Monthly Archives: February 2014

Rules needed for Religious Groups…

…to stem moral decay within.

imagesCAVSV2PA

The level of immorality in the leadership of the church and the Mosque today appears alarming. It is not yet clear whether the rise in reported and verified cases of men of the cloth caught with their pants down, or otherwise engaged in various acts of sin, represent an increase in incidences, or a society that is more open and less willing to sweep such matters under the carpet.

Pastors , Muslim clerics and any other religious leaders, because of the high level of trust accorded to them by the nature of their calling — or choice of profession — are generally held in high esteem by their public, and as such hold a position of trust. This is increasingly so especially in Prince George’s County and around the world where religious institutions are demanding their own charter schools with government funding.

Morality is a very personal thing, and so efforts to control it through legal means are more or less futile. Pastors and Imams are also human and subject to the same temptations their flock face on a daily basis. But that alone is not reason enough to excuse their behaviour since they hold positions of great trust, and are in effect the “moral police” of the church and the Mosques for those who are Muslims.

For far too long the church and the Mosques took a very lenient view of the sexual and financial misdemeanours of their clergy and Muslim clerics, and it appears they have gotten away with it.

But perhaps a bigger problem for the church in general and the Mosque is the fact that anyone can start a ministry and set themselves up as a pastor or Imam. The law does not stop anyone who has not gone through proper theological training and screening from setting up a church or a Mosque in the United States or elsewhere around the world.

Because of this, many men and women with murky backgrounds have discovered an easy way to riches and fame through the Bible or the Koran. Drunk with the level of trust desperate Americans and other citizens of the world have placed in them — believing that they hold the key that would lift them out of extreme poverty — some have gone further to indulge in their sexual fantasies involving various persons.

It may be time for the church and the Muslim scholars to sit down and agree on the minimum requirements for one to start and operate a ministry, church or Mosque etc.

This may sound extreme, but unless there are clear standards for registration of churches and Mosques, and some level of oversight in many parts of the world including Prince George’s County, the door remains open for all manner of charlatans to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and prophet Muhammad, while leading souls astray behind the scenes. We are witnessing this problem here in Maryland and around the globe. Religious institutions are important in peoples’ lives whether we are Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus etc. As human beings, we should not let them be destroyed in our watch for the sake of the future generations.

###

Bristol-Cathedral-in-England

Elegant-Mosque

 

Maxwell hires Shawn Joseph…

…as deputy school superintendent for Prince George’s County.

shawn%20joseph

Dr. Shawn Joseph- Deputy school superintendent Academics

Prince George’s County Schools Chief Kevin M. Maxwell has hired a former school superintendent from Delaware to serve as deputy superintendent, signaling that Maxwell has not finished assembling his new executive cabinet.

Shawn Joseph, who served as the superintendent for the Seaford School District for two years, is making a return to the Washington region and will work closely with Dr. Monique Whittington Davis, the Deputy Superintendent of Schools. Previously Dr. Maxwell also appointed Mr. George H. Margolies, pictured below, to serve as Chief of Staff. In the role as chief of Staff, Mr. Margolies serves as the district’s primary liaison to the Board of Education, and oversees General Counsel and the Office of Communications among other responsibilities.   It is our hope that these appointments will bring proper changes to the Prince George’s County School District without any further delay or cover ups, as well as help save the mother ship from sinking. >>> Read more Washington Post

###

imagesCA0GEK7N

CEO – Dr. Kevin Maxwell

d7f981aa4c47476dbd9f17845bac404e

Dr. Monique Whittington Davis – Deputy Superintendent of Schools

527d36d4cb445_image

Mr. George H. Margolies – Chief of Staff

###

imagesCAN2S002

PGCPS_LOGO

FBI appeals for public’s help in ferreting out..

… public corruption in Northern Virginia

 j-edgar-hoover-fbi-building-photo-thanks-to-flickr-user-cliff1066

The FBI took the unusual step of asking for the public’s assistance in corruption cases on Tuesday, in a news release that listed the  Washington Field Office’s telephone hotline and an e-mail address for tips.

In the release, the agency called public corruption its “number one criminal investigative priority” and said it was especially interested in ferreting it out in Northern Virginia. The agency said many of its corruption cases begin with tips and asked anyone with information to call a special Northern Virginia Public Corruption Hotline at 703-686-6225 or send an e-mail to NOVAPC@ic.fbi.gov.

“Public corruption is often the result of agreements made in whispered conversations and sealed with quick handshakes,” the FBI said in its release. “The secretive nature of the crime makes it difficult to detect without the assistance of concerned citizens.”

The release was unusual in that it was not tethered to any specific case, thought it did  highlight a few cases that have made their way through the federal courthouse in Alexandria.

In one such case, several people admitted running a scheme through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to get authentic state IDs for illegal immigrants. In others, volunteer fire officials admitting taking money from their department coffers. >>> Read more Washington Post

###

6936750_orig

NorthernVirginia

Essential Sacrifice for self, Country, Future.

20130620-5193_Blog

Sacrifice is essential in our lives, we actually win by sacrifice, but we must be careful what type of sacrifice we make- People who are willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and loses both. Take for instance a person who bribes with money or flattery to gain favors or a woman who uses her body to gain favors or get promoted, such sacrifices leads one into a loser eventually. Any sacrifice that goes against sound morals and virtues, is a sin. For Example, Flawed procurement process, irregular hiring of public officials and poor management of public funds as witnessed here in Prince George’s County  have the risk of grinding Prince George’s County’s economy to a halt.

As we begin this week, lawsuits filed in Federal court highlight high levels of corruption and discrimination within the county and the state level. Some of these unethical practices continues to occur despite the lawsuits both at the County and the state central levels of the school systems according to the information received recently by concerned employees. The anonymous concerned Personnel now warn that the disregard of the law by public officials at the State and local levels of Government could have dire effects on the State and County economy many years to come. Persistent issues of under-development; high unemployment rate, increasing inequality, poverty and high inflationary pressures continue to impact negatively on the economy locally.

Success achieved through exploitation of the poor, oppressed or ignorant, is injustice and is sinful. When it is necessary to succeed in order to feed insatiable greed or lust, such success deserves to be rebuked. Success is noblest when it leaves you with the self-respect that you have been a good steward of life, morals, virtues, liberties, possibilities and opportunities that God offered to you.

The single quality that more than anything else identifies those who succeed is patience.

Impatient dreamers will look for painless shortcuts and cheap discounts on the price of success and fail to spot the expedient paths, unknowing, impatient dreamers will too often, too easily and too painfully turn away from the divine dream. Later when its too late they will discover that in choosing the painless, easy road they were in fact going down a primrose path to boredom, shame, emptiness, failure, poverty. If only they had not been afraid of the discipline that the dream demanded.

The merge of the Prince George’s County government to control the county school system via hybrid Board of Education led by a CEO, without enough checks and balances while controlling over a billion dollar budget have raised pertinent questions in meeting constitutional provisions.

###

untitled

nasa-shuttle-launch-3_sm2

Space shuttle Atlantis during liftoff

USA: 25 charged in fraud involving home care in DC…

…many from Prince George’s County

327528

WASHINGTON (AP) – Twenty-five people were charged Thursday with obtaining at least $75 million in fraudulent Medicaid payments from the District of Columbia government, a series of cases that federal prosecutors said added up to the largest health-care fraud in the city’s history. >>>Read more WTOP  CBS  See >>VIDEO

###

untitled

The 6 People Who Taught the World…

…How To Teach

word-cloud

Educators today often use a variety of pedagogical styles. Some are old, some are new(er), and some folks are out there innovating and trying new stuff of their own creation. While most teachers out there are probably piecing together a little bit of something with a touch of something else – different strokes for different folks, right? – There are some folks out there that we have to thank for some of the more common concrete pedagogical styles.

Many of us are familiar with the pedagogical concepts, but the people behind them are often less well-known. Take a look at the information below – it highlights six individuals that have made major contributions to what we modern people know as pedagogy. Keep reading to learn more.

The People of Pedagogy

Many of you have probably heard of their work, but you may not know about the person behind the pedagogy. Here’s a quick bit of information gathered on six contributors to pedagogy.

Lev Vygotsky

The Zone of Proximal Development distinguishes what a learner can do with and without help, eventually leading to the notion of scaffolding.

Jean Piaget

The Theory Of Cognitive Development articulates the mind’s typical stages of growth. It helps to understand student’s perspectives and understand what is needed to advance their learning.

Jerome Bruner

Bruner coined the term ‘scaffolding‘ as he conducted cognitive and developmental studies in psychology. Understanding how the mind works helps guide instructional design.

Benjamin Bloom

Although he didn’t create the now-famous Bloom’s Taxonomy, he did the vital work of studying and classifying stages in pursuit of mastery learning.

Howard Gardner

Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences describes various forms of mental capacity (not to be confused with the ever-polarizing topic of learning styles!). Its a framework that describes patterns of how information is processed (not how it is initially acquired).

Erik Erikson

Erikson’s Theory of Psychosocial Development serves as a roadmap of the eight stages a typical person follows as they develop. These stages give insight into student’s driving impulses at each stage of their education.

###

wordle