“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.” – George Bernard Shaw
Common Sense In The Classroom
The other day, while visiting my sister’s family out of state, my 4-year-old nephew recited all of the names of the dinosaurs. He named each dinosaur with perfect pronunciation, giving credence to the fact that he had been practicing for quite some time.
Now, I’m not saying it wasn’t an impressive feat because it was. Hell, I can barely pronounce half of my household items. But it made me question how much energy today’s youth spends on learning stuff that they will never, ever need. I mean, seriously.
Save for maybe teaching annunciation and illustration, how is my nephew going to benefit from learning the names of dinosaurs? When in a job interview, on a date, or at a Christmas party will he have to bring up an allosaurus?
Which is just one example of how cattywampus our educational system is… Today’s youth is spending the vast majority of their time absorbing information they’ll probably never use or need and then going out into the real world. While at the same time not knowing how to do their taxes or fix a flat tire.
As this article points out, our kids are ill-equipped to handle real-world problems, meaning we need to rethink how and what we teach them if we want our youth to be more independent.
Bullying and sh** talking is easy, especially now that everything is virtual. All you need is a keyboard, a low level of self-worth, maybe a few shots of Fireball and you’ve got yourself the perfect sh** starter combo pack.
You know what’s NOT easy? Staying true to your convictions and standing up for what you believe in, even in the face of bullying and adversity.
But that’s exactly what 300 male ballet dancers did on Sunday in a flash mob in the streets of New York City. Why was there a seemingly random flash mob?
Read here to find out.
Five of the World’s Most Fascinating Small Towns
In this reel, travel to unfamiliar places — where we visit the most crowded island on earth, see how the Aussies live underground and visit a zero-waste town in Japan.