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Is PR for me?

2 Apr


I originally took my PR class just to fill a void and get some credit hours. Another elective that sounded good enough. I never thought it would turn out to be as fun as it is. The work is not easy but not not anxiety attack hard either. After a few tests and a larger group project that we obliterated, I figured out this field is a lot cooler and more interesting than I previously thought. 

A story I was following connected my major of Criminal Justice with my PR class. It was about a man who was tasered in his own home after relatives contacted authorities because they believed the man may hurt himself. When police arrived the man became more irritated and began to hit himself with a frying pan. I was curious about how the police would handle this so preceded on. The article took an unsuspecting turn when a minor incident turned into a larger ordeal very quickly. The police feared for their safety and the safety of the man (ironically enough) so they tased him with a standard issue police weapon. The man quickly stopped fighting back and dropped to the ground. He was unresponsive and the police switched into emergency care mode. The man was not breathing and without a pulse. CPR was administered but failed to revive the man. He died on the scene. 

The police do not always handle incidents such as these in the most PR conscientious way. They struggle with timing and transparency. Michael Brown is a prime example of this. Other incidents in history show the same thing, for example Rodney King, O.J. Simpson, etc. This made me anxious to see where this all lead and to see if more protests would result from it. I say this because the man was white and not black but still killed by the police. He was not armed with a gun but still was killed in a police altercation. 

I could not locate a large amount of information about this, maybe they wanted to keep it quite and sweep it  under the rug. Either way they did have a police spokes person release some statements. All this lead me to wonder if the police had or needed a PR person. If so maybe that be a great avenue for me to pursue. This would combine PR and criminal justice together. My professor at the time said they do not have a PR person per say but do have someone with some extra training that was an officer. The extra training was not even a guarantee. I now understand how they mess up so much. 

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Its Hard to find Chinese Currency!

26 Jan

One of my children is doing a research project on China. I was trying to locate just one Yuen, coin, or any other Chinese currency. It seemed almost impossible. I tried everything from coin shops to pawn shops. I then proceeded to call all banks local and in the big city. Still none available. I called the airport and since they are not international only a few select currencies were available.

The currency exchange in St Louis said they had no Chinese currency. If wanted to purchase some it would take seven weeks to receive. I also had to purchase at least one hundred dollars worth. With a high almost illegal exchange rate. Thanks for trying to rip me off again banks.

What is the deal with not being able to exchange just a few dollars or coins. I just it so my kid can finish her project. Well after looking and calling half across they state. I finally found some Yuan. I am looking at dynasty coins as well. Thanks to Vaughn Coins and Mike at this new shop. I will show some pictures of the money and the project at a later date check back.

Chinese Currency

Chinese Currency

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Race To The Top (Is it just another education flop)

14 Jan

Race To The Top Weblink

Last year, we set aside more than $4 billion to improve our schools — one of the largest investments in reform in our nation’s history. But we didn’t just hand this money out to states that wanted it; we challenged them to compete for it. And it’s the competitive nature of this initiative that we believe helps make it so effective. 

We laid out a few key criteria and said if you meet these tests, we’ll reward you by helping you reform your schools.  First, we encouraged states to adopt more challenging standards that will actually prepare our kids for college and their careers. We also encouraged schools to adopt better assessments — not just one-size-fits-all approaches — to measure what our kids know and what they’re able to do.

Second, we urged schools and school districts to make sure we have excellent principals leading our schools and great teachers leading our classes by promoting rigorous plans to develop and evaluate teachers and principals and by rewarding their success. 

Third, we urged states to use cutting-edge data systems to track a child’s progress throughout their academic career, and to link that child’s progress to their teachers so we know what’s working and what’s not working in the classroom. 

Fourth, we encouraged states to show a stronger commitment to turning around some of their lowest-performing schools. And even before states have received a single dime of taxpayer money, many of them have committed to instituting important reforms to better position themselves for a Race to the Top grant. Forty-eight states have now joined a nationwide partnership to develop a common set of rigorous, career-ready standards in reading and math. Wisconsin has enacted legislation permitting schools to link student achievement to the performance of teachers and principals. 

In Illinois, Louisiana, Tennessee, California, we’ve seen changes in laws or policies to let public charter schools expand and succeed. These are public schools with more independence that are formed by teachers, parents, and community members. So by rewarding some of these states submitting applications today, by extending the Race to the Top for states, by launching a Race to the Top among school districts, and by applying the principles of Race to the Top to other federal programs, we’ll build on this success. We’re going to raise the bar for all our students and take bigger steps towards closing the achievement gap that denies so many students, especially black and Latino students, a fair shot at their dreams” President Obama

Wiki RTTT Article

So is this another flop program that will fail as No Child Left Behind did? I thought that Federal Government was going to take a step back. Leave education to the state and local levels. This seems to be a move in the opposite direction. Let’s see how the new congress handles everything. Will they continue to go over board with spending and only cut what they want.
Link To No Child Left Behind Pages

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