Today's lesson takes us back in history as we witness and experience what British Prime Minister during World War Two, Winston Churchill's was quoted during a difficult time in world history,"Those who fail to understand history are doomed to repeat it.", and we will find that the events of the past will have an everlasting effect our lives today.
In the fall of 1918 a global disaster struck known as the most devastating epidemic in world history. This disease 'pandemic', known as the 'Spanish Flu', was estimated to have killed more than 40 million people world wide . . . unlike any seen in recorded history. The influenza epidemic was so severe that the average life span in the US was depressed by 10 years (Starr, 1976). The physicians of the time were helpless against this powerful agent of influenza the affected one-fifth of the worlds population. The pandemic came under control as the medical and scientific communities developed new theories and applied them to prevention, diagnostics and treatment of its' patients.
A similar 'Pandemic' is gripping this nation today! It is spreading easily from victim to victim and no cure in is sight. It's prevention and treatment is possible, but many individual refused to seek a cure. This 'disease' can trap people into a comatose state in which may paralyze them for years to come. It's easy to catch this disease and difficult to rid yourself of its' gripping hold on you. Unlike the pandemic of 1918, this disease doesn't seem to have a cure. This disease is excepted throughout our society and the scientific and medical communities have no control of this 'virus' as it looms everywhere out of control. This pandemic is called . . . MEDIOCRACY. Yes, mediocracy is the disease that is running ramped throughout our society and in our SCHOOLS. Mediocracy is not concerned with the quality of content of a culture ( or school), but it does care to some extent about appearances (window dressing - looking good on the outside). Our schools need to do better to equip you with the tools you will need to avoid this contagious disease called mediocracy.
I recently viewed an ad campaign from Kaplan University that makes a statement that the traditional higher education system (college) doesn't always meet the needs of today's adult learners and they claim in their ad to 'customize' their education to meet their needs, and by providing resources and support to help them succeed. The ad is a 60-second commercial dipicting a professor standing before a lecture hall of students and apologizes to his class that their educational experience does not have to be limited to the classroom and that it is 'time' to change the institution to the needs of 'your needs' (students).
This promotional ad campaign for Kaplan University actually speaks volumes of education today, not only for the traditional higher educational system, but for all schools K-12. The 'time' is now for change and the future of our nation falls on schools to begin TODAY. Our destiny is not written for us, but it must be written by us! Students, we owe you more than what you're receiving from your public schools. It is time we adapt to you instead of you adapting to us by 'writing' your destiny.
What is your destiny? What do you want from school/education? How do you learn? What are we doing to foster your learning styles? How is our instruction adapting to you? What is your "Personal Manifest Destiny" (How you want to expand your mind and capabilities)? Be a voice TODAY! Let us (schools) NOT repeat history by failing to meet the needs of our precious commodity . . . YOU!

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Comment by mccmodlab on January 12, 2009 at 11:59am
Dear Mr. Quinlan
i want to learn by doing not seeing,iwant more choices.
azariah 6th hour
Comment by mccmodlab on January 12, 2009 at 11:59am
dera Mr.Q,
I think that you should let us present more in the classroom.We can learn more about other modlab stations that way.
Jozi 6
Comment by mccmodlab on January 12, 2009 at 11:13am
Dear Mr.Quinlan,
I think that we should change schools by having school in smaller classes. If we did that then I think it would be easyer to learn because we would have more one on one time. Also I think we should learn at our own pace. That way we could be more educated because it would give us more time to learn different tings on our free time.
By Lacy
5th hour
Comment by mccmodlab on January 12, 2009 at 11:12am
Dear Mr. Quinlan
we should be able to listen to our mp3 players and ipods during class because i learn better when i listen or watch something we each like. personally it keeps me focused and it keeps me occupied. we shouldnt have like 2 hours of homework each night. we should be able to go home after a long day of learning and testing and do what we want to do. we should be able to stay with one teacher that we learn the best from for the whole day. we should just get a list of what we have to do in the school year and then work on it in our own pase. we shouldnt have an honor role because it says that some kids are grade smart and some not. we should be able to go outside and work on warm days. we should be able to go outside or have some free time do take a break and talk to our friends.
lindsay 5th hour
Comment by mccmodlab on January 12, 2009 at 11:08am
Dear Quinlan,

Iwat to lan a dot the tok tue
chesney 4
Comment by mccmodlab on January 12, 2009 at 11:07am
Dear MR.Quinlan
I don't thing it is a problem to do work, it is the form of work we are not capable of that is a problem. It sould not be a problem for kids to not get, but to for get it just takes a little reminder. Teacher are always to quick to go to a conclusion, but they should do more one on one help.
5th hour Jacob
Comment by mccmodlab on January 12, 2009 at 11:06am
Dear Mr.Qdog
I think that schools are not leting us use our difrent learning speeds so we could use our extra time to do the things that we like, like playing gutar lol and also to interact with our knownlage that we learn just like you said to use our own pace and stratigies.

rock on nathan 5th hour
Comment by mccmodlab on January 12, 2009 at 11:06am
dear,mr.Quinlan i would like to use different resourses and be able to do more hands on projects. also school would be cooler if their wre more time for mod labs.
adam 5th hour
Comment by mccmodlab on January 12, 2009 at 11:06am
Dear Mr. Quinlan,
I think schools around the country should let the students be more free and independent. By this I mean that the teachers should let us work and do things by ourselves instead of having to do it ith other people. Also, I would like them to let us do things our own way, and, we should have alot more fundraisers to earn money for more supplies and such for schools. My biggest issue is that they need to give us a more comfortable learning space. I support this with the simple fact that we should get more comfortable chairs and desks to make us feel more comfortable when we are asked to do work.
Christian, 5th Hour
Comment by mccmodlab on January 12, 2009 at 11:06am
Dear Mr. Quinlan
I think schools should do more hands on things. Also I think school should let students work at there own speed.
Aaron 5th hour

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