Educate Black Youth

Why is it that our black youth no longer have goals, dreams, or hope?
Is it because America has lost all hope for the black youth? Is it because half of our youth don’t have both parents at home? Are all the good role models gone? Or is it because the people our black youth are looking up to are feeding them a non-realistic, unhealthy life styles?

ALL of the Above!!!

Has America given up on us YES!! They have given up on our youth because they have given up on themselves. They have lost respect for their parents, their teachers, their elders, their pastors, their family, their friends, their country, and most of all their selves. As you see when Katrina hit New Orleans, a predominately black city the government officials (including black mayors!!!) threw us in a cage with the lions and gave the lions no food so, they had to eat us. I live in Florida and have been hit by many hurricanes and have seen the aftermath, so don’t tell me that NOT A SOUL knew what was going to happen. America needs to remember that we are here and we have unlimited potential, we also need to show America that we believe in our selves. We need better schools, more funding and more acknowledgements of the problems that our black youth are facing.

Two positive parents are better than one, but it is not impossible to raise a child being a single parent. I believe that if we teach our children from a early age that we love them, that they are special, that we are proud in them in all they do (good and bad), that they can conquer the world if they believe in themselves and all things are possible through GOD, then they will be strong as they grow old to handle being raised by one parent. But, if we do not let them know that we love them and that they are special then they will go and seek out someone or something (gangs, drugs) to make them feel loved and needed. If we don’t let them know that we are proud of them for getting good grades and show them that we are interested in their schooling, they will go out and find someone or something that other people are interested in (stripping, drug dealing). If they do not understand their full potential then they will never understand themselves and again they will get lost in the system.

The good role models are still here but are youth are not looking up to them because their life style is not classy enough. Who wants to be like Sidney Poitier who, who?? the youth ask, who? No, not me I want to be a dope boy like Young Jeezy or a hot boy like Lil’ Wayne. This is who are youth is looking up to.

Come on Please someone help me!!!

I am not saying that these artists are bad, because they’re not but they are just teaching our youth a non-realistic, unhealthy life style. See most of the youth don’t understand they might rap about their life, this might have been what they went through but this doesn’t have to be your life, there are other choices out there for you to make, choices that can overcome all your obstacles. As artist they have to start letting their fans know that this is what they endured and they have learn from those mistakes and there are better choices to be made. You don’t have to rob, kill or hurts so one to gain respect. You don’t have to prove that you are real. You don’t have to smoke weed to be part of the click. You don’t have to have a big butt, big breast and a small waist to be sexy. You don’t have to walk, talk, act, sound, smell, like me to be respected. Be you, Be positive, find a way out of your situation and learn how to overcome your circumstances.

So, why is it that our black youth no longer have goals, dreams, or hope?

How can you grasp your goal if you don’t know what one is, how can you dream if gun fire keeps you up at night, how can you hope when there is nothing to hope for?

We as a people, as mothers, as fathers, as artist, as role models don’t take the time out to look at the bigger picture, we don’t look at who’s is looking at us and who’s looking up to us. We don’t stress to our youth that there are better CHOICES and those CHOICE can make or break our whole life. We have to continually everyday let our youth know that ALL things are possible through GOD, over extend your goals, dream bigger, set your hopes higher and stop at nothing and let know one get in your way!

Education Logos – Educational Identity Design Principles

Logos are usually thought of as existing primarily in the business world but in actuality most organizations of any kind have some type of identity. Major Educational institutions all have a company image. Since they are not for profit organizations, are there different principles of logo design applying to them?

Absolutely not. Logos are intended to convey a sense of the organization and what it stands for and Educational Institutions are no exception. Traditional and conservative Universities, Colleges, and Preparatory Academies should have an identity that reflect their values. On the other hand, Online Universities, Junior Colleges, and Technical Colleges should design logos that reflect their perhaps more practical and pragmatic values and approaches to education.

Design Principle

The design principle of simplicity leading to functionality is even more evident with major Educational institutions. Functionality means the logo can be used in a variety of applications without losing its impact and inherent meaning. Visit the campus bookstore at any educational institution and you’ll see the University or College identity everywhere. Shirts, pants, hats, dishware, pencils, poster, stationery, even on rolls of toilet paper! The values of an educational institution can sometimes be easier to reflect than those of a for profit corporation so let’s compare the logos of three major American universities. We will discuss the image of Penn State University, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Examples of Educational Logos

Penn State is a public university while Harvard and MIT are private. Harvard is the oldest and most respected academic institution in the United States while Penn State is one of the better Public Universities. MIT is considered by many to be the premier technological University in the entire world. MIT”s graphic appears to reflect the bold and dramatic improvements one would expect from technological innovation. They turned the letters “MIT” into its own graphic image with the use of a series of thick rectangles put together to form the three letters. It looks at first glance like a graphic but the text becomes apparent quickly. Colors are limited to two, red and grey.

Harvard and Penn State both use a shield as a graphic image; Harvard’s in a bold red and Penn State’s in a somewhat less bold blue. Penn State’s includes their date of origin — 1855 — while Harvard’s does not. Harvard doesn’t need to reassure anybody while Penn State is stating it has been around long enough to be trustworthy. Harvard’s logo has the Latin word for truth — Veritas — broken up and appearing in three books on the shield. In a very interesting twist, Penn State’s shield includes an image of the school’s athletic mascot — the Nittany Lion — sitting at the top of the shield. Sports are an important part of Public Universities and Penn State is reminding us of that fact. Harvard, on the other hand, is more about seeking truth than it is about scoring touchdowns! All three are excellent examples of what a logo is supposed to do: convey a feeling about the institution they represent.

Sun, Sea and Science on Educational Trips to Florida

Exploring ideas in a stimulating environment is known to boost learning, which is why educators are often on the lookout for new and inspiring destinations for educational trips. And where could be more exciting than Florida, America’s Sunshine State?

Famous for its beaches, warm weather and oranges, is also a great place to learn. It is home to some fantastic educational attractions, including the Everglades National Park and the Kennedy Space Centre. A peninsula with the United States’ most extensive coastline, not to mention its complex social demographics, it is ideal for budding geographers, while young science lovers will find plenty to keep them occupied at its many theme parks. Whatever your subject focus or age group, visiting Florida is also a fantastic way to expose students to new aspects of global life and culture, so read on for some of its top attractions.

SeaWorld Orlando

Perfect for educational trips with a scientific focus, SeaWorld is much more than just a theme park. While there is plenty of fun to be had on the rides throughout, its star attractions are the marine animals it conserves and celebrates. With dolphins, turtles, manatees, sharks and more, it allows visitors to get up close to some of the most impressive inhabitants of the oceans, including those that are native to the region and from much further afield. Students will be able to feed dolphins and stingrays, explore an Arctic environment, and watch dolphins, sea lions, and killer whales perform in live shows. While the experience is undoubtedly entertaining, learners will also pick up important scientific knowledge about sea life, and deepen their understanding of conservation issues and practices.

Kennedy Space Centre

Located on Merritt Island, the Kennedy Space Centre is one of the most famous sites in the history of space exploration. It has been used to launch every one of NASA’s manned space journeys since 1968, and its importance in the development of modern space science is not to be understated. Educational trips to the centre are a great way to ground students in NASA’s work, as well as allowing them to connect its history to the current exciting developments in space programmes around the world. The Visitor Complex features some fascinating exhibits, including historic spacecraft and a spaceflight simulator. One of its most impressive sights is the ‘rocket garden’ where eight renowned rockets tower overhead.

Universal Studios

Another world-famous Florida landmark is the showbiz-themed Universal Studios park, which invites visitors to ‘Jump into the Action’ with rides based on popular movies such as Terminator, The Mummy, and Shrek. It is also a working production studio, making it an ideal place for students interested in the entertainment industry to visit on their educational trips.

Is Education Interesting?

Thinking is a powerful faculty of human mind. Education is a powerful tool to progress. We are living in an era in which education has become a stressful area of life for both children and parents. The need to excel and emerge victorious is every parent’s goal as much as it is for the child. The competition spirit is far exceeding the limits of endurance and reasonableness as more and more children feel stressed out and like a failure if they don’t get “high” grades while the benchmark for “high” grades only keeps increasing.

Even the best CBSE school or a top international school is primarily measured with the yardstick of its academic performance, or in other words, through ranks and such systems. There is no wrong in it, in fact this the mark of how good the educational institution is as a choice. But the method in which education in imparted and the systems being implemented differs within each group of the so-called acclaimed institutions. What sets apart the healthy mode of learning is the factors stressed upon during education.

Preschool education is often ignored or treated merely as a play school learning. But it is the basic and building block of the student’s interaction with learning, and is therefore of immense importance. If you look at the best matriculation school in Chennai or a top higher secondary school in Mumbai or any other competent school within the city, the learning curriculum may be similar or same. Developing a humane attitude and instilling in the child’s mind about education as a need and an interesting means to personal development is the point of true success for a school.

While most schools do not succeed, even if they do at the obvious & surface levels, there are sadly only a few which actually make an impact in encouraging children towards stress-free education and making education interesting for them. Only the best of faculty can really “train the minds to think”. All of us have both good and bad things to say about the educational system. But we do not take steps to make the good things better and converting the bad things into good. The lion’s share of economic progress may be attributed to education. The awareness created by education makes for analysis and utilization of better opportunities. Good investments too are the results of wise learning. It is therefore the oil for the wheel of progress.

To curb the trend of increasing numbers of students’ suicides and to make education interesting to children, they need to be first taught to appreciate knowledge and learning as an activity. Children should be treated with respect as growing individuals and not as high-score brewing machines. Their unique talents or inclinations to a healthy and creative aspect of one’s personality has to be appreciated and allowed to be developed. Only a well-experienced teacher can bring out the best resources of a student and help him or her identify strengths and lacking nodes. Atleast 90% of us would agree to the fact that we never found education interesting during our schooldays, irrespective of whether 10 years or 50 years back. It was always either a role-model teacher or a teacher friend who made us realize the value of education and helped us understand the seemingly insurmountable subjects. To some of us it could have been mathematics, to a few others it could have been science and so on.

Teaching is one of the noblest professions in the world. Making it nobler is the power of teaching fraternity. Systems, practices and attitude of imparting education can make a significant change and influence students’ lives. This change can emerge to be a sea change in shaping the tomorrow of the child and the society in which he or she lives in and will continue to be a part of. Thus it becomes a social responsibility rather a collective one to make education interesting to children so that they do not stop with asking questions but also arrive at the answers themselves, with proper guidance in the right direction.