Getting Schooled

What I learned, what I taught and what I never got.
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Who says school’s not fun?

  • Daddy: [At home, listening to Apple radio station based on Tribe Called Quest] What kinda music do you call this, Sophia? [Pause] It's called Hip...
  • Sophia: Hop!
  • Daddy: Yes, baby. Perfect. This is Mos Def. He was in a group called Black Star.
  • Sophia: Do you know, I have a group called Gold Star. Me, Persia, Javi and Diego. We do pretty dances which are gold dances. So we are Gold Star.
  • Daddy: That's cute sweetie. [Song change] Oh, and this one, this is Andre 3000.
  • Sophia: 3000? Hahaha. His last name is a number? A number... hahahah.
  • Daddy: [Catching Sophia's head bouncing] Don't you love that beat, sweetie?
  • Sophia: I'm trying to stop my head from nodding! [grabbing both sides of her head.
  • Daddy: And this one, this one is Q-Tip.
  • Sophia: Q-Tip??? Daddy, they all have really funny names!

Sophia Learns at Kidspace in Pasadena

If a white male teen was involved in same kind of scenario, then from top to bottom the outcome & aftermath might’ve been different.

President Obama, delivering a lengthy, emotional address on Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman and race just moments ago.

Stating that Martin "could have been me 35 years ago," Obama nonetheless said that the issue of race in America has improved, though there’s still plenty of work to be done.

Read more on the president’s surprise remarks over at Politics Now, or take a look at a transcript and the full video here.

(via latimes)

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  • Daddy: [our morning conversation at Starbucks] Hey Sweetie? Let's have a talk.
  • Sophia: OK, Daddy. Let's talk.
  • Daddy: Well, I wanna know about your dreams and goals. I want to know what you dream about for your life?
  • Sophia: Do you mean what do I think about when I sleep?
  • Daddy: Well, maybe. But we also say "dream" to talk about our fantasies and hopes for our lives. I want to know about your hopes and dreams.
  • Sophia: Well... in Cinderella they say if you talk about a wish you make on a dream then the wish won't come true. So... I can't tell you.
  • Daddy: Sophia, you have to play by yourself for a couple of hours because I have to work.
  • Sophia: OK, but I can't decide whether to play with blocks or dolls. Blocks make you smarter, but dolls means I have to sit in a chair to play. I don't want to break my chair, and I'm already smart. So I can't decide.
  • Sophia: Daddy, can you read to me from this book? [handing me Zinn's People's History of the United States]
  • Daddy: Wow, ok. Are you sure about that, babe?
  • Sophia: Yes, I'm sure!
  • Daddy: Ok, here goes... [Random opening] 'Or Does it Explode'... The black revolt of the 1950's and 1960's came as a surprise... [Then reading Hughes' poem, "Lennox Avenue Mural"]
  • Sophia: Is this about black people? I wanna learn about black people! [genuine excitement]
  • Daddy: Why are you so excited to learn about black people, sweetheart?
  • Sophia: Because we are black people. All of us. We are black people.
  • Daddy: What do you mean, Soph?
  • Sophia: You and me, we are black and we are white.

Over a number of years, the balance of education, in our view, has been lost. There has been a tendency for the national debate on education to be expressed as a series of exclusive alternatives, even dichotomies: for example, as a choice between the arts or the sciences; the core curriculum or the broad curriculum; between academic standards or creativity; freedom or authority in teaching methods. We argue that these dichotomies are unhelpful. Realising the potential of young people, and raising standards of achievement and motivation includes all of these elements. Creating the right synergy and achieving the right balance in education is an urgent and complex task, from national policy making to classroom teaching.

From “All of our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education,” 1999

http://sirkenrobinson.com/skr/pdf/allourfutures.pdf

"Every cliche is true. Everything is true. It’s the best thing that ever happens to you. It completely changes your life… every minute of pregnancy, delivery, infancy, every minute, every second has been an unimagined joy. It is constantly amazing to me. It’s so great to not be the number one in your own universe anymore, you know? It’s all about the girl now. And that is just a deeply, deeply gratifying thing."

  • Sophia: [Watching TV in our bed on a weekday morning] Daddy, daddy! Look, that's Cinnamon Jacks! It tastes like real cinnamon and... and its healthy for you! Look at that cinnamon stick! it's got a face, and it's talking and walking like a real person! Hahahaha!
  • Sophia: [Watching TV in our bed on a weekday morning] Daddy, daddy! Look at that ice cream shaker. You put ice in it and then... and then you just shake it! And it becomes real ice cream!
  • Sophia: [Watching TV in our bed on a weekday morning] Daddy, daddy! Look! That's Dream Lights. It's... it's a pillow and... and it lights up at night and makes stars shine on your room! Oh, I love that!
  • Sophia: [In the car coming home from preschool] Daddy, what's that big white building with old people who are like 70 years old living there?
  • Daddy: Oh, well that's a place where nurses and doctors take care of people who can't take care of themselves.
  • Sophia: Because they are too old and don't have any kids to take care of them?
  • Daddy: Yes, probably so.
  • Sophia: Daddy, when you are super old, I'm going to take care of you. You can come live with me!
  • Daddy: Aww, sweetie, that's so special. Thank you. I want that!
  • Sophia: Yeah, I'm going to take care of you when you are like 100 years old for a long time until you float up to the sky.
  • Daddy: Is that what you think happens at the end of life, sweetie?
  • Sophia: Yes, you float up. Daddy, I hope that they make you again.
  • Sophia: [Cuddling in bed, at bedtime] Daddy tell me a nothing story. I love nothing stories!
  • Daddy: Ok. Well then... Once upon a time, Sophia and her friends traveled to a faraway place...
  • Sophia: [Sharply interrupting} No faraway places!
  • Daddy: Ok... Once upon a time, Sophia and her friends traveled...
  • Sophia: No traveling!
  • Daddy: Sophia and her friends...
  • Sophia: No friends!
  • Daddy: So... Once upon a time, Sophia does nothing.
  • Sophia: [Laughing out loud with genuine delight] Hahahaha, I love that story!!!

madrimk:

Soy Candles in Recycled Wine Bottle from Foxen winery and Coghlan

Favorite wine bottles turned into candles.  Check out the Sea Smoke Pinot

madrimk:

#Glass #containers from #Recycled #wine #bottles using #ephrems #bottlecutter

Repurposing stuff has become an obsession

  • Sophia: Daddy, I wanna make a machine. I wanna make a machine that makes chocolate.
  • Daddy: How cool. Well, I wanna make a machine that makes wine.
  • Sophia: Well... I wanna make a machine that makes lots of candy.
  • Daddy: I wanna make a machine that makes ice cream.
  • Sophia: I wanna make a machine that turns candles into flowers.