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*Shine* holiday to-do list

🤜 Ready to crush your pre-holiday to-dos, Jen? You got this. Just don’t let pressure morph into perfectionism. Today’s Shine explains the difference.

Want to learn more or check your intentions?

Perfectionism is up 33%—and it can cause us to freeze up. But leaning into what researchers call ‘adaptive perfectionism’ can boost our motivation + help us find our flow.

Today, lean into ‘adaptive perfectionism’ by balancing your high expectations with self-compassion. 😌 Ex. ‘I want to nail this essay—but I know I can grow with feedback.’
If perfection’s your goal, make self-compassion your home base, Jen.

P.s. On the flip side: the *benefits* of aiming to do things imperfectly

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American Education System: Dumbing Us Down *Final Updated November 13th *

Jeannette N. Whalen

Kristi Phillips

English 101

November 13, 2018

The American education system is flawed without recognition. Both authors Jean Anyon and John Taylor Gatto unpacks the defragmented educational structure remembered by many as boring, repetitive, not to mention unsatisfying. Jean Anyon the author of “from Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work”, speaks about observing the classroom settings in a variance of economical backgrounds from middle class to elite schools. Essentially, investigating an absence of imagination, self expression and exploration of thoughts and feelings throughout lower to middle-class schools. In conjunction, John Taylor Gatto’s delves into his article “Against School”, examines the actuality that schools are deliberately being dumbed down and only produce less than adequate intellect. Constantly, ignoring the many types of genius scattered throughout the system. Perhaps in an attempt to take control of the students ability to flourish and learn; or in a pursuit of keeping the population manageable. Coincidentally, Gattos solution to our schools crisis is simple and slightly mimics how the elite up class functions. The resolution is letting students govern themselves. Conclusively, America’s lower to middle-class education system should require students to study issues such as, critical judgment, emotional intelligence and personal creativity.

Anyon revealese how, “Work tasks do not request creativity… Serious attention is rarely given in school work on how the children develop or express their own feelings and ideas… the assignments are perceived as having little to do with their interest and feelings.” (Anyon 7)

Creativity is close to nonexistent throughout middle to lower-class curriculums. Rules and regulation are continually eradicate creative originality in the classroom. Schools take little interest in imagination, daydreaming or any forms of imperfection. Being capable of creating innovative and imaginative work rarely arises during school hours. Thus creative students are forced to develop these skills elsewhere.

Students rarely learn to fully develop personal awareness, in depth introspection, self observation and other fundamental beliefs. Often times students personal interest are neither acknowledged or ensued upon.

Gatto insists, “We suppress our genius only because we haven’t yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women…The education system is deliberately designed to produce mediocre intellect, to ensure docile and incomplete citizens -— all in order to render the populace manageable…However, the solution to all this is simple and glorious. Let them manage themselves.”(Gatto 686,690)

The education system stifles any potential genius students may obtain. Knowledge may be viewed as critically dangerous in the eyes of the government. Being overly knowledgeable may be threatening to the overall population’s ability to keep and retain order; in the governments opinion.

The system provides students with a less then partial understanding of crucial knowledge such as critical judgment or emotional intelligence, which is widely overlooked in the lower to middle classes curriculums throughout the United States. The entity’s inability to accurately nurture and mature ones cognitive intelligence is incomprehensible. Emotional intelligence is the ability of being aware of and or capable of accurately controlling and or expressing emotions. Critical Judgment may be exemplified as a person who is capable of evaluating an argument skillfully while gathering an incisive judgment about the situations. It’s also having the ability to analyze by separating or breaking a whole into parts to discover its true function. Using logical reasoning or information seeking are also part of the critical judgment family. Being educated in critical thinking and emotional intelligence gives power back to the students to foresee and judge reality for what it is. Instead of viewing education from the distorted lens of a big brother. Both emotional intelligence and critical thinking are closely intertwined throughout the elite schools curriculum found in Anyon’s article. But merely was not taught in lower to middle-classes schools. Yet the solution Gatto institutes is remarkably simple as well as doable. Let the students govern themselves. Giving students the authority to learn subjects that intrigue the mind rather than bore it. This teaches students to be critical thinkers and to embrace emotional intelligence as an entity in which both must be mastered.

Anyon brings to light, “In affluent professional schools, known as the upper class, work is creative activity carried out independently. The students are continuously asked to express and apply ideas and concepts, involves individual thought and expressiveness, expansion and illustration of ideas and choices.” (Anyon 7)

Both Anyon and Gatto acknowledged that creativity is relatively fictitious in the middle-class curriculums. Nonetheless, imagination is paramount to a person’s development and should be implemented within all social brackets of society. There is also an agreeance among authors that students should be taught to affluently express individual thoughts, ideas as well as correct delegation of choices.

Gatto infers that, “It pretty much destroys the idea that useful or interesting material should be taught, because you can’t test for reflective obedience until you know whether you can make children learn and do, foolish and boring things.” (Gatto 687)

In this excerpt by Gatto, pathos was identified in the last sentence of his quotation. Gattos sarcastically invalidates, “make children do foolish and boring things.” Gatto is found to be exceptionally sarcastic throughout his article. Gatto has a consistent ability to persuade as well as captivate his readers. Pathos are one of three form of communication often used in rhetoric to help persuade the reader in an argument pearly exhibiting a sense of strong emotional pull.

The American education system is flawed without recognition. Both authors Jean Anyon and John Taylor Gatto unpacks the defragmented educational structure remembered by many as boring, repetitive, not to mention unsatisfying. Initially, Anyon observers classroom settings in a variance of economical backgrounds from middle class to the elite schools. Mainly, investigating a lack of creativity, self expression and exploration of thoughts and feelings. Mean while Gatto delves into the actuality that schools are deliberately dumbed down and produces mediocre intellect. Actively ignoring all forms of genius in the system. It’s the government attempts to control youths ability to flourish and learn. As well as to keep the populace manageable. But the solution is simple let the students manage themselves. Conclusively, middle-class education system is incapable of educating students on primary factors of critical judgment, emotional intelligence and creativity.

“Work tasks do not request creativity… Serious attention is rarely given in school work on how the children develop or express their own feelings and ideas… the assignments are perceived as having little to do with their interest and feelings.”(Anyon 7)

Creativity is close to nonexistent in the middle to lower-class curriculums. Rules and regulation continually kill creative originality. The system systematically looks down on imagination, daydreaming and any form of imperfection. Being able to create innovative and imaginative work rarely arises through the schools curriculum. Students rarely learn to fully develop personal awareness, in depth introspection, self observation or fundamental beliefs. A students personal interest are neither acknowledged or ensued upon within the curriculum.

“We suppress our genius only because we haven’t yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women…The education system is deliberately designed to produce mediocre intellect, to ensure docile and incomplete citizens -— all in order to render the populace manageable…However, the solution to all this is simple and glorious. Let them manage themselves.”(Gatto 686,690)

The education system stifles any potential genius a student may obtain. The system provides students with a less then partial understanding of essential learning techniques for instance critical judgment and emotional intelligence. Both concepts are intertwined throughout the elite schools curriculum found in Anyon’s article. But merely forgotten to be taught in lower to middle-classes curriculums. Critical Judgment may be exemplified as a person who is capable of evaluating an argument where a person must form a skillful judgment about the situation. It’s also having the ability to analyze by separating or breaking a whole into parts to discover its true function. Using logical reasoning or information seeking are also part of one’s critical judgment. With this knowledge students are seen as wildly dangerous in the eyes of the government. Being overly knowledgeable may be threatening to the overall population’s ability to keep and retain order. Emotional intelligencea is widely overlooked in the american education system as well. The entity’s inability to accurately nurture and mature ones cognitive intelligence is incomprehensible. Emotional intelligence is being aware of and able to accurately control and or express one’s emotions. Being educated in critical thinking and emotional intelligence gives the power back to the students to foresee and judge reality as it is. Instead of viewing education from the distorted lens of the big brother. The solution Gatto institutes is remarkable simple. Let the students govern themselves. The capability to learn subjects that intrigue the mind rather than bore them.

Teach students how to be critical thinkers to embrace emotional intelligence as an entity which must be mastered.

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*Shine* Exhausted

🙃 Exhausted last night Jen? *Nods. Chugs coffee.* A full day of decisions = brain drain. Save future you from ‘decision fatigue.’

Want to learn more or check your intention?The more decisions we make, the more mental energy we spend—and the harder it gets to make that *next* decision. Cue that 3 p.m. ‘What coffee do I get?!’ crisis.Today, try making 1 choice ahead of time—maybe it’s laying out your clothes for that workout, or picking what’s for lunch before 10 a.m. Make a decision easy for future you. 🔮

The less decisions to make, the *better* decisions you’ll make, Jen.

P.s. A new study shows moral outrage can create a positive impact. Here’s how to find your most *productive* style of anger

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My bedroom…I’m extremely Sensitive

My bedroom could use some cleaning and getting things out of boxes. I was so sick that first week of school.

Which was the week I moved. I just had a thought that baffled me but I understood it right away. Realizing that I assume so much self dought. It almost makes me sick. Why do I let myself feel so down. For some reason people say I’m too sensitive. Is this something I can change, possibly. Can I really change the way I feel? My feelings are intense.

I have a hard time explaining why I texted my boyfriend 30 times in a few hours. I know. I must be highly triggered. Which can be easily accomplished. I haven’t done this as of the last couple weeks. But it’s bound to happen. I’ve been feeling a little on edge over my bf and other girls. It’s just been super tough to think he actually loves me. It’s as if he likes me just as a friend its weird.

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Bands… Cheering… Smoking… Writing Essay 2

I’m sitting outside its pouring down raining… I can here cheering and screams and laughter on the left of me. Mickensey stadium where high schoolers have football games. Oh how I reminisce over thoes fun football games. I’m sitting out side on the concert smoking and smoking haha (it’s all legal here.) Now I can hear a band. *smiles* I’m really glade someone is able to have fun. I wish it was that easy for me. But it isn’t.

This was me today at work.

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Nostalgia over the 1950’s Could Bring Movements for a Better 21st Century

Jeannette Whalen

Kristi Phillips

English 101

Essay 2

In Stephanie Coontz article, “What We Really Miss About the 1950s,” She argues that nostalgia can be seen as dangerous. Coontz’s believes that people shouldn’t feel a sense of longing for the 1950’s due to racial discrimination and civil rights issues. Typically every era has its pitfalls; negatives aside the positive aspects could improve modern day society. Being nostalgic for the 1950’s could lead to movements of reform in today’s moral order or how assistance is given to Veterans.

Bringing back moral order may positively impact our society today. Having a community with moral values would help by setting boundaries and values to things, such as work and family. Having moral order can be defined as sticking to an unwritten moral code of a social structure, to help maintain societal order. As Stephanie Coontz claims, “In the 1950’s there was a coherent “moral order” in their community to serve as a reference point for family norms. Even people who found that moral order grossly unfair or repensive often say it presents them something concrete to push against.” (Coontz) As a reader the words coherent “moral order” sticks out. There was a logical social structure and moral code; this is a set of rules as well as right behavior of how a family should act. Having this type of structure in a community could be seen as a positive. Less confusion between what’s right and what wrong. When diagnosed with PTSD it was no longer easy to grasp what morals were. If only there there was an easier guidelines, which could have helped me cope. These days church is the only avenue to obtain moral support. As Coontz goes on to infer that even those who didn’t like the reform, ended up enjoying the stability it brought. She refers to how morals were dispersed starting with family values, then at the workplace. By putting family values on a pedestal, perhaps rightfully so. Family values are a set of cultural or traditional values such as beliefs, honesty, trustworthiness and other important ideals are all general values which piece together a family’s identity. Each aspect helps hold a family together and keeps them strong. Moral order can also be found at the workplace. As Stephanie Coontz states “Economist at the Brookings Institution and Harvard University estimate that 70% percent of such corporate rents were passed on to workers at all levels of the firm, benefiting secretaries and janitors as well as CEOs. Corporations routinely retained workers even in the slack periods, as a way of ensuring workplace stability.” (Coontz) PThe implication received from the phrase “corporate rents.” From a reader’s perspective, rents signified being a parent and additionally corporate could be defined as a united group, or in this case it implicates corporate to mean CEO or other executive positions. Putting these two words together meant the CEO head of the household was in essence the overall work parents of the corporation. The commitment and stability found in the 1950’s implicated one’s job spread from the employer down to the employees. The corporations dedicated all of its obligations to its employees even if there was a temptation to pay lower salaries elsewhere. If productivity died down and management would continue paying their employees until sales were backup to normal. The employees commitment to the cooperation showed loyalty and dedication to one’s company. The 21st century could highly benefit from morals within the workplace as well as in the family unit. In the 1950s there was a deep commitment to family as well as work. From financial security, dedication to productivity, moral order these all fall under the obligations of moral order umbrella.

Veterans in today’s society should be provided with help to function financially. Veterans in the 1950’s were provided with help to integrate back into everyday life. “In the most ambitious and successful action program ever adopted by America in the 1950s. The GI bill paid most tuition costs for vet’s who attended college… Allowed veterans to put down payments as low as one dollar on a house.” (Coontz ) As the reader, the assumption gathered was that the GI bill was a law passed in 1944. This bill was directed to server people who were in the armed forces during World War II. The GI bill exemplifies any member of the Department of Veteran Affairs is eligible to use the GI bill to further their education. Along with assisting vets who were in the market for housing. Payments as low as 1 dollar on a house. Each The 21st century could benefit from a greater amount of assistance to veterans. Now, veterans have to jump through hoops at the VA to establish disability support. From the 23 page long applications to apply for disability assistance. Too the six month waiting period you must exhaust for the claim to go through. Byron Pitts writes “Today there are a million veterans waiting for the VA to handle their disability claims”. A million veterans are just waiting for their claims to be heard. There is a new motto explaining how the VA operates. It is Byron Pitts said, “Delay, Deny and Hope that I die.”(Pitts 1) Sadly the VA lacks the capacity to put through claims in a decent amount of time. Unlike the government in the 1950’s were veterans were provided with brand new legislation to efficiently assist vets who were coming back from war. The 21st century is in need of a reform in veteran affairs. Our government should reach out and help these men and women who are coming back to us wounded physically, financially and mentally. Feeling Nostalgic for the possibility of change for the better, sounds like a reasonable concept.

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*Shine* Dreaming

😴 You’ll spend 6 years dreaming, Jen—and the wildest dreams (maybe the one you just had?) can mean *a lot.* Here’s how to decode them.

Want to learn more or check your intention?

Dreams don’t always reflect IRL experiences, but they can hint to things going on in our lives. It’s our brain’s way of finding creative solutions.

Today, try decoding a dream. 🛌
-Teeth falling out = You’re struggling to speak up
-Taking a test = You’re trying to learn something new
-Falling = You’re a little lost IRL

Sweet dreams this weekend, Jen. 😴

P.s. How getting cozy with *hygge* can actually make you more productive