourself, first! Seek wisdom! So every day we should make an effort to travel through history, dig a little deeper into the hidden knowledge of our African ancestors in order to become liberated from ignorance. It is time to continue the movement that not only focuses on civil rights but bringing our traditional culture back! Stimulate your mental muscles with past, present, and future events by reading with discipline. Even watch a history video between paragraphs if you prefer; just EDUCATE yourself! As I often like to say, Study History and Make History!

Additionally, you will find that the further you go back into history; the Creator reminds us about how genetically superior we are. Then, as a result, you will be inspired to motivate everyone else to feel this winning spirit that our ancestors have implanted in us to rise the vibration of our nation now and forever! We need our ancestor’s spirit more than ever to reveal the truth and to free our spirits! More importantly, we should also study African “Herstory” and make “her” royal story known to our children, acknowledging the woman’s right to reign! Our past culture was magnificently structured to honor both the man and woman as divine leaders of civilization. Therefore, I believe that our generation needs to comprehend the duality concept in order to build a solid foundation for our future families!

So I encourage you all to feed your souls with the mystical knowledge of our ancestors! In fact, it’s never too late to start seeking the meaning of life and finding your soul’s purpose by studying ancient African history! This Information & Technology age digitally creates innovative ways to flood our minds with the nutrients that will keep us mentally healthy. Actually, mental health should be our main priority as a nation because we all know that our African American communities face a lot of mental illness and self destruction. However, I strongly believe that knowledge will unlock the chains of depression because reading feeds our imagination! Thus, we have to affirm every day that we have brilliant minds and we are undeniably talented! In fact, every day we should give ourselves gifts of knowledge, spending part of the day, learning and the rest of the day doing; constantly applying what we’ve learned or sharing knowledge to enlighten someone who is living in darkness. Learning about our true history inspires us to seek a deeper mission in life and develops the desire to leave a legacy like our ancestors did for all of us. Let’s intentionally celebrate our legacy daily and allow our ancient African legacy to compel us to refurbish our communities with a Revolutionary Renaissance!

Know Thyself and Your Wealth! It’s Time to Build a Wealth of Knowledge!

Last month, my blog focused on flipping the script on racism and this month, I just wanted to acknowledge four people that have flipped the script on racism in diverse ways:

  1. Dr. Yosef Ben Jochannan – A revolutionary leader who provides his followers with ancient African traditions that have been lost through slavery and white supremacy. I was encouraged by a family member and a friend to watch his lectures. I recently began studying and listening to Dr. Ben in order to stay focus on my African Pride, building up my royal character as an African American woman. He acknowledges African women in high regard and honor Her as the Creator, Goddess, Leader, and Great Mother of civilization. I was so relieved after learning about my real heritage through Dr. Ben’s service to humanity. It gave me more motivation to fearlessly stand up for myself, my community, and our future legacy. It’s great to reclaim your culture and find ways to infuse it into your life with lasting traditions.

Article: He is also featured in the article, 10 Black Scholars Who Debunked Eurocentric Propaganda via Atlanta Black Star’s website.

Video Search: Please research his video presentations online and check out this video, “What Do You Tell Your Children?” published by The Black University’s YouTube Channel.

  1. Michelle Alexander – This awesome woman is enlightening the world about mass incarceration as a form of political racism through the War on Drugs, judicial system tactics, as well as, the structure of the government’s social services and labor market policies. I salute her courageous conversations about how this impacts the African American community and other racial groups. She continues to be socially responsible by informing the world about what people in power are benefitting from and how they are misusing their power in what we call the “justice” system. Thank you, Michelle Alexander, for using your legal profession as a catalyst to flip the political script as a civil rights activist!

Article: Telling My Son About Fugerson via The New York Times

Video: The New Jim Crow Lecture via The University of Chicago’s YouTube Channel

 

  1. Jane Elliot – This brilliant and bold woman’s diversity training is extremely racy, but she has such an emotional impact on all people. Sometimes we have to create opportunities for people to “role play” in order to help them to understand empathy or to learn through a dramatic experience. Ms. Elliot acknowledges that racism is a mental illness and a form of ignorance. In fact, I believe we need more women like Jane Elliot to stand up against white supremacy and racism, which has been institutionalized in almost every facet of government, the corporate world, and global communities. Ms. Elliot’s leadership approach is life changing for all people who participate in her class. I salute Jane Elliot for audaciously flipping the script on racism!

Video: Racism Experiment on Oprah via Huffington Post

Article: An Unfinished Crusade via PBS.org

  1. Dr. Umar Johnson – A dynamic and passionate public speaker who has taken his career from a school administrator and psychologist to an entrepreneurial pursuit to develop a school infrastructure that supports African American children’s personal and professional development. Please support his efforts to rebuild St. Paul’s College to eliminate the injustice toward African American children within our traditional school system. His goal is for his future academies to focus on African culture and implement an interdisciplinary approach to learning in order for students to have pride in their ability to become global leaders. Not to mention, become competent with the necessary life and career skills to rebuild their own communities. I learned so much from his lectures ranging from ancient African American history to solutions that can empower our African American community.

Video: UDC Forum: Academic Holocaust: War Against Black Youth?

In closing, it takes a great deal of bravery to discuss racism and the corrupt activities that have us all living in fear. However, if we want to reclaim our ancestors’ legacy, we have to learn about our ancient culture, the systematic efforts to destroy our culture through mental slavery, and how we can strategically make more progress! Although, currently it may feel like we are moving backwards with racial and social wars, let’s make sure that as an African American community – the only way we are moving backward is to trace our history so that we can move forward towards prosperity. Just understand that we are living in a life cycle so while you are experiencing this journey on earth now, make it one that will last until your spirit returns again! Then, when you have arrived once again, just pick up where you left off! No fear, my people! Please know that the power of God lives within you and the spirit of our ancestors forever flows! Now that last thought was inspired by the mystery of our ancient history! So from this day forth, I will try to provide ancient African as well as African American history to you all on my Facebook Fan Page. Keep the African Spirit Alive 365! Thanks for reading!

Flip the Script on Racism : How Does It Feels When The Joke Is On You?

In case you did not know, “racism” is unconstitutional but currently many racist people are not being accountable for their unlawful actions. So let’s imagine a world where people were actually responsible for their racist decisions. (Updated June 5, 2016)

What if a person commits an act of racism and it automatically reduces his or her credit score by 200 points? If you thought that was a heavy hitter, envision after you’ve made a racist remark, immediately receiving a $500 citation. Oh, and if a person’s racist remarks happened on multiple occasions at the workplace, the repetitious racist’s wages would be garnished for an entire year!

Now for all you Education Reformers out there, what if your local board of education created an equity policy, giving a fine for those of you who commit a racist act towards a child! Yup….those funds in your Summer or Christmas Savings account is going straight to the kid that you racially intimidated or mistreated! That’s right, direct deposit, Baby!

So try being racist after we’ve had a major criminal justice reform in the next decade! Trust me! I guarantee you that we will have more African-American lawyers, legal literate citizens, and diverse political players by the year 2030 to ensure justice for all!

Furthermore, what if someone reports job discrimination and the prejudice employees who denied a qualified candidate due to race would actually be sentenced to jail? Then, after being released from jail, the racist “Human Resources” felon could hardly find employment or get a school loan to prepare for new job opportunities. That’s right, institutional racism will no longer exist and racist individuals are not welcomed to work for our newly improved affirmatively active institutions unless they are willing to pay the cost! Therefore, “prejudice people”, you better think about your every move because it’s going to be some overworked black women and underpaid black men waiting for you to say or do something racist so they can file a claim! Now, say something!

Just because you are mistreating African-Americans at an alarming rate doesn’t mean we will continue to be defeated because my ancestors created the human race! Thus, I guarantee we, the human race, will change the game by learning the law and supporting each other to become more business savvy instead of trying to get TV time or acceptance from people who do not care whether we live or die! Soon, instead of protesting, we will be progressing because we are going to put in the work, strategize, help ourselves, and do for ourselves!  Some people may call this black segregation, but it’s called rebuilding a nation and restoring our African legacy!

Now just when you thought being a racist was awful enough, did I mention that there are legal discussions about getting points added to your driver’s license and increasing your car insurance premiums if you commit a racist crime because the community would rather not have prejudice people driving around with harmful attitudes towards citizens of different cultures? You know racism is starting to “drive people crazy” and we cannot have people cruising our streets with DUI’s: Driving Under the Influence of Racism. “Oh No, Not in my Neighborhood!”

By the way, some urban lobbyists are arguing that if you are a repeat racist offender while driving, your car would be repossessed and if it’s paid for, the ownership would be legally transferred to the victim of your hate crime. In fact, a legislator told me yesterday that they may call this law, “Thanks for the New Whip Act” or “You’ve Just Got Carjacked Act” – a little play on words to explain “reverse racism” in a culturally sensitive or insensitive way. It all depends on how you choose to receive this information.

Also, I hear Congress is planning on making some critical moves behind the scenes in the next 5 years so be prepared to hear lots of sirens!”

As a result of our policymakers’ dedication to reform the criminal justice system, racist people will be pulled over more frequently with the government’s effort to hire more Black and Hispanic people as nontraditional policemen and women. Yes, brothers and sisters, the block will be hot after this law is enforced. My only fear is that this initiative may cause a lot of confusion on the road and traffic jams on the streets because there may be so many African-American or Hispanic police pulling over other police who are racial profiling. Ironically, this policing program will help prevent a lot of senseless killings and arrests by training a nontraditional police force to “police the police”. What do you think? Is it worth the investment? Now wait a minute, before you lose your religion, I’m sure it’s a lot cheaper to hire a nontraditional police force than having current police killing innocent people and paying their families’ millions of dollars in reparations each year!

Moving on to other biased headlines – Imagine if every racist is required to confess to the world that they are racist and publicly apologize to his or her victims on our local and national news. We all know our taxpayers do not want to give racists a second chance because they are poor role models for our community so it must be broadcasted! Therefore, the goal is to continue to oppress these inconsiderate individuals, through the mainstream media. Just think about the racist felon who may decide to relocate and start a new life after serving his or her time in prison, but the local and national news stations aggressively showcase their jail profile pictures – looping them every thirty minutes. Not to mention being acknowledged by our government leaders and news reporters as “Thugs” or “Corporate Criminals”.

“Is that how we are supposed to love and judge our neighbors?”

Seriously though, would anyone want their family member or friend to experience this type of “prejudice public embarrassment” on the daily news, internet, or in the local newspaper regarding racism? Obviously, there are a group of powerful people who are quite entertained over the defeat and powerlessness of other races; just the act of writing this racist news to you is overwhelming for me and no one gave me a race card to play with; I’m just playing the hand that I was dealt in this political game. More importantly, anyone who mentions the race card regarding this blog has the equal opportunity to change how you deal or cut your cards – using your political privilege to create choas in our communities while broadcasting your biased view of who we are as an African American race.

So maybe collectively, we should change the ratings of some of these “networks who do not support our net worth” as human beings! Just envision the FCC fining all television networks that frequently promote violence toward black people or strategically edit their programs to showcase the negative behavior of black people after being antagonized or retaliated against. I believe as a nation, we should team up and not watch television stations or programs that do not follow the script to support, love, and respect all people! Ok, changing channels……

In the business news, we’ve heard on Wall Street that soon national banks and other financial institutions will have a bang for the American people’s buck!”

Check this out: In order to reduce the national debt, extreme racists will no longer have access to credit or the privilege of buying a home due to their lack of character and capacity to love. This concept may actually assist racists with raising their credit scores overtime if they manage their cash budget well. So being racist does have its benefits if you play by the rules and throw that “race card” away. Unless, racist people fall into this “Tubman Trap”: See lawmakers are, also, working on not allowing extreme racists to have the privilege of having bank accounts after achieving a certain amount of offenses. If they continue to execute their racial crimes, these “culturally challenged people” would no longer have access to their bank funds. In turn, they would have to transfer their funds to their victim’s bank accounts as a form of reparations. It’s almost like investing in the worth of someone valuable or paying it forward to a family who you’ve  racially intimidated, discriminated, or retaliated against. So this fiscal policy is probably going to be called Transfer the Tubmans Act or The Underground Railroad to Financial Freedom Act. It’s still under deliberation – so what would you name this fiscal policy?

Speaking of the money market, a savvy businesswoman told me at a networking event the other day that there are some big time investors who are developing a stock market index that would capitalize on the amount of racist people who are going to be incarcerated or penalized and the industries who would profit from it. Sounds like Dow Jones will be up and in the green until racism is off the market! I bet stock brokers are definitely banking on this speculative trend believing this would indeed be a long-term investment for the buyer’s market. Now personally, I would like to sell those stocks short because I wouldn’t want to build my wealth on hate and greed. That’s not the African way and it should not be the American way to do business! Building a wealthy nation full of opportunity and prosperity for everyone is what I envision.

Ok, so here’s the segregation segment that may really connect to your heart if you are able to connect the dots.”

Unfortunately, I have to announce to the world that a Congressman told me that by the year 202o, when a person has been identified as a racist, he or she would have to put a permanent black dot on his or her forehead – sort of like a scarlet letter to alienate racist people from the kindhearted people of society. Sadly, these individuals with black dots on their foreheads will walk around with people staring at them with hatred in their eyes, talking about them behind their backs, maybe even laughing at them because they have multiple dots on their forehead. So for once “radical racists” would finally know how it feels to be different or to be an easy target for mistreatment.

For those of you that made it this far reading my blog, I just want to say that it’s extremely excruciating to broadcast that the loving people of society may look at the “black dot people” (BDP) and panic for their lives or their family’s safety. Therefore, I shared this long and dramatic interpretation of racism in order to ask the world, “Who really wants to live in this type of racial political chaos? Who wants to live in a war zone led by white supremacy? Who deserves this type of racial treatment or limited lifestyle? Lastly, why is it such a threat to give “all people an equal opportunity” for living their God-given purpose or mission in life??”

Just conceptualize a world without racism and the positive effect that it would have on society, globally. However, until everyone is accountable for their racists’ actions and reactions, the news reports will remain the same and people will continue to live in anger, fear, as well as, oppression!

I remember my mother telling me that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “You cannot legislate love”, which is a profound statement and makes me further question the legislation of hate that my ancestors endured in America. So if we enforced the law which states that, “Racism is unconstitutional”, would the loss of privilege influence racist people to love and respect other races? Now that is the type of reverse racism, I would love to vote for!

“We all know that we were not born racist and obviously racism is taught. So what is the solution to racism in our personal and professional relationships?”

Maybe business leaders should treat their employees as if their employees’ may be their future bosses or future references; Perhaps, citizens should treat their neighbors and perfect strangers as extended family; Maybe parents or guardians should treat their children the way the would like to be treated when they are elderly – with care, understanding, and time; Also, when you make judgments about a person, make sure it’s not to promote their problems, misfortune, or lack of support; but to seek out their potential or to help them discover their purpose. For, you never know if that person, who you are negatively judging, will have to judge you or make a decision for you and your family outcomes in the future. Therefore, this is what “we all can do” within our families, neighborhoods, and communities to gradually erase the imprint of racism and unfair competition that have made the progress of our human race so stagnant.

Well, I hope my blog wasn’t too racy. However, I would like to boldly state that:

“The Life of a Black Person is No Joke!”

So if some of my jokes are not funny to you because they are about you or your behavior; then, NOW is the time for you to change how you write your personal and political script. Thank you for your efforts!

In conclusion, I truly believe that education has the potential to be our country’s new “Economic Stimulus Package”, but Education Leaders have to respectfully receive the truth about racism within the school system. In fact, it doesn’t take a person with a lot of credentials to make progressive changes in education so maybe the school system should lower their educational standards and create new pathways for their communities to help meet the needs of our children’s future. It’s more productive and less expensive to work as a team than it is to treat each other as opponents!

So stay tuned for a legislation that I’ve been working on that will have a profound effect on the institutional racism that exists within the school system. I am so elated and grateful about the work, the potential partners, and supporters of my fiscal policy entitled, Equity Restitution Plan for School Systems Nationwide. I am ready to lobby and hold education leaders accountable for some of their unjust decisions towards African-American and low-income children so please check out my first draft!

 © 2015, Marian S. Moore, All Rights Reserved.

 Disclaimer: “No part of this publication may be used, reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying or any other electronic or mechanical methods without the prior permission of the publisher. For permission request, email the publisher Marian Moore at competewithpurpose@gmail.com.”

Equity Restitution Plan for School Systems Nationwide – Marian Moore, January 2015 – Public

Cited Sources in my Blog:

Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights. Web link was retrieved from http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/aboutocr.html, where you can file a complaint about experiencing discrimination or retaliation based on your race, religion, age, or disability within the school system.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Web link was retrieved from https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/index.cfm, to inform the public about the types of discrimination employees may experience.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Web link was retrieved from https://www.eeoc.gov/employees/howtofile.cfm  to inform the public about how to file a discrimination claim.

Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com: Pietila, Antero. Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2010. Print.

Hidden Colors 4: The Religion of White Supremacy via Tariq Live YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsuCOvTOdj0

For additional information about Hidden Colors documentaries, visit http://hiddencolorsfilm.com/

Federal Communications Commission – Consumer Complaints https://consumercomplaints.fcc.gov/hc/en-us

African Way Link IKG Cultural Resource Center- Anthony Browder, Director https://www.ikgculturalresourcecenter.com/

Boyce Watkins http://boycewatkins.com/

 

It’s Time to Accelerate in Education!

I am a grateful and fortunate former educator, who was exposed to the Framework of 21st Century Learning at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson, Maryland! In fact, I helped managed a Business program that integrated Business Education and Information Technology (IT) for students in grades 9 through12. What an experience collaborating with some amazing students on innovative business lessons and IT based application projects!

In this blog I would like to share some of my thoughts on how students can apply 21st century skills during class and what my hopes are for our current students around the nation! I know that our new education reform, Common Core, has had mixed reviews. However, I support students being college and career ready which is the core objective of our new education reform. My main purpose in collaboration with our education reformers is to advocate for teachers and students in order to voice what I know can be effective for students based on my 7 years of teaching in a computer lab. My hope is to help assist Common Core and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills have a smooth transition for school systems nationwide. In fact, Common Core, PARCC, school officials, and other partners want to hear from us as parents, teachers, and students so we can take part in shaping our own communities by being active participants in developing our future workforce! Therefore, I would like to provide you with an overview of ways to empower our students to be globally competitive using the Framework of 21st Century Learning.

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Source: http://www.p21.org

I. LIFE & CAREER SKILLS

My Personal Reflection:

I believe the most lasting impact I made as an educator was assisting my students to become more organized and accountable for their own success using technology. Goal setting and being consistent with my lessons was a great model for them because they were able to develop academic discipline that could be beneficial for the workplace. I tried my best to create relevant academic connections with each unit by either using the internet to interact with real world websites that students would either use as future consumers, merchants, investors, or household managers. Therefore, my business students were constantly using 21st century skills such as:

  • Leadership and Responsibility – Working as interns or teacher assistants on projects that would help our school activities to be executed efficiently and effectively.
  • Initiative and Self-direction – Experiencing Webquest projects that would prepare them for independent research on the college and career level.
  • Flexibility and Adaptability – Quarter projects that include real world scenarios ranging from creating business plans to apps to solve problems relevant to individuals or businesses.
  • Social and Cross Cultural Skills – Experiencing innovative team projects that included diverse learners collaborating in order to achieve a common goal through video presentations, entertaining skits, news broadcasts, talk shows, or sales demonstrations.
  • Productivity and Accountability – Using a web management system such as Edline or PB Works increased productivity and positive outcomes for students’ academic performance with up to date grades as well as course material accessible 24-7 .

My Professional Projections:

Civic & Business Literacy for low and middle income students is vital for racial and social academic disparities in education. Therefore, increasing civil and business literacy will close the academic and career achievement gaps. I guarantee that it will reduce the amount of legal victimization cases as well as increase employability and financial literacy for society as a whole.

Target Goal 1: All students in grades 6-12 should be required to complete a series of Personal Law and Business Law courses. In fact, there should be an academic target for each grade. For example, grades 6 through 8 could focus on increasing reading comprehension skills through real world scenarios. This could be done by reading contracts or applications and reviewing technical writing in order to successfully purchase a brand new or used car using critical thinking skills.

Target Goal 2: All students should be required to take an Entrepreneurship course before graduating high school.

By eleventh grade, students should be challenged to enhance their creative and technical writing skills by developing a business plan. This real world project encompasses all of the academic skills learned in Kindergarten through tenth grade from Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, to Technology.

Target Goal 3: Execute learning opportunities for Financial Literacy that focus on planning for each phase of students’ middle to high school career by creating financial budgets for summer career camps, attending junior or senior prom, taking college courses, participating in academic competitions, and/or starting up a small business. Encourage students to be more involved in making responsible economic decisions with their birthday monetary gifts, allowances, or holiday funds! The overall objective for this life and career target is to have a financial literacy initiative for each grade level. For example, a required Principles of Insurance & Planning for Future Car Expenses unit for 9th and 10th graders, who are about to earn the privilege of driving.

II. 4 C’s: COLLABORATION, COMMUNICATION, CREATIVE & CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS

 My Personal Reflection:

The 4 C’s encapsulates every skill that is needed to ensure our students will be an asset to any person, organization, or global community. Applying the 4C’s in my learning lab, I recall my students being project managers, accountants, teachers, event coordinators, editors, marketing managers, public speakers, computer technicians, programmers, consultants, entertainers, and entrepreneurs right before my eyes. We had a lot of memorable moments! That is what school is all about: Creating scenarios or situational events that will allow students to have on-the-job training and personal development while in school! Promoting leadership in creative ways for students to experience a task or a skill that they’ve never challenged themselves with before or giving them a chance to apply a skill they enjoy in order to influence them to make productive contributions to the class experience is definitely “21st century learning”! One thing I know for sure, a student will never forget a relevant or meaningful experience! As you can see, a teacher never forgets meaningful experiences either!

My Professional Projections:

Target Goal 1: Utilize the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) initiative in new and meaningful ways that will support life as well as career skills. For example, support home economics in order to increase academic achievement for girls to be more interested in STEM careers or support their future responsibilities of managing a home. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary trades such as Culinary Arts, Fashion, Interior Decorating, Carpentry, Cosmetology, and Mechanics could be a great addition to classroom activities which directly connects with Science as well as Mathematics. Think about the academic connections you can make and the teachers or industry workers you could team up with to implement the 4 C’s in your classroom!

Target Goal 2: Create in-house jobs for students to explore all of their 21st century skills with the help of business partners. School internships or being an outsource for local companies is advantageous to our future business leaders. In fact, I’ve interacted with ninth graders who could have been an asset to a company based on their skill set. So as education leaders, we have to strategically plan for career opportunities for our students to work on their career portfolios as early as middle school to be used in the future when applying for college or employment.

III. INFORMATION, MEDIA, & TECHNOLOGY SKILLS

Business Education, Telecommunications, and Information Technology projects will progressively change the way we execute lessons in our classrooms. Yes, schools are literally incubators developing our students to be prepared for the Information, Media, and Technology Age! Since Information Technology (IT) is the core infrastructure of businesses and how businesses stay competitive across the world, it is imperative that we expose students to developing their marketable talents using Business Education, Telecommunications, and Information Technology as early as elementary education! In fact, computer programmers are in high demand as well as media and technological skills are needed at every level of employment. We know this because as professionals we constantly use technology to enter data, manage databases, schedule meetings, analyze data, present at meetings, communicate through social media, and to train employees using video instruction in order to increase production or profits. We, also, observe various professionals using technology from the medical field to operating a hair salon. It’s just the way we do business and students should be developing these marketable skills now so they can be independent adults and productive professionals!

Check out this video on YouTube via www.code.org:

My Personal Reflection:

Applying Information/Media/Technology skills were the norm at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology. Therefore, my business students experienced the advantage of being current with global events and capturing real time corporate data such as stock pricing, interest rates on current banking products, or even car and house loan pricing for budgeting projects. Furthermore, I executed a wide range of information, media, and technology application projects. For example, my students actively participated in stock market games, federal spending research projects, corporate research, business news reports, video interpretations of content, and learning games using web applications that supported financial, business, and entrepreneurship literacy. These variety of skills really allowed my students to experience virtual reality, providing a sneak preview of what it felt like to be an adult or professional!

My Professional Projections:

Target Goal 1: Provide students with opportunities to become Microsoft Office Certified in Information System Management programs and Information Technology web applications.

Every middle school infrastructure should have a Business Education and Information Technology model in order for students to become professionally certified or receive college credit for taking proficiency exams. I truly believe middle school students need initiatives like this in order for them to feel as sense of accomplishment and as a result influence them to further develop in whatever core subject or 21st century literacy area they personally connect with as a future career. Here are a few sources that will be helpful for the middle and high school grades:

Microsoft Office Certifications – Middle Students should be certified in at least Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook in order to have the effective skills to manage as well as operate a business.

Information Technology Certifications – High School Students should graduate with 1-2 programming languages so they will be able to become self-managers and diverse communicators when working on corporate projects.

Collegeboard’s CLEP Exams – High School Students can earn college credit and save money on college tuition as well as time sitting in a college course that may not be challenging to them, resulting in receiving a college degree faster.

Target Goal 2: Provide students with access to video editing and graphic design programs as well as media centers that will give them the technology tools they need to succeed as an entrepreneur or employee.

Performing and Visual Arts integrated with all content areas is a MUST! The Arts make learning so much more engaging and entertaining! Through telecommunication and video production, students can explore all aspects of the core subjects with a strong emphasis on reading, language arts, math, and science. When you instruct students to dive deeper with your content area encouraging them to plan, organize, and execute learning experiences by making connections to a variety of core subjects, you are assisting them with retaining empirical knowledge. Let’s use the 21st century learning core subjects for an example of how education leaders can make learning realistic, relevant, and right!

English, Reading or Language Arts – (1.)Writing commercial scripts for a local business new marketing campaign or (2.) Using social media and developing a video to produce a public service announcement about the latest school events.

Mathematics/Science – (1.) Producing an instructional video on how you can use algorithms in our daily lives or (2.) Learning computer programming techniques using Microsoft Excel or Access programs.

Economics – (1.) Creating a financial plan using Microsoft Excel and utilizing a scholarship app  to support students with their search for funding their college experience; also, (2.) Originating a video documentary of the cost and benefits of executing a new Civil Rights Movement.

Geography/History –  (1.) Developing a video game that allows you to plan for road trips across the United States in order to learn geographic terms and concepts or (2.) Producing annual plays about ancient African history and its cultural impact on every continent.

In closing, in order for all school systems to be globally competitive within the workforce, it should be required for students to be knowledgeable with using Microsoft Office applications, skilled with graphic designing programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Fireworks, familiar with video editing software, and proficient in 1-2 computer programming languages such as Java and C++. So here are a few programs you should consider for your school’s technology plan:

11 Best Video Editing Software via http://www.mashable.com

Adobe for Students and Teachers

Microsoft Web Applications

Please take a few minutes and view this video, “Learning Code is the Best Thing You Can Do This Year” via Elite Daily

I encourage you to use the websites and videos in this blog to continue your journey making the necessary technological changes that will equip students for a successful life beyond the classroom! If you are interested in learning more about my professional workshop concepts that are included in this blog, please feel free to purchase my eBook, “Can I Inspire You With My Imagination?” to read a sample of what topics I could cover for your organization. Thank you and I hope that you are ready for this wonderful New Year, 2015! Great events are approaching for you and me! Happy New Year!!

RA-SPECT the African American Woman’s Past & Presence/Presents

Now when you think about an African American woman
You cannot deny her passion and you cannot deny her teaching style
You cannot take away her success and you cannot ignore how she’s blessed
She has multiple talents in the liberal arts, sports, technology to politics, music, or biology
Not to mention, she can solve most of your problems with her intuitive child’s psychology
She can heal you with her words, discipline you with her systematic ways, put people first in politics, and bring joy into your frustrating days
She creates a caring culture with the rhythm of her emotions and keeps things steady during times of commotion
She is a teacher and leader who loves to see her people perform and do their best
These attributes or aptitudes of the African American woman cannot be demonstrated in a standardized test; Because her instruction has quality and her students’ personal outcomes reflect her success

She competes with compassion and can play the game well
And you can’t help but to hire her because her talent sells
However, you do not want her to win because you are too busy racing to the top
So from the bottom she applies her domestic abilities cleaning up your messes with her mental mop
She troubleshoots your mistakes and creates new possibilities with her powerful trait to innovate
Often on the front line fighting your battles not being recognized for her blood, sweat, or tears
She just watches others get all of the credit and honor throughout her hardworking years

Please note that the African American woman represents heroes and sheroes of strong ancient African empires and many sustainable nations
But you rather disrespect her in the media as a scandal, basketball wife, video vixen, or a just another ghetto fabulous sensation
You’ve capitalized off her children’s talents, from slavery to corporate greed but she will no longer allow you to defeat the culture she’s cultivated and recklessly throw away her seeds
You’ve brainwashed and mistreated her babies in the public school system making them feel like less than a person
Resulting in low self-esteem to support your socially structured slavery schemes, thus hindering some African Americans from reaching their personal dreams

NOW, we are going to get to the Common Core of this matter and my people will no longer live this corporate curse
Because you will RA-Spect the African American woman and her children as one of the best instead of the worst

It’s time for radical change in education and within political corporations
Because living like a 2nd class or no class citizen is no celebration
I’m not satisfied with the way things are
We’ve made progress, but the racial and social respect is not up to par
You think we are supposed to work with or for you and feel like a slave?
You think you can disrespect me as a person and I’m supposed to be well-behaved?
Just because I have a brown nose does not mean I am going to brown nose to advance my way through life
I rather blow the whistle on the people who deny me of my human rights
Until those people get tired of me fighting for my original birth rights
And RA-Spect my family and friends’ futures as if they are equally worth the fight

The only solution to this problem is that leaders treat people of color like they deserve the best and retrain their employees on the true measures of success!
I would like to ask people in power to RA-Spect the African American woman as a leader and RA-Spect her children as future leaders!
RA-Spect the true history behind education, which is my and your Ancient African History, the foundation of this global society.

“RA-SPECT the African American Woman’s Past (HerStory) and Presence (Her Existence) /Presents ( Her Children & Community)”

All Rights Reserved

What Makes “You” Endure?

I would describe endurance as stretching yourself as far as you can in order for everything that you’ve worked hard for to come back together again in harmony. Similar to when you stretch a rubber band and allow it to expand. When you stop stretching it, the rubber band is again at its normal state. It’s funny how everything comes together as if you were not stretched at all. However, if you stretch a rubber band too much, of course, it will break. As for spiritual people, we stretch ourselves daily and experience life at its breaking points, yet we still endure!

Endurance can, also, be compared to the term “elasticity” in economics defining how changes in supply and demand are relative to the pricing of goods and income of individuals.  Pricing of goods and services have shaped of our economy. For example, consumers compete with their peers and have stretched their pockets with expensive weddings, fancy cars, homes they may not can afford, the latest technologies and a celebrity-like wardrobe. Therefore, businesses are capitalizing on consumer’s emotional spending, giving some of them a false sense of purchasing power. On the other hand, as consumers we’ve even tricked businesses into thinking we can afford their goods and services which has affected their balance sheets. These examples are just a small fragment of what type of money manipulation strategies are used on a day-to-day basis by individuals and businesses that make it difficult for everyone to economically endure. For centuries, we’ve experienced inflation, deflation, economic booms, and watched economic bubbles burst. Individuals, businesses, and governments have endured recessions as well as depressions trying to achieve financial recovery along with economic prosperity. From pyramid schemes, predatory lending, embezzlement, debt ceilings, bankruptcy, economic wars, to colonizing central banking systems; we the human race, have fallen victim of the bulls and the bears of Wall Street, yet we still endure and want more!

Personally, we even can share a few stories about the relationships we’ve endured. For example, endurance can be a description of the patience that is applied while parenting when you allow your child chance after chance to follow your rules for success. Sometimes you may not see the results of your hard work as a parent immediately, but your endurance should give you some assurance that your child will become a responsible adult one day. We endure parenting obstacles just to witness our children become triumphant and productive citizens. Furthermore, relationships at home and work can take us to our peak or to an all time low, but for some reason we all decide everyday to get up and go – continuing to endure life’s journey!

Endurance can be applied to people, situations, and life events by experiencing a variety of personal and professional challenges. What are some of the challenges you’ve faced in the past year or even the past hour? I have to be brutally honest, life challenges will make you want to give up, rethink your purpose, and walk away, right? Just think about how many people you wanted to give up on? How many circumstances you wanted to eliminate from your life? How many life events you wanted to quit because it seemed so unbearable? How many times you didn’t want to endure because you felt like you weren’t loved enough or treated fairly? Yes, we’ve all wanted to quit in the beginning, middle, or even when we were at the end of these situational events in our lives. However, commitment is the foundational factor that determines whether or not we will win each situation with endurance. Commitment will determine whether we are victims or victors of our daily challenges! Therefore, winning is not necessarily focused on coming in first, reaping rewards, or gaining recognition, but coming out of a situation better than you were at the beginning of the challenge. So what efforts are you making?

We can all agree that life can be extremely competitive so I wanted to share with you an excerpt from my workbook, “Can I Inspire You With My Imagination?”. This is the written conclusion from the first section entitled, The Human Race. Now this will be the last excerpt I will share publically because I have to leave some of the content in the book so you can support it. (smile)

“I believe the human race is all about everyone achieving together for one common purpose. However, the race, during our lifetime has become so materialistic, political, greedy, volatile, and immoral. Now based on my view of the human race and after watching the world around us, it appears that we are defeated on a global scale. It’s not easy hearing the truth about our current state, but the human race is at war spiritually, mentally, physically, fiscally, racially and socially. One simple word, “race”, represents multiple people that were originated by one power. If we were one race in the beginning of time, then why did we run away from our origin in the first place? I guess it’s the evil forces of being materialistic, political, greedy, volatile, and immoral. So how can we change the direction of the human race?

First, I would like to reflect on the human race by making a connection with running track and field. If you want to analyze the human race on a global scale, then let’s take our imaginations to the purpose of an Olympic runner. Typically, we have competitors running for different reasons. If I could put them in categories, some examples would be:

  • A few runners may be striving to come in first place,
  • Some are running just to make someone else happy,
  • Others are running to help their countries economy or reputation;
  • Believe it or not, there is one runner in the race who can actually win, but their purpose was to push others to do their best,
  • There is a runner, also, who is just content with running a faster time than his or her previous race. 

With that said, everyone has a different purpose and I hope that we all compete with purpose. However, we cannot run from the truth. The truth is that we are all on the same team. Team members compete, yet win when they collaborate. Team members succeed when the strong help the weak, when no one feels alone, and each individual is awakened by the powerful potential that is discovered during the human race. We all have what it takes to build an infrastructure that supports diverse learners, teachers, support staff, partners, and leaders. The education system needs this interdisciplinary approach that involves everyone’s input empowering and enlightening each other to exceed education’s traditional standardized competition. We must live on purpose, with a passion, which in turn, will provide education with a promising future!”

So I would like to conclude my blog with sharing 5 components that supports endurance, which happen to support education’s framework for 21st century skills. I believe each will help us all endure life’s challenges:

1. Commitment – Your commitment changes over time. You can be committed to yourself, a person, a cause, or a lifestyle. However, being committed to a service is extremely rewarding and it feels great to contribute to something that is greater than you! Here are a few questions about commitment: Are you committed to love because leading with compassion in your personal and professional life allows you to see others just as valuable as you? Are you committed to your health, family, community, economic empowerment, education, career, and the future generation? What ever category you choose to focus on, commitment helps you to endure because your efforts will not only assist your growth but others to improve along with you. Even if you do not feel up to it, a person who endures, will strive to stay connected to his or her goals, family, partners, employer, employees, clients, or community. So strive to be loyal!

2. Time – You have to be willing to put the time into personally and professionally developing. As a result, you will see yourself improve and become stronger based on the amount of hours you put into a particular task or cause. Therefore, sometimes you endure challenging times because you know that people are counting on you or people need you to be courageous on behalf of the community. So you begin to strategize with your time by maximizing it with exciting projects that keep you connected with your overall purpose. More importantly, not only is it productive to help others while being purposeful, but to make time for what is important to you personally so that you can be inspired everyday to stay on your path serving others during your life’s journey. Therefore, managing your time effectively helps you to endure because it develops your mental stability, discipline, strength, longevity, and creative spirit.

3. Adaptability – The first analogy that comes to mind about adaptability is how trees endure the changes of each season. Trees are the perfect example of endurance. They’ve endured countless years of rainy spring time weather, scorching summers, winter storms, and unexpected twisters. So if we individuals  take our minds off the seasons and focus on the outcome of our seasonal storms, we can welcome adversity more openly. Furthermore, if you observe trees, especially now during the fall, the most beautiful shades of success are on the leaves that endured the year. Simply put, when we endure the turbulent times that life presents to us, we have to stand firm like a tree and get to the root of the problem applying all that we’ve learned in order to survive life’s seasons. On a lighter note, after some of life’s extreme weather, just like the leaves in autumn, you may want to fall onto the ground and disappear during the winter. (laugh) However, adapting to changes is not the only option for endurance because you may want to consider creating seasons of your own. Just because it’s a cold winter or someone is treating you cold doesn’t mean you cannot bring the heat when it is necessary or demonstrate a warm and compassionate attitude when trying to adapt to people’s seasonable behavior. Lastly, adaptability helps with endurance because it allows you to become flexible to any situation, circumstances, or relationships. Sounds like a breeze, huh? (laugh again)

4. Relationships – There is a common saying that you can get far by yourself, but further with people supporting you along the way. A “supporting cast” who are willing to help you adapt to change and willing to take the time to assist you with what you are committed to accomplishing is the best feeling in the world. Sometimes you do not have to ask and people who believe in your vision or mission just fall into place just when you need them to. Thus, understanding that you cannot accomplish every goal by yourself is the humbling attitude which will allow you to achieve more than you could have imagine when your goal was just a bright idea. A relationship with an accountability partner or partners for each unique goal you have personally or professionally definitely helps with endurance and allows you to have longevity in the game of life! So with that said, everyone needs some relations every now and then. (look serious, now laugh out loud)

5. Self-Direction – Spending time with yourself, setting goals and mapping out the outcomes of each is necessary for enduring life. There are so many obstacles as well as adversity waiting to test you so if you do not have self-direction, you will have difficulty dealing with life’s challenges. Therefore, time in solitude – thinking, meditating, and envisioning what it is you want to accomplish is definitely necessary for ordering your steps. Even when you are in the midst of a problem or problems, solitude will give your inner voice a chance to encourage you to get to the finish line or create a new lane that will lead you to unexpected winning opportunities. So you may have to start off with small steps, experience several trials and errors, but your determination will cause you to stay on path towards your final destination. Thus, self-direction helps with your endurance when you are the only person that is left to ensure your life’s strategy is being carried out. So stay motivated and keep your eyes on the prize!

In closing, when you accomplish a goal, endurance calls you to continue to create new opportunities for yourself in order to become a stronger, wiser, more courageous, and a more successful person. It takes practice, perseverance, patience, passion, purpose, and inner peace to endure life’s journey! You have to push yourself even when your mind, body, and emotions are totally exhausted! Yes, my competitors, when you are experiencing the blood, sweat, tears, and fears; it is the spirit of endurance and the power of love that keeps you going!

So what makes you want get up and go? Is there something you are so passionate about that you are willing to commit to it for life through the peaks and valleys? Is there someone or something that is so inspiring that it will keep your thoughts racing throughout the day and your body moving from one task to another to accomplish your goals? What personal cause makes you want to get up and reach out to others each day spreading your winning spirit? What makes you want to initiate or become a part of a movement? There are several personal projects and social causes we can participate in for our own personal development. Now is the time to strategize how you want to build your lasting legacy. So I encourage you to go after your goals with commitment, time management, adaptability, solid relationships, and self-direction because the world needs your endurance!

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“Race” To The Top – Redesigned

Let’s role play!! Today, I will be your facilitator and we will team up in order to analyze how racism, a negative behavior, can be transformed into unifying behavior with the support of the education system.

Good day, class. Please take a look at the board below.

Racism2

So is this statement a fact or an opinion? Well, it depends on the person who is viewing this statement. I’m sure readers would have diverse answers and explanations depending on their age, gender, race, social group, personal experiences or the source of information they use for statistics. However, over time in education, we’ve learned that some opinions have become facts and some facts have become opinions in relation to science or world history. Thus, this type of real-world discussion about race relations is just what the 21st century English classroom has to prepare for when collaborating with Social Studies and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) teachers. Furthermore, the supposedly facts as well as statistics related to racism have constantly been misinterpreted to the public. So this interdisciplinary topic would be an engaging way for students to seek the truth and define justice through Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, as well as, Technology for a rigorous race-related research project. Then, students will experience how it feels as adults to determine what is fact or fictitious. Even as adult readers and researchers, we do not know what to believe sometimes based on the statistics that are revealed to us publically. However, racism as a class lesson, especially with teenagers, is an example of a deep interdisciplinary lesson that could encourage them to embrace diversity better while in school preparing for the future workforce. Therefore, a strong emphasis on race relations in school will persuade students, in my opinion, to formulate sustainable solutions for the future of humanity if facilitated to them in an unbiased way.

Hence, I believe each high school graduate should be required to take a Diversity & Humanities class which will incorporate real historical text along with current events that will help students critically think for themselves on how we need to correct race relations in order to uplift humanity. For example, from my perspective, “Every time I hear news about an African American man, teenager, or child being a victim of a hate crime, I think about the victim and also think about the mother; the mother who gave birth to a promising male or female who was robbed of his or her dreams or reality. “ These racial crimes are hurtful, but must be acknowledged because our African children have been taken from the world for centuries and if it is still happening today, then there “must” be some academic intervention strategies that focus on these types of social issues in school for our future leaders. On the other hand, in the 21st century classroom, all students should know more of the historical truth about the indigenous people of Africa and their leadership roles that helped build the foundations of America. I know for sure African American students will become more confident about their self-worth knowing the rich and royal heritage of their ancestors. Also, I believe students of other cultures will even have a new found respect for Africans or African Americans when they learn about ancient African history in a positive light. These world history lessons I speak of could be implemented with the purpose to embrace the development of all cultures giving honor or credit to the African creators of the human race and its contributions to all civilizations. This would be an excellent way to enforce an equity policy in education where curriculum writers should be guided to diversify the information that is accessible to students. In this future Diversity 101/Humanities class, I envision that each academic indicator will embrace the truth about all cultures in order to educate students about both the deliberate or systematic racism of Africans as well as the celebratory accomplishments of all cultures that were inspired by ancient Africa. If education systems spend more time celebrating cultures instead of misleading cultures through omitted facts about world history, we can reconnect as a human race. Once humanity’s history is clarified, then diversity training can be delivered to enlighten students on how to acknowledge our differences with the same common goal: To be respected and elevated as purposeful leaders!

Additionally, the racial issue relating to role and leadership of women in society should be acknowledged more in class discussions. For example, if teenage African American girls were exposed to more positive models of themselves in public schools, I believe it would lead them places in life that they would not have imagined.  In fact, one important historical truth about my heritage that should be openly discussed in the high school classroom is the African or the African American mother. This dynamic woman for centuries experienced unnecessary pain when the American society, along with other societies, systematically influenced the education and justice system deliberately to create obstacles for her children.  This African woman was once acknowledged as a Queen Goddess and now she has become so powerless in many aspects of her life due to society’s war against her family that, believe it or not, was once the ancient world’s image of the original holy trinity. Furthermore, we all have to open our eyes and examine the latest current events about attacking African or African American children because I believe it is also an attack on the African or African American mother which connects with the creative writing concept expressed in the Willie Lynch Letter of 1712, The Making of a Slave written by Dr. Akwabena Ashanti. (Thank you for your reference, Queen Ayoko Moore-Shabazz)

The  section of this literary work that focuses on the “Breaking Process of an African Woman” encourages slave owners to conduct a series of challenging tests toward the African woman in order for her to submit to white supremacy. The breaking process is furthered conceptualized by the fictitious character, Willie Lynch, describing controversial scenarios that encouraged slave owners to perform a variety of hate crimes toward the African woman’s children and to overwork or kill her divine husband in order to cause her emotional as well as psychological grievance. Thus, causing her to manage life matters on her own under extreme pressure so she would submit to the rules and ideology of white supremacy. I’m sure after reading this type of literature, many students may agree or disagree with this concept, but it’s a teachable moment about psychology and criminology of white supremacy. Therefore, it is essential for the school system to be a positive influence including racial issues in the secondary education’s curriculum and provide alternative informational text that reveals diverse perspectives. Then students would be given the opportunity to critically think about how they want to become change agents in the midst of this racial or cultural war. Our students deserve to know the truth! In fact, teenagers should have rights to voice the type of education that they want as well! So they should be allowed to determine from the “Making of a Slave” text, for example, whether or not that the conspiracy of attacking the African or African American family as a form of good economics is right or wrong for the future of humanity. Then, as a facilitator, I would also expect for them to write an economic plan that is fair for all races to enjoy. This is 21st century teaching and learning: Solving today’s problems with our future leaders!

Although, these are some deep topics of discussion for students, it would be a great challenge in public education to apply interdisciplinary subjects such as African or African American studies, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Criminology, Business, and Humanities in order for students to develop authentic emotional or social intelligence. I truly believe that if students hear, see, and feel the hate that is being demonstrated throughout the world based on racial or social groups, it will cause them to empathize and intrinsically motivate them to strategize on solutions for all of humanity. My perspective on race relations as a form of educational psychology is that this type of learning experience of hate can actually manifest love in the innocent hearts of children. For instance, I recall having a discussion with my former students during an Anti-Bullying week campaign and they became so passionate about the topic because some were victims of bullying. They expressed how leaders did not address their issues in a way that made them feel safe. Over time, I’ve learned that not only children and teenagers are feeling this helplessness, but adults are experiencing workplace bullying as well based on their racial or social groups. So to acknowledge these issues early in education can develop some amazing compassionate leaders that we urgently need to direct our world towards global peace.

Final Argument: The education system should create learning opportunities in which teachers from various disciplines develop courses such as Humanities or Diversity 101 in order to use racism, socialism, and gender issues as a teaching tool with the intent of empowering the community to comprehend cultural awareness as well as cultural sensitivity.

Moreover, we cannot discuss race relations without acknowledging accountability. Now, of course, African Americans are not the only victims of racial or social crime. Although, I am speaking mainly about my race, please apply it to your own as well. We all deal with challenging human relations globally, but we know that love is the root of peace and prosperity. However, we have to discuss the root of all evil in order to plant seeds of goodness that will harvest economically sound communities.

So with that said, personally, I often think about the people who do not want to be accountable for their hate crimes toward Africans or African Americans. Let’s be honest…there are a group of people who do not want Africans or African Americans to succeed. These manipulative individuals would much rather African Americans to be subservient or prefer to have control over African Americans’ personal lives for their profitable gain. Consequently, this racist behavior, as well as, mistreatment causes mental, physical, and emotional bondage for the African American race in its entirety. I’ll conclude with saying, “It doesn’t matter if African Americans are rich or poor, we all experience this hatred, greed, and manipulation.”

Furthermore, it’s ironic how the individuals who laugh, gossip, and broadcast news about African Americans as if we are naturally ghetto, angry, and unprofessional, are the root of this racism problem. So who is truly unprofessional or demonstrating antagonistic behavior? Who is really spiritually sick to intentionally hurt another human being? These people that I theoretically speak of aren’t just Caucasian people, some of them are African American. However, here are some great debate questions for students, “Are African Americans truly inappropriate or is it strategically planned by social groups to cause African Americans so much grievance that it results with them expressing aggressive or obscene behavior? Is it true that people in political power, especially in the education and justice system, set up black people to misbehave or fail in order to support the prison economy, drug market, special education, and social service industries?

This is why it should be required for “all students” to take Business Education courses to learn about corporate law as well as the advantages and disadvantages of capitalism which leads me to another class debate statement: “Capitalism is primarily based on racism, which basically means capture a majority race and build economies with that race without educating them properly, giving birth to the term, socio-economic status or corporate bondage.”  We’ve all witnessed the disparities in life as a result of this type of capitalism. Furthermore, African Americans are frustrated about their socio-economic circumstances and end up harming each other when naturally we love each other. We are the most family-oriented people in the world and we accept other races as family as well. However, people in power continue to separate or divide us in order to continue this “expiring plan” for us to have a “lost culture” as well as “lost identities”. How can we “expire” or conclude this unjust way of leading humanity?

Final Argument: Education can create learning opportunities in which “all” students can immerse themselves in Business Education in order to encourage “all races” to develop marketable skills that will enhance their life styles and future careers. Therefore, racism can be used as a teaching tool to develop solutions for each diverse community by sharing power and spreading the wealth of resources to all neighborhoods with prosperity plans.

Thirdly, we all know that African Americans can be successful in life when given the proper support. However, when African American people, who aren’t supported, speak up about the injustice that they’ve experienced, people in power believe they have the right to retaliate against them and make it difficult for those individuals to thrive in life even with the Civil Rights Act in place. We, also, know that these individuals who conduct racial retaliation hate crimes know better, but they do it because they know they can get away with it and they use laws or policies to protect their unethical behavior. However, when an African American responds with having unethical behavior, they are stereotyped, blacklisted, threatened, killed, or put into jail. As African Americans, we often ask, “How can one social group make unethical decisions and get away with it? Is that justice for all?”  As a visionary leader, I cannot wait for our students to redefine, Race to the Top, for education and the future workforce!

So are African Americans given a fair chance to “Race to the Top” in education and in business industries? So what will it take for an African American to be respected or economically successful in the education system or any industry for that matter? Do they have to be less like themselves in order to be accepted or respected? Maybe they shouldn’t speak up for themselves when they are not being treated fairly and continue to support the status quo. Moreover, if African Americans question authority because of mistreatment, do you believe they should be punished or ignored? Should they be given a chance to provide people in power with a viable solution for the institutional social or racial injustice? I’ve learned that some adults do not want to have these candid conversations. But if we aren’t addressing these racial issues right now, without getting offended, we will continue to have dysfunctional relationships that involve mental, emotional, physical, and even spiritual abuse.  So would you rather have peace and justice or racism and chaos? For this reason, that is why I encourage all races including Caucasians to stand up against the people who commit racial hate crimes because we, as a human race, should be unified, not terrified for our lives – fearing each other motives.

On the other hand, I believe and know that African American people are one of the most forgiving people on earth, yet are constantly being neglected and disrespected, as if we don’t have any worth or contributions to make to society. We, the African American race, continue to give those who hate or envy us chances to correct their behaviors, but these individuals continue to treat us as unequal or of lesser value and that just doesn’t add up. So when you have a dominant race of people who are in power, including politicians, board members, principals, teachers, or police officers making decisions for African American people, that is unfair in itself. The diversity and compassion are missing in this type of bureaucracy because several of these people in power are prejudice. We have too many non African American people in power, who are making major decisions for African American and low income citizens. Ignoring or not discussing race-based problems is not going to solve the chaos that we are experiencing as a human race right now. I believe we have to be honest with ourselves and be cognizant of how we treat one another in order to break some of the generational curses that have plagued the human race for centuries. So as education leaders what are you going to do in order to change this statement, “Racism now is worst than it was in 1964 when the Civil Rights Act was made into law.” Can people change their minds and hearts in order for the entire human race to prosper? What is your solution? Thank you and I hope my lesson encourages you to examine your role in this Race to the Top.

Final Argument: Education can help develop a unifying culture by recruiting more diverse professionals to teach courses that focus on world history that actually spotlight women in leadership, along with, fully acknowledging ancient African culture as an advanced civilization who were pioneers of innovation. Thus, education should have strong partnerships with the business community to initiate more social entrepreneurship programs that blend the past cooperative African traditions in order to economically empower all families to leave a legacy behind within various industries.

Closing Remarks

I am not a Common Core expert, but I am making efforts to become a better teacher and facilitator. I am not a trained writer. However, I am making efforts to become a successful author and blogging helps me to strengthen my writing.

So, my friends, I challenged myself to write the first draft of my book, Can I Inspire You With My Imagination? The 3 Areas of Change That Will Impact Our Lives in the Heart of Education. There are a series of essays, poems, short stories, sports analogies, and educational philosophy that I’ve written during my last year of teaching for Baltimore County Public Schools system. Some of the concepts in my book were submitted to Baltimore County Public School system’s 2012-2013 Strategic Plan and presented during the local board of education meetings between 2013-2014. I’ve learned valuable lessons as an educator and I’ve been so inspired by my experience that I wanted to introduce myself, my mission, and vision for education from an African American perspective. Thank you, in advance, for your support!

Can I Inspire You With My Imagination? – Click Here!

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The Dark Queen Goddess Rises

We must redefine the power of our African QUEENS!!

SHE is not as angry, arrogant, or defiant as SHE seems
But just living a life of the oppressed African Queen
Oppressed African Queen, what a heartless scheme?
Is this the cost SHE has to pay for the American Dream?
Brought and bought by America to live her enslaver’s dream?
Indoctrinated by organized religion to control how she beams?
Born in the heart of Africa as a Victorious Queen –
But raised in America as Ruth with special orders to glean
Brainwashed by flooding her powers to dream –

However, if you allow her dream, SHE is like a time machine
SHE will travel time with her mind, press rewind
and fast forward with some powerful scenes –
Of “Prosperity” with less disparity in our communities
But the media keeps manipulating her divine frequencies
Her divine frequencies could change society,
Her divine business savvy could change industries,
Her divine synergy could change your community
But her oppressor keeps channeling her reality to TV;
Draining her natural esoteric energy

A Queen with the “Power of God” in her, but her oppressor wants to undress her and strip her of the naked truth
Which is the fact that SHE is the “Eve” in evolution and her
Mitochondrial DNA has the proof
However, she was forbidden to eat fruit from the tree of knowledge, then became the root of all evil
Or maybe the tree was a degree of her spiritual awareness and her oppressor wanted her to become more feeble
Gentleman, please share some of your political power with her because this interpretation of the divine Goddess is so medieval!
When she uses her free will, you think it’s considered a curse?
But she has the capacity to uplift humanity because SHE is the “Queen of the Earth”
SHE is the earth’s blessing giving birth to life lessons and nurturing
“New Bright Beginnings”
And when you witness the Queen exercise her free will, SHE is not sinning!
This Ethiopian Queen is just awakened and likes to live in
“Truth, Justice, and Righteousness”
But her enemy forced her to give up “The Throne of Self-love, Hope, and Happiness”
Her oppressor says her justice is against the law so that she will continue to live her life feeling like a flaw
Her adversaries would rather the “Queen to Bee” submissive to injustice, letting go of her “Divine Power of Peace”
To support competition, greed, conquest, and the mark of the beast
The oppressor, for generations, knows the Dark Queen Goddess potential
But does not want her to explore her metaphysical mental – “Capacity”
And to even acknowledge herself as a Queen, society thinks she has some audacity
So SHE remains behind the scenes being “The Help” to put others in the mainstream

 But did you know SHE was hidden from the public’s eye as being
“Worshipped as a Goddess for Centuries”
Then became a victim of manipulative sorcery that played with
“Her Pride and Dignity”
Unfortunately, it was her oppressor’s war strategy and vicious victory
Causing her to have mental and emotional battles throughout history
For centuries, SHE constantly cried out, “Why me? Why my family?”
“What is it about me that make you want to harass me and my community?”
“What a corrupt corporate catastrophe!”

Well, maybe it’s because this Great Mother is Godly
“The Creator of All Humanity”
A Nubian Queen, who once ruled and civilized society in antiquity
Her leadership was so inspiring that there were temple universities built
“to learn about her mysteries”
Then an opposing society takes credit for her long lasting legacy,
What a conspiracy?
To brainwash society with linear philosophies in order to phase out the
“Queen Goddess’s Royal Dynasties”.
Well, today, I declare this so-called reality has expired and it’s time for the Dark Queen Goddess to Rise and her oppressors to apologize and realize that –

“Your public rejection is the “Queen’s Resurrection” and
“The Queen’s Inner Peace” is her protection

So take note that once she meets darkness, no one can hold her down spiritually because she is out of reach cosmically and unstoppable mentally
Her resurrection is her protection and when she comes back to earth, she is ready to compete and teach more life lessons than you can Google search
Not to mention her personal testimonies that make you feel the
“Holy Spirit of Church!”

The Dark Queen Goddess Rises!
For we are shifting our hearts to the paradigm of love, compassion, and peace
The Dark Queen Goddess Rises!
Because that is the only way we can rid the world of all of its hate, competition, and the mark of the beast

So respect that SHE was the “first” to create a thriving civilization and you need her compassionate love to stabilize this nation
Therefore, be humble and witness as she magically correct all of your intentional mistakes
Then you’ll realize SHE is a divine gift to the world, who entered from the
“Heavenly Gates” –
As the original guardian angel guiding the world through the
dark ages of man-made technology
Who is willing to work alongside man encouraging him to embrace
“The New Conscious Society”
And with this woman’s touch, she will heal the world’s wounds of all its insanity
Healing one soul, one family, one community at a time to lift the “Spirit of Humanity”

 “Lifting Spirits”, The Dark Queen Goddess Rises!
“Spreading the Light”, The Dark Queen Goddess Rises!
“Shifting Consciousness”, The Dark Queen Goddess Rises!
“Illuminating the Lost Souls”, The Dark Queen Goddess Rises!
“Resurrecting the Fallen”, The Dark Queen Goddess Rises!
“The Fallen Angel” is now the Dark Queen Goddess Rising!

In closing, it was during the dark that I’ve found the light that was in me
In order to win, I had to defeat today society’s perception of me
I had to learn to love me inside and out in order for my spirit to
“Embrace a More Suitable Route”
My journey has been guided by my jargon and my life has been
“A Learning Lesson”
So I cannot be ashamed of my choices and worry about what people may think of me, which is unnecessary “stressin”
Sometimes people use their power to destroy your integrity and you have to affirm to yourself every day,
“I am not the person that they try to make me out to be!”

So chant with me, Queens and “Reclaim Your Identity”:

I AM a Queen Goddess!
I AM Divine!
I AM Intelligent!
I AM Gifted and Talented!
I AM Innovative!
I AM an Entrepreneur!
I AM a Teacher!
I AM a Priestess!
I AM Righteous!
I AM Harmony!
I AM Loving!
I AM Passionate!
I AM Christ Consciousness!
I AM in the Original Trinity – Mother, Father, and Child!
I AM the Law!
I AM the Law of Attraction!
I AM a Magnet!
I AM Mysterious!
I AM the Mother of Civilization!
I AM an Architect!
I AM a Healer!
I AM Intuitive!
I AM Inspiring!
I AM Melanin!
I AM the XX Chromosome, so X Y are you picking with me? Leave me alone.
I AM on an Empowerment journey!
I AM Laughter!
I AM Entertaining!
I AM a Story Teller!
I AM a Lyricist!
I AM a Communicator!
I AM a Liberator!
I AM Dramatic!
I AM a Winner!
I AM Self-Motivated!
I AM a Diva!
I AM the Beginning!
I AM the End!
I AM the Originator!
I AM a Creator!
I AM Life!
I AM Spiritual!
I AM Beautiful!
I AM Bipolar, when I need to be!
I AM Hilarious!
I AM Successful!
I AM Brilliant!
I AM on a Mission!
I AM a Warrior!
I AM a Leader!
I AM a Moor!
I AM a Moabite, but I don’t bite!
I AM a Stinger because I AM a Queen Bee!
I AM Demanding!
I AM Determined!
I AM Purposeful!
I AM a Miracle!
I AM a Miracle Worker!
I AM a Light Worker!
I AM the African Eve!
I AM Evolving!
I AM Maat!
I AM the Original Black Madonna!
I AM Isis!
I AM Queen Makeda!
I AM Hatshepsut!
I AM the Daughter of Ra!
I AM Auset!
I AM an Asset!
I AM a Treasure!
I AM Mother Nature!
I AM a Child of the Sun!
I AM the Universe!
I AM Multidimensional!
I AM the Moon!
I AM the Earth!
I AM Oxygen and a Breath of Fresh Air!
I AM a Bright Star, Siriusly! (Look up, Sirius)
I AM a Celebrity because I Celebrate Me!
I AM Audacious!
I AM a Lioness!
I AM Royalty!
I AM Powerful!
I AM Peace!
I AM Awakened!
I AM Who I Say I AM!
The Dark Queen Goddess  has Risen and I Love Who I AM!
Rise Up, Queens! Let Your Inner Light Guide You!

“Come to Our Neighborhood & Love My Neighbors”

“Love thy neighbor near or far, rich or poor. For the neighbor you chose to ignore, may be the one you will need to love you and your family even more.”

When I am out and about in my neighborhood, I observe children playing outside and when I focus on their interactions, I envision what could make their daily experiences better. I see so much potential and promise in their eyes as they try to create and plan out their own daily activities. Now that it is summer, I know that most parents are working and children are either being watched by their grandparents or some kids are watching themselves until their parents come home from work. Some parents are home with their children and may not know where to start if they had a bright idea that would help the families in their own communities.

Furthermore, in my neighborhood, I am sure that some parents may not be able to afford academic enriching camps for all of their children. Consequently, their children have to play outside most of the day or play with their video games, cell phones, tablets, and toys in order to keep themselves occupied. Some children if they are lucky, can go to the neighborhood pool or playground for entertainment. However, outside of the normal day of play, my eyes visualize much more profound experiences especially in the low and middle income neighborhoods.

So come to our neighborhood: corporate leaders, professionals, celebrities, and politicians. Love my neighbors and let me see you participate more and donate your time  as well as your resources to make each summer more memorable than the last for our children. Although, we just had our local elections, there is still more work to be done by our politicians. We don’t want to only see you during campaigning time, but during times of dire need for your compassionate community service! In fact, I believe the summer break is the best time to close the achievement gap with innovative programs that will encourage students to become more active participants during the school year. I recall seeing the excitement on my former students’ faces when they would share their experiences or when they could relate to the topics that we were discussing with their prior knowledge based on “an unforgettable experience”. So love my neighbors and provide them with learning experiences they will never forget!!

Moreover, in my neighborhood, I’ve received flyers in the mail from politicians, but not one knock on my door. Also, I’ve driven by signs in my neighborhood asking for my vote, however, no one has driven to my neighborhood in order to address my concerns as a voter. So please come to my neighborhood – walk with me, talk with me, and team up with me so we can create a new reality. Thus, I encourage those leaders, who really want to be a change agent and are not in this political race just for the popularity contest. However, I would love to see leaders spending more time and money on creating opportunities for “our children to be popular” for doing positive acts due to your political or social influence.

Additionally, I urge leaders to come to my neighborhood and survey our children about their dreams. Not survey their concerns in order to prepare a dynamite campaign speech, but to actually listen with the intentions of making their dreams a reality and priority, especially for children who live in single parent homes or for the grandmother who is raising her grand children on her own. I know for a fact that when you give children as well as families positive attention, they will welcome you into their lives; consequently they will be inspired to live a prosperous life because of the light you’ve shined on them. Thus, I welcome you to my neighborhood because we deserve prosperous lives too! Prosperity is not just an outward appearance, but a soul with purpose! Hence, it should be community members’ commitment to seek lost souls and assist them with discovering his or her soul’s purpose and mission on this earth! Therefore, love my neighbors and help them to empower their self-worth!

Now is the time for us to correct the wrongs of the people who designed our (low income and people of color) lives, to be socially and racially divided. We need to exchange our economic and political status as a main priority with more community cooperatives. Eliminating unjust capitalistic projects and allowing the so-called projects to become capital for the people who live there. Expand our neighborhoods from the inside, not eradicate their legacies with political inside agendas. We must replace greed with assisting those who are need. We must empower the powerless in order for our global society to succeed. We must allow every neighborhood be a part of creating its own mission so our global society as a whole will win with pride and dignity. My vision for our neighborhoods across America and the world is a unifying concept that all races, religions, and income levels can and will benefit from by working together as neighbors to plan purposeful prosperous outcomes.

One of my educational solutions for our neighborhoods is an annual mobile summer camp that will encompass mobile mentoring and experiential learning labs that will deliver career exposure and life skills to children in our local communities. This convenient community concept will initiate an innovative academic program that will bring local leaders, career camps, and enrichment activities to low and middle income neighborhoods. This, for sure, will help families develop the 21st century skills needed to create a safer, mentally conscious, productive, employable, and prosperous society. Here is an example of how this “prosperity plan” can and will work. Let’s use the traditional “marketing mix” in order to organize this mobile ministry.

1. Product/Service

This annual mobile summer camp campaign will provide real-world academic connections and career awareness for school-aged children with the assistance of corporations, local small businesses, professionals, college students, and community members. A mobile vehicle will transport learning tools, workshop lesson materials, technology, and interactive lessons accessible. The actual vehicle can also be managed as an outdoor laboratory. Weekly themes that include Reading, Writing, Performing Arts, Science and Math, as well as, Business Education and Financial Literacy will be provided. Can you imagine a Musical and Mathematic Monday? Music and math teachers as well as college students with majors related to the weekly academic themes to provide our children with college and career awareness. Also, the local school system could team up with the local Guitar Center and private businesses that will provide experiential instruction and materials to execute interactive lessons about music-related fractions, the symbolism in reading music, or the science of sound and harmony. Then, at the end of the week, the neighborhood could build a band, compose songs, and demonstrate what they’ve learned academically. Yes, there are camps like this available, but are they coming to our low to middle income neighborhoods providing an equal opportunity for academic and career success?

2. Place/Distribution         

This mobile summer camp service will conveniently visit neighborhoods in order to provide technology-based learning. Also, a large tent or mobile classroom trailer could be placed in a central location within walking distance of our local neighbors to offer hands-on experiential learning workshops. This could be an exciting exchange of information between teachers, local businesses, politicians, and families to identify as well as address the needs of the community. So all community members have to do is show up and that is the place and opportunity for distribution. Distribution is basically time, money, support, and resources to those who need it and when they need it! Once the locations are determined by each community, the opportunities are endless for children, parents, businesses, and the school system! I get excited just envisioning everyone involved! I believe this is what Common Core desires to be the outcome of our new education reform in the long run!

3. Promotion

The mobile vehicle will have signage that promotes this community collaboration. In addition, teen age volunteers can receive service learning hours or a scholarship based on marketing the services that will be offered to support this mobile summer camp initiative. Children in each neighborhood would have the chance to develop their leadership and presentation skills with their innovative ideas. Also, politicians and local businesses will have a direct marketing opportunity to strategically connect with families as well as brand their mission to the local community, which will be profitable for all that are involved!!

4. Pricing

The financing can be set up as a neighborhood mutual fund that will be opened at the community’s local credit union or bank. Each neighbor can donate an affordable amount monthly, quarterly, or annually to be pooled together in order to provide the weekly events, which will be matched by local businesses as well as politicians. Parents, children, and the local schools will have quarterly meetings to discuss the expenditures for the “prosperity program” and how it will be managed. I believe economically having everyone participate in their own personal and professional development is priceless which will offset the negative costs of a neighborhood that is not being supported! We cannot allow another summer to go by without bringing learning opportunities to our children as a part of our equity policy that will ensure educational justice for all! It’s time to integrate spirituality with politics in order for decisions to be enforced with moral judgment toward our promising children of “all” races and backgrounds!

Often in our society we witness people in political power playing the role of God and trying to control other people’s destiny. However, I believe that no one or social group have the right to control people’s lives because we are “one” human race with “equal” potential to make this world better collectively. Thus, separating the natural laws of humanity is breaking the divine laws of the universe. Therefore, we need divine order with the chaos that some of our children are experiencing or facing due to those who are negatively intervening with divine order. However, we cannot achieve divine order if we are not making efforts to help all children discover their true purpose in life. So allow the light of your love to shine on and shape our community by loving your neighbor as you love yourself. Home should be wherever you go and no child or family should be treated like they do not have the right to succeed or prosper!

In closing, this “prosperity program, which is a mobile mentoring and experiential learning lab will collectively involve community members, teachers who will collaborate with industry workers to provide both career and life lessons. I will be discussing more of these simple ideas and topics in my book that I would like to have published by 2015. Additionally, my book will cover three areas of change that I believe will impact our lives in the heart of education:

1. The Human Race – In the first section, I provide a motivational approach with acknowledging that “We are All Achievers” and how that belief system can close achievement gaps for our children within the school system. I further share that “we are achievers” as a human race when we do not see color, religion, gender, income, or circumstance as a measurement of success, but when we provide personal support for all individuals to develop their talents based on love and respect for their life’s purpose!

2. Corporate Communities – In this section, I focus on the business partner network that is necessary to not only fund academic programs, but provide the professional development needed for students and teachers to experience on-the-job training through school application projects, internships, and entrepreneurship opportunities. I, also, talk about hiring more non-traditional teachers and partnering with financial institutions to provide more academically-centered incentives, as well as, financial strategies to prepare for our children’s futures.

3. Unity – My focus in the last section is on team work, compassionate leadership, and spiritual connections that will encourage everyone to embrace diversity as a collective effort within the school system, corporate America, and the political system. Relating to one another, governing ourselves, and empowering one another in order to be an interdependent nation is how unity is defined in this section.

So until my book is available to the public, please continue to support my writing efforts by following my monthly blog at www.competewithpurpose.wordpress.com. Love, Peace, and Prosperity to All!