Saturday, May 9, 2015

True patriotism



There are a lot of common misconceptions it seems on what it means to be a patriot, now keep in mind this is just my opinion, but since I am highly educated educator I hope you will give my opinion some thought.

  • Being a patriot does not mean you must have done a combat tour in the military, only 7% of the population currently serve, and of that 7% percent most will never see combat. But I dare you to try and run a war without your supply or mess hall unit; let me know how that works out for you. Also, do not tell me the community volunteers are not serving their country
  • Hoisting a flag in your front yard does not make you a patriot. Most people are not even aware of proper flag protocol anyway, but they mean well. The flag is a symbol of something bigger than you not a symbol of you.
  • Being anti immigrant does not make you a patriot, especially since this country was built on immigration (listen to what I just said not what you interpreted)
  • You do not have to be a diehard Christian to be a patriot, there are many people practicing Christian values who have never step foot in a church in their life: does that make them bad?

There are many people out there practicing what I call “false patriotism”. They will proclaim their love of country to everyone in the bar, but when that person of color who has served their country in uniform (even though you might not know) moves into your neighborhood you throw rocks at their window because you do not like the color of their skin.

There are many other examples I could give, but my point is this: true patriotism means, “love thy neighbor”. It means be a good person, and try to leave the world a better place than you found it. It means that after you are gone, people will still think of you with true love and honor your memory.

Look around you, and find the opportunities to be a patriot close to home and not just in the news.

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Imagine the political process with class..

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Growing up, the phrase “manners maketh man” was the cornerstone of how we interacted with people; even those we disliked.

As we enter this early political season of presidential candidates, I have certain hopes, wishes, and dreams for the immediate future.

·         Imagine all candidates actually talked about what they can do to improve things rather than why the other person sucks…

·         Imagine all candidates talked about issues that matter to the masses rather than annoying red herring and distractions…

·         Imagine all candidates actually campaigned with viable solutions rather than platitudes…

·         Imagine all candidates stopped labeling themselves (and their opponents), just to score political points…

·         Imagine civil debates, where manners were observed, Roberts’s Rules of Order were actually followed, and the concern about the country was real…

·         Imagine if some of the billions of dollars that will be raised (to get elected for a job that pays $400K) gets givens back to communities that need it…

This is a pipe dream for now, but nevertheless I continue to dream.

I always vote, I truly believe it is my civic duty, and I hope one day to vote in election that was memorable for its civility, and contribution the greater good of this country.
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Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

Monday, May 4, 2015

Look beyond skin color for just a moment...

 

 

Look beyond skin color for just a moment….

·         A young woman is shot in the back of police car while handcuffed and the story is that she shot at the police, while handcuffed behind her back.

·         A realtor is shot by the sheriff while showing a house, and the sheriff simply walks away from the scene and none says anything

·         A young man enters a police car and gets carried out dead

·         A 12 year old boy is punched several times by cops while handcuffed

·         A young woman with mental problems is tazed to death by a police officer

·         A mentally ill young man is shot by the police for doing nothing

·         How many citizens in the last decade have committed suicide by shooting themselves in the back 12 times?

 

I could go on, and I know what some of you are thinking, which means you are missing the point. Take away skin color for just a moment, and ask yourself: does that really matter? Citizens are dead, they died tragically, and they died at the hands of people who are supposed to protect and serve them.

The common denominator is that the aggressors are cops, and that most of the citizens are poor or do not have a voice. Video and social media is changing this a little, but not much.

Wake up people! We have a military presence in our midst that by virtue of recent history has a clear mandate to harm citizens of this country. They are not part of community, they have their own community. They roll through your neighborhood like conquerors, and we fear them. That should be the argument. Not something as base and ignoble as skin color.

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Sharing an article 03/02/2015


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In this economy, it is not uncommon for people to have a lot of debt. In fact, the economic system in the U.S is based on debt (essentially). No one I know wants to owe money, and most people want to pay their debts.
Collection agencies, they are a necessary evil and they have a job to do; however, it seems like some collection companies take great pride in doing everything they can to disrupt your life and scare you into taking a bad deal. There are rules to the business, and many collection agencies are not above breaking them.
“Feds Fire 5 Debt Collectors”
“WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Education said Friday it will end contracts with five companies that collect defaulted federal student loans after finding they made “materially inaccurate representations” to struggling borrowers.”

“The agency said it was winding down its debt-collection agreements with Navient-owned Pioneer Credit Recovery, as well as Coast Professional, Enterprise Recovery Systems, National Recoveries and West Asset Management.”


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Things that make you go hmmm…

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam

Monday, January 26, 2015

Stories worth reading January 26 2015


Educators we still have some work to do:

“Racial Profiling on Campus?”


“$25,000 Settlement for Student Stopped for Arabic Flashcards”


And the story that never ends but should have ended long ago:

“Rave Reviews for Film on Sex Assaults on Campus”



Let us remember our campuses should be safe places of learning, and students are not the enemy.

 

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

Monday, January 12, 2015

Grade Challenges



I get my fair share of grade challenges, especially from my graduate students. It is not uncommon for several students to email me at the beginning of a class saying “professor I need an A”.  However, those same students are usually the ones who are absent and not turning in work, and then they get surprised when they do not get the grade they want. Of course they challenge the grade, and while there has not been a successful grade challenge yet, the process is still time consuming and I think some students are hoping I will just cave.

Looking at a blog today: “A Student Is Challenging Her Grade, But My Computer Ate My Records. Help!” (https://chroniclevitae.com/news/858-dear-forums-a-student-is-challenging-her-grade-but-my-computer-ate-my-records-help?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en#sthash.QLrb2Ner.dpuf) , I realize this is more common then I had hoped.

How do you deal with grade challenges?

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam


Monday, January 5, 2015

The continued problem of punishment



I have written about punishment before, about the inequity between the rich and the poor. Punishment does not always equate to justice and often creates more poverty.
Case in point: "How Driver's License Suspensions Unfairly Target The Poor"
This is an interesting story which demonstrates quite clear some of imbalances within the justice system.
Why am I an educator writing about this? Because I believe this is an educational issue across the board, from the school systems, law enforcement, court systems, and the government. How often have we heard and seen those in privileged position be excused for something a poor person would get hard time for?
This issue needs to be examined because the imbalance seems to be getting worse.
Punishment is not always justice.
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam