Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Constitution for all or just the people you like and agree with?

Patriotism: “devoted love, support, and defense of one's country; national loyalty”.  Nowhere in this definition does it say hate. Furthermore, since only about 0.5 percent of the population are serving in the military, being patriot is not just the providence of military folks. You do not have to have been a combat veteran in order to truly have served in the military (most military veterans have not and will not see combat)

Showing ignorance and hatred towards a group, religion, or people is not patriotic!

People practice patriotism everyday by being good citizens, raising good citizens, and by being kind to your neighbors. Trying to live a good life and helping others live a good life, despite the struggles we all have, while struggling to put food on the table, and never giving up, is about as patriotic as you can get!

If you do not have a flag in front of your house it does not mean you are unpatriotic (most of you are breaking flag code by the way), you can disagree (and should disagree) with your government and still love your country, and you can dislike aspects of your country and still be patriotic. After all, we want it to get better right?

America cannot get better if you truly do not believe we should all be treated equally. I am not saying we all have to agree all the time, in fact healthy disagreement is good for growth; but at least disagree with the intent to try and find common ground and not just to argue. We do not have to believe in the same things, but we are entitled to our own individual beliefs.

The Constitution: if you do not believe we are all entitled to its rights and protections, then you really do not believe in it all.

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam

Comments and healthy debate are welcome, disrespect will not be tolerated.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Education: a funny profession we work in

I have been fortunate to have worked in education for more than 20 years now, but, there are some days I say to myself: WHY?!

I have seen kids grow from teenagers to adults with kids, I have been invited to wedding, been to some their funerals. I have been a passenger on my students’ journey.

Along the way I have met some great people, I have also met some horrible people who made me wonder about humanity.

I have learned that as educators we tend to be gossipy in nature, and not just about students but about each other. I have learned that we must simply struggle to make ends meet sometimes, but that there is always a way. I have been laid off more times than I care, but I have always worked. I have worked for some wonderful institutions, and I have found wonderful opportunities only to lose them to something completely beyond my control.

Education is a rollcoaster, and that is a pity. It is a pity because we are supposed to always be that stable presence in the lives of our students, we are supposed to that rock that keeps the country steady. After all, a good education should lead to even better opportunities right? It should not be a rollcoaster, it should be a steady train that is always on time and always reaches its destination.
Education should not play favorites in the classroom, nor should it play favorites to determine who gets to teach in the classroom. It should not be who you know, but how much can you demonstrate and impart (on to others) what you know.

What have we done to change the system we have? What are we allowing others (who are not qualified education professionals) to do to our profession? Are there plans for true change? Are there plans for the for-profit sector and non-profit/traditional sector to sit down and learn from each other?
I could go on, as could anyone who is passionate about this profession could; but I wish I couldn’t. I wish I had all the answers, or better still, the right questions to ask so we could all find the right answers.
What are you doing to steady the ship? What are you doing to get our profession into the 21st century? Those involved in education policy who are not educators: what are you doing to help educators and to work collaboratively with educators?

Share your stories, some positive news is always welcomed!

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam

Monday, March 4, 2019

Managers need training!


Do you find yourself always listening to what people around you say simply so you can give your opinion?

Do you find yourself always having to give advice to other people’s lives and things such as: the food they eat, their lifestyle choices, or their political choices: even though nobody asked you?

Do you find yourself always wondering why everyone is wrong and why you are always right?

Do you find yourself always looking over the shoulder of your really good experienced employees to the point that they do not feel satisfied with their job anymore and leave?

Wouldn’t it be nice to actually feel secure about insecure yourself and make others feel more secure and appreciated in their jobs?

Do no despair! You can get help for it, it is called training! Management training is a real thing, you no longer must keep “faking it until you make it”.

If you are serious, feel to reach out the ETeam and we will happily point you in the right direction! http://www.theeteamconsulting.com/contact-us.html

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam
#certification #leadership #training #management #theeteam

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Judgment, hypocrisy, and other sins in today’s world

Are you always the perfect one and everyone else is slacker? Do you have all the answers all the time? Do you find yourself pushing your views on people and attempting to make them feel guilty about not thinking like you? Do you like to announce to the world your latest diet and then make sure everyone eats just like you? Are you the only person in the world who cares about the environment and the downtrodden? Then congratulations! You are probably suffering from something, and ticking off a lot of people around you!

I know this is a sarcastic way to start an article, but sometimes things like this need to be said. This is not about politics and political parties, and this is not about social justice or morality. This is about how the internet has made everyone an expert, this how social media has made people forget how to be truly social with real people, and this how the term “IN VINO VERITAS” became a reality due to the anonymity of mobile technology.

We are witnessing hypocrisy in its highest form by people who are supposed to profess Christian values, and we are witnessing a mockery of religion from those who claim to be Christians. Mahatma Gandhi famously said “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ”. This could also be said for Islam, and Judaism; the world’s other largest religions. Hate has always been spewed in the name of religion, but now we have to hear and see it in this never ending news cycle.
 It is ok to believe what you want to believe, it is ok to support whatever politics you want to support. Whatever you believe and whatever you support, make sure you are espousing your own thoughts and using your own words, make sure that your beliefs are part of the authentic you; and make sure that you are consistent and not a double-standard hypocrite

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam                  

PS, I do not claim any religious expertise, but I though these quote from 3 religious books were appropriate

·         John 4:20: If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, cannot love God whom he hath not seen”.
·         Surah AT – Tawbah – Verse 67: “The hypocrite men and the hypocrite women are as one another; they enjoin evil and forbid good, and they keep their hands shut. They have forsaken Allah, so He has forsaken them, (too). The hypocrites are indeed the transgressors.”
·         Sotah 22: What is a pious fool like? For example he sees a woman drowning in the river, and he says: 'It is improper for me to look upon her and rescue her'”. Piety is great but misplaced piety is deadly. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Big Ideas 2019?

I think too often we are infatuated with the thought of the next big thing. However, that is not the way the world works or life works. Life does not have big problems every day and there are not big discoveries every day. Big problems are often made of many little problems we let build up, and big discoveries are often built on the backs of several smaller discoveries.

Rather than focus on the big, maybe we need to focus on the basics. In education, we need to focus on what we can truly do to change and innovate education to serve the next generation of people; we really have not done that in decades. Remember, technology is a tool not a change.

In life, perhaps we need to focus on the minutia such as: respect, courtesy, acceptance, and we need to judge less. We need to understand rather than just listening to respond. We need to remember that social media is not an excuse to act like a horse’s behind. We need to remember that we are all human, and we will probably all need each other at some point; whether we know it or not.
2019, the big idea is a small idea; let’s just be kind to one another, and not just on Christmas. This is a perfect world thought, but what is bad about reaching for perfection?

#BigIdeas2019 #education #leadership #TheETeam

Dr Flavius Akerele III
The ETeam

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Communication in the day and age of electronic messaging: an educator’s thoughts

We have so many more formats for communicating our various messages currently, and that is not a bad thing because we all communicate a receive messages in different ways. This has the possibility of creating understanding for everyone.

However, we all have to regularly do some soul searching sometimes ask ourselves: could those complaints about bad communication I keep getting be my fault? No one likes to have to self-reflect on the possibility that something is their fault, but we because of all these new modes of communication, that is exactly what we have to do from time to time.

·         Is the message about you or about various things that have happened?
·         Are you aware of the other people various daily struggles?
·         What is the message you are trying to convey, and does it have a purpose towards the greater good?

I am not talking about walking a mile in someone else’s shoes, I am simply saying that we are all wrong sometimes so stop blaming others. Maybe it isn’t even that big of a deal and just small request. Maybe the message has never been clear.
As a leader, you must remember that it is not about just you, it is about the people you are trying to lead in the direction of your vision. You need to share that vision first, and make sure it is understood.
Lessons from a 2.0 MBA Program

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Do you believe in equality for all or just for some?

The country is fairly polarized at the moment, our tribal divisions are strong, obvious, and getting in the way of things like social justice, police reform, and poverty. These are thing that no matter what your skin color you want for your family.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their safety and happiness”. Beautiful words are they not? 

Despite these words, the country still pushed the hypocritical line:

·         Slavery. Nothing more needs to be said about this abhorrent practice

·         “Women did not obtain the right to vote in the United States until 1920. In fact, until 1922, a woman born and reared in the United States would lose her citizenship if she married a foreigner. She had to assume the citizenship of her husband. However, an American man could marry a foreign woman without losing his citizenship”.

“In 1676, seventy years after Virginia was founded, a hundred years before it supplied leadership for the American Revolution, that colony faced a rebellion of white frontiersmen, joined by slaves and servants, a rebellion so threatening that the governor had to flee the burning capital of Jamestown, and England decided to send a thousand soldiers across the Atlantic, hoping to maintain order among forty thousand colonists. This was Bacon's Rebellion”. Imagine that, people not in charge banding together against those in charge. That was scary for the powers that be. So, the state used some of its tools to keep this from happening. Currently this tool is law enforcement.

It is amazing how often police get away with excessive use of force or outright killing of those they are sworn to protect; but actually it is not that difficult to understand if you accept an unspoken truth. The police are not hear to protect and serve the public, they are here to protect and serve the people who create the rules. There are many unjust rules and policies that are excused because it is “within policy”:

·         852 people have been killed by police in 2018. This should be considered a public health crisis, but it is considered routine https://mappingpoliceviolence.org/

Law Enforcement is about enforcement

We have heard the saying that race is social construct; and it is because humans are all one race. However, we are not one tribe, and to err is to be human. Humans will find a way to try and put someone down to status below them, and this idea continues to blossom with the encouragement of opportunists. Why don’t people who have similar gripes, issues, and concerns band together? 

Divisions continue even if they are not in people’s best interest, because, the people in charge want to stay in charge.

Believe in the constitution for all, believe in equality for all, do not continue ignore injustices to a group simply because of your skin color, because they are not part of your tribe, or because you have been programmed to believe that. Right is right, and wrong is wrong; every holy book in the world says the same truth if we only listen.

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam