Here is a chuckle for the intelligent among us. We are now legislating Islamophobia. f2-DSCN2702Three states have already passed anti-Sharia laws, and twenty-two more are planning to do the same.

Legislators should do their homework. They should research what Sharia means before wasting their time and the tax-payers’ dollars. (Perhaps legislators are too dumb to do research.)

If the legislators knew and understood what Sharia is, perhaps they would bury their silly heads in a dirt heap.

For a practicing Muslim Sharia is how he or she behaves, dresses, conduct themselves in daily life. IMG_0135-1For example, a woman wearing a head scarf is observing Sharia. Don’t nuns and observing Jewish woman wear head coverings? The fact is that 60% of Muslim women do not wear scarves.

Muslims wash their hands before and after eating. That is Sharia. They say Bismillah before eating and Alhamdo Lillah after eating. That is Sharia. They pray five times per day. That is Sharia. They send blessings unto all the Prophets of God. That is Sharia. They eat halal food. That is Sharia. Some Muslim men have beards and wear head coverings. That is Sharia. (Don’t religious Jewish and Christian clergy men wear head coverings and other attachments to their dress?)

Sharia is comparable to the Ten Commandments of Moses.Breaktime

How can the US Government legislate against Sharia? Are they going to pass laws stopping Muslims from washing their hands, saying Bismillah before they eat, stop praying everyday, or not eating the food (halal) they choose to eat?

We know American elected officials are stupid, racist, and have very little to do.DSCF4284 But passing anti-Sharia laws is taking stupidity and racism to a new low.

This is another was to incite fear in Americans and spread Islamophobia.

 

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In days gone-by TV used to be the babysitter. Today electronics are the new child-care provider.mind

Looking back, TV was not so bad since it was only used at home.

Today electronics are entertaining, occupying kids’ minds everywhere – on buses, planes, trains, in car baby-seats, in stores, in supermarkets, in parks, and at home.

A simple question:  When do parents talk to their kids?

                  When do they hug them?

                  When do they read to them?

                   When do they sit on the floor and play games with them?smudge-chalk-girls

                    When do they teach them stuff – like manners?

What effect do round the clock electronic games have on those little eyes? How long before they need glasses? And violence? How often do they kill the bad guys, take hostages, or look at a good fight?

The children of today are going to be the leaders of tomorrow. Characters are formed in their formative years. What kind of leaders will these children make to lead tomorrow’s world?

If children have no imagination and no creative juices running in their veins what will happenballoon-boy to art and music, space programs and philosophy? Can we live without art and music, science and philosophy?

For parents, placing a “toy” in the hands of an infant and leaving him to mind himself is the easy way out. At the end of the day we are back to that famous line … “ a mind is a terrible thing to waste.”

booksWho are the Master Teachers? Who decide the qualifications (education and experience) of a Master Teacher? Ready or not, here they come:

Master Teachers @ 20,000 + annual salary!

Model Teachers @   7,500 + annual salary!

Teacher Ambassadors @ 7,500 + annual salary!

This is certainly a plan to punish and embarrass the majority of experienced and effective teachers and reward the principal’s pets, boot-lickers, ass-kissers and family and friends.schoolroom

Who are the block-heads who came up with this stupid proposal to “reward … exemplary teachers … to extend … their reach and role to help others … to share and develop instructional practices … and … to support teachers’ instructional practices.”

These paragons of wisdom are going to be a selected few – no experience in teaching necessary.

At Teachers College / Columbia University, Dr. F. a world renowned authority on teaching and classroom practices told us enthusiastic future teachers that there is no such person as a master teacher.

His theory was simple. Teachers and teaching evolve every day. No one can “show” someone else “how to” teach. Teaching is a natural aptitude. One can or can’t teach. The desire to teach does not give one the ability to walk into a classroom and deliver a successful lesson.school bus

Besides, what works today, may not work tomorrow. An experienced teacher knows that what works in one class may not work in another class. An experienced teacher also knows that she must modify the same lesson plan five times per day to fit every class. And since each student learns differently the dynamics in each classroom are also different.

Where does the master teacher fit into this practice? Teachers who can’t teach but aspire to administrative positions become teachers for a few years and then step into the AP’s or principal’s office.

So how are these Masters, Models and Ambassadors going to help and instruct other teachers?2013-01-28_09-16-34_256

Perhaps these newly created witches and wizards have a magic formula for fixing the broken system. However, from an experienced teacher’s point of view, this is more politics, corruption and waste of time and money. Let’s get real. Who are going to select these paragons of wisdom?

In the present system teachers already help each other, share information, share lesson plans and teaching material, and lend moral support when needed.

The empty heads that came-up with this plan has no knowledge of the politics, favoritism, in a school building. The principal picks the master teachers. Who is he going to pick?

With one stroke of their pens they created an uneven playing field and gave new meaning to experience / inexperience, superior / inferior, master / slave, I know / you don’t.

 

 

The bottom line is: You should not have to pay to get your book published.the journey

The fact of the matter is: self-publishing is enticing, but the exploited poor writers do not reap the profits.

The old cliché for writers used to be publish or perish. Then in the age of cyber tech self-publishing was born. They know writers are anxious to get their works published so they exploit them. The people behind these companies are anonymous. In complete anonymity they grad your money, swindle you blind, and disappear into cyber space.DSC_5394

Self-publishing is the new form of exploiting poor unsuspecting writers who are hell bent on producing thoughts and words on paper for the “audience” of said thoughts and words.

This is the peril of self-pub. One wonders how many hundreds of millions of $$$ poor writers lose every year in this new scam. It is heart breaking. Yikes!However, greed will drive industries like self-pub, while the need to “succeed” will drive writers to the poor house.

Perhaps one day fools like me will realize that putting money into self-pub is like flushing money down the toilet. Do it if you have money to lose, but expect nothing in return.

The minute you pay them, they disappear in cyber space.

In a word, self publishing is a disillusioning experience.

 

Vultures: Self Publishers are like vultures!Success Starts Here They prey on the poor and hopeful writers who dream of seeing their words in print. They are really high tech cyber criminals with no face and no name and a new way to empty trusting pockets.

Like so many “foolish” people around the globe I would like to be a published writer. In the past it was difficult. Perhaps half of 1% of what was ever written got published. Even Dickens and Elliot began by publishing their own manuscripts.

Today we have self publishing. The cost is high, the anxiety leads to depression, and the lack of marketing skills lead to rejection and heartbreak.literature

After years of toiling over that MS and spending hard earned (sometimes borrowed) money to self publish and not being able to get a return on your labour and investment – well it is disillusioning, especially if you believe in the subject you have so carefully developed.

What is amazing about the publishing industry is that a movie star or a politician or a ball player could write trash about their sex life, war mongering, drug habits, or absolute tripe and they buy and publish such drivel.DSC_5394

To publish a book on educating parents and the public about the state of American education would not be of interest to publishers. And yet every publishing house has swindlers / salesmen preying on writers to self publish so they can make money.

These swindlers, these vultures, are merciless in their campaign to get one’s money to self publish.

Yes, I fell into the trap – and lost some retirement funds.

 

 

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