Tuesday, January 27, 2009

schools enable gangs!!

hi all...

I read an amazing article about children in school, and I immediately made the connection that in effect that schools enable and in a way deeply support the inner city gang life that kids and teens often have, in the cities!!


Recess Makes for Better Students, from the washington post.


MONDAY, Jan. 26 (HealthDay News) -- As a pediatric resident in a hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y., Dr. Romina M. Barros sat in on a regular first-grade class at a local elementary school. Classes started at 8:30 in the morning, lasting till noon, with one 10-minute break during which children were not allowed to talk or move from their chairs.

"It was winter, and I thought maybe they didn't go outside because of the weather," said Barros, now an assistant professor of pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Children's Hospital in New York City. "I had a headache."

In fact, the children always had one 10-minute break but were not allowed to talk and had to stay in their chairs. There was nowhere for the kids to go outside and play, the teacher explained.

Barros has now published a study in the February issue of Pediatrics documenting the value of recess: Children who have it during the day behave better in class.

"When we restructure our education system, we have to think that recess should be part of the education system, and if we have to get more help, we'll have to get more help," Barros said. "Even if we don't have space, if they could have 15 minutes indoors. Unstructured time, that's all that they need."

Children learn as much on breaks as they do in the traditional classroom, experimenting with creativity and imagination and learning how to interact socially.

"Conflict resolution is solved on the playground, not in the classroom," said Dr. Jane Ripperger-Suhler, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral science and pediatrics at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and a psychiatrist with Scott & White Mental Health Center, in Temple.

Recess is recommended at least once a day, for 20 or more minutes. Physical activity should also be part of this time. Most Asian elementary schools allow children a 10-minute break after every 40 minutes to 50 minutes of instruction, the authors stated.

Although it's unclear how much recess children in the United States are getting, some studies have documented a dramatic decrease, and this study reported that the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 has resulted in less recess for many children.

"They started to find out that kids in the U.S. were not doing well compared to other countries and started penalizing schools when kids weren't passing the state test," Barros explained. "That's when schools [started to cut recess] not only because of space, but also because they wanted to put more in academics."

Barros and her colleagues looked at a national database of about 11,000 8- and 9-year-olds. Children had one of two levels of recess: none/minimal (1 to 15 minutes/day) or "some recess." The population was divided equally between boys and girls.

Kids with more recess behaved better in school, according to a teacher rating system.

The 30 percent of children who had no or only minimal breaks were more likely to be black, from households with lower incomes and lower education levels, to be living in the Northeast or South, and to be attending urban public school.

"The kids who are already disadvantaged in a number of different ways are getting further disadvantaged," said Ripperger-Suhler.

Almost two-thirds of this disadvantaged group had physical activity only twice a week or less, putting them at greater risk of becoming obese.

"Children are receiving less than the recommended time or opportunity to engage in physical activity each day and this is especially true for lower income, ethnic minorities," said Josh Langberg, an assistant professor of pediatrics for the Center for ADHD at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. "There are some significant limitations of this study that make conclusions about the relationship about kids getting recess on their behavior difficult to make . . . this highlights the importance of further research evaluating does this indeed impact child behavior or does it impact learning."


what I originally read was even the deeper: that recess and kids interacting, in the
free times in school, develop social skills and imaginations.

the idea today is a "brain in a box", all verbal thinkings, only. have the kids never ever dirty their hands and have no social skills.


do not the schools SEE the connections, that the only way an inner city kid can get socialization and interactions with their age group, especially in inner cities where the playgrounds are bad and their might be no good family life at all...
is to JOIN A GANG!!

any gang. no matter how violent and no matter if it leads to a life of jail time as jail time has much much more "socialization' than what the schools are supporting!

I would now urge any inner city kid, black or white, to join a gang and have their gang be their social life.

what the schools *MUST* do, in my own way of doing things, is to devote 80%
of the school time to socialization and to physical activities! group physical activities. only about 10%, or LESS, to "reading writing arithmetic"!

what good is the 3Rs? they will get you maybe a cubicle with a computer and
an early heart attack. do we all need to be educated in reading and math?!
most of the world would say "absolutely not"!

there is a very rural county next door to my home of Tallahassee, where the schools regularly score a "D" on the rankings, and often an "F"!
but i wonder: not many years ago, there, a 3rd grade education was Far Far more than one needed, what counted in life was, "family, church going, and most of all, who Loved you and who did you love"?!
what is more important? a good mind with no heart and social skills, or having 30 friends and a close knit community of friends and relatives, and barely being able to read at all?! to work with your hands all day and be outdoors maybe?

thus in some cities the gangs are the only thing that fits the Need, thus I would highly recommend turning the gangs to GOOD, like of the boy scout ideas, then REQUIRE all boys to join one gang, at least!


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Bluegrass listeners

Bluegrass listeners, originally uploaded by readerwalker.

Bluegrass listeners
Homeless men waiting for a bluegrass quartet to play their next piece in the pavilion next to the public library on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, the light was so dim under the pavilion under the dark rainy sky I had to use a high ISO (800), so the noise (grain) is popping out all over. Odd how camera settings for the dark interior made the background outside look deceptively bright.

Uploaded by readerwalker on 18 Jan 09, 5.24PM EST.

freestone says:
ya Know, that grainyness *IS* the photo!

that is.....

------the image looks like it comes direct from about 1910, or maybe one of those piuctures from the Mountains taken during the gret depression, or even the earlier, back around 1890 when wet plates were used, and the image molders away for a number of years in someones attic!!

that sitting guy looks like, in his Pose, that this all that he does. sits all day. for years. waiting with a bored determination: he has no talants and no one will touch him and he has nothing that can be contributed that anyone would accept as being valid in our todays culture! maybe long ago in another place, he might be a village elder or a shaman or something helpful, now all that he might see is
ho to remove the PAIN from living.

change him?

why not change us to his way?! *we* would look sullen and protest, would we not?!


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Like smoke or flames

Like smoke or flames
Originally uploaded by readerwalker

from a friend with his new camera.

Like smoke or flames
First movie with my new Canon PowerShot SX110IS. I would have made it a silent movie if I had known how. If there's a way to delete the sound with the demo movie editor I have then this will probably be replaced with a silent version. The wind sound on the camera and plastic bag is okay but there's too much traffic sound (a stop light is a short distant to the right out of the picture). Meanwhile I recommend simply muting the sound on your computer while this movie is playing if the traffic noise is too much.

Uploaded by readerwalker on 13 Jan 09, 6.34PM EST.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

I walk the Line with Jesus!

I walk the Line with Jesus!, originally uploaded by freestone.

I walk the Line with Jesus!
I was sitting in the coffee shop this morning and the background music was playing some singer's rendition of Jonny cash's Song,
"I walk the line".

I thought of a very good analogy for this song, I thought of an image for this, and I present this image for you all who are saved with Jesus! Just a quick windows drawing.

I walk the Line with Him, for all of my life; and when I pass through the graveyard, passing by the Stone with my name on it, I climb the ladder, that my life's road turns into, to be with Him, the angels, and my friends and relatives, in heaven, forever!

[in America, people drive on the right side of the road]

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
Because you're mine, I walk the line

I find it very, very easy to be true
I find myself alone when each day is through
Yes, I'll admit that I'm a fool for you
Because you're mine, I walk the line

As sure as night is dark and day is light
I keep you on my mind both day and night
And happiness I've known proves that it's right
Because you're mine, I walk the line

You've got a way to keep me on your side
You give me cause for love that I can't hide
For you I know I'd even try to turn the tide
Because you're mine, I walk the line

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
Because you're mine, I walk the line


Uploaded by freestone on 10 Jan 09, 11.27AM EST.

Friday, January 09, 2009

early january in Tallahassee

early january in Tallahassee, originally uploaded by freestone.

early january in Tallahassee
Here next to the McDougal house is a cherry tree in bloom, but the date is about the new years weekend! Birds are singing like it were spring. Temperature might be over 70 degrees. Not always so warm this time of year, but 70s are common here in january.

Tallahassee, florida usa.

This house is an old plantation house from the early 1800s. Once had over 400 acres and out of the city but over the years the city grew around it.

Uploaded by freestone on 9 Jan 09, 9.18AM EST.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

a nice new years weekend day

a nice new years weekend day, originally uploaded by freestone.

a nice new years weekend day
New years weekend. here in Tallahassee, florida, the 4 PM temperature might be all of 70 degrees. The photo was taken in the backyard of a large old plantation house.
[McDougal house, seen in other photos]

Live oak trees and spanish moss.

This little backyard is surrounded by the city! Downtown is only a few blocks away.

Often days like this here in tallahassee, clear calm day with temps in the 60s or even 70s. Today is january 2nd.

mysteries of the Old South. This plantation was once way out in the country, maybe 400 acres. Now a high school is next door.

Uploaded by freestone on 3 Jan 09, 10.08AM EST.