Category Archives: Trades

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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How About Spending Time Talking to the Young People about the Real World

Most people, after High School are out on their own. A few people might win scholarships—either through sports or good grades.

These people are very few. People are pushed out into a hard, cold—heartless world—real fast.

For years, they have dreamed of being out own their own. Maybe not. They might have been scared to go out into the wide world.

No matter what they feel about life after High School—that is it.

They are considered grown. Yet, many times they are not even properly prepared to deal with the world mentally, spiritually, financially, skill wise, trade wise, technical wise, know how wise—or any other way.

How many grown people have spent time talking to the young people of the real world? How much true talk—no matter how startling it might be—has transpired between the old and the young?

Young people need to be taught skills, trades, crafts, and many other things. They should be talked to about job situations they might be in once they get out on their own. How will certain situations be handled at work? How will they deal with bosses that might be hard to get along with? What strategies will they use to get around obstacles at work?

Do the young people know how to make a resume? Do they know how to conduct themselves in an interview?

Reality talks from older people prepares the youth for adulthood.

KT
2017
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3 Ways a Relevant Education is Way More Beneficial Than Rote School Learning & Wishful Thinking

1) Make sure your children & teens have trades. Something they can use their brains & hands to build something, invent something & manufacture something.
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2) Paperback & Hardback Books in a Technology Age

There is nothing like a Paperback & Hardback Book.

Many publishers having to compete with what’s going on in the Tech World. Writers are starting to put out their own books, cutting out the Middle Man. Keeping Money in their own pockets.

Readers not spending on physical books like they used to. Many readers now reading books for cheaper on digital devices and can carry a whole library of books on a digital devices. Thus reading more.

White Screen Nooks & Kindles -vs-Color Nooks, Kindles, Ipads & Samsung Tablets for Reading

The Amazon Kindles are Great. The Ipads are Great. The Samsung Tablets are Great. The Barnes and Noble Nooks are Great. They all have Color Screens. Important for Apps & Videos Viewing.

But, if you are a Hardcore Reader, go for the Nooks & Kindles with the White Screens. The Battery Life is Much Better. Maybe 2X-3X Better. You can Read on them without Glares & in any kind of Lighting without tilting the Monitor a Certain Way to get Better Lighting. The Color Monitors are Very difficult to Read Outside in Sunlight. Many times, you have to adjust the Brightness level on Color Screens.

Overall, the White Screen Nooks & Kindles are a Better Reading Experience, Less Strain on Your Eyes & Better Battery Life.

In many ways, it is the closest we will get to Reading a Physical Book in A Digital Age.

2014
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3) Relevant Education on Many Levels

School is not enough for Youth. They must learn trades. Jobs ain’t knocking on doors. Teach them to be financially sharp too.

Find out what your child has a passion for, other than sports & entertainment.

Help develop it. Inspire them to 1 day make into a business.

What happen to Trades in School?

Without a trade, people in bad shape. We go down roads we never thought we would to survive.

Talking Intelligent don’t mean anything, if we can’t survive in a hardcore world. We must all build our toolkit of skill sets.

No money or time to go back to school. Read, study, talk to old people, become apprentice, buy Kindle/Tablet, Download Free Ebooks from Amazon, Internet, etc.

People go to College, listen to Professors lecture, read, study, & take tests. What if you don’t have money or time for College?

SELF-STUDY.

2013

KT
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How Relevant Education Early Trains the Mind to Connect Knowledge to Productive Thoughts for A Lifetime

Children have a natural inclination toward knowledge. We as adults have to make sure nothing kills that inclination. We are more powerful than we know as parents. We are the 1st teachers. We must hold on to our position with dear life. We must make everything out of a learning opportunity. Relate everything to the Real World. Throw sugarcoating out the door. We will see change in our lifetime. Reality strengthens the minds & gives clear vision. Lets be on that vibe.

Sunshine for The Minds.

Test taking skills are very important. More than 1/2 to 3/4 of standardized test is reading. Even the Math is word problems. The Social Studies, Science & Literature is top heavy with Reading also. Surface level reading is not cutting it.

Trades for our people is so very important. Jobs are not knocking on people doors. We must learn how to take things we are passionate about, & make money & provide servces for our people…the world. We have built nations before. That is in our genetic make-up. All we got to do is dig deep down in ourselves, and pull that greatness up & out of us.

Adult Education is a must. We have people that can work with adults…providing them with knowledge to help their children with homework and trades.

We drop money in the buckets at church, and hardly see returns. Why can’t we drop money in the bucket and buy land & material & we all roll up sleeves and build schools & businesses? Our pay will be in having something we can be proud of and be of a practical use to us now…while our eyes are open…heaven on earth right now.

* Watch “Self-Knowledge in Technology Age” Video

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How to Get Solid Trade Education for Little or Nothing Damage to Your Pockets & Piggy Bank

A lot of books you can get for Free on Amazon Kindle. There is a thing called Amazon KDP. Which boils down to Authors in attempt to build a Readership will give their Ebooks Away for Free 5 times or more in a 90 day Period.

Open an Amazon Kindle Account and Put in The Keyword to a Trade you want to learn and put in Free or Price range you want to spend.

You can get a lot of Free Ebooks from Amazon like this.

Next time you look around, months later, that same Ebook you got for Free, might be $4.99-$14.99 or more.

* Another way to self-learn is Youtube.

* Talk to people who been in the trade a long time and see if they might want an apprentice. Or ask them can you help out at the trade shops.

* Buy Books & Research on the Internet & checkout books at the library.

* Rent Instructional Videos.

Never Quit Learning.
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***—>> This world is not a joke. It is hard as concrete. Inspire the youth toward hobbies, skills, trades, manufacturing & production.

Make sure the youth can use their minds & hands to invent, create, build, produce and manufacture.

Inspire them to learn how to record vocal, mix & master audio–audio engineering.

Inspire them to draw, scan their artwork or take photos of it with fancy expensive phone and tablets–>> smart phones–get the artwork in the computer or app on phone or tablet and design a logo–clothing line design.

Inspire the children to sew clothes & make outfits to wear.

Inspire them to put model cars together or electronic plane kits–mechanical & electrical engineering.

Inspire them to edit video & photos they take with their phones & tablets, write a script, get their friends to act out the parts–screenwriting & film director.

KT
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Will Your Children Have Trades When They Graduate From High School?

Think of all the millions of students that graduate from high school.

What will be any different with your child’s skillset? What can they build? What can they create? What can they invent? What can they produce? What can they manufacture with their minds and hands?

So many artistic children have no technical skills. Why is this negative? It is negative because they are stuck in a time warp. Meaning, their art is analog. It has to be made digital at some point, if they want to open up their options more with their art.

Do they know how to scan their art into the computer? Do they know how to take photos with a digital camera and get the images from the camera to the computer? Do they know how to use Adobe Photoshop? One of the leading Image Manipulation, pixel based softwares in the World.

Do they know how to use Adobe Illustrator? One of the world’s leading vector based softwares. These two softwares alone, put the artist miles ahead of analog artists. Imagine if your child has a firm grip on the Analog & The Digital side of the house. Their potential will be elevated to another hemisphere.

I used the example of the artist above. That is example. There are so many more examples for various trades.

Lets dig deeper into this trade.

With a firm grip of Adobe Photoshop & Adobe Illustrator, your artistic child will be able to design logos, create clothing line designs, design billboards, bus wraps, posters, flyers, business cards, illustrations for comic books, animation & much more.

KT
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Message to The Black Youth—“Be A Star That Stands the Test of Time”—Part 1

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When I look into your eyes Black Youth, I see a gleam in them. You have your Youth, your energy, your belief that something great awaits you as you become adults. When you are young—you believe you will one day be somebody great. You watch comedy, sports, music videos, and many other things, and envision yourselves as being as as you see & hear.

Many of you want to be a singer, a rapper, a comedian, a fashion model, an actor, etc.

For years, you wait to cut a demo as a musician, or spend thousands of dollars on comp cards as a model, photo shoots, and modeling classes.

There are many superstars in school sports waiting for a football, volleyball, basketball, softball scholarship—and, most times not pushed toward academic excellence by coaches, parents, and teachers the same way.

When will black youth have a common goal or be presented with heroes and sheroes that did something great for us and loved us… people like Ida B. Wells, T. Thomas Fortune, Elijah Muhammad, W.E.B. Dubois, Mary McCleod Bethune, The Last Poets, Gil Scott-Heron, Lucy Laney, Mary Church Terrell, John Henrik Clarke, John G. Jackson, and the likes. Here are only a few of names of great people that loved us . What makes these giants so much more different than the ones our youth are given in Feburary during Black History Month—is they dedicated their entire lives to our rise as a people.

A lot of our ancestors mission for our betterment was almost a priesthood. In other words, we consumed their every waking thoughts. You need to know of them so you can be inspired to be somebody. Not somebody that will serve only to make our people more of a consumer by selling records, going to concerts, a sports game, movie to see you on the big screen.

When your dreams of being a singer, dancer, comedian, actor, athlete, fashion model, talk show host, etc…Don’t meet your expectations, where will you go from there? Will you still have your energy and belief you will be somebody?

Well, I am here to tell you now Beautiful Black Youth of Today & Tomorrow—a whole world awaits you.

You can be somebody. You can give the world a beautiful light to see. You have brilliant minds. That is the way God created you. You have talents hidden deep within you that are be explored and dug up like gold.

You, Beautiful Black Youth, can be somebody great—not only as a singer, fashion model, NBA Player, comedian, talk show host. You do not have to be an entertainer, made to make someone laugh, clap, make another dunk in a basketball goal, hit another homerun in baseball. You can be great even if you do not sing a hit song. Do not give up if you see these goals not coming your way.

You must continue the great legacy set for our people. Take all of your energy and study our Great Freedom Fighting Ancestors. There are so many great ones not given to you like Henry McNeil Turner, Ida B. Wells, Nzinga, Elijah Muhammad, Yaa Asantewaa, Granny Nanny, Harriet Tubman, Martin Delaney, and many others. When you study them, you will see how you can give your God-given talents to our people. That is a life long mission. It will make you “A Star in the Universe” that will shine forever.

Give the world the light within you.

KT
2/2/2005
10:00 am
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Pops, Me & My Sis Bout to Go Catch Some Fishes Out Dem Dare Ponds in Da Country

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Pops, Me & My Sis bout to go catch some fishes out dem dare ponds in da country.

When we comes back, we cleans em real good. Cut da fish headz off & guts em. You know. Throws da fish headz to da catz. Once we gets em cleaned up, we takes da fishes in da house. By den, daddy be done had dat grease real hot. And he gots dem grits cooking with cheese in it. Mustard & ketchup ready. You talkin bout some good eating. Man, you got to take ya shoes off & wiggle ya toes while you eat dat kinda Deep South Cooking.

Peep this…at night when it was hard seeing the fishing rod duck down when fish bit the bait–my father had a master plan for that. You know baby shoe bells. He used them. Tied them to the tip of the fishing rods, where the hole is, where the line go through. He tied the bell on the rod tip wt bread wrappers. We might be down a railroad track, checking lines tied to the tracks, trees, etc. Just lines & hooks wt bait. But we had other rods out too. When a fish hit them, the bells went off.

Sometimes, the fish bit the bait one after another or at the same time. It sounded like Christmas bells going off. DADDY WOULD SAY…”that’s what I’m talking bout….get ready lil fish, y’all getting fried up tonight….yes Sir Son, that’s what I’m talking bout.”

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Mr. Johnny James. A Role Model. Not A Hand-Picked One.

Father: Son, why do you want a treehouse so bad?

Son: Well, daddy I like to read and think a lot, and you know I love to write.

Father: I love your stories and poems.

Son: Thanks daddy. For some reason when I am off to myself, in that quiet spot of the world—a world away from confusion and clutter, I can think.

Father: What about your friends son?

Son: I love being around them—just like any other kid, I love to laugh, joke, and have fun. I know the world is not build around that. I watch you and mama.

Father: Watch us do what, son?

Son: I watch you all provide for us. Now that is serious. Did you have dreams of greatness daddy when you were my age?

Father: Yes son, I did have dreams of greatness. I bet you will never believe what some of them were?

Son: What, I am curious to know.

Father: Well son, I wanted to be the greatest running back since Jim Brown. When I was in Little League Football, I was straight out running jokers over like a semi-truck. Not only that, if I wanted to, I could outrun most defenders.

Son: So, you were the man Pops?

Father: Yep, I was the man. I moved on to Middle School and did the same thing. Even when I got to High School, I was doing it up—serving jokers sometimes two and three touchdowns a game.

Son: So, you wanted to be playing on Sundays in the NFL and all that?

Father: Yep son, the NFL was one of my dreams.
 

Son: What about School—what was your favorite subject?

Father: Math was my favorite subject and shop.
 

Son: Shop!

Father: Yep son—shop. I have always loved math and making things with my hands, and figuring things out, and creating things.

Father: Around the 10th grade a friend of mine named Roscoe asked me if I would help him upholster his old Chevy Impala.

Son: Had you ever done that before?

Father: No, I had never. But let me tell you—we worked on that Impala for a few days. I had to use math and all, and a lot of common sense. He had never done it before either. But we talked with this old guy that had a Upholstery shop named Mr. Johnny James. He was the best in town. He said it was OK to drop by his shop for a few days, and watch him do other people cars. So, before we got started on my friend’s car, we hung out at his shop. He showed us a lot in just a few days. Matter of fact, he enjoyed having us down there with him, and we enjoyed being around his upholstery shop.

After a few days, we got started on that Impala. When we got finished—it was a thing of beauty. Then, other people wanted us to hook up their rides. We told them we had so much more to learn, and it would be better if they take their cars on down to Mr. Johnny James shop. Mr. Johnny James saw how excited everybody was about my friend’s ride. He told us we could become his apprentices at his shop. I did that until I got out of High School, and he paid me too. My friend Roscoe was only interested in fixing up his own car, but not me, I wanted to get better at this craft. So, I stayed working with Mr. James.

Son: What about football, did you still love the game? I have not heard you say anything else after you started talking about Upholstering cars.

Father: Well, to tell you the truth son, sports became almost secondary to me at that time. The funny thing about it—is this—many times I would be at football practice thinking of work Mr Johnny and I would be doing after I got out of football practice.

Son: How did you play football and work on cars?

Father: We would get through with practice about 5:30 pm. I would come home, take a bath, eat, do my homework, and then go to the shop about 8 pm, and stay down there until about 10 or 11 pm. Yea son, I use to be tired, but I loved what I was doing, in fact, my grades got better as I did both—play football and work at the shop.

I used to look at a lot of Lowrider Magazines and other car magazines, and check out the latest styles of upholstery. Many of my friends had certain requests for me and Mr. Johnny. There were no jobs we turned down son, some of them were pretty rough, but the end result was always customer satisfaction. It got to the point, I studied upholstery books just as much as I did my playbook for football. For some reason, Coach Smith was always telling me I am trying to do too much with my life right now, I need to slow down. But, I couldn’t. I didn’t know any Pro Football players that ever came out of our community. But I did know Mr. Johnny James at that shop. He was a role model for me right then. I could talk to him, and ask him questions. He was the man. So I learned way back then—that you got to prepare for your future as an adult right now—in the present. That is how I went right into a mindset of doing for myself way back then. I was not going to let some College Football Scout determine my fate in life. I got control on my life—no matter what they decided. I see you got that in you too son, you are a leader, and I am proud of you son.
 

Son: Dad, I really enjoy our talks. I want us to always to be able to talk like this.

Father: We will son.
 
KT
2/19/2008
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We Must Prepare Our Youth to Face The World

What better time to help children & teens develop trades than while they still stay home? When they leave home, & get caught up in the grind of adult living full swing, they might not have the money or time or both to learn a trade. We must find out things our young people have a passion for. Not Sports & Entertainment now. I am not driving at that. We must make sure our young people have solid skills. Make sure they can build something. Produce something. Manufacture something. Invent something. Use their hands & minds to the fullest to make a way for themselves & their eventual families.

Jobs are becoming harder & harder to come by. Many factories are closing down or going overseas, where labor is cheaper. The cost of living is going up.

We have to take a more active approach to our future. Our youth is our future. If we fail them, we fail ourselves.

Everyone is not going to college. Might not have the means or time to do so. But there are other ways to learn trades, skills, crafts, etc….A few ways:

Hook up with an older person in the community that has mastered a certain trade, craft, skill.

Try to get them to take the young person under their wings.

Mentorship/Apprenticeship.

Buy books for the young people so they can read up on trades, crafts, skills (How-to books). Something they might be interested in. Something they like or lean toward.

Take the young people to craft & hobby stores or take them to workshops on trades.

We have to take an active approach for the development of our young people. Get them use to reading articles & magazines in various trades and things they might be interested in.

A good plumber, clothing designer, carpenter, mechanic, graphic artist, audio engineer, tile layer, barber, AC & Heating Repair, hairdresser, brick mason, etc…has great value in our communities.

KT
2012
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