I am giving away free tutoring. Who has kids would need a good supplement to public school? Started the day with the following Facebook post, “In flow with teaching today. Feels good. Sort of feel like a musician in that I have to play and read a crowd of teenagers.” So, today I decided to put all the chips into Christianity and came to the conclusion that I absolutely with unwavering dedication believe in the God of Abraham. I felt blood warm adrenaline rush in this decision. My years of hard work studying science, religion, and service opportunities crystallized. I am going to educate the body and mind of poor youth. I am starting a Saturday school that is personally funded for now. Since intentional communities target beachhead markets, the Saturday school will be run as a start-up intentional community. The Saturday school will strive to be financially independent in 5 years. The name of the start-up is InnerLight Enlightenment. The concept behind InnerLight Enlightenment’s Saturday school is to education the next generation of elite children from the ‘hood. Competition will be fierce, women will be equal to men, the budget will be crowdfunded and via donations, and God will be worshiped via creating the solution to climate change, obliterating Capitalism in favor of the Gift Economy. I want to make money obsolete, and climate change is the single biggest threat to life on earth. The idea that the Earth is a limitless a commodity must be destroyed and replaced by an old idea. The Earth is sacred. Why not have the next generation solve the problem that their parents created in burning fossil fuels?
It is time to get to work on my technology plans for the school, lesson plans for the next 6 months of instruction. I have all the equipment for my life’s work, work on the school. The Saturday school will be a Christian ecumenical interfaith ministry funded via the Church, the Mosque, and the Temple. A place like the Opportunity Hub or a local church will be the site of the school as all good schools have been founded. Going to hit the Black and refugee Church and beat the Boston Brahmans at their own game. I hate money, but to educate today you need it. Do not give it away. Make money by earning it. The school will emphasize business and innovation. The first lessons will be done this Christmas. I feel a great deal of pride in stating that I will be working on starting my own Saturday school for brilliant impoverished motivated teens during Christmas. The truth about public school is that it does not educate creativity needed to solve hard problems, at least in its current incarnation. However, it is free and that is good. The trick is to teach inside the void. These are the keys to that work to perfectly do the best job at teaching in any situation.
What would you do with 30 tablets, a server, and a Berkeley Ph.D. to teach impoverished African-American youth how to get into MIT? Start by teaching them to code by Chief Keef as a start. Please help me fill in the rest. What do you think would turn a digital consumer into a digital creator? I think kids today need to be trained how to become digital creators, not digital consumers. Please pray that the money and time I invest in 30 tablets for my classroom creates an environment for generating grant money for my kids. I have already invested $2000 in a projector, a Lego robotics kit, a set of loud Klipsch speakers, and books for the business and science and technology side of the project. It is time to capitalize on my years of education. I have studied my entire life to be an outsider. I am a dark horse outside the ivory tower. I see the inequity of it all, the American education system. I feel the Spirit is more powerful that money, but to build one needs cash within reason. However, vision is the nucleus as this figure shows. I believe I have all three traits.
I am going to be networking with powerful business people and educators in Atlanta to raise awareness and funding for the project. My adviser at Emory always said, “Lead with the data.” The start-up seed from my own savings is the data collector. I need to find an elite set of first pupils to groom into world class intellectuals with a heart for the poor. Your prayers are appreciated. If you are interested in helping Facebook message me. In God, anything is possible. The text about starting a business states that I need to focus on market segmentation now. The text entitled “Disciplined Entrepreneurship” encapsulates 24 steps taught in an MIT course on start-up businesses. The first two steps are market segmentation and finding a beachhead market. These two steps are two absolutely foci the next few weeks. I feel a great sense of clarity as I work on this idea. It is sort of a capstone to a chapter of searching. I need to develop skills in the public school classroom for teaching. Teaching hard to teach students is the best training to teach the elite. If you can motivate the unmotivated you can create an Athens with the brilliant.
I believe in the public school system, and work very hard within it to promote the cause of a free and accessible education for everyone. My InnerLight Enlightenment Saturday school is designed to help those in public school with learning the skills necessary to thrive after school ends. I dream of creating a seamless connection between the Georgia Performance Standards, Common Core curriculum, and the material taught within the fold of InnerLight Enlightenment’s Saturday school. The concept of constructionism and constructivism are guiding philosophies behind the lesson in InnerLight Enlightenment’s work. The hope behind the school is that we can take normal public school students and all the strengths and weaknesses of a normal public school serving those in need, the poor, and the uneducated (by M.I.T., Harvard, CalTech, Stanford, and Berkeley standards) and transform the participants in the school into students with V-12 minds with the skills to make real their dreams.
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