Wednesday, February 25, 2015

PARCC/Common Core Curriculum

Morning Pooka Family!  Many of you may have heard the controversy stemming from the PARCC test/Common Core Curriculum standards that were implemented by the US Department of Education.  I hadn’t paid very much attention to the topic since Taiye is only in kindergarten and these tests don't kick in until 3rd grade but with all the buzz about it on social media and in the school yards among parents I figured I’d better start paying attention.  To be honest with you I’m sort of leaning in favor of this new practice because I’ve always believed in a level playing field.  I mean that’s what our grandparents and great grandparents fought and died for – the equal opportunity afforded to all people.  So I believe that every student should be taught vigorously with in all school district and be evaluated on equal standards when it comes time for them to apply for colleges.  However, I also understand that mandating these standards can stifle those teachers who are good at inspiring students through other less standardized teaching practices, as well as the potential to have their performance being evaluated unfairly on how well their students perform (some students just aren’t good test takers so to penalize the student and the teacher for this is unfair) not to mention the host of other “issues” teachers in more disadvantage areas have to deal with (i.e. students who can’t focus on learning because of their family situation).  I know there are a host of other reasons for and against the PARCC/Core Curriculum and as with anything in this world there is no one answer that will satisfy everyone.  My goal as a citizen is to make sure that the decisions affecting our children’s education are administered fairly and my goal as a parent is to make sure that I provide Taiye with every opportunity with in my means for her to  compete fairly in this global market.
Peace & Blessings,
Tricia Akinwande

Friday, February 20, 2015

30 Days Until......

30 days until…
No more boots
No more black snow
No more falling down icy steps…ok maybe that was just me!
No more cold hands and cold feet
No more staying in your warm bed and being late for work
No more staring at pictures of tropical places while waiting for the subway
But 31 days until!!!
Wearing one layer of clothing
Getting a pedicure
Watching the first flowers bloom
Meeting friends for lunch outside…foodie favorite!
Appreciating the warmth of the sun
Riding with our windows down to smell the spring air
Hello Spring….we are waiting for you!!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Love and You

Ok so recently I've been on a reading kick this new year. It's all about improving myself and right now I'm reading The Game of Life and how to play it by Florence Schovel Shinn. Now this book has been around since 1925 and people are still reading it and applying it to their situations today! Ms. Shinn was a pioneer in motivational/inspirational/spiritual thinking. The object in the game if life is to see clearly ones good and to obliterate ALL mental pictures of evil. Sound easy right? Nope its a daily, minute by minute, second by second struggle! You never really think about all of the negative things you think about until you start thinking about them. I mean more than half of your day's thoughts are negative, about yourself, other people, your job, etc! People say I'm positive but I
realized I'm definitely not as positive as I can be.  Its full time work trying to be positive ALL the time. One thing Ms. Shinn says is to send out love, goodwill and blessings to EVERYONE you come in contact with which means people you like and people you don't. Even people in your past. People you want to have better relationships with etc. So I set out to look at every person I see and think: I salute the Divinity in you, Love, Goodwill and blessing to you. This was hard work! I had to keep remembering what to say, as I looked at every person BUT I could tell that even the people I was not very fond of were nice to me! Strangers went out of their way to be nice and I had a great day! Try it for yourself, and you just might end up with a new frame of mind!