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Pink Is The New Blue

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We have a name for it now: The Great Recession. During this time, manufacturing jobs went bust. It’s not shocking that as the economy and industry shifts, employment must do the same. Have we learned nothing from a dated school system and curriculum created during industrialism?

Pink collar jobs are the future…I may have to look into this myself…. Jobs in industries once dominated by women are experiencing growth and many are in the health profession- nurse, PA, dental assistant. Men are beginning to follow the tide. Many blue collar workers are shifting to a new career and education is also taking notice with a plethora of additional offerings in health, medical and technology fields…figures. Academia can always capitalize on the trends.The other common thread binding these jobs is technology.

Teachers are another pink collar field. Good. More male teachers are welcome. I would think nannies fall into this category as well. 🙂

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2012 in Education, Health, women

 

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Youth In a Violent World

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I keep thinking about the Maryland boy who was killed on the way to school Tuesday morning. I can not shake it. That is how he will be remembered. In an interview, the principal remarked that he “didn’t deserve to die.” Do any of them? We just keep burying our children and it continues.

I am sick to death of the gun violence in this country and the impact it has on the youth. A few weeks ago, again in Maryland, a female honors student was killed in her home while sitting in bed. Yesterday, there was an on-campus shooting at Morgan State University, in Maryland. The good news…no fatalities and the emergency alert system seems to be intact.

As a parent, my anxiety is high. How do you live after you get that call? These were teens who were good students with future plans, who were targeted. The third incident was on a college campus which should be safe for students.

Our young peoples’ lives are filled with violence, especially gun violence. They are both victims and perpetrators- it is a learned behavior. At this rate, this country’s level of violence is comparable to those that we have historically looked down upon.

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2012 in Family, Reflection, Youth

 

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I Would Totally Hire a Male Nanny

As the mother of a young son, I would hire a male nanny- if I were in the market for one. Norland has admitted its first male student into its prestigious bachelors program.

I think it should definitely be considered, especially if there is no male role model or father figure in the home. Boys need it.

I relaize that some people will be resistent and even question a male’s presence in such a female-dominated industry. Just give him the same thorough interview process you would any other. After all, he will be caring for your kids.

But moms, let’s not subject him to the harassment that many of his female counterparts have endured. (smile)

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2012 in Education, Family, History, worklife balance, Youth

 

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What About the Children?

Chicago teachers are in the third day of their strike. Meanwhile, what happens to the students?

Teachers are reportedly striking for better pay and smaller class size. They have been speaking to parents about ongoing problems to gain support, but I wonder how long this support can be sustained. I have not followed the story since the beginning, but I wonder- school just started, could this not have been addressed before the year began? I suppose it would not have the same impact since the kids are missing school…

I do not minimize the issues that the teachers claim; I know of similar issues in DC schools. They cite classrooms that are stifling hot without air conditioning, important books that are unavailable and insufficient supplies of the basics, such as toilet paper. It’s just that, at the end of the day, the kids always suffer. Our kids can not afford to miss days (possibly weeks) of instruction.

I maintain that the issues that plague this country’s public school system can be fixed if students were truly the priority. Levels of administrators as well as local and federal politics continue to clog any inch of progress. All the brilliant minds in the U.S. not to mention promising models put forth by school districts that dot the nation, you can’t tell me that we can’t figure out how to give our kids the type of education that they deserve. All the tax money, the bright young and committed teachers, our dismal placement on the global education stage- why can’t it happen?!?

I have several friends and colleagues who are teachers. I respect them immensely for their passion and dedication to our children. They are frustrated by the challenges but choose to focus on the possibilities. They also maintain that the system could be fixed if everyone truly wanted our children to excel.

I thought our global descent in the areas of mathematics, science, research and technology would have been the catalyst. What will it take?

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2012 in Education, Family, Politics, Youth

 

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FLOTUS Maximus

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I needed 24 hours to reflect and I am still in awe. I love her. Michelle played her part, once again. Not only did she play it, she knocked it out of the park. As a woman- whatever race, creed, affiliation- you had to be proud.

“Being President doesn’t change who you are, it reveals who you are….”

I am hopeful that people recognize greatness when they see it.

 

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Congratulations, Michael!

I’m obviously late to the party! Michael Strahan is the new co-host of Live! with Kelly. Congratulations to the gap-toothed Giant for snagging one of the most coveted jobs in recent memory. I wonder if they’re gonna change the name?

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2012 in Career, Fun, Sports

 

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R.I.P. Gentle Giant

December 10, 1957 – September 3, 2012

Best known for his performance in The Green Mile, actor Michael Clarke Duncan died of a heart attack. His recognizable baritone and sweet disposition will be missed for those closest to him.

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2012 in Arts, Movies, Reflection

 

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