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FortyGirl…that’s me! This blog is about a Christian wife, mother and educator who is working on being a better person. This is my very own personal self-improvement journey! I will share my successes, situations (so much better than saying challenges), and any other funny or serious issues that will come up along the way. I am an educator who absolutely believes we MUST be life-long learners…that is what keeps us young! So, the journey begins…here we go….

Patriotism…My Thoughts

Where do I start? I was born on an Air Force base, and was reared proudly as an Air Force Brat. I guess you could say my patriotism was instilled in me at birth. I have great respect for our country, our flag, our freedoms, in other words, all things patriotic. I am proud to be an American! What does that mean exactly?

What is scary is that there seems to be quite a bit of complacency in our country, especially among our youth. We seem to be used to the freedoms that we have, that we have just come to expect that they will never be taken away. Well, turn on the television, radio, open the newspaper, check-out Twitter, the Internet or any social media forum and you will see what is going on in the world today. Frankly, it is downright scary! Now, I do not want to live my life in fear, or teach my son to live his life in fear, but I do believe we cannot live with blinders on, refusing to take a look at what is going on around the world.

That being said, let’s come back to patriotism. I am amazed at the different events I have gone to and people don’t quit talking, texting, simply remain silent during our National Anthem.  What about voting? Voter turnout is not what it used to be, yes, they, whoever they really is, say it has improved somewhat, but let’s face it…we need more than somewhat. We are a democracy, and we must get involved, vote, let our voice be heard on all issues American. I have told people over and over again who gripe about a political figure or any issue that was voted on, if you did not vote you do not have a right to gripe.

Our country is under attack, and we are too busy battling with each other in our own country to realize that is exactly what the enemy attacking our country wants us to do…fight with each other, continue to spiral under substance abuse, family breakdowns, reality television, basically, stay absorbed with ourselves. That way we are too busy to see what is going on around us.

I truly believe that patriotism is heartfelt. It is about believing in your country, fighting for your country, and not necessarily in the Armed Forces, but that is certainly patriotism. How about supporting our veterans and their families, making responsible decisions, maintaining strong family values, supporting a strong education system, showing respect to the symbols of our country, and the list goes on and on.

I appreciate all of the organizations out to help our veterans and their families. It is wonderful that we have such organizations; however, why are they even needed? Our veterans should be taken care of if they have served during wartime, in a war zone. If those men and women are injured they should not have to worry about how they are going to be taken care of. They deserve the absolute best care. The same kind of care our congress members receive and expect!

Patriotism can be demonstrated by flying a flag in your yard, wearing a patriotic t-shirt, but it takes more than that. Patriotism is a belief and behavior exhibited. Our Founding Fathers were flawed as people, who isn’t? But they were strong, and had a clear vision as to what our country, and those that call our country home, should be and the behaviors expected. Yes, our world has changed since their time, and I would say in so many ways for the better; however, the principles remain the same. It is because of those principles our country is still the best country in the world!  If you truly believe that, like I do, then make sure to show your respect to our country, for our country, and all that entails. Make sure to take the blinders off, and look around, not everyone wants us to remain the greatest country…we can not remain complacent anymore.

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Is There a Test for That?

Education is about the whole child, and testing should be more than to evaluate a teacher. If we test we should be obtaining accurate information that truly has an impact on what we teach, not just because we want something to tie to teacher evaluations.

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I love being an educator! There is no other job quite as important as being an educator. It is our responsibility as educators to educate our students to be thinkers in a globalized world. Now that is a tough job to tackle! We have new standards…Common Core, and quite frankly I am thrilled to have standards that are common around the country. As a mobile student growing up, I have gaps in my education because the standards were not common from state to state. Now, onto testing…we know we need standardized testing, and let’s face it we have always had standardized testing. A lot of great information can come from reviewing testing data, and great teachers analyze their data and make decisions about their teaching based upon their findings.

Accountability is needed. We need to know if teachers are performing adequately in the classroom. We need to know if a…

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