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Education throughout the world is on the precipice of quantum leap in education. We are starting to seeing the magma being spewed from the fiery depths of the volcano. The earthquake has already happened the crashing waves of the internet have engulfed an already beleaguered education system. As with all catastrophes there will be casualties, but more exciting is the great opportunity to reach out and help others and build a better and much more grand future.
Here is how I got started thinking about this;
I read an article today about a teacher feeling overwhelmed that there was never enough time, resources or help to get everything done that he needed. I can understand the feeling. Back a couple of years ago I taught a couple of college classes. Both of them required me to teach them graphics arts software. Just as the teacher in the article I felt I didn’t have the resources to give them the experience they were going to need in the real world. I felt I was just barely staying ahead and felt I cold do a much better job. Then I was given the opportunity to make a lot more money working for a company and so I didn’t get the opportunity to continue my teaching. Then I got into an MBA program that was all online. After going through that program I realized that there are tons and tons of resources that teachers can use to help each student have a better learning experience.
Instead of complaining that we don’t have enough we need to be looking to the resources that can give us a much better opportunity to learn than was ever available in the past. There is way more than enough on the internet to go around.
The future is now. The abundant education is upon us. We need to be rejoicing because of the wonderful innovative age in which we live.
Here are a couple of examples of things that can help kids learn.
Here is the article. that started the discussion.
Here are few things that are bouncing around in my brain.
First: It’s super cool the US men’s national soccer team was able to beat Ghana yesterday. It looked like a win by the skin of their teeth. Even though they played well, I don’t hold out much hope for them getting out of the group stage.
Second: Cold weather. Over the last couple of days the weather has gotten colder. In the 50’s which is reminding me I would like to move somewhere warmer.
Third: Is the scripture from Acts 5:15
15 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.
I was surprised at the power that Peter had acquired in the short time since Jesus Christ ascended to heaven. I would like to have that type of faith and power.
Fourth: surprising new music from Willie nelson.
There’s a guitar in the corner
That used to have a song
I would hold it while it played me
And I would sing along . . . Willie Nelson
You may not like Willie’s style or sound, but at 81 he is still a poet.
Normally I am not a Willie fan. I don’t like his style or sound. However, If you’re looking for a break from your normal music playlist give his new album a listen; maybe you’ll find something that speaks to you.
Today is my one year anniversary of buying my Nissan Leaf. So I thought I would do some math to figure out how much money it cost me to drive this year with my EV. On average it cost me about $0.84 cents a day to drive my car. The gas price at 3.50 a gallon would have cost me $4.37 day.
It would be cool to get solar to power my car, but at $10,000 dollars it would take over 30 years to recoup the cost.
I read some advice that suggested one of the things I might try each day is writing for 10 minutes. They said just to let it flow.
The last couple of nights Kate has been waking up a couple of times a night, I think because she is growing and hungry. It has been difficult for me because I have been getting to bed later than I should and then we I am awakened it is difficult to go back to sleep. Saturday into Sunday morning was bad. Kate woke up sometime after 1:30 and by 3:00 am I still wasn’t asleep so I took a couple of ibuprofen for my head ache. After 30 minutes I still had a headache so I thought I would take a shot at driving to Park city. I’ve always been affaid to make the attempt because it’s mostly uphill. I had let me car get a full charge and so I headed up. I was surprised to see my car, a Nissan Leaf, made it all the way to Park city with only draining half a charge. I was pushing the car and I went over the speed limit a couple of times. I really was not try to conserve any electricity going up. Once arriving on the main street in Park City, I then reset my miles per Kilowatt hour meter and started down. I didn’t realize how much I had heated up the battery, because the two hills I charged up on the way back really drained my battery and kept my average to 7.7 by the time I arrived home. I will try the drive again, but I am going to let the car rest a bit before coming back down.
It was fun to see th potential distance for a full charge at 117 the next morning.
I read an extremely hopeless article today in the New York Times 50 Years Into the War on Poverty, Hardship Hits Back. While reading the article I was thinking that education, and especially religious education will help change the lives of these people.
It was interesting to read a comment from an author titled “Scared Academic” This person said they believed;
If the people of a region have nothing of value to trade, poverty reigns. Those that have the means to physically escape do so at the earliest opportunity; the rest engage in the only other means of escapism that is available to them – crime, drugs, alcohol, sex, hypersomnia, overeating, religious faith.
Subtly this person throughs “Religious Faith” in the list with crime, drugs, alcohol, sex and over eating.
They conclude with;
Education can in time eliminate ignorance and racism, however the gradual transfer of our nations wealth into the hands of the richest 1%, guarantee that these poor regions will not only remain poor, but that other regions will likewise suffer similar fates as they too are similarly robbed.
I believe Education is the key to overcoming poverty. However, to throw “Religious Faith” in with same categories of drugs, alcohol, sex and overeating?
Religion, and more specifically Christianity, are the principles for which the United States of America was built. Every large Christian organization encourages education. If people seek power they are going to discourage people to be educated, especially religious education. Look at all the people throughout the world, that are much worse off than the poorest of Americans, that live in countries that discourage education and freedom of religion.
Education is the difference between poverty and abundance. Freedom for religious education is one of the things that made the United States great and will keep people free, empowered and prosperous.
I knew a wise man. Among the things he said was “Try to leave each room you enter better than you found it, and your house will always be clean” I thought of a saying to add to that. “Try to leave each day better than you found it, and the world will be a better place.”
Meandering though my life each day I often find myself wanting more; more money, more peace, more influence, more knowledge, more stamina, more good-looks. I often think I am sinning in my wish for more. Shouldn’t I be content with what I have? Shouldn’t I be thankful for the blessing that have been provided me in this life. I do try to be thankful. Then I think, is being satisfied just being lazy. Should I be getting up earlier to workout, read and study. Should I be saying up later?
P.S. It’s interesting that Elder Dieter F Uchtdorf answered this question in general conference April 2014
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