copyright © 2011 Betsy L. Angert. Empathy And Education; BeThink or BeThink.org
This year, Christmas and New Years Days were days of intense reflection. Perchance, that is true every year and for every individual. I cannot know what is true for others. I am only certain that on each of these dates I was immersed in a rigorous course of study. My gifts or the curriculum came wrapped in a routine event.
The lessons covered were Empathy and Education, although perhaps these were presented in reverse order. Possibly, the truer program was entropy and encouragement. Each edifies. I wonder; on each of the two days these topics were intertwined. In my attempt to analyze and understand what I needed to learn or did, I invite your assessments. Please indulge me as I share the story. Continue reading
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Tagged 2010, 2011, Chance Encounters, Christmas, Education, Educators, Empathy and Education, Encouragement, Entropy, Goodwill to Men, Holiday Season, love, New Years, Not War, Peace Corner, Peace on Earth, teachers
The Happy New Year Edition (with some good news about 2011)
The best thing about 2010 is that it’s over. It was a year filled with utter stupidity, mendacity, and greed beyond all bounds on the part of our rulers, also known as The Money Party. Lots of fiddling while Rome and the rest of the world burned. Knowledge is power and among the ruling elite in the United States, the power was off. Somebody forgot to pay the bill or paid with a bad check, no doubt.
A Decade of Job Stagnation In 2000, 135 million citizens were employed. In 2010 there were 139 million Americans employed. Given the 9.7% increase in population since 2000, we would expect to see at least 148 million citizens with jobs. Nobody much wants to talk about this or the true unemployment figures produced by the US Census called “U6”. That measure accounts for, “Total unemployed, plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force.” Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Tagged 2010, 2011, citizens, class war, depression, employment, jobs, money party, new year, Recession, Unemployed