MENTOR PROJECT



THE FUTURE SEVENTH GRADERS AND A GREAT PROJECT

I had the privilege of working with three incredible young people, Nicktil, Melinda and Jason, seventh graders from a local Middle High School and coaching them with this project.  A nationwide program for children to solve problems in the future, 100 years from now. These are bright young people of strong curiosity, interests and I might add fine manners. They were a joy to work with.  

The subject matter, the topic,  is “What do we do with an older community possibly living twenty plus years longer than today”,  What kind of facilities in a changing world facing greater population, less horizontal space to live in and health issues might decline but age it self will be challenging we will live longer. 

NOTE:  I will soon publish a white paper on the state of education today and how being politically correct has affected our thinking in education and how the current head in the cabinet is the wrong person for the job, the FCAT thinking, no child behind and all the other projects are so totally off the mark. 

I cannot believe what I have seen and heard from teachers and educators.  When did education become a political problem?  Simple answer, when we went from first in the world straight to the bottom.  The politicians have to look in the mirror. They are ruining our most precious resource.  Most of the teachers I spoke with think TRUMPS choice for Education Secretary should go back and get an education herself, bad enough she bought the job with million dollar donations to Trump but doesn’t approve of city schools and wants to privatize it.  How do the poor then get educated?  

Her record is appalling and had the GOP not have a majority in congress they should have blown her out.

When I asked almost 99% of the teachers at an event I was covering, How now that you know she was appointed, how would you rate  her.  An A, B, C, or D?  It was unanimous, “most answers, not qualified”.  The best answer was one teacher with enough tenure ( 12 years) rated her an “ I minus”.  OK I went for it,  what does the I stand for? “ Idiot” she replied.  Some of the others I cannot put in print here.  They were two words and the second was  XXXXXXX imbecile   They believe she will do a lot of damage and you can expect strikes and walk-outs.  We need good teachers, pay them, bring back history, we learn from the past not to make the same frickin mistakes over and over again.

The comments I received  opened my eyes, because I as a layman teaching here and there about photography, science, computers and Arduino to Zoology  never felt as much respect for these teachers and how much they really cared for the children.  Its pretty hard to be fair in a room with thirty kids , do your job and more,  and keep a straight face when the politicians are screwing with your dream. You have enough pressure keeping a lid on overstocked classrooms and shooting, fights,  etc.  And negligent parents.

School should not be political and we have to get rid of her and her boss...TRUMP... His choices are as dangerous as those in the GOP Evangelical base who chose him.


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