Tuesday, May 27, 2008
God is good, he continues to bless me and my family. God bless you.
Now on to the topic below me. I definitely do not understand how a teacher expects children to have the mental and critical capacity to vote a peer student out of a classroom. Shows a utter lack of support and a great deal of prejudice. This must stop! But How?
A.E. Signing Out
(CBS) A Port St. Lucie, Fla., mother is outraged and considering legal action after her son's kindergarten teacher led his classmates to vote him out of class.
Melissa Barton says Morningside Elementary teacher Wendy Portillo had her son's classmates say what they didn't like about 5-year-old Alex. She says the teacher then had the students vote, and voted Alex, who is being evaluated for Asperger's syndrome -- an autism spectrum disorder -- out of the class by a 14-2 margin.
Barton and her son, Alex, talked exclusively with Harry Smith live from West Palm Beach, Fla.
Barton filed a complaint with Morningside's school resource officer.
St. Lucie School spokeswoman Janice Karst said the district is investigating the incident, but could not make any further comment. The state attorney's office concluded the matter did not meet the criteria for emotional child abuse, so no criminal charges will be filed.
Teacher Wendy Portillo was advised by the school board not to speak to the press so she declined our interview offer.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
From Vicky Waltz of Bu.edu:
"William H. Hayling, a renowned African-American obstetrician and founder of 100 Black Men of America, was only 14 when his father died of pneumonia. Such a profound loss would send many adolescents into a self-destructive spiral of grief and anger, but Hayling was more fortunate than most. “I had a very supportive mother and several family friends,” the 82-year-old physician told the audience at Boston University’s Commencement day Baccalaureate Service Sunday at Marsh Chapel. “They became my mentors.”
Hayling, who attributes his success to these early role models, urged the crowd to “help another human being who needs some guidance,” by becoming a mentor. “Remember,” he said, “the greatness of an institution is judged not by its library or endowment, but by the contributions of the men and women who go forth from it, the services they render to others, and the humility in which they serve.”
During his 55-year career, Hayling has treated thousands of women and delivered more than 8,000 babies, but he is most proud of his leadership role as a teen mentor. “My true passion is helping young people grow into productive and compassionate leaders,” he said, “particularly those who have had poor or absent male role models in their lives.”
..But Hayling is best known for his work outside of medicine. Following the example set by the role models from his youth, Hayling cofounded 100 Black Men of America, Inc., a mentoring program for young African-Americans and other minorities, in 1963. Other founding members included baseball legend Jackie Robinson and David Dinkins, who later became mayor of New York City. The organization has more than 100 chapters and 10,000 members. Hayling also volunteers with Mentoring Today for Tomorrow, an after-school program for young people ages 9 through 18, in California’s Riverside County." Read full article here.
A Redneck from Mississippi walked into a bank in New York City and asked for the loan officer. He told the loan officer that he was going to Bakersfield on business for two weeks and needed to borrow $5,000, and that he was not a depositor of the bank.
The Bank Officer told him that the bank would need some security for the loan so the Redneck handed over the keys to a new Ferrari. The car was parked on the street in front of the bank.
The Redneck produced the title and everything checked out. The loan officer agreed to hold the car as collateral for the loan and apologized for having to charge 12% interest. Later the bank’s president and its officers all enjoyed a good laugh at the Redneck from the south using a $250,000 Ferrari as collateral for a $5000 loan.
An employee of the bank drove the the Ferrari into the bank’s underground garage and parked it. Two weeks later, the Redneck returned, repaid the $5,000 loan and the interest of $23.07.
The loan officer said ‘Sir, we are very happy to have your business, and the transaction has worked out nicely, but we are a little puzzled. While you were away, we checked you out and found that
you are a multimillionaire. What puzzles us is why would you borrow $5,000?’
The Mississippi Redneck replied, ‘Where else in New York City could I park my car for two weeks for only $23.07 and expect it to be there when I return?’
Monday, May 19, 2008
Mind Your P's and F's: How Pilipinos became Filipinos in the Philippines.By Daniel Engber
The Philippines have only been called the Philippines (with a "Ph") since the United States bought the country from Spain around the turn of the 20th century, after the Spanish-American War. Under Spanish colonial rule—which extended back to the 16th century—the country had been called "Las Islas Filipinas," after King Felipe II. For Americans, Felipe was Phillip, so Las Filipinas became the Philippines. While the name of the country changed, the name of the nationality did not. Those who lived in the renamed Philippines were still called Filipinos.
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Monday, May 12, 2008
The art of persuasion represents the history of shrewd but diplomatic manipulation -- getting people over the fence and onto your side without the use of force. Its ultimate goal is basic, but difficult: To convince your audience to internalize your argument, then embrace it as a part of their core belief system.
In his book, Influence: the Psychology of Persuasion, author Robert Cialdini defines six weapons of influence: reciprocation, commitment/consistency, authority, social validation, scarcity, and liking/friendship. Below, we’ll look at a number of persuasive techniques and how some of Cialdini’s "weapons" can be applied, along with some hints from Aristotle and one rather innovative technique offered up by two guys with distinctly Hollywood backgrounds.
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Friday, May 09, 2008
Saturday, May 03, 2008
The LORD render to every man his righteousness and his faithfulness; for the LORD delivered thee into my hand to day, but I would not stretch forth mine hand against the LORD's anointed.
1 Samuel 26:23