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My name is Ian. I'm calm, collected and laid-back. I like to make people laugh and I'm somehow addicted to the feeling of making the people I care about happy. I'm classically trained in the art of being a Gentleman. I believe that chivalry is not dead. Women are beautiful. I write, read often, sketch from time to time, and listen to plenty of music. I'm currently a college student at a public university studying biology with a minor in spanish. This little piece of internet space I call mine is simply a home to thoughts, pictures, music, and whatever else seems to inspire me, make me laugh, and make me think. Any questions? I'll offer my advice on anything you ask.
Marriage should be between a man and a woman only just like black people should go to the back to get their food and to separate water fountain to get water and to the back of the bus to get a seat… just like women shouldn’t be able to earn as much as male coworkers, must always submit to men, and can never break the glass ceiling… just like if they dress “sexy” they were asking for it, just like if they get drunk, it was consenting sex. Human rights and common decency and respect are no different, NO MATTER WHO IS INVOLVED. I’m a born again Christian, a believer of God, and ALWAYS a defender of those judged and condemned by unscrupulous people who know no better.
Shawn Rux took over as principal of MS 53, a New York City middle school, last year. At the time, 50 or 60 kids were absent every day. You could understand why they stayed away: The school was chaos.
Twenty-two teachers had quit, the entire office staff had quit, and hundreds of kids had been suspended. The school was given a grade of F from the city’s department of education.
“It was in a bad place,” Rux says.
Rux decided he needed to create incentives for kids to come to school. Incentives that were more obvious to middle-school kids than, “If you come to school you’ll be better off 20 years from now.”
He handed out raffle tickets to anyone who showed up to school on time. One of the prizes was an Xbox. And he threw in an element of randomness: The first kids in line when the doors opened might get 20 tickets.
It worked. Kids started showing up early.
“It was … like, ‘Get out of my way, I’m trying to get into school,’ ” Rux says. “It was nice.”
Rux also created his own currency. He called it Rux Bux. Teachers hand them out when kids are well behaved. They can be traded in for school supplies, or special lunches. A sixth-grader named Wander Rodriguez is trying to save up 5,000 Rux Bux — enough for a personal shopping spree with Rux.
The principal also stands outside school every morning, greeting the students as they show up. This recognition is another, subtler incentive to come to school.
“I like this school,” Wander Rodriguez says. “They treat me like home, they treat me nice, they always give me stuff. … They always say ‘hi’ in the mornings.”
The school went from an F to a C. Daily attendance went up to over 90 percent. Then the hurricane hit.
The school is in Far Rockaway, Queens — one of the areas hardest hit by the storm. Some kids’ homes were destroyed. One student who stayed at home through the storm told a teacher, “My apartment complex was in the middle of the ocean.” Rux’s car was destroyed. The first floor of his house was flooded.
After the storm, after school started up again, Rux’s goal was to get attendance back to 90 percent. Every day, his staff texts him the attendance numbers. The day I visited last week, 89.2 percent of students attended school. Close, but not close enough for Rux.
The storm has been tough on everyone, he says. But that’s no excuse. Kids have to be in school.
Wright’s Law: A Unique Teacher Imparts Real Life Lessons
Teachers like this make education an unforgettable experience. They find ways to capture your attention, make you ask questions, and in the midst of it all, sneak in little gems of life, little life lessons that change or enhance your perspective on life. Teachers like this inspire greatness on all fronts, be it academic, humanitarian, spiritual, whatever.
This is a homeless guy who lives on a bridge in Dublin City. Last week his rabbit was grabbed from him and thrown into the river below.. the River Liffey. Which is one of the most horrible rivers in Ireland. Therabbit hit the water this guy was already hurdling off the bridge and towards the freezing river to save her. After hitting the water and successfully locating her, he proceeding to pump air back into her, making her regain consciousness and basically come back to life. I was talking to him today along with another woman and she asked “Why in the name of God did you jump into the water? Did you not think about it?!” and straight away he replied with “No. I didn’t stop to think. I just jumped. It was an instinct.. I needed to save her.”
This man comes into my job almost every day with a free frosty coupon. He’s homeless, and he’s also of the nicest homeless people that come here. He just made me want to hug him when I saw him mixing ice in what was left of his frosty, just to have a bit more. Smh, I’m giving him another free one. This is saddening me, seriously. I went up to him and offered him one, he smiled and said “naahh” I said you sure? Is there anything I can help you with? He laughed and shook his head in a polite way. One of the most humble people to come through here… Every other one is usually rude, and angry. But this man still keeps his joy. This tells me I should never have a reason to frown, if he can still manage to smile.
People like these. They make me want to hug them tight. I have the urge to cry everytime I see people who are eating alone in the mall or everywhere. It breaks my heart, seriously.