Taking The School Out Of Schools.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The New School.”

Schools today find it necessary to impart competition upon young minds. Do it better, faster, and stronger than the competition.

They have done away with music and the arts and replaced it with Common Core. What they fail to realize is that when talking about people there is no such thing as a common core. That would have to go.

We are all created so diversely that any real ‘schooling’ is difficult at best to impart upon young minds. We here in The United States are hardly united upon this topic.

If I was granted the opportunity to create a school from the ground up I would not build a building. We have this preconceived notion that schooling must take place in a location with teachers, rooms, computers and desks. Why? Why can’t children be taught business? Why can’t they be taught a variety of things that will cause them to seek out constructive things they may not even know they enjoy? 

I spent 12 years of my life wasting time in a variety of buildings from 8am until 3:30pm and for what? To drop out of college three times before I realized I actually like learning! I actually like thinking. I like dissecting things and thinking of new ways to solve problems. Our children are not taught that. 

I was taught complete these math problems and timed test and get them all right and you will get a prize. Read a certain number of books and we will give you a pizza! Know what that is? STUPID!!! Reward thinking does not cause learning! It causes children to do anything to get ahead. 

And it is the same with punishment. I once had a teacher who asked me to write a sentence 200 or something times at home that night because of something I did wrong. I went home, I typed the sentence out once on the computer and copied it 200 times and printed out the pages. What was that? Stupid and a waste of time! This same teacher duct taped a kid to his chair when he got up for recess a few seconds before the bell. In today’s society we would call that abuse! 

The risk/reward method of thinking in school is so archaic that I can’t even wrap my head around it. We need to stimulate the youth to want to make a difference. How do we do that? Create imagination. I would create opportunities. 

When I was a kid I never got to play sports in school because I was in a wheelchair. I became a band a choir geek. We took trips to local retirement centers to play or sing for the shut-ins. I would still employ this method today. Kids need to be made aware that there is a whole community no matter where they are and they have to make a difference in it. Not only was I allowed to make a difference in my community, but through band and choir I got to take trips! Washington D.C., New York City, Orlando, Florida. I have seen them all. 

I would still use convential methods in my school too, but they would be encompassed by imaginative thoughts. Anything can bring inspiration. We need to stop taking away all the children’s inspiration and creating carbon copies. We are not meant to be just another brick in the wall. 

To any children reading this I tell you branch out! You were never meant to be a churned out carbon copy that just goes into society to make money for someone else. You were created to create, inspire, grow, adapt, learn and make the world a better place! That would be the motto of my school. 

The Future Is Unwritten, The Past Has Been Written For A Reason.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “One-Way Street.”

If I had a time machine that could only travel one direction, either to the past or the future, I would definitely choose the future! I would love to see how things end up. Who knows, maybe I could come back to the present and change some decisions so the future doesn’t go the way I see it from the time machine.

The past? That is what brought me here and believe me, that is truly a gift! If I could be anywhere else doing anything else with anyone else, no thank you! I am married to a wonderful woman and I love my life. Every single moment I have lived in the past (so close to) thirty-nine years has led me here! Why would I change any one of those things? Sure, I could erase some pain, or bad decisions, but in the course of that, I would change a lot of good things too. Why do that?

No. If I had a time machine and I could either go to the past or to the future, let me go to the future. The future has yet to be written. Who’s to say that whatever I witness in the future cannot be changed? Who’s to say that whatever I witness in the future DEPENDS on ME to change it? No. My past is what led me to where I am now. It is finished and it is AWESOME! The future? Who knows? But, I will tell you this. Any little decision you make today can define your future. That word you spoke in anger to a friend or coworker, or God Forbid, a boss? Yeah. THAT can define your future. That decision you made to not help someone or even TO HELP SOMEONE, that can define a whole lot of futures.

What if the person you help today ends up being the major player in a world changing event of the future? What if by supporting someone today you are making a decision to change the outcome of millions of people’s future? Will you deny it? Go to the future. See what will happen and then come back to today. YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE TODAY WHAT WILL AFFECT TOMORROW! Why not take that chance?

I see it as the only way to go. Leap forward to the future, as long as you come back to NOW and make the positive changes that will impact the world in a grand manor tomorrow. I MAKE POSITIVE ACTIONS COME TRUE! The only way to do that is to look forward, not look back. Be a visionary today and see where the journey can take you, or us, or the world.