Most of us(myself included) dread the commercials, barrage of advertisements, campaign slogans, smear campaigns, endless debates, and complications that the new election season brings. However, it is our civic duty and responsibility to become involved in this process of democracy. Most countries do not enjoy the liberties that US citizens do. However, with liberty comes responsibility. We all have issues dear to our hearts. However, I cannot complain and not do my part by voting. I am proud to have the opportunity to vote because we have a say. So, find a candidate, support him/her and get involved. I challenge you to learn the terminology and learn about the process. You will have a sense of pride if you do so.
Category Archives: education
Most of the sights that we all see on a daily basis are young people with their necks down, on the phone. When we should have the generation of the brightest, best, highly developed minds the world has seen, we instead have lazy, unmotivated young underachievers. The elevation of the speed at which information is received and gathered is at its peak in all of history. It is frightening to see that some kids struggle in school and in society. It is a shame when we would rather text the person next to us than to speak. The days of writing letters is now gone. There have been whispers of acknowledging text messaging as an official language. Wow, how about that! I once was proofreading a paper for a young student. The student wrote a research paper for a class filled with what she would text to a friend. Our children are attached to the hip with their phones, ipods, and mp3s. These things are not wrong. Should we ask ourselves what are our children doing with the information that they have? The internet has become merely a place for Facebook and downloading music. Kids have no interest in learning and the power of knowledge.
We should always encourage our children to investigate the world around them. The first school setting is the home in which a child is nurtured. Make sure that your child is familiar with numbers, shapes, and the difference of the five senses. Play is essential to any child’s growth. Parents always have to make time to be with and encourage their child. We just can’t depend on the schools to do this job. It is tough enough being a teacher. However, it is the parents duty to make sure that kids are learning at home first before heading to school. The first 3 – 5 years are crucial in a child’s cognitive development. Children who are read to at home have stronger confidence heading into the elementary level. A child should hear the parent read, in efforts to sound out words. Most parents dump off on the school system. However, a child has a better chance of overall success when the learning starts at home.
I saw a disturbing video on Youtube last night talking about the plight that ails young black men in today’s society. Most people old and young were asked the question of whether there are more black men in college or in jail today. I am sad to say that so many of the young black men in my community are in jail. I think that the young black man is so captivated by this materialistic society that doesn’t do enough to promote manhood. Another reason is the breakdown in the family unit, which spawns so many problems within itself. Black men are maturing slowly because of a lack of role models and examples in their families and communities. We need to find a way to buck the trend and stop the decline of the black male, or all young men in our society.
This generation suffers from moral decay. I think our families have broken down at an alarming rate and fathers in the poverty stricken communities are virtually non-existent. The media promotes negativity and promiscuity. Our schools are suffering due to high drop out rates. We have a lot of men that are not responsible fathers or figures in the community. Our women struggle with low self-esteem. Is there anything that we can do to stop the decline in the world system. There are, I feel, two solutions to this problem. We can invest in the education of the young people of today. We should invest time into speaking and teaching by example the right way to be righteous. The next thing we can do is to change the man of today. It begins with the man because the man is the natural leader of the community. This is not to be sexist. I am one that can appreciate the role that the woman, especially the African American woman, in today’s society. However, the men have to assume natural positions such as fathers and mentors.
The natural prosperity of any nation is its military and its educational system. It is safe to say that America’s education system is failing miserably. The failure of the educational system is due to two hidden factors. The first of these factors is the decay of the family unit. This is the reason for most of the tribulations that we now face. There are few strong male figures in the home unit and women have often had to carry the brunt of the family oversight. This trickles down to the classroom. More of our teachers are women. Our young men should be taught by men sometimes. There is something about the presence of a man that changes the atmosphere. Man are natural leaders as it seems. This is to take away nothing that women have achieved or have done toward society. The second factor is the tolerance of today’s society. Society has allowed, through the media, every type of activity to occur. The media promotes premature sexual activity, delinquency, materialism, and other aspects that bring detriment to society. Therefore, our children are more influenced by celebrities and reality television than educators and postsecondary education. These seem as unlikely reasons. However, we must take into account the path that society has taken for the worst. It is up to parents and all others to pray and come along side of teachers and administration. Parents must be supportive and passionate about getting children to see the value of education. The media must be responsible enough to promote education and life that does not consist of “celebrity status.” Others in the community must go against the grain.