A spectacular morning out here in the Hoosierland, with plenty of sunshine on tap for today, temps into the mid-70s and after some outlying early morning fog burns off, perhaps a mild breeze or three to top it off.
Not bad...at all, is it?
So, as we greet the gift of this day, let's pause to get that morning cup of our favorite beverage filled or refilled and get busy seeing what has been going on elsewhere, shall we?
*** First out of the classroom today is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"The first idea that the child must acquire is that of the difference between good and evil."
Maria Montessori (31 August, 1870 - May 6, 1952) , a familiar name with anyone who is in education or even has a child going through school. And here is her WIKI:
While you may find her early life a bit banal, her later years, when she got into the education of disabled children were truly ground-breaking.
She was an advocate of special schools for such children with educators specially instructed to work with the kids.
She was also instrumental in the opening of the first Orthophrenic School, which trained teachers in the education of mentally disabled students.
This school was an immediate success with children in a model classroom drawn from those considered "uneducable", due to their deficiencies.
Some of the students later passed public exams given to so-called "normal" children.
And all of this occurred while she was still in Rome, Italy (her country of birth).
In 1911, she had received worldwide notoriety for her accomplishments, and it was in the USA where Alexander Graham Bell (yep, the PHONE guy) and his wife became proponents of her teaching "method" with the opening of the first Montessori School in Tarrytown, NY.
Maria was not without her critics, though.
The National Kindergarten Association (they actually have one of those?) claimed her methods were too rigid, overly reliant on sense-training, and left too little scope for imagination, social interaction, and play (today we don't even allow dodge-ball, so what'd the diff?).
One major point of controversy was Montessori's insistence upon tight control over the elaboration of her method, the training of teachers, the production and use of materials, and the establishment of her schools.
She has left a lasting legacy in our own educational system, as well as around the globe, and it's a really good read.
And while the rote of a traditional classroom with all that entails is still something I personally feel is needed today, we are seeing more of a Montessori influence in earlier year education in ALL aspects.
*** Got to watch a REALLY good movie last night on the FX channel...RED TAILS (2012).
WW2, also known as The Tuskegee Airmen, and it paints a vivid picture of honorable men devoted to fighting the axis powers, who just happen to be Negroes (that's what they prefer to be called in the movie). They performed in such an exemplary manner and are to be held in high esteem..
There is one scene where some bomber pilots take a few of the fighter pilots into a (formerly) all white officer's club in Italy, and while they're sitting around having a drink together, one of the bomber pilots asks. "DO we call you colored? Is that what you prefer?"
To which one of the Tuskegee men (nicknamed "Smokey") replies:
"See, you guys get angry, you turn RED...you get sick or jealous, you turn GREEN...you get scared, you turn YELLOW...and you call US colored? Call us NEGRO."
DECENT role in ANY movie
Ne-Yo plays Lt. Andrew "Smokey" Salem.
Other nicknames for the pilots include "Easy", "Lightning", and "Ray-Gun".
The above was just one of many great scenes in the film starring Cuba Gooding Jr, and Terence Howard.
To me, it was a movie that made me laugh (and not AT any of these brave men but along WITH them), had me on the edge of the chair, and even got me a bit misty when one of them dies in combat, while another one believed to be dead returns to the unit.
|The REAL Tuskegee Airmen|
*** And that brings me to another point to those I made yesterday when I spoke about the EVIL in the world, and how the media is attempting to make what is EVIL seem more GOOD than bad.
STARZ channel (thank God we don't get it), called "POWER", and it deals with a black drug kingpin and his wife (former single mom from Queens who grew up poor).
Now the review in today's paper makes it appear like this drug-lord, capable of killing anyone at the drop of hat, is also an entrepreneur, in that he runs a "club", so that is supposed to give some level of legitimacy to his lifestyle.
Here's the source article:
Now, one might look at this as a form of "redemption", but it's just another ploy to make us think that evil isn't THAT evil...it's just MISUNDERSTOOD or MISGUIDED..
When the reviewer compares this drug kingpin to(of ALL people) Bill Cosby's Dr. Cliff Huxtable, in that they're both"family" men, I have to draw the line there. That's a "record-scratch" moment for me.
There is NO comparison, because Bill Cosby was a GOOD father with a GOOD background with GOOD values and GOOD principles.
(which he passed on to his TV children)
|WAY better...by FAR!|
They might MASK their evil and it's intent for a while,. but it always resurfaces.
And we're supposed to take it in stride as not REALLY evil, but another "form" of GOOD.
Please, give me a damn break.
|We don't want to wind up here again.|
Also, he'd probably wind up DEAD due to power struggles with rivals, so it would be a brief story...again...boring.
SO, we sensationalize it, and as a result, we are made to become more "desensitized" to the REAL issues here...
Well, it IS supposedly FICTION, but people today take much of that as FACT...that's why we have 12-year olds stabbing classmates in the woods as a ritual for the "Slenderman"., which is creepier than Freddy Kruger on a bad day (or is that a bad night?).
*** Last back to the lockers is the fact that we are allowing things to go unnoticed, such as the wussification of this country, a willingness to allow government to run our lives, and a perpetual bombardment by media sources upon us and our children with such nonsense and untruths, and as human nature (and history) teaches us...if you tell lies often enough and long enough, people WILL tend to believe them...thereby negating the real truth in the world.
WRONG in this country.
We have to be on guard to see past the facade...past the deception...and past the smoke and mirrors that seem all too enthralling for the masses.
It takes diligence, hard work, perseverance, and persistence.
But, isn't that what this nation USED to have a lot more of in generations past?
-- Tomorrow, the 70th anniversary of D-Day...stay tuned for that.
Stay SAFE out there, America.