Help for Kids the Education System Ignores…

Define students by what they contribute, not what they lack — especially those with difficult upbringings, says educator Victor Rios. Interweaved with his personal tale of perseverance as an inner-city youth, Rios identifies three straightforward strategies to shift attitudes in education and calls for fellow educators to see “at-risk” students as “at-promise” individuals brimming with resilience, character and grit.

Help for Kids the Education System Ignores…

Bleed For This…

Every year my father (and more often than not, my brother) see a movie during the holiday season.  Without fail, and out of love for “true stories”, my father chose Bleed For This.  I typically love boxing movies.  This film was not one of my favorites – largely due to some of the unnecessary language and inappropriate scenes.  It’s too bad really because the story is incredible – if it was not a true it would seem far-fetched.

As of this year, here is what we have watched together…

  • Bleed For This (2016):  All three of us liked it (my father’s choice)
  • Concussion (2015):  My father liked it (my father’s choice)
  • Dumb and Dumber To (2014):  All three of us liked it (my father’s choice)
  • Grudge Match (2013):  Both my father and myself liked it (unanimous choice)
  • Skyfall (2012):  Both my father and myself liked it while my brother loved it (my father’s choice)
  • War Horse (2011): Both my father and myself loved it (my choice)
  • Unstoppable (2010): All three of us liked it (my choice)
  • Avatar (2009): Both my father and myself liked it (my father’s choice)
  • James Bond and the Quantum of Solace (2008): Both my father and myself liked it (my choice)
  • The Great Debaters (2007): My father and myself loved it and my brother liked it (my choice)
  • Deck the Halls (2006): My father loved it and my brother and myself HATED it (my father’s choice)
  • King Kong (2005): My father liked it, my brother loved it, and I hated it (my choice)
  • Christmas with the Kranks (2004): My father loved it and I liked it (my father’s choice)
  • Return of the King (2003): My father and stepmother liked it and I loved it (my choice)
  • Santa Clause 2 (2002): My father loved it, my brother liked it, and I disliked it (my father’s choice)
  • Ali (2001): My father loved it and my brother and myself liked it (my father’s choice)
What movies do you remember going to during the Thanksgiving or Christmas season?
Bleed For This…

The Light Came Down…

I have this silly tradition of not playing Christmas music until the day after Thanksgiving.  Writing this blog today might even be a violation of that conviction.  My hope is that this practice adds to the anticipation and celebration between Christmas and New Year’s.
Our family used to buy a new album on the day that we decorated our tree (now we just add a few new songs to Spotify).  Check out my current Christmas playlist (give me a friendly follow) and feel free to share your own recommendations.  Here is a small sample of the collections that we have purchased in years past…

All of the above were released on the years that we downloaded them.  Any classics that you have on your list that we should consider adding to ours?  Happy Thanksgiving – and have a Merry Christmas!

The Light Came Down…

Alexander Hamilton…

One of my goals is to read one biography on each U.S. President.  Though Alexander Hamilton was never elected to the Oval Office, he is one of the most influential of the founding fathers.

Interest in his life has never been higher with the release of the highly-acclaimed (and recently-controversial) Broadway play based on his life.  I would highly recommend Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton.  Hamilton is a classic example of being at the right place at the wrong time.  He very well could have been leader of the Union if only he was not alive during the height of Washington’s popularity.  However, even in the second-chair, he highly influenced the first few elections of our nation.  Check out a copy and let me know what you think.

Alexander Hamilton…