Finding The American Dream

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What is the American Dream? Why can’t we achieve it? Every day we wake up and 80% of the people in America dread going to work. We work our whole lives to position ourselves to do what it is that we want to do and yet 80% of us are still unsatisfied with working the hours we have too.

I went to college for 4 years and got a degree in political science. I was sure I wanted to be a lawyer. It would have probably been a great move right out of college but my experiment at professional football failed miserably and by the time I returned to school things had changed for me. Continue reading

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Closing The Gap

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The world is getting crazier by the day. Too many people take for granted things that benefit them the most. They don’t capitalize on their rights to vote and they take their education for granted.

Access is extremely hard to come by in most instances. Getting the right to vote and obtaining quality education are not to be take for granted. Americans have fought viciously for the rights to do these things and yet generations of people have taken them for granted.

It’s time that we do whatever it takes to close some of the gaps that we have in society. There is a significant gap in economic conditions in American society. The only way to close that gap is to elect people that provide a platform for education and job advancement. The only way to qualify for that type of advancement is to be educationally prepared to make a difference. So step up and be a part of the solution and stop contributing to the alleged status quo.

In order to close the gap, there’s work to be done. Let’s get out and do it.

Fading To Black

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Last week was dark for me. It rained every day but one last week and the police killed a few more black men in the United States. It’s just so confusing to me how we can disarm a person who bombs half of New York and take them in safely but we can’t take an unarmed black man into custody without putting a few bullet holes in his chest from point blank range.

I was in dire need of a respite but work called. Now I’m a little tired but I feel like work usually keeps me busy enough that my wheels don’t spin more than they should. If you know me and you’ve ever seen me, I get this look and you can tell that my mind is moving 100 miles per minute. I arrived at work today optimistic about having a good day until I started today’s lesson.

Today we looked at Census Data and population trends to help us understand how various demographics vote during elections. Population trends of course help us prepare for things we need to have in the future. We made it through the major demographics of people and one of my students picked up on something that I was hoping that I wouldn’t have to address.  Continue reading

A Struggle That I Am Okay With

How many of you are near the age of thirty and you still aren’t sure if you are doing what you want to do in life. I pride myself on being a self explorer and every venture in my life leads me to another decision on whether I am doing the things in life that I want to be doing.

I entered the working world pretty young as growing up in a single parent home usually requires. I have held down many jobs and I can clearly say that some people in life work harder for their money than you could ever imagine.

Every day you ask yourself, how much more I want to do before I settle on something that I can do for the rest of my life. When I try to quantify this with reasoning I usually end up asking myself am I happy with what I do.

My first job was as a landscape engineer (a fancy way of saying grass sewer) for a house building company when I was twelve years old. All I did was walk behind a tractor and drop seeds. To me it was easy money but for most it was too hot to do and they didn’t want anything to do with it. I was making ten dollars an hour so it was never to hot for me to do. It was either that or work in the tobacco fields with family and friends for four dollars an hour less. That was a no brainer to me.

I knew at an early age that manual labor wasn’t for me. The summer before my freshman year of college I worked in a factory with my sister. She had been with the company for nearly fifteen years and got me a pretty good job with the company. The people there loved me. They loved their job and it was one big happy place. Honestly the only real down side of the place was me working there. I knew I couldn’t go manual labor my whole life so it just wasn’t going to work for me. When I went to college, I vowed never to return to that type of job again. So far I have been able to hold up my end of that deal.

After college, professional sports came a calling and I gave it a shot. I had many opportunities but I couldn’t stick anywhere I went due to injury or guys were just more experienced and often times just better than me. I later returned to my college town to find a gig in my field and to my surprise there wasn’t a lot of action. I even took a job at a retail store in the mall because I refused to go back home and work in that factory.

Less than half a year passed and I decided to re enroll in school and get a higher degree. When that happened I also accepted a job as an assistant college football coach at my alma mater. I worked hard at my craft often way into the night as I was reenergized to be around the sport that I loved with such passion. Although I was doing the work I wanted to do I was even more happy to be getting an advanced degree in education. It might seem simple but teaching was something that I had dreamed I would be doing one day.

After seven years as a coach I grew tired of the hours and decided that I would put that education degree to the test. I found a job teaching middle school children and it seemed like that was the future for me. The more I taught them, the more I realized that I needed a stronger challenge so after two years I moved on to the high school level and began working on a PhD in History.

I have been doing the teaching thing for a while now.. Lot’s of years in the game. However now I feel like there is another path that I should be traveling. I do part time work as a television host. I also do sports commentary and write for several well organized sports blogs. Not that either of those should be a full time job, but I feel like I have a lot to offer and that I am spinning my wheels in my current profession.

I feel like I have done all I can do in the field of education. However the job situation that is out there isn’t conducive to just walking away from a steady job and hop on board something that isn’t guaranteed.

Day after day I go to a job that used to complete me but it has a few missing pieces that I need to feel adequate. The kids are the brightest part of my day as they are sponges who absorb so much and often times they surprise me with their thirst for knowledge. However completing my feelings seems to be the factor that needs to be addressed. Maybe that is why I do the things I do on the side. Maybe they are there to make me feel better about my situation as a whole.

I thank God for all that I have been given and embrace this struggle within myself that I am personally okay with. If I should spend the rest of my life as an educator I am okay with that. Its rewarding and I am giving all of myself to the future. In fact maybe it is a Struggle That I Am Okay With.