Question Everything

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Ten years ago, Twitter didn’t even exist. Now, with a mere hashtag (what once was called the pound symbol, number sign, or even octothorpe), an entire movement can spread in minutes. The hardest part of this new push for social media becoming a news source is weeding out conjecture and bias. My advice: question everything.

It’s no secret that certain established news syndicates are pushing crowd perception in a specific direction. Also, one cannot assume to understand a nuanced story in 140 characters or less. So, reason would follow that anyone hoping for a clear, unbiased report of facts should research rather than read. Continue reading

More Definition: Molding our understanding of “Culture”

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photo credit: zumito via photopin cc

photo credit: zumito via photopin cc

As we work towards a more accurate understanding of people, we should first inspect our current perceptions. We often get so focused on individual pieces of a puzzle that we not only forget the whole picture, but we forget to take into account how the puzzle was constructed in the first place. So, let us work together to understand that process to, hopefully, create more intention and meaning into our comprehension of the larger architecture of humanity. Continue reading

Know Their Story

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photo credit: IrenicRhonda via photopin cc

photo credit: IrenicRhonda via photopin cc

 

When working in human services and education, you are often thrust in situations with a lot of people, primarily new people. As a teacher, each year brings new students and their parents. In human services, you could potentially meet new clients on a daily basis. It’s easy to slip into auto-pilot and go through the motions without seeing them for whom they are. It’s also easy to become cynical and apathetic. I saw all facets of that in my work. Continue reading