Career, Education, Empowerment, Faith, Family, Youth

White Out Doesn’t Work

mistakesHave you ever used whiteout? There are different types of white out but they all seem to serve the same purpose: cover up a mistake. The liquid whiteout has a soft spongy tip and goes on wet but then dries up quickly and you’re able to write over the mistake. The whiteout tape is another type of white out that is used to cover up mistakes. It is a device that allows you to roll over the mistake and quickly cover it up, no drying takes place. And then there is white out exact liner for the precise cover ups and quick application.

The thing about white out, regardless of white one you use, is that it really is just “correction tape”. It is a quick cover up for a mistake that was made. But if you use the liquid white out and only put one layer, you can still see the mistake, as you put more layers it gets coddled up and you can’t write over it. The white out tape is handy and quick but it doesn’t always make a straight light, you have to be very careful and take your time to cover the mistake up. And the white out exact liner is a quick straight cover up but it cost more money.

Regardless of which white out you use, they can all be scratched at, picked it, and rubbed until the mistake underneath is exposed once again.

Isn’t that like life? We make mistakes in life and try to get in a new relationship, move to a new city, get a new job, cut or dye our hair, lose weight, even start going back to church. But all of these are just “types of correction tapes” used to cover up a mistake. Until you actually take the time towork through the mistake, it will still be there.

One of the ways I’ve known to really move forward from a mistake, is to just acknowledge it (scratch over it), leave it where it is, and get a new piece of paper (accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior or renew your life).

You see, scripture says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (NIV). Rather than seeking correction tape, new things to cover up the pain, the hurt, the anger, the mistakes, look for the new slate from the inside out.

But remember, you can color your hair, get in a new relationship, move to a new place, get a new job, but everything inside of you, your spirit will still be the same. You will eventually continue doing what you’ve done in the past, looking for more white out to cover it up. And if anyone scratch, pick, or rub at you, your mistake will be exposed, then where will you turn?

With Jesus, you can standbolding, “9Don’t lie to each other. You have taken off those old clothes—the person you once were and the bad things you did then. 10 Now you are wearing a new life, a life that is new every day. You are growing in your understanding of theone who made you. You are becoming more and more like him. (Colossian 3:9-10 ERV).

Leave behind the white out, the correction tape, don’t seek the quick fixes. The quickest fix I know is Jesus and He fixes you from the inside out, making you a new creation rather than a cover up that is vulnerable to be exposed of past mistakes at any time.

Career, Education, Empowerment, Family, Seminars, Youth

Transitioning Into College

Making any transition in life can be difficult. Sometimes we have someone to talk to who has been down that path and that helps, but other times we are walking down a path that no one around us has actually been down. This is true for many students making the choice to attend college. They are considered first-generation because their mother nor father attended college. Attending college as a first-generation college student can present many obstacles for the student and the family. Join Encouragement Block for a workshop to share those obstacles and how to better prepare right now.

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Education, Empowerment, Technology, Youth

Re-Evaluating the Definition of “Smart”

Education is powerful and up until a certain point, in the United States, it is free.  Or is it? There are parents that cannot afford to send their children to a specialized school so they are products of public education and then there are students whose parents send them to specialized schools to “ensure” their child receives “the best” education. According to an article posted by the Council for American Private Education as reported by the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2007-2008 the average tuition for private schools for K-12 was $10, 045 (Council for American Private Education, 2014).

Think about two college students in the same program, yet one is a product of public education and the other of private education. One is a female, Hispanic student who attended a public school and the other is a Caucasian male who went through private education. Which would you say is “smarter”? To add a little bit more information, they both hold leadership roles in student organizations, have part-time jobs, and were both accepted into the same professional schools after graduation. Now which one would you say is “smarter”?

Think about it for a minute. . .

Parents are a key influence in the success of student education, not money. The students that go through the public system do not attend schools where certain subjects are specialized and they have top resources and technology. Most public schools are understaffed, underresourced, and mixed with all socio-economic classes. In addition, public schools are usually separated by district, which aligns with the location of residence.

On the other hand, private schools cost money because they have fixed class sizes, pay top dollar for staff, have the latest technology or require parents to purchase the technology as a “supply” and have majority of one type of socio-economic class.

Think about the everyday obstacles that public school students face: racial discrimination, peer pressure, disruptive classrooms, sharing a classroom with students of all education levels, and underpaid staff that are only willing to work as much as they think they are paid for.

In private schools, students still face obstacles, yet the cost eliminates the probably of disruptive classrooms, multi-level comprehension, and underpaid staff. There are still peer pressure issues and racial discrimination issues. In some respects, these might be greater because of the entitlement certain students feel they have, and some can go back to racial discrimination.

 Going back to the two college students, if anything, the female Hispanic student who comes from a lower socio-economic class and attended public school is smarter than the Caucasian male who attended private school. She had to focus on her education even when there was chaos around her by disruptive students.

  • She didn’t have easy access to specialized programs to help her learn.

  • Instead of attending camps and programs, she had to write essays, get top grades, and perform at a top 10% to receive scholarships to cover the cost.

  • Her parents both worked long hours just to pay the bills in the house, so she was left to take accountability for her education.

The next time you hear someone having a conversation about how poor the education system is or comparing the products of public or private systems, give them a friendly reminder that parents are important to education, and it’s not about race. It is a socio-economic issue and students that excel in their education in public schools are just as smart, if not smarter than students who attend private schools. They have to be more resourceful and active in their education without the constant support of their school, parents, or administrators.