Should you follow your passion, wherever it may take you? Should you do only what you love…or learn to love what you do? How can you identify which path to take? How about which paths to avoid? TV personality Mike Rowe, star of “Dirty Jobs” and “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” shares the dirty truth in PragerU’s 2016 commencement address.
Burgess Owens is a retired safety who played ten seasons in the National Football League for the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders. He graduated from Rickards High School in Tallahassee, Florida in 1969, and then attended the University of Miami, where he was a 1st-Team All-American defensive back, Most Valuable Defensive Player of the North–South All Star Game, and MVP of the Coaches All-American Game. He was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall Of Fame in 1980, and its Orange Bowl “Ring of Honor” in 1999.
Owens was a first round draft pick of the Jets in 1973. During his rookie season, he returned a kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos on October 28. This was the Jets’ only TD scored on a kickoff return during the 1970s. He then became a continuous starting player for the Jets, and was a part of the Raiders’ 1980 championship team.
Owens is married with six children and is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has publicly shared about his faith to large audiences.
Owens is the author of an ebook published in August 2012 with the title, It’s All About Team: Exposing the Black Talented Tenth. The book examines how the black community has fared since the start of the twentieth century, especially in following the thinking of W. E. B. Dubois and progressive liberalism.
Owens is the author of Liberalism or How to Turn Good Men into Whiners, Weenies and Wimps (2016) which offers a history and analysis of the Black experience in the U.S.A. with suggestions for moving past conventional ideas of moving the Black community forward.
Here are his thoughts on standing for the National Anthem.
Millions of other Americans from every other culture share this American experience. It is the gratitude of our present generation for our ancestors’ grit and tenacity that forges a spiritual connection that gives us pride in our country’s flag.
It is this connection that most black Americans do not have due to the sanitization of their history.
So why do I stand?
I Stand- in gratitude to an eight-year-old boy, my great-great grandfather, who remained hopeful, tenacious and faithful as he grew to proudly serve his family, community and country.
I Stand– in gratitude to a grandfather whom at the age of 15 years old, volunteered to serve in WWI. As a successful farmer, he raised 12 children who would all earn college degrees and taste of the mid-1900’s American dream.
I Stand– in gratitude to a father who succeeded in the day of institutional racism in the arenas of academia, as a researcher, an entrepreneur, a dedicated father and husband and a pillar of his community. He once recounted that his greatest life decision was volunteering and returning home as a proud WWII veteran.
I Stand –in gratitude for the proud, successful, entrepreneurial and segregated Tallahassee, Florida, community where I grew up. The people of that community were determined that they would never be looked down upon or pitied as a race of victims.
I Stand- as an example for the millions of black youth who have not been taught to love God, country, family and themselves by the liberal Leftist overseers who have controlled the urban community for the last 60 years.
I Stand- against the sanitizing of our history. The Left has already done so within the black community, resulting in the lack of gratitude seen on today’s NFL sidelines.
I Stand– as a voice to the NFL corporation leadership…it’s time to Stand Up, Man-Up and defend our country and culture. This will only occur when patriotism is valued over popularity, profit and politics.
What exactly are charter schools? Are they good for students? Watch this video and decide for yourself if they help or hurt public education. This video is part of a collaborative business and economics project with Job Creators Network. To learn more about JCN, visit http://www.jobcreatorsnetwork.com.
Want to check out which colleges and universities are the most ideologically diverse? The offending list is the Heterodox Academy’s new ranking of 200 schools created to measure how much viewpoint diversity one can expect to find on a particular campus.
It is enlightening.
- The ranking has revealed that New England is by far the worst region of the country, especially for liberal-arts colleges, when it comes to campuses that support and maintain viewpoint diversity. With Harvard, Yale, Brown, and Tufts on the university side and Williams, Wesleyan, Smith, Amherst, and Mount Holyoke on the liberal-arts college side, these schools reflect the politics of the region and were all at the bottom of the rankings in terms of viewpoint diversity. This could well be the first time that these esteemed institutions have found themselves at the bottom of national rankings that are so crucial to the very mission of higher education.
- Schools in the Upper Midwest and along the West Coast are the next-worst in the rankings.
- Schools in the South and the Midwest are the least closed in terms of viewpoint diversity, with William and Mary, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and the University of Florida leading the charge toward being least closed. Of course, these are broad general strokes that represent general trends.
- For instance, the Claremont Colleges were among the most highly ranked schools in terms of prompting viewpoint diversity despite being close to the West Coast and surrounded by other schools that were struggling to promoting a real diversity of ideas on campus.
You may have watched it already, but the commencement address from Chief Justice John Roberts at his son’s middle school graduation has become the most unusual kind of social media sensation: one of laud and honor. Roberts’ remarks run just a little less than 11 minutes and deal with the ordinary considerations of life for ninth graders and their parents. But Roberts said some remarkable things.
In acknowledging the remarkable privilege of young men bound for the best preparatory schools in the country, the chief justice wished them the gift of adversity:
“From time to time in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice. I hope you will suffer betrayal, because that will teach you the importance of loyalty. Sorry to say, but I hope you will be lonely from time to time, so that you don’t take friends for granted. I wish you bad luck again, from time to time, so that you will be conscious of the role of chance in your life, and understand that your success is not completely deserved, and the failure of others is not completely deserved, either. And when you lose, as you will from time to time, I hope every now and then your opponent will gloat over your failure. It is a way for you to understand the importance of sportsmanship. I hope you will be ignored, so you will learn the importance of listening to others. And I hope you will have just enough pain to learn compassion.” – John Roberts
Every year, almost every industry improves. It is the way we roll in the United States. We work ourselves silly making things better. In the last 10 years, Apple has introduce 7 new iPhones. Consider the innovation in just 10 years. What is up with our educational system? Is “Common Core” really the best we can do?
We get more choices — usually better choices, for less money. But not in education. Is it because schools are run like a monopoly? Where is the competition? What is the investment like in innovation? Continue reading
Why is it so hard for so many parents and teachers to get kids to do as they are told? Because too many adults have followed some very bad advice. Family psychologist John Rosemond offers some useful tips on how to get the little barbarians to listen.
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When was the last time you heard a child referred to as obedient? It’s probably been a while. That’s too bad because the best research tells us that obedient children are happy children. And, from my experience as a family psychologist, the parents of obedient children are happy parents.
Since all parents want their children to be happy, the question becomes: How does one get a child to obey? Is there some trick to it?
Well, there are certainly are a lot of parents who think so. They believe that proper discipline is a matter of using the right methods, techniques, and strategies: what I call consequence delivery systems. Parents have been using these behavior-modification-based methods since they became popular in the 1960s – seemingly to no avail. Would anyone argue that today’s kids are more obedient than kids were several generations ago? I don’t think so. The reason these methods and techniques don’t work is that proper discipline is not a matter of proper methods. It’s a matter of a proper attitude on the part of the parent.
Let me illustrate the point. Let’s say that for a week I observe the classroom of a grade school teacher who has the reputation of being the best disciplinarian in her district. She consistently has fewer behavior problems than any of her colleagues. What is she doing? She’s making her expectations perfectly clear. Which means, first, she communicates in simple, declarative sentences. She doesn’t use fifty words when she could use ten. The more words you use to communicate your expectations, the less confident you sound.
Second, she prefaces her instructions to her students with authoritative phrases like “I want you to…” and “It’s time for you to…” She says, “It’s time for you to take out your math books and turn to page 25” as opposed to “Let’s take out our math books and turn to page 25. Okay?”
Third, this teacher does not explain the motives behind her instructions to her students. Why? Because she knows that explanations invite arguments.
Whenever parents tell me they’re dealing with an argumentative child I know that these well-intentioned people are explaining themselves. They tell their child why they want him to pick up his toys, for example. And he argues, because you can always pick apart an explanation. If you don’t explain yourself when you give an instruction to a child, then the child, being a child, is almost surely going to ask for one. He’s going to ask Why? or Why not? At which point… get ready for a big surprise… your answer should be “Because I said so.
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In a huge win for the Students for Life group at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, the Christian school has officially cut ties with the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. Better to follow Jesus than not.
In an email to the campus, Whitworth University president Beck Taylor wrote: “I recently instructed the Dornsife Center for Community Engagement not to renew that relationship. This is the only formal partnership the university currently has with Planned Parenthood. At the end of the current academic year, Whitworth will no longer offer credit-bearing service-learning placements or internships with the organization.”
On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university’s slogan, “What starts here changes the world,” he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves-and the world-for the better.
Admiral McRaven’s original speech went viral with over 10 million views. Building on the core tenets laid out in his speech, McRaven now recounts tales from his own life and from those of people he encountered during his military service who dealt with hardship and made tough decisions with determination, compassion, honor, and courage. Told with great humility and optimism, this timeless book provides simple wisdom, practical advice, and words of encouragement that will inspire readers to achieve more, even in life’s darkest moments.
You can buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Make-Your-Bed-Little-Things/dp/1455570249
Now here is some good news. Other states ought to take notice. I am getting encouraged school choice may gain more traction.
A bill in the Florida State House of Representatives to allow charter-school students to participate in extra-curricular activities at private schools may not affect a great number of students, but it shows why school-choice measures accomplish exactly what their critics say they fail to do.
A common argument against school choice is that going to a smaller charter school or being homeschooled will limit students’ options and social life, but the way to expand such options is actually to loosen restrictions, not further cement them. Floridians know the value of this idea because their state is the home of the first-ever Heisman Trophy winner to be homeschooled: Tim Tebow. A statute colloquially known as “the Tim Tebow law” allowed the University of Florida’s eventual national title-winning quarterback to continue being homeschooled while playing football at Allen D. Nease High School.
The Tebows paid their taxes and schooled their children, so why shouldn’t they be able to see their son play football for their local high school?
Our constitution guarantees us certain rights around due process. We have police trained to investigate. We have a judicial system designed to be fair and deliver justice.
So why are higher education institutions allowed to circumvent it?
Academia’s descent into perpetual hysteria and incipient tyranny is partly fueled by the fiction that one in five college students is sexually assaulted and that campuses require minute federal supervision to cure this. Encouraged by the government’s misuse of discredited social science (one survey supposedly proving this one-in-five fiction), colleges and universities are implementing unconstitutional procedures mandated by the government.
We live in a world upside down.
There are clear issues of safety here. Boys or young men can be deviants or predators. Most aren’t but a few are. If they say they are a girl we have to believe them. There are plenty of examples already for SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Laws) where predators take advantage of the privacy of women.
This is an issue of safety and privacy for the 99.5% of the population that isn’t having gender identity challenges. We can accommodate them with single stall bathrooms. We can be sensitive and keep women (girls) safe.
Jesus is clear. I don’t think he is confused.
You would think that as enrollment is going up, costs would be coming down. Of course, the opposite is actually happening.
You would also think the quality of the education experience would go up as well. Not so.
“A new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that higher education in America is changing in more ways than one. Colleges and universities are increasingly hiring adjunct or part-time faculty instead of full-time professors, according to economists Liang Zhang, Ronald Ehrenberg, and Xiangmin Liu. Since 1993, the part-time share of faculty at four-year universities has risen from 30 percent to 38 percent, while full-time professors’ ranks have fallen from 60 percent to 51 percent.
“Private institutions now employ part-time faculty and full-time professors in equal proportions. The less-flexible nature of public universities keeps full-time professors in the majority, but the trend is still clear. Adjuncts are rapidly becoming the new normal.
“Just 59 percent of students at four-year colleges graduate within six years, and 44 percent of those who do will not find a job that requires a college degree. The boost in part-time professors has not helped matters, and may have made things worse by drawing students into career paths for which they are not suited. It is perfectly possible that this phenomenon is at least partially responsible for the underdevelopment of American college students’ potential.”
This is very troubling. Our constitution and laws are clear. Senator Rubio’s support is concerning. I’ve not heard him speak about this. In search Google News, George Will is the only one who has highlighted it.
Wielding irrelevant laws, spurious social science and financial coercion, the Obama administration is pressuring colleges and universities to traduce standards of due process when dealing with students accused of sexual assault. Claiming that a 1972 law prohibiting sex discrimination in education somehow empowers the government to dictate institutions’ disciplinary procedures, the administration is dictating that a mere “preponderance of the evidence,” rather than “clear and convincing” evidence, be used in determining a life-shattering verdict of guilt.
Stuart Taylor Jr. and KC Johnson — a lawyer and an academic, neither Republicans — write that the administration justifies this by citing a single “resoundingly discredited” study purporting to prove an epidemic (involving one in five women) of campus sexual assaults. The administration opposes allowing accused students to cross-examine their accusers, and favors a form of double jeopardy — allowing accusers to appeal not-guilty findings.
Rubio is one of 12 Republican senators collaborating with the administration by co-sponsoring legislation that would codify requiring improvised campus disciplinary proceedings to supplant law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Proposed by Democrat Claire McCaskill of Missouri, the legislation is, as Taylor and Johnson say, “designed to advance the administration’s agenda.
The legislation’s language radiates prejudgment: By repeatedly referring to accusers as “victims,” it presumes the guilt of the accused. Taylor and Johnson write:
“America’s universities are in the grip of a dangerous presume-guilt-and-rush-to-judgment culture. … An entire generation of college students is learning to disregard due process and the dispassionate evaluation of evidence. And dozens of clearly or at least probably innocent students, whose cases we will detail in a book we are now writing, have been branded sex criminals, been railroaded out of their universities, and seen their hopes and dreams ruined.
By co-sponsoring S-590, Rubio is helping the administration sacrifice a core constitutional value, due process, in order to advance progressives’ cultural aggression. The next Republican president should be someone committed to promptly stopping this disgrace, not someone who would sign S-590’s affirmation of it.
Charter Schools have proven themselves to be a boon to disadvantaged children who can’t get into private schools. It is a shame to see our politicians turn their back on the advantages being offered.
It is probably asking too much for teacher’s unions to support them. Isn’t the goal to educate children? Shouldn’t their needs come first?
…[T]he people who run the public-school system that doesn’t work—the one where you can’t fire teachers who sexually prey on students and principals who don’t even show up for work, which is to say the public schools run by the…huge and powerful teachers union—don’t like the charter schools. And they are [New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s] supporters, a significant part of his base. The very existence of charter schools is an implicit rebuke to the public schools… It means they are not succeeding, and something new must be tried. … When a school exists for the students, you can tell. When it exists for the unions, you can tell that too…
There is a real question about what you do with chronically disruptive students. In Charter or Private schools, eventually they kick them out. Should public schools follow the same approach?
A recent, widely publicized incident in which a policeman was called to a school classroom to deal with a disruptive student has provoked all sorts of comments on whether the policeman used “excessive force.”What has received far less attention, though it is a far larger question, with more sweeping implications, is the role of disruptive students in schools.
President Obama called for limiting the amount of standardized educational testing to 2 percent of classroom time, addressing the growing concern across the county about an over emphasis on test taking. President Obama seems to miss the point. Education is a state and local school district issue. If local school districts want to do more or less, that is their decision.
The Tenth Amendment that “powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
“Obama cannot force states or districts to limit testing, which has drawn consternation from parents and teachers. But he directed the Education Department to make it easier for states to satisfy federal testing mandates and he urged states and districts to use factors beyond testing to assess student performance.
“In addition, The New York Times reports Obama will ask Congress make his plan into legislation.
“The administration said it still supports standardized tests as a necessary assessment tool, and there are no signs they are going away soon.”
There are some great experiments going on in the education world. Allowing parents to choose and creating charter schools is very innovative. In most cases it is working. Consider how charter schools gave New Orleans a second chance after Katrina.
“After Arizona pioneered an unusual school-choice law called education savings accounts (ESAs), which deposit’s a child’s state education dollars into a bank account with a debit card parents control, parents of autistic children founded a school for their kids. They have seen substantial progress with the help of expert teachers and therapists and an extremely low student-to-teacher ratio.
“With a new law this spring, Nevadans will have a similar opportunity. The state’s education savings accounts, the nation’s most expansive because they are open to all public school students, allow parents to take their kids out of public schools and spend state money on their kids’ education.Parents can cater an a la carte education to their child’s needs.
“That money is 90 percent of what the state had been spending on the kid’s education in public schools, or about $5,100 for most kids, so it doesn’t cost taxpayers anything extra. Parents can spend the money on more than just private school tuition. Tutoring, textbooks, transportation, therapy, curricula, and testing fees are approved expenses. Whatever’s left at the end of the year rolls over into the next, and ultimately can go towards college expenses. Parents can cater an a la carte education to their child’s needs.”
The traditional education model of public schools can be changed and re-thought. In New Orleans case, it took a disaster to make it happen but it does give us a different model to look at. I’m sure it isn’t perfect but some of the results are worth considering.
Grade 3 to 8 students passing the standardized state test went from 28 percent in 2008 to 57 percent in 2013, more than a 100 percent improvement, while high school graduation rate in the city increased by over 50 percent, from 55.4 percent to 77.8 percent, between 2004 and 2012. The graduation rate in the city is higher than the state’s average, not something you see in many states.
Ten years ago Hurricane Katrina struck the city and nearly wiped it off the map. Despite the unpreparedness of public authorities, rampant corruption and scandalous waste, something positive did come out of the disaster.
New Orleans quickly became the first city in the country to have 100 percent charter schools within its city limits. While it did come at a heavy price for some–all 7,000, mostly African-American and unionized teachers were fired–the results for students and their parents have been astounding.