Category Archives: Philosophy

How to fix a broken school? Lead fearlessly, love hard – Linda Cliatt-Wayman

Filmed May 2015 at TEDWomen 2015

Linda Cliatt-Wayman: How to fix a broken school? Lead fearlessly, love hard

On Linda Cliatt-Wayman’s first day as principal at a failing high school in North Philadelphia, she was determined to lay down the law. But she soon realized the job was more complex than she thought. With palpable passion, she shares the three principles that helped her turn around three schools labeled “low-performing and persistently dangerous.” Her fearless determination to lead — and to love the students, no matter what — is a model for leaders in all fields.   Continue reading

Charlie Charlie Challenge – Just a silly internet fad!!!???

Charlie Charlie Challenge – Just a silly internet fad!!!???

Charlie Charlie Twitter

Posted: 31 May 2015 – compiled by the St Stanislaus College Blog

http://m.snopes.com/2015/05/26/charlie-charlie-challenge/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/26/charlie-charlie-challenge_n_7439434.html
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/technology/charlie-charlie-challenge-heres-everything-5760769
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/weird-news/charlie-charlie-challenge-explained-its-not-a-mexican-demon-being-summoned–its-gravity-10276557.html   Continue reading

Top Twelve Books of the Decade – selected by The Delanceyplace.com

Top Twelve Books of the Decade – selected by The Delanceyplace.com

The prizeThis is the tenth anniversary of delanceyplace.com, and to celebrate we are doing three things. First, we are announcing our top books of the decade–all listed below. Second, we have tabulated all the many votes we received from our readers for best selections of the decade, and will be emailing them one-by-one in a countdown over the next couple of weeks. Lastly, we’ve randomly drawn ten names from among all those who submitted their choices, and will be sending a copy of all of our top books to each of the winners.

I’ve read roughly 1500 books in the past decade, but since Google tells us there have been 129,864,880 books published in modern history, it seems like the smallest possible drop in the bucket. I tried over the last couple of months to narrow down these 1500 books into my own personal top ten.   Continue reading

Rethinking infidelity … a talk for anyone who has ever loved – Esther Perel -TED Video

Rethinking infidelity … a talk for anyone who has ever loved – Esther Perel

Esther Perel

Esther Perel

21:31 minutes · Filmed Mar 2015 · Posted May 2015 · TED2015

Infidelity is the ultimate betrayal. But can a relationship recover? Relationship therapist Esther Perel examines why people cheat, and unpacks why affairs are so traumatic: because they threaten our emotional security.

In infidelity, she sees something unexpected — an expression of longing and loss. A must-watch for anyone who has ever cheated or been cheated on, or who simply wants a new framework for understanding how we love.   [click link below to view the video] Continue reading

A Few Beautiful Thoughts About Life – By Rishika Jain’s Inspirations

A Few Beautiful Thoughts About Life

It’s a hard life sometimes, but a life in which happiness is possible is also beautiful, and the path to a beautiful life is paved with beautiful thoughts, beautiful outlooks, that bring a smile and spread happiness to others. I hope you enjoy these words of inspiration

life thoughts

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The Souls of Black Folk – by W. E. B. Du Bois + videos

W. E. B. Du Bois

APRIL 24, 2015 – http://worldisafrica.org/2015/04/24/the-souls-of-black-folk-by-w-e-b-du-bois/

The Souls of Black Folk –  by W. E. B. Du Bois

“Herein lie buried many things which, if read with patience, may show the strange meaning of being black here in the dawning of the 20th century. This meaning is not without interest to you, Gentle Reader; for the problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line”.

 This prophecy may have seemed far-fetched when first published in 1903, but it was to prove more and more compelling as the century advanced. Its author was WEB du Bois, the greatest of the early civil-rights leaders, a figure of towering significance in American politics and letters, whose life and work are – alas – little known on this side of the Atlantic.  Continue reading

With Confucius: Morality is Heaven! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

With Confucius: Morality is Heaven!

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Confucius

Confucius

We met at Hyde Park in London. We were from different worlds. He was Confucius, teacher and educator who is known for his lessons on propriety, virtue  and morality. I was a transplant. My ancestors went from India to the Caribbean and many of us are now part of a second indenture in which questions of identity, inclusion and outsidership are constantly asked and debated.

We sat on an elongated bench that overlooked the pond and the sounds of the Sunday soapboxes filled the air. The speakers bawled about every injustice imaginable and one man in a red suit called for the end to the world. This brought a short applause from a nearby group and a smile from Confucius. Continue reading

A Government of National Unity is the Best Solution for Guyana – By Dr. David Hinds

A Government of National Unity is the Best Solution for Guyana

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

The APNU/AFC coalition is campaigning on a promise of a Government of National Unity (GNU).

The APNU campaigned on it in 2011. Everywhere the message was enthusiastically embraced by Guyanese people of all races and classes. Above all it was embraced by the young people. This simple but powerful message of national unity and reconciliation provides Guyanese with the opportunity to once and for all break out of the political prisons in which we have been trapped since 1955. In voting for a GNU, Guyanese are voting directly for a solution to our problems of political and racial division.

The PPP, the WPA and the PNC at different times in the past have embraced the idea of a GNU. Now the AFC has embraced it. The political crisis brought on by 23 years of PPP misrule can be corrected by a government that includes all of the representatives of the people. Continue reading

Important Facts to remember as you grow older

Important facts to remember as you grow older

Lee Kuan Yew: Father of Singapore – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Lee Kuan Yew: Father of Singapore

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Lee_Kuan_Yew in 2002

Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew has provided the recipe for Singapore’s success. He said, ‘I am often accused of interfering in the private lives of citizens. Yes, if I did not, had I not done that, we wouldn’t be here today. And I say without the slightest remorse, that we wouldn’t be here, we would not have made economic progress, if we had not intervened on very personal matters-who your neighbor is, how you live, the noise you make, how you spit, or what language you use. We decide what is right. Never mind what people think.’

Lee Kuan Yew led Singapore for more than thirty years and his passing prompted many world leaders to pay their respects to him. President Barack Obama called him a ‘true giant of history and the father of modern Singapore. ’ David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, spoke of Mr. Lee and Margaret Thatcher in the same vein, as great state persons that were committed to change.  Continue reading

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