Hi, everyone! Haven’t posted in a while, for I’ve been a busy bee! I just wanted to let everyone know that I have taken on a new social good startup. I hope to promote awareness of social issues within New Jersey through the subculture of t-shirts. The tees will be linked to different charities and non-profits, where 25% of profits from each tee purchased will be donated to the linked organization. I have high expectations from the citizens of New Jersey, and I hope that Project #IRL (in real life) catches on.
Since it’s a social good startup, the hardest part is generating the initial buzz. If every person who cares about some social issue, doesn’t matter if it’s poverty, hunger, education, animal rights, etc, shares the mission behind Project #IRL to their networks, that’ll be awesome and really appreciated. I believe that one person can start a social revolution. Let’s see what we can do if we come together.
Arts Education Facts
Expanding Access of Education
Young people who participate in the arts for at least three hours on three days each week through at least one full year are:
- 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
- 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
- 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
- 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
- 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem
“Only 22% of the world finishes high school, and only 55% finish sixth grade. Those are just appalling numbers. As a species, we’re wasting almost four-fifths of the talent we produce. What if the person who invents a grand unified theory of physics is growing up in Africa and never gets a chance? What if the girl who invents a cure for ovarian cancer is growing up in some Cambodian fishing village and never gets a chance? I want to solve the access problem for the human race once and for all. We’ve always had this problem, and no one talks about it because we’ve always had it. Of the 1.25 billion kids in the world, a billion won’t finish high school. That’s a tragedy, a preventable tragedy.”
~Jose Ferreira, Founder and CEO of Knewton
Is Too Much Tech Bad for the Modern Teenager?
I’m a digital advocate, but I’m not one to compromise emotional, mental, and physical development for digital advancements. It’s interesting how many studies are being conducted about the pros and cons of digital consumption with children and teens. But honestly, I believe that we won’t be able to get real answers any time soon. This technology is new and regularly being updated every second. Today, we use smart boards in classrooms, tomorrow we use laser technology on glass. With everything developing so quickly, how can these studies be reliable? And, there’s always a flaw with survey-based studies. Demographics play a huge role and if surveys aren’t conducted broadly, it’s very difficult to get someone to believe your numbers.
Like Sam Laird said, “Arguments can be made either way, but there’s no debating that today’s teens are more wired than ever.” I’ll just leave it at that.
"Education is the only industry in this country where failure is blamed on the workers, not the leadership."
I don’t think that technology and imagination should be seen as such contradicting entities. Instead, why don’t we think of the possibilities that the iPad and other devices could bring to all of our imaginations? If you have a blank state of mind, imagination cannot exist because you have nothing to base it off of. It is only through experiences, tangible objects, and a new perspective are we able to create new ideas using our imagination.