Category: Tupelo Schools

Freedom to Use Your Abilities

From the news: “DNC chairman Tom Perez said in the statement, “we recognize that America’s founding promise remains out of reach for too many families.”

Adding that “everywhere we look, our most fundamental values are under attack,” Perez referred to problems surrounding low-paying jobs, health care, immigration, injustice to people of color and members or the LGBTQ community, a recent Supreme Court decision on public unions, and the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.”

Nature never made everyone equal as each has unique DNA and human body. Each has strengths and weaknesses. Some are enhanced with modern ingenuity, hard work, knowledge, abilities, environment and some luck. The government can not give you the life you dreamed of but it can treat you equal when applying the laws. Has this happened in reality, not exactly. Bias, selective enforcement, personality, connections, values, contributions, etc. make each life different and are treated differently. Government can not, and will not fix these differences. The more people expect government to make up for each person’s deficiency, the more corruption we will experience. The democratic republic will fall apart.

The best first step is expect nothing, everything you do to make things happen depends on yourself. Next be responsible for your own actions which lead to your experience in life. No one has control of luck.

History

Trying to predict what happened in the past is like finding a puddle of water and trying to determine the shape of the ice chunk it came from.

From Tupelo Talks Facebook;Tuesday night the City Council passed by a 4-3 vote legislation to make the Tupelo Transit system a reality. Factual research paid for by Toyota, thank you Toyota, shows 42% of Tupelo’s population are potential users of this service.

Do we believe that 16,000 people in Tupelo would take a bus up and down Main street and or up and down Gloster? Exactly how did a consultant arrive at this figure? What interest does Toyota have in the project? If the project does not turn a profit who is going to fund the shortfall? What is the benefit value the average taxpayer who the City Council spent their tax money on.

I understand much of Tupelo is in poverty and have a difficult time traveling to and from work. But this system is not going to do any better than those people riding a bicycle. By the way the taxpayer paid for bike lanes. The disabled, elderly, etc. would benefit better from rezoning residential areas to provide the food stores and services they need, in walking distance like most cities have.

Perhaps the City council and or the Newspaper need better information before spending money they did not earn. It must be nice to not have any skin in the game.

Father’s Day

It is getting more and more difficult to be a father in modern society. Being the head of a family responsible for raising children and supporting the family in so many ways have drove some men to an early grave. It costs $250,000 just to get a child through high school and much more through college. Then we have coping with the changing morals and ethics or challenging income skills. Hardest of all is finding time for the love and attention all children need. Forget being a pawn manipulated consumer by buying cards or presents and focus on how valuable time is being together.

Politics, Religion, Intelligence

Life is not easy and requires sifting through lots of information and experience which is filtered through our perceptions. Then we have self generated feelings, emotions, senses, memory, unconscious, imagination, unknowns, etc. Much of the brain’s activity is formed by neuron connections formed by habits.

We view the world in these individual ways as the genetic code makes our unique combination of brain chemicals the skew brain operations. Life is only as we know it and practice behavior that encourages good subjective feelings.

On the other side we have reality that is cause and effect of some factors we are aware of and many factors that are unknown. Nature that uses laws both know and unknown to produce cause and effect does not have the human qualities each of us is endowed with. This means most all the perceptions of fairness, morality, equality, etc. are human constructs. Human constructs form both politics and religion. Some human constructs define intelligence.

Intelligence allows us to have better probability to affect things that happen. Keep all this in mind the next time you take an action of any kind including eating, voting, working, consuming, thinking, believing, and any other human activity that continues humanity.

Violence and Aberrant Behavior of Youth

In the aftermath of the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School, Gov. Greg Abbott has repeatedly stressed the vital role school counselors and mental health professionals play in identifying troubled students When I hear about another case of needless violence and carnage, I get upset. I have always liked to believe that the U.S. is a great nation. It’s hard to see things that way when there’s a mass shooting nearly every day in this country and it seems that our hands are tied as to how to deal with it.

One cause of this problem that is often cited pertains to mental health problems. Sure, a lot of these killers have histories of being mentally unstable. But mental health problems are on the rise in this country. So if we really think that the issue of mental health is the primary issue at hand here, then we are in big trouble moving forward. Just saying “be vigilant” is not going to solve the problem.

As school budgets shrink, school-based mental-health services are losing resources and support. Children spend the majority of their day in schools,” says Tammy Hughes, PhD, a professor of counseling, psychology and special education at Duquesne University. “Further, because school psychologists work with parents and teachers, they are uniquely situated to help children across multiple settings.”Students who can’t focus, or are dealing with difficult family problems, won’t succeed in schools no matter how many reforms are put in place by governors or presidents,” he says.
He and others point out that education reform has focused on increasing academic test scores without considering students’ emotional well-being. “And there’s a direct correlation between emotional health and academic success,”
Lazarus says. We focus so much on teaching teenagers’ facts and getting them to pass exams, but perhaps we ought to pay at least as much attention to helping nurture their personalities
Bottom line is a failure of parents and teachers to raise fully functioning human beings. Then we also have genetic differences where one size does not fit all.

Medical Science

Mice With 3D-Printed Ovaries Successfully Give Birth

The gelatin-scaffold ovary could one day help restore endocrine function in young cancer patients and treat infertility

The future does not aline with archaic religious interpretations of the metaphors written to live by. The rules to live by change with a changing environment.

Not My Job

In talking to many workers in Mississippi I find few care about the ramifications their work imposes on other people and workers. There is a consensus that following orders does not include thinking, morals, and ethics. In real communities everyone cares about the whole community not just their selfish beliefs. Lack of knowledge and research is due to not having a passion for what you do. People have been trained to slave for eight hours a day so they can buy entertainment for the free time.

Freedom, liberty, and rights come with responsibility to contribute to humanity not just donating. Feel good feeding the hungry does not show understanding the whole picture of humanity and progress of the humankind. It merely postpones the end effect of poor thinking based on emotions.

Recycled

“The U.S. generates more recyclable waste than any other country and China is the top customer for that scrap. China’s 25% tariff on U.S. scrap aluminum would make reusable metal from other countries more appealing. ”
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If a community can not recycle materials in less than 50 miles it is not saving anything. All recycling needs to be done locally to have energy savings and it be profitable. For example tupelo sends its waste plastics over 100 miles away and charges the citizen on top of the effort it expects the citizen to do. When it much more feasible to use the recycled plastics processed into road sections that last 4 times longer than asphalt.

What is the problem? Could it be the good old boy club protecting old money interests? Or is it just lack of ability to change into a better way of doing things? Mississippi is last place in so many things because it refuses to change. This drives the next generation top students to other places.

Fab Lab

It all started at MIT. Bringing the future to small places around the world. Fab lab is a shop with all the modern equipment to design and make anything. It is interconnected with a network of computers and over several thousand of other Fab labs. The equipment is donated by non profit funds as long as local organizations supply a building and upkeep. It is open to all ages and has mentors to help the learners make anything they dream up.

Then we have MIT Media lab and the Computer Clubhouse that helps young people to learn how to build things and program them using simple programing language like Scratch that can control circuits like those made by Lago.

Just the thing needed in Tupelo to creative minds make creative things starting out young before then are stamped into worker/consumers. Why is CDF not taking up the slack of our failing schools? Where is the creativity people had in kindergarten? Classrooms are not the way everyone learns. Sharing ideas over a network around the world works well for budding creative artistic minds. Team work with knowledge.

Opportunity or Marketing?

Many doors are called opportunities when they are opened by a marketer. The only real opportunities are those you create yourself. Those successful billionaires that started with nothing did not wait for some big corporation to build a plant or government to give them a job.

An example is the marketing for Presidents Day is presented by the news media as and opportunity to buy for less when in fact the retailer pays the same for the goods as he does all year unless he is getting a volume discount. This means you can get the cheaper price anyway as long as you talk with the owner. Many people are suffering from the psychological manipulation of propaganda and never ever know they are pawns used by the people in power.

Perhaps public schools should teach the psychology used to make the citizen into a worker/consumer.

Dansette