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A Toast to Life

All I have the energy to write is that we climbed a mountain in 35 degree heat in order to visit a parrot reserve. The reserve was closed…Viva my death!!

Thanks for tuning in.

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This is just the beginning. We do not speak of the end.

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Yayyyy!

So….I’m back in central America….and you know what that means?? It means I get to charge down the sides of mountains at breakneck speeds and I have to put up with armies of little children begging for money…

The coolest part about Honduras is that it’s very humid….if you pucker your lips and suck air through your teeth really fast water starts to form in your mouth -_- .

Anyways, me and my dad are getting on a bus today and traveling for four hours to Copan (Every person with at least the brain capacity of a sparrow should know where this is).

I want to say sorry for not posting part two yesterday…so here it is.

Day Two-Part 2

My dad and I are on a plane to Honduras….nothing interesting happens….

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Imagination in Education

Exams are almost here. Everywhere around me I see my peers stressing and trying to memorize the events of the French revolution or the replication cycle of cells. What is the point of all this?? Students will memorize all the dates and cycles they need to memorize and some of them will get good grades, but this is just makes kids scared to make mistakes. Making a mistake will mean bad grades, angry parents, a bad university, and ultimately a bad life. Our society is built around correct, this needs to change: as soon as more people start to experiment more discoveries are made and more progress is made.

 

Mistakes are what make you learn, they make you think of a solution. Exams make a child scared to make mistakes so they quickly stop experimenting. Children become study robots- they wake up, go to school, try to absorb as much information as possible and then they go home to study.

 

There are a few people that still have the mental capacity to study and properly formulate their own original ideas, but most people will simply not be able to keep up with their studies. Children that still manage to keep their imagination mostly become artists. It is a well known fact that art schools have a low acceptance average. Why? Because the students applying to art schools still have an imagination and the capability to experiment, this leaves little time to study which then leads to bad marks.

 

The small part of our society that is able to keep up with their studies and experiment are the people that streamline and improve our countries, these are the people that drive the world forward. If we don’t utterly destroy the imagination of most children then more people will experiment, leading to more inventions and more progress.

 

The most important thing is thinking of a way to teach children without putting their imagination to sleep. For no reason must we stop teaching children sciences, maths or socials, because if you simply start focusing on creativity every single child will become an artist, which is not necessarily a bad thing… simply not what society needs for progress. In order for progress to be made you need to give children knowledge of the workings of the world and arm them with an imagination.

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More Cuts!!

Want to go watch a play? Sorry, you can’t. Another budget, another year of cuts to the entertainment sector and public education. Canada used to be a country where you could enjoy yourself and experience different cultures, it used to have nice schools. Now theatres are being closed, just recently the Vancouver Playhouse was shutdown because they were “Lacking Funds”. Perhaps the reason why they are being shutdown is because interest has drastically dropped since the rapid introduction of new entertainment technologies, but I know for a fact that their is still demand. My parents and grandparents for example, they still immensely enjoy going to the theater.

Teacher protests have been on the fore-front of news for quite a while now. They are fighting for a salary raise and because of the lack of cooperation from the government they have stopped giving out report cards. For many kids this is a blessing, no doubt not having their parents know about their failures in school lets them avoid awkward explanations and uncomfortable encounters with their parents. But for students in grade 12 applying for university this is a very serious problem and makes their application prospects very limited. Not only are report cards being refused but so are co-curricular activities. No more rugby, dance shows or football gives youth lots of free time and nothing to do. This could very well be a catalyst for more youth drug abuse and a higher crime rate.

The teacher union is unlikely to step down until some changes are implemented. Since it is the duty of the government to ensure the well being of its citizens then they must start being more flexible in their dealings with the teachers union and find some resources.

The budget cuts of the Harper government is affecting many people, and you might say but there is nothing else to do, they have no money. Then tell me why they are buying brand new fighter jets when there is no military threat and why is Harper’s government spending billions of dollars to try and attract pipeline projects. The government has money but the question is -“Why is it not being used in a smart way?”

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So… my blog is aliveeeee!!!!

Hey there,

I’m reincarnating my blog…. unfortunately there isn’t gonna be lots of crazy epic stories….because, well I’m not in Guatemala and I’am to lazy to write them. 

I will mainly be posting different essays(feel free to rage at me :/)…

But(wait for it)… every once in a while I will write about funny stuff that has happened to me and cool stuff I have found….

 

So… Ya

 

Bye

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Education Will Help Africa??

Education in Africa is nothing short of horrible. Most children can’t even afford education
because schools in Africa are mostly private. But when they can afford education they are
forced to learn in buildings of horrible condition and they learn from books that have been
outdated for years if not decades. The horrible state of a virtually no existent public school
system in Africa is what has left the continent so underdeveloped. The key to solving the crisis
in Africa is to educate the upcoming generation in a way that will make them want to change the
situation. Unfortunately this is very hard with a political system as corrupt as it is in Africa. Even
with these obstacles politicians must devote as much resources as they can towards developing
a good public education system.

Hundreds of non-profit organizations have been created for the sole purpose of educating
underprivileged youth in Africa, these organizations have achieved their purpose by building
better schools and providing supplies and text books needed for a proper education, but this
does not solve the problem! What happens when the supplies run out? What happens when the
schools decay over time? Nothing. Most non-profit organizations do not have enough
resources or a big enough work-force to meet demand and they do not know where the money is
needed most. The leaders of African countries must understand and stop relying on private aid
and start focusing on developing a more permanent solution.

Establishing an education system in countries plagued with corruption is no easy feat. Enlisting
the help of first world foreign countries, the United Nations or even a big charitable organization
such as UNESCO and entrusting them with the finances of the project will minimize the loss of
money from corruption and maximize the “bang for the buck”.

Creating a good system like this could take years and the solution of the problems in Africa
won’t be quick, but at the moment simply changing the mindset of the next generation of thinkers
and inventors in Africa seems like a good idea. Educating them will empower them to change
their countries towards the better, but first big pushes must be made to develop a public
education system.

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Lol

A six hour bus ride later my bladders about to burst and I look like I’m going through a midlife crisis…anyways I’m in Coban and am currently swinging in an awesome hammock….so peace

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Dead man found

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