My Quest To Teach

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When You Educate Women You Educate Generations

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When You Educate Women You Educate Generations
by William Jackson, #MyQuestToTeach
STEM and STEAM Advocate

The goal of education is not to just educate that specific
person, it is a goal to educate generations that come
afterwards. Establishing education as a foundation to
achieve success can be seen when families continue to
send their children to higher educational institutions,
vocational school and even military service to work
towards a level of degree in the service of their country.

The past decade has seen an increase in careers that
require technical skill, certificates and diplomas. At the
forefront are women that see these as stable careers
to raise a family and have access to the benefits
that they may not have had from their parents. Families
of color are beginning to encourage their children to
think out of the cultural box and aim for the stars,
the seas and medical professions that explore
the inner spaces of the human bodies.

STEM, STEAM, STREAM are seen as the gateways
to achieving the American Dream and dreams that
are deferred because of social-economic situations.
The increase in mentoring groups is exposing
girls and young women to careers not thought
of that require higher order thinking, problem
solving, critical thinking, thought leadership,
creativity and out of the box developmental
abilities that foresee future challenges that
may threaten humanity on local, national
or international levels.

When you educate a mother your educating a generation
because mothers will continue to open the minds of her
children and her children’s children. Fathers provide
the support systems and help build foundations. The
recent Markerspace presentation at the Jacksonville
Public Library “STEAM INTO STEM” brought together
women in Jacksonville, Florida that show the diversity
of parenting, careers, business applications, educational
levels and entrepreneurialism.

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Jax Markerspace panelists:
Shawanna Brooks, the hostesses, Akia Uwanda, Latonja Richardson,
Princess S. Rashid, and Angie Nixon. Each woman involved in
Jacksonville as community activist, business leaders and have
children in the schools systems of Jacksonville either public
or private.
The aspirations are the same for academic success, the goal of
graduating their children from high school and attending higher
education is similar, but the roads to achievements are
diverse and different. Each women are successful in their own
ways, are unified in their goals for their children to be better
educated and have better access to the resources that are open
in today with the integration and implementation of technologies
that involve STEAM INTO STEM.

Trans-formative statements: “The biggest danger of unemployment
today is not of immigration it is the advancements of technology
in robotics,” made by Princess S. Rashid a Physicist, educator,
parent and Artist. This shows that science can embrace the Arts,
there is coexistence.  The blending of STEAM and building a
relationship with careers comes into place when Angie Nixon
and Latonjay Richardson comment that the holistic approach
to education comes to play that children will not change if they
continue to be limited by their environments. The value of
exposure and relevance is real when education is applied to
careers and the changing of the mental and relevancy of what
is learned when applied in real life.

The FIRST LEGO LEAGUE, is the dream of Mark McCombs,
“I teach people how to build robots and to do what they used
to think was impossible.” Mark McCombs is the visionary of the
FIRST LEGO League competitions going on at middle and high
schools across the state of Florida . This creates dynamic
opportunities for team building in youth, teens and young adults.

Engineering, building and coding of robotics that are involved
in competitions and can be applied to real world or off world
future exploration. Women are playing key roles in these areas,
looking at the recent Hidden Figures movie that careers in NASA
and other aerospace, inner space, space travel and applied careers
are the keys for generational success academically and culturally.

STEM, STEAM and STREAM are not just acronyms to decipher
they are Real, Relevant and Ready to help youth, teens and young
adults reach their dreams and beyond. Parents check your child’s
school to see if they have a STEM or STEAM curriculum that builds
your child to reach beyond their potential and abilities. Never put
limits on the learning of your children or you will limit their
abilities to take care of themselves and their children.
Generations depend on the advancements of the children now.
If your children do not know how to aim, how will they aim
high for success?
Resources:
Jacksonville Public Library:
http://jaxpubliclibrary.org/

 

March 12, 2013

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Malcolm X the importance of Learning

The Importance of Learning for Blerds

The Art of Blogging for Blerds and Bleeks

#Blerds are involved in many types of technology.
There is no limit as to what #Blerds (Black Nerds)
and #Bleeks (Black Geeks) can achieve with tech.
An important aspect to the acceptance of technology
is to have a passion for using technology. Whether
it is in the form of using Twitter to Micro-blog,
Instagram Blogging by pictures, Podcasting,
and many other Social Media platforms that
allow for communication and sharing of
information.

The world has changed; African Americans
as well as those of diverse cultural backgrounds
must adapt to have a voice in the world. Not just in
the United States of America. Technology provides
an intangible ability to connect, collaborate and
consummate relationships that traverse distances.
Digital platforms are not hindered by distances;
in fact the distances that a person is physically limited
by can actually make a connection grow stronger.
Build a relationship that allows from the humanistic
bonding to extend over a Matrix like quantum field
of broadband, fiber optics, satellite and microwave
technologies.

Sharing of digital content allows for a freedom to
express ideologies, spiritually, moralities, rationalities
and the inner psychological and emotional depths
to be shared with those of like minds.
The basic concept of Blogging is a digital diary,
text interlaced with opinions, ideas, observations and
intricate feelings. Blerds and Bleeks need to understand
the basic skill of writing is important. The historic
fundamentals of chalk to parchment, pen to paper and
now digital documentation is important in a world where
information is more valuable than currency.
The term:
”knowledge is power” is being replaced by “applied
knowledge is applied power” Anthony Butler, Sr. E3
Business Group.

Blacks need to understand the simplistic nature of reading
and empowerment of education and technical engagement.
Blacks are distracted by so many elements in their lives
that the simple practice of reading has become a chore:
this must change if Black children are to be successful
and able to compete in the 21st century.
Being an avid Blogger and an educator I strive to get my
elementary students at my STEAM school to embrace
wring, not just for its educational implications, but for
the passion of sharing and creating information. Blacks
will not have educational parity, economic power or
political voice if Blerds and Bleeks are not encourages
each generation to write, read and be creators of content not
just consumers.

”A silent voice is not heard, and a silent culture is ignored
and destined for extinction” Wm Jackson 2013.

Blacks are great consumers of technology, but a key area
is being a producer of content, creating a digital voice.
In this age of 21st century technical expansion, this is an
age where generations will be seen as valued or non-valued.
Intellectualism is a key factor in the value and growth in
diverse markets for Blacks.
Booker T. Washington stated, “I favor the most thorough
mental training and the highest development of mind.”
Blerds and Bleeks are moving in this direction the growth
of technology and expansion of educational opportunities
leads into the words of Washington directed at
Black children in schools:
pupils can have both their minds educated through learning,
about as much technology a possible, and their hands trained
learning how to Blog and design Apps.

Blogging and presenting since 2006 I embraced the title
of being a Blerd and Bleek long before it became fashionable
and accepted by people of color. Sharing my passion of
technology with students at school while I teach Engineering
to Kindergarten to Fifth graders. Hoping to birth in their
developing minds the awesomeness of applying technology
and the engagement of digital tools to be future creators not
just consumers.

Sharing some thoughts to encourage young Bloggers:
Find your passion(s) to write about and don’t be afraid to share
your passion. Write on a regular basis and don’t worry if your
writing is good or not. You are writing for the passion and
engagement. The more you write the better you get.
If you struggle to write provide assignments or homework to
write about. Choose something that excites you,
at first don’t worry about the direction just write and go back
later to correct and enhance.

The best writers have developed the ability of observe, listen,
and understand their feeling and surroundings that encourage
their writing and stay away from negativity in people and situations
that drain their spirits, enthusiasm and mental abilities.
Sometimes multiple pieces develop; the best thing is to carry
paper and pencil or recorder to record thoughts that are unique
and random. Even if an idea seems remote and un-usable at the
tine save it and put is away. Store it mentally and physically, I
guarantee you can use it later. Find out what motivates your mind
either through music, art, food, walks in the park or on the beach.
I have watched sunrises and sunset and received a Blessing of
encouragement each person is different. Again have pen and
paper ready at all times. If you think you will remember an
awesome subject later or title trust me you will not. I have
dreamed about a title or subject thinking that I will remember
later and mad that I did not write it down.

Always encourage others, their excitement will keep
your excitement going. There will be times when you
feel like you cannot shut your mind off, so embrace it
and work with it. These are the times where your mind
is excited, engaged and your synapses are in overdrive
so take advantage of it to the limit.
I have attended conferences, workshops and seminars,
the best advice that I received was from Al Letson, he
stated don’t be afraid of the voices in your head, allow
them to guide your writing, empower your spirit and
ignite your passion. Use your own voice to share your
own story.

Lastly if you want to be published young Blerds and
Bleeks submit to everyone, every place. Have patience
and be adaptable to the need for content. Published
writings bring joy, but it will not transform your life.
To the growing Blerds and Bleeks I share what I have
learned by listening to the passion for education by
Malcolm X. The talents of Al Letson sharing his
wisdom, humor and the love of his craft at a writing
conference.

I was feeling Al Letson when he said listen to the
voices in your head that guide and motivate you to
put words down. To be passionate about your craft,
that gift God has blessed you with. Don’t fight the
voices or force them to be quiet, but allow their energy
to flow and move you in directions that maybe you
would not have gone before.

Go forth young Blerds and Bleeks use technology to:
Create – Collaborate and Consummate your crafts.
Let it spread and be your Matrix of leadership for change.

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