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STEM needs STEAM

In recent years, the focus on technology in our society has led to new priorities in education, culminating in a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, widely known by the acronym “STEM.” STEM is well-intentioned in that the goal is to prepare children for lucrative careers in the twenty-first century. There is a negative side to this agenda if the study of the classics is neglected. While many may view a program of education based on the study of great literature, philosophy and music of the past as irrelevant, even passé, there are some positive elements to be embraced by supplementing the STEM emphasis with the arts, especially the classics.  

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It’s time to stop pretending

MeTooSometimes, it feels like waking up is the hardest thing to do. Trying to force yourself out of a comfy bed and wiping away the sleep from your eyes can be painful, but necessary to start your day. The same can be said to make a change in the world. You need to wake up, get out of your comfort zone and wipe away the clouds from your eyes.

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Putting a gun to our head

Somewhere today in this country there is a troubled kid who believes life is not worth living. People see him or her as a freak, a danger junkie, a gun-nut, a nerd, a weirdo, or someone who otherwise does not fit in.

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Do you know what your child had for lunch today?

hainesKudos to Prince George’s County Del. Jay Walker for reintroducing his long-sought “Student Health and Fitness Act,” (HB 393) which would mandate a minimum of 90 minutes of physical education each week during school hours and 60 minutes of recess in elementary school.

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Tax reform for Christmas? Bah, humbug!

Not to be outdone by the satirist that remixed the comedic short called “Mr. Potter and the Commies of Bedford Falls” in which Mr. Henry F. Potter is the hero and George Bailey the villain, Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) recently proclaimed, “I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.”
Is there any context where that statement might be less offensive to working men and women?

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Spiritual empowerment in schools

anita picAs a multi award-winning youth and social activist and pastor, I pledged from my heart to always leave space on my list of things to do to host social outreach programs that empower youth and teens. This is my passion and claim to fame as a recipient of over 130 awards for empowering youths, families and communities.

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