Daily Archives: October 8, 2017

CSJAD Newsletter – September 2017

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How School Makes Kids Less Intelligent | Eddy Zhong | TEDxYouth

How School Makes Kids Less Intelligent | Eddy Zhong | TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet

Eddy Zhong, successful technology entrepreneur, dives into the truth behind our K-12 education system. Eddy strongly believes that the education system diminishes creativity and confines children to a certain path towards success.

He contends that kids are taught to believe college is a necessary step in life and that it is mandatory to achieve one’s goals. His talk challenges the commonly held beliefs of our entire education structure.   Continue reading

“Let Me Try Again” – Poem by Immigrant Salvadoran Poet Javier Zamora

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Border Wall Nogales Mexico Arizona USA

U.S. Border Wall at Nogales, Mexico

My Poetry Corner October 2017 features the poem “Let Me Try Again” by Javier Zamora, an immigrant Salvadoran poet and educator who lives in Northern California. Born in 1990 in a small fishing town in El Salvador, he was a year old when his eighteen-year-old father fled the Civil War (1980-1992). Four years later, his mother joined his father, leaving him with his grandparents. At nine years old, unaccompanied by a family member and under the charge of other undocumented immigrants, ‘Javiercito’ made the treacherous journey to reunite with his parents in the United States.

In “The Shatter of Birds,” dedicated to Abuelita (granny), Zamora recalls her pain at losing him.

Javiercito, you’re leaving me tomorrow
when our tortilla-and-milk breaths will whisper
te amo. When I’ll pray the sun won’t devour
your northbound steps. I’m giving you this conch
swallowed with this delta’s waves

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China Showing What Renewable Energy Dominance Looks Like – IEA Report

China Is Showing the World What Renewable Energy Dominance Looks Like, Says New IEA Report 

The growth of solar energy continues to outpace forecasts and this growth, according to a report published today by the International Energy Agency, “is a China story.”

While China today is far and away the global leader in solar generation, a decade ago, the country had just 100 megawatts of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed. That’s nothing. For reference, it’s actually less than is currently installed in the city of San Antonio. By the end of 2016, China had increased its solar PV capacity by nearly 800 times, with more than 77 gigawatts currently installed.    Continue reading

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