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The Importance of Women To Build Up Your Mind

The Importance of Women To Build Up Your Mind

 

The Importance of Women To
Build Up Your Mind

by William Jackson: Father,
Educator, Blogger
#MyQuestToTeach

Pictures of books located on Photobucket.
http://s1211.photobucket.com/user/williamdjackson/Books%20About%20and%20By%20Black%20Women/story
Placed in a story line

The value of reading and joy of literacy can change
lives. It has happened with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Malcolm X and others that proclaim education is the key
to generational prosperity.
Books focusing on women and their achievements are not
rare, but available, girls and women are not reading
great books about themselves. These books are sitting
on bookshelves gathering dust and pages are fading away
like the memories of the great writers, storytellers
and the information that can motivate, excite and
change minds.

Chinua Achebe the great Nigerian author of many books
that are still popular today has stated that the author
has a different agenda than the Emperor. Colonization
seeks to keep the people un or under educated so they
cannot see that they can do better.

As I sift through the fantastic books in my local library
here in Jacksonville, Florida, I’m at awe and sorrowed
that it seems I’m the only one that previewed the
historic content of information dedicated to African
Americans. The excitement I feel is overwhelming
because I want to share these treasures of stories about
wonderful women of color, but it seems no one else is
interested. I do not know if it is by design or on
accident, either way the stories of lives that have inspired,
influenced and empowered are fading away from memory
and gather dust on bookshelves not just in Jacksonville
Florida, but nationally and globally.

Lets me be honest there are few if any left African
American book stores in African American neighborhoods
because African Americans are not reading as they once did.
There is the mental retardation that reading is not
valuable so not only economically do we as a people
fail, but educationally and culturally as our own
history is watered down to inefficiency and insignificance.

Suggestions for daughters/women struggling with
personality and self purpose. Be yourself and be authentic.
Don’t be pressured into sex or other situations that do not
benefit you intellectually and educationally.
As a father I look forward to my daughter getting
married and having children of her own. The upsetting
issue is what kind of man will she fall in love with
and bear their children.
The dating scene for college students is perplexing,
dangerous, and challenging for the hopes of getting
a good man and even men getting a good wife.

 

Fathers inwardly
stress about this
and there are T-shirts
referencing guns, murder,
jail time and even
castration if a fathers’
daughter is abused,
assaulted, “knocked up,”
or hurt. Men are crazy like
that about their daughters.
Movies such as “Blood Father”
2016 represents that fathers
are not perfect, but mess with
their daughters and there is

hell to pay.

I’m smart enough to know it takes two to make a
baby, as a father of a son and daughter, it is
hoped and prayed that both parties are responsible
in their choices for life time mates and companions.
Sex does not last forever, but the value of
companionship, conversation and compatibility is vital.
I can’t tell my children not to have sex because as
Nikki Giovanni once said, “that’s what young people do,
have sex.” Edward Waters College 2012
Interviewing Nikki Giovanni at Edward Waters College 2012
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SobIOFAZMkc
Parents have to teach their children the consequences
of sexual intercouse not just the potential for STD’s
or pregnancy, but the emotional and psychological
consequences also.

Nikki and William
https://myquesttoteach.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/nikki-giovanni-and-william-jackson.jpg

Looking at the patterns of teens and college students
and even from my observations from my college experiences
babies happen from sex. I cannot count how many girls
went home during my college years pregnant and no man,
no husband and an uncertain future to struggle it alone
with a child that the father was happy to help create
even if unintentional, but did not want anything to
do with it after finding out his seed fertilized an egg.

As a divorced parent, I stayed in my children’s life,
not because of court orders, because I love my children
and even though divorced from their mother I did not
divorce my kids. I stayed in their lives, supporting
beyond child support and ignoring my so called peers
to show my ex-wife who is boss and leave the kids also.
I’m not perfect, no parent is, as a parent my fears
sometimes as many fathers leave me awake late at night,
in prayer about the future of my son and daughter.
My son for different reasons being African
American male and a college student.
A blog for another time.

 

 

This past Women
History’s Month there
were programs,
ceremonies, workshops,
entertainment and special
events. My contribution
as a father is daughters,
girls and young women
don’t be swayed by smooth
talking brothers of any color into making a decision
based on physical pleasure that is temporary, but
could result in life long consequences from pregnancy,
a STD, abortion, or other events that may lead to
emotional, physical or psychological distress.
The older you become the more your past may begin to
haunt you and your reliance on salvation turns back
to the church and saving your soul, also a blog for
another time.

Visiting the local library in Jacksonville, Florida
a thought came to mind..
The Importance of Women To Build Up Your Mind
to emphasis that before a man gets into bed, women need
to get into their heads to understand the relationships
and commitment levels. Since the maturity level is
sometimes light years separate both need to make sure they
are consensual and mature enough to be in agreement.

NO means NO and a maybe still means NO unless willingly
changed to a YES without alcohol, drugs or smooth talking…
even then protection needs to be agreed on because as I
have taught my son and especially my daughter you don’t
know how many others that person has claimed or lied
that they slept with, but once you do all of you are
connected in a physical, emotional and psychological
connection that lasts a life time. Sex is a bonding
physical action of trading bodily fluids that are
absorbed into the body and the meshing of souls in a
emotional, physical and psychological embrace. Like the
old folks saying, if you lay with dogs long enough
you get fleas and ticks. Now you can get more than
that, because death maybe laying there waiting on you.

There is nothing wrong with being smart, intelligent,
creative, innovative and adventurous for girls and women.
There is nothing wrong with wanting the best in life
and working for it as a women.
Don’t ever sell yourself, sell yourself short and use
your body for profit, personal or professional gain.
People have lost their morality, ethics and personal
value because of decisions based on momentary decisions
they are struggling with into adulthood.

The Importance of Women To Build Up Your Mind
is a way for a dialogue of talking about life and the
journey all of us must take. Fathers value their daughters,
but in that value must also come the understanding that
daughters must find their way in life as well. There will
be happiness, heartache, loves, un-loves, peace, strife
and the continuation of living in a world that can
chew you up and spit you out or try to turn you away from
the morality of humanity.

Fathers be in prayer, stay in prayer and share those prayers
with your daughters and sons. We have to take advantage of
the youthfulness of our children to teach them when
they are young and before we are old. It is easier to
shape a young sapling when it can bend with the wind than
when it becomes a tree and the roots are dug in and the
trunk un-movable.

Fathers teach your daughters their mind and their bodies
are the most valuable assets they have and to never allow
anyone to take advantage of them and use them for someone
else pleasure and purpose. The books below are a
journey in lives, a wealth of hidden information
and resources.

Take the time to visit your local library and even get
a library card to check out books for your reading
and literacy pleasure. Put something between your legs
that will bring value to your life.

Knowledge from Nikki Giovanni and her outlook on life and living.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SobIOFAZMkc

Pictures of books located on Photobucket.
http://s1211.photobucket.com/user/williamdjackson/Books%20About%20and%20By%20Black%20Women/story
Placed in a story line

Resources:

Lunch and Learn with
Nikki Giovanni
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/2015/07/18/

Nikki Giovanni at
Edward Waters College
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/nikki-giovanni-at-edward-waters-college/

What Do You Do Before High School Graduation 2017

What Do You Do Before
High School Graduation 2017

William Jackson, M.Ed.
Edward Waters College
@wmjackson
#MyQuestToTeach

These suggestions are to
help as graduation gets closer.
Graduation, an end to an
educational journey from
Day Care to High School
Before this momentous occasion
parents need to make sure all the I’s are dotted and
T’s crossed to make a smooth closure to a long journey.
These are just a few suggestions from my experiences as
a parent and a teacher.
Parents make sure your child has enough credits to
graduate and has a “diploma” not a “certificate of
completion”.

Make sure your child understands that their journey
in public education maybe coming to a conclusion,
learning does not end there. It is a continuous
life-long process, ask anyone that is successful,
successful in their career and working in a “real”
career not just a job.

1. Make sure you
obtain the most
recent high
school “official”
transcript to send
too schools
or potential employers.
Many organizations,
schools and groups
require a transcript to see
if academically students
are “qualified” to be
eligible. The world is highly competitive and
education is the key to achievement and
advancement.

2. Make sure you have current and up to date
medical and dental records. Even after graduating
from high school students are still dependent
on their parents for certain medical services.
Parents must understand “their” graduate is not
an adult yet, they are still maturing, learning
and growing.
There is some information and documentation only
parents can obtain until children are 21 or even
25. As a parent of a 25 and 21 year old, I still
in some cases support my children outside of
money.

3. Make sure there are boundaries and expectations
on behaviors, actions, and even responsibilities
in the home for the soon to be graduates. There
should be mutual understanding on everyone’s duties
and responsibilities and always respect. Stop
telling your child they are “grown” until they are
out of your house and working independently.
Even that is not a guarantee that they will not
need some support until they are established and
able to support themselves.

4. Talk to your child’s teacher(s) about internships,
scholarships, summer employment and community
projects. Do not accept the words, “I got this,”
as being responsible and accountable. Parents end
up paying more in the long run, keep informed and
stay on your child unless they show responsibility.

5. Make hair, nail or beauty appointments months
before May to avoid the rush and chaos of getting
your child ready. Young men need to also reserve
haircuts, shaves, and clothing appointments.

6. Remind your child of the two institutions that want their
attendance Correctional (Prison) and Instructional (Higher
Education) and to make wise decisions even after graduation.
The closer it get to graduation sometimes kids lose touch
with reality and get “stupid” and maybe even “ignant” as
some seasoned seniors would say.

7. Check your child’s academic (Cumulative) folder for items
that may delay graduation or entrance into college, trade
school or the military. You have a right to see their
records and ask questions and if not provided seek an
attorney for help. Don’t wait for the last weeks to make
demands. It makes that person look like a fool because
there are 180 days in the school year, why did you wait.
Check for discipline referrals, changed grades, teacher
notes, etc. All documentation is important.

8. Make sure all deposits and fees are paid in full
before graduation. Check for lost books, needed forms
and other items that should be completed. Do not trust
your child unless they show they are responsible.
“I got this” are the words that put gray hairs
in more parents hairs because something will be
undone that costs money.

9. Know what your child’s GPA is, weighted or un-weighted.

10. Make sure your child takes or has taken the SAT
and the ACT several times.
Many schools only require one, but better safe
than sorry.

11. Check on Bright Futures scholarship information.
Many HBCU’s accept ACT scores that show your child’s
academic success and potential for future success.
Use whichever gives you a better chance of getting
into college and this may affect monies. Check athletic
scholarships, make sure it is a full ride or partial.
Does it cover books and incidentals?

12. Work on your child’s Marketable skills to help
them network and grow. Get them involved in community
events before they need community service hours, not
rushing to beg people to help and the child does not
learn anything from their experiences.

13. Set Academic, Professional, Monetary and Career
goals now so your child will have a flexible plan
of attack when they graduate.

14. Have your child volunteer consistently, stay
involved in your community, and church. Volunteer
hours can still help with networking and build
marketable skills to use later.

15. Search online and inquire with local businesses
about summer internships paid and unpaid. Your time
is valuable so unpaid is important also.

19. Join local business organizations like
Chamber of Commerce to gain marketable skills
and get a jump on career goals.

20. Participate in church events and activities
helps build your resume or CV curriculum vitae.

21. Take college tours, visiting the school
environment to make sure you are familiar with
college or even the military.

22. Social Media entries; post POSITIVE content,
pictures, text and video. Your e-Reputation and
e-Personalities tell a story about you. Social
Media content will define you and may be your
first representation of you to others.

23. Register with LinkedIn to start networking
and connecting. There is a NEW LinkedIn for
students. https://students.linkedin.com/

24. Continue to research educational options
and inquire even now about Masters and
Doctorial programs.

25. Make sure you and your child understand
what type of diploma they will have. It is
painful to expect a High School Diploma and
receive a Certificate of Attendance,
Certificate of Completion, an ESE Diploma or
others.

26. On Social Media unfriend and even block
those that are openly using drugs, weapons
and involved in criminal actions. You may be
“guilty by association” by having them part
of your network.

27. Have a “real” Social Security card, and Birth
Certificate, and if necessary a Visa to travel
abroad. Many high school students and those going
to college are even getting passports.

28. Check with your local police department to make
sure there are no records of mistaken criminal
activity from someone impersonating you or looks
like you.

29. Financial Aid and Scholarship Information can
be found online.
https://twitter.com/prepforcollege
@prepforcollege (Twitter) #CollegeChat,

30. Google and Hashtag yourself to “see” what is
online about yourself to be prepared for questions
of activities and events that your involved in.

31. Contact teachers and other professionals that
you may need letters of recommendations from them.
This is one reason why children need to be
taught to respect and honor adults because it is
the right thing to do and they WILL need their help.

32. Teach your children to be humble, approachable,
honest, responsible and accountable for their
actions. The world is sometimes an unforgiving
place and if mistakes are made sometimes an
apology is accepted, but if one is not given
that can be counted against them.

Parents sometimes it is hard to accept that the
apple does not fall far from the tree. So take
extra care to support your child to build
their confidence, to be proactive and
responsible.

The world has changed, being prepared means
being a well-rounded individual with people
skills, confidence and that understanding that
the world is based on global competition.
Teach your children early about the value of
having an education and being a life-long learner.

If interested in getting into business for girls,
young women and adult women Xplosion 2017
is for  you…

EdCamp St. Augustine What An Adventure in Learning

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EdCamp St. Augustine What An Adventure in Learning
by Elisha Taylor and William Jackson
Jacksonville, Florida

Welcome from William and Elisha
https://youtu.be/hYl1-q6tP6w

The exposure to diverse technologies, the collaboration with
educators with years of experience is important for new educators
and pre-service educators choosing a career in education.
Diversity builds strength and the understanding that education
requires diverse people to educate a growing student
population in schools and strengthen the literacy skills of
communities. Schools are a microcosm of their communities,
those that are struggling, in need of community services and
other intervention requirements show that extra care is needed
to meet the needs of students and in some cases families.

Communities that are flourishing and vibrant have schools in
many cases that are successes and energetic not just in schools,
but this vitality spills over to the community.
EdCamp provides a casual format for those in education from
teachers, administrators, support staff and even students to
come together and share in open discussions about how to
improve the educational culture and atmosphere of schools.
EdCamps are valuable for teachers because they can network
freely, talk passionately and praise each others successes with
pride and offer realistic strategies to help educational peers
improve classroom instruction. Instruction that is balancing
teacher centered and student centered instruction.
EdCamp; what better platform for pre-service educators still in
under-graduate programs to learn than on a weekend with free
breakfast, free lunch, high energy, diverse experiences and
seasoned professionals that have wisdom, knowledge and
PLCs/PLNs that work.
EdCamp is not influenced by political affiliations, special
interests groups, lobbyists or the infection of governmental
policies. This blog written by Elisha Taylor a 8th grade student
and William Jackson a public school educator and professor with
Edward Waters College teaching in the Education and Urban
Studies Dept. has attended and spoken at other EdCamp
venues in Florida.
The exchange of ideas, resources and developing technologies
that strengthen the engagement of student lead instruction and
hands-on learning are highlights.

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Florida educators some of the best in the
nation…. EdCamp veterans

Because of the successes for teachers, students more and more
are attending and participating in EdCamp sessions. Students
can enjoy the engagement not just with teachers, but with their
peers and spark the interest to seek careers in education.
The educational model is changing so the faces of education
must change to meet the needs of the students that are walking
through the doors. Classrooms are global environments of
international mystery and sometimes language complexity.
Elisha has stated that, “I believe that there should be student
lead EdCamp so that many students around the state and the
country can share new ideas and thoughts, opinions on education
that influences our learning and use the best technology that we can
apply in our every day lives.

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Elisha https://youtu.be/lmeRdMxGTbk
Give students the tech and see them fly
https://youtu.be/mQazaS4IBbE

Elisha provides take away for his EdCampStAug experience
as he has done for EdCampMagic and WordCamps he
has attended.
1. The importance of coding and technology integration is
important and there should be certified teachers teaching.
2. Every child should learn some kind of coding because it
is the language of the future.
3. Code should be taught at a young age to build an eye for
detail and build patience.
4. Coding is everywhere and should be respected and recognized.
5. Students should learn or be exposed to as many programming
languages as they can and how to apply to real life experiences
not just because they have to.
6. In school coding can count as a core class because of its
affect on society and importance in starting jobs and careers.

Elisha had the honor of speaking and attending EdCamp Magic,
TEDxFSCJ and blogs with Professor William Jackson about
STEM, STEAM, Robotics and other areas. Elisha aspires to
attend MIT to be part of the growing climate of technology
integration and innovation in the country and the world.

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Experienced and seasoned educators sharing
Tammy G. Neil – @TG_Neil
Google Certified Trainer, #FLedChat #RuralEdChat

If teachers do not prepare students to sit at the tables of
business, commerce, finance and education then students will
be left behind and out of the decision making process of
building communities and prosperity for its citizens.
I teach these lessons to my higher education students for
them to understand that they do value as future educators
and the educational system is still one of the best in the world.
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Teacher discussion and demonstration is important
to learning.
https://youtu.be/cSHtWf6bkWI

 

My Hidden Figures Reflection

My Hidden Figures Reflection

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Taylor and students from Venetia Elementary and Lee High School

My Hidden Figures Reflection
By: Breyonna Fox,
Blogging Intern with My Quest To Teach
Jacksonville, Florida
My first thought when I finished watching Hidden
Figures was, “Wow, they actually did all of those
things, like they accomplished their goals.” I thought
this was very inspirational, because back then it was
very hard for other races besides Caucasians, to do
the things they wanted and love. In the movie there
is a part when Mary Jackson’s husband even doubts
her accomplishing her dreams, showing how
un-motivated people were and how many dreams
were simply crushed and forgotten.

Then there was Dorothy Vaughn who wanted to be
a supervisor for her group of women who are highly
skilled with computers. She wanted to move on with
her dreams when she realized Katherine and Mary
was moving up with theirs. NASA wouldn’t make
her a supervisor though, she worked hard and even
acted like a supervisor to her group of woman. Then
one day she got a huge offer, but she would only do
it if her girls were with her as well. So they allowed it.
She finally became a supervisor. She is the first
African American woman to supervise a staff
at the West Area Computers Division. Another part
in the movie shows when she took her sons to the
library to get some books to help her out with work,
they ended up getting kicked out, just because
Dorothy needed the book, but the library was whites’
only.

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It was upsetting to see how she couldn’t check
out the book and then the security guard pushed
her sons out as well. Then when she got on the
bus she still had the book on her and when her
sons asked why and she said she pays taxes
and those taxes help the library out. I know
Dorothy is a very witty and strong person. She
stayed determined in what she believed in and
knew she could accomplish her goals, she didn’t
leave her girls and moved them up with her.

Mary Jackson, wanted to become an engineer,
in the beginning she had doubts about it. She
was talking about it with her co-worker and she
said how impossible it felt, her co-workers told
her she could do it, because they were already
doing the impossible. I thought about what she
said and how she had hope that Mary could
accomplish her goals. It showed me even when
things feel impossible, they aren’t. She even
went to court to fight for what she wanted and
got night classes at University, an all-white
school! That was amazing. I really loved that part,
because that filled so much hope in Mary and
made her believe more in herself that she could
accomplish a lot more things after that, Mary
Jackson became the first female African
American NASA engineer. Mary is a sassy, brave
and determined for what she fights for.
Last, but not least was Katherine Goble,
she was strongly skilled in mathematics and
had an analytical mind. She got a new assignment
by Al Harrison, so she had to move to a new
part of the company.

When she was getting escorted, the woman told her,
“you will be the first black person here. Don’t make
me regret choosing you. Most people only last a few
days, so don’t get used to it.” Then when Katherine
entered everyone stared at her. Her co-workers were
rude towards her as well. She went to grab some
coffee and everyone was staring at her. She
immediately felt uncomfortable and sat down and
sipped her coffee slowly. After that incident they
got a second coffee maker and it said “colored”,
she went to use it, it was empty, sending a message.

This showed me how even though Katherine
accomplished her goals, there will always be people
trying to bring her down. Then she got upset and
explained to Harrison how rude everyone was acting
towards her and how she never got pearls and how
no one wants to use the same coffee maker as her,
since earlier she was always in the bathroom and he
would ask where she went. Then the next day he
tore down the “whites only” bathroom and the
“colored” signs and he said, “no whites or colored,
we’re all the same here.” That showed me how
Al Harrison really cared about Katherine as an
employee and he didn’t care about skin color.

Then when Katherine got engaged, her co-workers
got her a pearl necklace, which was Harrison’s ideas
too, which she wore to her wedding. Then later on in
the movie, when John Glenn was going to orbit
around earth, he said he only trusted Katherine with
her calculations and with his safety, he knew she
was brilliant and he only trusted her not the computer
machine. He was right too, he had trouble up in space,
but he got back safe.

Katherine played a huge roll in John Glenn’s journey
and Apollo space program landing a man on the moon.
In 2015, Katherine received National Medal of Freedom
from President Obama.

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Breyonna Fox, blogger

This movie showed me that anything you set your mind
to you can accomplish. You just have to stay determined
and full of courage. This movie is very inspiring and
does prove to other women and girls they can do things
even when they feel it’s out of their reach.
Edited by Prof. William Jackson  #MyQuestToTeach

Resources dedicated to women
TEDxFSCJ Salon: Lift as We Climb:
Women Race and Politics
Thursday, February 16, 2017
6:00pm – 8:00pm
FSCJ – Downton Campus
Auditorium A-1068
http://www.tedxfscj.com/events/

Real Talk Real Change http://www.e3businessgroup.us/
We Are Women Hear Us More..
Thursday, February 16, 2017
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Riverside North – 2711 Edison Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida
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There Are More Hidden Figures Around Us

There Are More Hidden Figures Around Us

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Dr. Mae Jamison and Taylor Richardson

There Are More Hidden Figures Around Us
by Prof. William Jackson @wmjackson
Edward Waters College

“I’m just amazed at the shoulders that I’m standing
on to allow me to work to achieve my dreams.”
Taylor Richardson, attending “Hidden Figures”
premiere at the White House 2016

Dedicated to the past Hidden Figures that allowed
girls and boys to embrace STEM – STEAM – STREAM
and grasp new opportunities to fulfill dreams from the
depths of the sea, to the height of the clouds to the
deepest of space.
The movie ”Hidden Figures” 2016 is inspiring thousands
of girls and women to eliminate the fear of learning,
to understand the fun of exploration, embrace artistic
creativity, develop themselves as “thought leaders” and
“smart creatives.” To understand that it is ok to be smart,
gifted, talented and special. The perceived glass ceiling of
career limitations has been shattered by the flames of
curiosity to explore not just the limitations of earth’s
atmosphere and her seas, but has moved into the air less,
weightless and limitless expanse of space and time.

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The emergence of STEM – Science Technology Engineering
Math is looking good to girls and women as careers explode
in diversity in the embracing of girls and women into areas
at one time exclusively open to men, white men.
The irony of “Hidden Figures” is that research has proven
that women are more analytical and able to comprehend
and apply mathematics skills faster than men. They are more
detailed oriented and specific about applying learning to
real world situations.

African Americans and others of color have been involved
with most if not all space agencies, this involvement is not
just as custodians, cooks, maintenance and other support
personnel. These positions are important, they help the
people do the jobs they to do and service this country.
The other aspect is not just as service personnel, but the
intellectual abilities that allow for NASA and other agencies
to meet with success and build a legacy through the
intelligence of everyone that contributes. People of color
have always and will continue to contribute, they have not
received the recognition they deserve.

STEM / STEAM are the hottest sectors in the U.S. job market
and has grown to international levels. Even before it became
a commonly used word the elements of STEM have been
important. Because of movies like “Hidden Figures” and others
doors of imagination and dreams are growing for girls,
women, boys and men of color and culture.

STEM does not start in high school or higher education, it
starts in elementary education labs, classrooms and weekend
competitions and events. It starts in after school programs and
new curriculum’s that teachers have a passion to apply new
and exciting ways to engage students that were once thought
slow or different, but were actually higher order and critical
thinkers, just bored with cookie cutter teaching strategies
dated from the 1950s and 1970s. Today’s students need to
be engaged and active learners.

When I taught STEAM at an elementary Magnet it is important
that learning is relevant and students can apply their past
learning to new learning and integrate it to everyday life.
If students are not engaged mentally, actively involved, have
hands on activities and allowed to explore environments there
are lost opportunities to build the excitement to allow future
scientists, mathematicians, engineers, innovators and even
technical expertise in computers and robotics.

Many people still do not realize that STEAM and STEM run the
U.S. economy, look at the growth of careers that not only require
a college degree, but certifications. “The future of the economy
is in STEM,” says James Brown, the executive director
of the STEM Education Coalition in Washington, D.C. Even
President and Mrs. Obama have encourage STEM education
through grants and national programs.

Parents must understand as well that their children’s employment
are influenced by STEM. Employment in occupations related to
STEM science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is
projected to grow to more than 9 million jobs by 2022
nationally and internationally. Children now may now have to
find jobs in the U.S. and have to travel overseas, they must be
prepared to keep this nation competitive.

U.S. relationships with the world are important because if the
U.S. does not have friendly relationships globally then research
opportunities, international collaborations, joint projects and even
educational research will be at jeopardy. We cannot afford to be
secluded because the world is diversified in economic and social
diversity.
Students should be asking what their STEM futures are and how is
their current educational instruction preparing them for the future?
Parents should be asking are their children being prepared to be
employed or setup to be under or un – employed.

“One of the things that I’ve been focused on as President is how
we create an all-hands-on-deck approach to science, technology,
engineering, and math… We need to make this a priority to train
an army of new teachers in these subject areas, and to make sure
that all of us as a country are lifting up these subjects for the
respect that they deserve.”
President Barack Obama, Third Annual White House Science Fair,
April 2013

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Events like the FIRST LEGO LEAGUE by Mark Douglas McCombs
are foundations to engage youth, teens and young adults into
robotics, programming, design, innovation and as developers.
There are hundreds if not thousands of “Hidden Figures” in homes,
schools, communities, cites and this nation. They should be
encouraged, mentored and provided role models to spread their
wings to take flight to be unHidden…

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Parents your child may be the scientist to discover a cure for cancer,
diabetes, heart disease; your child may be the next deep sea
explorer or engineer to develop light speed, force fields or even
new fuels to power the world. Uncover the hidden talent in your child
by supporting their education, their thirst for exploration and their
gifted abilities.

Resouces:
Statistics uses data from Occupational Employment Statistics
https://www.bls.gov/spotlight/2017/science-technology-engineering-and-mathematics-stem-occupations-past-present-and-future/home.htm

FIRST LEGO LEAGUE
http://www.firstinspires.org/

Jacksonville Florida FIRST LEGO LEAGUE
https://www.facebook.com/markdmccombs

The Office of Science and Technology Policy
https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/women

Hidden Figures – Taraji P. Henson
https://m.facebook.com/amightygirl/posts/1222453677790943:0