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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Interesting Lil Tidbit

I been away a long time . . . and for good reason . . . I've been busy, but here's an interesting little tidbit of information that I read in a 20-page letter that Bill Gates wrote about his foundation's work.

One of the key things these schools have done is help their teachers be more effective in the classroom. It is amazing how big a difference a great teacher makes versus an ineffective one. Research shows that there is only half as much variation in student achievement between schools as there is among classrooms in the same school. If you want your child to get the best education possible, it is actually more important to get him assigned to a great teacher than to a great school.

As I continue towards my career in education, I'll keep this in mind.


Monday, January 5, 2009

Today in Black History . . .

* January 5 *

1804 - Ohio begins the restriction of the rights and movements of 
free African Americans by passing the first of several 
"Black laws." It is a trend that will be followed by most 
Northern states.

1869 - Matilda Sissieretta Jones is born in Portsmouth, Virginia.  
She will become a gifted singer (soprano), who will rise 
to fame as a soloist and troupe leader during the later 
part of the nineteenth century.  She will be nicknamed 
"Black Patti", after a newspaper review mentioned her as 
an African American equal to the acclaimed Italian soprano 
Adelina Patti. American racism will prevent her from 
performing with established white operatic groups. She will 
tour Europe, South and North America and the West Indies as
a soloist. In 1896, she will form her own troupe, "Black 
Patti's Troubadours," which will combine the elements of
opera and vaudeville, creating musical comedy.  She will 
join the ancestors on June 24, 1933.

1911 - Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity is founded on the campus of 
Indiana University by Elder Watson Diggs, Byron Kenneth 
Armstrong, and eight others.  It will be the first African 
American fraternity to be chartered as a national 

1929 - Wilbert Harrison is born in Charlotte, North Carolina. He 
will become a singer and will be best known for his 
recordings "Kansas City," and "Let's Work Together." In 
2001, his recording of "Kansas City" will be given a Grammy
Hall of Fame Award. He will join the ancestors in Spencer, 
North Carolina on October 26, 1994.

1931 - Alvin Ailey is born in Rogers, Texas and will move to Los 
Angeles, California at the age of twelve. There, on a 
junior high school class trip to the Ballet Russe de Monte 
Carlo, he will fall in love with concert dance. In 1958, Mr.
Ailey will found his own company, the Alvin Ailey American 
Dance Theater, which makes its debut in New York. Mr. Ailey 
will have a vision of creating a company dedicated to the 
preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance 
heritage and the uniqueness of Black cultural expression.  
In 1969, Alvin Ailey will found the Alvin Ailey American 
Dance Center, the official school of the Ailey Company, and 
he will go on to form the Repertory Ensemble, the second 
company, in 1974. His commitment to education is the 
foundation of the organization's long-standing involvement 
in arts-in-education programs, including AileyCamp. He will 
join the ancestors on December 1, 1989 in New York City.

1938 - James Ngugi is born in Kamiriithu, Kenya.  He will become a 
writer whose works will depict events in colonial and post 
colonial Kenya. He will integrate Marxist-Leninist beliefs 
into his novels, which will include "Weep Not Child," "The 
River Between," "A Grain of Wheat," "Petals of Blood," and 
"Matigari ma Mjiruumgi." He will later change his name to 
Ngugi wa Thiong'o. His writings will cause him to be 
imprisoned by the Kenyan government and he will later leave 
the country for England and the United States.

1943 - George Washington Carver joins the ancestors after succumbing 
to anemia at the age of 81.  He was a pioneering plant 
chemist and agricultural researcher noted for his work with 
the peanut and soil restoration while at Tuskegee Institute.

1943 - William H. Hastie, civilian aide to the secretary of war, 
resigns to protest segregation in the U.S. Armed Forces.

1947 - Ted Lange is born in Oakland, California.  He will become an 
actor and be best known for his role as 'Isaac' on the TV 
series, "The Love Boat."

1948 - A commemorative stamp of George Washington Carver is issued 
by the U.S. Postal Service.  The posthumous honor bestowed 
upon the famed agricultural expert and researcher is only 
one of the many awards he received, including the 1923 
Spingarn Medal and membership in the NYU Hall of Fame.

1957 - Jackie Robinson announces his retirement from professional 

1971 - The Harlem Globetrotters lose 100-99 to the New Jersey Reds, 
ending their 2,495-game win streak. 

1975 - The Broadway premiere of "The Wiz" opens, receiving 
enthusiastic reviews. The show, a Black version of "The 
Wizard of Oz" will run for 1,672 shows at the Majestic 
Theatre. Moviegoers, however, gave a thumbs down to the 
cinema version of the play that starred Diana Ross and 
Michael Jackson years later. One memorable song from the 
show is "Ease on Down the Road." 

1987 - David Robinson becomes the first player in Naval Academy 
history to score more than 2,000 points. This was 
accomplished when the Midshipmen defeat East Carolina 
91-66.  He will go on to become a major star of the NBA.

1993 - Reggie Jackson is inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame with
94% of the votes.



Sunday, January 4, 2009

Just For Kicks Mixtape Coming Soon

Whassup Folks,

here's a track from the latest project . . .



My Games Research

What are the benefits of playing mentally stimulating games?

These links provide some preliminary answers to my research:

S.T.E.M. (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Coalition

Games With A Purpose

Ken Perlin Homepage

Microsoft Research

Puzzle Action Commentary

Microsoft Invests In Video Games To Teach Kids Science

High Tech High School

more links to come . . . 



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