Due to multiple reasons, I have decided to tweak, or rather change my thesis topic. What it comes down to is that I need to find a project that I am passionate enough to share with the world and that comes from me. What exactly will my topic or project be on? I am unsure yet, but I am constantly letting my brain and heart roam around to figure it out. I’m pretty sure I want to do something along the lines of a picture book. The only problem is that I am not good at drawing.
As of lately, the story of Jonah and the whale keeps popping in my head. This may be because I recently discovered how fascinated I am by whales; by how they’ve evolved and are so beautifully massive and intelligent. I’m not sure how that will fit in my thesis.
Tonight I saw Waiting For Superman via redbox. and man, oh, man. Pretty much people are pointing at each other for the huge gap in our education system, the high drop out rate of high school students, and how America is at the lower end of proficiency skills as a developed country. Personally, I think teachers should reach out more to the parents and the community through after school activities or programs once a month or even a few times a year. Also, I feel like students lack creativity in the classroom. Kids, should be given the chance to think “what if” and try alternative routes in core classes, not just art class.
Also, current teachers— if you are not the best educator, work harder and try to be better at teaching information effectively. Or if education isn’t you’re thing and you and your students know it then try a different job. Maybe textbook writing, ect. that is still in the education field. Pretty much, there are a lot of students out there who need that spark of excitement and curiosity about education to learn better or even more. If this applies to your co-worker, maybe you should leave a note of advice. Maybe this paragraph is too harsh….
Lastly, there are a lot of stuff that we don’t know, but should know. I recently discovered a podcast called Stuff You Should Know from an app called How Stuff Works. Basically, there’s informative podcasts about 20-40 minutes each from topics such as Stuff You Missed In History Class, Stuff Mom Didn’t Tell you, Stuff You Should Know, etc. Most are interesting and cool. My favorite one so far is titled “Fluffy, Little Clouds” and is about how Luke Howard came to categorize and regconize different types of clouds. I usually listen to this when I go running, but you can do this when you are doing long tasks like gardening, cleaning a room, or folding clothes.
This podcast app is so inspiring for me to do a thesis! Basically, there’s so much information out there that we don’t know, but should know! Thus, I need to do a thesis. Maybe, I can do a picture book of things that you probably forgot from middle school, but should brush up on. Not sure. Until then, I will be memorizing pi.
That spring morning 37 years ago, the blue-eyed children were set apart from the children with brown or green eyes. Elliott pulled out green construction paper armbands and asked each of the blue-eyed kids to wear one. “The browneyed people are the better people in this room,” Elliott began. “They are cleaner and they are smarter.”
She knew that the children weren’t going to buy her pitch unless she came up with a reason, and the more scientific to these Space Age children of the 1960s, the better. “Eye color, hair color and skin color are caused by a chemical,” Elliott went on, writing MELANIN on the blackboard. Melanin, she said, is what causes intelligence. The more melanin, the darker the person’s eyes—and the smarter the person. “Brown-eyed people have more of that chemical in their eyes, so brown-eyed people are better than those with blue eyes,” Elliott said. “Blue-eyed people sit around and do nothing. You give them something nice and they just wreck it.” She could feel a chasm forming between the two groups of students.
“Do blue-eyed people remember what they’ve been taught?” Elliott asked.
“No!” the brown-eyed kids said.
Elliott rattled off the rules for the day, saying blue-eyed kids had to use paper cups if they drank from the water fountain. “Why?” one girl asked.