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 15, 2009 at 8:17am
Dear Mr.Quinlan,
I thike the teacers should thke us wate we like.
Sarah Hartley
Comment by mccmodlab on January 14, 2009 at 7:29am
I think if some teachers take the time to help their students so many of them wouldn't be failing! An i'm not saying the students are stupid or that the teachers are lazzy or anything like that! I'm just saying that if people put in the time and the effert; thing might not be the way they are for some people! An puting the students into small groups is a great idea; but not with people they don't know! Now hear me out and just think about this! If you were put with a group of people you don't know that well or don't know at all and were asked to do something you're just know learning; you might get scarred that you might do the wrong thing and not to foreget that you're in front of people you might not know! But if you were in front of your friends the presser isn't as stress
Comment by mccmodlab on January 14, 2009 at 6:50am
Dear Mr.Quinlan,
Right now i have no clue what i want to be when i am older. I'm still debating weather to be a soldier or an artist. What i want from my school is a better, more funner way to learn. like to play games that involve the things we are on. Let us use our mind and create something on our own. If we cant make Mistakes how will we learn? Well thats easy, WE DONT! The teachers should spend more time on a subject if we still dont get it. We shouldnt have to cram our brains with a different subject everyday or two. They should make us do things we dont like to do in school like make a song up about a quiz or something. Most people if they read over their quiz acouple times we will beable to get it more and remember what is on it!
♥-Thriller-♥ 2nd hour
Comment by mccmodlab on January 13, 2009 at 7:12am
i think that the teachers should have a weekly meeting with the students privatly to see if they need help with that subject or for extra credit if they need it or just want to improve their grade. students shuld be able to work at their own pace becuase they might not understand it as well as others do and they might need extra time to learn the lesson. i think that instead of having 2 encore classes there should only be one and the students could use that hour to study or get homework done.(and the teachers could use that time to grade papers and to do their work)
-williams 2nd hour
Comment by mccmodlab on January 13, 2009 at 7:05am
I think that we should have a class that helps kids write books. If teachers knew how many kids like to write books, storys and songs they would be really suprised. We have a modlab station that helps us put books together but if we had a classroom that helped us with ideas and helped kids discovered their own vioce in writing, then they could get farther in their book and school writing skills. Some teachers don't understand why on the MEAP test and other essay problems students don't write a satisfying answer. How are they supposed to write a essay that scores a A/B score when they have'nt discovered their own vioce yet? We have a art class because the school board thinks it is important in our future, which it is. But writing is too and writing is a type of art, so why don't we have a class for it?
- Keson, 2nd hr.
Comment by mccmodlab on January 13, 2009 at 6:55am
dear mr. quinlan,
the most important lesson that i look for in the educational systen would be one that will not help me now, but one that will help me in the future. i think that the eseast way to learn is to interact with on another.
alex 2nd Hour
Comment by mccmodlab on January 13, 2009 at 6:54am
i think that we need more hands on projects to expan learning like make learning more fun. also we should use more technology in class because there are some schools that give there students cell phones(used only to text) to text the answers to the problum stragit to the teacher there are also other schools that use computers on class. other schools had expanded there way of thinking and yet other schools are still doing every thing the old fasion way yea it a safe effective way but maybe a new way will prmote students to have more fun learning and actully want to go to school.
a.c 2nd hour
Comment by mccmodlab on January 12, 2009 at 12:10pm
Dear Mr.Quinlan,
My destiny is go out and use everything that my teachers tought me. I learn be doing. As of right now I don't get to do a lot of that. I also learn by hearing things over and over again.I think our school could do more of that. I would like to have a little bit of a choice of what to learn about, how to do it, and when to. I would like to learn more about animals also. I feel that I will do more in life with the education of animals. If everything was on the wall and in a little group I got to go, just go and learn. If anyone got done early then would be your encore time. About 5 teachers, one from each subject, walking around, teaching. I think a lot more people would learn a lot more. Lindsay L. 6th Hour
Comment by mccmodlab on January 12, 2009 at 12:09pm
Dear Mr.Quinlan,
What has happened, at once we were an acceptable group of people brimming with ideas, but as we adapt to technology, education denies it, and therfore it denies us. And because of said denial, the society of education has so many bad grades you would need and endless pit just to fit it all in their. Where has the love gone, you and I, we are the only ones who can make an international improvment. My manifest destiny is to study at MIT, become an engineer for microsoft and live in a beautiful home that people can only dream of living in, but with the way we are being educated, it seems like an impossibility. A great idea is that instead of spending, nay, WASTING countless days building for a science project, we use a touch screen that, once touched, opens up a databank of all your ideas. If you want to see some of my ideas, visit my soon to be pageflake.
Comment by mccmodlab on January 12, 2009 at 12:07pm
Dear Mr. Quinlan,
I'm not going to beat around the bush. Our school is in critical condition. It just doesn't adapt. But what f I told you how to fix it? First of all, many students are apathetic, and don't care about what you have to say. But you can change this. If you would let them wear hats, they would be alot happier. There's nothing disrespectful about wearing a hat. Maybe even add a 20 minute break after lunch, (only if it's above 40 degrees outside.) A happy student is a good learner. Plus, a break will mean less rowdy students, as it gives a time to blow of steam. A lot of teachers would appreciate that, I'm sure. My way of learning is through creation. Give us some time to build art or computer programs relating to our assignment. Imagine: Hundreds of computer programs or drawings of math or social studies, letting minds run free, with no restrictions, seeing what all your students could create with an Environment with hats, Art, and being able to do things other ways than the teacher says. That is actually one of the main things teenagers hate: Being told what to do by an adult, and not doing it a way they learn or can understand. In short, a mean, egotistical problem child could become the american citizen needed to keep our country alive and well, if you just let them do things like projects the way they want to, the ways your afraid to let them do. Get past that fear, and you have the REAL learning system. -Wynn

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