Category Archives: High School Education

Logic and Languages Help Our Future, on Day 30/67

      My thoughts on Day 30/67, 5 Month GED, Similar Triangle Ratios, and Adulting as lifelong language learning learners, in week 8/18, have been on applying logic to similar languages and contexts (and on how reading anything interesting transfers to reading other materials, like voter registration and ballot text…) in ways that help connect ideas, as a mind-map does:
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Studying different languages, and applying those other ways of thinking in the context of a different grammatical system, but similar context of needing to communicate ideas, are also crucial in the voting process, and

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   Voting in the upcoming midterms is crucial to our republic, and to our future.

Shira

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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Logic and Voting For Our Future, on Day 29/67

      My thoughts on  Day 29 of my 67 night-school class set of lesson plans for GED/HiSet learners, the middle of week 8/18, have been on applying mathematical proofs to the history of voting in the US (and on how reading transfers to other materials, like voters registration and ballot text…):
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History and applying that history logically to our present circumstances are also crucial in the voting process

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   Voting in the upcoming midterms is crucial to our republic, and to our future.

Shira

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B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/Protector & Sihirli AnnemLupin, or La Casa de Papel/Money Heist Reviews

Holistic College Algebra & GED/High School Lesson Plans,

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Reading Octavia Butler for Fun, and For Our Future, on Day 28/67

      My thoughts on  Day 28 of my 67 night-school class set of lesson plans for GED/HiSet learners, have been on what makes a choice or situation equitable, and on a fiction series that provokes interesting thoughts around that question.  So, reading even fiction, even just for fun, can also lead to learning, to questioning, and to a better future (not to mention that reading fluidity transfers to other materials, like voters registration and ballot text…):
As an aside, both Octavia Butler and Toni Morrison are writers whose works should receive far more attention…

Dawn (Xenogenesis, #1)Dawn by Octavia E. Butler

This book had me hooked from about the first five pages. The complex and well-drawn protagonist is very well matched with the ethical dilemmas presented and with the complexity of the ‘rescuers ‘ of Earth. Now I’m dying to get my hands on the next book in the series!

Update: I’m still tempted to give it five stars, which I only reserve for reference books and books that I feel the need to own, rather than check out from or donate to the public library system. This book has so haunted me since I finished reading it that I feel compelled to put aside my work and check out the next one from the library! 🙂 I note that I especially feel this way after having read Toni Morrison’s The Origin of Others and suddenly really seen how this protagonist being Black affects the rest of the story.

Reviewed in June, 12018 HE

Octavia Butler  butler_signing   has always given us much to chew on, but this series topped all of her question sets, for me.  The ethics of a choice imposed on a nearly dead planet by a species which is sacrificing many of its own members to save those of another, while claiming the right of the rescuer to do as they will, regardless of the desires of those being rescued.

   Voting in the upcoming midterms is crucial to our republic, and to our future.

Shira

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B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/Protector & Sihirli AnnemLupin, or La Casa de Papel/Money Heist Reviews

Holistic College Algebra & GED/High School Lesson Plans,

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Triangular Concepts and Context, on Day 27/67?

      My thoughts on  Day 27 of my 67 night-school class set of lesson plans for GED/HiSet learners, were on not only understanding what the concept of Manifest Destiny was, but also how in the modern context, it continues to shape points of view and ways of looking at the world by everyone who grew up in this country, however unconsciously, and current outcomes, particularly for poor and non-white citizens and residents.

   Voting in the upcoming midterms is crucial to our republic, and to our future.

Shira

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B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/Protector & Sihirli AnnemLupin, or La Casa de Papel/Money Heist Reviews

Holistic College Algebra & GED/High School Lesson Plans,

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Relationships and Voting, on Day 26/67?

      My thoughts on  Day 26 of my 67 night-school class set of lesson plans for GED/HiSet learners, where the lesson 26 discussion is on relative relationships, mathematical and societal, are on how to build better availability for voting, for all of our citizens.
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   Voting in the upcoming midterms is crucial to our relationship with our republic, and with our future.  Thanks to Annie for this info:

League of Women Voters. The LWV does voter registration via local and state chapters. They also encourage people to share voter registration tools by promoting http://www.vote411.org. And if you enter your state in the “Nationwide Voting Rules Quick View,” you can learn the voting options in your state and how they compare with those in other states.

Shira

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B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/Protector & Sihirli AnnemLupin, or La Casa de Papel/Money Heist Reviews

Holistic College Algebra & GED/High School Lesson Plans,

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Learning To Write Lawmakers, on Day 25/67?

      My thoughts on  Day 25 of my 67 night-school class set of lesson plans for GED/HiSet learners, where the lesson 25 discussion is on transportation and Rubik’s Cube powers,  are on how to build knowledge around reshaping our laws.
    I think that writing our lawmakers is an important start.  Laws may have changed since 2015 or so, when I initially wrote this, but it should still be a reasonable form letter, no?  This is an important part of Project Do Better.

I thought I had gotten this posted years ago, but cannot find it:

“The Honorable Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher
California House of Representatives
1350 Front Street
Suite 6022
San Diego, CA 92101
Tel: 619-338-8090
Fax: 619-338-8099

your name
address,
city, state zip
email
your phone

Dear Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher,

I would like to request a bill which would benefit California residents. The state of Maryland has recently passed a law prohibiting lawsuits on any debts which have passed the Statute of Limitation (https://www.dllr.state.md.us/finance/advisories/advisory-debtcol.pdf ). While California requires notification if a debt is expired, many debtors are not able to use that information. And while debt buyers are prohibited from suing on expired debts in California, original creditors are not. Many creditors, like exploitative landlords and lenders, never sell their debts, waiting years to sue, until details of the situation are less clear. Most lawsuits are won by default, even on invalid debts. The key injustice is that proportionately more poor debtors are sued than well-off debtors (due to the fact that the Statute of Limitation must be explicitly raised as a defense by the debtor in CA). This growing numbers of illegitimate judgments against those who do not have either the time or the ability (due to illness, etc) to defend themselves. Debt, credit reporting and court action can have a direct bearing on citizens’ abilities to access employment and housing. Disallowing suits on all expired debts could correct this injustice.

Respectfully,

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    Sorry, I am still tired.
Shira

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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Learning Empathy, and Hope for Housing, on Day 24/67?

      My thoughts on  Day 24 of my 67 night-school class set of lesson plans for GED/HiSet learners, remain on how to build compassion, if not social empathy.
    How, or what ideas do you have on this, could we help build more social empathy and compassion into our society?
   And housing.  How in the heck do we get a market based system to build housing when Enough for All is fundamentally in contrast to the interests of a profit-maximizing home-ownership system (i.e. home values go up far faster w/a shortage of housing…)?
    Sorry, I am still tired.
    I am still sure that the human race can Do Better.
Shira

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B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/Protector & Sihirli AnnemLupin, or La Casa de Papel/Money Heist Reviews

Holistic College Algebra & GED/High School Lesson Plans,

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Happy Birthday, Anna J. Cooper, & Learning Languages to Dream of Libraries

    Dr. Anna J. Cooper was a strong advocate for education, especially in Washington, DC, and one of the first Black women to earn a PhD.  August 10th is her birthday, and as she fought to make the dreams of Black students possible, we must fight to make all of our collective dreams possible for a safer, kinder world.

Write your dreams, in a language all your own, if you must, and then expand your world by learning two more languages.  With the help of a library, as suggested below, shortly.

My personal dream has always been to save and enrich all lives, and my dream for the world is to see a Tiny House or at least a small well-insulated room with kitchenette and bathroom, with potable water, green vegetables, brown rice and dried beans and solar/windpower with backup pedal power for every man, woman and child over maybe, the age of 10, world wide, free for that person’s use from birth to his/her death with no charge, no questions, and no way to lose that right.

So, I journal in Spanish and Biblical Hebrew, which inspire me to look to examples like Amelia, of El Ministerio del Tiempo, and Ruth, of Biblical fame, as inspirations to persevere.

Spanish has always been my favorite language, especially in the bilingual South West. As an adult education instructor at the Continuing Education division of the San Diego Community College District, that proved helpful.

Every local educational institution has room for improvement, particularly when seen from both faculty and student perspectives. I posed some questions, recently, about ideas for implementing (on a shoestring budget ) projects that would have been helpful to our students when I taught, involving

1.) a small library or study area,
2.) workshops by CA Promise Program graduates,
3.) an on-site nurse paid for by mediCal, and
4.) access to public transportation:

1.) Many of my students told me they didn’t have a quiet place to study.  While I know that space is in very short supply on the North campus, I wonder if a small area, possibly in the multipurpose room when it’s not being used, could be set aside with cubicles or movable small desks and a small movable lending library like the tiny libraries?

2.)   I wonder, on the assumption of course that having graduated and started a new career as a professional with a bachelor’s degree anyone can be found who will have time, if any students having graduated with a bachelor’s degree after getting their first two years of community college paid for through the California promise program or with the San Diego promise program, could be persuaded to come back either as tutors, mentors, or even just to give workshops in the areas in which they got their educations?  Particularly accounting majors or paralegal/pre-law majors who could give small workshops on dealing with debt in California including California statutes of limitations, or financial planning workshops or how to do your own taxes if you only need to do the 1040EZ, etc?  One-on-one tutoring, and also mentoring,  that supportive help, especially for our high school equivalency students, could be both useful and inspiring.  Seeing successfully graduated professionals with a bachelor’s degree who came through the community college system and are willing to spend individual time with them, even if only a couple of hours a week, could make a difference.  Could interns or SCORE volunteers put a program like this together?  Do we track or stay in touch with students who finish the California or San Diego promise program once they finish their bachelor’s degrees?

3.) Many of my students worked two jobs or for other reasons never had time to see a doctor even when they were ill. I wonder if it is possible to pay, through the Medi-Cal system, for a nurse to be on-site, perhaps based out of the office  of each campus, a couple of days/evenings a week?

4.)  One of the biggest problem areas that I saw for my car-free students was that neither the continuing ed, nor the  faculty Union was able to get the transit authority to enforce acceptance of continuing ed student IDs for the monthly bus and rail pass discount.  In planning for post-Covid-19 classes, will we have any resources to address public transportation discount and access issues?

I imagine that some of these ideas may be a little overwhelming, because I understand that time and resources are extremely limited, but once in a while, as others have noted: we do have to dream.

Some possible action items that you can take right now include:
1.) Call your local City Council members, and ask them to increase library funding,
2.) Donate to ProPublica for probono legal and financial education for all,

or, please share your ideas for improving local libraries and education!

Let’s #EndPoverty , #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail starting by improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure 4:
1. #libraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport

original version first posted on August 10th, 12020 HE

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Learning Empathy, on Day 23/67?

      My thoughts on  Day 23 of my 67 night-school class set of lesson plans for GED/HiSet learners, turn to wondering how to help build a kinder world, as Project Do Better works to do.
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    How, or what ideas do you have on this, could we help build more empathy into our society?
    Sorry, I am still really tired.
Shira

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B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/Protector & Sihirli AnnemLupin, or La Casa de Papel/Money Heist Reviews

Holistic College Algebra & GED/High School Lesson Plans,

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

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Learning Kindness, on Day 22/67?

      My thoughts on  Day 22 of my 67 night-school class set of lesson plans for GED/HiSet learners, turn ton wondering how to help build a kinder world.
    How, or what ideas do you have on this, could we help build a kinder society?
    Sorry, I am so tired.
Shira

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B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/Protector & Sihirli AnnemLupin, or La Casa de Papel/Money Heist Reviews

Holistic College Algebra & GED/High School Lesson Plans,

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

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