Jun 30, 2009
Jun 28, 2009
In the real world, my Godmother does way more than wave that wand (though I hear she does a bit of that bibbidi-bobbidi-boo).
Remember my trip last month to that enchanting place with all the found art? Well I found more art elsewhere. And it was right under my nose, in the very home where I was staying. Lucky me, I had front row seats to watch all that magic happen.
Rewind. Twenty seven years ago, the Godmother was a mom on a serious hunt for pretty dresses for her young daughter. When she didn't find what she was looking for she did the next best thing. She made them herself. And she hasn't stopped making them since.
Fast forward. Today, the company named after her daughter Ines, employs over a hundred people, subcontracts additional work to over five hundred, manufactures hand-smocked children's dresses & boys' suits and exports them for the rest of the world to appreciate.
Jun 27, 2009
Jun 26, 2009
I'm still hung over from all the beautiful music of the PS 22 Chorus. And completely in awe of Mr. B.
The world needs more people like Mr. B. Every child deserves a teacher like that to help him find his own voice and something to be passionate about - in whatever shape, form or size that may be.
I have had a few. Mrs. Woelhaf, who jump-started my love for learning. Mr. Kennedy, who helped me understand angles from a whole other angle. Gie, who made all those nights working on my plates actually seem like fun. Thank you. You each made a world of difference in my own little world.
Bill Gates, in a talk over at the at the TED conference asks and answers the question: "How do we make great teachers?" And you know we need them. Badly. Here are the highlights in his own words:
So, how do you make education better?
We've worked on small schools, we've funded scholarships, we've done things in libraries. A lot of these things had a good effect. But the more we looked at it, the more we realized that having great teachers was the very key thing.
What are the characteristics of this top quartile? What do they look like? You might think these must be very senior teachers. And the answer is no.
You might think these are people with master's degrees. They've gone back and they've gotten their Master's of Education. This chart takes four different factors and says how much do they explain teaching quality. That bottom thing, which says there's no effect at all, is a master's degree.
As he says, "Education is THE most important thing to get right". He got that right.
Jun 25, 2009
Jun 23, 2009
All the pink, frilly and sparkly — from the princess dresses to the four-foot-high pink castle in the playroom — isn't necessarily what Caroline Morris would choose for her eldest daughter.
She doesn't want to stop her 6-year-old from being who she is. But as princess fever has reached a new high with this generation of girls, she and other parents are feeling the urge to rein in the would-be reigning ones, just a little.
"But what happens when our daughters get to adulthood and they realize that the world isn't a fairy tale?" asks Morris, who lives in suburban Atlanta and insists she doesn't mind imaginative play. She just wants her girls to strive for something beyond being "pretty and glamorous."You can read the article in its entirety here.
Now go watch Dad Labs where Daddies Brad and Clay take on the princess challenge. See how their stash will stack up against each other and maybe even your own. Plus listen in on what Jeremy Adam Smith, author of The Daddy Shift, has to say about going "off-script with the princess dolls" and dealing with this onslaught of pink.
Jun 22, 2009
My heart skipped a beat for the once-clingy toddler who had to hurdle some separation anxiety issues back in preschool. Wasn't it just 5-minutes ago when his first schoolteacher (the lovely Monique) would recount how he'd sing the welcome song while valiantly trying to hold back tears?
Jun 21, 2009
Count on Esquire to publish a kick-ass essay that begs to ask the question - What Is a Man? Author Tom Chiarella set pretty high standards. He's quite specific too. Here's how he starts:
A man carries cash. A man looks out for those around him — woman, friend, stranger. A man can cook eggs. A man can always find something good to watch on television. A man makes things — a rock wall, a table, the tuition money. Or he rebuilds — engines, watches, fortunes. He passes along expertise, one man to the next. Know-how survives him. This is immortality. A man can speak to dogs. A man fantasizes that kung fu lives deep inside him somewhere. A man knows how to sneak a look at cleavage and doesn't care if he gets busted once in a while. A man is good at his job. Not his work, not his avocation, not his hobby. Not his career. His job. It doesn't matter what his job is, because if a man doesn't like his job, he gets a new one.
Jun 20, 2009
P.S. It does look like we made it.
Jun 18, 2009
Jun 17, 2009
Jun 16, 2009
This is my senior project at Savannah College of Art and Design. Where my idea comes from is that every time when I am busy, I feel that I am not fighting with my works, I am fighting with those post-it notes and deadline.
Jun 14, 2009
Me: Mak, hold my hand then hold Tato's so no one gets lost
Mak: We don't hold hands
Me: Whaaaat?! What do you mean you don't hold hands?
Mak: We don't hold hands
Tato: Only when were scared, if it's high or dark
(two days ago, fast asleep)
If they only knew.