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Why It is Important to Be Determined–How One Coach & Football Team Did for Self

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The Photo above is One of My Father’s Championship Football Teams back in the early 1950’s in Florida.

Coach Samuel Keith Turner (Chief)

Some real legends have come out of Jerkins High in Perry, Florida. Not only did they excel as players—they excelled as men contributing to the community as fathers, husbands, teachers, principals over schools, business owners, preachers, coaches. Chief/Daddy not only coached them on football—he talked to them about being men. I love what Denzel did with “Remember The Titans” as an actor. His role as the real coach reminds me of Dad. I love what he did with “The Great Debaters” as director. I love what he does with period pieces. It is my goal to get this material in book form, and write a screenplay.

The community was close knit. Black people looked out for each other, worked together well. Made things work—even with little. I love to hear the players tell of how Jerkins did not have a football field.

Well, they had one, but every time you made a tackle, you came up with sandy-spurs all over your body. There was not that much grass on the field. Bleachers were not present—or if they were—not really nothing to really speak of. They had been trying to get funding from school board to get stands and field done. Well, enough of that. Chief said, “Men, we are going to make a field.” And that is just what they did. So instead of PE class and coming to class in shorts and T-shirt, the guys came with jeans and ready to cut down trees—sawing and cutting. They cut trees after football practice too. They even came across a gopher, and killed it, and cooked a gopher stew. The players named the Field “Turner’s Field.” A people will never be free, until they do for self, first. If you got to ask for the means for freedom, you will never get it. We are not children as a people. We are men and women, just like any other group of people. And until we start acting like it, and living like it—we ain’t going nowhere as a people. We are brilliant as a people, once we put our minds on a mission, unite, & get it done.

KT
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Youth Reading Mastery Questions for Parents

Who takes time to sit down & listen to their children/teens read?

Do they have voice inflection, cadence, and understanding of what they read?

Do you ask them questions from the reading material?

Do you have them give you oral/written reading reports?

Don’t let your children/teens be complacent readers.

Actively engage your children when it comes to reading. Other wise, they will be surface readers.

Reading Mastery is So Much More than Calling Out Words.

KT
7/7/2017
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Why Complain of Youth’s Low Reading Scores–When Reading Basics are Weak?

What is the reading material the children scores are based on?

Who will teach tools & techniques to reading mastery? Figurative Language, Author’s Intent, Inferences, Context Clues, Prefixes, Root Words, Suffixes, Close Reading, etc.?

Children are held accountable for scores on standardized tests & most times, it is not certain if they have been given the reading tools & techniques in detail.

Look into the records of the students, those low scores didn’t come out of the middle of nowhere. The reading struggling didn’t just pop out the ground.

Most times, children are given boring reading material, and they are expected to be hyped up about it.

What do they have a passion for? That is the key to unlock mediocre reading scores.

The brain is a muscle & it must be constantly exercised. If not, it gets out of shape. Flabby.

Poems, Song Lyrics, Quotes, Proverbs, Short Essays, etc are very powerful when it comes to students mastering reading. Break the class down in a circle or semi-circle & let the students read out loud. Some will read better than others. Students will laugh. At first. But, the teacher or reading coach must say, “don’t laugh too quick, because all of you are going to have to read aloud. We are going around the circle.”

See how long the laughing last. That is going to be knocked off real quick.

Some of the fast readers might not comprehend as well as the slow readers. In that case, the fast readers are more of an entertainer. Sometimes, the slow readers comprehend better than the speedy rabbit readers.

Everybody will read the same text in the circle. Nobody knows if they will be called next. You think they are going to goof off? Nope. Too much embarrassment, if they are caught looking out the window at squirrels or something. They will pay attention.

The teacher/parent/reading coach must know the material inside out & outside in. That way, they will be able to ask questions right on the spot or after a student gets through reading.

Anyone can answer the question asked. The more these type settings happen, the more young people are inspired to be master readers.

Some days, you go over prefixes, suffixes & root words. Etymology. The origin of words.

Go over Greek & Latin, French, Old English, Spanish. Then, they will have a solid understanding of the core of the English Language.

Have the Youth Breakdown Poems & Song Lyrics. Ask them about the stories in the poems & songs & ask them have they had similar experiences.

Reading Mastery is no Cookie Cutter Template. It takes hardwork to see a rise in Reading Scores. It takes sacrifice on students & the adults part.

Who is willing to turn the difficult soil over?

KT
8/10/2017
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Why School is Only 180 Degrees of Education–Home & Trade Education Complete the 360 Circumference

4,5,6 year olds doing Algebra & Geometry & Reading 2-3 Grade Levels Above & Teenagers Learning Trades gets less Attention from Adults than a Pro Sports Game or Music Awards Night or Reality Show or Holidays where Adults can Barbeque & Play Music & have A Good Time.

While all that go on, children & teens are getting their confidence broken in classrooms, not understanding math word problems, not doing well in standardized tests, not able to relate their education to the real world, can’t explain math steps on the board in front of the class, not really understanding their homework, and many things that don’t have their parents full attention.

Children & Teens are exposed to material much earlier than previous generations. Many are getting very frustrated with school.

Without trades, even honor roll students will be at a disadvantage. Only reason I bring up honor roll students is because most people think they good to go with great grades. Without trade knowledge, they too are at a disadvantage.

Trades. What can you use your mind & hands to invent, create, build, manufacture & produce?
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***—>>> Will your child/children–teens have trades when they graduate from high school?

Are you fine with them only having book knowledge knowledge?

Are you fine with them not having a trade or trades & not being able to use their minds & hands to create, invent, manufacture & produce?

Are you fine with them not being able to apply their education to the real world?

KT
2016
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Lets Have Some Fun–Lets Play Youth Educational Challenge Championships

We should strive to be Fans of Youth Education.

Throw some youth think tank parties, tailgate & throw some barbecue chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs on the grill with drinks & play some good music.

Lets get excited in the barbershops & beauty salons & neighborhoods & homes & everywhere else about youth education & trades & black history & technology.

Bring the children. Have Multiplication Superbowls, Spelling Bee Superbowls, Reading, Math & Science Superbowls.

Lets have some fun…lets play, lets play Youth Educational Challenge Championships.

KT
2016
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