"I'm a little nervous ... I'm also scared. But I am peaceful because I've got Jesus with me."
- Teresa Lewis, in an interview with CNN hours before her appeal for clemency was denied. Lewis is the first woman in five years due to be executed in the US. She is scheduled to receive lethal injection this Thursday.
Election workers in Afghanistan stack ballot boxes at a warehouse of the Independent Election Commission in Kabul, following parliamentary elections.
A labourer takes a nap in a roll of underground cables on a construction site in Jammu in Indian-administered Kashmir. India plans to spend $1.5 trillion by 2017 improving infrastructure, long seen as a hindrance to growth in Asia's third-largest economy.
The philosophy of reconstructionism contains two major premises:(1) society is in need of constant reconstruction or change, and (2) such social change involves both reconstruction of education and the use of education in reconstructing society.
According to reconstructionists, educators must become social activists and become involved in activities outside of their own classrooms and communities. Many people are uncomfortable with the thought of educators taking on this dual role of educator and social activist. Reconstructionists say that there is no need to separate knowledge and action. Ozman and Craver (1999) said it this way, “Knowledge should lead to action, and action should clarify, modify, and increase knowledge.”
Teaching includes actions which are intended to make individuals critically examine, and in many cases, change and be sensitive to their and to others attitudes, beliefs, values, behaviors, thinking, and knowledge. The educator’s role is to prepare students to take charge of their lives, work collectively, with others, and to speak out to bring about social change (Bondy & McKenzie, 1999).
In order to be effective, educators must be aware of and willing to initiate actions required to bring about the changes needed in our society. If administrators and teachers do not take a stand on the issues, students will not be able to take a stand.
i am like a little child.
i know nothing.
Jesus, have you ordained these hands?
will you build a kingdom on my back?
or will you throw me into the fire with chaff?