In Memory Of The Titanic

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Today, 15th April, is the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.

I have found a poem in honour of all those who perished in those icy waters on that day 113 year ago.

The Wreck of the Titanic

Out of Southampton she swung with the stream, A poem of iron and steel, A sea dream. And thousands on shore, watched her steaming away: The largest, and grandest of all ships that day.

And the thousand on board, did security feel, For no eye saw death, as he stood at the wheel; Directing her course to the echoless shore, Her first and last haven of nevermore.

She was the last, best work of men, And on her first voyage was speeding—when: Out of the darkness, Out of the night, Loomed an ominous form of ghostly white.

“Twas a towering mountain of ice-gigantic, As ever was seen on the North Atlantic. She struck, with a shiver from stem to stern: And was rapidly sinking—All soon did learn.

Then Captain Smith, her commander brave, Thought not one moment, his own life to save, But stood on the bridge, calling out to the crew: “Remember your country, Be British, be true.

And England, and Ireland, and Scotland, And Wales, Proved there to the World: Their valor Ne’er fails, “The women and children first,” Was their cry, And every one of the Crew, stood by.

And the boats were lowered and sent away, That cut off all hope, save eternity, And, The Titanic sank from sight, ‘neath the Sea While her band played, Nearer My God to Thee.

Was There ever a scene so awfully grand? As that sinking ship, with her playing band. All glory to Smith, and the Titanic’s men, They bring Trafalgar’s heroes to memory again.

And that heart thrilling tale of the Alamo, And the last grand-charge at Waterloo, And that charge of “The Light Brigade” as well, And Jim Bludso’s act on “The Prairie Belle.”

And with these down the corridors of all time, The Titanic’s story shall sound sublime, For never was courage more noble and true, Than was shown on that night, by The Titanic’s Crew.

– Benjamin Peck Keith




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Terrific advice. Thank you for posting!

Simply Sands

advice @ Fairchild Torpical Garden

“The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine, forget self, think of others. Try this for a week and you will be surprised.” Norman Vincent Peale, The Power of Positive Thinking

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Think To Question

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Great article! Encourage questioning – and empower teachers to allow discussion, be strong enough to listen and take on board their pupils’ thoughts and opinions and admit when they get it wrong. One of the strongest tools to gaining respect from pupils is,
“Oops, my mistake. Well done – you were right!”

Vegan Children's Stories

we need cows' milk for calcium

It’s right to listen to teachers

When they tell a new fact to you,

But still you can keep an open mind

To consider if it’s true.

we need to eat meat for protein

They say it is because they think it is,

But sometimes they’re mistaken.

Someone told them a long time ago

And they didn’t think to question.

humans are herbivores

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When Will Africa Unite?

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Down below the ground come the voices of the great heroes
The pillars of Africa in those days……..
From the west come the cries of grief
From the horizon flows the blood of Africa
Children with tattered clothes roam about the the streets
Innocent people are neglected at the mercy of death
Under the African sun, nations are fighting nations
While tribes are also fighting each other for leadership
Seemingly superior and mighty ones look down on the
seemingly inferior
Brothers bury their own relatives out of hatred and jealousy,
not to talk about chieftainship
Favoritism and nepotism is the order of the day…….

Gone are the days when the forefathers were around
Those days when they were the pillars of Africa
Theirs was a plethora of sacrifice, the kind Africa is lacking now
Africa whose hope and glory is vanishing into thin air
Africa whose own people are against each other
When will Africa unite to fulfill the promise of long ago?
When will Africa learn to love and desist from hatred?
When will Africa stop and repair the destruction caused by the ignorance of her own people
Be united and defend yourself
And know that ‘Together we stand; Divided we fall’.

– Bartholomew Arkoh Boamah Sarbah


At Cross Road

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In the spirit of tolerance and peace, this poem…

Never but at cross road,
Are we at cross road?
Is there any load?
Why not we meet?
Even at cross road.

Are we blood thirsty?
And care for no one,
who may come but none?
Doesn’t concern everyone?
Even at cross road.

Can we not share?
Misery and poverty,
happiness and unhappiness,
hunger and roofless human,
even at cross road.

Why do we cut?
Burn the green forest,
and big trees,
do we want disaster?
Even at cross road.

Rain is scarce,
food also less,
nature is finished,
no bloom for ever,
even at cross road.

Why do we cut throat?
Merely for greed,
does the religion preach?
Priests or heads just teach
Even at cross road.

I may not survive,
peace may not revive,
nobody will also survive,
we will soon be extinct,
even at cross road.

Time is running out,
Still human race is not out,
We may still be in,
Kindness may be over,
Even at cross road,

Life is worth to live in,
forget not but just be in,
embrace but not embarrass them,
help but not reject them
Even at cross road.

We May still not adopt,
remain at large but not still opt,
is the nature so cruel?
Kill and get also killed?
Even at cross road

– Hamukh Amathalal


10 Yeah But’s I hear in Education with Possible Solutions!

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The excuses that you have listed are typical. And I totally agree that they can be overcome. Even the concern about funding and technology can be overcome with smart thinking and community involvement. Tech is part of the lives of our pupils – so why should we be resisting it when it comes to their schooling?

Inside the classroom, outside the box!

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” By George Bernard Shaw

Over the years, I have heard a lot of what I call “Yeah but’s”….these are the excuses/arguments educators make that usually have a fixed mindset verse a growth mindset. As a leader (you don’t need to be in a leadership position, to be a leader) you need to be able to navigate around the yeah but’s; here are a few I have heard with some possible solutions.

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1. “Yeah But…I don’t have the time to integrate ________ (fill in the blank technology, PBL’s, data analysis etc.)” Solution: Try to find a way to make it so they are saving time, see the value in it and how it connects to the curriculum. For example: start slow by offering to create a Project or Problem Based Learning (PBL) for them that…

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Abraham Lincoln

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Today marks the 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Some may question why I, as a naturalised Brit with a South African upbringing, think I can comment on this iconic figure in US history.

However, Abraham Lincoln is so much more than an American president. His humble roots, his legendary oratory skill and most importantly his statesmanship are a lesson to us all. His contribution to the freedom of man is well documented, and he led the “winners” in a civil war that was both bloody and tragic.

It is his understanding and commitment to conciliation and rebuilding that, for me, stand out and put him “up there” as a true hero of mankind. How easy it would have been for him to work towards the complete destruction of his enemies in the South.

But even before the American Civil War was completely won, Lincoln is quoted as saying this to the South,

“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in: to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan.”

A man with vision, a man who saw the need to rebuild the nation, bring together her people and move forward. One cannot help but draw a comparison with Nelson Mandela – a man who was above revenge and settling scores, putting his people and his nation before all else.

RIP Abraham Lincoln – statesman and national leader extraordinaire.