Mind Your Media

Communication has a Purpose

As aesthetic creatures, modern humans are capable of communicating our concepts of the world around us. Using numerous means to correspond we relate our thoughts to others.  Due to widespread access to news updates about what is happening in our global society people spend many hours acquiring “info” from any number of resources. We might hear something informative on the radio. See something useful on television.  Find something interesting and new on the internet or read about current affairs in the newspaper or trustworthy blog.

The Purpose of Communication

Collectively known as “the media”, newspapers, radio, television, and the World Wide Web, are effective tools for sharing information. People are continuously working to gain, store, and retain information seen as vital to their desire existance. Individuals are bombarded with a multitude of literacy. Being able to transmit and disperse significant news to millions, even billions, of people in a matter of seconds has been an effective tool for promoting agendas, data, and ideologies.

Communicating with a Purpose

Extremely effective and efficient, today’s global media outlets provide an abundance of shared knowledge that could help to ensure the civil, healthy productive survival of future generations. How we think determines how we act. How we act determines our reality. In an effort to improve and maximize our life span, every minute of every hour of every day our mind and body actively work together to process information absorbed throughout the day.

Purposeful Communication

Modern humans have managed to find a way to control a lot of things in the natural world around us, however we cannot control the flow of time. Fortunately, our brains are built to process massive amounts of information in minimal amounts of time. The brain, which is the central processing unit for humans, controls thoughts and physical movements. Our ability to successfully communicate with one another is a key component ot our ability to evolve and maintain our dominant evolutionary status.

Adaptation of the Human Species

. . Humans, the “Last Hominids Standing”.

Humans, while magnificent works of art, are just one of many species living on the Earth. Reportedly modern humans are the only hominids who have not gone extinct. As Humans, our observation of the world around us and experience in life, over time forms beliefs and attitudes that manifest into actions. These actions create multiple realities of a shared living environment.  One such belief is that variations of physical appearance are vital to the nature of the person. This Racialism is embedded in the mindset of government officials and citizens in the United States and throughout the world. 

Spiritual awakening, community living and societal hierarchy of antiquity formed the basis for our modern global society. Slavery is a cultural concept born of those theories. For centuries concepts developed from these theories adhere to race as a dominating factor. This are the cultures modern humans have inherited. Before nautical travel began to circle the globe, people were seperated by what seemed to be unsurpassable geological barriers. As fears subsided and boundaries were pushed, land masses previously unknown became known. A main component of this new emerging global society is organizing people on a massive skill.

The United States is a Nation established as a result of learned Colonial behaviors. The concept of creating ownership “rights” over the land and inhabitants is rooted in beliefs and teachings learned as “subjects” of Great Britain. Colonial Americans believed in Civil liberties, rights and freedom for some of the people and created the United States Constitution as a symbol of those shared beliefs. While the right to own slaves is not in the Bill of Rights, Article1 section2 of the Constitution determines how to count slaves for the purposes of taxation and state population. 

Slavery is not just a part of the American Colonial culture, but it was a part of the legal system of government. For some it was a moral dilemma For some it was an economic necessity. Unable to come to an agreement on the issue, States began to succeed from the Union. Seen as a required necessary for the staability of the Nation, Perservation of the Union was the main focus of President Abraham Lincoln As the war continued, people began to waver. The dread and horrors of lives lost was becoming to much for the people to handle and the reality of life for enslaved people in the colonies became more uncertain than ever.

The Civil War seem to be providing no reasonable resolution for their situations. In the end the Union had been preserved. The addition of the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery and ended the practice of free labor. The fourteenth ammendentment legislates citizinship and the fifteenth ammendment establishes rights to vote. The concept of equiality is not the reality exhibited in the culture of society.  Influenced by the past, present ideology continues to endorse concepts of race as a factor in the lives of citizens. Only by gaining understanding and knowledge of the changes and events of the world will we be able to evolve, and move forward together, as Humans.

The U.S. Culture of Racialism

The implicit bias of individuals in a society is not unique to the individual. For thousands of years the concept of  Racialism has been a contributing component of  cultures created by human beings obsessed with physical differences. This lead to categorizing people into different classes. A system of categorization which favors people of certain physical traits, over others. Discrimination, in the U.S. today consist of coordinated actions to motivate adherence to the stereotypes formed from prejudice beliefs. People’s active participation in cultural racism is a barrier to Unity.  Discriminatory actions of people provide the dysfunction necessary for systemic racism.

As it is not a component of biology, before the 17th Century, a person’s race was determined by their family ties.  When global travel and relocation, along with a growing global economy, began to take shape in the 17th and 18th centuries, race took on a different connotation. It became a discriminatory device of prejudice in the newly formed nation of United States of America.  Since the birth or this Nation,, race has been a governing factor  in civics, culture, and life in society at large. For some, your race class determines your rights to fair and equal treatment. Dividing human beings into categories and assigning them to a specific “station” in life was a crucial component in the great compromise essential to the success of the country.

Fueled by prejudice beliefs, perceptions and speech, the people who benefit from these systemic practices use stereotypes as “moral justification” for unfair treatment of under privileged members of society.  Systematic Racism is the product of discriminatory influence on government practices and policymakers.  The practice of discrimination that exist within our global society consist of active motions by people in positions of civic, social, and economic authority.

These actions affect aspects of life that alter the realm of reality for the people they are sworn to duly serve and represent. The culture of racism, that persist in the United States, is embedded in the behavior of the citizens. A practice in division, institutionalize racially bias systems are the product of discriminatory practices by civic and social leaders in positions of power. The system is an object.  The attitudes and biases of people are the driving force that steers the systematic racism of society.

Changing the concepts of what and how people think changes behavior and cultural around the world. The success and continued endurance of these systems requires the participation of the people they govern.  Actively participating in efforts to remove the bias and delete the labels will help to create  Unity in the Human Race.

Civic Life In A Sovereign Society

The reality of life in our sovereign nation is that people rely on Elected and Appointed Officials to implement legislation and policy that will serve Public interest In these times of need citizens Hope officials are working diligently to identify and provide safety guidelines that serve the good of Public Safety. We Trust healthcare and treatments will be implemented to benefit and protect Public Health. We are told that we are all in this together and we want to Believe that is the case

 In the interest of Public Health & Safety, governments all across the globe are enacting laws that require people to #StayHome. This has meant the closing of Public Schools, government service agencies, and many small for profit and not for profit businesses that provide goods and services to the community.  Essential for some, non-essential for others, many facilities and services have been ordered by authorities to shutdown. Mandates to wear mask in public grow increasingly louder. Some people do and some people do not understand or agree with this course of action. Therefore, some people will comply and some people will resist.

Theory, even when accepted, is not a fact. Guidelines and practices based on theories of what is and what is not known might tell us why the coronavirus epidemic became a pandemic. Or how contagious the virus is and why it spreads so quickly. Theories may or may not correctly explain prevention and treatment. While Legislation created as a result of these theories may or may not work, good or bad, change is inevitable. We have no idea which “theories” dictate the Laws we have recently passed and will pass in the future, We know that this is not the first pandemic the world has experienced. and this will not be the last. Sovereignty granted by the people has allowed State and Federal branches of government to create unprecedented challenges to our Civil Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness.

We the People Understand…?

We the People Understand that we do not all think alike. We Understand that our views and perspectives on what it is to be human, life and the world, or worlds, depending on your beliefs, are different. We Understand that each living person has an Inalienable natural right in life to think for themselves that supersede government mandates, social influence, and cultural norms. We the People Understand that this right to think comes with the right to life. We the People Understand that our right to think remains with each of us throughout our lifetime.

We the People Understand, that viruses come in different forms and can cause a multitude of problems within the body. We understand that viruses cause illness like the  Common Cold , HIV, SARS and Covid 19.  While catching a cold can cause disruption inside the body, HIV can complete destroy the bodies immune system.  As a safety precaution and protection from Covid 19 spreaing, all over the world, changes that profoundly impact our daily day to day lifestyles have been set in place.

We the People Understand that we are in the midst of a “pandemic” and that many of the people in leadership positions felt it necessary to halt many aspects of our infrastructures to ensure the safety of citizens. These changes challenge the very nature of being human in a globally connected communal society. but together we will do what we have done so many times in the past, find out how to contain and treat the virus.

We the People Understand that during times of crisis hard choices have to be made. Some of those choices have seen essentially life-saving medical procedures delayed, our children denied access to adequate public education, and the demand and cost of food and basic necessities go up tremendously. Transportation systems stopped or severely slowed. Courts and other governmental services severely interruted, and calls to stay home grow louder.  


We the People Understand that our leaders have to take public health safety measures to try and stop the spread of Covid 19.  We the People Hope our leaders used critical thinking skills to work through the issues, We want to believe that they are constantly evaluating the multitude of information to consider,  available options and using the facts of the premises, We want to trust that they came up with  deductive solutions about course of actions to use. They know that what they do today will determine the course of our tomorrow. We the People Understand…Right?

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Components for Basic Education

Focus on the Brain Muscle

The Brain is a Muscle. Exercise strengthens muscles. Thinking Exercises the Brain Muscle. When students practice thinking they learn to succeed through failure. They begin to believe in themselves and their abilities to strategize solutions to support their success.  Learning through Play, Achieving strategic plans and goals builds belief in their own intellectual skills and competence.

Students will begin to acquire a lasting feeling of the importance of thinking. They become committed to learning and actively engage in the education process. Schools are critical to the development of cognitive and non-cognitive skills essential to the “lifelong success” of students.   As a central component in providing the scholastic skills of basic education, educators are tasked to Challenge Help Encourage Student Success @School & Life.

Comprehensive Student Development Plan

The School District has a responsibility to provide access to research and resources, tools, and services necessary for professional education administrators, staff, and educators to provide public school students with a basic education. Family, Community and Faith Based Supports provide additional services, tools, and resources essential to the Social and Emotional Learning and Development Student Character.

Educating public school students comes with a barrage of challenges for school staff, students, and parents.  Despite the challenges, effective development of the relationship between students and staff can help create school and classroom environments in which all  students can succeed.  A Comprehensive Approach to Education will foster positive relationships between students and staff. This strategy can effectively help to cultivate an appreciation for Education in even the most scholastically challenged schools.  

Utilizing Schools to Develop Relationships

Philadelphia public schools not only provide our students with an academic education, they serve as a crucial source in the development of the civic, social, and emotional competencies and skills of Philadelphia youth. The public education system is a critical component in cultivating student character, but it is by no means the only factor in developing the mental capacities of young people.  

Working together, using the Search Institute’s Framework for Developmental Assets®, 40 research-based, positive experiences and qualities that influence young people’s development, parents, teachers, administrators, community leaders, and elected officials can help Public-School Students become caring, responsible, and productive adults.

Public Education in a First Class City

Philadelphia is one of only two “first-class” cities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Established before the Civil War, the Philadelphia School District is one of the largest and oldest in the Country.  Responsible for overseeing the Public Education of hundreds of thousands of students. As part of their Mission, the School District of Philadelphia “will deliver on the civil right of every child in Philadelphia to an excellent public-school education… and graduate from high school ready to succeed, fully engaged as a citizen of our world”.

The Philadelphia School District,was Established before the Civil War,

The public-school student population in Philadelphia is larger than the entire population of many counties throughout the state  So much education, experience, and expertise, the School District Leadership has lots of Chiefs , Staff, Academic Support, Student Support Services, Finance, General Operations,  Charters, Research & Evaluation, Information Office, Talent Officer,  Fund For the School District, Facilities Management & Capital Projects, who work under the leadership of the Superintendent William R. Hite, Jr., Ed.D

To move the Mission from theory to reality will require Action, The  School district  has the power, authority, and responsibility to “facilitate”  the resources, supplies, and tools. Along with Public School Leaders, Teachers, Students & Parents, Community and Family Engagement in the creation and implementation of a Comprehensive School Plan of Action, hundreds of thousands of young Scholars will become successful, “fully engaged” citizens “of our world”.

Is Chess a Game Smart People Play? Or Does Playing Chess Make People Smart?!

Smart People Play Chess ?

Chess is a game that has been played for centuries and for centuries it has been linked with intelligence and smartness. 

According to Brain game, “the notion that playing chess makes you smarter goes something like this: chess requires concentration and intelligence, and as mathematics and literacy require the same general skills, then practising chess must also improve one’s academic achievement” .May 9, 2017

However how do we determine who is smart and who is not smart? Does how well you do on the Intelligence Quotient (IQ) test , which “expresses  your intelligence” in the form of a number, 100 being Average, higher than 100 being Above Average, and less than 100 being Below Average, accurately illustrate how “smart” you are?

Playing Chess Makes People Smart?

When you do physical exercise, you improve your physical health, the muscles get tone, you grow stronger, and begin to feel better. Your brain is also a muscle. So, when you do mental exercise such as strategic thinking while playing chess, your brain’s capacity to think and solve problems increases.

Your brain grows and strengthens. So, just as Physical Activity strengthens and tones muscles, stimulates growth, and improves overall physical health, strategic exercise will stimulate the brain muscle and improve your mental health

Smart People Play Chess

Chess is a highly stimulating activity for the brain.  Smart People are attracted towards it as their brain sees it as a fun challenge. At the same time,  Chess is a strategic game,  that stimulates brain activity by requiring the player to Think.

The more the player Thinks, the more the player Grows, the more the player Grows, the Smarter the player becomes. So it can be said that Chess is Both, a game Smart People Play, and a game that Makes People Smart.

Playing Chess Makes People Smart

Playing chess exercises the brain muscle. In the game of chess, there are two Armies locked in a battle of wits, to control the Kingdom. The objective is to capture the Enemy King before the Enemy Army captures Your King.  When playing chess, you not only have to think about your moves, but also have to keep in mind what your opponent might be thinking. Your brain remains very active. 

You constantly have these analytical thoughts coursing through your mind.  Players are consistently calculating and recalculating actions and moves to form strategic plans which makes playing chess a highly stimulating mental exercise.  

Benefits of Chess Play for Students

The Developmental Asset Approach identified by the Search Institute includes the importance of a student’s commitment to learning. You cannot learn well unless you can think well. For greater thinking ability, playing games like chess is very useful. GiddyGlove PARC helps students learn to think by teaching them how to Play A Round Chess ,  and  Have Fun Doing It!

Simplify the Method

Whether you are an opponent or supporter of the PA School System Assessments there is a general desire to see our young people receive Basic Education that will equip them with the skills they need to become healthy, productive, self- sufficient adults. The debate over how to do this is has been going on for decades. It is our children who suffer the consequences of the choices we make on their behalf. Choices we make based on what we believe our students need

Many schools have successfully begun to use a Developmental Asset Approach to educating their students. Instead of making assumptions about what students need, asking them what they need, Using a variety of Student Assessment Surveys they were able to help motivate students to succeed. Using the Developmental Asset Approach identified by the Search Institute, we can focus on developing internal strengths and external supports relationships that will help “motivate students to grow and thrive”.

Moving Forward

Education of our youth should not be deduced to the economic cost.  As a society we are failing to properly educate our young people.  We are so focused on “funding” we have all but abandon the goal of providing our students with a “thorough and effective public education”.  It may not be easy, but it is possible to help our children Learn to Think.

Critical Thinking in Basic Education

The goal of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is to provide a “thorough and efficient system of public education”. (Article III B. s14). Using Standardized test to measure the effectiveness of public education provides a standard of “eligible content” to ensure students “meet or exceed” standardized expectations.

Our Children do not need more test and exams, they need to be provided with skills necessary to help them grow into healthy, productive, self-sufficient adults that positively contribute to the civility of our society.  When we turn the duty of educating our young people into a Corporate Endeavor we fail our children

Basic Education should provide students with competent knowledge and skills necessary for them to sustain self-sufficient adulthood. To do this we must have Basic Education Curriculum that will Challenge Help Encourage Student Success @School & Life. Working together, we can help students succeed.