Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Teacher Protests in Mexico

"Education is the only weapon of the people, those of the government are the instruments of death and repression. Who is the criminal?!" - CNTE Nacional

In Mexico, teachers are protesting a national set of education reforms that would change the way that teachers are evaluated.

That sounds VERY familiar. Here in the US, and even in the state of Georgia, there are educational reforms every 2-3 years. Most of them are tied to how teachers are evaluated. It happens so often, it's become routine to assume educational changes won't last long. Usually, teachers don't even have time to evaluate if the reforms are effective because they often change AGAIN!



You can't evaluate change without granting it significant time to develop. Teachers, administrators and other educational leaders know this but we haven't given those changes a unified resistance like these teachers in Mexico are currently doing. Teachers typically don't push back. Outside of a few instances like the teachers in Chicago, we usually don't rock the boat.

I admire the teachers in Mexico for standing up for their beliefs. I wish more international stories like these would gain more exposure, but I'm thankful that we can look to teachers across the world for inspiration.



Reuters Articlehttp://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-violence-idUSKCN0Z50WZ

CNN Articlehttp://www.cnn.com/2016/06/20/americas/oaxaca-mexico-clashes/index.html

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Father's Day

Three days after Father's Day and seems like mothers are the focus again! Lol! I never had a particular attachment to Father's Day. My father wasn't around much. But I have noticed that more and more people have taken an interest in fathers again!

Personally, I think that fathers are often perceived to be the breadwinners only! Dads are always absent, aloof, the un-disciplinarian....but recently that's changed. For the last few years, I've seen a shift in how the media portrays dads. It's almost like it's cool to be a dad again. I don't have children of my own yet, but I'm always dreaming about the type of father that I'll be.

One day, I'll join the Fraternity of Fathers, and I have a vision of how that will look within my family. I look forward to being a father and it will never make sense to me why some fathers choose to be absent. You always hear the reasons, but it will never make sense. That's why we have to celebrate the fathers that are present in the lives of their children. Celebrate the good dads that are around you!

I love Jimmy Kimmel for what he does every year for Father's Day. I think it's awesome! The videos always force us to appreciate the life that we have, because we know at any given time, it can be taken from us.

 KUDOS to all the fathers out there! Job well done.