… when they came across a flooded stream. The young monk was preparing to wade across the water when the elderly monk spotted a young woman at the edge of the road. He politely asked her what she was waiting for, and she told him that she did not want to get the hem of her dress wet while crossing the stream. The elderly monk offered to carry her across and she graciously accepted. The younger monk followed the elderly monk, who carried the young woman on his back. After crossing the flooded stream, the young woman thanked the monks and went on her way. As the monks continued their journey, the younger monk felt troubled. The elderly monk, sensing his companion’s discomfort, asked him what was the matter. The younger monk paused a moment, then told him, “Father, we are taught to not allow women to let us stray from our path. You just carried a young woman across that stream.” “Ah,” replied the elderly monk, “but I left her back at the stream. You have been carrying her since.”
Food for thought.
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lol, i’m a guy, i don’t do this.
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depends very much on our environment and current state of being.
People aren’t constant. We aren’t always smart or dumb, mean or nice, quiet or talkative. Most people act differently in different situations. And it makes perfect sense. A computer engineer is smart when he solves his cousin’s computer problems, but dumb when he makes the wrong turn in the city. He’s not smart nor dumb: he’s good at one thing (solving computer problems) and bad at another (directions). People aren’t as nice when they’re tired and hungry. We’re more animated after drinking coffee. Sometimes we forget what we’re thinking about with certain people.
That’s why it’s difficult to label people. We all do it though. I do it quite often. It’s easy. It’s programmed into our brains. We naturally find ways to make sense of the world. I guess it’s because people are complicated.
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"This country is in a significant crisis in education, and we don’t know it. If you look at other countries, like Singapore - Singapore’s knocking it out of the box. Why? Because the number-one strategy in their economics plan is education. We treat education as a social issue. And I’ll tell you what happens with social issues. When the budget crunch comes, they get swept under the rug, they get pushed aside. We have to start treating education as an economic issue."
- Michelle Rhee in an interview with Washingtonian magazine
The current events presentations are interesting. Today, Jon Jon told the class about the job market in the Bay Area, how thousands of people, mostly in the East Bay, lost jobs during the recession.
Personally, I don’t think most people are getting those jobs back. Not just in the East Bay, but also in here. Here’s why:
At the start of the 21st century, and even in the 90s, the world underwent a massive information technology revolution. The cell phone, the world wide web, the personal computer: they all made the world smaller. Today, a business centered in Chicago can buy raw goods from South Africa to be manufactured in Shandong and sold in the UK with minimal logistical issues and for a reasonable, often times better, price compared to local production. This makes it easier to outsource. And businesses aren’t just outsourcing factory jobs to China, where it’s cheaper to manufacture goods. They’re outsourcing white collar jobs. That’s because there are not only low-skill, low-income workers available in other countries. There are high-skill, low-income workers. The job market here in the US may not necessarily recover to pre-recession points. It could very well be outsourced to China, India, and other countries with high-skill, low-income workers.
What does this mean for us? Students can’t depend on graduating a 4-year, going into a career, and working in that profession for 40 years with the same skills. To be a participant in the job market, a person has to be dynamic and think critically, respond to changes and adapt accordingly. And more importantly, the education system has to adapt and prepare us for this new, highly competitive, extremely fluid job market.
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Teachers are treated like professionals. They don’t produce a tangible product, their service is intangible. They’re educating the minds of our posterity. Professionals work on a performance basis. If a professional doesn’t perform, they get fired. Apple is so successful because Steve Jobs formed a team of A-players, a team of high quality professionals, a team that does not accept B-players. Yet teachers are not held to this performance based evaluation. Teachers are part of a closed-shop union and get tenures after a few years. There’s no accountability, there’s no pressure to perform. If America wants to fix it’s terribly old-fashioned education system, it has to break the teacher unions and start treating teachers like professionals, and not just in terms of evaluation. Teachers receive poor pay (as students are all too aware) and are subject to contempt and criticism by countless professions. It’s a ignorant society that can’t understand the value of education to the progress of humanity.
Library and a pool. Nice.
I want to read more. Like I used to do. I have a dream of collecting and owning a private library of books. And I’d have a bookshelf like this.
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