Anonymous on School Building Safety
Sending out the first sets of OS Cubes today. #freedom #education #art #science #math #robotics
What do these have to do with robotics?
Do hashtags work on WordPress blogs??
This shot was taken in the beginning of this last summer but I am just posting it now. I was on a pizza delivery and showed up to a yard full of kids playing with toy guns. I asked them to bring-it-in on the camera and they were more than happy to do so.
©2013 – No one got squirted or shot during the taking of this pic.
Need a New Order of Operations
Here’s a trick-question: What’s the biggest problem in our education system? – Answers I get include funding, class size, poor teaching, politicians, etc. Here’s the trick, the question is asked under the assumed premise that we should be looking for the BIGGEST first. Why do we do that? Because of our Order of Operations.
Our problems in the education system are many both small and large covering a wide range of interrelated issues between a diverse group of people with different backgrounds, motivations, and support structures, if they have a support structure at all. And I’m just talking about the students. The teachers and administration bring their own set of problems to the table as well.
Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally
The order of operations taught in most math classes is Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, then Subtraction (PEMDAS). PEMDAS works fine for calculating linear equations, but problems in life are not all linear. Life problems are complex and dynamic. The braid of space, time, and perception needs an Order of Operations of its own, and that is where we’re headed with the cubes. – Here’s the gameboard.
Chicago was beautiful!! I had never been there before. We were only in and out staying one night and then leaving early the next morning. Stayed for a short while but had a great time. Above is a picture of myself and LJ laughing-it-up on the way out of town.
The Kickstarter staff were friendly and knowledgeable. They were very personable and kept-it-real throughout the duration of the 5 hr workshop. The many speakers and guides in the workshop shared their personal stories and reflected on them for teaching points. It was revealing. I feel very empowered to make adjustments and correction for my next Kickstarter project.
Still don’t know exactly what we’re doin for the next project but I want to do it soon. I have a real sense of urgency to get these cubes out because we left so many people hangin when the first project failed. This time around we’ll be adding my personal story to the video and also be reaching out more to the community.
On delivery texting my customer, a high school student.
We Can Do Better
I was very disappointed with the lack of security at this school. There was no check-in and the doors were unlocked. I was able to walk right in and up the stairs and down the hall. I walked right into a classroom to deliver a pizza and then all the way back downstairs and across the parking lot to my truck. I did not see a single adult or faculty member the entire time save the girls in the office.
There is a very real and well known current threat regarding public acts of violence, specifically in our schools. Much of the problem solving rhetoric for this covers guns or ammunition. Politicians debate the constitutionality of a background-check for firearm purchase or an “allowable” capacity for magazines. Well what good is weaponry regulation when we’re leaving the exterior doors wide-open and our children unguarded? At least at my local school, anyone could just walk right in and do harm if they wanted to.
We post guards at banks, grocery stores, all over the place. Why not at schools? I would like to see security posted at every school in America. Or how about legislation regarding building security code? Checklists and guidance is not enough. I believe we can do better to protect our children. We can do better to protect our faculty and staff as well. The gun debate is a distraction from the real issue, school building safety.