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Day 38/67, Five Month GED, comparisons in literature and in math: Similes, and Slope

      Adulting is about knowing how you learn most effectively, but also about understanding systems, similes…

world_prices200-c965bae1b427c4c26502303e0023a84fea065b17-s800-c85 and relationships of change between varying quantities. 

Like the rise in the price of a main staple, like rice: Unified Response over a certain run of time, whether in hours, days, or weeks…

Middle of week 10/18
Day 38, Week 10, Lesson plan
Grammar: using a simile
Math:Slope as ratio of Y:X
Day 38 Exit Tix
(Day 37Day 39)

Action Items:

1.) What do you think is one possible scenario where rice can (or has…) cause riots?

2.) Why might it be important that citizens in a republic understand these possible scenarios?

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.  I’m editing a book proposing a kinder way for our world, and this is part of my contribution to it:  Project Do Better.

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

-we can learn from the past via Stayed on Freedom’s Call,

         by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plan list) in the present, to

                      We can  Do Better: a Vision of a Better World to create a kinder future

 

( 5 month GED lesson 21 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story inspires learning, and historical fiction can also inspire courage

Toward Peace,

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(freehttps://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.

Please let us know if you’ve read it!  🙂

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Review of Mindhunter, and Thinking on Abolition

         I  would like to hear your thoughts, Thoughtful Readers, on the idea of Project Do Better as what Professor Ruth Wilson Gilmore said of some striking teachers, that “this is also abolition work.”  I’ve been thinking of her partly because I think that our goals are nearly identical, but fear being identified as a radical.  The other reason I’ve been thinking of prisons is that someone recently thanked me for my service, at the US Naval Academy (though I served more usefully imho, as a cadet in the CAP and Jr. ROTC, by rendering first aid after a Metro bus accident!!).  That reminded me of an overheard conversation in my senior year of high school.   As I was nearing graduation, contemplating Annapolis, two guys in my class were also discussing their options.  One said “three hots and a cot.” The other said “hospital, prison, military.”  Then they both agreed -they had to enlist.  So, when someone thanks me for my service, I think of the many reasons, especially health care benefits, that Americans “volunteer” to serve in the military.  And then I think, can’t we do any better?  So, between a Soylent Green world, and where we are today, is there any third way?   I think there is, and I think that Prof. Gilmore is on to something.   It’s not so different, in it’s end goal, as that of Project Do Better.

     I’m quite drawn to her assertions that society must become just, equitable, and sustainable for all of us, which requires support for social and caring infrastructure.  That is the basis of my backward engineering from a vision of a secure world for all of us, to where we are now via 4 phases.  She, on the other hand, starts with a world in which there is no need for prisons.  Come to think of it, a world where no child lacks food, shelter, etc, would pretty much be, it seems, a world where there is no need for prisons, right?  In fact, I actually suggest a similar idea, as part of Phase IV, in chapter 5, P. 105/6

   I was reading a NYT (which I am apparently able to access only one time) article in which Prof. Gilmore is interviewed about her activism to abolish the prison system:

    “The path that abolitionists called for to achieve these goals seemed strikingly similar to the original (if ultimately failed) goals of the Great Society and “war on crime” laid out by Lyndon B. Johnson in the mid to late 1960s: to generate millions of new jobs, combat employment discrimination, desegregate schools, broaden the social safety net and build new housing.”

   Instead, we got “new and harsh forms of criminalization”  and even worse:

   “… prisons can access funds that traditionally went elsewhere — for example, money goes to county jails and state prisons for “mental health services” rather than into public health generally. “If you follow the money, you don’t have to find the company that’s profiting,” Gilmore explained to me later. “You can find all the people who are dependent on wages paid out by the Department of Corrections. The most powerful lobby group in California are the guards. It’s a single trade, with one employer, and it couldn’t be easier for them to organize. They can elect everyone from D.A.s up to the governor. They gave Gray Davis a couple million dollars, and he gave them a prison.””

 

     These are issues directly touching the work of Project Do Better, and for the same reasons:  to build a world in which all of us have all of our basic needs met, which by extension means that there is little to  no need for prisons, we need to trace the flows of money and find out who benefits from various types of expenditures.  Those resources could be going to Head Start, health services, etc, where a huge difference would be made well before the age most are sent to prison.   And again, avoiding unneeded suffering for all of us.

 

   “Her fundamental point is that prison was not inevitable — not for individuals and not for California. But the more prisons the state built, the better the state became at filling them, even despite falling crime rates.”

 

   And in spite of falling crime rates.  While the numbers may be in dispute, the fact that this:

   “Project Head Start, one of the most effective long-term, anticrime programs in history.”

   could be stated by a rather conservative person like John E. Douglas is impressive. 

         Here’s my review:

   ”  

Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit

First of all, on the last page he says:
“I truly believe that along with more money.. what we most need more of is love. This is not being simplistic, it’s at the very heart of the issue.”

 

He is absolutely right. This is a world, particularly American society, that has put down true connection as secondary to a lot of things. And it’s costing us our lives. The lack of open emotional connection, the lack of friendship, the lack of love in society, and especially the lack of early childhood education and high quality child care, is creating a nightmare for people of all ages in this country that won’t be solved until we have a few generations of kids who’ve grown up being cared for by every single adult. Nothing more true was ever said than to point out as he did, or as one of his colleagues did , that the Head Start program is the most effective anti-crime program invented.
Secondly, a pox upon people who write in library books. Especially when they scratch out words so that you don’t know what the author said about someone. Back to our review:

We need to put our money where our mouths are and begin investing in those Early child Care programs for everything from childcare itself and paying our babysitters not only a living wage but to make sure that they’re giving even the very youngest of children educational and loving experiences, and of course early childhood education. These are the most important things that any society can do and we have neglected it to our detriment. It’s only now taking the toll on society that will take another 40 years to reverse.
We’d better get started.

 
 
page 25
 

5.58%“Interesting. It took quite a while before the dots left by Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were finally connected and institutionalized by the FBI.”

 
October 20, 2021 –

 

page 75
 

16.74%“There’s even more paranoid self importance today…”

 
October 21, 2021 –

 

page 119
 

26.56%“A prostituted 16-year-old or 15-year-old actually, does not have lovers. She cannot pawn off her child nor is the child illegitimate, because the child was a product of rape so illegitimacy or legitimacy is not involved here: she is a victim, not a criminal.”

 
October 21, 2021 –

 

page 157
 

35.04%“It just takes a wide enough experience and enough reading of other cases with that experience and the needed details to get to the “How could you know that Holmes? 100 years ago they had burned you for a witch!” moment.”

 
October 21, 2021 –

 

page 201
 

44.87% “Why did someone scribble out the adjective on both pages:

P. 200: “situation with this …girl and realized…
P. 201: “… where some other…girl would be in danger.””

 
October 21, 2021 –

 

page 389
 

86.83% “Exactly: early childhood education

“Project Head Start, one of the most effective long-term, anticrime programs in history.””

 
October 22, 2021 – Finished Reading

    So, there are a couple of points of intersection here: resources can go into early-age social services and we reap a seven-fold benefit,  dollar for dollar, and then also the fact that even an FBI official can admit that prison is not inevitable, as Prof. Gilmore said.  So, in other words, we really can change the way we do things, with not terribly radical methods.

 

   We can definitely  Do Better.

Shira

Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on how we might start to build a world where all have at least enough.

2.)   What is your favorite hobby, and how could you see it fitting in with building empathy, or creating new tools for teaching adaptable thinking?

    Thoughtful Readers, do you have any 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 COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport

Read, Write

-we can learn from the past via Stayed on Freedom’s Call ,

        by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plan list) in the present, to

                                                                     help build a kinder future: Project Do Better

( 5 month GED lesson 29 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story, especially historical women’s stories, can inspire courage and learning…

In Service,

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2022 CE = year 12022 HE

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.

Please let us know, if you have a moment, how you liked it.

Shira Destinie Jones’ work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


Continue reading Review of Mindhunter, and Thinking on Abolition

Day 28/67 of GED in 5 Months, Equitable Triangles, and Adulting Education

The skill of translating ideas into other terms, or of translating mathematical terms into social ideas, is a crucial part of Adult citizenship responsibility,  and is thus part of any democracy movement.  

four assorted colour triangles
Photo by Magda Ehlers on Pexels.com

Understanding sets of power relationships is also a crucial part of being an Adult in a democratic society.  Mathematics helps with that, as does reading novels, from your local public librarians list of recommendations!

 Start of week 8/18
Lesson Plan, Day 28

Grammar: write your Introductory Paragraph

and then: Reading… (accessed Sunday, May 9th, 12021 HE)

Three kinds of triangles
Day 28 ExitSlips
(Day 27Day 29)

From the reading, what does this sentence mean to you?

“Women and girls represent half of the world’s population and, therefore, also half of its potential.”

So, since students were using a set of Master the HiSET books in the classroom, if you cannot get an online version of a larger GED/HiSET prep book with a summary of all of the  material tested in the 5 subject areas, please try looking for a set of open High School text books and then cross-reference that with the free practice tests for the GED and HiSET exams.  Back in 2016, I prepared for the Secondary mathematics (middle school and high school level) Praxis exams using online texts books, so I know that a bit of digging will reveal a variety of good open source text books online across grade levels.

Just let me know if you need help finding resources, and I’ll find something.

 

Action Items:

1.) How might equality vs. equity relate to gender justice?

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.

Dear Readers, do you have 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

-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call,

       by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plan List) in the present, to

                                                                            help build a kinder future:  Project Do Better

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

the year, 2022 CE = year 12022 HE

(5 month GED lesson 22 of 67 plans…), and

Babylon 5 review posts, and my historical fiction serial Ann&Anna posts show how story inspires learning…

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(freehttps://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.

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Shira Destinie Jones’ work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Wondering Wednesdays, Do Better, Chapter 6.IV: mapping out steps to the end goal

This post is the rough draft of  Chapter 6, section IV, for my non-fiction WiP, Baby Floors.  

Putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.

Once again, by way of disclaimer, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter is part of showing what Phases I-IV could look like as potential roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us.  This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind  will eventually have each person’s basic needs  met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind. 

Chapter 6 section IV:

( Chapter 6, section III was last week…)

IV. :  (1k wds) An overview of Getting to Phase IV of this project after Phase I:

IV. A (288/250 wds).

How will the milestones and goals of Phase IV, the last of this project, be able to fit into a 15 to 20 year time span?  That remains to be seen, looking at this vision from the year 2021 CE, aka 12021 HE.  To build very small houses, eradicate hunger, and distribute an acre of land to each newborn citizen would not be very difficult, from a production, distribution, and resources perspective.  We already have more than enough of each provide several shelters, abundant food, and more than a hectare of land (1.5 hectares per human being) to each person on earth, even more so for the US.  That is not the difficulty.  The reason that we will need from 15-20 years to arrange all of this new housing, food, and land distribution, in the nation with the largest GDP on earth, is the logistical and cultural work needed to make this happen.  Given the amount of food thrown out simply after purchase, let alone before arriving at market, simple rice, beans and greens for each local resident should take far less time to organize.  Finding and arranging an acre of land for each newborn citizen should be a simple task, given the land to population ratio in the US, but the reality will, of course, be far more complex.  Chapter 10 will suggest a range of possible solutions, both for these questions, and for the sub-project of getting a biography per person, family, and community into local branch libraries, both for the sake of posterity, and for the use of those ideas which, as Thomas Edison pointed out, show us what does not yet work, to help society invent new wheels, rather than reinventing old ones.

IV. B(251/250).

The scalable, universally accessible means of allowing every person to complete activities which will work both as mans of meeting the milestones toward the goals for this last phase of our project will come in baby steps, described in chapter 10.  Phase I began the physical infrastructure improvements that should remind us all just how easy it is to build.  Now, groups like Habitat for Humanity can show us how volunteers can teach each other the needed expertise to complete the work of building in community.  From food pantries to our own food, steps can be designed to build in that way, also, as networks of volunteers design systems of daily food distribution, starting with individuals, and working up to entire towns and cities, so that no one is ever forgotten, left out, or entirely alone.  Similarly, an acre per baby can start with one baby being given one acre of land by a donor of good heart, and one baby at a time becomes one town at a time, as we match acres to babies, and see how the rotation of land builds a new type of bond, from generation to generation.  So it is with the written or spoken word, or even image and sound, for the “Let’s Write Grandma!” project, as well.  From one biography published by volunteers, a story is saved, one person, one family, one town and city at a time.  Chapter 10 will have further suggestions for goals and their milestones, in detail, by objective.

IV. C (281/250wds).

In pondering this last phase of our project, a multitude of possible, and actual, questions and objections arises.  First among them, from an ecological point of view, is the supposed “need to build up, not out,” due to our growing population, and shrinking quantities of arable land, due to rising sea levels.  This is a valid and pressing concern, particularly since our vision is one of assigning an acre of land, with a personally-built home on it, to each newborn baby citizen for life, with absolutely no coercive or forced possession of that land in any way.  Thus, it is crucial that these acres be given freely, either by state or federal governments which find themselves in excess of public land, since this is in fact a public good, or by private donors not in need of that land, and glad to give it over to this public service.  Much like leaving a house to Howard University, as one of my grandfather’s relatives did, leaving land to the Acre Per Baby fund could come to be seen as a public service in itself.  As with building the home itself, the practical and hands-on learning of plumbing and wiring is good for each person to know, despite the ease of obtaining prefab houses.  Yet this very abundance of sheds, pods, prefab and mobile homes speaks to the ease of producing tiny shelters in large quantities.  Less easy, perhaps, may be the effort of learning how to generate electricity.  Nonetheless, that knowledge is good for every person to understand and have practical access to using, from photo-voltaic to pedal and hand-crank power.  Remaining details, and there are many, will be discussed in Chapter 10.

IV.  D (272/250wd).

When therefore, will help arrive for those most vulnerable in our country, and how will we be able to tell?  Creating metrics for Phase IV, and beyond, as we turn our eyes to the completion of this project, and then to the greater global vision of freedom for all humankind, will be complex.  But not quite as complex as it first seems, perhaps.  By this point in the project, we should be able to see by a variety of measures that we are Almost There.  There will certainly be the traditional numbers by which many factors of success are measured, such as housing and employment statistics, etc.  Obvious metrics for our Phase IV goals to add to this include measures for the room/person: number of tiny shelters per number of citizens, then the number of shelters by number of residents, and so on.  For our rice, beans and greens, we can look at food pantry usage, over the years during Phase IV, and expect to see a downward trend in usage as communities mobilize networks to distribute food to each individual at home, personally.  Clearly, the situation around the acre per baby sub-project will be more complex, and thus discussed at greater length in chapter 10.  Finally, a biography per person and then per family in each community library, not to mention stories of the various communities contained in the geographical space of local branch and main libraries, can be counted by both the number of such books published by community publishing or printing presses, and also by the number of local libraries with a “Let’s Write Grandma!” program in progress.

With these overviews of the implementation stages of each phase of our project, we have seen a glimpse of how we could get there, from here, in 60-80 years.  Clearly, all of this, with the exception of the very ideas upon which this vision rests, that of the Four Freedoms FDR spoke about, based in the UN Declaration of Human Rights, is subject to change.  Local communities will have the last word in how this Vision takes shape in the real world, although they should certainly harmonize their local policies with the larger regional policies, in the absence of overwhelmingly good reason not to do so.  We now move to the detailed implementation chapters for each phase, starting with chapter 7, for Phase I, mapping out the very start of this project in detail.

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 7, begins…  )

I’m considering this Rough Draft as the block of clay from which my book will eventually emerge, obviously, and some ideas for phases III and IV are still becoming more  fixed in my mind as I write, so the final version will likely look pretty different from this Rough Draft, and will need updating once I get to the very end.

And once again, yeayyy( !!)with regard to audience, I may have at least a couple of comps:  Walden Two meets The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective (by Dr.s Jean and Edgar Cahn, 1964).  I know that lots of people consider Skinner’s writing to be stilted, but I like the tilt of most reviewers, in that the idea is that a community should keep trying policies that members agree upon until they find what works for all of them.

As for genre, I’m still wondering:  clearly part of  Non-fiction.

  Many thanks to Dr. Garland for suggesting Philosophy

Maybe also: System Change, Causes, maybe even Inspirational, but I doubt it.

Last week’s installment of this series…

Action Items:

1.) Consider sharing some ideas you may have on how our society can solve homelessness and child abuse, starting right now,

2.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those sources and your thoughts.

    Thoughtful Readers, have you other 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 at LEAST for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport

Read, Write

-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

        by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to

                                                                                    We can  Do Better to create a kinder future

 

( 5 month GED lesson 16 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story inspires learning…

Toward Peace,

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

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.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page, and please do let us know here that you’ve reviewed it there!  🙂

Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Floors, Chapter 6 section II: preparing for adulthood, long-term

This post is the rough draft of  Chapter 6, section II, for my non-fiction WiP, Do Better (fka Baby Floors).  

Putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.

      Preparing young people for adulthood, including taking the long term view and setting good habits while young, in preparation for older ages…

Once again, by way of disclaimer, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter is part of showing what Phases I-IV could look like as potential roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us.  This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind  will eventually have each person’s basic needs  met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind. 

Chapter 6 section I:

( Chapter 6, section I was last week…)

II. :

II. :  (1168/1k wds) An overview of Getting to Phase II of this project after Phase I:

II. A (268/250 wds).

Setting milestones leading to goals, early and later, to the end of the phase, for Phase II, is a more complicated task than for Phase I, for obvious reasons.  Setting the time limit to 20 years, rather than 15, is perhaps less complicated.  Chapters 1 and 2 have already discussed reasons for separating this phase from Phase III, or from Phase I, but we have not discussed the timeline for this particular phase, and why we might choose to aim for completion of this phase in 20 years, rather than in 15, or even 5, for example.  After all, there are no rail lines to lay, no buildings to restore, plan, or build.  But cultural change takes longer to build than trains, libraries, clinics and hospitals.  So, from chapter 3, the early stages of this phase could involve setting up groups of volunteers to study this set of ideas in detail.  Later stages of this phase, following the suggestions in section II of chapter 3, could implement earlier decisions made as communities get to know the sets of volunteers who are committed to this project for the long term.  The milestones showing the path to each goal, mid-way and end of phase, will be set together by these dedicated people in cooperation with each entire community, to the greatest extend possible.  From the smallest level of Each One Teach One, the phase can move forward in incremental steps.  Those steps, which should be possible for each person of any means to take, can even begin as part of Phase I, provided that earlier phase’s focus remains on physical infrastructure.

II. B(271/250).

Starting with small steps for each milestone includes making certain that tasks agreed upon for moving forward in this phase will be part of a set of smaller sub-projects that can be made larger over time, to scale up as each community agrees upon universally accessible actions that more and more residents can take part in, helping to reach milestones and goals.  From 1-1 tutoring, which can lead to private lessons from volunteers and among friends learning to distinguish various types of evidence, to Each One Teach One day camps in parks, libraries, schools, and living rooms, to E1T1 groups, this model easily scales up with little to no monetary expenditure needed.  Even 2 people can start a volunteer committee if they are dedicated to this project, talking at the local library, or in the park, while walking to the bus stop, etc.  It begins by imagining alternative possible ways of proving oneself and proving ‘grown-up’ness and emotional maturity.  From there, 2 dedicated volunteers, or groups can simply debate the idea of how to contribute to society and it continues building, while walking to and from Tai Chi in the park, or to the trolley stop, etc.  Once groups have begun meeting, as groups in various areas report what they are deciding on, such as the list of, or even whether, at all, to have required prerequisites for Adulthood candidates, the ideas in use from 3-5 different communities could start the ball rolling on a larger transition into new stages of Phase II.  Assuming, of course, that this aspect of the project finds enough favor to warrant inclusion by enough communities.

II. C (315/250wds).

The merit of including The Adulthood Challenge in the overall project will undoubtedly involve showing favorable responses both to the initial objections raised and questions posed about The Challenge, and also to the questions about how to get there.  These reponses, to find favor in the eyes of all of the people, participating or not, in this process, must offer both practical and symbolic, in one, actions or tasks that will both help move the overall project forward, while making an immediate difference, to the largest extent possible, in each local community.  Some initial responses to reason for why we would want to go there, with this new adulthood rite of passage, include and start with the fact that as a civil and democratic society, we are clearly lacking in many ways.  Those ways have already been enumerated by many others, so our focus here will be to seek solutions and ways forward.  Some ways to get there may at first glance resemble existing rites of passage, such as High School volunteer hours requirements, or Bar/Bat Mitzvah volunteer projects.  Those types of project requirements are indeed a  similar start, but they are not at all the same as this project, and they are also not at all enough.  Details will be discussed in chapter 8.  Let it suffice to say, in this section, that many groups require their students to give an hour or two of their time each week, or even 5 to 10 hours per week, spent volunteering in a food bank, homeless shelter, dog pound, or other charity of their choice.  This time spend in giving to a segment of their community is commendable, but does not contribute to solving the actual problem of the lack of critical thinking skills for solving difficult individual and societal problems at the same time.  Teaching a person a critical life skill from scratch, does.

II.  D (279/250wd).

The difficult part, perhaps the most difficult, of any social science project, is to measure the least tangible aspects of the work being done.  In this case, the need to measure our progress, particularly in the very earliest stages of this phase of our project, may induce a strong desire on the part of many to decide to eject this new rite of passage from the overall project, as too difficult to implement at this time.  This, very likely, would be a grave error.  Measuring progress in this phase will certainly involve creativity, initiative on the part of those dedicated volunteers who elect to take on this task, and persistence in imagining new tasks that can show several skills and ways of thinking at once.  Rather than measuring by number or hours put in, another way of discovering and assessing the progression of empathy and critical skill development could be in the accomplishment of verifiable and necessary tasks, mostly on the part of the new learner (be careful, above all, not to base learning progress of the candidate’s pupil on ‘false beginners’ or on extremely quick learners, or the lesson may be lost on the candidate…).  This would demonstrate both the candidate’s ability to accomplish the same tasks, and that candidate’s ability to overcome the empathetic and practical obstacles involved in figuring out ways to teach a person a difficult skill, especially or even when that pupil is quite different in preferred learning styles or ways of expression from oneself.  The last milestones of Phase II should thus well prepare us for the challenges of building, sharing, and teaching the new tools needed for Phase III, which is discussed next.

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 6, section III of to how to get there…  )

I’m considering this Rough Draft as the block of clay from which my book will eventually emerge, obviously, and some ideas for phases III and IV are still becoming more  fixed in my mind as I write, so the final version will likely look pretty different from this Rough Draft, and will need updating once I get to the very end.

And, I may have at least a couple of comps:  Walden Two meets The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective (by Dr.s Jean and Edgar Cahn, 1964). 

As for genre, I’m still wondering:  clearly part of  Non-fiction.

  Maybe also: System Change, Causes, maybe even Inspirational, but I doubt it.

Last week’s installment of this series…

Action Items:

1.) Consider some ideas you may have on how our society can solve homelessness and child abuse, starting right now,

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

3.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those sources and your thoughts.

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 at LEAST for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport

Read, Write

-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

       by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to

                          help build a kinder future: Do Better: a Vision of a Better World

   Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: how story inspires learning…

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: 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.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page.

GED lesson 15 of 67 plans…,

Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 34, and Coffee Coops?

It is crucial that we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us today, and to come and work together, for all of us, right?  

I believe that attention to shared histories, as in DC, may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

” … Chapter 5: Current Efforts In DC Black-Jewish Community Cooperation

Tifereth Israel Neighborhood Tutoring, EBL Walk

“TI Sells Coffee | Ugandan Jewish, Christian, Muslim Cooperative” -Tifereth Israel Social Action Committee website

Tifereth Israel congregation (TI) continues to be known for its strong commitment to social justice and to working with the Shepherd Park community. TI, which has perhaps the largest number of multiracial Jewish members of any area synagogue apart from Temple Beth Emet, also hosts a number of Black church groups in the building. Since the Civil Rights era, when TI decided to stay in the neighborhood, the congregation has worked
strongly with the local community.

TI members work with the local neighborhood and the larger city in a variety of ways, including:

• Delivering food to the homeless in a Martha’s Table van
• Preparing and serving Christmas dinner to residents of downtown
men’s and women’s shelters
• Cooking and serving meals at the Luther Place Women’s Shelter once a
month
• SOME Shelter casseroles – cooking in your own home
• Food and clothing collections
Adult Projects
• Emory Shelter overnights

34 ..  “

So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about the role that TI synagogue played in keeping this part of DC integrated in later decades, and the various incarnations of the Washington Ethical Society.

Page thirty-three was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on this page?  (You can download the entire book for free via the Archive link below…)

2.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

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

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 at least for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write

-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

         by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to

                help build a kinder future: Do Better (was Baby Acres): a Vision of a Better World

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

(Online pdfs of 5 month GED lesson 12 of 67 plans…), and

Babylon 5 review posts, how story inspires learning…)

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.

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Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Floors, Chapter 6 section I

This post is the rough draft of  Chapter 6, section I, for my non-fiction WiP, Baby Floors.  

Putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.

( Chapter 6 Introduction was last week):

   (This series began in March, if you have time to read the fuller explanation…)

Once again, by way of disclaimer, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter is part of showing what Phases I-IV could look like as potential roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us.  This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind  will eventually have each person’s basic needs  met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind. 

Chapter 6 section I:

Chapter 6, section I:

I. :  (1k wds) An overview of Getting Through Phase I of this project, from Year 0:

 

I. A (300/250 wds).

In the Year 0 of this project, at the very start of Phase I, we hope it will still be 2021 CE, aka 12021 HE, of the Holocene Calendar, assuming that this book is completed soon enough to begin  the work of this project in earnest, with an appreciable amount of the year 12021 HE still remaining.  For this first phase, we refer back to chapter 2 for specific objectives in both the early and later years of Phase I.  We then deal with two more sets of questions.  First, as to why this phase should be separate from the other phases, and then, on how long it may take to achieve the goals for improvements to public health clinics, mass transit, libraries, and free legal and financial learning.  The four sets of goals has the public library system tied to each of them, especially in the later stages of Phase I.  Fifteen to sixteen years seems a reasonable target timeline, given that the task has already been begun by President Biden’s call for greater infrastructure funding, launched early on in the year 12021 HE.  Chapter 7 will provide details on this phase as the required set of first steps for other phases.  The basic physical infrastructure  improvements will make make possible the remaining phases, with a combination of local and even federal funding, volunteer efforts, and some lifestyle changes overall, such as more walking and cycling, for health benefits, and carpooling for both greater health and social benefits.  These lifestyle changes, detailed in Chapter 7, take more time than building physical infrastructure, and will form an iterative feedback loop as better clinics, libraries, mass transit, and consumer education combines with greater uptake among middle and upper class citizens in using mass transit, in particular, as well as libraries and public health clinics in their neighborhoods.

 

 

I. B(215/250).

Phase I also sets up a set of milestones and goals that can be scaled up progressively, starting with the existing public health service, mass transit systems, and libraries as community portals, building on universally accessible steps that each person can take to help reach those goals.  In 15-20 years, which should be more than doable given President Biden’s backing of infrastructure, if we all help, we can move from buses and light rails in cities to state-wide connections, and then all across the US.  From chapter 2, descriptions of what the early years could look like will guide us to a reasonable halfway point goal, with milestones for reaching that goal as steps along the way.  Chapter 2‘s listing of later stage goals for Phase I will help us create a set of milestones leading to the end goal for Phase I.  The number of milestones needed for early and later stages will determine whether there is a need for a third stage, possibly differing from location to location, depending on circumstances.  These specific goals, with their attendant milestones, will help deciding on target dates for achieving them, and suggested strategies for accomplishing the tasks that will lead to each set of milestone and goal completion.  Details will be discussed in chapter 7.

 

 

I. C (332/250wds).

As with any large or long-term project, each of which this Vision entails, questions will arise as to the viability, and indeed, the worthiness, of such a project.  Chapter 7 will also respond to some of these questions for each of piece of Phase I: public health, mass transit, libraries, and free continuous consumer legal education.  First, chapter 7 will address the question of scaling up from the existing public health service to a more robust set of public health clinics in each neighborhood, as set out in chapter 2.  Readers may be directed to other studies of comparisons, for instance, between private insurance outcomes, medical debt issues that tie in to the consumer legal education, in regard to questions dealing with insurers.  Other questions, for example, relating to funding for public transportation and libraries, will also be addressed in chapter 7.  Suffice it to say, here, that transportation is a matter of both sustenance and sustainability, and thus is a key component of societal infrastructure for many reasons, which must be supported robustly, through funding and through usage by all citizens.  Recall that many many studies have shown the high return in later years to society on investments in human and physical infrastructure that supports early development.  Transport and health systems are critical parts of both.  Since more investment in mass transit may entail less investment in car related infrastructure, it is to be reminded that true freedom is not the ability to pollute and speed at will, but the ability to have real input in where one’s tax dollars are spent, to travel peaceably and affordably across any span of continent in order to walk in clean spaces with fresh air, and to do so while enjoying civil, or even harmonious, relations with one’s fellow human beings.  These freedoms from fear and want, and of speech and association, can only be realized by acknowledging that the suffering of others limits our own freedoms, and addressing this in a real way.

 

 

I.  D (292/250wd).

The last section of both the earlier and the later stages of chapter 7 will address questions of how to show that progress in reaching milestones and goals mentioned earlier.  Metrics for each part of our #PublicDomainInfrastructure will be laid out as suggestions for communities and cities, then for larger regions, in either two, three, or possibly even four contiguous stages.  Ways of measuring the needed improvements to each part will be suggested, subject to final approval by each community of volunteers as they begin to implement this process.  Improvements to local health clinics, for instance, could first be measured by increase in office staff, providers, improvements in IT for scheduling, etc, and in policy changes, like changing that of some states limiting medicaid patients to one procedure per appointment, and one appointment per day.  Clearly, such improvements also have a salutary effect not only on the reducing needless trips, but also on medical and office efficiency as well.  Similar measures of cleanliness and staff, schedules and amount of rolling stock are a start to what will be provided in chapter 7‘s mass transit improvement metrics.  Libraries, likewise, have ways of measuring their efficiency, and those working on this phase of this project will need to research those existing standards, while adding new metrics, if necessary, to account for the sought after improvements, by stage, during this phase.  Many more specific metrics will need to be matched to each specific milestone for each of the four parts of Phase I, to be specified in sections I and II, detailing the earlier and later stages with their goals and metrics, in chapter 7.  We now move, hopefully with honor and empathy, to Phase II, and how we may accomplish it, after Phase I.

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 6, section II of to how to get there…  )

I’m considering this Rough Draft as the block of clay from which my book will eventually emerge, obviously, and some ideas for phases III and IV are still becoming more  fixed in my mind as I write, so the final version will likely look pretty different from this Rough Draft, and will need updating once I get to the very end.

 

Comps:  Walden Two meets The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective (by Dr.s Jean and Edgar Cahn, 1964). 

   I know that lots of people consider Skinner’s writing to be stilted, but I like the tilt of most reviewers, in that the idea is that a community should keep trying policies that members agree upon until they find what works for all of them.

As for genre, I’m still leaning toward Inspirational Social Science Non-fiction.

 

Maybe I will shop it to a  traditional publisher if one would agree to free or voluntary fee eBook sales, with a sliding scale fee on the hard copy sales.  I’d like to find either a publisher or a non-profit, Community org, or other group interested in helping me publicize this work, as long as it is always available for free. 

Once I’ve found at least one other person to help with this work, and once I’ve finished at least a 4th draft (the 1st draft is available in pdf format for anyone wishing to read it, 73k words), I intend to begin translating it into French, Spanish, and maybe also Turkish, since many Turks lack access to English language tutoring.  I may translate into Spanish first, if it seems that there is more interest, since most Francophones also speak decent English (at least from my experience living in Brittany).

Last week’s installment of this series…

 

Action Items:

1.) Consider some ideas you may have on how our society can solve homelessness and child abuse, starting right now,

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

3.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those sources and your thoughts.

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 at LEAST for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport

Read, Write

-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

           by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to

                         help build a kinder future: Do Better: a Vision of a Better World

(Online pdfs of 5 month GED lesson 12 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story inspires learning…

Toward Peace,

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

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.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page, and please do let us know here that you’ve reviewed it there!  🙂

Day 13/67: High School in Five Months, fact, opinion, Adulting, and discovered?

Adulting includes distinguishing fact from opinion.  Doesn’t that including distinguishing discovery from appropriation, and deciding in what ratio or proportion those two may or may not collide?  Every citizen and any freedom movement must take up those questions, no?

Day 13 Lesson Plan
Grammar online worksheet  
Khan Academy Basic ratios online worksheet
Day13ExitSlips
(Day 12Day 14)

Action Items:

1.) Find three different sources describing the discovery of the Americas (four, if you use the source cited in today’s lesson plan…),

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

-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

       by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to

                help create tools: Do Better: a Vision of a Better World to build a kinder future

          and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story inspires learning…

                   

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.  I am your friend, and work for peace.

   Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

   

Shira

 in October of our year 2021 CE, which is year  12021 HE (Human Era)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: 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.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page, and please do let us know here that you’ve reviewed it there!  🙂

Day 12/67 of High School in Five Months, medieval pulmonary circulation, and modern health care

Health care is a summation of both the knowledge of the human body, and the tools, like the place holder ‘Zero,’ that give us ways to describe that knowledge.  The cooperation which re-started Europe’s learning is the same cooperation that any democracy movement must teach:

 

Day 12 Lesson Plan
Grammar online worksheet  
Math online worksheet
Day12ExitSlips
  (Day 11Day 13)

Action Items:

1.) Find three different sources describing the Islamic advances of health and mathematics during the medieval period (four, if you use the source cited in today’s lesson plan…),

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

-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

       by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plan list) in the present, to

                help create tools: Do Better: a Vision of a Better World to build a kinder future

          and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story inspires learning, and if the story is about young women escaping slavery, courage, too…

                   

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.  I am your friend, and work for peace.

   Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

   

Shira

 in October of our year 2021 CE, which is year  12021 HE (Human Era)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: 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.

Please let us know here that you’ve read it!  🙂

StayedOnFreedomsCallGoodReads

Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 33, and New Tools

It is crucial that we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us today, and to come and work together, for all of us, right?  

 

I believe that attention to shared histories, as in DC, may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

                “In Washington, D.C., The Time Dollar Youth Court (TDYC) provides alternative youth peer sentencing to first-time juvenile offenders in the District of Columbia, providing a constructive means of instilling respect and responsibility for self and others. The recidivism rate for Youth Court participants is 9% for those who successfully completed the Youth Court Diversion Program (as opposed to 30% for those in the D.C. area who were not referred to Youth Court). ”


In forming the RJI, Dr. Cahn again inspired cooperation, building effective and caring structures that effect real change for the youth of our society.  Next we look at ongoing community-based initiatives.

 


33  “

So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about  DC, and the various incarnations of the DC Time Bank.

Page thirty-two was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on this page?  (You can download the entire book for free via the Archive link below…)

2.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

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

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 at least for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write

-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

     by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to

           help build a kinder future: Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

(Online pdfs of 5 month GED lesson 10 of 67 plans…), and

Babylon 5 review posts, how story inspires learning…)

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.

 

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Shira Destinie Jones is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.