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PREACH!!!!
I honestly believe that people are socialized to be afraid of math, which is a disgrace.



fro True that Brotha K. During my time, girls learning math was not encouraged...although home economics was stuffed down our throats big time. Ironically, we still needed to know HOW TO COUNT those dollars in our household budget. Go figure. fro
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Originally posted by Kocolicious:
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PREACH!!!!
I honestly believe that people are socialized to be afraid of math, which is a disgrace.



fro True that Brotha K. During my time, girls learning math was not encouraged...although home economics was stuffed down our throats big time. Ironically, we still needed to know HOW TO COUNT those dollars in our household budget. Go figure. fro



You would not believe how many k-8 math teachers I've dealt with who were bad at math and/or math phobic.

Many go into teaching for the wrong reason. Liking kids is not enough if you just pass down your own fears and handicaps to them.

This deserves it's own thread. Maybe when I have some time. 19
Originally posted by HonestBrother:
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You would not believe how many k-8 math teachers I've dealt with who were bad at math and/or math phobic.

Many go into teaching for the wrong reason. Liking kids is not enough if you just pass down your own fears and handicaps to them.

This deserves it's own thread. Maybe when I have some time. 19



fro I believe it! That's why I chose music history as my field. fro
There are four (4) components to math. Add, substract, multiply and divide. The trick is to learn the keys. When to add, when to substract, when to multiply and when to divide. Math is not being taught to Black children in schools as it should. In my grade school my math teacher was a racist red-neck who told us that Black people were suppose to be janitors, trash collectors, etc. Not white collar professionals or doctors and lawyers. It was cool, he said, for us to work in the post office and on assembly lines in factories. He never taught us the keys to math. Even the smartest students in my math class had problems. It wasn't until I took a drafting class did I understand math. My drafting instructor was of a Polish heritage whose parents immergrated from Poland. He understood the problems we were having so he took time in teaching each of us until we got, and after that, it was simple. Needless to say that he and my math teacher did not like each other. Black children are not being properly taught how to decipher math problems. They learn the four comnponents but only to a certain degree. There's more to math than just the four components. They grow up thinking math is 'hard'. It is when you are not properly taught. Hotep. Olu Olufemi Chike.
Hotep Family,
Recently I was over to a friend's house and he had one of his freiends with his family as guest. This family (guest) had small children who were very talented in dancing and singing. I was very impressed with these children. After this family left I had a conversation with my friend about this family. My friend told me that they were extremely talented but only in the entertainment area. In the area of academics, he shared with me that they could just barely read and write. My friend said that their parents didn't seem too concerned with their schooling because they, themselves, partied all the time and had parties at their house quite often. It's sad when parents are more concerned with the entertainment aspects of their childrens lives rather than their schooling. We, as a race, need to concentrate more on academics of our children rather than dancing and singing, which comes natural. When entertainment and sports become more inportant than academics, it explains why we are behind most of the people from countries who imigrate to this country. Can't blame them for that. Hotep. Olu Olufemi Chike.
Originally posted by Carl Prather:
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There are four (4) components to math. Add, substract, multiply and divide. The trick is to learn the keys. When to add, when to substract, when to multiply and when to divide. Math is not being taught to Black children in schools as it should. In my grade school my math teacher was a racist red-neck who told us that Black people were suppose to be janitors, trash collectors, etc. Not white collar professionals or doctors and lawyers. It was cool, he said, for us to work in the post office and on assembly lines in factories. He never taught us the keys to math. Even the smartest students in my math class had problems. It wasn't until I took a drafting class did I understand math. My drafting instructor was of a Polish heritage whose parents immergrated from Poland. He understood the problems we were having so he took time in teaching each of us until we got, and after that, it was simple. Needless to say that he and my math teacher did not like each other. Black children are not being properly taught how to decipher math problems. They learn the four comnponents but only to a certain degree. There's more to math than just the four components. They grow up thinking math is 'hard'. It is when you are not properly taught. Hotep. Olu Olufemi Chike.



fro I agree. Btw. I never quite understood it in those terms....until now. Excellent explanation! tfro And you're right...if it's brought to you in a failure approach....then you began to fail at it from the very beginning. Four components....hmmmm...when you say it like that...and break it down..... it no longer seems as frightening. In college, I ran from any form of math....spent a lot money on tutors and even now I've forgotten half the stuff I agonized over just to get that "c"....which was like an "A" to me back then. Wow! Good analysis Brotha C. I will pass this concept on to the struggling students I know. Anything from this point will be like a bright light bulb of newfound discovery. Which is a GREAT start. fro
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Originally posted by Carl Prather:
There are four (4) components to math. Add, substract, multiply and divide. The trick is to learn the keys. When to add, when to substract, when to multiply and when to divide.


It's sorta more complicated than that ... 19

But this will do... for now.

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Math is not being taught to Black children in schools as it should ... Black children are not being properly taught how to decipher math problems. They learn the four comnponents but only to a certain degree. There's more to math than just the four components. They grow up thinking math is 'hard'. It is when you are not properly taught.


That is sadly true. sad
I am a bit proud this semester though. I have a large lecture in the morning. 150 kids at 8:00 am. Mostly white kids.

But sitting right in the middle close to the first row is a young black woman who does not hesitate to speak up or ask questions.

I'd like to think I have something to do with that. I make a point to always let her speak. Smile

I wonder if she would be so bold if she had one of my colleagues instead of me as the instructor?

Maybe?
Hotep Honestbrother,
I agree that the components of math are more complicated than just learning the components. First, however, you have to learn the components. Then the complications set in. Many cannot get by the four bacis components. Calculators have made it much easier yet people are still lacking in the fundementals of mathmatical equations. Hotep. Olu Olufemi Chike
Originally posted by HonestBrother:
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I am a bit proud this semester though. I have a large lecture in the morning. 150 kids at 8:00 am. Mostly white kids.

But sitting right in the middle close to the first row is a young black woman who does not hesitate to speak up or ask questions.

I'd like to think I have something to do with that. I make a point to always let her speak. Smile

I wonder if she would be so bold if she had one of my colleagues instead of me as the instructor?

Maybe?



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fro I think so. And you are probably an excellent visual for her. Seeing you conducting your class in a full house of students. It's powerful. And inspiring. And encouraging. She may feel comfort just knowing you are where she's gonna be one day. fro
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Originally posted by zodo:
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Originally posted by Fabulous:
Life can be so complicated.

Just when things seem to be going sooooo smoothly, BAM!

Here comes drama.


"Drama" is ,unfortunatley, a necessary evil, it gives us the motivation to find a solution and the strength to tough it out 'til it runs its course.

This sentiment is WAY to deterministic for me. Also necessary and evil are two words, IMO, that do not go together. hat
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Originally posted by zodo:
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Originally posted by Fabulous:
Life can be so complicated.

Just when things seem to be going sooooo smoothly, BAM!

Here comes drama.


"Drama" is ,unfortunatley, a necessary evil, it gives us the motivation to find a solution and the strength to tough it out 'til it runs its course.


Yep, but it sure hurts like hell (sometimes).

Does a person ever get to a point in their life where they can't be hurt (emotionally) by a family member, friend or significant other?

I wish family members didn't have the ability to hurt me.

Cuz it sure nuff 'sucks' big time.
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Originally posted by kresge:

This sentiment is WAY to deterministic for me. Also necessary and evil are two words, IMO, that do not go together. hat



Pain, disapoinment, betrayal or any form of negativity are part of the inescapable human experience therefore one has to handle it with the best of their ability (DAMMIT). bang
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Originally posted by Fabulous:
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Originally posted by zodo:
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Originally posted by Fabulous:
Life can be so complicated.

Just when things seem to be going sooooo smoothly, BAM!

Here comes drama.


"Drama" is ,unfortunatley, a necessary evil, it gives us the motivation to find a solution and the strength to tough it out 'til it runs its course.


Yep, but it sure hurts like hell (sometimes).

Does a person ever get to a point in their life where they can't be hurt (emotionally) by a family member, friend or significant other?

I wish family members didn't have the ability to hurt me.

Cuz it sure nuff 'sucks' big time.



AGREED but one has to develope the appropriate emotional armor to deflect lifes blows for any particular situation.
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Originally posted by zodo:
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Originally posted by Fabulous:
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Originally posted by zodo:
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Originally posted by Fabulous:
Life can be so complicated.

Just when things seem to be going sooooo smoothly, BAM!

Here comes drama.


"Drama" is ,unfortunatley, a necessary evil, it gives us the motivation to find a solution and the strength to tough it out 'til it runs its course.


Yep, but it sure hurts like hell (sometimes).

Does a person ever get to a point in their life where they can't be hurt (emotionally) by a family member, friend or significant other?

I wish family members didn't have the ability to hurt me.

Cuz it sure nuff 'sucks' big time.



AGREED but one has to develope the appropriate emotional armor to deflect lifes blows for any particular situation.


Thank you for saying this ^^. . .

something just 'clicked' for me when I read it.

Much appreciated. Smile
I just looked up the word militant:

"militant |ˈmilətənt| noun
a person who is combative and aggressive in support of a political or social cause, and typically favoring extreme, violent, or confrontational methods: an uprising by militant Islamic fundamentalists."

It seems to me that the real world definition ought to be

"militant |ˈmilətənt| noun
a person who doesn't need to consult the opinions of a white man before he makes up his mind about something: an uprising by black militants."

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Nah...
Hotep HonestBrother,

Allow me to add this to the equasition: a terrorist is a bully who invades a country with the big bomb,choopers, planes, tanks, napam, big uns, ships, subs, germ warfare, hummers, torture tactics, rape and kill innocent men, women and children, lying politicians, etc. A so-called insurgent is a freedom fighter who doe's not possess the afore mentioned weapons and munitions but who has to resort to what ever type of weapon he or she can make by hand such as the so-called 'terrorist' in Iraq. Now I sak you: who are the real terrorist? Hotep. Olu Olufemi Chike.
Habari Brother Carl Prather!

MY dictionary says

INSURGENT:

  • Member of a political party who rebels against established leadership.

  • Someone who rises against Constituted Authority, a Rebel . The Active or Open Hostility to any Constituted Authority is called Insurrection.

  • a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)
  • guerrilla: a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment
    in opposition to a civil authority or government

  • An insurgency is an armed rebellion by any irregular armed force that rises up against an established authority, government, or administration. Those carrying out an insurgency are insurgents . Insurgents conduct sabotage and harassment. Insurgents usually are in opposition to a civil authority or government primarily in the hope of improving their condition.


Question: How can an * illegal * occupier establish a lawfully constituted established authority against which there can be an insurgency?

NOTE: constitute, v. to give legal or constitutional form to (an institution); establish by law.
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Originally posted by Fabulous:
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Originally posted by zodo:
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Originally posted by Fabulous:
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Originally posted by zodo:
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Originally posted by Fabulous:
Life can be so complicated.

Just when things seem to be going sooooo smoothly, BAM!

Here comes drama.


"Drama" is ,unfortunatley, a necessary evil, it gives us the motivation to find a solution and the strength to tough it out 'til it runs its course.


Yep, but it sure hurts like hell (sometimes).

Does a person ever get to a point in their life where they can't be hurt (emotionally) by a family member, friend or significant other?

I wish family members didn't have the ability to hurt me.

Cuz it sure nuff 'sucks' big time.



AGREED but one has to develope the appropriate emotional armor to deflect lifes blows for any particular situation.


Thank you for saying this ^^. . .

something just 'clicked' for me when I read it.

Much appreciated. Smile



tfro Wink
Inspired by the post about the rape, torture, and imprisonment of the sister in West Virginia. My mind went straight to the following conversation from Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon between Guitar Barnes and Macon Dead...

"'Okay, said [Guitar], 'but you have to know that what I tell you can't go any further. And if it does, you'll be dropping a rope around my neck. Now do you still want to know it?'"
"Yeah."
"You sure?"
"I'm sure."
"'I suppose you know that white people kill black people from time to time, and most folks shake their heads and say, 'Eh, eh, eh, ain't that a shame?"
"Milkman raised his eyebrows. He thought Guitar was going to let him in on some deal he had going. But he was slipping into his race bag. 'I can't suck my teeth or say 'eh, eh, eh.' I had to do something. And the only thing left to do is balance it; keep things on an even keel. Any man, any woman, or any child is good for five to seven generations of heirs before they're bred out. So every death is the death of five to seven generations. You can't stop them from killing us, from trying to get rid of us. And each time they succeed, they get rid of five to seven generations. I help keep the numbers the same.'"
"There is a society. It's made up of a few men who are willing to take some risks. They don't initiate anything; they don't even choose. They are as indifferent as rain. But when a Negro child, Negro woman, or Negro man is killed by whites and nothing is done about it by their law and their courts, this society selects a similar victim at random, and they execute him or her in a similar manner if they can. If the Negro was hanged, they hang; if a Negro was burnt, they burn; raped and murdered, they rape and murder. If they can. If they can't do it precisely in the same manner, they do it any way they can, but they do it. They call themselves the Seven Days. They are made up of seven men. Always seven and only seven. If one of them dies or leaves or is no longer effective, another is chosen. Not right away, because that kind of choosing takes time. But they don't seem to be in a hurry. Their secret is time. To take the time, to last. Not to grow; that's dangerous because you might become known. They don't write their names in toilet stalls or brag to women. Time and silence. Those are their weapons, and they go on forever."
"You? You're going to kill people?"
"Not people. White people."
"But why?"
"I just told you. It's necessary; it's got to be done. To keep the ratio the same."
"And if it isn't done? If it just goes on the way it has?"
"Then the world is a zoo, and I can't live in it."
"Why don't you just hunt down the ones who did the killing? Why kill innocent people? Why not just those who did it?"
"It doesn't matter who did it. Each and every one of them could do it. So you just get any one of them. There are no innocent white people, because every one of them is a potential nigger-killer, if not an actual one. You think Hitler surprised them? You think just because they went to war they thought he was a freak? Hitler's the most natural white man in the world. He killed Jews and Gypsies because he didn't have us. Can you see those Klansmen shocked by him? No, you can't."

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