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Day 55/67 of GED in Five Months, Linear Inequalities, and Health Care

So, why do you think that it may be important to understand linear inequalities as they relate to Health Care, especially to health care outcomes for Black, Latino, and White Americans?

Today’s reading:

Although the Affordable Care Act (ACA) lead to large coverage gains, some groups remain at higher risk of being uninsured, lacking access to care, and experiencing worse health outcomes. For example, as of 2018, Hispanics are two and a half times more likely to be uninsured than Whites (19.0% vs. 7.5%) and individuals with incomes below poverty are four times as likely to lack coverage as those with incomes at 400% of the federal poverty level or above (17.3% vs. 4.3%).”

 Start of week 15/18
Day 55, Week 15
Writing -Continue working on your Cons (or finish Pros) paragraph
math: Graphing linear inequalities
Who is behind today’s Science reading?
Please see the Lesson plan for Day 55’s Exit Tickets
 

Action Items:  

1.) Search for two different sources to learn about your local health department,

2.) Please tell us where your information comes from, and how you know that the sources you found are reliable,

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses your 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.

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
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ShiraDest

January, 2021 CE = January 12021 HE

(Day 54Day 56)

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Day 48/67 of GED in Five Months, science, help, and health

 How many of us remember why monocropping can be a problem, and how it could impact our health, and the health of generations to come?

Reading: “Growing the same crop on a field year after year can cause crop yields to decline as the soil becomes depleted and insect populations become firmly established. Crop rotation, or growing different crops in different years, is one way to avoid these problems. However, discovering the most effective rotation of a number of different crops is difficult, because there are so many possible orders in which to grow them and testing any given crop rotation takes several years.”

This might take some math, huh?  For example, what might a percentage increase in one year be for a bunch of bugs that have made themselves snuggly at home in a potato field, versus the percentage increase of those bugs if that potato field were planted with soy beans next year, do you think? 

You might get some help on the mathematics for that in the lesson below…

 Middle of week 13/18
Day 48, Week 13
Grammar: Dangling modifiers
Math: Percent Increase
Where is monocropping still used today?
Day 48 Exit Ticket
Don’t forget to look up the history of some of your math topics, like Algebra…

Action ItemsWhat Would You Do??

1.) Search for two different sources explaining what monocropping is,

2.) Does either source discuss Terminator Seeds, and what point of view does each source prefer?  Is there an obvious benefit that either source (or the authors or funders of the source article) has to gain from that point of view?

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses your 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.

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:

ShiraDest

January, 2021 CE = January 12021 HE

(Day 47Day 49)

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Day 47/67 of GED in Five Months, historic decisions, and health care

 A basic understanding of science, and support for free access by all residents to high quality branch libraries with trained Reference Librarians who also understand basic science, is another responsibility of being an Adult in a republic.  Understanding the basics underlying any illness, like smallpox or typhoid, the history behind it, and the sensible precautions that can be taken to avoid it, are like teaching Typhoid Mary why she was a carrier.  We all have a duty and a right to understand, and to protect our fellow human beings.

 Start of week 13/18
Day 47 Lesson Plan
Grammar: Essay Writing -Continue working on your Pros paragraph
Math: Scale and Similarity
Day 47 Exit Ticket
 
Don’t forget to look up the history of some of your science study topics…

Action ItemsWhat Would You Do??

1.) Search for two different sources explaining who Typhoid Mary was,

2.) Does either source tell why she never understood that she was a carrier?

3.) Share your thoughts about how you would help her, if you had been the head of the NYC health department,

4.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses those ideas, 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.

5.)  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:

ShiraDest

January, 2021 CE = January 12021 HE

(Day 46Day 48)

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Thoughtful Thursdays, From the Depths on a New Moon, and self-Health Care

On the 14th (but starting last night, on the 13th at sundown), began the new month, and the month of Rosh Chodesh Sh’vat, on the Jewish calendar.  Months on the Hebrew calendar begin on the new moon, and this day is traditionally a women’s half-holiday, with no housework being done, in theory, by women on that day.  How I wish that every day would become a day of recognition for women, and for all of those who labour for the benefit of us all.  Our society must come to recognize the work that all people do, to care for others, to keep a safe and clean environment for our families and communities, and our society must become more fully inclusive for all of us.

later update:  Oops!  I forgot to connect those dots: this Psalm is one of those sung as part of Hallel, which is chanted and sung in the morning service of Rosh Chodesh, and most other full holidays. 

Action Items:

1.) Search for two different sources showing the Psalm that contains the words “from the depths,” or “Min haMetzar” ( מין המצר ). 

2.) Share your interpretation of those words with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how we can help build a more inclusive world, and more inclusive thinking, in our society, please, and then,

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:

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

ShiraDest

partly scheduled in December, 2020 CE = December 12020 HE

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

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Day 42/67 of GED in Five Months, “discrete what?”, and, health terminology

 Adulting often requires understanding vocabulary, and how certain words have slightly different meanings when applied in a different context,  to understand how health care works, and why the Public Health Services are so important.  Here is one of my favorite words that makes a key difference in math, science, health care, and even in English grammar, as the lesson will show!

 Week 11/18
Day 42, Week 11
Grammar: Context and confusing words
Area and the Pythagorean Theorem
Day 42 Exit Ticket
Discreet quantities
Being discreet, as in exercising discretion…

Action Items:

1.) Why might it be important to understand the different nuances of meanings of a word, aka different connotations, under various circumstances, like the word theory, or discrete?

2.) Please explain how it may (or may not) help citizens of a Republic, especially during a global pandemic…

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses those 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!!:
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:

ShiraDest

January, 2021 CE = January 12021 HE

(Day 41Day 43)

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Turkish Tuesday, walking as self-health care, and Glad I shared a Smile that day

Two people now have told me that this shared smile (during the 14 months I worked in Turkey) was indeed a contribution to society, even though no monetary exchange and no formal recognition was involved. Time to readjust my thinking on what makes a contribution to society, and my ability to contribute (more compassion for self and others allows greater contribution).

I walked alot, but the bus system is also pretty good in Izmir…

The 4 Freedoms for ALL via Language & Adult Education, Writing, and PublicDomainInfrastructure

Short story: glad I smiled at someone I did not know -who thanked me, and made me grateful to be alive, back in 2005. And also today.

Less short version of the story:
Ok, so after a useless day yesterday of only 1100 words written, and desperate fears of 8 more days zero, (I have another 10k words to write), I was reflecting on the use, or lack thereof, of my life.
moving morose meditation on beauty to bottom…

When I lived in Izmir, that summer I took long walks on Saturday afternoons. I had the habit of smiling, or at least nodding, to every person I saw because frankly, I hoped someone would smile or nod back at me. At least acknowledge me as a fellow human being, as I tried to do, even passing the homeless people lining the streets as you go into the Metro (DC).

So…

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Day 34/67 of GED in Five Months, circles, and flu

 Adulting is also about understanding how history and science fit together, just as circles and triangles fit together, and impact us today.  This and last year’s Covid-19 pandemic is not so different from the 1918-1920 wrongly-named Spanish Flu pandemic.

Middle of week 9/18
Lesson plan, Day 34, Wk 9
Grammar: semicolons and colons
How to find the height of a triangle
Math: Circles and Pi
See Computer Model with today’s Science reading: Flu pandemic…

Day 34 Exit Tix

Action Items:

1.) What do you think is the level of importance of history, vs. science, and how might both help, if you think they do, with Adulting?

2.) Share your  thoughts with us, and why you think them, and

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses those 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  & #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:

ShiraDest

January, 2021 CE = January 12021 HE

(Day 27Day 28Day 29Day 30Day 31Day 32Day 33)

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Turkish Tuesdays, Happiness vs. Meaning, and Health

The common good, or the general welfare, in the United States, tends to presume that “the pursuit of happiness” is the good and the goal of life.  Yet those of us descended from enslaved people know that our ancestors, and often ourselves, as well, have not been free to follow that pursuit, and thus have been forced to define happiness in a different way.   

When I lived in Izmir, a neighbor asked me one day:

Doydun yerin nerede?

 

Literally, this means, where is your full place? 

She was asking me where is the place that makes me happy.  What I could not explain to her then, back in 2005, which some blogging friends have recently reminded me to point out, is that contentment, far more than happiness, is a stable emotion, rather than a fleeting feeling based on dopamine or serotonin, but it requires context.  That context is built out of a life that renders service.  A life, for me, that builds tools and leaves a scaffolding upon which others may continue to build, to create the equitable world that would be safe, kind, and respectful of the dignity and potential of every human being born into this world.  

True it is, that happiness is a part of one’s overall health.  Access to affordable and comprehensive health care is also a major part of that: freedom from the stress of knowing that one illness can set back all of your life’s savings, or that one accident can deprive you of a livelihood.  Knowing just how precarious this health and access to health care is, especially for people who have no family or community to protect and/or take care of them, can be a major on brake a person’s moment to moment, not to mention overall, happiness.  That is in spite of, and separate from, the satisfaction or contentment that one may derive from seeing the works of her hands accomplish good things.  Even one who has stood in that small and fearful gap, in harms way for another, one who has brought hope to another at a moment when years had passed without greeting, even such a one may feel content with those works, yet aspire to rejoice at the happiness of others, when others are safe.  Is this happiness, for that one person? 

The happiness of one individual must be viewed, for me, in the wider context of each and every person’s ability to have every need met.  The reason is that if I go to some other part of the world, my own safety is compromised, based on a variety of factors that have nothing to do with my desire to help others, and everything to do with my appearance, origins, and connections.  That situation is neither equitable, nor safe, for anyone.  Ignoring these unpleasant truths will not make them go away, and focusing on one small part of the world that appears positive, while ignoring most of the pain, will never solve our collective problem.  Yet we have it within our power, collectively, to change the situation.  We have the technology, the resources, and the strategic ability to build a system that can allow every human being to reach full creative potential.  If we each choose to have a life of meaning, building for the entirety of humanity, over a lifetime of our pursuit of the fleeting happiness of a moment, we can leave a safer, kinder world where each individual is actually listened to, actually respected for the pebble of meaning that that person brings to help build the rising edifice, and leaves as part of the scaffolding.  We can each have, and also help others, to have a life of lasting meaning, if we want to.

The question is do we want to?

 

Action Items:

1.) Search for two different sources related to happiness versus meaning.

2.) Share the context of those sources, and what you think of them, with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how any ordinary person might help build a better world system, and thus be a Hero,

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
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  Görüşürüz!    

ShiraDest

December, 2020 CE = December 12020 HE

(The previous lesson 26/67 published since this post, and the most recent lesson 27/67…)

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Day 20 High School in Five Months, the power of Zero, and Adulting Ed…

Scheduling tasks by breaking large projects into smaller chunks, using a spreadsheet to organize your project from 0 to Finished, and supporting our public infrastructure is all part of  Adulting Education for our modern society as an adult in any democratic nation.  

Day 20 Lesson Plan
Scheduling sheets: use a spreadsheet to plan big projects
punctuation
Exponents: Pwrs of Zero and 1, -1
Day20ExitSlips

Action Items:

1.)  How would you find out what the three branches of the US government are, besides looking at the PDF of the lesson plan from today?  Any primary sources, and from where?

2.) Share your  ideas with us, and why you think that way,

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses one of the ideas, 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
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 Görüşürüz!   

ShiraDest

December, 2020 CE = December 12020 HE

( Day 19Day 21)

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Day 19 of High School in Five Months, more radicals, and Adulting Ed…

Making charts, working through complex lower mathematics, and writing about it in a journal all hone the skills of problem-solving and critical thinking, skills as essential for being a competent citizen in our modern society (with public infrastructure that needs support) as of being an adult in any democratic nation.  

Day 19
Grammar: Caps Review, Intro. to Essay Writing
Math: Exponents ARE Radical!!
Day19ExitSlips
 

Action Items:

1.)  Sourcing information: What sources might help you find the relationship between exponents and radicals?  Any primary sources, and from where?

2.) Share your  ideas with us, and why you think that way,

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses one of the ideas, 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:

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

ShiraDest

December, 2020 CE = December 12020 HE

( Day 18Day 20)

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