Sunday, December 5, 2010
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
In the quest to decide between another car or fixing this one, all while trying to get my car legal (inspection) I hit another road block. I took my car to the dealership today because when I failed my inspection I got a paper saying I needed to get recall work done. I thought maybe that would fix my car enough in order to get an inspection. I was wrong. The lady at the dealership said all recall work was done. So now I'm at a mechanic shop waiting to see if they can fix it. My ongoing car drama........to be continued.
Monday, October 18, 2010
First of all, I'm typing this from a hospital been on my phone. I love technology. Now on with my story. I want to write this mainly for my students but also for anyone who sat in science class and wondered "Why do I need to know this?" Here's a perfect example.
Yesterday I went out to eat some sushi and catch a movie after a long day of ripping and running around. After the movie I got home and felt a little backed up. I figured it was just gas so I took some alka seltzer and figured it would be better in the morning. When I woke up my side was still hurting which I thought was weird since I had used the rest room a few times since it first started hurting. Here comes the science. At that point I realized it could be something else. So I started going through possibilities in my mind. I reasoned out that it wasn't gas, it wasn't a muscle cramp so it must be something else. Knowing the symptoms of appendicitis saved me from what could've been a truly horrible experience. I took some time and looked up appendicitis symptoms and tried to factor out any other possibilities. I used the scientific method in order to know what was wrong with me. Once I got to the emergency room I was able to tell them what I thought was wrong and after they ran their test they found that I was correct in my assessment of the situation. So kids learn how to think critically and use the science that's taught to you. Not just to pass a test, but to make your world and your life that much better.
Thanks for your time and I'll update you after the surgery.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
I just finished Ramadan and that was an enlightening experience. I lost a few pounds but I feel better for it. It was a time to purge the body and clear the mind. If you haven't fasted before you should try it. It's a humbling experience. I'm thankful for the opportunity to participate.
Mobilecrew is coming along, but has sort of stalled. Steven and I are still working on some things, but it seems like we've lost a little steam. We're going to hit up the android bbq in Austin in October and hopefully we can get some good content, contacts and motivation from there. Hopefully one day it'll take off to where we can actually make some money from it.
The Saints won a good game in the season opener. I'm proud to see the Saints winning. It does my heart good. I wish my grandpa had his season tickets now. He wouldn't know what to do with himself.
I'd like to thank my in-laws and all of their family friends for welcoming into their families and their culture. It's been a wonderful experience. I would also like to say Thanks to my family for welcoming Nadia in also. Married life has been nice so far. I've enjoyed it.
Currently I'm in a bball league, coed football and soccer league and a men's soccer league. It's been keeping my lung capacity pretty good. I've been having a fun time learning how to play soccer. I'm no Pele but I'm not that bad. It's a fun game.
I don't really feel like ranting or raving about anything tonight so I'll leave off here. I wish you a great night and a wonderful week until we meet again. Take care.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Garret LoPorto: Class of 2010: Epic FAIL? ...Why Nobody Wants Class of 2010 Grads.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I got up about 9:30 this morning, checked my twitter feed and they were telling Dallas that today was the day. So I hopped the downtown train and off I went. I made it to the grassy knoll and waited. Hadn't seen an actual clue since the night before so I walked around checking in the bushes and on and under benches and such just trying to get an edge. As I searched, I noticed others doing the same but I didn't say anything. At this point I was feverishly refreshing Touiteur (Twitter client for Android - free and paid version in the market). After a couple of hours I decided to just sit and wait for the @droidlanding update. While sitting there I met Aaron (@devdroidian) and Ben, also fellow droids and we started chatting it up about where it could be and sharing android stories. Two really awesome guys. We hung out and checked the Old Red museum-nothing there, the grassy knoll - nothing there, so we started just walking around. On our way back towards Dealy plaza Aaron gets the coordinates for the phone so we fire up Google navigation and it leads us to Sonny Bryan's bbq restaurant where there are people with video cameras and no one saying anything. As we're heading there we see the mob of people and we all converge on the restaurant. We're looking in and on and around everything. Eventually someone finds the card with the eye on it and just like that it was over. I would like to say congrats to the guy who won and "Thanks!" to the android community for being so frikkin' awesome.
All being said and done it was a fun day. I enjoyed snooping around downtown Dallas for the Droid x and look forward to meeting more android enthusiast. Now I'd like to leave you with a few last thoughts and a couple of vids. First, if you haven't tried android you should. It's on all 4 carriers and the community is awesome. Second, the big android bar bq is in Austin in October (). Third, if you're a mobile phone enthusiast check out (a site some friends and I are working on to connect DFW mobile enthusiast).Finally, enjoy the vids and be sure to leave some comments. Take care!!
Friday, July 9, 2010
LeBron went to the Heat, Lindsay Lohan is going to jail, The Real World is back in New Orleans, TO is still out of work, Chris Brown cried at the BET awards, Paris Hilton was detained in S. Africa during the world cup and now you're caught up on useless celebrity news.
I'm playing soccer now and it's been pretty fun. We have a game tomorrow. Spain and The Netherlands are in the World cup finals and I'm ready for the next episode of True Blood. I miss Treme already.
I really don't have much going on. Just wanted to say hi.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
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Saturday, May 22, 2010
YouTube - Google I/O 2010 - Keynote Day 2 Android Demo - Full Length: "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IY3U2GXhz44"
Friday, May 21, 2010
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
1.) Admin is still in shambles- there's no real chain of command and to put it bluntly there are too many chiefs and not enough indians.
2.) The children seem to have been left behind- With the problem in the upper levels, it seems as though the students are almost given a free ride. The kids like it and the admin has taken this route so that they don't have to answer to disgruntled parents and keep up the facade of everything's fine. The kids lose in the end when things are set up like this.
3.) Many good teachers are leaving - once again because of the lack of organization at the top and poor working conditions, many good teachers are trying to share their influences in other schools and districts. Once again....the kids lose.
4.) The district seems to rather lose teachers than fix the problems - As long as that's the prevailing thought the kids will continue to lose.
5.) I'm holding on as best I can and trying not to let it bring me to far down, so I just keep telling myself it's almost over.
That's the jist of it and if you have any questions, feel free to ask. Other than that I guess I can end this session. Take care.
Sherlock Holmes - Robert Downey played a great Sherlock. Backed up by Jude Law as Dr. Watson and you have a funny, action-packed adventure. Mr. Holmes has to help the bobbies figure out how a criminal escapes death to terrorize the town and Sherlock uses all of his deductive skills in order to bring the case to a close. Very smart and funny and now on DVD. Go ahead and enjoy. 2 claps!
The Blind Side - I held off watching this movie because I didn't want to be disappointed so I rented it and by George disappointment. I guess it happens. Story line was pretty flat and predictable and I just didn't care for it. I'm not going to say much about this movie. If you know me you can ask and I'll tell you about it. If you can't get in touch with me I'll let you decide for yourself. 1/2 clap.
Ninja Assassins - In the spirit of old school kung fu movies, Ninja Assassins give you Bruce Lee feel with a Kill Bill effects package. Definitely not an award winner, but if you're a fan of kung fu movies, you know that non of them are. The storyline is pretty straight-forward. A guy is trained as a ninja, but chooses a different path and has the ultimate showdown at the end using all of his skills and some he didn't even know he had. 2 claps for all kung fu lovers.
Treme - I know this isn't a movie, but if you liked The Wire you will be instantly gripped by this show. It takes place 3 months after Hurricane Katrina and it takes a look at how music played a role in the slow and gradual rebuilding of the city. This show in my mind is one worth buying HBO for. Treme (Truh - may) is filled with complex and interesting characters and the story lines are masterfully woven together and significantly rich on their own. Treme has only had one episode so far but it sets itself up to be another award winning series for HBO. I give this a standing ovation.
Friday, April 2, 2010
1 1/2 claps. Check it out.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
2 controllers - Must play
1 controller - rental
0 controllers - don't even watch the trailer
1.) Assassin's Creed 2 - If you played the first one, then you'll love this one. It takes place in Florence, Italy and takes you on an adventure with a new assassin. Ezio is the son of a nobleman who finds out who his dad really was only after his death. He is trained in the way of the assassins and has some pretty cool friends that help him along his way to avenge his father's death. Awesome game! 2 controllers on this one.
2.) Resident evil 5 - Fun addition the the Resident Evil line. I hate the fact that you can't move and shoot, but other than that it's pretty fun. Millions of zombies coming for you and you're equipped with a pistol and 10 bullets. LOL! Have fun. You can pick up more ammo and guns on the way, but it's definitely not a kill everyone on the screen game. Sometimes some good old fashion cardio (running) is in order. Online play is fun and I would suggest a bluetooth in order to communicate with your partner. Rent it first and see if you want to add it to your collection. 1 controller.
3.) Band hero - This game is addictive. It has a nice mix of modern and older songs. If you've played any of the guitar heroes or rock bands, you know how addictive this game is. This is awesome when you have at least another person around to challenge or to rock out with. You can play the bass, guitar, drums, or sing. You have options and they are all fun in their own right, but when played together it's awesome!!! 2 Controllers!
4.) Guitar hero 5 - See band hero review. Main difference is that it has more rock songs. 2 controllers.
5.) Guitar hero world tour - See band hero review. A variety of music and fun for all ages.
6.) Prince of Persia - I've had a blast with this game. you're the prince trying to save the world as always. The graphics are amazing and the game play is pretty good also. It gives you hours of fun. You're trying to help a princess restore "light" and order to her world. You cross each other as you're looking for your goat in the desert and from there it's all one big adventure. You won't be disappointed by this game if you enjoy single player games. It'll keep your interested.
Let me know if there are any other games you'd like to see. Til next time take care!!
Many people love or loathe their families. Family can be a close network of friends with common interest or those people tied to you by blood that you can't escape if you wanted to or you may be one of the fortunate few with that idealic mix of the two. I feel that I've been blessed with just that. I'll talk about me later but for now we'll stick to the overall view.
When you are born into a family you expect/deserve certain things but that's not always the case. Some natural families let their own fall by the wayside. Whether it's from a lack of concern or from a lack of ability sometimes family can't or won't provide what's needed. This is too true for a lot of people. In these cases family must be sought out.
Everybody needs somebody sometime....That song is on point. The people that you go to or call on can be seen as your family and whether you have the same blood in your veins is irrelevant. What is important is that those are the people you can call on and count on. I'll use my family as an example. I can honestly say that my family has shaped my life and helped me become the person I am today. Fortunately, I've been blessed with awesome parents, a great sister and an extended family like no other. We are there for one another, we support one another and they've all helped to shape my life. I am thankful everyday for the family and upbringing that I've had and I wish the same for others. I know that everyone isn't in the same situation, but I would like to believe that even if a blood family isn't available, I would urge people to take the time to be that family to someone and in turn you will broaden your own family.
These words may reach you in a time of plenty, but just let them ring even louder in the times of darkness and despair. Those dark times are the times when we need someone the most. So, if you have that system set up already, thank them. If you don't, try to find one and to my own support and family I'd like to say "I love you" and "Thank you!" Take care everyone and feel free to leave a comment or suggestions for future blog post. Take care!!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Law abiding citizen - Gerard Butler and Jaime Fox put on a brilliant display. This movie puts you in the mind of Inside Man (2 claps). Butler ends up in jail and the world must pay for it. This is a guy you don't want to mess with. With that being said...Standing ovation goes to this movie.
2012 - John Cusack takes us to the end of the world and back in this sci fi action film. It gives you all of the science, drama, and action you could ask for in a movie. A little on the long side, but worth the time. See it while you still can. 2012 is right around the corner...it just came out on dvd last Tuesday.
Princess and the Frog - Classic Disney animation. The Disney princess has returned with a band of characters that will make you laugh and cry and go through all of the basic Disney emotions. Princess Tiana brings Disney animation back in a big way and takes you back to a time when New Orleans was known for much more than a hurricane. This deserves and receives a standing ovation and a foot stomp.
Zombieland - Woody Harrelson is one of the lone rangers fighting against the zombies. You've seen one zombie movie, you've seen them all. Nothing really different here, just some nice comic relief. This won't win any awards, but it'll keep you gasping and laughing. 1 clap.
If there are any movies you'd like a review on please let me know. Either leave a comment here or reply on twitter www.twitter.com/ogreen32 or on leave me a message on facebook. Thanks for taking the time to read my reviews. Take care.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
1.) Shutter Island - Well written, directed and acted psychological thriller. Scorcese was in rare form with this one and Leo DiCaprio gave a "Titanic" performance. It was about a federal marshal who goes to investigate an escape from an insane asylum but finds out he has more of a connection to the island than he originally expected. It's a good one! I give it 2 claps.
2.) Alice in Wonderland - It wasn't as good as I thought it would be. Depp played a good hatter, but overall I wasn't that impressed. It basically picks up 13 years after Alice first went down the hole and they need her to come back. Alice has grown up and her world is a little different now. It was an interesting concept, but not that well executed. You'll be more entertained watching the Disney cartoon. I give it a clap. View at your own risk or wait for the DVD.
3.) Avatar - Visually stunning! The story line was one that had been done before and honestly if you have seen Ferngully you've seen this movie. This is one case where the effects were really the stars of the movie. It's very long and the 3D effects are awesome, but the 3D glasses will get annoying after about an hour. If you stick it out you will definitely enjoy the movie. I deem it a must see. 2 claps!!
4.) Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief - For all of my mythology fans, you'll like this modern twist on a great classic. Which classic is that you ask? Clash of the Titans!! (Which will be out April 2 - Expect a review). In this movie Percy (Perceus) is told who he truly is and what his missions are. He sets out with some friends to find who stole Zeus' lightning bolt. It's a well paced adventure and a fun story to follow. This gets 2 claps! Enjoy it. It's for young and not so young alike.
As I make my way to the theater over the break look for more reviews. Till then take care!
1.) Not enough exercise. Most kids that are obese don't get enough exercise. Well let's look where they are most of the time....at school. Well shouldn't they be out at recess? No, that has been taken out of most schools so that there is time for test prep. Well don't they get exercise in gym class? No, most schools have reduced the time of their gym classes so that kids have more "instructional time" - test prep. Also, most schools allow students not to participate in any physical activities with a note from the parents. So we're back to the parents. I'm not sure why they do it, but the parents let the kids not exercise at school, so I'm almost convinced they're not getting it at home either, so there is where the issues come in. The schools aren't being allowed to provide students with exercise because they have to get kids ready for the test and the parents are allowing the kids to sit and be sedentary. These two are part of the obesity problem. The next part is the biggie in my mind-nutrition.
2.) When you look at what our kids are eating it's really sad, but what's more unfortunate is that it's cheaper to eat unhealthy than it is to eat healthy in most cases. In some places, healthy choices are just plain hard to find. It's usually in poorer areas where the healthy choices are the hardest to find and these are usually the people suffering from the most dietary diseases. I guess it's like the question of the chicken or the egg. Do poor areas not have healthy choices because they don't want or use them or are there no healthy options because they can't afford them? who really knows. Back to the topic, in the school setting, schools are able to regulate what they serve and because they serve such a large population they get food at cheaper prices. The problem is that they still go with the lowest bidder which is the most unhealthy slop that is available. Instead of paying a few dollars more for something that will actually have some kind of nutritional value. I think districts should be more mindful of what they offer as food to the students since they are not allowing them to get the amount of activity that they need. Again, if they look at the research it shows that schools with healthy lunch programs have less discipline problems and better scores. Why they don't latch on to that research is still beyond me.
3.)Parental obesity- Since this is about childhood obesity I'm not going to say much about the parents except this "If the parents are obese, then the children will more than likely be obese."
For any parents or students reading this, I urge you to go to your local school board and push for a better school lunch program. This will not only help with the health of your child, but with their overall education. Well, that's what research shows... Feel free to comment. Take care!
I'm by no means an Oprah fan, but I think this should be a wake up call for those who think that education doesn't need to be addressed in this country. It seems as though it has been taken for granted and that has led to the quandary we're in now. The students are not achieving on a competitive level, the teachers are stressed beyond reason and are leaving the profession and the "expert" and states are not trying to address the true issues. They fire teachers, fire administrators, close schools and when all of that still doesn't work they still refuse to look at the 900 pound gorilla in the room....the parents!
Since education officials like to look at research so much, let's focus on the fact that kids are most influenced by their parents. Kids often times will take the educational, professional, career routes that their parents took. My question is why don't we focus more on this aspect in education? Hmmm, I think I know. Most of the people that are in places of power to make these decisions are too scared to have to actually deal with telling a parent you need to do better because the education system has taken the Disney route. They like to tell the kids that everyone's a winner and can and will do everything you want to do.....without having to put forth any effort. Now they can't stop people from believing that and it's hard to go in a different direction. Secondly, the frivolous lawsuits have made a lot of officials scared to stand for anything because they fear being sued. Just like doctors, school districts play the ultra conservative role to avoid lawsuits. I guess it's necessary, but it ultimately let's the kids down.
All that I want to say is if we expect our kids to learn at a higher level we have to hold them to a higher level. We can't keep giving reprieves for a hard upbringing or because there's only one parent in the house. We have to show them that in order to get an education, you have to want an education. The more you want it the more you get from it and the better you'll be because of it. That's how education was in my house growing up and it's made me a better person. Let's start holding the parents to the flame if you really expect the kids to achieve. If you have any comments feel free to leave some and if not feel free to hang around and read some of my other post. Take care!!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
How many students aspire to be art teachers, music teachers, or even musicians? Not many. They think about being rich, having a house, something nice to ride in. Who was the last living artist that was able to say they were living that dream? How many musicians actually make it? Not that many, but that's the life they push these kids towards. They tell us "science and math isn't there thing." or "just let them enjoy acting in the school play." I'm wondering why are we not encouraging these students to do well in all subjects and allow their arts to be compliments to their other studies? I'm not trying to say that the school system is really pushing these kids to fail, but I think soo much more can be done to enhance their education. The current system seems to see young Hispanics and blacks as merely artist, actors, musicians all while allowing them to fall through the cracks and not teaching them to really play the game of life that they will be faced with. Are all Hispanics graffiti aritist? Can all blacks sing and dance? I don't think so. So why are those the skills that are pushed on these students? Why are they not categorized in this way: "Well George Washington Carver was a wonderful scientist, I think little Chris could be one also." or "Justice Sotomayor made it to the supreme court, maybe Andrea could get there one day too." Why aren't these conversations the norm? They should be. The prevailing thought shouldn't be that these students are artistically inclined so let's teach them all that way. It gets a little irritating to see.
If you're a student reading this, do your best in everything you do. You can be a great artist, actor, musician as well as a great historian, scientist or mathematician. Don't let anyone tell you the only talent you have is such and such. For any bold administrators that dare to read something like this. Take a look at your own school and see if you are doing this on your campus. Finally for any teacher that reads this. Be sure to encourage your kids to continue to learn across curricula and DO NOT let a child feel that they can only be one thing or the other. It's our job to show these kids that the world is theirs and they must find ways to seize every opportunity that they have.
I'm out folks. I hope someone can take this and it lights a spark that can help get this country and our students going in a positive direction. Leave comments and take care.
First, I've heard numerous news outlets talking about how the economy is bouncing back and recoveries are starting to happen, but I think a larger problem is looming. We have banks that were "too big to fail", but now they're even bigger and even less likely to lend to common people. That's one issue, that's honestly outside of my understanding but I thought it was noteworthy. The real issue I want to talk about is the job market. With tens of thousands of people laid off every couple of weeks so it seems, I wonder why people think that all of the "new poor" - people who were middle class, but got laid off and have been out of work for 9-12 months - will be able to find new jobs? What I mean by this is that companies today are only after one thing, profit. So my question is why would they hire on new workers if they are still turning the same or possibly more profit with a reduced staff? It doesn't seem likely that they will try to hire droves of people just because the economy is turning around. Does it seem likely to you? I don't really see it happening and unfortunately good people were laid off, will get laid off and fewer and fewer people will get hired. That would be my prediction and Lord knows I hope I'm wrong, but my logical mind tells me that these companies will keep making money, people will keep losing jobs and the gap between poor and rich will continue to grow and the middle class will continue to shrink and become less and less important in this society. It's not looking good but I hope that things become more idealic like the world that was promised to us in campaigns and commercials, but maybe I'm hopelessly hoping for a world that is far gone, or never existed at all. Until people care for other people, issues like this will more than likely remain an issue and have less of a chance of ever being resolved. I'll finish this post in a second part. Take care.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
I signed on to try to educate America's youth, not to be an under-appreciated babysitter. I'm sick of having to give a kid work that's not trying to do anything all semester, but has "paperwork" that says they need extra time. A whole 5 weeks??? Is that extra enough? That's ridiculous and admin just keeps letting these kids work them and the system. I've seen students pass without having done a lick of work but the teachers can't fail them because admin doesn't want to have to "deal" with the paperwork or the parents so the teachers are urged to let them pass. The amount of paperwork on the teacher to fail the non producing student is immense. I'm done with this foolishness. These kids are allowed to skate through while you have some students that actually do their work and try and they are the ones who really suffer. The knuckleheads are given numerous chances and the good kids are being punished for dress code violations. What sense does that make? I'm lost. I need something else.
I've already started talking to some contacts and my placement for next year is uncertain at this point. I would hate to leave my coworkers, but it seems like the culture at my current location is changing anytime soon. We have too many personal agendas going on and the kids get lost in the shuffle. It's sad. We need to do better as a society if this is what education has come to. I see why people leave the profession....
I have my shirts, my hat and a second line in my heart. Bless you boys!!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
I'm not from here, so coming in as an outsider and being able to objectively look at this I can say for certain that this system is a mess. The state has yet to go at the root of the educational issues. They are quite content with only trying to treat the symptoms instead of fighting the bug that makes everyone suffer. This top down education system is frustrating for teachers and in the end, it hurts the kids. From what I'm seeing, the kids are the last people being looked out for regardless of what people are told. The legislators love to run on education merely to let it be the first thing they don't have time for. Then they bring it back up at re-election time and then the cycle repeats. It's about time that communities hold the law makers to their promises and start trying to build the education system. Notice I said build and not reform. The current system clearly needs to be replaced. Reform will not get it to where it needs to be. Going forward as a country we need to put education back at the forefront if we plan for our country and our future to continue to grow we need to make sure our people are educated. If education fails so do we.
I would encourage you to take a look at what's going on in today's education system and try to collectively come up with some solutions to get us back on the right track. Talk to a teacher, talk to a student, talk to the school board and then put some of that talk into action. I always say that "1 concerned citizen is a thousand times more effective than 100 concerned and frustrated teachers." so help when and how you can and don't be afraid to voice your concern about the state of our education system. Take it from me, we need your help and our country needs your help. As always, take care and please feel free to leave any comments you may have. Thank you.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
The more I thought about it, the more I actually liked the idea. This is how I would see it playing out. The home property taxes would go down because schools were no longer solely funded by the number of houses in the area. If a student lived in one area but went to a school in a neighboring area, the school would still be financially supported by that student and their family. Schools that have large apartment populations would also reap the benefits of more cash flow from their students. I think this would take a great burden off of school budgets to pay for student who aren't paying for the school as in the current system. It would also allow a stream of revenue for other academic endeavors such as school technology and building projects. Districts would be able to allocate more money to teachers, administrators and personnel since actual per school cost will have a way of being covered. These are just some thoughts.
I'm sure some will argue that "All kids can't afford it." or "That's wrong to make kids to pay for school.". I disagree. I feel that if you want a quality product you should be willing to pay for it. When these same kids buy Jordan's, Coogi sweaters, true religion jeans, baby phat outfits, coach handbags, and ipods I don't hear anyone complaining about cost, so what's so different about their education? If a parent is willing to pay $400 for a playstation 3 with 1 controller and no games you think $500 for the ability to read, write and comprehend would be a bargain. Sadly enough, the masses don't see it this way. They expect a free education. They expect people to want to deal with their unruly children and like it and then they turn around and want to bash the people who take their time and efforts and give their all to try to teach the masses. They say "those who can't do, teach." Well I'd like to see some of those same people stand in front of a crowd of 30 uninterested, unmotivated, untrained, disrespectful strangers and teach them anything. Then you'll see what one class is like. Good luck!
I think a paid education would allow for most of the principles that people want to see in schools. If you're paying, then you expect a good product. This would mean that parents would be more apt to actually take a vested interest in their child's education because they are now footing the bill. Since you are paying, you can now expect teachers, principals and the like to provide the best service available to your child. It's not like they aren't already, but now when you say "I would like to meet with you because I feel something may need to be done better" you have a leg to stand on and the school would be far more apt to listen because it's your business they would like to keep. By supporting your child's school, you could demand for better food, services, supplies and production from your school and what the kicker would be is that the school will actually have funding to implement the changes without the red tape.
These are just ideas of how I think things would go in a paid education system, but I don't think it would be a bad thing. Sure there are holes that I would have to sure up and guidelines that would still need to be put in place but the overall premise is one that I think needs to be looked at moving forward with today's education system. If you have any more ideas, suggestions, concerns, rebuttals, dissenting opinions please feel free to leave a comment or two. Don't forget to follow @ogreen32 on twitter or at ogreen32.blogspot.com for all of the latest updates. Take care!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
1.) I really like these new google extensions on their chrome browser.
2.) I would really like to look into this public policy PhD a little more. I think I can do some good in that area.
3.) I'm feeling this iheartradio app. Q93 and FM 98 are bringing me back. I still think those are the best two radio stations ever. Q93 is still tops in my book.
4.) I would love to be a full-time, well-paid tech blogger where I could work from home and keep my finger on the pulse of mobile tech and gadgetry, I'll keep working towards that.
5.) I'm glad I cleaned the gutters today. We're supposed to have some bad rain on the way.
6.) I agree with Sakina, I'm done with winter.
7.) I hate going to the doctor. I'm never that sick.
8.) I'm completely stoked about getting married.
9.) Sometimes I wish I could use more of my talents, but I'll be patient and use them at the appropriate times.
10.) I love my family and friends. Yall are the best.
11.) The Saints finally made it to the super bowl.
12.) I like law and order but I secretly urge to be a dissident and militant/rebel. I'm not sure what that's all about.
13.) Kids will be kids.
14.) We need to start doing what's right and not what's popular.
15.) Deal with the root cause of the problem. Don't just put a band aid on it.
16.) There's never enough money. We'd be better off without it. It causes too many problems.
17.) Be kind to the Earth.
18.) Chance is an awesome dog.
19.) I love my g1.
20.) Feel free to add your own comments. I'm done for now. Take care.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I don't have too favorable view of our current health care system. Thank the good Lord I'm in relatively good health and it's rare that I have to go to the doctor, but when I do I feel the pain in the wallet.
The past couple of times I've gone I've had to come out of pocket quite a bit for nothing. Both times I went to urgent care clinics (primacare and care now) and in both cases I saw a doctor for about 5 minutes and in one case a PA and both basically told me to keep doing what I was doing and sent me on my way. Both times I was given at least a $200 bill. Really? Thats ridiculous! Something has to give.
Obviously the government can't fix it, so I'm hoping maybe someone reading this can find something that works better than our current system. I have insurance but I have to fulfill an out of pocket deductible before they start paying and the deductible is not cheap (it was the only option they presented me). So, my one doctor visit every other year continues to cost me just like if I had no insurance at all. Just pathetic. I'm truly at a loss. Let's get it together American insurance companies and health care system. Do something right.
Feel free to leave a comment. I look forward to hearing if you've had any similar experiences. Take care! Oh and don't get sick.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
A break. It's just what the doctor ordered. Along with some crafty switching of students in my classes. I feel a thousand times better about my situation. The Lord has once again worked his magic and for that I'm eternally grateful. I've had some new opportunites open up for me and I'm focusing on the positive. I guess if I were a resolution type, I would say that this year I'm going to focus on the positive but I was doing that anyway. I wanted to start this year off with a positive post and some good foresight for the rest of the year. Here's how I see it: 1.) By spring break I'll be a beast at rock band on ps3 2.) The wedding is going to be great. 3.)This summer I'll get some work done around the house. 4.) My friends and family will be blessed and finally this is going to be a great year. So live it up. Tell someone you love em and be thankful for everyday you're here. One other thing, before the end of this year I'll get a new phone :). Take care!