To all my friends with their kids still attending school. Don’t let your child be another statistic. Parental Involvement In Schools is needed as much as it ever has, maybe even more. Beef up your school IQ and then teach your child to fight his/her own battles.
What I am sharing with you in this post is wisdom for public school parents that I cultivated over a span of 30 years – teaching kids, consulting and coaching educators (from superintendents to the senior office manager), working in the private sector as HR Director, and now sending my own kids to public schools. Read it – twice if you have to. I know it’s a long read, but believe me when I tell you that your children will be grateful that you did – especially if they’re struggling in school right now.
My Original Thoughts About Parental Involvement
Not too long ago I wasn’t a big proponent of parental involvement in schools. I had been a teacher, an advocate, and even a parent trainer who taught about parental involvement in schools. After all that what I concluded was that parental involvement in schools didn’t help the educator. My philosophy switched to the following: The best help a parent can provide to a school is:
Make sure your child has a good night’s rest
Feed your child a complete and nourishing breakfast before school
Make sure your child starts homework assignments right after school
Discuss the homework and look at it before your child goes to bed
Reward your child for excellent performance, incentivize your child for very good performance, make it clear you expect better for mediocre performance, and hold your child accountable with consequences for sub-par performance
The Personal Experiences That Opened My Eyes
Had it not been for the repeated complaints my 15-year old daughter shared with me about her chemistry teacher, and my unimpressive interactions with my 12-year old daughter’s middle school principal, I would have remained oblivious to a harsh reality. That is that even if you do all the right things at home, and your kids show up to school every day, on time, and ready to work, they will still be assigned unaccountable, lazy, and half-hearted educators. At least some of them will be this way.
I thought that by setting high expectations for my kids, and providing a nurturing environment that put a high price on education, I had done enough. That is what my parents did, and it worked for my sisters and I. Having upheld my end of the bargain, I expected the teachers to reciprocate by checking for understanding, taking time to answer relevant questions, and making time to address the needs of students whom he or she couldn’t help during class. But, I was wrong.
The Best Parental Involvement In Schools Happens At Home
I thought that my kids had the advantage of having a first teacher, me, that is over-educated and willing and capable of assisting them with any assignment on any topic. My parents couldn’t do that for me.
On top of that, knowing how adults are in general, I am also teaching my kids how to fight their own battles, and respectfully persist when an adult on the school district’s payroll didn’t give adequate response to a concerned student’s inquiry – no matter how annoyed that adult got. It’s amazing how unwilling some of these adults are to do their jobs right.
With all this knowledge of how school personnel should behave, and after teaching my children how to behave in schools I thought I could refute these tired approaches to parental involvement in schools still taught at parent institutes. And you know what? I was correct.
The Fruits of Teaching My Kid To Persist
My 15-year old visited her counselor twice, requesting a transfer out of her chemistry class. She explained that the teacher lectures. He doesn’t teach. The counselor naively shared that she couldn’t help, because if she did, she would have to transfer out all of the other students that had made the same request. Apparently, there are plenty. She indicated that she had already spoken to the teacher, but that she would again.
My kid simply asked “Well if you are telling me that so many students are complaining about this teacher, and you say that you’ve talked to him already, don’t you think there’s a problem that’s not for us (the students) to be dealing with?” The icing on the cake came when my kid said she would check in with the other chemistry teachers herself to ask if they had an open desk in their seating plan.
Sometimes We All Need a Reminder of What Our Job Is
Who knows what happened next, but my kid says her chemistry teacher has been teaching slower, and taking time to answer questions thoroughly. And guess what the students did as payback? The greatest number of students turned in their last completed assignment on time than for any prior assignment in the whole semester. Guess what they saw him do for the 1st time all semester? Smile.
Parents!!! Knowledge is power. Get knowledgeable. And pass it onto your kids. If not, they and you will get screwed. This the best advice I can give you about parental involvement in school.
Great Historical Narrative. Shortsighted Prognostication
In their YouTube video WHY the development of football tactics is over the folks at DW Kick Off give a beautifully detailed chronology of the evolution of team tactics, starting with the first international soccer game ever in 1872 – where England used the 1-1-8 formation versus Scotland’s 2-2-6 formation. Game score was 0-0.
They go on to breakdown each of the dominant formations as soccer tactics evolved from
Extreme offensive pressing and counter-pressing to
Emphasis on ball possession and circulation to
Extremely defensive tactics to
A combination of the old tactics, requiring every team to master every tactic and then seek refinements in their application
Watch the video below. Then read on afterwards to see the highlights described on a timeline and complemented with tactically-centered reference videos that explain how each tactic revolutionized soccer and show how the tactics are applied to perfection.
Chronology of Historical Revolutions in Soccer
From 1872 to the 1960s we see the dominance of extreme offensive tactics. The chronology goes as follows:
A few years after 1872: England adopts the Pyramid or 2-3-5 formation
1930s: Arsenal dominates with the WM or 3-2-2-3 formation
1930s – 1953: Pyramid and WM are the norm for 1st few world cups
1953: Hungary moves the center forward back on its 2-3-5 formation. Thus transforming the Pyramid, 2-3-5, to a 2-3-1-4; creating the first false 9 position, and beating England 6-3 in the process.
In the 60s we see extreme defensive tactics take center stage.
1960s: First introduced by Karl Rappan in the 1930s, Catenaccio didn’t gain traction until the Italians reintroduced it. Catenaccio (aka The Chain), which means “door-bolt” in Italian, is zone defense that, when executed properly, can put as many as five defenders on the offensive player receiving the ball at the same time. Inter Milan dominated the sixties with this tactic. See the best explanation of Catenaccio in the video below.
1970s: Say hello to Total Futbol or the 4-3-3 formation. Each player can play any position, but the formation must be maintained by the team at all times. It is used by Holland most consistently and effectively. Watch Holland in action using the Total Football tactic in the video below..
1980s: The 4-3-3 formation is complemented with Ugly Defensive Football which puts emphasis on heavy man to man coverage of all play makers. Used most successfully by Germany and Argetina.
Late 80s– Present: Arrigo Sacchi (aka The 4-4-2), named after the famous AC Milan coach, introduces a flat back 4 and uses an aggressive offside trap, while keeping the distances between the three lines compact. This tactic went contrary to what most Italian clubs were using at the time, Catenaccio. More focused on offense than defense, this tactic places heavy emphasis on ball possession. Hence, the need for keeping the space between the lines compact. This tactic revolutionized Italian soccer. For most clubs, it’s still the standard today.
What’s Happening Right Now Right Now?
What we are seeing today is investment in tactical refinements. Pepe Guardiola has led a mini-revolution refining the Tiki-Taka. This possession based offensive tactic looks like a 2-3-5 with a false 9 that creates a tremendous number of short passing lanes. Call it the extreme version of theTiki-Taka.
Because the 2-3-5 is a high risk tactic that can leave your defensive line vulnerable to counter-attack, it can only win championships if you possess the most elite of fullbacks capable of closing long defensive gaps quickly. Hence the rise of the expensive super-back.
The long ball, with an emphasis on cross-field diagonal passes, has made a comeback as well.
Another blast from the past is La Pausa. Used masterfully by Pele in the 60s, and part of Messi’s bag of tricks today, a highly skilled and quick dribbler will stop his sprint mid-stream. This causes the defender to make a split-second stop long enough to have to reset and re-guess what the offensive player’s next move.
Last, we have the stopped ball plays. If you’re as old as I am, you’ve noticed that corner kicks and free kicks have become scientific and artistic beyond anything you could have envisioned 20 years ago. They are beautiful and accurate, and each one matters, as many critical games in recent history have been decided by dead ball plays. This is not by accident. It is yet another example of teams searching for any refinement they can make to gain the upper hand over a competitor. Watch NTX’s 50 Insane Free Kicks in Football 2019 below.
Outside of tactical refinements of already existing tactics, there’s not much left to discover. This is where the story ends for the DW Kick Off writers. However, it doesn’t end there for the soccer world. A new hero is born – the goalie.
A New Real Technical Tactical Revolution is Emerging
How do you add another offensive player to your team? Involve the goalie!!
At first I thought this article from THE18 was a gag article, but it isn’t. It breaks down the way Manuel Neuer, superstar goalie from Bayern Munich, made the difference in their Champions League game victory over Tottenham. And so the wingback keeper position is born. Click the image below to learn more about what he did in the game, and drafts the template for the next revolution in soccer tactics.
The soccer world still has new tricks up its sleeve, and there is yet more room for this beautiful game to grow. Thank goodness!!!
What’s Next in The Evolution of Soccer Tactics?
This concludes A Historical Review of Soccer Tactics. All of the videos featured in this article can be found on my growing YouTube playlist, Soccer Wisdom. The YouTube Embed below gives you access to that playlist.
Thank you to the folks at DW Kick Off! for providing the inspiration that pushed me to learn more and more about the history of the revolutions that have changed the game forever.
So what do you think? Should you be qualified for a tech job at a place like Google? The truth is that it no longer matters what you think or what excuse you make. If you want to keep earning in today’s economy, you better catapult your skills into the 21st century real fast.
Before you conclude your skills are in tune with the technical demands of 21st century jobs, do a little research. I thought I was current. I did the research, and I have been going back to school since the moment I left my old job in February.
Let’s Hear From Someone That’s Actually In Da Game
A Trip Down Memory Lane
When I was in my 20s, 30s, and even early 40s, I remember watching people my age struggle with some real basics of personal computing. I’m talking about things like password reset or connecting to a network printer. The usual excuse was, “I’m not very good with computers.”
Who said anything about being good at computers??? At my last job I would hear coworkers call IT because they couldn’t remember their password. They couldn’t map their terminal to the local network printer, when the printer’s IP address was labeled right on the side of it. I guess they didn’t think they needed to be qualified for a tech job, and I haven’t talked about anything technical yet.
All I could think was, “Get ready for early obsolescence.”
As HR Director for a company that was considered the industry standard for innovation, it concerned me that much of our company management team was close to being replaced by our online software. By the time I left, I could see how our online software had finally accumulated the same technical wisdom it had taken some of these managers a lifetime to accumulate.
I wasn’t concerned for them. I was concerned for the young men and women working under their leadership. We’d hire entry level staff straight out of high school, as unskilled as possible, that could answer the phone, navigate various screens, write down an order, finish writing it as soon as the call was done, and be ready for the next call. How would they climb the ladder now, if there was nothing new to learn – no value to add? The software did all the heavy lifting, AND it never called in sick.
Online Software: Opportunity Killer Or Creator
The online software eliminated the need to 1) know complex mathematical operations, 2) know what system components were compatible or incompatible, or 3) know technical aspects about the products selected for the solution requested. Once the customer learned to use the software, the software eliminated the need to have as many estimators other than those with power user knowledge. In that regard the software was an opportunity killer.
However, as the old proverb says, where one door closes another opens. The example of my old job is the narrative of a company doing what it had to to stay ahead. It is the individual’s burden to remain aware of risks and opportunities, to react productively when they present themselves, and to reinvent him or herself when the harsh reality finally sets in that there is no staying still. There is only move forward. The only constant in life is change.
For The Unprepared: An Encounter With A Harsh Reality Awaits
The day of career reckoning is coming for those who won’t get their skills 21st centuried-up. Unfortunately, many of the managers at my old job used their age to define them. All they did was say they were too old to go back to school. They got offended, retired, or looked for work at another place. The fact that they’d seen the train coming and didn’t do anything to stay in the game was a hard pill to swallow for many of them.
Is The Self-Deception More Prevalent Than Just At My Last Place of Employment?
If you’ve read our mission statement it says that our mission is to prepare the youth from working class families to become undeniably qualified for a tech position at a Silicon Beach/Valley company, like Google. I’ve now shared that mission statement with people hundreds of times, and they look at me like I’m a fool, or there’s no reaction at all – just a glum facial expression. It feels like I’m the crazy one.
It’s been almost as if the fate I’ve drawn for those I’ve spoken to didn’t think that it applied to them and their kids. The concept of becoming obsolete overnight was just too hard to grasp. They continue believing that somehow we are going to figure it out for those who fall behind.
Let’s Face It. Ignorance Is Bliss. Delusion Is Even Better.
Seriously. Who wants to wake up to the question, “Should You Be Qualified For A Tech Job?”. I do, and every day I talk myself out of answering Yes. But the delusions must stop. You must stop running away. If not, you run the risk of believing your own bull—t. I did.
For a moment I had started second guessing myself. I had fallen for the lure of self-deception. Heck, I even played along.
The mission wasn’t gaining traction. So I threw a picture of a homeless encampment on my YouTube channel’s page, and all of a sudden people started paying attention. I had changed nothing else. I just added the picture. Self-deception rewarded.
Lie To Yourself Once & You’ll Lie To Yourself Again
The positive feedback felt so good, I had to keep playing along. I added a few stories about families I knew who had fallen victim to displacement, and people started telling me they liked what I was doing. Can you say, “WHAT”?
Once again, I had changed nothing else. Just added a few pictures and talked about displacement.
Sure, there’s a connection between these different topics, and they are all worthwhile fighting for. The problem is people are seeing their fate come at them like a speeding bullet, but they can’t find it in them to move out of the way. So no more distractions and trying to find the long way to speaking the truth. Let’s just talk straight truth. We can’t help others if we can’t help ourselves first.
This Problem Is More Ours Than Anybody Else’s
It would appear there’s a few people out there paying attention to the complex truth, and talking about it. The rest of us are resting on outdated trends in income-education correlations. But education is where the urgent change needs to happen first.
The educational attainment indicator can no longer just be looked at as degree-not degree. It has to ask, what kind of degree did you obtain? The college enrollment indicator can no longer be looked at as college-no college. There has to be a measure of, “How good is your school?”
I’ll tell you right now, if the best my kid can do is a JC or a Cal State, it may not be worth the hefty investment. The school better have a value return that’s worth the cost.
But the problem isn’t our kid’s problem. It is ours!! Our education needs a boost. If you are in your 20s through 60s, and you are not beefing up your computer skills, you may not get to make that final house note, because you’re not going to have work, and you’ll run out of money.
An Intermission For Some Inspiration
So Let Me Ask Again. Should You Be Qualified For A Tech Job?
To think you will be employable without at least some level of technical computer knowledge that goes beyond knowing how to use MS Office or Google Apps is like this pawn pretending to be a king. It is delusional.
So What’s The Takeaway?
If your past education did not involve learning how computer hardware and software work, you need to go back to school. I mean, that’s if you’re interested in working for pay.
I’ll leave you with an excerpt from an article I just read in the Wall Street Journal.
If these are the expectations for blue collar jobs. What will they be for white collar jobs? So should you be qualified for a tech job?
Dear Parents of Children in Public Schools, I share this letter I wrote to myself hoping you join me on my journey to stop running away. I am writing this letter to myself as a reminder that I have helped perpetuate the barriers that now sit in front of my own children’s optimal academic success. I make this letter public for all to see what I do from this point forward, and hold me accountable on my own self-deception, if you see me half-stepping.
To my three amazing daughters, I see with clearer eyes than ever where I have let you down. I see how, despite my academic background, my ability to filter out the bs, my knowledge of and experience in public education, and my love of confrontation, I have failed you by giving 2nd priority to the most important confrontation in my life. That is the confrontation with the public school system you are a part of.
To the community I aspire to serve like my own family. I invite you to watch me confront my own shortcomings as a parent and the public school system’s shortcomings as a democratic educational institution. As I’ve shared with you before, the public school system is like any other system. It is run by good people who may or may not know what excellence looks like, but they can all be excellent if asked the right questions by a parent. But remember, you have to stop running away.
Don’t worry. Like lawyers, doctors, computer programmers, and politicians, educators are not smarter than you because they wear a tie, or spent more seat time at school than you or I did. They might be more knowledgeable about some specialized topic, but there are dozens of important practical things you know or can do which they can’t.
I don’t say this to put anyone down, but parents can allow themselves to be intimidated by a title and a bad attitude. Just trying to level the playing field by stating the facts I gathered while I listened to and observed my colleagues back when I was an educator.
Where most educators fail is in classroom management, differentiating instruction, and oh yeah, connecting with the students. I’ve also noticed that teachers in secondary fail to score and review homework and tests by the following day, often. So time management, sub-par commitment to student learning, and lack of respect for students’ time and effort appear to be an issue as well.
Principals, deans, and other school and district administrators have similar limitations. Just change the subjects’ name from student to teacher, and we see how the fish stinks from the head down.
Don’t forget, administrators were once teachers. They’re not former executives with experience successfully leading grown adults with titles to be productive, collaborative, and goal-oriented. They’re not former six sigma trained change consultants, certified in VSM, staffed with a process change manager, and a director of instructional leadership well-versed in culture change management.
But enough about educators. Let’s talk about the things every parent must do, and which I have not been doing for my own children. This is part of the recipe to get the most from the people that are run by the system. It all starts at home. It’s also how you stop running away.
Recipe For Parents To Get The Most Out Of The Public School System
You can only get the best from the public school system if you:
Discuss and review the day’s work (and homework) with your kids everyday – more in middle school than in elementary school, and more in high school than in middle school. Usually parents become less involved as the kids become more independent. Can you say BAD IDEA? It’s not that the kids become worse. It’s that the adults they deal with are more burned out and sit themselves on a higher pedestal – especially if they teach math and science. You’re kids are probably going to tell you that they are either confused beyond comprehension, or that the teacher is a real a–hole. Both are the teacher’s fault.
Remember this. Being good at math or science does not make a math or science teacher great at teaching it. Teaching a technical subject, so that the students themselves can repeat what the teacher does, is an art. Few have the commitment to learn how to do this efficiently.
When your child reports having problems with a teacher, contact that teacher immediately, and ask to sit in on a lesson to “observe your child’s behavior.” Take these questions to the class to guide your observation. Does he speak to the wall more than he speaks to the students? Does he include all students in the discussion, or just call on the same two students with their hands up? Is there even a conversation? Does he talk longer than 3 to 5 minutes before checking for understanding? Does he truly check for understanding, or does he just mumble, “Any questions?” How does he respond when a student says I don’t understand, or asks a vague question? Does he have a strategy for keeping his more advanced students learning when one student needs individual attention, or does everyone get dragged back a couple of years to address that single student’s needs? Does the teacher feed you a lot of bs about how the system screws him and the students for sending them to him unprepared, but takes no ownership for his lack of effort or skill or creativity to have devised a method after experiencing the same thing year after year?
Ask your child to show you her homework. If it looks sloppy, nearly illegible, make your kid do it all over again. You don’t even need to understand what the work is about to be justified. A forced revision, with an emphasis on neatness, won’t teach them anything new, but it will cause them to catch their own mistakes. The 2nd skill is more valuable than the first in real life.
If your child tells you any of their teachers leave homework less than once a week, verify with the teacher right away. Either your kid is lying to you, or the teacher’s expectations for your child are too low. They’re both bad.
If your child tells you he or she got their homework done in a particular class, call that teacher’s attention. My students never had free time to do homework in class, because I always had a backup extension lesson for the class, or an advanced exercise for my advanced students. There are so many standards to teach, your kid’s teacher should not have any time in the whole school year to call in sick, play movies for entertainment, or even desire to go on field trips, etc.,. The concept of free time in a school should not exist. Remind the teacher that homework is to be done in the home, and that you wish for your child to receive a full period of instruction every day.
Train your child to get the homework done immediately after school. The material is still fresh in their minds, and they don’t need to stay up late to complete the occasional tough assignment. And it develops mental endurance. A normal work day is 8am to 5pm.
Ask your child how she or he did on that homework assignment she struggled with or worked hard on the previous afternoon. If your child tells you it hasn’t been returned or graded yet, you’ve got a teacher who doesn’t understand the importance of immediate feedback for students. Worse yet, you have a teacher who discourages effort by not respecting your child’s time and effort. Call that teacher out. Call or e-mail the teacher immediately, and tell the teacher that you look forward to hearing your child’s report on how well or poorly he or she did on the homework, the day after the assignment is turned in.
Have the kids read 20 to 30 minutes a day after school. If they coincidentally have have a day without homework, ask them to read 45 minutes.
Don’t forget to hold up your end of the bargain as a parent. Your kids must have books to read in the house. Can’t afford them? Take them to the library, or go online. There may not be money for milk, but the phone will be paid for. Just don’t give the kids excuses. Remember, parents are a child’s first teachers.
Accept nothing but excellence from your child. I mean why not!! Seeing the genius in your child is a choice.
Uphold your end of the bargain. You can’t throw stones in a glass house. If you’re going to critique a teacher, You have to do better than the teacher. Your child will be observing you. You can be a hero or a hypocrite. It all depends on you, the parent.
You may have to participate in the school’s oversight and improvement. Once again, You can only critique an organization, if your organization, your home and your family, is better managed than the school. Keep an open mind and be prepared to learn a little before you speak. Remember, you can only make a difference for your child, if you stop running away!
What Do I Mean By Stop Running Away?
What I mean by running away is accepting that your children get less than a 4.0 GPA in school. It means not dealing with topics that demand your attention, such as the content of your child’s curriculum. Is it preparing him/her for a prosperous 21st century career? Who told you that it is, and why should you believe that person? To me running away is putting your head in the sand, or trying to deal with things from the side when they’re smacking you in the face.
The biggest runaways, the people I’m really asking to hold on are Black and Latino parents, and I don’t care how educated or uneducated you are. It took me months to obtain the facts, connect the dots, draw my conclusions, and give you a play by play set of videos so you wouldn’t have to repeat the work.
You know the government likes to stay neutral with the facts. So they just state them. Even their analyses are very vanilla. So let me be clear. Things are jacked up for the youth and young adults in both groups, and people aren’t talking about it.
I get it. It gets old to be reported in last place all the time. Deep inside you say to yourself, well I’m not like them. My family’s not like them. Guess again.
If you’re tired of being classified as a card carrying member of the team that’s always in last place, why not act already? And I’m not talking about protests, riots, and sit-ins, or some minuscule vent on social media. What has that ever accomplished. That’s never worked. Never. Quick fix, sure. Long-term solution, NEVER.
Why Is It So Important To Me That Black and Latino Parents Watch the Google Diversity Report videos?
I’ve provided you with data about the educational attainment and career options for Black and Latino Americans ages 16 to 35 through video clips on the CTD Development Services YouTube Channel, because I have a strong feeling that if you simply watched the videos the data would be easier for you to read than you think. I also think that if you truly understood the data you’d be outraged by now. You’d be especially mad at yourself for not being aware and not taking action.
I’m pretty sure you’d take the advice I listed earlier in this article a lot sooner than you will if you don’t review this data, and understand what it means for you. That’s how important this information is, and that’s how bad the news is going to be for you and your kids, if you don’t get seriously involved in your child’s education, demand more from your kids, your schools, and yourself.
I know and understand this data. I’ve acknowledged that i haven’t demanded enough from my kids, their schools, and myself. I’m adding another layer by demanding more from you. You are my fellow parents and my community, my neighbors. This will be a collaborative success. But it doesn’t mean there won’t be resistance – better dealt with, with the support other parents.
So Why All The Frustration?
You haven’t watched these videos yet, and so you remain in oblivion. You prefer to watch me make fun of my greasy self. That video alone has more views than all the data-based videos on the YouTube Channel combined. You must stop running away!
Let Me Give You A Taste of What’s In Store For This Country in Some Real Simple Terms
You won’t find the graph below in any YouTube video I made, but what you will find is that at any given moment in the US, only 2 out of every 10 Hispanics ages 25 to 29 will have obtained a Bachelor’s Degree. That means 8 out of every 10 Hispanics in America doesn’t have a Bachelor’s Degree by age 29. Those are our neighbors, cousins, and in some cases our kids. I have three daughters. That means at least one of them won’t obtain a bachelor’s degree, if I simply follow the numbers.
But now let’s look at what the Hispanic population is supposed to be like 40 years from now according to the bar chart below. For simplicity’s sake let’s assume the rate of Bachelor Degree attainment for Hispanics remains steady at 20%. Let’s also assume that those over age 29 most likely didn’t go back to school to get their Bachelors in such high numbers to make a statistical difference. Let’s further assume that both history and the cycle of poverty repeat themselves, and so we can therefore assume for those below age 25 the rate of educational attainment will also be 20% for Bachelors Degrees. That means that based on the Hispanic population alone, in 2060, this country will have 89 million people capable of very little more than manual labor for very low wages. And that’s 40 years from now when the technology will be unrecognizable and far more dominant.
By the way, Hispanic population growth will account for the largest percentage of overall US population growth for the next 40 years. This diversity gap problem is an American problem.
Why I’m Still Sending My Kids to College
You can kid yourself and question the value and overvaluation of a bachelors degree from a prestigious institution, but I would say that with so many uneducated and unskilled people that will be looking for work in the next 40 years, those who can muster up a bachelor’s, even from the University of Phoenix, will have first dibs at a shrinking list of career options as artificial intelligence continues to supplant humans in the office. Oh yeah, I’m not only going to send my kids to college. I’m going to make sure they go to the most prestigious school I can afford, and I will direct them towards taking courses in STEM fields of study, where the potential of future employment is greatest.
All that being said, can you please watch these Google Diversity Report videos? Without looking at the data, you don’t know where you stand, and you can’t define where you are going. Furthermore, you won’t know if you’re headed in the right direction or not.
Where to Find the Videos With the Data
For The Best Learning Experience Read Below (51 minutes)
The YouTube video embed below will take you to a playlist with 15 videos about the current state of educational attainment for each major race/ethnic sub-grouping and for various age groups ranging from ages 16 to 35.
For The Second Best Learning Experience Read Below (25 minutes)
For the purpose of this article, we recommend you at least view the following videos on the playlist:
Why Is Knowing And Understanding All This Data Important?
CTD Development Services Inc’s (CTDDS) believes the personnel diversity gap at Google, and other tech companies, is a problem that affects all of us, and has made closing this gap the focus of its mission statement. We believe that if you understood how the diversity gap at Google comes about, in very subtle ways that we allow, it would make your temperature rise. We also believe that if you understood the far reaching implications of this gap, you’d enroll your child in a coding class right after you finished reading this sentence.
On the surface the diversity gap, and the education attainment gap that explains it, appear to stem from an income inequality gap where those who have more money can overcompensate for our public schools’ limitations – through enrollment in private schools, charter schools, and through participation in extracurricular education enrichment and enhancement activities.
It would appear that the bottom line is that the Google diversity gap stems from an economic inequality exacerbated by the lack of access to information in poorer communities. This is partially true, but only if you believe that somehow the people at the new school are somehow smarter adults with magical powers the educators at the first don’t possess. That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of.
What most of us fail to understand is that every time we vote with our feet we do nothing to improve the educational system in our neighborhood, and we accept the burden and inconvenience of sending our children to a school outside of our own neighborhood. Meanwhile, those we left behind continue to work with our neighborhood’s children, and we eventually find out that the new adults working with our children went to the same schools of education as those from whom we walked away. Bottom line, they offer nothing better than what was offered at the neighborhood school, except safety, maybe.
It’s the supplemental activity and experiences that make the difference. This is where the investment needs to be explosive. Listen to what I’m saying to you. The worldlier your child and the worldlier his or her circle of friends the more hooked up s/he’ll be.
What’s Are We Going To Do Once You Stop Running Away?
The partners at CTDDS wrote an action plan we believe offers feasible solutions to the multitude of barriers that presently limit greater workforce diversity. Even the most well written plans can be executed successfully if they are adequately socialized with and supported by the groups they were written for. We have chosen to socialize this plan through the CTDDS YouTube Channel. Watch the Google Diversity Report Videos, watch the action plan videos, and then we can talk.
What If I’m Still Not Sure If I Should Stop Running Away?
Watch the video below. If everything I said prior to now still hasn’t motivated you to take more interest in the outcomes for the youth presently attending our public schools and universities, and my advice appears simplistic, maybe this video will help clarify my reasons.
The future of soccer in the U.S. is looking good – especially for women’s soccer. Soccer fandom continues to grow, and it appears that Hispanic women are the human engine pushing soccer’s growth. Read more below.
Stats About the Overall State of Soccer in the US
Soccer is more popular than ever and growing.
As of May 2015, over 24.4 million people play soccer in the United States. Reported by Wikipedia
In 2017, Gallup reported that soccer was the third-most played team sport in the U.S., behind only basketball and American football. Reported by Wikipedia
According to the study findings reported in this article by Telemundo, close to 1 in every 4 Hispanics consider themselves die-hard fans.
One in Every Four is No Small Potatoes
Remember, there are close to 60,000,000 Hispanics living in the U.S. All of a sudden 1 in every 4 doesn’t sound so bad, does it? That’s close to 15,000,000 die-hard fans. We’re talking about those folks who can’t be disturbed for at least two hours, until “the big game” is over.
Then there’s the millions of regular fans who love the sport, but aren’t ready to devote all their free time to it. Bring the die-hard and regular soccer fans together, and we have a some serious fandom.
Stats About the State of Women’s Soccer in the U.S.
58% of soccer fans say they are fans of women’s soccer
Fanhood for women’s soccer is strong among Hispanic women, with 54% saying they are fans
62% of Hispanic female soccer fans hope to share their passion for soccer with their children
40% of Hispanics and 24% of non-Hispanics feel that their interest in women’s soccer has grown over the past five years.
Half of Hispanics and one-third of non-Hispanics (51% and 35%, respectively) feel that in the next five years, the FIFA Women’s World Cup will be equally as popular as the Men’s FIFA World Cup.
Half of Hispanics and close to one third of Non-Hispanic (51% and 31%, respectively) feel that men and women soccer games are equally entertaining
51% of Hispanics and 27% of non-Hispanics would like to see more women’s soccer coverage on television.
A Bright Future for Soccer Means a Bright Future for Those in the Soccer Business
I never thought I’d live to see soccer beat any of the original top three American sports in popularity. Now it stands at number three. Clearly, the rapid growth of the Hispanic demographic in the past 20 years has had an impact on soccer’s popularity.
The projected Hispanic population of the United States for July 1, 2060 is 111.2 million people, or about 28% of the nation’s total projected population on that date. That’s growth by a factor of nearly 90% – almost double the population of Hispanics today.
All trends in soccer’s popularity remaining equal, if the number of Hispanics living in the U.S. nearly doubles what it is today by the year 2060, then we can assume that the same will happen for soccer’s popularity, if not better. That’s good news for the hundreds of thousands of soccer coaches who have carried the torch for soccer – with low to no compensation, and in most cases having to come out of pocket to cover costs.
In Our Next Article
Maybe It’s Time To Start Showing the Grass Roots Coaches Some Love
For decades grass roots soccer coaches across the country have been working for free, or close to it, treating their craft like a full-time job. Some even making full-time soccer coaching their career – figuring out how to pay the bills along the way, but always staying true to the promotion of soccer.
I know two of those coaches. Their names are Coach Beto and Mario Sanchez. Check out their stories. They’re truly extraordinary individuals who embody the behaviors of world-class soccer coaches.
There’s a Lot of Big Games to Watch If You Like International Soccer
How big is professional soccer? Six confederations, dozens of leagues within each, with dozens of teams within each league, and dozens of players on each team.
There are 265,000,000 soccer players world-wide. That’s almost the size of the entire U.S. population.
The purpose of my critique is to tell US Youth Soccer that it must at least sound more confident when it communicates the benefits of playing soccer. How they articulated these benefits in this article is an embarrassment.
More importantly, US Youth Soccer missed a real opportunity to establish itself as a legitimate leader in this beautiful sport by asserting its expectations for the adults that participate in the sport of soccer. Personally, I would have spelled out for the adults the behaviors they must model and teach in order for soccer to successfully teach these life lessons.
What’s Wrong With This Article?
This article does neither of the things suggested above. It sets no expectation and it lacks confidence in what soccer can do for our youth. Moreover, the description of the Life Lessons it lists fails to distinguish what is uniquely special about soccer that enables teaching them.
Worst of all, it absolves the adults which participate in youth soccer of any responsibility or accountability. Come on US Youth Soccer. Soccer doesn’t teach life lessons. Adults do!
What Do You Mean “We Hope?”
The article provides a checklist of eight life lessons that soccer can teach its youth players. It introduces this list to the reader as follows. “Here’s a checklist for life lessons we hope your athlete has learned or will learn through their youth sports experience.”
This is what I envision when I think of paid professionals and leaders operating off of hope. Leaders are expected to do more than hope. Leaders lead by example.
“We hope??? We hope???” What kind of a leader in any field, industry, sport, nation, or business sells the benefits and advantages of their product with a statement of hope. How would you react if your child’s doctor said this right before beginning surgery? “I hope I can save your child’s life? Let’s keep our fingers crossed.” Not too reassuring is it?
What Does Hope Look Like In Soccer?
In youth soccer, to hope is to throw a ball and eleven untrained and unfamiliar individuals onto a soccer field to play against a well-trained, highly disciplined elite soccer club respected for its sportsmanship and winning streak, and expect that your team doesn’t get clobbered so bad.
There Is No Reward for Hopeful Soccer Leadership
The first item in the Life Lesson Checklist is Practice Makes…Better: It’s not about being perfect. It’s about getting better and improving. One of the life lessons we hope our children learn through sports is that their effort will be rewarded.
I know what this looks like from personal experience. Last year my 12-year old played on her school’s soccer team. They had three practices all season. They were dominated, sometimes creamed to the point of disillusion, in nearly every game. In the one game the team held its ground the coach’s end of game pep talk began with, “Well, that’s the best loss we’ve had this year. I’m really proud of you.” What??? This is a coach who operated from a place of hope. Do you think these girls felt rewarded?
US Youth Soccer, don’t hope. Lead. Set a standard. Establish an expectation. Make it a requirement for public school and grass root soccer coaches to conduct thoughtful and frequent practices prior to and during the season, and develop their players. And then, enforce the standard.
What Is The Life Lesson When We Hope Both Teams Play Fairly?
Parents, coaches, players, how many of you have experienced near uncontrollable rage when you or your player/child was the kid in the green shirt? How many of you recall wondering why the referee or the opposing coach, did nothing to enlighten the kid in the red shirt about playing with dignity?
Another item on the Life Lesson Checklist is Win and Lose with Dignity: It’s called “Honoring the Game” in sports. And we hope our young athletes learn to both win and lose while respecting themselves, their teammates, their opponents and the officials and organization that help make their sport experience possible.”
There’s that word hope again. This is what I hope. I hope US Youth Soccer realizes there are many wrong life lessons being taught by the adults who participate in it, either deliberately or through their inaction. Both are equally as guilty.
US Youth Soccer, demand that adults who participate in the game of soccer teach the right life lessons. Lead by example. Model, enforce, and support the behavior. If not, we’ll have more of what you see in this image.
There is no hope for soccer if we hope our youth learn life lessons through osmosis. Hope is a word used by those unprepared or out of their league. This article was written by someone who’s in the wrong league altogether.
The argument that soccer teaches life lessons is correct, but advocates of soccer must be able to make an argument that highlights the specific life lessons that can only be taught within the game of soccer alone.
Examples of Life Lessons That Can Only Be Taught By the Soccer Community
Stay tuned for our next article, where we share with you the life lessons that can only be taught by the soccer community.
With this article I begin to share the collection of multimedia resources I’ve collected in my research. I plan to use this collection during the Career Planning Phase of the Nine Step Personal Development Program. It will be shared in a course I call Demystify to Diversify. Below I showcase some of the content of this collection. Enjoy.
Videos to Demystify What You Need To Know and Be Able To Do
A key element of the Demystify to Diversify course is demystifying the learning our clients must attain to optimize their chances of getting a job in the tech industry. It starts with knowing what those jobs are.
Readings To Demystify The Physical Work Environment in the Tech Industry
The Demystify to Diversify course teaches our clients about what life is like at tech companies, including the types of physical structures that usually house them.
I was on LinkedIn last night and found this great post about an article published by Olivia Raimonde, Editorial Intern at Money Magazine. It provides an overview of the cost, time, and credit requirements to get jobs with good pay without a Bachelor’s degree. Let me tell you what was good about the article.
What Was Good About the Article
First of all, I always appreciate the sharing of information that reminds us that all is not lost if a young person doesn’t have a Bachelor’s Degree by the age of 29. It’s reassuring to know jobs with good pay that don’t require a Bachelor’s Degree exist.
I also liked the article, because it references high paying jobs for individuals with only a high school diploma, and provides a link to an article by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) entitled, High-wage occupations by typical entry-level education, 2017. It breaks down median income for careers requiring every type of educational attainment level.
If you’re a teenager thinking about career path, and weighing your options, and weekly income is a factor, the BLS site is one to look at. If you’re currently employed wondering what else is out there and how much it pays, save the Bureau of Labor Statistics page in your favorites. If you live out of your phone, no problem. BLS has an app for IOS and Android. I’ve provided some screenshots below to entice you to download the app.
Parents – Help Your Kids Get Jobs With Good Pay
If you’re the parent of a teenager, or you have a young adult sleeping on your couch, and you’re wondering what you can do to facilitate his or her exodus into adulthood, sit down with him/her/them. Pull up the BLS page or app and explore together.
Spend some time together getting familiar with the data and the navigation, and search around until you find some careers that pay well and you agree are worth researching further. After all, you won’t know what kind of education your child will need to pursue until you first have a career target.
I’d Be Figuring Out How to Get Into the Mobile Tech Industry If I Were You
There’s a lot of opportunity for all hidden inside that $1,000 device in your pocket. We haven’t even begun to scratch the surface.
If after you put some time into studying the data on the BLS app you still feel lost, read my LinkedIn post on Quality Apps for Making Extra Cash. Learn about the opportunities that no one is talking about, and then learn how to use them. You may find you can get jobs with good pay without and bachelor’s degree that you had never even thought about.
The concept of using mobile apps to run your small business is not a new concept. As mobile data transfer becomes faster and mobile apps get better, more people are using them. Some people are running their businesses exclusively from their smartphones. The article below references mobile app recommendations suggested by GoDaddy.com.
CTDDS does a little more than make suggestions. We train our clients to use mobile apps to run a business. Along the way, we provide our clients with business skills training to ensure they optimize the benefit they can gain from using these high tech tools.
Best of all, we give our clients the opportunity to put their training to use through real life community service assignments. In doing so, they shoot two birds with one stone. They develop the mobile apps use proficiency, and they build bridges with their neighbors. It’s a win-win for all.
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