Monthly Archives: July 2016

Olympics 

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I once read that the Olympics were started as an alternative to wars.  The idea of friendly competition had begun.  Before the Olympics death and destruction even in coliseums were a spectator sport.  Often slaves thrown into the ring. It is 10 times better to have something people actually wanted to be a part of and everybody could go home in the end.  Not only that the regulations at one time were they had to be amateurs.  People came together to watch an athlete put all their effort behind every move, maximizing results.  That is real competition or what is the phrase mano-a-mano.  I believe I even heard someone say the only way to fight fire is with fire.  It is never just to be in a competition that you know is unequal.  It may give you some skill but really think about it most people enjoy watching those that were close, real challenges. That is why I support the Olympics, athletes from all over doing what they do well against others of the same caliber, simply put good matches. 

-Jennie Nawrocki 

Speeches

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Speeches are tough.  To be an elegant orator takes balance of words, catered toward your audience and their interests without losing your own. Now if your speech is on any major social media outlet, then you know it has to be very detailed and span many topics.  For even then people will question the authenticity of information and sincerity of honesty from the speaker. As I have watched some of the convention speeches, I have seen some have gone beyond their party limits to gain the respect of all listeners.  A president represents the country and its inhabitants and because our country is a mixture of cultures they must have      every bodies basic needs at heart. Though it doesn’t stop there it inspires the listener to pass on that knowledge and commitment towards each other regardless of their backgrounds. Most importantly it does not devalue or dismiss a persons own needs within the context of interaction.  A speech brings everyone together including the speaker by eliminating misconceptions, instead it is about how we as individuals live in a community that achieves success regularly for all inhabitants old or new.  For respect comes when people feel inspired at home.  Therefore a moving speech is just reliable conversation from some who strives to be kind.

-Jennie Nawrocki 

What I mean by that

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I can’t explain my mind.  Though several people try.  However my mind and people mix all the time.  I am not making excuses for it because that has how it has always been.  On the other hand it creates conflict within me that can mess a whole bunch of stuff.  Now that it is an open book it is more easily influenced than ever has been before.  Explain this explain that, or that is not what you meant I am told, this is what you meant.  Look I am all up for interpretation and improving myself,  but sometimes I have to say this what I meant and that is all.

-Jennie Nawrocki 

Racism 

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This week there has been quite the headlines about justice towards racism, is it being served?

A few years ago if you had asked me whether or not racism was dead in this country I would have said, yes! Now without doubt I say, no!  

I have taught in some very diverse schools and in some not so much.  I have taught all one race classrooms in fact. I am not proud of it, it was just the students I was given at the time. I have seen one big difference, which of course could be argued a big difference between all these classrooms, which of course could be argued but this is how I saw it. 

Some students were told by their parents you may be a slob, messy and disrespectful at home but once you are out there you are on your best behavior not matter who it is and the discipline that would follow would always be the power of disappointment and your grounded. Whereas the culture in another home might be if you don’t treat your parents or the leader of a gang as your king or queen fears of spankings, tugged away by ears and even worse threats or acts issued was the punishment.  Then there was also the culture of raising your kids to stand up for injustice, no matter what.  This is how I was taught,  I could easily get into a screaming argument with my mother if I thought she was being unfair.  

So how do teachers, principals and cops deal with these differences of attitude toward authorities!  As with anything, the situation, the person, background knowledge along with what is the ultimate end result decide how a person should respond to misbehavior.  For the simple reality if the student grew up with the idea well your not ________ so I don’t have to listen to you or they grew up thinking to respect authority even when they never met the person each requires a different response. To put it another way, in the teacher world there is this saying you can’t change the behavior until you know the cause of the behavior. 

Have you noticed so far I have taken out labeling certain cultures and that is because I have seen it isn’t just one culture that does one thing, it is the culture the family has adopted that decides how they raise their kids and respond to authorities. I also don’t say it because I think labeling adds to racism rather than recognizing how you treat someone.  I believe what is extremely important is the behavior over all else.

That is why teachers are told remain calm, model correct behavior, and use redirection often. Teachers or maybe even yourself may have feelings of rage, if they didn’t at least once throughout their career they have or they couldn’t be human.  Though even then most teachers, cops or even professionals often don’t show it.  How you vent your anger determines your level of professionalism, even if you are in competitive career.  I have heard that when learning martial arts most instructors will tell you it is for self defense only and a true martial artists only fights if they absolutely when necessary.  Fight or flight is what they call those situations, a person broken down to their most primal response fight or flight.  Now again even in martial arts or in the culture you were raised you are taught a true character of a person is determined by the words chosen even in the worst situation. What is the saying fight with might versus braun, something like that, I have heard it so many different ways but the meaning is still the same body slams and fists are not as effective as language used. 

Therefore I have come to the conclusion that even I need to remind myself to protest smart and calmly, everyone will feel safer.  

As for the racism issue, if you trust a person to drive your car, build your house, prepare meals, wash your clothes, take care of your children, sick and elderly then you can trust them to be CEOs.  I will also think the issue of racism is over when we have diverse rich neighborhoods.

-Jennie Nawrocki 

Disappointment 

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Disappointment is quite a word.  It really defines a persons expectations of you or the situation.  I think of all the mistakes I have made, the people affected by all my decisions.  Though I also think how much I am affected by them too. The effect people have on you or you on them is never really known until long after it happens and then disappointment sets in because all expectations were lost. I found out recently people have only one expectation of me.  The only thing I can say to that is with every behavior I will move towards building trust of me, to be a leader and an honored friend and family member.

-Jennie Nawrocki