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Let me begin this thread with a review of some important & perhaps some insignificant happenings on this day in history.
First, let me remind you that on this day in 1920, the 19th Amendment became a part of the U.S. Constitution. Its two sections read simply: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex” and “Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”
In July 1848, 200 woman suffragists, organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, met in Seneca Falls, New York, to discuss women’s rights. After approving measures asserting the right of women to educational and employment opportunities, they passed a resolution that declared “it is the duty of the women of this country to secure to themselves their sacred right to the elective franchise.” For proclaiming a women’s right to vote, the Seneca Falls Convention was subjected to public ridicule, and some backers of women’s rights withdrew their support. However, the resolution marked the beginning of the woman suffrage movement in America. Thank God for women who would not be denied.
Charles Lindbergh died on this day in 1974.
On this day in 1967 Major George Day was shot down over North Vietnam, Major George E. Day is captured and severely tortured. He later managed to escape and eventually made it to the DMZ. After several attempts to signal U.S. aircraft, he was ambushed and recaptured, and was later moved to prison in Hanoi, where he continued to strongly resist to his captors. Finally released in 1973, Major Day was awarded the Medal of Honor for his conspicuous gallantry while a POW. Thank you Major Day!!
Last and most likely least let me share a personal note. It was on this day in 1968 that I entered Shell Creek School in Roan Mountain, Tennessee and began my teaching career. At that school I taught grades 5 thru 8. The principal taught grades 1 thru 4 and we had a cook who provided breakfast and lunch to 70 students, two teachers and herself. Today, I stood in the hallway outside my office and greeted the students who are beginning a new academic year. I was here a few minutes before 8 and greeted each student who came by and wished them well in the coming school year. I just stopped a few minutes ago, but will do the same again this evening when the evening students arrive. My career has taken me to some interesting places and permitted me to serve a wide variety of students. I still get charged up when I am able to interact with students.
Consider this your personal handshake fellow bloggers! Have a great day!!
Hey folks, it did my heart good to hear the rodeo clown’s own comments about all the fuss raised over his clown act. Looks like only low-information obama supporters had a cow over it, and it was a faux cow, anyway!
Thank you for being an educator – you also are an American hero.
Oh my goodness, Washington and Jefferson were EXTREMISTS according to the Pentagon.
Glad I know this now.
More on NSA:
Or if you prefer: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/secret-nsa-documents-show-how-the-us-spies-on-europe-and-the-un-a-918625.html#ref=rss
Codename ‘Apalachee’: How America Spies on Europe and the UN
By Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark
Obama’s appearance before the press was an attempt to morally justify the work of the intelligence agencies; to declare it as a type of emergency defense. His message was clear: Intelligence is only gathered because there is terror — and anything that saves people’s lives can’t be bad. Ever since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, this logic has been the basis for a wide range of new surveillance programs.
I do not believes that the ends justify the means, in this case.
I thought for sure you would’ve showed up for the Float Trim down the James River Saturday…
It was a Blast!!!
#4 In some ways there were indeed extremists, pp. You didn’t know that?
Hey here’s something to ponder!
Imagine, Kerry sounds like a conservative, when he calls what he says assad has done with chemical weapons, “a moral outrage”!
That pronouncement is followed by assad’s, who, fashioning himself after a U.S. liberal, says of potential U.S. action, it will be an “outrage against common sense”!
I’m serious, I can’t make this stuff up!
I am far from an American Hero, but thanks for the compliment. I’ve been blessed being able to get paid to do something I love doing.
Somehow, in all the debate about the future of our nation, we seem to have lost sight of the belief that education is good for our democracy.
Tonight, when I greeted an adult student who had been attending my college at night for a couple of years. He reminded me that I had greeted him every semester of his attendance. We talked for a few minutes about what he’s studying and what he’s trying to accomplish. He reminded me that he has two high school age children and he’s trying to get his Associate degree before his children finish high school. He has set up a study room in his house and those nights he’s not in class he studies there with his high school age kids. They do their homework together. His high school junior son has helped him learn the college level math he needs to get his degree from us and he has helped them through some courses they were taking as well. I tried to tell him tonight that I am proud of the work he has done as a student at my college. He has maintained a 3.0+ GPA since starting.
I’m not shy about saying that I am proud of the work my college does with the students it serves. We are changing lives one person at a time. By changing those lives we are changing the families and the communities of our students. That’s the core of education’s purpose. In my view, that concept has been lost at nearly all levels of education. When we get back to understanding the concept of changing our communities, states, and nation one person at a time, we will all be better off.
Again, I’m not a hero. I’m just someone trying as hard as I can to make a difference in the lives of the students at my college.
I can’t let this thread pass without registering my disapproval of the skeeball setup in the picture, because of the grid above the holes. That means that it only allows a very low angle jump on the ball’s roll, greatly lessening the number of shots that can reach the inner holes.
It’s not how true skeeball should be played, it’s a carny’s sucker play, like small diameter basketball rims or misaligned duck shoot rifles. I guess that makes it appropriate to Yogi’s quote though.
Ok, thank you and other educators for making a difference in many, many lives. I am married to a teacher (now retired). He frequently gets letters, cards and emails from people he taught as recently as a couple of years ago to those he taught 30 years ago. Often they thank him for the “life lessons” as well as the English lessons. He’s always amazed that he touched people in unexpected ways. I am not. He is a hero. And so are you.
Speaking of heroes, and I agree that folks like Ron May definitely are; I happened to be headed to yet another doctor’s appointment yesterday and heard the ceremony for the “Medal of Honor” that the President was presenting to Ty Carter. Truly moving!
In his remarks Obama said: “Before they came, Ty said he was hoping to take his children around Washington to show them the sights and the history. But, Jayden, Madison, if you want to know what makes our country truly great, if you want to know what a true American hero looks like, then you don’t have too look far. You just have to look at your dad. Because today, he’s the sight we’ve come to see. Your dad inspires us, just like all those big monuments and memorials do.”
What a wonderful tribute and a remarkable story of courage and valor for a cause bigger than we are. May God Bless our troops and their families. Thank you Ty Carter and Clint Romesha!
And I would like to add, THOSE are the names that should be on our tongues and in the news for their greatness not criminals and Miley Cyrus et al!
Warren you are so right, I always explained to my kids how they rig those games. That was always one of their favorites to play.
#14 Back when my son was pretty young we were at King’s Dominion (I think) and he desperately wanted to play the game where you throw a softball into a basket set at an angle. Not impossible but usually it just bounces out. I finally relented with some sort of discouraging words. You know the rest. He won with his first ball. Another time our daughter, also quite young at the time, had to try to flip a frog on to a floating and moving lily pad. No way, but what the heck. Wins on the first try.
Frank | August 26, 2013 at 6:45 pm
Kerry also said that allwar is obscene… not exactly what I have ever heard any republican say. They are typically the cheerleaders for going to war.
Yep, kerry sounds almost like a conservative, while assad sounds almost like a liberal. hmmm.
Evelyn Rudisill, I have a friend who’s a teacher and she posted on Facebook last week about being in a store and a young woman came up and asked if she was, I’ll call her Mrs. Jones, the English teacher. She said yes, and the woman introduced herself as a former student and thanked her for instilling the love of reading in her. It made her day.
Frank @17 – Your post makes no sense at all.
hillary your comprehension skills need help if you cant understand what Frank said.
Debbie that reminds me of my high school Government teacher. When I first started being vocal and writing letters and commentary in the papers she would cut them out, take them to church to show my sister-in-law who went to church with her and others, I told my SIL to tell folks I said “She taught me everything I know”, I can proudly say she did indeed spark my intense interest in my nation and how things work. Sadly, that brilliant mind now suffers from Alzheimers. It truly breaks my heart! Inspiring, dedicated and caring teachers are worth more than their weight in gold IMO! I despise teacher bashers.
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