“… by any means necessary…”

mon.jan.22: Where is the Love?

What’s wrong with the world, mama
People livin’ like they ain’t got no mamas
I think the whole world addicted to the drama
Only attracted to things that’ll bring you trauma


People killin’, people dyin’
Children hurt and you hear them cryin’
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek



I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
As I’m gettin’ older, y’all, people gets colder
Most of us only care about money makin’
Selfishness got us followin’ our wrong direction
Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria
Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinema
Yo’, whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness in equality
Instead of spreading love we’re spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading lives away from unity
That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feelin’ under
That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feelin’ down
There’s no wonder why sometimes I’m feelin’ under
Gotta keep my faith alive till love is found
Now ask yourself


Where is the love?
Where is the love?
Where is the love?
Where is the love?


[From/Source: Black Eyed Peas, “Where is the Love?”]


Monday, January 22, 2007 Posted by | 300 social sciences | 4 Comments

8th Scholars: “GOT MLK?”

websites we could link to regarding martin luther king, jr., day. these links also relate to malcolm x.

the 8th Scholars are doing a compare/contrast thing about mlk and x for this monday’s “spin for service carnival,” sponsored by casady school and Ms. Carmen Clay. (please note that some of these links require your computer to have certain software on it, and if the software isn’t on your computer, the links may not open. sorry for the inconvenience.)

acceptance speech at nobel peace prize award

worksheet to analyze documents

king website: click on “king speeches” to hear and read his speeches

student essay contest from florida

mlk and malcolm x

king and x: unfinished dialogue

Saturday, January 13, 2007 Posted by | 300 social sciences | Leave a comment

fri,jan.12: 8th Scholars

students these days… always want to read, read, read… it’s like they always want to stay in the library… oh, well. reading is a good thing, so that’s good…

8th library cake

but of course, we can’t spend all day in the library, cuz we should be learning stuff in our classrooms, too, right? if you thought we were studying a lot in the *library,* what ’till you see how hard we study in our classrooms! put on your seatbelts and hold on tight… this isn’t for the faint of heart…

8th classroom

all jokes aside, the 8th Grade Scholars are awesome. they rock (and rule)! (see cartoon of the rock and ruler!) if you don’t want to take my word for it, please feel free to take a few minutes and read the post of Joey’s writings on (1) Congressman Keith Ellison and the Qur’an controversy, and on (2) the seemingly eternal scientific question about how life began.

Friday, January 12, 2007 Posted by | 300 social sciences | 22 Comments

A New Year for School Reform

From: “Asia / A New Year for School Reform.” New York Times newspaper. 31 December 2006.



(1) The achievement gains [of No Child Left Behind] have fallen far short of what Congress hoped for when it passed the landmark federal law — and also far short of what the country needs to keep pace with its economic rivals. In addition, student performance has flattened in recent years. In many cases, that is because states that reaped all of the early, easy gains that are typically achieved by merely paying attention to a long-neglected problem failed to do the tougher work necessary to sustain their reforms.

(2) Low-income students still lag far behind their affluent counterparts… states that commit to rigorous standards and accountability systems can make progress in this difficult area.

(3) These gains are tentative and will certainly evaporate if the states lose momentum.

(4) To move forward, the country must also find new ways to support and transform failing schools, beyond labeling them failures and presuming that the stigma will inspire better performance.


Saturday, January 6, 2007 Posted by | 300 social sciences | Leave a comment


From: “Reading / Catching Up.” Economist magazine. 23 December 2006.

Subtitle: Britain / What to do about children who don’t like books

<—– if ur a man and you can *read,* you’ll quickly learn the pitfalls of marriage… wait — i didn’t just say that! (then again, if that was me, well, my wife would be running away with just the license plate, cuz a license plate is all i could afford right now… lol… or, if you’ve seen my bank account — the zeroes come *after* the decimal point, btw — you might see *me* in that car with a license plate that reads, “was hers.” lol…)


(1) Yet despite the proliferation of excellent books, reading is increasinbly unpopular among children… And about 6% of children leave primary school each year unable to read properly.

(2) An evaluation published earlier this year reported that children on [Reading Recovery] made 20 months’ progress in just one year…

(3) … children who are keen on reading can look forward to lifellong pleasure, [and] loving books is an excellent predictor of future educational success. According to the OECD, being a regular and enthusiastic reasder is more of an advantage than having well-educated parents in good jobs.


(1) My personal opinion is that reading is the key to so much. The benefits are just incredible. A book is an investment that may be comparable to an investment in Google’s stock, with regards to the return-on-investment. the word “book” is one of the four-letter words i think it would be nice to hear more often.

(2) RA, RS (btw, i penciled in your name in the margins of the article when i read it a few days ago… and i’m still working on the “boxcar children”… oops), JS, AA, ZQ, IC are all readers, and that’s cool.

Saturday, January 6, 2007 Posted by | 300 social sciences | 7 Comments