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Day 61/67 of GED in Five Months, language as a function of context, and Adult decision-making as a function of community

Our language varies based on the context in which that language is used. Mathematical language always has a very specific meaning and a precise context: the mathematical context.  We use words everyday that have different meanings, precise meanings, in different contexts.  An Adult must understand the specific meaning of a given word before making decisions that will affect anyone, including just themselves, since our decisions never really affect only ourselves, do they?

Today’s reading starts looking at functions as applied in our physical world:

force F as a function of time. …”

 Week 17/18
Day 61 Lesson Plan
Essay Writing -Continue working on your concluding paragraph
math: Identifying and evaluating functions
Science reading:
Please see the Lesson plan for Day 61’s Exit Tickets
 

Action Items:  

1.) Did you see any interesting new mathematics (for once you finish this course and move on to higher level learning) on the reading page?  Does it look interesting?

2.) Please tell us where the information for today’s reading comes from, how you know that the sources are reliable, and who funded them,

3.)  Feel free to answer the exit ticket questions in the comments, or pose any other questions you may have about the lesson, if you wish.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  &  for heavens sake: please #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19 (or even for good!)!:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button:

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa

(RiP, Mira Furlan, aka Delenn…)

ShiraDest

January, 2021 CE = January 12021 HE

(Day 60Day 62)

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Day 50/67 of GED in Five Months, language learning, and libraries

 How can you determine what the meaning of a word is in a mathematical context?  And where would you find the resource that may put all of that information right at your fingertips?  Solving word problems in mathematics, and all life’s problems are really word problems, requires learning the language of mathematics, which every Adult needs to understand.

Today’s reading may be interesting to see how a word or theory can change over time, starting with two parallel slits that kicked off a world of new questions:

The Double-Slit Experiment
By the early 19th century, most physicists agree with Newton’s well-established theory of light, which says that light takes the form of particles—what we now call photons. But English scientist Thomas Young isn’t convinced, and in 1803, he designs an experiment to test the status quo. Young aims a beam of light at a barrier that has two slits. If light is made of particles, he reasons, those particles should travel in a straight line through the slits, projecting two distinct lines of light on the screen beyond the barrier. Instead…”

You might get a start, or a refresher, on the mathematics for that in the lesson below…

 End of week 13/18
Day 50 Week 13
Grammar: more practice with parallelism
Math: Translating words into mathematical language
Reading for science: Parallel in theory: the rest of the story…
Day 50 Exit Ticket
 

Action Items:  

1.) Search for two different possible meanings for the word parallel,

2.) Where did you find the definitions, and why do you find those sources credible?

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses your thoughts, and then, please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.

4.)  Feel free to answer the exit ticket questions in the comments, or pose any other questions you may have about the lesson, if you wish.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  &  for heavens sake: please #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19 (or even for good!)!:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

ShiraDest

January, 2021 CE = January 12021 HE

(Day 49 … Day 51)

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Happy Greek Independence Day!

To all of our Greek friends:

Καλή Ημέρα της Ελληνικής Ανεξαρτησίας

The future still must become more fully inclusive for all of us.

Action Items:

1.) Search for two different sources related to the Greek fight for independence from the Ottoman empire.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses what you found.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button:

γεια σας!

ShiraDest

March, 2021 CE = March 12021 HE

(The previous lesson 67/67 , and the most recent lesson 1/67…)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

Free copies are available at https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…

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Day 23 (out of 67) of High School in Five Months, Learning languages, and Adulting in context

If you are a compulsive completer, like I am, you probably found yourself filling in the chart above automatically, in the language of mathematics: perhaps the most universal of all human languages (and maybe of alien languages, if we ever make contact with non-human intelligent life?).

Languages, both external (or, between people, i.e. French) and internal (aka “love languages” for each person), are a set of forms of knowledge that all Adult citizens of any democratic nation or movement must learn anew, continually, just as with mathematical language:

Mathematical Language is far simpler:

(3 ^ 0)(3 ^3) =(1)(3 cubed) = 3 cubed = 3*3*3 = 27

Day 23 Lesson Plan (pdf format)
Grammar: Essay writing 4/4 on paper
more Power practice: powers of products and quotients practice
Challenging exponents practice using The Power Rule
Day23ExitSlips

End of Week 6 of 18…

Action Items:

1.) Find three different secondary or tertiary sources for the origin or language family of your favorite language, (French, for instance, according to Encyclopedia Brittanica, the BBC, and National Geographic, is Romance…)

2.) Share your  findings with us, and

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses those findings, and then, please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GR button:

  Salût !  

Καλό μήνα (Kalo Mina): Happy new month!

Wishing a wonderful and  more fully inclusive for all of us.  Kalo Mina means Happy Month, in modern Greek, and is a common phrase at the start of a month, as today is.

So, it turns out that our Greek friends are not the only folks to wish each other a Happy New Month:

Action Items:

1.) Search for two different sources related to the Holocene Epoch and to the Holocene Calendar.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how a calendar based on the Holocene Epoch might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking,

4.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses it.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button:

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa. and  Yassas,   γεια σας!    

ShiraDest

March 1st, 2021 CE = March 1st, 12021 HE

(The previous lesson 67/67 , and the most recent lesson 1/67…)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

Free copies are available at https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…

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Day 1/67 of High School in 5 months, Geo, and Adulting as on-going education

The Four Freedoms movement starts  with empathy building, which both leads to and requires continuous learning. Today’s Adult Basic Education vocabulary begins with Geo, of Greek origin, meaning Earth.             (“Give me a word, any word…”)

This is a particularly key concept for all of us, who dwell on Earth, to consider regularly, perhaps?

-Lesson Plan for today in PDF format, see syllabus for details.

(Remember that you can always do a harder or easier Khan Academy assignment …)

Take the Grammar PreTest, and then Go at your own pace after getting 100% right on the quiz of your choice!   GrammarBook.com…

Action Items to support Adulting that we can all take right now:

1.) Consider our responsibility to “promote the general welfare” of society:

2.) Share your thoughts here on how High School education starts that process,

3.)   Share your thoughts on how on-going learning, such as learning a language, continues that process, and can also build empathy, and a build a sense of responsibility for helping others learn details like the local laws regarding debt, housing, and local resources for the under-served, like ProBono legal aid.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GR button:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    

ShiraDest

December:  2020 CE = 12020 HE

(Day 67 lesson plan and activities: last, and next: Day 2 Lesson…)

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Day 61/67 of GED in Five Months, language as a function of context, and Adult decision-making as a function of community

Our language varies based on the context in which that language is used. Mathematical language always has a very specific meaning and a precise context: the mathematical context.  We use words everyday that have different meanings, precise meanings, in different contexts.  An Adult must understand the specific meaning of a given word before making decisions that will affect anyone, including just themselves, since our decisions never really affect only ourselves, do they?

Today’s reading starts looking at functions as applied in our physical world:

force F as a function of time. …”

 Week 17/18
Day 61 Lesson Plan
Essay Writing -Continue working on your concluding paragraph
math: Identifying and evaluating functions
Science reading:
Please see the Lesson plan for Day 61’s Exit Tickets
 

Action Items:  

1.) Did you see any interesting new mathematics (for once you finish this course and move on to higher level learning) on the reading page?  Does it look interesting?

2.) Please tell us where the information for today’s reading comes from, how you know that the sources are reliable, and who funded them,

3.)  Feel free to answer the exit ticket questions in the comments, or pose any other questions you may have about the lesson, if you wish.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  &  for heavens sake: please #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19 (or even for good!)!:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button:

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa

(RiP, Mira Furlan, aka Delenn…)

ShiraDest

January, 2021 CE = January 12021 HE

(Day 60Day 62)

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French Fridays, COVID, Astérix, and Adulting education for Health Care

The common good, or the general welfare, includes being responsible for how your actions and health affect that of those you may come in contact with, even at a distance.  That is part of Adulting Education, which must become more fully inclusive for all of us.  Even the French!  🙂 

Que ferait-il #Astérix le Galois dans ce periode de cris ? What would Asterix the Gaul do during this time of crisis?

Undoubtedly, he would call upon the esteemed local Druid, Panoramix, to teach
the villagers what to do. And certainly, Panoramix would say:

“Il faut absolument pas fumer, parce que ça agrave beaucoup les maladies respiratoires !”
“‪Absolutely #‎stopsmoking‬, because smoke makes respiratory illnesses much worse!”

Then, the renowned Druid would undoubtedly mix up a batch of his famous Potion Magique as a universal cure for the entire village, to assure the health of all. Of course, the villagers have the forest to hunt sangliers and grow their local organic food, so they don’t need a Universal Basic Income to continue to stay healthy, but we do.

Don’t believe me? Just watch Astérix et Obélix : Mission Cléopâtre -it is worth learning #Français (#French) to watch!

So, it turns out that French can be a fun language to learn, too!

Action Items:

1.) Search for two different sources related to the need for all citizens to take care of themselves, and how that relates to Universal Health Care, especially in France, maybe?

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how understanding the impact of your out breaths on others might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking,

4.) Write a book, blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. If you write a book, once published, please consider donating to your local public library.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GR button:

   Salût !  

ShiraDest

December, 2020 CE = December 12020 HE

(The previous lesson 52/67 published since this post, and the most recent lesson 53/67…)

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Day 50/67 of GED in Five Months, language learning, and libraries

 How can you determine what the meaning of a word is in a mathematical context?  And where would you find the resource that may put all of that information right at your fingertips?  Solving word problems in mathematics, and all life’s problems are really word problems, requires learning the language of mathematics, which every Adult needs to understand.

Today’s reading may be interesting to see how a word or theory can change over time, starting with two parallel slits that kicked off a world of new questions:

The Double-Slit Experiment
By the early 19th century, most physicists agree with Newton’s well-established theory of light, which says that light takes the form of particles—what we now call photons. But English scientist Thomas Young isn’t convinced, and in 1803, he designs an experiment to test the status quo. Young aims a beam of light at a barrier that has two slits. If light is made of particles, he reasons, those particles should travel in a straight line through the slits, projecting two distinct lines of light on the screen beyond the barrier. Instead…”

You might get a start, or a refresher, on the mathematics for that in the lesson below…

 End of week 13/18
Day 50 Week 13
Grammar: more practice with parallelism
Math: Translating words into mathematical language
Reading for science: Parallel in theory: the rest of the story…
Day 50 Exit Ticket
 

Action Items:  

1.) Search for two different possible meanings for the word parallel,

2.) Where did you find the definitions, and why do you find those sources credible?

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses your thoughts, and then, please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.

4.)  Feel free to answer the exit ticket questions in the comments, or pose any other questions you may have about the lesson, if you wish.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  &  for heavens sake: please #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19 (or even for good!)!:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

ShiraDest

January, 2021 CE = January 12021 HE

(Day 49Day 51)

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French Fridays, Connâitre ses Droits et éviter les Proces… Free Legal Education and Pre-Trial Diversion…, and Adulting

The common good, or the general welfare, is also tied up with on-going legal & financial pro-bono education (aka Adulting Education), which must become more fully inclusive for all of us.

Click here for English…

 

“ -C’est quoi ça?
-Votre côte sur le marché de l’art: 11.000 euros”

Mais si Driss n’avait-t-il pas d’argent ? Et s’ils lui avaient arrêtaient dans la misère ? Aux États-Unis il y à une moyen d’éviter les procès mais qui coute cher, selon l’état dans on aura le procès. C’est mon espoir qu’on peut avoir des changements de cette politique, avec l’aide des citoyens Américains, et aussi ce de nos amis.

 

“ -What’s this?
-That’s what you’re worth on the art market: 11,000 Euros.”

But what about before Driss had that money? What if he’d been arrested utterly poor?

In many states, programs exist to help first time offenders avoid trial and charges. But, Pre-trial Diversion or Intervention programs, as they are known, are often unfair to the poor, as in MD and many other states: perpetrating the cruelty of charging money that some people simply do not have in order to avoid jail. My emphatic immediate-term policy recommendation is that all States emulate “Cook County … in Chicago, where defendants are not charged a fee ” for Pre-Trial service programs. And my long-term policy recommendation is that we strengthen our freely available legal services and Pro-Bono Legal Aide availability drastically, perhaps requiring ALL lawyers and law firms to offer 20% of their time or services free to lower income people, and that states and counties offer free continuing education in financial and consumer education, including the all too rarely taught rights in each state regarding debt, housing, health care and also criminal law. Both short-term and long-term approaches are needed, immediately.

Toward “…justice for all.”

Read, Write, Dream, Walk !


#PublicDomainInfrastructure
ShiraDest

11 April, 12018 HE

So, it turns out that knowing what bits of legal information change from state to state is also important, as is knowing that one must actively defend against an expired medical or other type of debt, even if it is time-barred (or past the SoL), illogical as that may seem…

Action Items:

1.) Search for two different sources giving the different Statutes of Limitations (SoL) for your state,

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how changing those SoLs might help, or hinder,  allowing people to climb out of debt,

4.) Write a book, blog post or tweet that uses that information and your thoughts,  tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. If you write a book, once published, please consider donating to your local public library.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GR button:

   Salût ! 

ShiraDest

started in December, 2020 CE = December 12020 HE

(The previous lesson 40/67 published since this post, and the most recent lesson 41/67…)

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