Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Do African Americans Create Their Own Majority Identity?

It is a fact that a majority of African-Americans have this untruth that their racial duty and responsibility is to be strictly defined as "workers" of our many occupations, or "receivers" of anything that is left, that is second best.  They feel some sense of duty or honor with being a part of this unlabeled working order in America. They love seeing such identifiable images as entertainment (as though it identifies the identity of all blacks). Any other image on the screen isn't being black enough, seems to be a false sense of social reality, or simply doesn't bring in the big rating numbers. What images do you immediately notice, when you look around your community?

White leaders (business, entertainment):"Well, if you don't mind  ... It works for us." [Hell yeah! Cool.]

Even with the vast amount of people, globally, the reality is this form of making our world go around is no longer working for the white-race identity.  And when their economic system doesn't work for them, it doesn't work for anyone else.  America is at a stand still due to internal citizen stubbornness, pride, and lack of social or household choice freedoms. Are these overall citizen characteristics a new social problem? Or an age-old problem?

Facts (Source: A Bluestein. February 2015)
21% of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. were born outside of the U.S.
Immigrants start businesses at twice the rate of native-born citizens.
Immigrants learn Algebra at a faster pace than an average of Americans of any racial identity.
If immigrant entrepreneurs or business owners hold a H-1B visa, their company gets to operate in the U.S. for at least six years.  American workers that's six years of job opportunities. One possible solution is EB-6: the start-up visa.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Black History Month: Story Telling vs Reading Aloud

All throughout history, Africans have inspired other racial identities by their imaginative performance of retelling a real event or an imaginary story. Stories that you may have heard retold by an older family member can create a special family-bonding moment.  Unfortunately it does little to increase a child's reading ability, or your approval of having a passion of a good book.

The Ritual of Reading Aloud

Reading something together increases a passion of finding information out for self, whether it be for a hobby, school, or just for fun.  Children (or Adults) learn to read by being read to. Read books with and without pictures: without pictures increases one's imagination. Studies shows that early and good readers come from homes where reading is valued and experienced regularly.  The desire to read starts with being provided a comfortable environment to do so--at a pace set by the reader--and the reader's interest.

Reading aloud to someone expands their world and vocabulary.  It creates an appreciation of the value of print, promotes knowledge of the mechanics of reading from the top to the bottom of the page and from left to right, and helps create an understanding of a sequence of events. 

Travel the world, in the comfort of your unique household, by reading a magazine, newspaper, or book.

For (faith-based study) read alouds, please visit A Time To Learn Academy's online broadcast channel at: www.sherleneonline.org

Monday, January 26, 2015

Mentorship: How's Your Attitude?

Source:  Boothman, N. 2008.

Attitudes are natural responses; here are a few attitudes that Boothman (2008) comments that are useless and should be avoided at work, home, and in relationships:

  • angry
  • sarcastic
  • impatient
  • bored
  • disrespectful
  • conceited
  • pessimistic
  • anxious
  • rude
  • suspicious
  • vengeful
  • afraid
  • self-conscious
  • mocking
  • dutiful
  • embarrassed